Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 12:00 AM
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!
NOW, HERE'S THE HOLIDAY MENU IN MLB PLUS MORE NFL TEAM ACCOUNTS AS WE TACKLE THE BENGALS & 49ERS
Happy 4th of July to one and all ... and make sure to go "over" 73.5 hot dogs eaten by Nathan's champ Joey Chestnut (we're kidding, we're kidding!).
It's the summertime's best holiday and all the Major-League Baseball action gets cranked up good and early with the now-traditional 11 a.m. Eastern time start in the nation's capital - today it's the Miami Marlins at the Washington Nationals (44-41) and, don't look now, but the Nats are 25-10 since May 24th and following last night's 3-1 victory they've copped seven-of-eight.
And there's plenty of afternoon baseball all-in-all but somebody please tell us why there are six teams not in action on this Fourth of July (see the New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros).
Maybe the single-best matchup of this July 4th is the 7:20 p.m. ET tilt between the Philadelphia Phillies (45-41) at the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves (51-36). The Phils have been held to two runs apiece in the first two games of this three-game set - one of those runs was the 200th career home run by OF Bryce Harper -- and here Philly is a huge dog (+ 150) with mega-star Braves' RHP Mike Soroka (0.98 WHIP) on the hill opposite the Phillies.
See if this prime-timer is gonna be on our Jim Hurley Network menu for the holiday but also remember to check in prior to 11 a.m. for that Marlins vs. Nationals game and for the seven other day-time games that also include the New York Yankees at Tampa Bay and the Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh.
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NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM / SUMMERTIME LOOKS
We continue with our annual Jim Sez NFL team-by-team summer accounts right here - and every day here at Jim Sez we'll be posting two or three teams as we check out news/notes/reports while getting ready for camp. 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. Today, we focus on the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Francisco 49ers. Hey, next up are the New England Patriots, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Dallas Cowboys.
CINCINNATI (6-10) - There's a new head coach in town following the end of the largely unsuccessful 16-year career of Marvin Lewis (yes, no playoff wins) as offensive whiz Zac Taylor takes over the reign but what is Cincy gonna do on "D" after last year's leaky unit finished dead-last in the NFL in overall defense while surrendering 413.6 yards per game? You'll note the Bengals nabbed OL Jonah Williams (Alabama) with the #11 overall pick but take note he's done for the year already with a shoulder injury and the AFC North crew didn't draft a defensive player until pick #72 as OLB Germaine Pratt (N.C. State) was tabbed in Round III and later at pick #125 they selected DT Renell Wren (Arizona State) but neither is a real lock to land a starting spot.
Pointspread Notes - This may come as a surprise to you football folks but the Bengals are a collective 64-47-5 ATS (against the spread) since the start of the 2012 season (hey, that's a nifty .577 winning rate) and that includes a four-game spread winning streak that concluded the 2018 campaign.
SAN FRANCISCO (4-12) - No doubt injuries have crippled the 49ers the past two years when this NFC West crew combined to go 13-19 SU and no injury was bigger than the torn ACL suffered by QB Jimmy Garoppolo (played in only three games last year). Garoppolo threw just one pass in a recent Niner practice drill - he completed a strike to WR Dante Pettis - but there's definite concerns that the Niners' slinger will be slowed down by a large knee brace and so this NFC West squad is keeping fingers crossed that he'll be ready come the season-opening tilt at Tampa Bay.
Pointspread Notes - The 49ers have finished 2-6, 2-5-1 and then 2-6 spreadwise away in three of the last four years (the Niners were 6-2 ATS away in 2017) and overall San Francisco is an ugly 9-20-1 ATS when playing non-divisional foes these past three years (a wobbly .310 winning percentage).
NOTE: More MLB News and NFL Team-by-Team reports in the next edition of next Jim Sez.