Submitted by Jim Hurley on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 12:28 PM
NOW THAT THE NBA SEASON IS IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR, WHAT'S THE ODDS TO WIN IT ALL IN 2017-18?
THE MLB REPORT: WE CHECK OUT A FEW OF THE "OVER" UPDATES, PLUS THERE'S NEWS/NOTES TOO
Let the Golden State Warriors have their non-stop party - heck, they deserve it even if many folks believe they truly sealed their championship deal way back last July 4th when the franchise famously inked megastar then-free agent Kevin Durant.
And therein lies the rub when you take an early sneak peek at what's ahead for the 2017-18 NBA season ... are the Cleveland Cavaliers (or perhaps someone else) gonna sign a monster free agent this summer or perhaps even swing a big-time deal that gives them a better shot to unseat the Warriors?
Stay tuned but for now let's take a quick gander at the Odds to Win it All for the 2017-18 NBA campaign:
Okay, so our original thought in the moments after Golden State's Game 5/series-clinching win against Cleveland the other night was that the Warriors would be "even money" to repeat next year but they are getting even more respect than that while we believed the Cavaliers would be in the neighborhood of 4-to-1 ... close enough.
If you're looking for some longshot to perhaps break this Golden State vs. Cleveland stranglehold on the NBA Finals, than a shout-out for the 60-to-1 Milwaukee Bucks (they could take a major step forward next year even if they're not serious title contenders) but, being realistic, is there any real hope of averting a Warriors vs. Cavaliers Part IV? Probably not, right?
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THE MLB REPORT
It's always fun to occasionally check up on the Major-League Baseball "over/under" wins totals numbers posted prior to the start of the season ... here's three teams that we're checking on today:
CHICAGO CUBS (32-32) - The Las Vegas sharpies posted the defending World Series champs to win an MLB-high 96.5 games this '17 season and so that means Joe Maddon's crew must go 65-33 the rest of the way to clinch the "over" bet ... forget about it, right? Well, maybe this rejiggered Cubbies lineup - one that's put 1B Anthony Rizzo in the leadoff spot (where he homered on the second pitch of Tuesday night's blowout win at Citi Field against the New York Mets) - might get on a roll. We'll see.
MINNESOTA (33-28) - Hey, if you happen to hold a "laundry ticket" on the Twins to go over 74.5 wins than you're sitting pretty as we zoom towards the All-Star Game. Note that Minnesota could go 42-59 the rest of the season and still snag the "over" win - and if you want to thank anyone for the Twinkies' overall success than look no further than ace RHP Ervin Santana who entered Wednesday's home start at 8-3 with a tidy 2.20 ERA (and a microscopic 0.89 WHIP).
PITTSBURGH (30-35) - Prior to the start of this here-and-now season, the oddsmakers made the Pirates' over total at 83 wins which - to tell 'ya the truth - seemed a bit low but here we are some 40 percent into this campaign and the Buccos are a handful of games below .500 even after a mini streak. It appears that Clint Hurdle's club could cash out on the "over" should RHP Gerrit Cole stay put (he's a hot name in trade market circles) and recovering RHP Jamison Taillon (off cancer treatment) be able to make another 15-or-so starts. This one could/should come down to the wire.
In other MLB News/Notes ...
When you clicking off your All-Star Game starters online, consider a couple of shortstops who often get lost in the shuffle when it comes to getting glitz/glory:
Cincinnati SS Zach Cozart (.324, 9 HR, 33 RBI) may not be a regular highlight guy with fancy-fan backhand plays and the like but this dude's been steady and right now he gets our call over Los Angeles Dodgers star Corey Seager.
In the American League, how about Seattle Mariners SS Juan Segura (.341) who often gets ignored playing in the great northwest but why not this hits machine over Houston super-kid Carlos Correa? Just sayin' ...
Finally, hard to believe that when you popped up the NL standings yesterday there were the three-time champion San Francisco Giants (26-40) tied with lowly San Diego for the basement in the NL West. So, will the Jints be "sellers" in the coming weeks with folks such as OF Hunter Pence and/or RHP Johnny Cueto on the market for prospects?
Heck, we could see a fit where both Pence and Cueto get moved to Boston for a bevy of prospects or perhaps one or both could be shipped to Anaheim where the Angels believe (hope?) that they'll be in the running for the league's wild card spots all throughout the '17 season.
NOTE: Lots of Major-League Baseball and NBA Draft Notes coming your way later this week here at Jim Sez. Plus we'll soon begin our NFL team-by-team quickie capsule summaries, so make sure you're all aboard!