The Advisory Board: Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Advisory Board - 06/27/2007
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Here's the inside scoop into the betting world from the Advisory Board at Doc's Sports:
Interleague play has come to an end and Doc's Sports finished out that portion of the season on a high note, cashing in big over the weekend. The featured series took place between the Red Sox and the Padres, with the Sox being able to take two of three games and extend their lead to 11 games in the AL East. They have now withstood the rush of the Yankees over the last couple of weeks and were able to extend the lead back to a comfortable margin. Is this the year the Yankees miss the postseason? It appears to be likely, but they still have a good chance to win the wild card, as Cleveland is starting to struggle a little. The Indians a young team and should start to the feel the pressure as the games start counting down.
The Detroit Tigers brought in the most impressive performance over the weekend. They went into Atlanta and swept the Braves, receiving a shutout performance from Kenny Rogers in his first start of the season on Friday. The Braves had a great opportunity over the past few weeks to blow up the struggling Mets in the standings but actually dropped to third place in the East. Now comes word that star players John Smoltz and Larry "Chipper" Jones are upset with each other for comments made to the media about how severe Jones' injury actually is. Smoltz has made a comment like this before and this time he appeared to push Jones over the edge. I am not one to choose sides, but Smoltz needs to shut up and play.
Here's another weekend series that we may look to score big on:
San Diego at Los Angeles (Friday-Sunday)
These are two of the three teams battling for first place in the NL West. Both struggled in series last week and need to put together a solid week in order to stay with the surging Diamondbacks. The loser of this series will have some ground to make up and you can expect a bunch of exciting, low scoring games. Doc's Sports will have a selection on a couple of these affairs.
A big weekend picking up +12 units will be carried into Saturday, when we release our American League Game of the Year, an 8-unit selection. To receive this selection sign-up for one of our many MLB packages, starting at just $25. Doc's has been handicapping baseball for 25 years and wants you along for a winning ride. Check out our Insider's Page for daily updates.
Thank god that interleague play is over. I mean, seriously, I was completely sick of trying to handicap how teams like the Rangers and Pirates would match-up with one another. There's much more stability and rhythm to the intraleague schedule and now that we've reverted back to it I think we're in for a big week to close June.
Which reminds me - we will have our GAME OF THE MONTH going this week. I've had my eye on a particular contest for about two weeks so keep an eye out for the day that we pull the trigger. In the meantime, I'll just keep plugging away at trying to put together our third straight winning week and our 11th in the 13 weeks we've been capping this year.
Here are a few things going on in the next seven days that will pique my interest:
2007 NBA Draft (7 p.m., Thursday, June 28)
What could be finer than awkward handshakes between degenerate lawyers and future felons? The NBA Draft is generally a comedy from start to finish. From Jay Bilas gushing over the "length" of Joakim Noah to the predictable goofiness of Chinese center Yi Jianlin to the obviously ridiculous New York Knicks selection it should be a banner evening. The Hot Stove is in full effect and it should be an interesting few days in what has been a pretty boring sport over the past two months.
New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies (Friday-Sunday)
The Phils came into Shea and swept the Mets a few weeks ago. That series is actually what sent New York into its recent 6-13 tailspin. Now the Mets will be looking to get even. Philadelphia is 6-3 in its last nine home games but just 8-10 against New York at home since the start of 2005. The Phils do miss the Mets' two lefties (Perez, Glavine) but shouldn't miss a chance to shrink New York's lead in the East.
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I spent the whole day Sunday preparing myself to watch soccer on Telemundo TV. What a great game -- not only did USA beat Mexico but I got to hear GOALLLLLLLLLLLL…three times. USA came from behind to beat Mexico 2-1 as Mexico was up 1-0 at half. And then my Sunday got even better as my Cubbies SWEPT the cross-town White Sox this weekend. I'm looking forward to see the fire sale on the South Side of Chicago this week. Pitcher Mark Buehrle and right fielder Jermaine Dye should be the first to go for the White Sox. And as for my Cubbies, how good would Ken Griffey Jr look in right field at Wrigley?
Here are some games that I have my eye on this week:
Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs (Friday-Sunday)
Huge weekend at Wrigley Field as the first place Milwaukee Brew Crew comes to Chicago. If the Cubs want to make a move in the NL Central they need to win this series. The Cubs as of late are playing smart baseball but the Brewers are hot right now so something will have to give. I'm a Cub fan so I'm sure this weekend will be disappointing. We may also see a different Cubs team as trade rumors are flying around the city of Chicago.
2007 NBA Draft (7 p.m., Thursday, June 28)
Thursday night could be a huge night in the NBA. If there are any trades on Thursday (Kobe and KG) these deals could overshadow the draft. The first two selections are pretty much a done deal, but after that is a crapshoot. This draft could be the most memorable NBA draft in recent history due to the possible action. I'm just hoping that former Duke player Josh McRoberts doesn't get drafted just because I dislike Duke players. This won't happen, but I can hope!!!
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As interleague finishes we find ourselves in a great situation, continuing our run over the last week or so. After a sweep of the board on Sunday, we've now won eight of the last 11 days with an 11-3 overall run. Like the Angels, who now have baseball's best record, this MLB season is a long stretch and it has to be paced correctly. July is right around the corner, and we'll look to match this type of consistency throughout the remainder of the summer.
Here are several match-ups we'll be eyeing this week:
Oakland at Cleveland (Monday-Wednesday)
Two legit playoff contenders collide as we get back to the regular AL/NL play. The Indians continue to be one of the best hitting teams in baseball, however a Tigers team that looks to be much improved from last year's World Series team has overshadowed them. Oakland, likewise, has been good ball, however they still sit quite a ways back in the AL West with the Angels flourishing like no one else.
Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona (Monday-Wednesday)
Two of the elite teams in the N.L. have helped the cause for why the West could be the best division in baseball. Both sit over ten games above .500, and they'll continue to challenge each other, not to mention the rest of the competitive division. The Padres are lurking, the Rockies are upstarts and the Giants could stabilize themselves.
Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs (Friday-Sunday)
Hosting the first place Brewers, the Cubbies have to make a statement here. Creeping closer back to .500, Chicago needs at least a series victory to show they can compete with the only winning team in the underachieving NL Central. The Cubs have received tremendous starting pitching of late, and the bats have done fairly well, so if the bullpen can just do anything but utterly blow leads, this should be a healthy chase down the stretch.