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  2. #362
    Sunday’s 6-pack
    Managers with the most career ejections:

    162— Bobby Cox
    121— John McGraw
    100— Leo Durocher
    96— Earl Weaver
    88— Frankie Frisch, Tony LaRussa
    84— Ron Gardenhire
    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 574,383
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “It’s Vegas. You lose track of time in those casinos. There’s no windows, no clocks. He’s probably on a heater. And you never walk away from the table when you’re on a heater.”
    Sid Garner, from The Hangover

    Sunday’s quiz
    Of the 32 current NFL head coaches, how many have won a Super Bowl?

    Saturday’s quiz
    Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor played his college football at North Carolina.

    Friday’s quiz
    Blake Bortles was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ QB the last time they played a playoff game, in 2017.

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    Sunday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports Saturday

    13) There is a young man named Jamie Newman who was a QB at Wake Forest for three years:
    — He backed up John Wolford one year, the guy who was the Rams’ backup LY
    — Newman split time as a starter his second year.
    — He threw for 2,868 yards his third year with the Deacons. Pretty good season.

    Then he decided to bolt to greener pastures and transferred to Georgia before the 2020 season, hoping to raise his NFL Draft profile, but then opted out of that season, because of COVID/injury concerns. He figured, or his people figured, that his draft value would be enhanced somehow by his sitting out- they were wrong.

    Newman wasn’t drafted this weekend; he signed on with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent. Had he played at Georgia last year, he undoubtedly would’ve been drafted, but now he has to make the NFL the hard way. Cost him a lot of money, at least for now.

    Sometimes the grass isn’t greener on the other side.

    12) Mel Kiper Jr is an NFL Draft expert: here is how he thinks some teams did:
    Teams he gave an A grade to:
    — Los Angeles Chargers
    — Miami Dolphins
    — New Jersey Jets got an A-minus.

    Teams who got his lowest grades:
    — Pittsburgh Steelers got a C+
    — New Orleans Saints got a C+
    — Indianapolis Colts got a C+

    11) NFL Draft is a fascinating process; like I’ve said before, the average NFL team is worth $3B, yet teams approach the draft in many different ways. Some are obviously smarter than others.

    No one KNOWS who did the best this weekend; part of it is having coaches who will get the most out of the talent that the GM assembles. It’ll be a few years before we really know who did the best drafting this weekend.

    10) NFL changed things up some for Day 3 of the draft; they had some coaches/owners announce their team’s picks, which was a good idea.

    Jerry Jones announced one of the Cowboys’ picks with his teenage grandson; must be fun having a grandfather who owns an NFL team.

    Dallas used its first six draft picks on defensive players, by the way.

    9) The Aaron Rodgers soap opera is becoming tiresome; now the Interweb says he wants the Green Bay GM fired. The weird thing about the Packers is that they’re publicly owned, so who does he air his complaints to?

    There are 360,760 people who are Packers stockholders. There is a small executive committee that actually runs the team.

    Packers went 26-6 the last two years; hard to imagine the GM getting fired.

    8) Rams haven’t had a first round pick since 2016, won’t have another one until at least 2024, but Mel Kiper gave them a B+ grade. Les Snead is a really good GM who would rather trade for proven players than draft rookies.

    7) Madison Bumgarner started the season by going 0-2, 11.19 in his first three starts. Since then, he’s gone 3-0, 1.06 in his last three starts. Go figure.

    6) Cincinnati Reds’ 1B Joey Votto hit his 300th home run this weekend; he’ll be an interesting case when his Hall of Fame voting happens.

    Votto has a career .418 on-base percentage, which is tremendous; made six All-Star Games, finished in top three of the MVP voting three times, winning once. I’m guessing he’ll make it.

    5) Orioles 8, A’s 4:
    — Oakland started this season 1-7
    — A’s then won their next 13 games.
    — Now they’ve lost five of their last seven games.

    Very strange.

    4) Major league teams now script off days for their players; Bronx TV announcer Michael Kay was talking about this Saturday, how Giancarlo Stanton didn’t play Saturday, even though he was 11-20 in his last four games.

    Kay acknowledged that fans get ticked off about stars getting “days off”; hell, Stanton is a DH, why does he need a day off, especially when his bat is red hot?

    I only care because he’s on my fantasy team, but Stanton looks like an NFL tight end; it is ludicrous that he hasn’t played in the field yet this season. Who is making these decisions? Doubt it is the manager; am guessing the GM/analytics people call the shots.

    3) Brewers 6, Dodgers 5 (11)— Dodgers are struggling; they’ve lost 10 of their last 13 games, and now P Dustin May is hurt. They need injured OF Cody Bellinger back in the lineup.

    2) Mets 5, Phillies 4— There was a really, really terrible call made in this game at 2nd base, an out-of-baseline call against Andrew McCutchen— I saw the replay and laughed, it was so bad.

    Calls like this need to be reviewable; this would’ve taken 15 seconds to correct. A young umpire named Jose Navas made the call. Bryce Harper got thrown out because he was arguing from the dugout. Phillies would’ve had go-ahead run on 2nd base in the 8th inning; game was tied at the time. Michael Conforto hit the winning home run a few minutes later.

    1) Minor league baseball makes its return on Tuesday; someone said on TV the other night that teams will play Tuesday-Sunday each week, playing six-game series, to lessen travel. It’ll be fun to check the minor league boxscores again, this I know.

  3. #363
    31TAMPA BAY -32 DETROIT
    DETROIT is 21-67 ATS (-31.3 Units) against poor power play killing teams - opp score on >17.5% of chances over the last 2 seasons.




    NHL
    Dunkel

    Sunday, May 2







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    Tampa Bay @ Detroit
    Tampa Bay
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing on the road against Detroit
    Tampa Bay is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games when playing Detroit
    Detroit
    Detroit is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
    Detroit is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay


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  4. #364
    Monday’s 6-pack
    Over last 5 years, colleges with most NFL Draft picks:

    51— Alabama
    43— Ohio State
    39— LSU
    36— Michigan
    33— Florida
    30— Georgia
    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 574,383
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “Whoever came up with that (bleep) needs to be fired. That’s wack. You’ve got to earn your spot to be in the postseason. No consolation for finishing last. That’s corny.”
    Lebron James, talking about the NBA’s new play-in tournament; he doesn’t like it.

    Monday’s quiz
    When Larry Bird/Magic Johnson played in the national title game in 1979 with Indiana State, Michigan State, who were the other two teams in the Final Four that year?

    Sunday’s quiz
    Of the 32 current NFL head coaches, eight have won a Super Bowl.

    Saturday’s quiz
    Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor played his college football at North Carolina.

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    Monday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports Sunday

    13) Oy.

    A’s pitcher Jesus Luzardo has a hairline fracture in his left (throwing hand) pinkie; apparently Luzardo was playing a video game before his start Saturday and bumped his hand on a desk, and broke his finger, which explains why he pitched badly against the Orioles.

    12) Reds 13, Cubs 12:
    — Cincy 3B Mike Moustakas homered, doubled, got hit by a pitch and grounded into two double plays- you don’t see that every day.

    It is possible that Cubs’ manager David Ross is overmatched in this job; Reds had winning run on third with no one out in 10th inning, and Nick Castellanos up— he was already 4-5 for the game, with two homers.

    Castellanos up, Votto on deck, you have to walk both of them, create a force at the plate and bring up Moustakas, who had already grounded into two double plays. But no, they pitch to the red-hot Castellanos, he singles to center, game over.

    Both teams hit five homers in this game.

    11) Mets 8, Phillies 7:
    — Bryce Harper hurt his wrist late in this game (check status)
    — Rhys Hoskins appeared to hit a game-tying 3-run homer in 9th inning, but replays showed the ball hit the top of the fence, so Hoskins got a double.
    — Two bullpens gave up 12 runs in seven IP; the starters were pretty good.

    10) Braves’ catcher Travis d’Arnaud tore ligaments in his thumb, will have surgery and is on the 60-day disabled list, big loss for Atlanta.

    9) Giants 7, Padres 1— In four starts since his no-hitter, Joe Musgrove is 0-3, 5.21.

    8) Cleveland P Triston McKenzie threw 57 pitches Saturday; only one fair ball was hit. He walked four, struck out six hitters, gave up five runs in two IP.

    7) A’s 7, Orioles 5— Oakland CF Ramon Laureano had a great 8th inning; with the score 5-5, he robbed DJ Stewart of extra bases with a great catch against the CF fence to end the top of the inning, then he hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th to send everyone home happy.

    Oakland is 7-0 this season in games where winning run scores from the 7th inning on.

    6) Watching games all day Sunday on DirecTV, following the progress of guys on my fantasy team, the CBSSports.com fantasy website is faster than my satellite dish.

    Results of plays would pop up on my screen before the pitcher threw the ball on my TV— has to be a 2-second delay.

    5) Heading into Sunday’s games, these teams had the worst bullpen ERA’s:
    6.68— Detroit
    5.51— Cincinnati
    5.11— Colorado

    4) Dodgers 16, Milwaukee 4— AJ Pollock knocked in 8 runs, Matt Beaty knocked in 7 runs, as Dodgers took out the frustrations from their recent skid out on a tired Brewer pitching staff.

    3) Of the seven teams in first place or tied for first place, five of them have given up more runs than they’ve scored, which is kind of weird.

    2) If the baseball playoffs started today (they don’t):
    — NL: Wash/NYM, Brewers, Giants, Wild Card: Cardinals @ Dodgers
    — AL: Red Sox, Royals, A’s. Wild Card: Mariners @ White Sox

    1) 65 SEC players were taken in the NFL Draft, the most of any league. 8 of the first 38 players taken came from Alabama; that has to help their recruiting, not that it needs a lot of help.

  5. #365
    33NY ISLANDERS -34 BUFFALO
    NY ISLANDERS are 10-0 ATS (10 Units) when playing against a bad team (Win Pct. 25% to 40%) in the current season.

    35PITTSBURGH -36 PHILADELPHIA
    PITTSBURGH is 10-1 ATS (8.9 Units) in road games revenging a loss where team scored 1 or less goals over the last 2 seasons.

    37CHICAGO -38 CAROLINA
    CAROLINA is 14-3 ATS (10.8 Units) in home games against excellent power play teams- scoring on >17.5% of their chances in the current season.

    39WASHINGTON -40 NY RANGERS
    WASHINGTON is 12-20 ATS (-16 Units) against excellent power play teams- scoring on >17.5% of their chances in the 2nd half of the year over the last 2 seasons.

    41NASHVILLE -42 COLUMBUS
    NASHVILLE is 13-1 ATS (13 Units) when playing against a bad team (Win Pct. 25% to 40%) in the current season.

    43BOSTON -44 NEW JERSEY
    NEW JERSEY is 5-19 ATS (-14.3 Units) in home games against mistake free teams - opponents average <=4 power plays/game in the current season.

    45WINNIPEG -46 OTTAWA
    WINNIPEG is 8-1 ATS (6.9 Units) off a road loss against a division rival in the current season.

    47TORONTO -48 MONTREAL
    TORONTO is 9-0 ATS (9 Units) in road games after 2 or more consecutive unders in the current season.

    49DALLAS -50 FLORIDA
    FLORIDA is 9-0 ATS (9 Units) after allowing 3 goals or more 3 straight games in the current season.

    51ANAHEIM -52 ST LOUIS
    ST LOUIS are 1-7 ATS (-12.7 Units) in home games against poor defensive teams - allowing 2.85+ goals/game in the current season.

  6. #366
    NHL
    Dunkel

    Monday, May 3



  7. #367
    NHL

    Monday, May 3


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    NY Islanders @ Buffalo
    NY Islanders
    NY Islanders is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Buffalo
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Islanders's last 5 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
    Buffalo
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 5 games when playing at home against NY Islanders
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo's last 6 games

    Chicago @ Carolina
    Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games
    Chicago is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Carolina
    Carolina
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina's last 5 games at home
    Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago

    Boston @ New Jersey
    Boston
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games when playing New Jersey
    Boston is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
    New Jersey
    New Jersey is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Boston
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of New Jersey's last 8 games at home

    Washington @ NY Rangers
    Washington
    Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games on the road
    NY Rangers
    NY Rangers is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Washington
    NY Rangers is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington

    Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia
    Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    Philadelphia
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
    Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

    Nashville @ Columbus
    Nashville
    Nashville is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Columbus
    Nashville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Columbus
    Columbus
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 6 games at home
    Columbus is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games at home

    Toronto @ Montreal
    Toronto
    Toronto is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    Montreal
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 6 games at home
    Montreal is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Toronto

    Winnipeg @ Ottawa
    Winnipeg
    Winnipeg is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Ottawa
    Winnipeg is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
    Ottawa
    Ottawa is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Ottawa's last 12 games at home

    Dallas @ Florida
    Dallas
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas's last 7 games when playing Florida
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing on the road against Florida
    Florida
    Florida is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Florida's last 7 games when playing Dallas

    Vegas @ Minnesota
    Vegas
    Vegas is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
    Vegas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games
    Minnesota is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Vegas

    Anaheim @ St. Louis
    Anaheim
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Anaheim's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Anaheim's last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
    St. Louis
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing at home against Anaheim
    St. Louis is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games

    Los Angeles @ Arizona
    Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games when playing on the road against Arizona
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games on the road
    Arizona
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games when playing at home against Los Angeles

    Edmonton @ Vancouver
    Edmonton
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Edmonton's last 9 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Edmonton's last 14 games
    Vancouver
    Vancouver is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Edmonton
    Vancouver is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against Edmonton

    Colorado @ San Jose
    Colorado
    Colorado is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing San Jose
    Colorado is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
    San Jose
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Jose's last 6 games
    San Jose is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games when playing at home against Colorado


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  8. #368
    Tuesday’s 6-pack
    Other teams who have had lot of players in last five NFL Drafts:

    6) Miami— 29
    7) Clemson/Notre Dame 27
    9) Oklahoma 25
    10) Penn State/Washington 24
    12) Auburn 23
    13) Texas A&M/Utah 21

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 577,054
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “There’s no such thing as a sure thing. Thats why they call it gambling.”
    Oscar Madison

    Tuesday’s quiz
    In the great TV show The Odd Couple, what did Felix Unger do for a living?

    Monday’s quiz
    When Larry Bird/Magic Johnson played in the national title game in 1979 with Indiana State, Michigan State, DePaul/Pennsylvania were the other two teams in the Final Four that year. A team from the Ivy League made the Final Four.

    Sunday’s quiz
    Of the 32 current NFL head coaches, eight have won a Super Bowl.

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    Tuesday’s Den: Trends for American League teams

    Orioles
    — Baltimore is 4-10 at home, scoring more than 4 runs in only two games.
    — Orioles scored 5+ runs in seven of their 15 road games (10-5)
    — Orioles are 10-8 vs righty starters, 4-7 vs southpaws.

    Red Sox
    — Boston is 14-1 when it scores 4+ runs, 3-11 when they do not.
    — Red Sox are 7-3 vs lefty starters, 10-9 vs righties.
    — Boston is 5-2 in one-run games.

    White Sox
    — If you like to bet first 5 innings props, you probably know the White Sox are 18-4-5 in the first five innings so far this season.
    — Problem is, they’re 15-12 in the standings; they’ve been poor in the late innings.
    — Chicago is 11-0 when it scores 5+ runs, 4-12 when it doesn’t.

    Indians: In Monday’s game, these hitters started for Cleveland

    — Leadoff hitter, batting .194
    — #2 hitter, hitting .200
    — #8 hitter, batting .136
    — #9 hitter, batting .152

    Indians are 13-1 when they score 4+ runs, 1-12 when they do not.

    Tigers
    — Detroit scored 3 or fewer runs in 19 of their first 29 games.
    — Tigers led after five innings once in their last 17 games.
    — They’ve scored 24 fewer runs than any other American League team.

    Astros
    — Houston is 6-0 at home if they score 5+ runs, 1-7 if they don’t.
    — Astros are 13-7 vs division rivals, 2-6 vs everyone else.
    — Houston is 3-5 in games where winning run scored from 7th inning on.

    Royals
    — Kansas City is 6-1 in one-run games.
    — Royals’ last five games went over the total.
    — Kansas City is 4-1 in 2nd game of a series, if they lost the opener.

    Angels
    — Halos are 10-1 if they score 5+ runs, 3-13 if they don’t.
    — Angels are 6-9 vs AL West rivals, 7-5 vs everyone else.
    — Angels are 12-10 vs righty starters, 1-4 vs lefties.

    Twins
    — Minnesota is 4-1 in home series openers, 1-4 in road series openers.
    — Twins’ last six games went over the total.
    — Minnesota is 7-2 if it scores 6+ runs, 4-14 if they don’t.

    New York
    — New York is 10-1 when they score 5+ runs, 4-13 when they do not.
    — New York is 3-5 in games when winning run scores from 7th inning on.
    — Six of their last seven road games stayed under the total.

    A’s
    — A’s are 8-3 vs lefty starters, 10-9 vs righties.
    — Oakland is 7-0 in games when winning run scores from 7th inning on.
    — Six of their last seven road games stayed under the total.

    Mariners
    — Seattle is 7-4 in one-run games, 3-0 in extra innings.
    — Mariners are 7-2 at home if they score 4+ runs, 1-5 if they don’t.
    — Seattle is 4-2 in home series openers.

    Rays
    — Rays are 8-5 on the road, 7-10 at home.
    — Tampa Bay went 4-6 on its last homestand; they led one game after five innings.
    — Under is 7-3 in their last ten games.

    Rangers
    — Texas is 2-8 in series openers.
    — Rangers are 10-3 if they score 5+ runs, 3-14 if they don’t.
    — Under is 12-4 in their home games.

    Blue Jays
    — Toronto won six of its last seven home games (in Florida).
    — Blue Jays are 8-3 at home, 6-10 on the road.
    — Toronto is 1-4 in second game of a series, if they won the opener.

  9. #369
    59BOSTON -60 NEW JERSEY
    NEW JERSEY is 5-19 ATS (-14.3 Units) in home games against mistake free teams - opponents average <=4 power plays/game in the current season.

    61CHICAGO -62 CAROLINA
    CAROLINA is 14-3 ATS (10.8 Units) in home games against excellent power play teams- scoring on >17.5% of their chances in the current season.

    63PITTSBURGH -64 PHILADELPHIA
    PITTSBURGH is 10-1 ATS (8.9 Units) in road games revenging a loss where team scored 1 or less goals over the last 2 seasons.

    65NY ISLANDERS -66 BUFFALO
    NY ISLANDERS are 10-0 ATS (10 Units) when playing against a bad team (Win Pct. 25% to 40%) in the current season.

    67EDMONTON -68 VANCOUVER
    VANCOUVER is 5-0 ATS (9.3 Units) in home games against good teams - outscoring their opponents by 0.3+ goals/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.




    NHL
    Dunkel

    Tuesday, May 4







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    Tuesday, May 4


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    NY Islanders @ Buffalo
    NY Islanders
    NY Islanders is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Buffalo
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Islanders's last 6 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
    Buffalo
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Buffalo's last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 6 games when playing at home against NY Islanders

    Chicago @ Carolina
    Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing Carolina
    Carolina
    Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Carolina is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Chicago

    Boston @ New Jersey
    Boston
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 8 games when playing New Jersey
    Boston is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
    New Jersey
    New Jersey is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Boston
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New Jersey's last 8 games when playing Boston

    Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia
    Pittsburgh
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games when playing Philadelphia
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
    Philadelphia
    Philadelphia is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
    Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

    Edmonton @ Vancouver
    Edmonton
    Edmonton is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
    Edmonton is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    Vancouver
    Vancouver is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Edmonton
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Vancouver's last 6 games when playing Edmonton


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  10. #370
    Wednesday’s 6-pack
    Odds to win the PGA Championship, later this month:

    +1225— Justin Thomas
    +1350— Jon Rahm
    +1400— Dustin Johnson
    +1600— Bryson DeChambeau
    +1800— Jordan Spieth
    +1900— Xavier Schauffele

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 577,651
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “As times keep going on, the game stays the same. I mean, the game has been the same since the Civil War. When it’s game time, when it’s my turn to hit in the box, it’s not Luis, its not Chili, it’s not the analytic department that’s in the box hitting. It’s Pete Alonso. It’s me. And that’s the same thing with every single one of those guys in the clubhouse.”
    Pete Alonso, on the Mets changing hitting coaches

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Actor Burgess Meredith played Mick, the boxing trainer in Rocky; which villain did he play in the old Batman TV series?

    Tuesday’s quiz
    In the great TV show The Odd Couple, Felix Unger was a photographer (portraits a specialty)

    Monday’s quiz
    When Larry Bird/Magic Johnson played in the national title game in 1979 with Indiana State, Michigan State, DePaul/Pennsylvania were the other two teams in the Final Four that year. A team from the Ivy League made the Final Four.

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    Wednesday’s Den: Mid-week musings…….

    13) Giants 12-6, Rockies 4-8:
    — Brandon Belt had five RBI in the first inning of the opener.
    — Rockies scored six runs in the 7th inning of the nightcap.
    — Charlie Blackmon hit a walk-off homer to get Colorado the split.

    Think about it; it ain’t easy to get five RBI in one inning.

    12) Cubs 7-4, Dodgers 1-3:
    — Clayton Kershaw threw 39 pitches, got only three outs in the opener.
    — Cubs won nightcap despite going 2-20 with men in scoring position.
    — David Bote got the walk-off hit to give Chicago a sweep.

    11) Kris Bryant is a third baseman, but he is versatile; this was the 12th game in a row that Bryant played in the outfield, instead of 3B- he also played some at 1B. Going to be really interesting to see if the Cubs trade Bryant this summer, and if so, to whom?

    10) Mets fired their two hitting coaches; I had no idea there is also this analytical approach to hitting, where you just try to hit homers all the time, and pull the ball.

    Chili Davis, the hitting coach who got fired, is an old-school coach who preached hitting line drives and spraying the ball. That isn’t what the Mets want, though, so a change was made.

    Hope the new hitting coaches can fix Dom Smith; he is hitting .222 so far, and isn’t looking like the guy who hit .316 LY, sparking my fantasy team to an unexpectedly good season.

    9) This was the first NFL Draft in 80 years where no Michigan State players were taken.

    8) Last weekend, the Jets drafted two guys named Michael Carter:
    — a North Carolina RB
    — a Duke DB

    When they turned in the card for the first Michael Carter they drafted, they originally thought they turned in the wrong card, but it wasn’t and they wound up with both of them anyway.

    7) Denver Broncos RT Ja’Wuan James tore his achilles while working out on his own, which may turn out to be a very expensive injury.

    Had the injury happened at the Broncos’ facility, the team would’ve been on the hook for the $10M he was supposed to be paid this season. But he was working out on his own, so the team isn’t obligated to pay him this season— he also opted out last year because of COVID.

    6) Cubs’ 2B Javier Baez has struck out 40 times this season; 27 of the 40 third strikes were out of the strike zone— he has a tendency to chase pitches when behind in the count.

    5) Dodgers lost P Dustin May for the season; he needs Tommy John surgery (elbow)

    4) Jacob deGrom was scratched from his start last night because of “right lat inflammation”; he didn’t go on the IL yet. He has an 0.51 ERA in his first five starts.

    Christian Yelich (back) went back on the IL again, after one day off the IL.

    3) I read on the Interweb yesterday that dogs don’t like salt, which may explain why you never see them eating popcorn.

    2) CC Sabathia is retired from baseball, but now his wife has become a player agent.

    1) If the baseball playoffs started today (they don’t):
    — NL: Phillies, Cardinals, Giants, Wild Card: LA or SD @ Milwaukee
    — AL: Red Sox, CWS/KC, A’s. Wild Card: Seattle @ CWS or Kansas City

  11. #371
    1NASHVILLE -2 COLUMBUS
    NASHVILLE is 14-1 ATS (14 Units) when playing against a bad team (Win Pct. 25% to 40%) in the current season.

    5WASHINGTON -6 NY RANGERS
    WASHINGTON is 8-1 ATS (6.9 Units) off a road win by 2 goals or more in the current season.

    7DALLAS -8 TAMPA BAY
    DALLAS are 8-26 ATS (-21.5 Units) against good offensive teams - >=29 shots on goal, convert >=17% pp in the current season.

    9ANAHEIM -10 ST LOUIS
    ST LOUIS are 4-10 ATS (-14.8 Units) in home games vs. losing teams in the current season.

    11VEGAS -12 MINNESOTA
    VEGAS are 10-1 ATS (8.9 Units) off a road loss against a division rival over the last 2 seasons.

    13WINNIPEG -14 CALGARY
    CALGARY is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) when playing against a marginal winning team (Win Pct. 51% to 60%) in the current season.

    15LOS ANGELES -16 ARIZONA
    ARIZONA is 7-0 ATS (7 Units) off 2 or more consecutive home losses over the last 2 seasons.

    17COLORADO -18 SAN JOSE
    SAN JOSE is 4-20 ATS (-14 Units) against explosive offensive teams - scoring 3+ goals/game in the current season.

    79MONTREAL -80 OTTAWA
    MONTREAL is 1-12 ATS (-12.2 Units) after successfully covering the spread in 3 or more consecutive games in the last 3 seasons.

  12. #372
    NHL
    Dunkel

    Wednesday, May 5



  13. #373
    NHL

    Wednesday, May 5


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    Washington @ NY Rangers
    Washington
    Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games on the road
    NY Rangers
    NY Rangers is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Washington
    NY Rangers is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Washington

    Nashville @ Columbus
    Nashville
    Nashville is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Columbus
    Nashville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    Columbus
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Columbus's last 7 games at home
    Columbus is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games at home

    Dallas @ Tampa Bay
    Dallas
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
    Dallas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
    Tampa Bay
    Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Dallas
    Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

    Montreal @ Ottawa
    Montreal
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Montreal's last 13 games when playing Ottawa
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 6 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
    Ottawa
    Ottawa is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Ottawa is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 games

    Vegas @ Minnesota
    Vegas
    Vegas is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
    Vegas is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
    Minnesota
    Minnesota is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Vegas
    Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Vegas

    Anaheim @ St. Louis
    Anaheim
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Anaheim's last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Anaheim's last 5 games on the road
    St. Louis
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing at home against Anaheim
    St. Louis is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games

    Winnipeg @ Calgary
    Winnipeg
    Winnipeg is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Calgary
    Winnipeg is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Calgary
    Calgary
    Calgary is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
    Calgary is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games

    Colorado @ San Jose
    Colorado
    Colorado is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing San Jose
    Colorado is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
    San Jose
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of San Jose's last 7 games
    San Jose is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games

    Los Angeles @ Arizona
    Los Angeles
    Los Angeles is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Arizona
    Los Angeles is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Arizona
    Arizona
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona's last 7 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games when playing at home against Los Angeles


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  14. #374
    Thursday’s 6-pack
    NBA scoring leaders:

    31.5— Curry, GState
    30.9— Beal, Wash
    29.0— Embiid, Phil
    28.5— Doncic, Dal
    28.5— Antetokounmpo, Milw
    28.4— Lillard, Port

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 578,524
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “Yeah, right now it doesn’t matter at all to be honest with you. I was just happy I made a good pitch, I was struggling with the curveball recently, so I was just happy I got it over and got a swing and miss on it, so that is all I was happy about. I was just trying to keep my cool with him on first base. I’m glad Sevy (catcher Pedro Severino) made up for it by getting him out at second.”
    Orioles P John Means, who threw a no-hitter Wednesday

    Thursday’s quiz
    Who was the last Baltimore Orioles pitcher to throw a complete game no-hitter?

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Actor Burgess Meredith played Mick, the boxing trainer in Rocky; he played The Penguin in the old Batman TV series.

    Tuesday’s quiz
    In the great TV show The Odd Couple, Felix Unger was a photographer (portraits a specialty)

    ************************************************** ***********

    Thursday’s Den: Doing some thinking out loud…….

    13) Orioles 6, Seattle 0:
    — John Means threw MLB’s third no-hitter this season.
    — Only baserunner reached on a wild pitch after a strikeout
    — That is the only time in MLB history the only runner to reach in a no-hitter got on base via a wild pitch after a strikeout.
    — Three no-hitters this year; there were no walks, but no perfect games.
    — This was Baltimore’s first complete game no-hitter since 1969.

    12) Indians 5, Royals 4:
    — Cleveland is in a 3-way toe for first in AL Central
    — Indians are 16-13, but they’re 8-17-4 in first 5-inning wagers; Terry Francona is a very good manager, plus they’ve played very well in late innings.

    11) Early candidate for Bad Beat of the Year: Cavaliers (+12.5) lost 134-118 to Phoenix Tuesday, in overtime. Getting 12.5 points, they lost by freakin’ 16 in OT!!! No bueno.

    10) Baseball’s new rules have created new situations, ones that the best managers aren’t used to. It turns out that Tony LaRussa didn’t know the new extra inning rules.

    Wednesday afternoon, scoreless game in 10th inning in Cincinnati, LaRussa’s White Sox start the 10th inning with closer Liam Hendriks on second base— a pinch-hitter made the last four of the ninth inning for Chicago. Guy who makes the last out is the runner next inning.

    Except for one scenario, if that runner would be the pitcher, then the manager can choose the guy bats before the pitcher to be the runner, but LaRussa didn’t know that. Now he does.

    Hendriks, by the way, has batted three times in his 11-year career, going 0-2 with a walk— that walk happened six years ago.

    9) This game was only fourth time in 18+ years that a game at Great American Ballpark was 0-0 after nine innings.

    8) Phillies 5, Brewers 4:
    — Game was 5-0 Phillies before they made an out.
    — After it was 5-0, Freddy Peralta struck out the next six batters, and only allowed two more runners to reach base in four IP, but the damage had been done.

    7) So far this season, Jose Altuve is batting .247; not good.
    — He is 16-41 (.390) vs lefties.
    — He is 3-36 (.083) vs righty pitchers.

    6) Toronto Blue Jays will go back to playing home games in Buffalo June 1st; they’ve been playing home games in Dunedin, FL, at their spring training home. Hopefully before too much longer, they go back home to Toronto.

    5) Cubs 6, Dodgers 5 (11)— Anthony Rizzo hit a walk-off single in a game he didn’t start; Cubs sweep LA, which has now lost 13 of its last 17 games.

    4) Strange situation in the Mets-Cardinals game Wednesday; St Louis sent the interpreter to the mound so pitcher Kwang Hung Kim could confer with his infielders about who was covering which base. Problem is, that’s against the rules— interpreters can’t go on the field without a coach or manager.

    Shortly after that, when pitching coach Mike Maddux tried to go to the mound to talk to Kim, there was a lengthy conference with the umpires, since no one seemed to know if the interpreter’s first visit counted as an official mound visit.

    3) In his first 90 career at-bats against the Mets, St Louis SS Paul DeJong has 11 doubles, 10 homers and the incredibly high slugging percentage of .822.

    2) Kyrie Irving got fined $35,000 by the NBA for repeatedly violating league rules regarding media access.

    Really? This guy can just give away money like that?

    Can someone please show him some Bill Belichick tapes, or let him watch Bull Durham, when Crash Davis lectures the rookie pitcher on how to use cliches in interviews. It is possible to talk without saying anything, politicians do it every day.

    Just be boring, relentlessly boring, but don’t give your damn money away.

    I know he is really, really rich (he makes $31M a year, has already banked around $157M in his career), but the money would be better served going to charity. Actually, I think fine money does go to charity, but it still makes no sense.

    1) Tuesday night in Cincinnati, Dylan Cease threw six shutout innings for the White Sox, and also had three hits in Chicago’s 9-0 win.

    He is the first AL starting pitcher to throw 6+ shutout innings, striking out at 10+ hitters and giving up fewer than three hits, while also getting three hits himself, since Catfish Hunter threw a perfect game for the A’s on May 8, 1968.

    From the great researcher Christopher Kamka: Cease is the first White Sox pitcher with 3 hits through the 5th inning of a game since Don Larsen in 1961 at Washington.

    Yes, that Don Larsen, the guy who threw a perfect game in the World Series.

  15. #375
    21NEW JERSEY -22 NY ISLANDERS
    NY ISLANDERS are 7-0 ATS (7 Units) in home games after failing to cover 2 of their last 3 against the spread in the current season.

    23NY RANGERS -24 BOSTON
    BOSTON is 247-188 ATS (-70.8 Units) in home games vs. losing teams since 1996.

    25BUFFALO -26 PITTSBURGH
    PITTSBURGH is 8-0 ATS (8 Units) in home games revenging a loss versus opponent as a favorite in the current season.

    27CHICAGO -28 CAROLINA
    CHICAGO is 0-11 ATS (-11.1 Units) in road games against good offensive teams - averaging 29.5+ shots on goal per game in the current season.

    81MONTREAL -82 TORONTO
    MONTREAL is 19-25 ATS (-15.7 Units) against mistake free teams - opponents average <=4 power plays/game in the current season.

    83VANCOUVER -84 EDMONTON
    EDMONTON is 25-5 ATS (19 Units) against poor defensive teams - opponents average 29.5+ shots on goal in the current season.




    NHL
    Dunkel

    Thursday, May 6







    NHL

    Thursday, May 6


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    NY Rangers @ Boston
    NY Rangers
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of NY Rangers's last 8 games when playing Boston
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Rangers's last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston
    Boston
    Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

    New Jersey @ NY Islanders
    New Jersey
    New Jersey is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Jersey's last 6 games when playing NY Islanders
    NY Islanders
    NY Islanders is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing New Jersey
    NY Islanders is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against New Jersey

    Buffalo @ Pittsburgh
    Buffalo
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Buffalo's last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games on the road
    Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Buffalo
    Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

    Chicago @ Carolina
    Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing Carolina
    Carolina
    Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

    Montreal @ Toronto
    Montreal
    Montreal is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games on the road
    Toronto
    Toronto is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

    Vancouver @ Edmonton
    Vancouver
    Vancouver is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
    Vancouver is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Edmonton
    Edmonton
    Edmonton is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Vancouver
    Edmonton is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games


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  16. #376
    Friday’s 6-pack
    NBA rebounding leaders:

    14.4— Clint Capela, Atl
    13.4— Rudy Gobert, Utah
    12.3— Jonas Valanciunas, Mem
    11.9—Domantas Sabonis, Ind
    11.5— Nikola Vucevic, Chi
    11.3— Russell Westbrook, Wash

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 579,358
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “I’m guessing you know the rules better. Now I know.”
    Tony LaRussa, to a reporter in Chicago, talking about the new extra inning rules.

    Friday’s quiz
    Who was manager of the Cincinnati Reds, last time they won a World Series?

    Thursday’s quiz
    Jim Palmer was last Baltimore Orioles pitcher to throw a complete game no-hitter, in 1969.

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Actor Burgess Meredith played Mick, the boxing trainer in Rocky; he played The Penguin in the old Batman TV series.

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    Friday’s Den: Trends for National League teams

    Arizona:
    — Arizona is 14-5 if they score 5+ runs, 1-11 if they don’t.
    — Diamondbacks are 2-5 vs lefty starters, 13-11 vs righties.
    — Arizona is 1-4 in one-run games.

    Atlanta:
    — Braves are 7-4 on road if they score 3+ runs.
    — Over is 8-2 in their last ten home games.
    — Under is 11-6 in their road games.

    Chicago:
    — Cubs won seven of their last nine home games.
    — Cubs are 7-1 vs lefty starters, 8-15 vs righties.
    — 7 of their last 8 games went over the total.

    Cincinnati:
    — Reds are 7-2 in games where winning run scores from 7th inning on.
    — Over is 12-3-2 in their home games.
    — Reds are 6-11 in day games, 8-4 in night games.

    Colorado:
    — Rockies won six of their last eight home games.
    — Last five games at Coors Field went over the total.
    — Over is 7-1 in Colorado’s last eight road games.

    Los Angeles:
    — Dodgers lost 13 of their last 17 games.
    — LA is 4-11 on the road if they score fewer than six runs.
    — Over is 11-2 in their last thirteen games.

    Miami:
    — Marlins are 2-7 in one-run games.
    — Miami is 10-2 if they score 5+ runs, 4-14 if they don’t.
    — Marlins won six of their last eight home games.

    Milwaukee:
    — Brewers lost their last five games.
    — Milwaukee is 3-8 at home if they score less than six runs.
    — Under is 11-5 in their road games.

    New York:
    — Mets are 11-2 if they score 4+ runs, 2-11 if they do not.
    — Under is 8-1-1 in their home games.
    — Mets are 5-2 in games where winning run scored from 7th inning on.

    Philadelphia:
    — Phillies are 13-6 at home, 4-9 on the road.
    — Over is 11-5 in their last 16 home games.
    — Phillies scored in first inning in 4 of their last 5 games.

    Pittsburgh:
    — Pirates scored 3 or fewer runs in 10 of their 17 road games.
    — Pirates are 4-1 in one-run games.
    — Under is 7-1-1 in their last nine road games.

    St Louis:
    — Cardinals are 15-2 if they score 4+ runs, 3-12 if they don’t.
    — Under is 7-2-1 in their last ten home games.
    — Cardinals are 7-3 in series openers.

    San Diego:
    — Padres won five of their last seven games.
    — Under is 9-2 in their last eleven games.
    — San Diego is 7-3 in games where winning run scores from 7th inning on.

    San Francisco:
    — Giants lost five of their last seven road games.
    — Giants are 10-1 at home if they score 3+ runs.
    — San Francisco’s last five games went over the total.

    Washington:
    — Nationals scored 3 or fewer runs in 15 of their first 27 games.
    — Washington is 3-6 in series openers.
    — Under is 10-2 in their last dozen home games.

  17. #377
    31DETROIT -32 COLUMBUS
    DETROIT is 3-25 ATS (-19.6 Units) in road games against terrible defensive teams - allowing 3+ goals/game over the last 2 seasons.

    33PHILADELPHIA -34 WASHINGTON
    PHILADELPHIA is 8-1 ATS (6.9 Units) after failing to cover 4 of their last 5 against the spread in the current season.

    37DALLAS -38 TAMPA BAY
    DALLAS are 8-27 ATS (-22.5 Units) against good offensive teams - >=29 shots on goal, convert >=17% pp in the current season.

    39ANAHEIM -40 MINNESOTA
    MINNESOTA is 8-0 ATS (8 Units) in home games when playing 6 or more games in 10 days in the current season.

    45ST LOUIS -46 VEGAS
    VEGAS are 23-4 ATS (16 Units) against poor defensive teams - allowing 2.85+ goals/game in the current season.

    47COLORADO -48 LOS ANGELES
    LOS ANGELES are 7-2 ATS (4.8 Units) after scoring 3 goals or more in 2 straight games in the current season.

    49ARIZONA -50 SAN JOSE
    ARIZONA is 1-7 ATS (-8.5 Units) against poor teams - outscored by their opponents by 0.3+ goals/game - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

  18. #378
    NHL
    Dunkel

    Friday, May 7



  19. #379
    NHL

    Friday, May 7


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    Philadelphia @ Washington
    Philadelphia
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 7 games when playing on the road against Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games
    Washington
    Washington is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
    Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia

    Detroit @ Columbus
    Detroit
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing Columbus
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games
    Columbus
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Columbus's last 5 games when playing Detroit
    Columbus is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Detroit

    Dallas @ Tampa Bay
    Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 6 games
    Dallas is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Tampa Bay
    Tampa Bay is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Dallas
    Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

    Anaheim @ Minnesota
    Anaheim
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Anaheim's last 5 games on the road
    Anaheim is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing at home against Anaheim
    Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Anaheim

    Colorado @ Los Angeles
    Colorado
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Colorado's last 7 games when playing Los Angeles
    Colorado is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
    Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Los Angeles's last 7 games when playing Colorado
    Los Angeles is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Colorado

    St. Louis @ Vegas
    St. Louis
    St. Louis is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    St. Louis is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Vegas
    Vegas
    Vegas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Vegas is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games

    Arizona @ San Jose
    Arizona
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Arizona's last 7 games when playing San Jose
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games on the road
    San Jose
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of San Jose's last 7 games when playing Arizona
    San Jose is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games


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  20. #380
    Saturday’s 6-pack
    Leaders in runs scored:

    29— Ronald Acuna, Atl
    28— JD Martinez, Bos
    27— Mark Canha, A’s
    26— Bo Bichette, Tor
    25— Chris Taylor, LA
    23— Castellanos, Bryant, Guerrero, Hoskins, Solak

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 580,076
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”
    Mr Carlson, WKRP in Cincinnati

    Saturday’s quiz
    Where did Russell Westbrook play his college basketball?

    Friday’s quiz
    Lou Piniella was manager of the Cincinnati Reds, last time they won a World Series.

    Thursday’s quiz
    Jim Palmer was last Baltimore Orioles pitcher to throw a complete game no-hitter, in 1969.

    **************************************************

    Saturday’s Den: Random stuff with weekend here…….

    13) Reds 3, Indians 0:
    — Wade Miley throws the 4th (9-inning) no-hitter of the season.
    — Reds scored 3 runs in ninth to break a scoreless tie.
    — Last time there were four no-hitters by May 7? Try 1917.

    12) Phillies 12, Braves 2— Philly scored six runs in first inning, with Rhys Hoskins scoring one of them, even though he struck out twice in the inning. You don’t see that a lot.

    11) Going into Friday night’s games, teams that led by 3+ runs after 8th inning were 223-2.

    10) Washington Wizards’ Russell Westbrook is 6th in the NBA in rebounding; he is also a 6-3 guard. Let that sink in; a 6-3 guard is 6th in the league in rebounding, while also scoring 21.8 ppg and dishing out 11.4 assists a game.

    9) Westbrook’s old team, the Houston Rockets, have now used 28 players this season, tying the all-time record. Rockets are 16-51, not sure their management has a clue what they’re doing.

    8) From 2015-2019, only 5% of extra-inning games ended in the 10th inning.

    With the new extra inning rules LY, 92% of games ended in either 10 or 11 innings.

    7) Giants 5, Padres 4— Padres traded for Blake Snell last winter, but they have a problem with him— he never pitches six innings. Your best pitchers have to eat up innings, to take the strain off your bullpen. Snell has thrown 30.1 innings in seven starts this season- he threw 95 pitches in 4.2 innings in this game. That’s not good enough.

    6) Washington’s Kyle Finnegan threw the 102nd immaculate inning in MLB history this week; he struck out three Braves on nine pitches in 6th inning of the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to Atlanta.

    5) Random trivia: From 1959-62, there were two baseball All-Star Games per year. The second game was used to raise funds for things like the players’ pension fund.

    4) Some significant names went on the IL Friday:
    — Cobs OF Ian Happ (ribs)
    — Reds 1B Joey Votto (thumb)
    — Tigers C Wilson Ramos (back)
    — Blue Jays IF Joe Panik (calf)
    — Twins OF Byron Buxton (hip)
    — Red Sox IF Keke Hernandez (hamstring)
    — Giants OF Alex Dickerson (shoulder)

    3) Buffalo Bulls of the MAC hired Maurice Linguist as their new football coach, replacing Lance Leipold, who moved on to be the new coach at Kansas.

    Linguist had been an assistant coach at Michigan, on the defensive side of the ball.

    2) Interesting situation in Anaheim this week, with Angels DFA’ing Albert Pujols, who obviously doesn’t want to retire. Angels don’t want to play him anymore; they want to play Jared Walsh at 1B, Shohei Ohtani at DH. The question becomes; is there a team that wants Pujols?

    If the National League had the DH, this might be simpler; Pujols has 667 homers; would a year or two as a DH get him to 700?

    1) Early candidate for Bad Beat of the Year: Cavaliers (+12.5) lost by 16 to the Suns the other night, but the loss was in overtime. You’re +12.5 and the game goes to OT, you figure you’re a winner, but not this time. Gambling is hard.

  21. #381
    51TAMPA BAY -52 FLORIDA
    FLORIDA is 10-0 ATS (10 Units) after allowing 3 goals or more 3 straight games in the current season.

    53PHILADELPHIA -54 WASHINGTON
    PHILADELPHIA is 7-13 ATS (-10.6 Units) against poor defensive teams - allowing 2.85+ goals/game in the current season.

    55MONTREAL -56 TORONTO
    MONTREAL is 19-27 ATS (-18.1 Units) against mistake free teams - opponents average <=4 power plays/game in the current season.

    57DETROIT -58 COLUMBUS
    DETROIT is 3-25 ATS (-19.6 Units) in road games against terrible defensive teams - allowing 3+ goals/game over the last 2 seasons.

    59NY RANGERS -60 BOSTON
    NY RANGERS are 17-12 ATS (3.8 Units) in road games on Saturday games in the last 3 seasons.

    61BUFFALO -62 PITTSBURGH
    PITTSBURGH is 16-1 ATS (14.9 Units) in home games after allowing 3 goals or more 2 straight games over the last 2 seasons.

    63NEW JERSEY -64 NY ISLANDERS
    NY ISLANDERS are 1-6 ATS (-10 Units) against poor defensive teams - allowing 2.85+ goals/game - 2nd half of the season in the current season.

    65OTTAWA -66 WINNIPEG
    OTTAWA is 2-21 ATS (-21.1 Units) off a win by 2 goals or more over a division rival in the last 3 seasons.

    67ANAHEIM -68 MINNESOTA
    ANAHEIM is 8-3 ATS (10.2 Units) in road games against poor power play killing teams - opp score on >17.5% of chances in the current season.

    69CAROLINA -70 NASHVILLE
    CAROLINA is 15-6 ATS (9.5 Units) vs. winning teams in the current season.

  22. #382
    NHL

    Saturday, May 8


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    NY Rangers @ Boston
    NY Rangers
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of NY Rangers's last 9 games when playing Boston
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of NY Rangers's last 8 games when playing on the road against Boston
    Boston
    Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

    Buffalo @ Pittsburgh
    Buffalo
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo's last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo's last 6 games on the road
    Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Buffalo
    Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

    Tampa Bay @ Florida
    Tampa Bay
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games when playing on the road against Florida
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing Florida
    Florida
    Florida is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Florida's last 8 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

    New Jersey @ NY Islanders
    New Jersey
    New Jersey is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Jersey's last 7 games when playing on the road against NY Islanders
    NY Islanders
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Islanders's last 7 games when playing New Jersey
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Islanders's last 7 games when playing at home against New Jersey

    Philadelphia @ Washington
    Philadelphia
    Philadelphia is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Washington
    Washington is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
    Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia

    Detroit @ Columbus
    Detroit
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Detroit's last 8 games when playing Columbus
    Detroit is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    Columbus
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Columbus's last 9 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Columbus's last 8 games when playing Detroit

    Montreal @ Toronto
    Montreal
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal's last 6 games on the road
    Montreal is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    Toronto
    Toronto is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

    Ottawa @ Winnipeg
    Ottawa
    Ottawa is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Winnipeg
    Ottawa is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Winnipeg
    Winnipeg is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Ottawa
    Winnipeg is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Ottawa

    Anaheim @ Minnesota
    Anaheim
    Anaheim is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Anaheim's last 8 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Minnesota
    Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Anaheim
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota's last 8 games

    Carolina @ Nashville
    Carolina
    Carolina is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Nashville
    Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Nashville
    Nashville
    Nashville is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
    Nashville is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games

    Colorado @ Los Angeles
    Colorado
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Colorado's last 8 games when playing Los Angeles
    Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
    Los Angeles
    Los Angeles is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Colorado
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Los Angeles's last 8 games when playing Colorado

    St. Louis @ Vegas
    St. Louis
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing on the road against Vegas
    St. Louis is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
    Vegas
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Vegas's last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis
    Vegas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

    Vancouver @ Edmonton
    Vancouver
    Vancouver is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Vancouver's last 5 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
    Edmonton
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Edmonton's last 5 games when playing at home against Vancouver
    The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Edmonton's last 17 games

    Arizona @ San Jose
    Arizona
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Arizona's last 8 games when playing San Jose
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games on the road
    San Jose
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of San Jose's last 8 games when playing Arizona
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Jose's last 6 games at home


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  23. #383
    Sunday’s 6-pack
    Leaders in RBI:

    31— JD Martinez, Bos
    28— Randal Grichuk, Tor
    27— Trey Mancini, Balt
    26— Shohei Ohtani, LAA
    25— Baez, Aguilar, Devers, Walsh, YGurriel, Lowe
    24— Haniger

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 580,076
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “He really believes — and if he believes I believe — he’s got game left. I’ll be very interested to see if a club sees the fit because they’ll get a very determined Albert.”
    Tony La Russa, talking about Albert Pujols

    Sunday’s quiz
    A’s moved from Kansas City to Oakland in 1968; where did they call home, before they played in Kansas City?

    Saturday’s quiz
    Russell Westbrook played his college basketball at UCLA.

    Friday’s quiz
    Lou Piniella was manager of the Cincinnati Reds, last time they won a World Series.

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    Sunday’s Den: Random stuff about baseball……..

    — Dodgers 14, Angels 11:
    Dodgers led 13-0 in the top of the 6th; after seven innings, it was 14-11, but the Angels didn’t get a baserunner in the last two innings, as they fall to 14-18.

    — No major league team has ever won a game after trailing by 13+ runs; three teams have won after trailing by 12 runs— those games were in 1911, 1925, and 2001, a Mariners-Indians game in Cleveland.

    — Speaking of Cleveland, there have been five no-hitters already this season; Zach Plesac of the Indians was the losing pitcher in two of them.

    — To me, the 7-inning no-hitter thrown by Madison Bumgarner counts, since the game was scheduled for seven innings, and he didn’t allow any hits. Put an asterisk next to it in the record book, but its a freakin’ no-hitter.

    — Dodgers lost seven of their last nine games; they scored 16-14 runs in the two wins.

    — Saturday was May 8th, the 53rd anniversary of the perfect game Catfish Hunter threw in Oakland, the A’s first season there. I was 8 years old back then, in third grade; remember waking up the next morning and seeing a note about the perfect game next to my lunch.

    My third grade teacher was probably confused as to why this skinny kid with glasses was babbling about a baseball game 3,000 miles away all day long.

    — The perfect game was against Minnesota; Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Harmon Killebrew. Some good bats in that lineup. He struck out 11 guys in a game that was scoreless after six innings; Catfish also drove in three of Oakland’s four runs that night. The DH was still five years away.

    — Crowd was 6,298 that night; some things never change.

    — Rick Monday was the A’s CF that night; 53 years later, he is the Dodgers’ radio announcer.

    — You may wonder how I became an A’s fan; or maybe you don’t wonder why, but I’m going to explain it anyway.

    I got baseball cards as gifts when I was a kid; I loved baseball cards, and I’d read all of them, front and back. Rookie cards had four prospects from the same team on them; their minor league stats were on the back.

    Growing up in upstate New York, 15o miles north of New York City, there weren’t many fans of out-of-town teams here back then. No internet, no ESPN, just newspapers and once a week, the Sporting News.

    When I was five, I’m reading thru my baseball cards, and one card had four guys on it, but one of the guys didn’t have any minor league stats on the back— he had been shot in a hunting accident and never played minor league ball. They also spelled his name wrong on the card.

    Walked into the living room and announced to my dad, “This guy is my favorite player, and this is my favorite team” Jim Hunter of the Kansas City A’s; what were the odds that this guy with no minor league stats would become a Hall of Famer?

    At that point, my dad just looked at me like, “You’re a weird kid” He had grown up in Brooklyn, was a huge Brooklyn Dodger fan and then had converted to the Mets. I learned very early never to mention the Los Angeles Dodgers; he wasn’t fond of the O’Malley family, who had bolted out of Brooklyn with the Dodgers, taking them west.

    So anyway, baseball has always been a big part of my life; with that in mind, here are some ideas I have about baseball’s future.

    — Geographic realignment: Baseball needs more rivalry games, so we re-align geographically.

    — Expansion— To make up the money baseball lost last year, they’re going to add two teams, lets say Nashville and Montreal. Eight teams in a division, four divisions.

    Division A: both New York teams, Red Sox, Phillies, Orioles, Nationals, Montreal, Toronto

    Division B: both Chicago teams, Reds, Indians, Tigers, Brewers, Twins, Pirates

    Division C: Braves, Astros, Royals, Marlins, Nashville, Cardinals, Rays, Rangers

    Division D: Diamondbacks, Rockies, Mariners and the five California teams.

    — Travel costs would be less, attendance would go up because of more rivalry games

    — They could have two All-Star games, pitting the four divisions against each other. More TV money, that usually makes the owners say yes to an idea.

    — As far as changes to the actual rules:
    a) get rid of 7-inning doubleheaders. Bad idea.

    b) I’ve softened on the extra inning rule; I don’t care either way, as long as the players like it. My preference would be back to the old way of extra innings, but either way would be fine.
    c) Universal DH for everyone is a must. No one wants to see pitchers bat.
    d) Ban shifts; two infielders on each side of the infield.
    e) All four infielders should be on the infield dirt, not in the outfield.

    This would create more line drive hits, more action. Action is a good thing.

    — I’d suggest a salary cap, but I don’t want to get too crazy. Have a nice day.

  24. #384
    1DALLAS -2 CHICAGO
    DALLAS are 9-27 ATS (-21.4 Units) against good offensive teams - >=29 shots on goal, convert >=17% pp in the current season.

    9OTTAWA -10 CALGARY
    CALGARY is 6-14 ATS (-13.9 Units) against terrible defensive teams - allowing 3+ goals/game in the current season.




    NHL
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    Dallas @ Chicago
    Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing Chicago
    Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chicago's last 8 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games

    Ottawa @ Calgary
    Ottawa
    Ottawa is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Ottawa is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
    Calgary
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Calgary's last 5 games
    Calgary is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Ottawa


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  25. #385
    Monday’s 6-pack
    Leaders in OPS (on-base %age plus slugging %age):

    1.021— Mike Trout, LAA
    1.075— JD Martinez, Bos
    1.047— Kris Bryant, Cubs
    1.044— Jesse Winker, Cin
    1.040— Ronald Acuna, Atl
    1.033— Yordan Ventura, Hst

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 580,076
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “It’s tough to get over the line, especially if you haven’t done it in a while. It’s such a funny week, knowing my game was pretty good and then having my neck lock up on the range and sitting here Sunday night with the trophy. Just glad I got through it.’’
    Rory McIlroy, who won his first PGA Tour event in 18 months this weekend

    Monday’s quiz
    Which NBA team has gone the longest since they last made the playoffs?

    Sunday’s quiz
    A’s moved from Kansas City to Oakland in 1968; before they played in Kansas City, they played in Philadelphia, moving to KC in 1955.

    Saturday’s quiz
    Russell Westbrook played his college basketball at UCLA.

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    Monday’s Den: Thinking about no-hitters, and other stuff

    There have been five no-hitters this season, which is a lot for May 10:

    1) April 9: Joe Musgrove 3-0 @ Texas
    — He threw 112 pitches, didn’t walk anyone, struck out 10.
    — He got 15 whiffs on 53 swings
    — Since then, he is 0-4, 5.63 in five starts.

    2) April 14: Carlos Rodon 8-0 vs Cleveland
    — He threw 114 pitches, didn’t walk anyone, struck out 7.
    — He got 19 whiffs on 53 swings
    — Since then, 3-0, 1.59 in three starts.

    3) April 25: Madison Bumgarner 7-0 @ Atlanta
    — This was a 7-inning game; he didn’t allow a hit, which makes it a “no-hitter”
    — He threw 98 pitches, didn’t walk anyone, struck out 7.
    — He got 10 whiffs on 53 swings
    — Since then, he is 1-0, 1.64 in two starts.

    To prove that I am fair-minded, I’m defending Bumgarner’s 7-inning no-hitter, even though his resurgence came 10 days after I cut him off my fantasy team. 🙁

    4) May 5: John Means 6-0 @ Seattle.

    — He threw 113 pitches, didn’t walk anyone, struck out 12.
    — He got 26 whiffs on 64 swings
    — This was his most recent start.
    — This was also his first career complete game.

    5) May 7: Wade Miley 3-0 @ Cleveland
    — He threw 114 pitches, didn’t walk anyone, struck out 8.
    — He got 9 whiffs on 49 swings
    — This was his most recent start.

    6) Four of the five no-hitters were thrown by lefties.

    7) In two of the five no-hitters, Cleveland’s Zach Plesac was the losing pitcher.

    Elsewhere, away from the no-hitter related world……..
    8) Cincinnati Reds are 15-16, even though they’re 8-2 in games where the winning run scored from the 7th inning on.

    9) Arizona Diamondbacks just had an 0-6 road trip, where they went 7-62 with runners in scoring position. Hitting in the clutch is important in baseball.

    10) Since the DH came into the American League in 1973, the record for most home runs hit by a pitcher is 24, held by Carlos Zambrano, who was 132-91 as a big league pitcher, mostly for the Cubs. He had a .238 career batting average.

    11) White Sox have won their last ten games at division rival Kansas City; maybe they should put fountains behind the outfield fence in their home stadium, the way they have them in Kansas City.

    12) Was watching an old highlight clip of Willie Mays on the Giants game Sunday, forgot that they had artificial turf at Candlestick Park in the early 70’s, probably because the 49ers also played there. Not sure why they needed AstroTurf in good weather, but they had it.

    One year at Comiskey Park in Chicago, the infield was AstroTurf and the outfield was natural grass, which wasn’t that bad an idea, but it didn’t last long.

    13) Umpire stats are returning to the baseball page this Wednesday; we note trends for each umpire when he is behind the plate, for all games except series openers, because we don’t know who the umpires are for each series until they play a game game.

  26. #386
    3NEW JERSEY -4 PHILADELPHIA
    NEW JERSEY is 2-17 ATS (-16.7 Units) in road games after 5 straight games with 26 or less shots on goal since 1996.

    5CAROLINA -6 NASHVILLE
    NASHVILLE is 10-3 ATS (6.7 Units) in home games after covering 2 of their last 3 against the spread in the current season.

    7DALLAS -8 CHICAGO
    DALLAS are 9-27 ATS (-21.4 Units) against good offensive teams - >=29 shots on goal, convert >=17% pp in the current season.

    11EDMONTON -12 MONTREAL
    MONTREAL is 6-16 ATS (-11.6 Units) in home games after scoring 2 goals or less in 2 straight games in the last 3 seasons.

    13NY ISLANDERS -14 BOSTON
    NY ISLANDERS are 16-5 ATS (10.8 Units) against good offensive teams - >=29 shots on goal, convert >=17% pp in the current season.

    15TAMPA BAY -16 FLORIDA
    FLORIDA is 33-17 ATS (12.8 Units) against mistake free teams - opponents average <=4 power plays/game in the current season.

    17VANCOUVER -18 WINNIPEG
    WINNIPEG is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) in home games off a home loss by 2 goals or more in the last 3 seasons.

    19ST LOUIS -20 LOS ANGELES
    ST LOUIS are 7-12 ATS (-14.8 Units) against poor defensive teams - allowing 2.85+ goals/game in the current season.

    21COLORADO -22 VEGAS
    VEGAS are 22-4 ATS (14.9 Units) against poor power play killing teams - opp score on >17.5% of chances in the current season.

  27. #387
    NHL

    Monday, May 10


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    New Jersey @ Philadelphia
    New Jersey
    New Jersey is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
    New Jersey is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
    Philadelphia
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing New Jersey
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games at home

    Edmonton @ Montreal
    Edmonton
    Edmonton is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Edmonton is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    Montreal
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Montreal's last 8 games when playing Edmonton
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Montreal's last 7 games at home

    NY Islanders @ Boston
    NY Islanders
    The total has gone UNDER in 15 of NY Islanders's last 20 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Islanders's last 8 games when playing on the road against Boston
    Boston
    Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
    Boston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home

    Tampa Bay @ Florida
    Tampa Bay
    The total has gone OVER in 15 of Tampa Bay's last 19 games when playing Florida
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games when playing on the road against Florida
    Florida
    Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    Florida is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home

    Dallas @ Chicago
    Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chicago's last 9 games at home

    Carolina @ Nashville
    Carolina
    Carolina is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Nashville
    Carolina is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Nashville
    Nashville
    Nashville is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville's last 5 games when playing Carolina

    Vancouver @ Winnipeg
    Vancouver
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Vancouver's last 7 games when playing on the road against Winnipeg
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Vancouver's last 10 games when playing Winnipeg
    Winnipeg
    Winnipeg is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games when playing Vancouver
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Winnipeg's last 7 games when playing at home against Vancouver

    St. Louis @ Los Angeles
    St. Louis
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
    Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 5 games at home
    Los Angeles is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis

    Colorado @ Vegas
    Colorado
    Colorado is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 7 games when playing Vegas
    Vegas
    Vegas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Vegas is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games


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  28. #388
    NHL
    Dunkel

    Monday, May 10



  29. #389
    23BOSTON -24 WASHINGTON
    BOSTON is 231-218 ATS (47.9 Units) in road games against good offensive teams - scoring 2.85+ goals/game since 1996.

    25VANCOUVER -26 WINNIPEG
    WINNIPEG is 0-6 ATS (-7 Units) in home games against mistake free teams - opponents average <=4 power plays/game in the 2nd half of the year in the current season.




    NHL
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    Boston @ Washington
    Boston
    Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games when playing Washington
    Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games at home
    Washington is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Boston

    Vancouver @ Winnipeg
    Vancouver
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Vancouver's last 8 games when playing on the road against Winnipeg
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Vancouver's last 11 games when playing Winnipeg
    Winnipeg
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Winnipeg's last 8 games when playing at home against Vancouver
    Winnipeg is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games when playing Vancouver


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  30. #390
    Wednesday’s 6-pack
    Odds to win the Stanley Cup:

    +390— Colorado Avalanche
    +435— Vegas Golden Knights
    +675— Toronto Maple Leafs
    +775— Tampa Bay Lightning
    +880— Carolina Hurricanes
    +1075— Boston Bruins
    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 582,771
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
    Ronald Reagan

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Where did Brett Favre play his rookie year in the NFL?

    Tuesday’s quiz
    Willie Mays had his 90th birthday last week; he wore #24 for the majority of his Hall of Fame career.

    Monday’s quiz
    Sacramento is NBA team that has gone longest since they last made playoffs, 14 years.

    *********************************************

    Wednesday’s Den: Mid-week musings……..

    13) News today signals that the A’s will start looking away from Oakland, to find a new ballpark to call home. Apparently playing at the Oakland Coliseum isn’t feasible in the long run, so now the big business of baseball kicks in— will the A’s leave Oakland for greener pa$ture$?

    12) Baseball is going to expand to 32 teams pretty soon, but they’ve said the stadium situations for the A’s/Rays will be clarified, before the expansion cities are chosen.

    Cities like Montreal, Nashville, Portland, Charlotte, San Jose and apparently Las Vegas are mentioned as new MLB locations. I can see the A’s moving to Portland or Las Vegas, the Rays moving north to Montreal, and Nashville getting an expansion team. Not sure if Charlotte is a viable alternative.

    11) I’ve been an A’s fan since I was five years old, back in the mid-60’s; lot of history in that decrepit old Coliseum, both baseball/football. Will be a sad day if the A’s leave Oakland.

    10) There would be one place the A’s could move that would be a vast improvement, and that is San Jose, an hour south of Oakland. Most everything would remain the same except for a new ballpark; lot of money in that area, but there is one small problem before that happens.

    San Francisco Giants have been blocking the A’s from moving there for years; they have the territorial rights to San Jose, even though they have no intention of ever going there.

    You can see the A’s ballpark in Oakland from the Giants’ ballpark across the bay, but they won’t let them move an hour away. Go figure.

    9) As far as Las Vegas goes, I love it there, have been there 28 times since 2009— living in New York, that’s a lot of air mileage. But five years ago, Las Vegas had no major league sports teams; UNLV basketball was their #1 thing.

    Now all of a sudden, three major league teams in five years? Town isn’t that big.

    8) San Diego Padres’ SS Fernando Tatis tested positive for COVID, is on the IL.

    7) Tim Tebow is going to sign on as a tight end with the Jaguars; his old college coach is the new coach in Jacksonville (Urban Meyer). Am guessing Tebow would also play special teams and be the #3 emergency QB. How much different is he than the Saints’ Taysom Hill?

    6) Dodgers 6, Mariners 4— Gavin Lux hits a 3-run bomb in the 8th inning for LA.

    5) Tigers 8, Royals 7— Kansas City lost its last nine games, gave up 26 runs in last three; they were down 7-0 in 8th inning of this game, tied it up, then lost it in the last inning.

    4) Indians 3, Cubs 2— Terry Francona must’ve really wanted this game; he left Bieber in for 121 pitches, most in MLB this season. Indians won seven of their last eight games.

    3) If the playoffs started today (they don’t):
    NL: Mets-Cardinals-Giants Wild Card: SD is #1, Phil/Mil/LA tied for last spot
    AL: Red Sox, White Sox, A’s. Wild Card: New York @ Cleveland

    2) Zion Williamson broke his finger when he was fouled last week, then I hear the Pelicans’ GM whining because Williamson got fouled and referees aren’t calling the games tight enough.

    The NBA is soft now; watch some old games from the 80’s/90’s, there was actual competition, where hard fouls were often committed in the name of winning. Today a guy breaks his finger and his GM whines in the media. Get tougher, people.

    1) NFL’s 2021 schedule comes out tonight; each team will play 17 games now, with all the NFC teams having an extra road game this season. Will be a lot to talk about tomorrow.

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