Thursday, June 30, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines

Alright so Nicky has been getting a beat down over the last couple of days. But
What doesn’t kill me only makes me want revenge! That vengeance will come with
Justin Verlander and the Tigers over the Mets. The right-hander has been unbeatable
Including six straight starts with four of those coming at Comerica Park. He’s only
Allowed one run in 32 and 2/3rd innings. Did I mention the earned run average is
0.72 over the stretch. The Mets have scored 52 runs during a four game wins streak.
But that comes to a close in this one. Play the run-line to bring the number down and
Take Verlander and the Tigers.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines in MLB

As a betting man… have to love game two of the double-header between the Giants and Cubs at Wrigley Field. Here’s why. In game one Ryan Vogelsong pitches against Rodrigo Lopez. Vogelsong has been the comeback player of the year in baseball so far. The right-hander owns the lowest era on the San Francisco staff and should possibly take a spot on the N.L. All-Star team, even over ace Tim Lincecum. So with that said you have to like San Francisco in game one…. But you can never love the Giants offense which is the second worst in the National League so you leave that game along. But should the Giants win game one…. The Cubs are the play in the nightcap. Barry Zito makes his first trip to the mound in two and a half months for San Francisco. Not only will the rust show, the pressure will be on and we all know how tough it is for teams to sweep double-headers in baseball.

I’ll stay with a hot-swinging Dodgers team that pounded out 24 hits and 15 runs in game one of their series at Minnesota. Although Ted “Tiger” Lilly is pitching for Los Angeles, this blue crew is streaky and that should mean more trouble for Twins starter Brian Duensing. Not to mention the Twinkies have won the least amount of home games in the American League with a 14-17 record.

My over play of the day…… is Chicago at Colorado. The number is 9/ -120 and both starters, Gavin Floyd for Chicago and Jason Hammel for the Rockies have earned run averages over four. Neither pitcher has a winning record. Now throw in the thin air of Coors Field…. and watch the scoreboard operator work up a sweat! That's the chowder, I'm Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Behind frozen enemy lines

Yo this is Nicky, and we have been off the Ice for a little while but it’s time we get wet. In game five of the Cup Finals I ‘m going to lay the juice, not the half point, and play the Canucks to take a 3-2 lead. I know the Bruins have been punkin’ them as of late but home Ice will make a difference and for this team, city, country to be so close to their first title I look for them to overcome the injuries and suspension and play a great game, in a close one, and send it back to Boston need one more. But that’s all qualitative, on the quant side, Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road and the Canucks are is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games, and 5-0 at home. That’s the frozen chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines in the NBA Finals

Yo this is Nicky and we’ve managed to avoid getting stung by picking and choosing (favs mostly) when they had must win situations and that has worked well thus far 8-1 and we’re ready to jump back into the fray again, take the heat in more ways than one, and play them to clinch the Finals with a 3-2 lead. The number is Heat -1(buy the hook) and we look for LeBron to ‘man up’ after getting lambasted more than when he decided to publicly “take his talents to South Beach” and make a huge difference in this game. I just can’t bet on an inconsistent Dirk, and a cast of characters even though they are at home. That’s the chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

A funny thing happened on the way to the ticket window……

Wow, I was basking in my own brilliance, winner of 7 soon to be 8 straight correct picks as DWayde canned a 45th & Main corner jumper for 3, pushing the lead to 15 with just over 7 minutes to go. I decided it would help me relax and enjoy the final minutes if I grabbed a Makers rocks and chilled. By the time I got back to my seat it was 11, Dallas ball and I’ll stop short of going through the rest of the game with you but rest assured, if we had not built such a huge stake by going on the seven win run, I would have tasted that Maker’s twice. Needless to after a tough beat it’s tough to get back in the saddle but let’s get to it. Ok, I am going to bank on the fact that the Heat have had three days to lament on the worst loss in NBA Finals history and will be ready to play in game 3. Everyone by now has heard or read the stat about in the 3-2-3 era the when they split the first two games the winner of game 3 has WON EVERY SERIES. Spoelstra is a numbers guy, and I know he’s thinking about it, and I KNOW Sir Patrick knows about it, and the Heat will make amends and win this game. The fact that I’m getting 2.5 makes me feel even better, and the fact that Stevenson is a game-time decision and even if he does suit up will not be 100%. I’m ready to order another…ok, let’s not go that far but I like this pick. That’s the chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines in the NBA Finals

Yo, this is Nicky and I don’t meet to brag but “I’M THE GREATEST!” another win moves us to seven straight and if your book hasn’t cut you off yet then let’s keep riding the bull until it bucks us! In game two of the NBA Finals I realize Dallas knows if they lose it’s over and this group of 40-somethings will never get their rings, but they just don’t have the composition to be the Heat, and I’m going to lay the points again tonight (-4.5 buy the hook) as who knows how Dirk’s finger is going to be and even if he’s 100% he still is going to have to deal with the Miami defense which has forced him well below his normal playoff percentage. In retrospect the Mavs still shot 40% from 3, much better than one would have expected and still lost by 8, look for the Heat to make adjustments and knock that down a notch and I just don’t see where the Dallas scoring is going to come from. I’m going to stand clear of the under/over but take the Heat. That’s the chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!
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