This past week in baseball was a good one if you follow streaks

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This past week in baseball was a good one if you were following streaks.

The Pirates were one of the teams to bet against, managing only one road win. I said last week this could be a brutal road trip for the “Buccos” and it has been.

After losing last Monday the Atlanta Braves won five straight games moving within 1½ of the top spot in the NL East behind the Nationals who won five straight games before losing on Sunday

The Dodgers, with a favorable schedule, went undefeated for the week and now are riding a six-game win streak heading to Milwaukee on Tuesday to meet the Brewers who are riding a four-game losing streak.

LA had a good time beating the Pirates and the Padres at Dodger Stadium. Let’s see if they can keep the streak going on the road as they try to improve on a 9-1 start, best in baseball.

In the NL Central the Cardinals are slowly separating from the rest of the field. In the AL, the Rays folded faster than yesterday’s newspaper at Fenway as the Red Sox woke up in a very crowded East Division separated by just one game from top to the bottom. The East could be wild and crazy for a long time.

The Tigers will slowly separate from the rest of the pack in the AL Central. They won the rubber game last Sunday breaking the White Sox’s four-game winning streak.

In the AL West the Angels have started slower than some of the ponies I bet on, sitting last with just three wins and a beat up pitching staff. Texas is in cruise control with the second best record in the majors at 8-2.

Remember to stick with the streak, betting the teams on a roll and against the ones on losing streaks. If you just start with a $10 dollar bill and after each win roll the ticket over into the next game you will be surprised at what can happen. So roll baby roll or, as they say on the crap table, press baby press.

DERBY NEWS

Trainer Bob Baffert unleashed his budding super star in the Arkansas Derby Bodemeister who just crushed them wire-to-wire with Mike Smith riding. It was a very eye catching race moving Bodemeister right into the top five contenders in what is shaping up as one of the most tightly contested Kentucky Derby’s in recent years.

Baffert also finished second in the race with his very consistent Secret Circle who has won five of seven starts with two seconds. He ran like a horse that will not get the Derby distance.

Sabercat, the third place finisher, is a colt I do have a vested interest in. He rebounded from a dull effort in the Rebel and will be sitting on his best come Derby Day and is bred to run all day.

In the Blue Grass there was another colt moving into the top tier of the Derby favorites – the Dale Romans trained Dullahan with big race jockey Kent Desormeaux in the irons. He exploded down the lane cruising by the race favorite and Juvenile champ Hansen winning in a gallop going away.

The “white tornado” Hansen had nothing left down the lane and he will also have a hard time getting the 1¼ Derby distance. Dullahan looks to be peaking at the right time but there was not much in this race after the top two as the John Sadler recent maiden breaker Holy Candy ran on to pick up the fourth spot.

Dullahan is one to watch down the road, especially if getting a race between now and the Belmont, but he will not have enough graded earnings to make it to the Derby.

I will continue my updates every week until I make my pick as the field rounds into shape.

Our Kentucky Derby prep seminar was a blast. We all had a great time and are looking forward to our big seminar Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m., in the race book at Palace Station. It is free, including food and cocktail service.

 

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