The Red Sox and Indians went on a roll heading into the All-Star break, posting a combined record of 7-1. That was huge for two teams battling to make up ground in their respective divisions. The same can’t be said for the Phillies, who stumbled to the end of the first half with a losing week that dropped them to third place in the NL East.
Guido Pella also played his way into the Quarter Finals at Wimbledon, pulling off upset wins over Kevin Anderson (+510) and Milos Raonic (+520). However, his surprising run ended with to a four-set loss against Roberto Bautista Agut.
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 July 3-9.
1) Pete Alonso
2) USA (W) (1-0 Straight Up)
3) Matthew Wolff
4) Boston Red Sox (4-1 SU)
5) Cleveland Indians (4-0 SU)
6) Mexico (1-0 SU)
7) Jorge Masvidal
8) Guido Pella
9) Philadelphia Phillies (2-3 SU)
10) Sweden (W) (1-1 SU)
Alonso Slugs His Way to Home Run Derby CrownOne of the few things that has gone right for the Mets this season has been the play of rookie first baseman Pete Alonso. He was one of the more highly-regarded power prospects in baseball and burst onto the scene by slugging a whopping 30 home runs through their first 89 games. That already set a new franchise home run record for a player in his rookie season.
Alonso’s prodigious first half landed him with a spot in the Home Run Derby. Odds opened at +1600 for him to win the contest, with pre-derby odds on July 8 checking in at +350. While Vladimir Guerrero Jr. certainly put on a show, Alonso topped him in the final round, leading to some significant payouts for those who put their faith in him.
USA Women’s Team Wins FIFA World CupAfter getting off to a roaring start in the World Cup, the U.S. Women’s team had its sights set on winning a second straight title. They shut out their first three opponents, then pulled off three straight 2-1 wins to reach the finals.
With how well they were playing, the odds were placed at -250 for them to emerge victorious. They didn’t disappoint with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands, partly on the strength of yet another goal from Megan Rapinoe. She was one of the team’s standout players during the tournament, which helped her to earn the honors of the Golden Ball (top player in the tournament) and the Golden Boot (top scorer).
Wolff Eagles Final Hole to Win 3M OpenMatthew Wolff found his way into the 3M Open on a sponsor’s exemption. At just 20 years old, he was only six weeks removed from winning the NCAA individual title at Oklahoma State. His general lack of experience left him with staggering odds of +13500 to win the tournament.
Amazingly, he did just that. It was a tight finish, but he made an eagle on the final hole to finish one stroke ahead of both Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau. With the win, he also became the first player since Jordan Spieth in 2013 to win a PGA Tour event before the age of 21.
Late Goal Propels Mexico Past U.S. for Gold CupThe U.S. Men’s soccer team hasn’t had nearly the type of success that the women have had. However, they still found themselves in a position to make some noise in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. They won their first four matches by a combined score of 12-0, then defeated Jamaica 3-1 to set up a matchup with Mexico for the title. Mexico went into the game as the underdogs at +125.
After Jozy Altidore wasted a golden opportunity to put the U.S. ahead, both teams had been held scoreless into the later stages of the game. Mexico’s Jonathan dos Santos finally broke the ice in the 73rd minute, which was all the scoring that they would need in their 1-0 victory. While many U.S. fans may have been left disappointed, it was all smiles for those who cashed in with Mexico and their favorable odds.
Masvidal Makes Quick Work of AskrenEntering Saturday’s UFC welterweight fight, Ben Askren was a sparkling 19-0. Jorge Masvidal wasn’t as impressive at 33-13, which helped make him the underdog at +185 to win. However, he quickly showed that he meant business, running right at Askren once the fight began. He landed a flying knee to Askren’s head, a blow that knocked him to the canvas and ended the fight after just five seconds. It ended up being the fastest knockout in UFC. Even though there wasn’t a lot to enjoy for those looking for a good bout, the winnings were just as sweet.
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