Several of baseball’s best teams were dominant over the past week, including the Dodgers going a perfect 7-0. The Astros continued their winning ways despite a rash of injuries while the Rockies took advantage of a lengthy homestand to work their way into second place in the NL West. The Twins and Giants also came through with winning weeks, which was a surprise for the Giants since they are still nine games under .500.
The goal of this series is to rank the plays that made DraftKings Sportsbook users the most money during the week while analyzing the most compelling storylines. With the outcomes being recorded every week from Wednesday to Tuesday, this breakdown includes everything played from May 29-June 4.
2) Los Angeles Dodgers (7-0 Straight Up)
3) Houston Astros (5-1 SU)
4) Patrick Cantlay
5) Andy Ruiz Jr.
6) St. Louis Blues (2-1 SU)
7) Colorado Rockies (5-1 SU)
8) San Francisco Giants (4-2 SU)
9) USA U20 (2-0 SU)
10) Minnesota Twins (3-2 SU)
Liverpool Wins Champions League Title
After missing out on the Premier League title, Liverpool had a chance for some redemption in the Champions League final against Tottenham. Entering the game at -117 to win, Liverpool quickly jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Mohamed Salah scored in the second minute, which was the second-quickest goal in a Champions League final.
They managed to keep Tottenham at bay for the rest of the game and then added an insurance goal by Divock Origi in the 87th minute. The 2-0 win wasn’t only big for those who backed Liverpool, but it was huge for their manager Jurgen Klopp, who had lost his last six major finals.
Cantlay Sets Record in Memorial Win
At +1700 to win before the Memorial began, Patrick Cantlay trailed by just four shots heading into the final round. He had been playing well at that point at 11-under for the tournament, but you would have been hard-pressed to have expected him to finish the way that he did. He ended up shooting an 8-under 64, leaving him with a two-shot victory over Adam Scott. That stellar performance was actually the best closing round by a winner of the Memorial in the tournament’s history, leading to a huge windfall for those who had the foresight to back him.
Ruiz Pulls Off Incredible Upset
Andy Ruiz Jr. versus Anthony Joshua felt like a significant mismatch. Ruiz was only even in this fight because Jarell Miller failed a drug test. After Luis Ortiz turned down the fight with Joshua, Ruiz ended up with the golden opportunity. However, at +950 to win, few felt he would be able to cash in his shot at glory.
It was a close bout, but Ruiz made his move in the seventh round. Joshua was able to initially get up after being knocked down by a series of blows, but Ruiz quickly dropped him to one knee once again. Joshua did manage to get up and return to his corner after barely beating the count, but referee Michael Griffin waved off the fight. With the incredible upset, Ruiz became the first fighter of Mexican descent to win a heavyweight world title.
Blues Come Back to Tie Stanley Cup
The Blues made an improbable run to reach the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins. The Bruins quickly jumped out to a 1-0 series lead at home, setting the Blues up as underdogs heading into Game 2. However, Carl Gunnarsson scored the winning goal in overtime, helping the Blues gain home-ice advantage while providing a nice reward for those who had faith in them stealing a win on the road.
After quickly giving away home-ice advantage with a loss in Game 3, the Blues did enter Game 4 as the favorites. They didn’t disappoint, outscoring the Bruins 2-0 in the third period to win 4-2 and even the series back up. With things shifting back to Boston on Thursday, the pressure is now back on the Bruins to hold serve at home.
USA U20 Reaches Quaterfinals with Upset Win
The United States were heavy favorites to beat Qatar in their final game of the group stage in the Under-20 World Cup, entering at -833 to win. It wasn’t pretty, but the squad came away with a 1-0 win thanks for Timothy Weah’s goal in the second half. The victory helped them advance past the group stage and into the knockout round.
They were faced with a very tough opponent in France in the round of 16, which contributed to the team entering the game at +650 to win. After falling behind 2-1, Sebastian Soto scored his second goal of the game to tie things up. Less than 10 minutes later, Justin Rennicks scored to put the US on top 3-2, which was a lead they never relinquished. With the US now on to the quarterfinals, those who backed them as big underdogs were left with a hefty payday.
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