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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 12:00 AM








Hey, just when you thought that most of the divisions in Major-League Baseball were gonna be wrapped up by mid-August (and they might be!) – we present to you the National League wild card picture:

If you stayed up through 16 innings of the San Francisco Giants’ dramatic 3-2 win against the New York Mets on Thursday night – a game that consumed 4 hours and 47 minutes – then you know the Giants (now just one game below .500) are very much part of the NL’s wild card picture as Bruce Bochy’s comeback kids are a mere 2.5 games back of Milwaukee for that second wild card berth. As a matter of fact, entering play on this Friday, July 19th, there are nine NL teams separated by only 4.5 games and so this could be one wild ride for two wild card spots the remainder of this Summer of ’19.

So, here’s the NL series this weekend that will have our attention …


WASHINGTON (51-44) at ATLANTA (58-40x) … The Nationals drew first blood on this four-game series when they slugged the host Braves 13-4 last night as Washington RHP Stephen Strasburg walloped a three-run home run and delivered two other singles in the blowout win and so the D.C. gang leads the wild card race by 1.5 games climbing to within 5.5 games of Atlanta. Don’t look now but the Nats have won 14 of their last 18 games though it’s highly possible RHP Max Scherzer (back) won’t pitch at all this weekend.


MILWAUKEE (51-47) at ARIZONA (49-48) … The Brewers nabbed a 5-1 win in the desert last night to open up this four-game set and – for now – that has Milwaukee sitting in second place in the wild card chase with the Diamondbacks just 1.5 games back of the Brew Crew. Note that Arizona is a home dog tonight (+ 123) against a Brewers club that just about counts of OF Christian Yelich to homer once very 10 or 11 at-bats. Arizona doesn’t rank in the top 10 in any key stat category – team ERA, home runs or runs scored – yet they’ve managed to hang around deep into July.


NEW YORK METS (44-52) at SAN FRANCISCO (48-49) … If you were sleeping on the G-men for the past few weeks, we can’t blame ‘ya! Now, San Fran enters tonight’s game against RHP Jacob deGrom (a – 180 road betting fav) winners of six in a row and nine of their last 10 games and they even managed to win last night’s maratahon despite a career-first four Ks by C Buster Posey.



Here’s a reminder …

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Let’s continue our week-long look at the College Football world – today we check out a batch of pointspread goodies … yes, both good and bad. We’re gonna see if these trends continue in the upcoming 2019 College Football Season (we’ll bring you more in tomorrow’s Jim Sez):



Buffalo is a muscle-flexing 18-8 ATS (against the spread) since the final game of the 2016 season and the Bulls have started off the last two years at 8-2 ATS and 6-0 ATS

Clemson is a collective 8-2 versus the vig as point-grabbers the past five years and that includes last year’s 44-16 title win against 5.5-point fav Alabama

Duke is 18-6 ATS when playing outside the Atlantic Coast Conference and that includes early-season non-league covers last year against Army, Northwestern and Baylor

Fresno State’s 26-7-1 against the odds overall since the midway point of the 2016 campaign

Louisiana Tech is a collective 16-6 ATS as underdogs the past five years



Arizona is a dreadful 4-15 ATS in its 19 away games and that includes a late-season 41-point loss at 10.5-point fav Washington State in 2018

Baylor is 4-11-1 spreadwise as betting favorites since the start of the 2016 season and take note the Bears are 0-6-1 ATS when laying points to non-Big 12 teams

Colorado is 5-15 against the numbers when playing fellow Pac-12 teams dating back to late in the ’16 season

Florida State is a rotten 7-16-1 ATS overall the past two seasons and did you know the ‘Noles are 5-9-1 ATS as betting favorites during this time?

Illinois is 5-10 ATS when playing non-conference teams the past five years

Kansas State’s 4-10 spreadwise as the chalk side the past three years and that includes non-covers three years in a row against archrival Kansas


NOTE: More NFL & NCAA Football goodies straight ahead in the next Jim Sez.



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