Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 9:49 AM
THE BASEBALL REPORT: WE'RE HUNTING AROUND FOR THE "WHO-CAN-GET-HOT" TEAMS
PLUS OUR NBA DRAFT ANALYSES (AND WHAT TEAMS "BLEW IT" BY NOT MAKING DEALS)
A long, long time ago a good friend of ours explained something that's well worth revisiting here in today's edition of Jim Sez ...
And that's every Major-League Baseball team - all 30 of 'em - will go on some sort of lengthy winning streak at one point or another during the course of this 162-game season.
Case in point: The woe-be-gone Atlanta Braves won six games in a row between last Wednesday and this past Monday and so somebody that was "riding" the National League East's last-place team really cashed in big-time.
Okay, so it wasn't us!
The fact of the matter is MLB teams get hot, stay hot for a while and then revert to regular ways whether that's playing .550 overall ball or maybe even .420 overall ball. The challenge is finding out when to "ride" a team that's not currently already steamrolling its way to a long winning streak.
Here's a team in each league that could be worth all of our wagering attention beginning with this weekend's play:
The Colorado Rockies (34-38) last night lost the opener of a four-game home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks but consider that RHP Zack Greinke started that game for the D-Backs and so Colorado will face inferior pitching the rest of this late-June weekend and then get three home games against Toronto ... the Rockies' longest winning streak this year is five games and you could be witnessing a prolonged winning streak here providing the NL's third highest-scoring crew keeps the barrel of the bat on the ball. The Rockies' 3B Nolan Arenado (21 HR and 60 RBI) could tee off plenty versus Arizona and pitching-shaky Toronto the next six games - and then against anyone not named LHP Clayton Kershaw next weekend in Los Angeles.
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are banging outs lots of Major-League Baseball daily winners these days and all you need to do is check in either right here online or via our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 any time after 1 p.m. Eastern time for the weeknight action, after 11 a.m. ET for weekday games and after 10 a.m. ET for Saturday/Sunday/Holiday Winners. Plus, the Football Season isn't that far off as NFL Preseason action swings into gear in early August - can't wait!
The New York Yankees (35-36) have snagged a six-game winning streak and a five-game winning streak en route to this near-.500 record but, gotta tell 'ya, we've been waiting a long time for the Bomber bats to simply bust out and power a lengthy winning streak (let's say seven games-or-more) and it all could begin tonight when Joe Girardi's squad begins a three-game home series against the lowly Minnesota Twins. The Yanks copped three-of-four at Minny last weekend and now consider that we're headed for mid-to-high 80s degree weather in NYC and that means lots of balls flying out of "The House That Jeter Built." The Yanks rank 11th in the AL in total homers (only 74) but we could see 10-or-more ding-dongs this weekend in The Bronx and then this AL East team could be home dogs a couple of times next week against Texas. You have been forewarned!
THE NBA DRAFT ANALYSES
Okay, so we'll admit to watching the NBA Draft all the way to its conclusion (see 12:20 a.m. ET) last night but gotta explain we were left shaking our heads - again - with some of the moves and non-moves ... here's what we mean:
No surprise that some of the ESPN know-it-alls were declaring Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Lakers "winners" for tabbing Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, respectively, with the #1 and #2 picks in this man's draft - duh! - and we liked Boston's daring pick of G Jaylen Brown at #3 (right where we had 'em going in our Jim Sez Mock Draft that wound up getting 25 first-rounders correct, if not exactly all going to the correct teams!) but how come the likes of seven-footer Jakob Poeltl fell to Toronto at pick #9 - we had 'em as the fourth-best player on the board - and what happened to Kentucky's Skal Labissiere and Marquette's Henry Ellenson who went #28 and #18, respectively, when we thought they' both go inside the top dozen picks.
Just sayin' that Poeltl, Labissiere and Ellenson will turn out to be more productive pros than many of the guys drafted before 'em.
And, with the array of draft night trades making everyone's heads spin, we gotta say that the Boston Celtics - who had eight picks going in - didn't get enough bang for their buck even though we liked the Brown choice at #3. Why didn't GM Danny Ainge package a couple of picks/bodies to get Chicago's Jimmy Butler ... or maybe land some other veteran scorer? Okay, an extra first-round pick in 2019 is nice but don't the C's think they can be a threat to Cleveland in the East next year?
And what about the Miami Heat not getting involved at all - no draft picks, no trades? Unless GM/President Pat Riley has "something up his sleeve" you wonder if the Heat was simply asleep at the wheel. All along we thought there was a good chance for Miami and Portland and the Washington Wizards trading into the first round but all was quiet on that front. Does Riley really think LeBron James will be "going home" to his second home again during this free agency period that begins July 1st? Don't count on it, Pat.
Best Non-Top 10 Pick of the Night ... (Tie) Detroit's Ellenson at #18 and Denver grabbing G Malik Beasley (Florida State) with the very next pick.
Worst First-Round Move ... The Orlando Magic drafting Gonzaga's Domantas Sabonis at #11 (as we forecast in yesterday's Jim Sez column) and then dealing him along with G Victor Oladipo and Ersan Ilyasova to Oklahoma City for fast-fading F Serge Ibaka. If truth be told, we wouldn't have traded Sabonis for Ibaka straightup!
Best Second-Round Pick ... Seton Hall's whirling dervish G Isaiah Whitehead was picked by Utah but almost immediately traded to Brooklyn and, trust us, the home town kid will be a solid pro thanks to his great court vision and awareness.
Note: Catch our weekend edition next right here at Jim Sez.