Diamond's Gems by Sid Diamond | Our four or five "totals" teams werenít too bad on their own last week, with a new leader emerging in the "under" category, as the Kansas City Royals displaced our perennial superstar, San Diego, by a wide margin.
While going under five times and over only twice for the week, KC averaged only two runs per game, which included one game that they scored 8 runs, and still only scored 14 runs for the week Ė that included seven games, encompassing two shutouts and three one-run games.
The Tigers must have read my article last week, and reacted from the lowest scorers to the highest, posting 54 runs in six games. I got off of them in mid week, and rode to three over victories in a row.
Generally the scoring has been lower and the unders seem to get the most victories. Some teams just canít score consistently, as is proven by the Padres, Royals, Giants, White Sox and most surprisingly, the Cleveland Indians, who went under four out of six games for the week.
Adjustments should be made each day, depending on teamsí lineups, locations, weather, key numbers and recent performances.
Remember the numbers center around 9, and show caution if that number is against your selection.
When betting teams only, and if you lean towards the favorites, youíll win more games than youíll lose, but youíll lose more money than youíll win. If the previous sentence confuses you, welcome to the wonderful, wacky world of baseball betting!
Although I always attempt to be optimistic, I know I am guilty of being pessimistic, with many reports of Major League Baseball. I do believe that as great as the sport is, both owners and the players union donít allow one another to cross over the line, due to vested interests on both sides.
Iím happy to report some "feel good" things this week, and will try to eliminate the negativity of the steroids garbage for a while, even though the commissioner saw fit to disregard the pending suspensions of Jose Guillen and Jay Gibbons, and has decided to forgive and forget anything and everything uncovered by the Mitchell report.
I canít help but wonder how Bonds and Clemens and others feel about the new rules and their questionable behavior prior to finding out that all participants are now totally absolved, and face no punishment for their actions. What message does this colossal pile of junk send to our young athletes?
Anyway, letís get to the good stuff. Last Monday, John Lester of the Boston Red Sox, threw a no hitter at K.C. John has had cancer, and has put it into submission, and his achievement will be remembered for many years as a testimonial to thousands of cancer patients past and present.
Along with John, Doug Davis of the Arizona Diamondbacks, another cancer survivor, came back from cancer surgery on Saturday night, to shut down the Atlanta Braves, allowing only one run in seven innings of five-hit ball to win his first game back on the mound.
These two major pitching achievements portray hope for all cancer patients throughout our country. I remember years ago when a person was described as having "the big C," his fate was inevitable, but today, with medical achievements, it gives all of us hope, as we have witnessed this past week. Thanks guys, for giving an entire nation an uplifting experience!
Congratulations go out to Las Vegasí own Greg Maddux on winning his 350th game in the Major Leagues last week. Greg, along with Andre Agassi, have become great role models for our youth and Iím proud to be represented by these two sports heroes, who indeed represent our fair city of Las Vegas with humility and exceptional compassion for others not as fortunate as themselves.
Have a great week!