Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 12:00 AM
THE MLB ALL-STAR GAME:
LONG BALLS THE STORY OF THE NIGHT
IN AL’S 8-6 EXTRA-INNING WIN …
THE MACHADO-TO-DODGERS TRADE …
PLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL UP-TO-DATE
ODDS TO WIN IT ALL
Talk about a game of Power Ball!
The American League’s slug-it-out 8-6 win against the National League last night in Washington in the 89th edition of the Major-League Baseball All-Star Game featured 10 home runs – an All-Star record (of course) -- and some 25 strikeouts and so afterwards everyone naturally was sounding off about how this clash “typified” the 2018 season with lots of dingers and K’s and not much in between.
Sure, the “experts” were correct but how about the bettors – this was a 2-2 game in the eighth inning and a 5-5 game after nine innings and so “side” bettors were riding a roller-coaster of events and “totals” players went from believing the “under” was a lock to tearing up their tickets in a game that turned into an easy “over”.
Hey, the bottom line is All-Star Game MVP Alex Bregman of the World Champion Houston Astros walloped the go-ahead home run in the top of the tenth inning against Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Ross Stripling and then ‘Stro teammate OF George Springer went back-to-back with an opposite-field job and so everyone had a déjà vu feeling that reminded ‘em of last year’s Fall Classic.
It’s now AL 44 wins, NL 43 wins with 2 ties and thus the junior circuit has taken its first series lead since – get this – 1963.
What did we learn on this All-Star night?
Well, we’re pretty convinced the baseballs had a little extra “life” than usual and that we’ve truly grown tired of all the in-game selfies and shenanigans that go on in these All-Star Games but guess this is what modern-day All-Star Games are all about, right?
On a night when Cincinnati Reds’ 1B Joey Votto dropped a foul ball that wound up costing the NL three runs and on the same night when Seattle’s ace closer Edwin Diaz gagged it up in the ninth (see Scooter Gennett’s two-run homer) you wonder if we’re gonna see more Astros-Dodgers come October/November this year … again.
Meanwhile, the reports that Baltimore Orioles SS Manny Machado has been dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers comes as no great shock although gotta say it’s “good news” for baseball that neither the Boston Red Sox nor the New York Yankees acquired this All-Star starter … let the Sox and Yanks battle it out with their array of all-stars that won’t include Machado who figures to get plunked right into the middle of this batting lineup that “protects” him with the likes of Cody Bellinger (team-leading 57 runs scored) and OF Matt Kemp (team-best 60 RBI) … we will say now that if the Dodgers don’t win the NL West, then shame / shame …
Finally, if you gotta put up odds now on who’s going to the 2018 World Series, then Dodgers-Astros is your leading likely matchup followed by Dodgers-Yankees, Dodgers-Red Sox and then Chicago Cubs vs. the Astros. Got it?
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NCAA FOOTBALL WIN-IT-ALL ODDS
Hope you have marked down Saturday, August 25th on your handy-dandy calendar … that’s when the 2018 College Football Season swings into action with a handful of games featuring Hawaii at Colorado State and Wyoming at New Mexico State. Okay, so those matchups may not get your adrenaline flowin’ but be sure it’s gonna be another great NCAA Football season. The Jim Hurley Network is already doing some serious studying / handicapping and so we’ll be ready when it all kicks off in a little more than six weeks’ time.
So, just to get a little taste of what’s straight ahead, here’s the leading favorites to Win it All this season straight from the VegasInsider.Com folks:
TEAM ODDS TO WIN IT ALL KEY COMMENT
Alabama 12-5 Tide’s won five titles in 11 years under HC Saban and suddenly loaded at QB
Clemson 6-1 Tiger Nation has been in last 3 playoffs and now ace recruiting class will bolster this crew
Georgia 15-2 Last year’s national title runners-up must avoid hangover at season’s start
Ohio State 15-2 Did you know the Buckeyes average 12.2 wins a year under 7th-year boss Urban Meyer?
Michigan 14-1 The Harbaughs are 0-3 against The Ohio State University … not good!
Penn State 20-1 Only really tough game is at Michigan on Nov. 3rd … could this be major value play?
Auburn 25-1 Getting on top in SEC West is tall task for Tigers’ team that hopes QB Stidham is a star
Miami 25-1 Still trying to figure out what happened to the ‘Canes day-after-Thanksgiving last year
Oklahoma 25-1 Count us among the folks shocked that Sooners were such a long-shot minus QB Mayfield
Washington 25-1 The Sept. 1st opener versus Auburn (in Atlanta) could make or break ’18 season
Wisconsin 25-1 Note the Badgers are a slick 18-9-1 spreadwise past 2 years
Florida State 28-1 New boss Taggert has work cut out even with QB Deondre Francois back in the saddle
NOTE: More NFL and NCAA Football comin’ your way in upcoming editions of Jim Sez, so don’t dare miss out!