Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 12:00 AM
THE BASEBALL UPDATE –
THE WEEKEND’S BEST AS DODGERS-ANGELS
HEADLINE THE EARLY JULY ACTION …
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IT’S THE RAIDERS & LIONS IN TODAY’S JIM SEZ
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In National League play, it’s …
ATLANTA (49-36) at MILWAUKEE (51-35) – This is a four-game set at Miller Park that started Thursday night and take note that the Brewers (27-17 at home entering this set) continue to be a spread-the-wealth club on offense with different leaders in batting average (Lorenzo Cain, .291), home runs and RBI (Jesus Aguilar, 19 and 55) and runs scored (Christian Yelich, 52) and now new 2B Nate Orf just chimed in with his first MLB home run the otjer day.
In American League play, it’s …
NEW YORK (56-28) at TORONTO (40-46) – The whole story in/around New York City these days is the specter of what will happen if the Yankees don’t win the AL East and are thereby forced into the league’s Russian Roulette wild card game … hey, Bomber fans, relax and enjoy what you’re seeing! First-year manager Aaron Boone and Company were once upon a time 9-9 this year and ever since they’ve played .712 ball … what! Let’s check out what life is like for the Yanks without injured 2B Gleyber Torres (10-day DL with hip woes) as modern-day bash brothers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton enter this North-of-the-Border set with a combined 45 home runs.
In Interleague play, it’s …
LOS ANGELES DODGERS (47-39) at LOS ANGELES ANGELS (44-43) – The latest version of the “Freeway Series” is gonna be a blast what with all those loud Dodgers fans invading “The Big A” fresh off the team’s three-game home series sweep against Pittsburgh … did you realize that the Dodgers scored 31 runs in that three-game set against the Buccos and they didn’t even need to “go deep” in Wednesday’s 6-4 win after whacking 10 home runs in the first two games of that set.
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We continue our NFL team-by-team summer accounts right here – and every day at Jim Sez we’ll be posting a few 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. Here’s the Oakland Raiders and the Detroit Lions:
OAKLAND (6-10) – The Jon Gruden Era Part II is full of promise and potential … but are there enough “pieces” to return the Raiders to the post-season for the second time in three years? One thing that Gruden and Company must address is a defense that ranked 22nd overall last year (11th versus the rush / 25th against the pass). Sure, DE Khalil Mack is a stud but there’s real concern that the reminder of this D-line is sub-par with DE Mario Edwards said to be on “thin ice” as far as his Raiders’ career goes these days. Maybe second-round draft pick defensive tackle P.J. Hall (Sam Houston State) can give Gruden’s stop unit some up-the-middle push – and keep in mind Hall had 14 blocked kicks in his college career (an FCS record).
Pointspread Notes – Last year’s Raiders nabbed spread wins in Week 1 and 2 games at Tennessee, then home to the New York Jets but the silver-and-black staggered badly with a 3-9-2 ATS (against the spread) the rest of the way and so now Oakland’s a less-than-sterling 43-50-4 vig wise since the start of the 2012 season.
DETROIT (9-7) – Tell us if you’ve heard this one before: The Lions are trying to bolster their running game. Last year this NFC North crew finished 31st – or next-to-last – in the NFL in rushing while averaging a paltry 76.3 yards a game and so this franchise is keeping fingers crossed that veteran newcomer RB LeGarrette Blount, speedy Ameer Abdullah and journeyman Theo Riddick can jump-start the ground game while second-round selection Kerryon Johnson (Auburn) hopes to lend a hand too – remember the Lions just hired new offensive line coach Jeff Davidson and he comes aboard with lots of raves.
Pointspread Notes – Gonna get burned betting on the Lions plus points in recent years as the Motowners are a collective 12-19 against the odds as pups the past three-plus seasons. Note that Detroit, however, has covered four of its last five season-opening games and Week One this year is a Monday Night Football home game against the New York Jets.
NOTE: More MLB and NFL stuff in the next edition of Jim Sez plus there’s NCAA Football notes comin’ your way soon too!