Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 9:19 AM
THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND SPORTS REPORT:
MLB GOODIES & OUR LATEST NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCE TOO!
Notice one thing that really is the so-called "common denominator" of some Major-League Baseball contending teams?
Many of 'em need bullpen help as the likes of the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals (among a couple of others!) could use a shot in the arm at the back of the pen and so expect a mad scramble for any/all available closers/relievers these next couple of weeks leading up to the August 1st Trade Deadline.
Heck, if we had to guess at this point than names such as Andrew Miller (New York Yankees), Aroldis Chapman (Yankees), Brad Ziegler (Arizona) and Mark Melancon (Pittsburgh) all could be on the move this summer though something tells us the Yanks won't deal away both Miller (he's under contract for two more years) and Chapman (a free agent at year's end) ... so how 'bout Texas landing Melancon, the Cubbies getting Chapman and the Nationals getting Ziegler? Stay tuned ...
Otherwise, this first-weekend-in-July baseball weekend offers up plenty of good stuff such as the ongoing Cleveland at Toronto series North of the Border, the continuing saga between the Cubs at the New York Mets at Citi Field and there's good Interleague action with Kansas City at Philadelphia, Pittsburgh at Oakland and the Yankees at San Diego.
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are banging outs lots of winners in Major-League Baseball 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 on Sunday, August 7th with the annual NFL Hall of Fame Game between the Indianapolis Colts versus the Green Bay Packers - just cannot wait, right?
NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES
It's summertime and that means the annual Jim Sez report on all 32 NFL teams with our quick-hitter looks continuing today with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers ... and check out our quickie pointspread ditties here too. Note the SU (straight-up) records of the teams are listed below:
JACKSONVILLE (5-11) - Is the Jaguars' once-moribund ground game gonna be a whole lot better here in 2016? Note that second-year running back T.J. Yeldon - who led last year's squad with 740 rushing yards - is going to get help from free-agent signee RB Chris Ivory who last season led the New York Jets with 1,070 rushing yards and so one would think that between 'em the Jaguars should get a boost from being the NFL's 27th-best ground game (averaged 92.1 ypg) to more a middle-of-the-pack crew. One other thing: If Jacksonville is gonna get out the gate quickly this year after losing five of its first six games a year ago, then thriving against non-divisional foes is key 'cause the Jaguars play five of their first six games against non-AFC South crews with the season opener at home versus Green Bay on September 11th.
Pointspread Notes - Since the start of the 2013 season, the J'ville Jaguars are just 15-24-2 ATS (against the spread) when in the underdog role and that included a respectable 5-5-1 spread log as pups a year ago. Overall, the Jags are also just 9-20-1 against the odds when playing outside the AFC South these past three seasons.
NEW ENGLAND (13-5) - Let's throw a couple of names your way ... Rookie Jacoby Brissett (N.C. State) and veteran backup Jimmy Garoppolo: They are the two names behind QB Tom Brady who surely looks to be headed to a season-starting four-game suspension (please don't ask when DeflateGate is going away!). So, don't be surprised if the Patriots have some wandering eyes when it comes to potentially available quarterbacks this summer although insiders swear Garoppolo will get the lion's share of snaps this summer while headed to the numero uno role with Brady expected to miss the first quarter of the 2016 campaign. Note on Garoppolo is that his career stats include 20-of-31 pass completions for 188 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs while he's been sacked five times ... just thought you'd like to know.
Pointspread Notes - Did you know that the NE Patriots are a composite 160-120-7 ATS during the Bill Belichick Era that's now entering its 17th season? The Pats, however, are just 9-13-1 spreadwise when playing fellow AFC East team since dating back to early in the 2012 campaign.
SAN FRANCISCO (5-11) - Doesn't first-year 49ers head coach Chip Kelly have enough to fret about these days than getting "into it" with GM Trent Baalke right out of the starting gate? Reports circulated this week that Kelly - fresh off his three-year disastrous stint as head ball coach of the Philadelphia Eagles - already has not seen eye-to-eye with his new general manager and wonder how that's gonna play out when it comes to personnel decisions, etc. this summer with the Niners. One thing both men better agree on is the fact San Fran needs to jump-start an offense that last year ranked 31st in the league and scored below 20 points in 12 of the team's 16 regular-season games.
Pointspread Notes - Believe it or not, the 49ers were wagering underdogs in each/every one of their 16 regular-season games last year and wound up going a wobbly 7-9 against the numbers but included in that mix was a handful of outright winners such as the 17-16 victory against 9-point road fav Atlanta and the 26-20 OT triumph at 6.5-point favorite Chicago.
NOTE: See you back here on Monday, July 4th with our next jam-packed edition of Jim Sez - lots of MLB action and more NFL Team-by-Team stuff too!