The Yankees continued their dominance over baseball last week, including slugging their way to two wins against the Red Sox in London. While the A’s don’t have as sparkling of a record as the Yankees, they were spectacular in their own right by winning five of their six games.
Those were two of the bigger stories in the world of Major League Baseball, but the FIFA Women’s World Cup also dominated the headlines. Among them was Sweden pulling off a comeback win over France. There were also a couple of odds boosts that proved to be profitable with both Germany and Sweden scoring in the first half of their game at +655 (up from +550) to do so, and the US scoring within the first 14:59 of their game against France at +500 (up from +450).
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 June 26-July 2.
1) USA (W) (2-0 Straight Up)
2) Christian Yelich to record 3 or more RBI (Odds Boost 7/1)
3) Tampa Bay Rays (5-2 SU)
4) Nate Lashley
5) Sweden (W) (1-0 SU)
6) USA Women to score in first 14:59 vs. France (Odds Boost 6/28)
7) Oakland Athletics (5-1 SU)
8) New York Yankees (3-1 SU)
9) Germany vs. Sweden both teams to score in the first half (Odds Boost 6/29)
10) Alex Bowman
USA Women’s Team Reaches World Cup Final
After a dominating defeat over Thailand in their first game of the World Cup, the United States continued to have its sights set on the title. The team didn’t allow a goal in any of its first three games, showing why the US was one of the most feared teams in the competition.
Megan Rapinoe scored twice in their matchup with France, leading the US to a victory and a nice payout for those who backed the team to win at +123. They were favored for their semi-final contest against England at -115, but Rapinoe was unable to start to a hamstring injury. Her replacement was Christen Press, who put the US on the board with the first goal of the game. Add in a key penalty save by Alyssa Naeher and the US came through once again with their third-straight 2-1 victory.
Yelich Leads Brewers Past Reds with Productive Day at the Plate
While it might be hard to believe, Christian Yelich is having an even better season than he did last year when he won the NL MVP. Not only does he have a staggering .385 ISO, but he’s provided plenty of problems on the base paths with 18 stolen bases. He recorded a career-high 22 steals last year, so he’s on pace to blow past that mark.
Heading into Monday’s matchup against the Reds, Yelich originally had odds of +1700 to record three or more RBI. The odds were then boosted to +1955, providing the potential for a huge payout. After registering an RBI single in the seventh inning, Yelich came through in the clutch for those who took a chance on him by slugging a two-run homer in the ninth, which was his 30th of the season.
Rays Beat Up on Rangers and Orioles at Home
The Rays have been battling the Yankees for first place in the AL East for most of the season, but have started to fall back in the standings. It didn’t help that they were on a 10-game road trip that included series against the Yankees, A’s and Twins. They split the last two games in their final road series against the Twins with their lone victory being a profitable one at +100 odds.
Finally back in their home park, the Rays closed out the week by winning four straight against the Rangers and Orioles. They did so in convincing fashion by a combined score of 23-10. Even though they were heavy favorites in all four of those contests, at least they came through for those who backed them.
Lashley Wins First PGA Tour Title
Entering the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Nate Lashley was still looking for his first PGA Tour title. He had even briefly quit playing professional golf several years ago for a career in real estate. Sneaking into the tournament as the 353rd-ranked player in the world, it was no surprise that the odds for him to win were a staggering +3300.
Despite not having won a title, Lashley actually led this tournament from start to finish. He shot a 63 in the first round and then another 63 in the third round. With a big lead in hand, he shot a 70 on Sunday to finish with a six-shot victory and provide a massive return for those who took a chance on him before the tournament began.
Bowman Finally Earns First NASCAR Cup Series Victory
Alex Bowman had recorded three second-place finishes this year heading into the Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, so he hasn’t exactly been struggling. However, it meant that he was still searching for his first NASCAR Cup Series win. At +2200 odds to emerge victorious, he led 88 laps of the race. He was passed by Kyle Larson with seven laps left, but quickly regained the lead to earn the win and generate some more hefty payouts.
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