The Advisory Board's Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Sports Services - 06/18/2007
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As the Winter Sports have finally come to an end, baseball now takes center stage for the next month and a half before exhibition football kicks off in July. Both the NHL and NBA finals turned out to be duds, as Cleveland could not muster a single win against the Spurs and Ottawa could never recover from their Game 1 loss to Anaheim.
Interleague play will still dominate the diamond for seven more days and I cannot wait until teams play traditional games in their respective league starting next week. One team that does not want interleague play to end is the New York Yankees, as they have now won 11 of their last 12 games. They have moved within 8.5 games of the Red Sox and there is still plenty of time to catch them before play concludes in October. They key for the Yankees will be keeping their pitching staff healthy.
Boston at San Diego (Friday-Sunday)
Two Divisional leaders are set to do battle at Petco Park in San Diego, CA. Most of the big guns should be participating in this series, as Jake Peavy, Curt Schilling, Chris Young, and Dice-k should all toe the rubber assuming the suspensions from the Padres/Cubs brawl do not take effect. This should be an exciting series and Doc's Sports should have selections on a couple of the games.
We had a rough Saturday with selections but a strong Sunday got us back on track and you can expect more of the same next weekend, as we will release another top play. Baseball is entering the summer months and this is the best time to handicap the sport, as key trends are popping up each day. Best of Luck and together lets have a great week! Be sure to check out our Insider's Page for daily updates.
What a fitting end to an utterly disappointing NBA Finals: with the Spurs up four points with just 1.4 seconds left, the championship already decided, Damon Jones hit a garbage 25-foot 3-pointer to sneak Cleveland under the 2.0-point spread. That shot robbed the general public – which had pounded the Spurs that night – and was one final kick in the groin to leave everyone with the as the NBA season came to a close. Good thing the only bet I made on the entire series was for the Spurs to win it. Easiest money I ever made.
As for baseball, enough interleague play already! The novelty has completely worn off, and now it's just a pain in the ass trying to cap series between teams like the Devil Rays and Diamondbacks and the Cubs and Rangers. It's more annoying than anything, and I'm ready to get back to the placidity of intraleague action.
We managed to scrape our way to our ninth winning week of the season over the past seven days, with a lot of help from our Game of the Week, Runline of the Week and Total of the Week all paying out. We're going to keep pumping out the top plays this week, as our top two (GOTW and RLOTW) games will likely be rolling out early.
Here are a few series that I'm looking at this week as we close in on our tenth winning week of the season:
Oakland at New York Mets (Friday-Sunday)
The A's are streaking while the Mets are struggling. However, the Mets will get a crack at the back end of the Oakland staff, which includes lefties Lenny DiNardo and Joe Kennedy. The Mets feast on southpaws and I think this series – which kicks off a spell of 18 games in 17 days for New York – will be the one that gets them back on the winning track.
Florida at Chicago White Sox (Monday-Wednesday)
It's a hard fact, but a fact nonetheless: you have to kick a team when it's down. The White Sox have been pathetic over the past month and now face a streaky Marlins club. I think that this series will be determined by what happens in the opener: if the White Sox win they're going to get two out of three. If they lose the first game they're going to get smoked on Tuesday before Jon Garland steals one on Wednesday.
Oh, and make sure to check out my Insider Page for free plays, updates, and general ramblings as we continue our diligence on the diamond.
VEGAS SPORTS INFORMER
Tonight my heart and my wallet are riding on my Arena Football Game of the Year so my mind might be a little off while I type this. And, is it just me, but when did my Chicago Cubs reach the level of "The View" in terms of television drama? If you ask me, Rosie O'Donnell should buy the team – it's a match made in heaven!
How about a show of hands for everyone else that's happy that the NBA Finals are over. They were just as painful to bet as they were to watch. Each game was a bit like watching Vince McMahon's car blow up on WWE Raw last Monday – you were happy but you knew it was fake. One final note on the Finals: Tony Parker is the luckiest man alive. He gets another championship ring, the Finals MVP, and he gets to marry Eva Longoria next month. On the flip side is my life: living with my mother-in-law, a Cubs fan, and the air conditioning in my car is broken out here in 100-degree-a-day Las Vegas. I wish I were Tony Parker!!!
Here are some games that I have my eye on this week:
Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers (Tuesday-Thursday)
This matchup could have been HUGE if the Texas Rangers were playing in Chicago instead of Arlington Texas. Can you imagine Sammy Sosa's return to Chicago? How would the crowd react? Would he get cheered or booed? Would he cork his bat again? This series should put up tons of runs because the Rangers pitching staff is horrible. If the Cubs can get good quality starting pitching from their two lefties (Marshall and Lilly) they should be able to get two out of three.
CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals (Thursday, June 21)
Two big games in soccer this Thursday take place in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals. The first game is the United States against Canada and the second game is Mexico against Guadeloupe. USA would need to play tough defense against this Canada team, with features one of the most dangerous attacks the Americans have seen this year. I do believe Mexico should be able to beat this Guadeloupe team so we could see a USA-Mexico championship game. In my opinion, the winner should be able to control immigration policy, but I don't see that happening.
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STRIKE POINTS SPORTS
This past weekend of interleague was much more relaxed and confined than was the first hectic go-round. The Angels certainly were the most impressive club as they continue to be a major player in the AL, as well as the class of California. We managed to pick up some steam with a nice little run over the last week. Hopefully divisional and league play will keep the consistency going throughout the rest of the month.
Here are several match-ups we'll be eyeing this week:
Philadelphia at Cleveland (Monday-Wednesday)
Here's a good little series that should produce a whole lot of offense. The Phillies are the top scoring team in the NL, while the Tribe does their part to keep slugging in the AL with the Tigers, Red Sox and Mariners. Cole Hamels gets the limelight in the opener on Monday, as he continues his bid for the league's top pitcher.
Minnesota at New York Mets (Monday-Wednesday)
Sure the Mets got out of the gate fast, but when are they going to reemerge? New York has seen its division lead slip away, and while they still hold the top spot, Philly and Atlanta are hot on their trail. Getting the Twins away from home should be a good spot for the Mets to get back on track with a couple victories, if not a sweep.
Boston at San Diego (Friday-Sunday)
The Red Sox make another trip out West, and they get the tough Padres in Petco this time around. San Diego looks strong as they eye another trip to the playoffs as the NL West's top club. However this division seems to be one primed to go down to the wire with the Dodgers holding up well and the ever-so-hot Baby Backs lurking in Arizona.
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