The first full week of baseball is in the books with favorites having won around 50 games (not counting the -105’s) and the dogs 45.
That’s a good mix for the Vegas books. The games have gone OVER the total 58 times and UNDER 49. The UNDERS have held their own, especially in the American League.
The longest streaks so far are the surprising Indians winning seven straight and the Mariners dropping seven, including a sweep in Seattle by the Tribe. Seattle fans were tossing half full cups of Starbucks coffee at $10 apiece on the field.
Now that’s really being upset.
As for those streaks, there’s a lot of money to be made. Every year there are a few 10-game winning streaks and losing streaks. If you can get started and rollover a sawbuck you can make some big money. Just keep taking that winning ticket and rolling it over seven or eight times.
One of my favorite plays in baseball is almost nonexistent now. I would take the +1½ when getting even or plus money. The lines are so competitive now and the totals are so low you almost never see it any longer.
When there is a -210 or higher the lines makers have adjusted so much you seldom get the plus. That play looks to be long gone so I will just stick with the streaks and look for the team that wins 10 in a row.
One of the teams I do believe can put together that streak is Boston, even with its abominable start. The Red Sox did win their series against their hated archrival Yankees with a great pitching performance Sunday night by Josh Beckett.
Look for the Red Sox to put together a long winning streak very soon and just parlay that 10 spot into some real cash. In the NL, the Phils with their pitching and bats could put together a 10 spot so keep an eye on their schedule to find a starting point.
You need to have a schedule book so you can see in advance what series are coming up as the Phils head into Washington with a two-game winning streak for a three-game series, head home for a three-game series with the Marlins and three more with the Brewers before going west to San Diego. That’s the kind of thing you want to look for.
I was going over the stats of one of my favorite pitchers, Sandy (born Sanford Braun in Brooklyn, N.Y.) Koufax and looking at his stats. Wonder how much money he would attract if he was playing today?
In his last four years Koufax had a record of 97-27 with a 1.87 ERA. That is a big WOW!
Reading about the Barry Bonds fiasco lying trial I was reminded of something that happened way back in 1919 when a 12-year-old baseball fan, who later became a well know priest by the name of Father Kenney, was at Comiskey Park in Chicago when finding out his beloved “Shoeless Joe” Jackson was involved in the Black Sox scandal.
The kid just stood there in the stands shouting out to Shoeless Joe, “Say it ain’t so, Joe” over and over, and that question became part of baseball mythology until today, with the exception of Barry, who has offered little or no defense. He’s not saying it isn’t so!
This past Friday was our Kentucky Derby prep seminar at Palace Station and, to say the least, it was a resounding success as far as the crowd and the pizza.
We had a few winners, but all had a good time as Ralph, Vic and myself are now geared up for the BIG one on Friday, May 6. This one is really going to be big so mark it on your calendar and be at Palace Station if you want some good insight into the Derby.
Or, just come out to have a good time for free. Can’t beat that deal!