Tread softly with inter-league play

Jun 5, 2007 4:58 AM

Baseball this weekend goes back to the inter-league garbage again, so if you must bet, at least go to half bets. During the last go around the results were totally inconclusive, "as advertised." The wins versus losses were very close, as were the overs and unders.

I can find no edge for this round, in leagues’ strength, or home versus visitors, or overs and unders. With that being said, however, one factor that may be of interest to bettors was that there were three sweeps, comprising Florida as a visitor at Tampa Bay, Detroit as a home team over St. Louis, and the Angels as a home team over the Dodgers. You might want to ride the three winners, and/or go against the three losers, and hope they maintain their previous form.

Last week I gave you three match ups for overs and unders, with astonishing results, as 10 out of 11 plays got the money. That in all probability will be the last time I ever do that good, so play easy, as a great deal of unconsciousness and luck were involved, but at least you’ve got a little cushion to work off of.

This week I’ll play all White Sox and Astros games under the totals, and all Giants versus Oakland games under as well. My overs will be the Mets versus Tigers, and Reds versus Indians, regardless of the starting pitchers.

For those of you that bet the Pistons to get to the NBA Finals, you have my utmost sympathy, as I led you down the wrong path. If I knew King James was that good, I undoubtedly would have made a different choice.

Many compare James to Michael Jordan, which is very unfair to the King, but try to remember this kid, who looks like he is 32, is really only 22, and he didn’t play any college ball. Barring any injury, he’ll make everybody forget about Jordan in a very short number of years. The facts are, up to this point nobody was that good at 22.

There was only one Babe Ruth, and he was head and shoulders above all of his peers in his day, but I find it difficult to place his abilities next to today’s athletes.

I know I’ll miss Richard Klamian a great deal, and mourn his sudden passing last week, as he left us all too soon. Rich was a soft spoken, intelligent, respectful man who was greatly admired by everyone who he came into contact with. Rich was successful from going from behind the counter of a sports book (the Stardust), to in front of the counter, as so many of us try but few succeed in doing. That distance of only three feet is surely the most difficult transition in our profession, and I always was amazed at how well Rich did it with so much class, personality and success.