With the month of July coming to a close, we’ve hit the stretch run for Major League Baseball. Two teams fighting for playoff spots helped their causes when the Rays and Cardinals went a combined 8-3. Surprisingly, the Mets also kept their faint playoff hopes alive by winning five of their six games. The Mariners have basically been in fire sale mode for over a month, but even they came through with a perfect week. Heck, the Marlins also strung together a winning stretch. Unfortunately for the Rockies, they kept themselves in the basement of the NL West with their 3-4 mark.
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 July 24-July 30.
1) Brooks Koepka
2) Baltimore Orioles (4-3 Straight Up)
3) Tampa Bay Rays (4-1 SU)
4) Colorado Rockies (3-4 SU)
5) St. Louis Cardinals (4-2 SU)
6) Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez to both hit a Home Run (7/26)
7) New York Mets (5-1 SU)
8) Miami Marlins (4-2 SU)
9) Seattle Mariners (6-0 SU)
10) Nikoloz Basilashvili
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Koepka Closes Strong to Win FedEx St. Jude InvitationalBrooks Koepka has had a few near-misses lately, finishing second at the U.S. Open and tied for fourth at The Open. Still, with how well he has been playing, he was an appealing option at +1150 odds to win the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. If he could pull out the victory, it would mark his first World Golf Championships title.
After a couple of strong rounds, Koepka entered the third round at five-under. He really surged with a six-under in the third round, setting him up with an exciting final pairing with Rory McIlroy. While McIlroy faulted, Koepka came on strong by recording three birdies during a four-hole stretch on the front nine. He went on to win the event by three strokes, making him the sixth player to win a major championship and a World Golf Championship in the same year.
Orioles Post Rare Winning WeekThe Orioles went into this season knowing that they had no chance of making any noise in the AL East. With the Yankees and Red Sox loaded once again and the Rays set up with a deep and talented system, it’s no surprise that the Orioles find themselves in the basement of the division.
What is surprising is how well they faired during a seven-game stretch last week that included a four-game set with the Angels. They ended up winning three of the four games against them, which resulted in some big payouts considering they were +210, +170 and +200 to win those contests. To top things off, they pulled out a win against the Padres on Tuesday at +225. For all the heartbreak that the Orioles have caused their fan base, those who took a chance on them last week came away with a big smile on their face.
Betts and Martinez Slug Red Sox Past YankeesThe Red Sox entered their home series against the Yankees needing to make some noise if they were going to have any chance of catching them in the division. Anything short of a sweep was going to keep them in a big hole that will be even harder to dig themselves out of.
Things couldn’t have started off any better with the Red Sox winning the first game 19-3. That set them up with high expectations for the second game Friday. They looked to take advantage of a matchup against James Paxton, who has struggled to pitch well on a consistent basis during his first season in pinstripes. The powerful duo of Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez originally had odds of +1500 to both homer in this contest, which was eventually boosted to +1675.
With a wager like this, it’s usually one that might require you to sweat things out into the later innings. However, Betts and Martinez immediately created the payout when they both launched homers in the first inning. The Red Sox would go on to yet another big victory. They won again Saturday but came up short of their goal to complete the sweep by losing Sunday’s contest, 9-6.
Basilashvili Successfully Defends Crown at Hamburg European OpenBasilashvili entered the Hamburg European Open looking to win the tournament for the second straight season. Being the defending champion, it was no surprise that was the favorite for matchups against Juan Ignacio Iondero (-105) and Jeremy Chardy (-132). He didn’t disappoint in either match, setting him up as a +180 underdog against Alexander Zverev in the semifinal. He had to stave off a couple of match points, but he still earned the win 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5).
Those who had been backing Basilashvili up to that point had more favorable odds with him at +107 in the finals against Andrey Rublev. On the strength of winning 81% of his first-serve points, he was able to dispatch Rublev 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. The victory put him in impressive company since he became the first player to win the title in back-to-back years since Roger Federer accomplished the feat more than a decade ago.
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