Submitted by Kelso Sturgeon on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Five Handicapping Hints To Get You Ready
For NFL Pre-Season That Begins In 19 Days
Tigers, Dodgers & Athletics Come Out Of All-Star
Break As 9-2 Favorites To Win World Series
2nd Straight 100-Unit Winner Breaks Bank
Friday Night As Baseball Resumes
By Kelso Sturgeon
Major League Baseball returns from the All-Star break Friday night and I am off the run to the money and a spot in the World Series with another winning 100-unit play. For the record, I went into the All-Star break with a winning 100-unit Solid Gold Game of the Month as the surging Los Angeles Angels (-150) knocked off the fast-fading Texas Rangers, 10-7.
In between all this I took down the cash in the All-Star game for the seventh straight year, taking a standing with the American League (-105), which knocked off the National League brethren, 5-3. In other words, winning in baseball continues and will right through the World Series in October.
Meantime the first National Football League pre-season game is just 19 days away. In that one the Buffalo Bills will take on the New York Giants in the nationally televised (NBC) Hall of Fame Game from Canton, OH. College football teams report in just 16 days, with the first day of games set for Thursday night, August 28, including two giant contests—Texas A&M at South Carolina and Boise State at Mississippi.
The 2014 football season is here and I suggest you get on board for one of my services, all of which include the NFL pre-season free. For instance you can sign up for my Best Bets Football Investment Club service for just $199, charged to your major credit card, and get the pre-season and the entire college and NFL seasons and that includes my annual 100-unit College Kickoff Game of the Year.
Getting Ready To Handicap NFL Pre-Season
While some—no, make that most—bettors do not get involved in the NFL pre-season, falsely believing one can’t beat it, which in reality is an old wives tale not support by the facts. I have been successful in the pre-season since the Internet opened the world to information that in the past had been known only to bookmakers via their very sophisticated information pipeline.
The pre-season facts:
- While the NFL has tried to hoodwink fans into believing the pre-season is real, it is not. Opposing coaches usually converse before each game, explain to one another what they hope to accomplish in this glorified scrimmage, and then work together to do just that.
- For the first two games of the pre-season most coaches agree not to try trick plays, or spend the night with their quarterbacks throwing bombs.
- Every coach has a pre-season record and it tells bettors whether they take August seriously or merely work on various elements to fine-tune things for the regular season. For instance, Seattle Seahawk Coach Pete Carroll has an overall 11-5 straight up (SU) record in the pre-season and is a perfect 8-0 the past two seasons. At the other end of the spectrum is Atlanta’s Mike Smith who is 7-17 overall and 1-11 in the Falcons’ last three pre-seasons.
- There is anecdotal evidence there is an edge in betting just the first half of an NFL pre-season game because that is when starters play for longer periods and then head for the bench, leaving the second half with a mix of players whose level of talent is still to be defined.
- Struggling teams that need to sell tickets are under pressure to win in the pre-season and that means their coaching staffs more often than not will try to get as many wins as possible. A winning pre-season, which actually means nothing, can take the heat off a coach who knows he is a strong candidate to be fired if his team does not improve.
These are but a few of the elements one can use to pick winners during the pre-season and all the information one needs is available on the Internet. It just takes time to find it.
Tigers, Dodgers & Athletics All 9-2 To Win World Series
As of today, the Detroit Tigers (53-38), Los Angeles Dodgers (54-43) and the Oakland Athletics (59-36) are all 9-2 co-favorites to win the World Series, with the Los Angeles Angels (57-37) and the Washington Nationals (51-42) co-second choices at 8-1. The St. Louis Cardinals are 10-1.
In the pennant races, Detroit and Oakland are co-favorites at 2-1 to win the American League championship while the Dodgers are 9-5 to take down National League honors, followed by the Nationals at 3-1.
In the American League division races, the Baltimore Orioles are 11-10 to win the East, Detroit 1-7 to win the Central and the Athletics 2-3 to take down the West. In the National League, Washington is 5-9 to win it all, while in the Central St. Louis is the 11-10 choice and in the West it is the Dodgers are 2-5.
Current Form Coming Out Of All-Star Break
With 66 games left on most baseball teams’ schedules, what you see is what your get—that is unless someone makes a major trade before July 31, when the deadline for such activity ends. Coming out of the All-Star break:
- Oakland has the best overall record at 59-36 and are 7-3 in its last 10 games
- Baltimore (52-42) and four games up in the AL East is at Oakland for a 3-game series and goes into that game 7-3 in its last 10 games.
- The Los Angeles Angels (57-37) are 9-1 in their last 10 games and trail Oakland by just 1.5 games in the AL West.
- The Texas Rangers (38-57) opened the season at odds of 14-1 to win the World Series are now 1000-1 and come out of the break riding an 8-game losing streak and stand 1-9 in their last 10 games.
- There may be some life left in the New York Mets (45-50) who are riding a 3-game winning streak and who are 8-2 in their last 10.
- The Milwaukee Brewers (53-43) are one game up on the St. Louis Cardinals (52-44) in the NL Central and head into Washington in a major slump, having gone 2-8 in their last 10 games.
Friday Night’s Baseball Betting Schedule
Back-To Back 100-Unit Plays Get It Dome
For 1st Time This Season
I went into the All-Star break with a winning 100-unit play on the Los Angeles Angels (-150) over Texas Rangers, 10-7, and I intend to come out of the break blasting away again with another 100-unit release that has a 95% chance to win. This play is even stronger than the Angels win over the Rangers and I promise you can step in and fire the big guns on this one. Win this 100-unit game for just $25, charged to your major credit card.
The National League schedule is loaded with some very attractive games tonight and I can make a strong case for one team in one of these games to score a solid, dominating win. I am releasing that contest as my 25-unit Best Bets Baseball Investment Club Game of the Week. You can win this one, plus a second game rated 5 units, for just $15, charged to your major credit card.