Doc's Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Sports Services - 05/15/2007
There's a natural letdown that occurs from all the hair-raising, blood-boiling, shock-inducing, gleeful dancing, and general mayhem that occurs through a weekend's worth of gambling action. And it's a scientific fact that Monday's are the most difficult day of the week for sports and gaming fans across the world, with Monday Sports Syndrome linked to illness and famine across the globe. OK, so I made that last part up. But it the start of a new week can be a cold splash of water to the face for Men of Action like you and I.
Fortunately, our team of handicappers at Doc's Sports Services has precisely the cure: DOC'S WEEKLY PRESCRIPTION. Each week we'll be bringing you a quick recap of the insanity that engulfed the industry over the weekend and a short preview of some key matchups in the week ahead. It's exactly what you need to keep your instincts heightened and your eyes firmly fixed on upcoming opportunities to keep your bankroll growing.
Here's the inside scoop from the guys who get it done over at Doc's Sports:
The weekend featured three of the four major sports in action, but very little excitement compared to last week. The Triple Crown season was taking a bye week and the NBA Playoffs featured whining, complaining and very few competitive games. The NHL brought the most excitement during the nighttime hours, as both weekend games went into overtime. However, very few people will able to watch those games because of being unfamiliar with the Vs. Network (formerly OLN).
Baseball is starting to approach the dog days, as teams have over a month of games under their belt. As it stands now three divisions have clear-cut favorites (Boston, Milwaukee, and LA Dodgers) and it appears unlikely that these teams will falter because the competition has major flaws. The Yankees have major pitching problems, including the bullpen. The Brewers may be able to win that division with 85 wins. And the Padres have seen Trevor Hoffman blow numerous saves already this season. But then again, our favorites have combined for just one division title in the past 10 years, so anything can happen.
2007 Preakness Stakes (Saturday 6:10 pm NBC) The second leg on the Triple Crown takes place in Baltimore, the site of the horrific accident of Barbaro. It appears to be setting up the same way, as Street Sense will enter this race as a big favorite, somewhere around even money after his dramatic comeback from 19th place to blow away the field at the Kentucky Derby. This will features a handful of Derby leftovers and a few newcomers, but it is hard to imagine anyone challenging this three-year-old horse.
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So much for the Gambling Season slowing down after college hoops! We're in the midst of our most successful sport to date (baseball), we have the Preakness rolling up on us (I'm predicting upset), Mike Vick's dog fighting has been a huge moneymaker for yours truly and the NBA Playoffs have actually been more entertaining than the NCAA Tournament. I never thought those words would come out of my mouth, but they just did. (That is the NBA thing, not the Vick thing. I've always thought Ron Mexico was an overrated scumbag so I'm not surprised).
Here are a few random thoughts to leave you with: The Spurs are the New Bad Boys, and I'm sick of them. They play great ball but they are dirty and whiny. But they're likely going to win it all. … I hate Verizon with every fiber of my being. … The Angels are playing fantastic ball and the Reds are the walking dead. … Poor Buffalo, but that's what happens to soft teams in the NHL playoffs. YOU CAN'T BE SOFT IN THE PLAYOFFS!!! … Google the words: "Pee Your Pants For the Brewers". And yes, it's real. … My wife's purse was stolen last week, and god help the person if, nay, when I find them.
Here's what I'll have my eye on this week while tracking down the purse with a psychic detective:
Golden State at Utah (9:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 15)
On one hand, it will suck if the Warriors lose because they've been the most fun (and profitable) team in the playoffs. On the other hand, I did pick Utah so if I want to rub it in the faces of the guys at VSI and SPS I think I may need the Jazz to close it out tonight. Oh, and if it does somehow go to a Game 7 I think instead of playing each other the series should be decided in a two-on-two game between Stockton-Malone vs. Mullin-Hardaway. Oh wait, Hardaway doesn't like homosexuals. Nevermind.
New York Yankees at New York Mets (Friday-Sunday)
Truly an odd experience to enter a series with the Mets as the hands-down favorites. Not quite sure how to respond. I likely won't go near any of these games (maybe the Sunday nighter) but I will certainly be fading both clubs early next week. Especially the series winner.
VEGAS SPORTS INFORMER
Still recovering from last weekend with the Derby and the fight. I hope everybody wished their moms a happy Mother's Day on Sunday. I spent my Sunday watching Chicago sports and what a weird day it was. Who would of thought that the Chicago Bulls would show heart on Sunday and win Game 4 and avoid a sweep? The same goes for my loveable losers the Chicago Cubs, who avoided the three-game sweep with a win over the Phillies.
The WNBA season starts Saturday, May 19 and there are five games being played on opening night. Remember, the Vegas Sports Informer is your No. 1 WNBA handicapper. Here are some games that I have my eye on this week (even though there's too many to choose!):
Chicago Cubs at New York Mets (Monday-Thursday)
The only reason why I put this series down is because of bragging rights between Mr. Robert Ferringo and myself. The Cubs will throw out Marquis, Zambrano and Hill in this series so I'm hoping at least a split. I'm just happy that the Mets took two of three from the Central Division-leading Brewers.
Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs (Friday-Sunday) MLB
I'm not afraid to say this but I dislike the Chicago White Sox! Not because they won a World Series before my beloved Cubs but because if you are a Cub fan you must dislike them. It's a Second City rule! Both teams have been struggling and I'm just hoping that the White Sox offense stays cold in this series.
The NBA playoffs are still going on and YES we are still in the second round. Some very good match-ups still going, the best one right now is the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns. Some series should be over this week, like Pistons/Bulls (Pistons series should be done on Tuesday) and Jazz/Warriors (series should end by the end of the week and Utah should win). In my eyes looks like the NBA Finals will the Detroit Pistons and the San Antonio Spurs. Again.
STRIKE POINTS SPORTS
The NBA Playoffs continue to put on a show, but could time be running out for the Warriors and Bulls? Both face elimination games on Tuesday, but they have been able to be competitive in their respective series throughout. We'll see…
Here are several match-ups we'll be eyeing this week:
Minnesota at Cleveland
The Twins dropped their weekend series with the Tigers, but they did salvage it by scored 16 runs on Sunday in the victory. Now they head to the Jake to face the Indians, another top AL club.
Detroit at Boston
The top series to start the week is in Beantown when the Tigers get to face the red hot Red Sox. Boston continues to extend their lead in the AL East, and it might be tough for anyone to catch them if they keep getting the top quality pitching from all five starters.
Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs
Interleague starts and no series is more exciting than when the Cubbies and Southsiders clash. Both have been playing some good ball of late, so this weekend rivalry has even more meaning. Starting pitching has and will be the difference in this three game set.