Previous Day’s Record: 2-1
If you want to make money in the topsy-turvy world of sports, you must take risks. Smart risks, but risks, nonetheless. Listen to the experts, but also to your gut, because “normal” and “predictable” don’t have a seat at the table in 2020.
That is how we are 5-1 in our last two weeks here at “Best Bets”, an amazing overtime comeback by the Dallas Stars away from 6-0, and how we plan to keep rolling this week as well.
Let’s get it on!
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STANLEY CUP FINALS – GAME 2
DALLAS STARS vs TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (-1.5)
The Stanley Cup was on display looming over the rink during Game 1, and the Stars came out like obliterating their opponent into submission with hit after weakening hit depended on it. It worked. They made Tampa feel both them and the sheer exhaustion of having played 3 overtimes in their last two games to get past the pesky Islanders.
Having said that, the Lightning haven’t lost consecutive games in the bubble and I expect them to bounce back. They have scored four goals combined in their past three games after averaging 4.75 in their previous four.
The day of rest helps them and the Lightning tie things up.
My pick: Stars 2 – 4 Lightning
MLB REGULAR SEASON
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (-1.5) vs WASHINGTON NATIONALS
The Phillies may not convince you as a sexy pick today at first glance considering their mediocre record and their 8-13 mark away from home this season, but look a little deeper and you will see that an undefeated Zack Wheeler (4-0, 2.29 ERA) will be on the mound and that Philadelphia is 6-0 against the Nats this year.
In fact, Wheeler shut out the Nationals on September 2 allowing just 3 hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Washington is just playing out the string, while the Phillies absolutely can’t afford to lose on the mound as they chase the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins with a postseason berth on the line.
My pick: Nationals 2 – 6 Phillies (-1.5 @ -102)
MLB REGULAR SEASON
Upset Pick of the Day!
Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Mets (-1.5)
We started picking Tampa in hockey, but we won’t end picking Tampa in baseball.
The Rays are certainly the better team on paper, their 35-19 record reflects that, but this is a Jacob DeGrom (4-1, 2.09 ERA) start for the Mets with his Cy Young hopes on the line as well as his team’s flimsy postseason chances hanging by a thread as well.
Statement and upset by the Metropolitans as DeGrom provides another stellar outing.
My pick: Rays 1 – 3 Mets (-1.5 @ ODDS)
-- Analysis by El Hombre