With this being All Star break week let’s take a little look at what took place in the first half of the baseball season and what could happen in the second half as these races really heat up along with the hot temps we have been having all over the country.
The Yankees are 19 games over .500 owning the best record in baseball, and even owning a better road than home record (27-17 away, 25-16 at Yankee Stadium). New York looks to have a lock on the AL East barring any unforeseen injuries.
A battle royal brews between the White Sox, Indians and Tigers. I look for Detroit to really pick it up after the break and win this division in a real dog fight, especially if they can get through next week. The Tigers play their first three games on the road in Baltimore and then home against the surging Angels and a huge series against the White Sox.
It looked like the Rangers were going to run away and hide in the AL West but the Angels have really come to life and now only trail Texas by 3½ games, the Rangers with all of their power should hold on with the Halos getting the Wild Card and become a real danger.
Everyone loved the Phillies with their top notch pitching staff until the injuries came. Philadelphia sits in last place and looks to have mailed the rest of their season in. Washington sits at the top with a four-game lead over the Braves, who seem to win on the road but are just a measly 20-22 at home. If Atlanta starts getting those home wins they could become a danger in what looks to become a two horse race.
The Pirates are the surprise team in baseball leading the division by one game over the Reds and 2½ ahead of the Cards in what will be a three team race to the wire. One note of interest for all of you stat fans: The Pirates are a whopping 41-0 when leading after seven innings. My friends in Pittsburgh are so excited they don’t even know the Steelers are getting ready for football. There are huge crowds at the games and that is a good thing in the “burgh.”
Dodgers-Giants, Giants-Dodgers, we will see if the Dodgers get their injuries in order, if not this will be a humdinger of a race.
All in all I just don’t see much changing from the first half of the season but I do see some low level teams being spoilers.
The Cubs can jump up and bite you as can the Royals. The bottom line is you just can’t lay those big numbers in baseball, nothing over -150!
As I promised Kay Whitmore, here is what could happen with Water Polo in the Olympic Games coming up in London. And, I have also added for her Badminton:
To win gold medal in Water Polo:
Serbia 2-1; Hungary 5-2; Croatia 4-1; Italy 8-1
To win Badminton men’s doubles gold:
Cai Yun/Fu Hai Feng 5-2
Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen 5-1
Chai Biao/Guo Zhendong 7-1
Del Mar at Jerry’s
Del Mar opens on Wednesday, July 18 and Jerry’s Nugget, the nugget of North Las Vegas, will be hosting their 7th annual Del Mar handicapping contest every Saturday of the meet. Jerry’s has doubled its price pool this year with the winner getting $800 and $200 for second place. The entry fee will stay at $10 and if you buy two you get a third free. If you have a MoreClub card and finish first or second you will also get a $30 gift card.
The food station will be open with those great carved sandwiches and if you get there early Mark Dufty will be serving free donuts and coffee.
The first Del Mar contest will be Saturday, July 21 and yours truly will be there hosting a seminar along with some of my buds from the Bad Beat show, including Lou D’Amico and hopefully Rich Rose if he is not traveling.
Stop by with a sawbuck, take a shot at the $800 and give me a hello. We may even have some winners to pass out. I will be making picks on all of the races at Del Mar and offering key plays at the Saratoga meet on www.gamingtoday.com every race day.