Submitted by Jim Hurley on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 12:00 AM
THE BASEBALL REPORT:
HEY, THE CINCINNATI REDS ARE
PROOF POSITIVE THAT EVERYONE & ANYONE
CAN GET HOT DURING THE COURSE OF A SEASON …
THE NFL UPDATE:
WE BEGIN OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM ACCOUNTS
WITH A LOOK AT THE PATRIOTS, TITANS & 49ERS
Folks, it’s a handicapping theory we never get tired of telling right here at Jim Sez:
Years ago, a veteran/savvy “bettor” we know told us that “even the worst teams in Major-League Baseball are gonna have at least one hot streak in ‘em during the course of a season.”
Exhibit A … the 2018 Cincinnati Reds.
True, the Reds (32-45) have been full-time residents of the National League Central race for the entirety of this current MLB campaign and they may stay there right till the end of the season but – in case you missed it – since last Sunday (that’s June 17th) the “Red Legs” have not lost a single game … that’s an 8-6 road win in Pittsburgh on Father’s Day followed by a two-game home series sweep versus Detroit and then the coup de grace four-game weekend sweep against the visiting Chicago Cubs.
The Reds won those four games against the Cubbies while gobbling up the following Las Vegas price tags: + 170, + 125, - 102 and + 125, so anyone that was riding the Reds’ gravy train just cashed in big. And who said that bad teams stay bad from start to finish?
The $64,000 question now is when does the streak end … or perhaps the Reds have “found their stride” and will be a decent money-earner? Ahh, next stop there’s three games at Atlanta. More hefty prices comin’ your way, if you want ‘em!
In other MLB News / Notes …
Just as the Cincy Reds enjoyed their latest weekend action, the American League East top-of-the-heap New York Yankees are cringing after a three-game series sweep loss in Tampa Bay – the Bombers were held to a grand total of one run while losing the Friday/Saturday games at Tropicana Field and Sunday’s painful 7-6 loss in 12 innings included the following: A game-winning dinger by Tampa Bay rookie Jake Bauers (say what!), a potentially lengthy right groin/hip abductor injury to Yankees’ catcher Gary Sanchez and an 0-for-5, 1-BB game for RF Aaron Judge who wound up going 1-for-11 during the weekend set against the Rays.
The Yankees were laying – 155 behind CC Sabathia last Friday night, - 175 in Saturday’s 4-0 loss and – 170 in Sunday’s extra-innings affair … raise your hand if you had Reds/Rays parlays throughout the weekend. If you did, hope you enjoyed your bubbly!
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We begin our NFL team-by-team summer accounts right here – and every day at Jim Sez we’ll be posting two or three teams as we check out news/notes/reports. Plus, we get you some key pointspread info to boot and note a team’s SU (straight-up) record is listed next to the team name. So, here goes …
NEW ENGLAND (15-4) – The earlier-month ruling that WR Julian Edelman will miss the first four games of this 2018 regular season for violating the league’s performing enhancing substances policy (after missing all of last year with a knee injury) hit the Patriots hard – they are appealing the ruling but good luck with that! – but word is WR Chris Hogan will have an “expanded role” in ’18 while sixth-round draftee Braxton Berrios (University of Miami) will be an important slot receiver for QB Tom Brady. In any event, the Patriots will be checking out “cuts” this summer and teams such as the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins could have some wide receiver excess, so keep an eventual eye peeled for Bill Belichick’s crew to snap up a veteran pass-catcher here or there.
Pointspread Notes – New England is 27-10-1 ATS (against the spread) overall the past two years and that’s good for a .730 winning rate. The Pats last year enjoyed separate four- and six-game pointspread winning streaks and back in the 2016 season NE finished the year on a spiffy 7-0-1 ATS streak.
TENNESSEE (10-8) – Is there trouble in paradise for the Titans and general manager Jon Robinson? Star LT Taylor Lewan – who is entering the final year of $9.34 million contract – has informed the AFC South team that he may be skipping out on camp if his contract terms are not re-worked to his satisfaction. Note that Lewan has missed just one game the past three seasons and right now Tennessee lists Dennis Kelly as next up on the left tackle depth chart (he’s started a total of seven games for Tennessee the past two years). One last thing: Tennessee may be without all-pro RT Jack Conklin (knee) for the Week 1 game at Miami; he suffered the injury in last year’s 35-14 AFC Divisional Playoff round loss at New England.
Pointspread Note -- Did you know that the Titans are 10-21-1 versus the vig (an anemic .323 winning rate) away since the start of the 2014 season? Tennessee was 1-5-1 spreadwise away last year when playing non-divisional foes.
SAN FRANCISCO (6-10) – There remains some talk that the 49ers will snap up free-agent WR Dez Bryant to bolster a pass-catching corps that is looking to build chemistry with multi-million QB Jimmy Garappolo (see five-year, $137.5 million deal) as new WR Pierre Garcon and rookie WR Dante Pettis (Washington) are the latest additions to the wide receiving group. Bryant – a 29-year-old veteran who was cut by Dallas this off-season – has not been getting many nibbles ‘round the league and insiders claim San Francisco GM John Lynch doesn’t have much interest but if there are any injury woes in camp, then Bryant might be heading to the City by the Bay.
Pointspread Note -- The Niners are an electric 10-4 ATS in divisional games dating back to late in the 2015 season and that features five consecutive covers against the then-St. Louis / now Los Angeles Rams.
NOTE: We’ve got NFL team-by-team looks coming your way all this week right here at Jim Sez.