As Yogi Berra would say, “it’s getting late early” in terms of the playoff chase in baseball. One team right in the thick of the hunt is the Cardinals, who used a 5-2 week to propel themselves to the top of the NL Central standings. The Diamondbacks are still within reach of a Wild Card spot, but a 3-4 week certainly didn’t help their cause. The Angels put forth a winning stretch, but they don’t have much of a shot at reaching the postseason at this point. It’s been a rough season for the Royals, which only got worse when they dropped four of their six contests last week.
The goal of this series is to rank the plays that made DKSB 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 August 14-August 20.
1) Philadelphia Phillies (4-2 Straight Up)
2) Los Angeles Angels (5-3 SU)
3) St. Louis Cardinals (5-2 SU)
4) Kansas City Royals (2-4 SU)
5) Arizona Diamondbacks (3-4 SU)
6) Justin Thomas
7) New York Mets (4-2 SU)
8) Nate Diaz
9) Stipe Micocic
10) Michael Conforto
Phillies Use Successful Homestand to Propel Playoff PushWith the Braves starting to pull away from them in the NL East, the Phillies best chance at a playoff spot is likely via the Wild Card. They have played very well at home this season, so a six-game homestand against the Cubs and Padres had the potential to be a productive stretch for them.
The Phillies took care of business against the Cubs, scoring 22 runs and capping the sweep with a Bryce Harper walk-off grand slam at +128 to win. After the conclusion of their homestand, they traveled to Boston for the start of a two-game set against the Red Sox. They pulled off a one-run victory in the first game of the series Tuesday, which proved to be profitable for those who backed them at +100 to win.
Thomas Holds On to Win BMW ChampionshipHeading into the BMW Championship, it had been just over a year since Justin Thomas last found himself atop the leaderboard after the final round of a tournament. As a result, he was listed at +1600 to finally break the streak and emerge victorious. Things looked good for him after he shot a 7-under in the first round, although three bogeys in the second round made things a bit more interesting heading into Saturday.
He couldn’t have played much better in the third round, shooting an 11-under and setting the course record, giving him a six-shot lead heading into the final day. While his lead did get down to two strokes at one point, Thomas closed things off strong to finish with a four-shot lead and a hefty payout for those who took a chance on him.
Diaz, Micocic Emerge Victorious at UFC 241UFC 241 brought a couple of interesting bouts, one of which pitted Nate Diaz against Anthony Pettis. Diaz, who was appearing in his first fight since 2016, was the underdog at +115 to win. While Pettis was able to make it through the entire bout, he was clearly outmatched by Diaz, who won by a unanimous decision.
The other big draw for this event pitted Stipe Micocic against Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight championship. These two faced off at UFC 226 just over a year ago, a fight that Cormier won via a knockout in the first round. That likely played into Micocic being listed at +120 to win their rematch. While it didn’t look promising for him early, Micocic came on strong in the fourth round and knocked out Cormier, giving him the title and those who backed him a fatter wallet.
Conforto, Mets Try to Remain in Playoff ContentionThe Mets went on an insane run that started towards the end of the July that got them back in the playoff hunt, winning 15 of 16 games. While they did follow that with a brief three-game losing streak, their strong pitching staff still makes them a dangerous team despite some key injuries in their lineup.
Not only did the Mets win four of their six games last week, but two of them came as +112 and +138 underdogs, respectively. As if those weren’t big enough paydays, there was an odds boost to +1150 Tuesday for them to win and Michael Conforto to record over 1.5 RBI. The Mets used a late offensive surge to defeat the Indians by the score of 9-2. Conforto also launched a two-run home run off of Shane Bieber in the sixth inning, leaving those who jumped on this odds boost with a massive return.
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