The Advisory Board: Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Advisory Board - 06/12/2007
Here's the inside scoop into the betting world from the Advisory Board at Doc's Sports:
Interleague play is now in full swing and the books earned a big edge over the weekend, as numerous upsets took place on the diamond. It was a struggle throughout the weekend for Doc's Sports but we did manage to pick up one unit and dropped just a little juice money.
The Triple Crown season is now officially complete with the running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Doc's did manage to produce a profit, but again it was all chalk filling out the top four places in the race,thus the payout was low. This was an odd year for horse racing, as the chalk prevailed in all three races and the last two races featured some of the worst runs we've seen. Three of those horses had no business running in the Stakes and I was disappointed Street Sense decided not to show up. Oh well, a wise man says, "Show a profit and one will never go broke" and that is exactly how we feel.
Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers (Friday-Sunday)
The Dodgers hope Round Two of the Freeway Series goes better than Round One did. The Dodgers will likely enter this game in a three-way battle for first place in the NL West. The Halos have a little more breathing room, but with Oakland starting to heat up as the temperature rises, they need as big of cushion as they can get. Expect a lot of low scoring games and Doc's will have a selection on a couple of them.
As interleague approaches its second week of action, Doc's Sports has you covered with daily baseball selections, plus you can receive the rest of the NBA Finals for only $19 a day. Doc's will have selection on the remainder of the series and has a few hot totals plays in mind. Best of luck and together lets have a profitable week.
The wheels certainly came off over the weekend, as a variety of wild and wacky interleague series took many bizarre and dangerous twists. We entered with nothing but confidence and momentum and left beaten and bloodied. I am still amazed at how poor the White Sox, Phillies and Indians played this weekend against three inferior opponents. Those three teams lost six of a possible nine games to the Astros, Royals and Reds, respectively, and were at the core of our misery.
On the flip side, you have to be impressed with how teams in the American League West have been playing. Los Angeles, Seattle and Oakland have gone a combined 23-7 in their last 30. Even the Rangers managed to take two of three from the bumbling Brewers. Be wary of some other teams showing signs of life as well. Specifically the Yankees and Cardinals.
But it was just one weekend. It happens to all bettors at some point and we certainly aren't immune. But like I say all the time: I'm never as confident as the day after a loss because I know that means I'm due for another eruption very soon.
And for the record, I loved the Sopranos finale and thought that there was a certain level of genius in it.
Here are a few series that I'll have my eye on this week as we look to get hot:
Milwaukee at Detroit (Tuesday-Thursday)
The Brew Crew has been downgraded from Slipping to Completely Shaky after their disastrous trip to Texas over the weekend. They're now 9-18 over the past month and have gone 2-9 as an underdog since the start of May. They'll likely be dogged in all three of these games and I don't see any way they can hold up against the big bopping Tigers.
New York Mets at New York Yankees (Friday-Sunday)
I'll be looking to make a big move on the Mets on Friday when they face an old nemesis, Roger Clemens. I think Clemens will be overvalued after his unimpressive start against the Pirates last weekend and I think that the Mets are clearly the better team right now. The Mets are getting healthy, with Jose Valentin and Shawn Green due back as regulars this week, with the only worry being the Amazin's making the west-to-east road trip just prior.
VEGAS SPORTS INFORMER
My weekend in MLB was more disappointing than last night's Sopranos finale. What a horrible ending, as I thought for sure I was going to see some whacking. I guess if I want to see some blood and tears I can go watch Paris Hilton on recess in jail. I'm just hoping for another Paris Hilton movie. How about this title, "One Night in Paris Part II: Prison Party."
As for the sports world, here are some questions that are in my empty head right now: How good are the Spurs? Or how bad can Cleveland start a game? Are the Yankees alive? Can I ever win a baseball wager when betting against the Kansas City Royals? Who will win their first WNBA game, Houston (0-6) or Washington (0-7)? Will the Chicago Cubs ever win the World Series before I die? (Had to put that in!)
Here are some games that I have my eye on this week:
Seattle Mariners at Chicago Cubs (Tuesday-Thursday)
I'm going to be wishing while I watch this series, because how good would Ichiro Suzuki look in a Cubs uniform? It will never happen, but as a Cubs fan all we have are dreams. Chicago has been playing better since their trouble in the clubhouse. The Cubs have been struggling at home the last couple of years so either Seattle will move up in the A.L. West or Chicago will start winning at home and move up in the weak N.L. Central. Either way I would watch my Cubs play even if they were playing an All-Women 16-inch Softball team. That would be a great series because those women can play some ball.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs (Tuesday-Thursday-Sunday)
Tuesday will tell us if the NBA Finals will end quickly or if we have to continue to suffer through this low-rated NBA Finals. Is it me or are there times when San Antonio looks like it's playing a high school jayvee basketball team? Tuesday's game is a MUST game for Cleveland because if they don't show up again in the first half and have to come back from a twenty-point booty whipping this game and series is over and I will be able to watch WNBA full-time. I know - I need help!!!!
STRIKE POINTS SPORTS
It was a wild and wacky interleague weekend with plenty of speed bumps. A sub-.500 team swept the Dodgers at home. The Padres cooled off thanks to some awful bullpen performances. And get this: the Yankees are actually winning. Maybe all of this will start to make sense once division play starts back up again these next couple of weeks.
Here are several match-ups we'll be eyeing this week:
Colorado at Boston (Tuesday-Thursday)
Nothing seems to slow these Red Sox down, however the Rockies have been extremely competitive this season, and they do dodge both Dice-K and Beckett. Who knows, this might be the perfect series to catch Boston off guard after returning from the West Coast.
New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers (Monday-Wednesday)
Both these teams were humbled this past weekend, but now they get the chance to reclaim some NL dominance over another playoff contender. Pitching continues to lead the way for both, but the biggest question is when will the Dodger offense show up?
Oakland at Houston (Tuesday-Thursday)
Don't look now but here comes Money Ball. The A's are fresh off a road sweep of their Bay Area rivals, the Giants, and now if they can continue to carry through over a hapless Astros team they could make things very interesting in the soon-to-be tightly contested AL West.