As we continue to churn towards the playoffs, we have some exciting races across baseball. The Rays are right in the thick of the AL Wild Card hunt and strengthened their case with a 5-1 week. The Cardinals also stayed on the heels of the Cubs by winning four of their five contests. Even the Mets and Diamondbacks used winning stretches to keep their playoff hopes alive.
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 7-August 13.
1) Chicago White Sox (3-3 Straight Up)
2) Patrick Reed
3) Cleveland Indians (6-2 SU)
4) Arizona Diamondbacks (4-2 SU)
5) Tampa Bay Rays (5-1 SU)
6) New York Yankees Win and Over 9.5 Runs
7) St. Louis Cardinals (4-1 SU)
8) New York Mets (3-2 SU)
9) Giovanny Urshela
10) New York Giants (1-0 SU)
White Sox Hold Their Own Against Two Tough AL West FoesNot much has gone right for the White Sox, who entered Wednesday 12 games under .500. Their offense has struggled mightily, leaving them with the third-fewest runs scored in baseball. It hasn’t helped matters that they have struck out the eighth-most times, either. With a stretch against the A’s and Astros staring them in the face, there was the potential for them to fall even further in the standings.
After beating the Tigers soundly as a -124 favorite last Wednesday, they went on to lose two out of three against the A’s. However, their one victory did prove to be profitable for those who took a chance on them to win at +155. They went on to split a doubleheader against the Astros on Tuesday, winning the nightcap on the strength of Ivan Nova’s complete-game performance.
Reed Surges on Back Nine to Win the Northern TrustAfter winning the 2018 Masters, Patrick Reed couldn’t find his way back to the top of the leaderboard in a tournament. Entering The Northern Trust, he had gone 16 months without a victory, which is part of the reason why he opened with 50/1 odds to win. Things at least started off well for him in this tournament with him going bogey-free through the first two rounds.
While he did record a bogey in the third round, he still shot a four-under, leaving him in prime position to finally break his cold streak. He nailed a couple of key birdies on the back nine Sunday, leaving him with a one-stroke victory over Abraham Ancer, and a tidy payout for those who backed him.
Indians Storm Back Into AL Central RaceWith the Twins racing off to an excellent start, it looked like the AL Central was theirs to be had. The Indians not only were falling behind them in the standings, but injuries were taking a major toll on their starting rotation. In fact, they are still without Corey Kluber (forearm) and Carlos Carrasco (illness). Still, with the team surging of late, they’ve worked themselves back into the hunt.
After sweeping a doubleheader with the Rangers, the Indians were faced with a four-game set versus the Twins. They went on to win three of four games, including Sunday’s contest at +128 odds. They then had to face another tough foe in the Red Sox but resulted in another profitable payday when they emerged victorious with +107 odds on Monday. Although they suffered a tough loss in extra innings Tuesday, they have to be happy since their recent play has left them just one game behind the Twins in the loss column.
Yankees, Urshela Continue to Score in BunchesIt’s no secret that the Yankees have been one of the teams that has been hit the hardest by injuries this season. Whether it be to their lineup, bullpen or starting rotation, no part of their roster has been safe. Still, they remain atop the AL East by a wide margin over the Rays and Red Sox.
After getting through a rough stretch in which they played 11 of 13 games against the Red Sox and Twins, each of their last 10 contests heading into Wednesday were against two bad teams in the Orioles and Blue Jays. After winning the first two games of their series against the Orioles at Camden Yards, and scoring 18 runs in the process, Giovanny Urshela was listed at +560 to hit a home run in the third game of the series. Not only did he help cash in that bet early with a home run in the fifth inning, but he tacked on another long ball in the sixth inning.
Now facing the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, Tuesday’s matchup brought +125 odds for the game to go over 9.5 runs and for the Yankees to win. The Yankees did indeed go on to win the game, scoring eight runs in the process. Urshela was right in the thick of the scoring once again, finishing 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. The Orioles chipped in three runs of their own, leading to a nice payout for those who jumped on this parlay.
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