The Advisory Board: Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Advisory Board - 07/17/2007
There's been some big moving and shaking here at Doc's over the past week. First, the continued baseball domination by the Advisory Board is still that much more accessible as the price of a full season package is a miniscule $395! That's over three months' worth of selections, including the playoffs and World Series, from the handicapper of your choice for under $400 - which is over $350 less than what those same picks would cost if you bought individual monthly packages.
Next, we've rolled out Early Bird Special for a full season's worth of football selections for just $695. This is an amazing value - with savings of over $250 off the regular price - and with the season coming sooner than you think it would be wise to lock up your investment at the best possible price. That full season's worth of football picks takes you from opening night - of both college and pro football - through Bowl Season, the NFL Playoffs, and the Super Bowl. We've got you covered from late August to early February, for the bargain price of less than $140 per month and AN AMAZINGLY LOW $30 PER WEEK!!!
Here's the inside scoop into the betting world from the Advisory Board at Doc's Sports:
Believe it or not, the best team in National League lies in the Southwest corner of the United States, that being the San Diego Padres. This team has the best pitcher in the league from starting to closing and has an offense full of big name hitters. Playing in Petco Park has helped their pitching numbers, but the trade-off is that a .260 average is considered good because of the spacious dimensions of the facility. The Fathers have dominated the division this decade and this may be their best chance at reaching the World Series for the first time since 1998.
The whole league is way down and many experts still rate the Mets way too high considering how they have been playing lately. They are banking on a spark with the return of Pedro Martinez, but it's hard to imagine him being more then a five-inning pitcher. That being said, the Padres will be the team to beat assuming Bud Black does not mismanage the team like he did Saturday night, taking star pitcher Chris Young out after just six innings of work, only to see his bullpen throw away a four-run lead and eventually the game.
Here is a series that I'll have my eye on this week:
San Francisco at Milwaukee (Friday-Sunday)
The commissioner may have been forced to be in attendance if Barry Bonds would have gone on a home run surge to start the second half of the season. But that did not happen and with his tendency to sit out games, the public will have to wait for at least a week before history is made. Most people do not realize this, but the commissioner's office is indeed in Milwaukee and not New York City. I expect the commissioner will be in attendance when Bonds breaks the record but I do think he has a point in not wanting to follow Bonds around for weeks as he chases it. Bonds has gone on long HR droughts this year and it could happen again. The Giants have been terrible this season and need to retool this team for 2008.
Doc's Sports expects to have an outstanding weekend on the diamond this week and would like you aboard. The highlight will come on Saturday when we release our 6-unit MLB Game of the Week. This play will grab the money and we want you aboard.
Long time no talk, faithful readers!!! How the hell are you? If you've cruised by my Insider's Page you'll see that it's been nothing but good times in July as I continue to earn for my faithful clients. It's all about faith. That's why Jesus is in the White House and why I still feel like the Mets can turn things around when their schedule eases up.
Other than that, I have to say that I'm juiced for football season. I know, I know - I need to be focused 100 percent on baseball. But I just can't do it. I've got pigskin on the brain and keep an eye out for how-to articles, preseason college and pro football predictions, and plenty of other goodies to get you in the mood and mindset that you'll need to dominate the books with me this fall.
But in the meantime, here are some series that I'm going to use to pay to the bills:
Detroit at Minnesota (Tuesday-Thursday)
The Twins made a statement coming out of the All-Star break by winning four straight from the sagging A's. They're a second half team and now that they are completely healthy - remember, Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer missed a ton of games in the first half - they are not a team to sleep on. The marquee match-up is on Wednesday when Johan Santana and surging youngster Andrew Miller duel. Santana is an astounding 50-15 after July 1 in his career and is 11-3 against Detroit. Keep an eye on the 'over' in this one as well. If it gets to 7.5 I kind of like the 'over', depending on the umpire, because the Tigers hit lefties well and I think Miller is due for a letdown.
New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers (Friday-Sunday)
The Mets are a disaster right now, but are still getting a ton of respect from the books. They will be coming out of a grueling three-game set against San Diego and then running into a buzz saw in L.A. The Dodgers destroyed a worn out Mets crew in their last visit to the Left Coast last month. I think the Mets will scramble for one win in this series, most likely a high-scoring Game 1, but I look for them to nestle into the second place chair by the end of this weekend. Oh, and one more fearless prediction: James Loney will be the N.L. MVP in 2010.
VEGAS SPORTS INFORMER
"Go Cubs Go, Go Cubs Go, Hey Chicago what you say, Cubs are gonna win today!" I got to hear this song three times this weekend as the Chicago Cubs swept the Houston Astros. These three wins for the Cubs, and myself, were surprising because in the last 20 games I've witnessed Chicago play, the Cubs went 4-16. I was even at a Cubs game where they blew a nine-run lead and lost!!! This run the Cubbies have been on is just amazing. A couple of months ago this team has been fighting with each other, Lou Pinella was going nuts on the field and even Derek Lee lost his cool. Look at them now.
Tons of baseball still to play and Milwaukee just received bad news as Ben Sheets went on the 15-day DL. I'm already saving my money for Cubs playoff tickets and if I see Steve Bartman at a game I will personally escort him to the South Side to a White Sox game.
Here are three games that I have my eye on this week:
San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs (Monday-Thursday)
This series is big for the Cubs, not because they are chasing the Brewers but no team wants to give up the home run record to Barry Bonds. Just think, the Cubs gave the homer record to Big Mac in St. Louis and gave up number 600 to ex-Cub Sammy Sosa in Texas. If I were the Cubs pitching staff I would pitch to Barry because the way Bonds has been swinging lately he couldn't hit off a tee right now.
San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee (Friday-Sunday)
I need Milwaukee to start losing some home games if my Cubs want to take the lead in the NL Central. Maybe Bonds and the struggling Giants can take two out of three in Beer Country this weekend, but I can only dream right now. These games should produce tons of runs because San Francisco pitching has also struggled. The Brew Crew also score tons of runs at home so maybe bet the 'over' in these three games.
STRIKE POINTS SPORTS
It's mid-July and for the last month we have been tearing it up like no other. We're keeping it simple, and continuing to push ourselves to the limit during the MLB summertime. We've won 24 of the last 29 days, including a 20-2 run, all while hitting winners at a 68 percent clip throughout the entire season!
As for the baseball teams, it's getting exciting, as the West divisions continue to turn out the best team ball in each league from our eyes. And that's exactly where we'll keep our attention:
Philadelphia at Los Angeles (Monday-Wednesday)
The Phillies have done well to close in on the Mets and Braves, while the Dodgers seem to be locked in a three-headed race with the D-Backs and Padres. And who knows where the wild card will go with the Cubs heating up and the Rockies also making a push towards the top.
New York at San Diego (Monday-Wednesday)
The Mets still haven't returned to their top form of the first month of the season, while the Padres are still one of the premier home teams at Petco. New York is getting closer to a fully healthy club, but still the Padres have the edge with their extremely tough pitching staff.
Arizona at Chicago (Friday-Sunday)
The upstart Baby Backs are not going away. That's exactly where we saw them - with a great shot at the playoffs this season. The Cubs are the hottest team in all of baseball and they are closing in on the young Brewers, showing what all that money in offseason can do with some time to gel. Chicago hosts San Fran before Arizona, so they have plenty of chances to slice the division lead down with this lengthy home stand.