With the All-Star break now a thing of the past, we’re heading down the home stretch in baseball. The Giants, A’s and Mets started off the second half in style by going a combined 12-2 last week. The Rangers produced a losing record, pushing them even further back in the AL West standings. The Dodgers, meanwhile, produced yet another winning stretch to give them a whopping 14-game lead in the NL West entering play Wednesday.
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 10-16.
1) Atlanta Braves (4-1 Straight Up)
2) Los Angeles Angels (5-0 SU)
3) Novak Djokovic
4) Simona Halep
5) San Francisco Giants (5-1 SU)
6) Oakland Athletics (4-0 SU)
7) Texas Rangers (2-3 SU)
8) Los Angeles Dodgers (3-2 SU)
9) Urijah Faber
10) New York Mets (3-1 SU)
Winning Week Keeps Braves at Top of NL EastThe Braves have their faults, most notably in their bullpen. However, their roster is still loaded with young talent, especially in their lineup. The addition of Dallas Keuchel has also proven to be helpful for their pitching staff since he has three wins and a 3.09 ERA across five starts with the team.
Already leading their division, the Braves had yet another impressive stretch by winning four of five games last week. They were favored in three out of their four wins, providing consistent payouts for those wagering on them to continue their winning ways. Despite the Nationals starting to come on strong, the Braves enter play Wednesday with a five-game lead over them in the loss column. They’ve also started to distance themselves from the Phillies, who are eight games back in the loss column.
Angels Make History While Paying Tribute to Tyler SkaggsAfter the tragic death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, the Angels’ season could have gone into a tailspin. He was only 27 years old and was a key part of their rotation. They returned to the break with a series at home against the Mariners with Friday being their first home contest since Skaggs passed away.
A day before what would have been Skaggs’ 28th birthday, the Angels put together a game for the record books. Their offense not only exploded for 13 runs, but Taylor Cole and Felix Pena combined to throw a no-hitter. The Angels continued to build off that game by winning each of their next four games, the last two of which they entered as +116 and +110 underdogs, respectively.
Djokovic Outlasts Federer to win WimbledonTwo tennis greats faced each other in the Wimbledon Men’s final when Novak Djokovic took on Roger Federer. Coming into the tournament, they had combined for a whopping 35 Grand Slam titles. Federer had won this tournament eight times while Djokovic had won it four times, including in 2018. Djokovic cashed in as a heavy favorite against his two previous opponents, helping him enter at -192 to defeat Federer.
Other than a lopsided second, this was an extremely close match. Two of the first three sets went to a tiebreak. Federer had his chances to come away with the victory, but the fifth set went to yet another tiebreaker. Djokovic would eventually emerge as the champion in a match that lasted four hours and 57 minutes, which was the longest final in Wimbledon history.
Halep Cruises Past Williams for Wimbledon TitleSimona Halep entered her semifinal match vs. Elina Svitolina having lost only one set across the first five rounds. She was as a heavy favorite at -244 and won in convincing fashion, 6-1, 6-3. With the victory, it set her up with the potential to win her first Wimbledon title. However, facing the great Serena Williams left her at +170 to achieve that feat.
While she was the underdog, Halep cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win while playing arguably the best match of her career. She made only three unforced errors on her way to dispatching Williams in a mere 56 minutes. Williams, who had 26 unforced errors, was left to continue her quest for a 24th major title.
Faber Makes Triumphant Return to UFCIt had been two-and-a-half years since Urijah Faber fought in the UFC leading up to his bout with Rick Simon. Add that to Simon having won eight straight fights and Faber was +275 to win despite his impressive career. Not only did Faber come away victorious and give those who had faith in him a big payout, but he did so in just 46 seconds. That was the fastest win of his career and marked his first KO/TKO win since January 2007. Now the question is, will he get an opportunity to fight Henry Cejudo for the bantamweight title?
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