Major League Baseball is now front and center as we head through the summer months. The Red Sox’s 6-1 record last week helped to keep them in the thick of the AL East race, although they still have a lot of ground to make up. The Reds and Giants also had great weeks with a combined record of 9-4, but neither is likely to make any nose in the playoff race. With the Diamondbacks and White Sox posting mediocre performances, they both continue to hover around .500.
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 12-June 18.
1) Toronto Raptors (1-0 Straight Up)
2) Gary Woodland
3) St. Louis Blues (1-0 SU)
4) Boston Red Sox (6-1 SU)
5) Arizona Diamondbacks (3-3 SU)
6) Chicago White Sox (3-2 SU)
7) Cincinnati Reds (4-2 SU)
8) Bryce Harper
9) San Francisco Giants (5-2 SU)
10) Uruguay (1-0 SU)
Raptors Defeat Injury-Riddled Warriors in NBA Finals
The Raptors couldn’t close out the Warriors in Game 5 at home, forcing them to travel to Oracle Arena for Game 6. While they had to play another game, the Warriors winning Game 5 came at a huge cost with Kevin Durant suffering a torn Achilles. Golden State would also have to return to Toronto even if it were able to force a Game 7, leaving the team with an uphill battle, to say the least.
Despite losing Durant, the Warriors were still favored by 2.5 points on their home floor. It looked like they might be able to pull off the win, but suffered yet another crushing blow when Klay Thompson went down with a torn ACL in the third quarter. His injury proved to be too much to overcome. Kyle Lowry shined with 26 points while Fred VanVleet chipped in 22 points off the bench, helping the Raptors win their first ever NBA title and provide some extra cash for those who went with the underdogs.
Woodland Holds On For U.S. Open Victory
For those who like long shots, Gary Woodland was just that heading into the U.S. Open. At +9000 to win, taking a chance on him to prevail had the potential for a massive payout. With a one-shot lead over Justin Rose heading into the final round, it was set up to be an exciting Sunday.
Even though he entered the day with Rose nipping at his heels, it was two-time defending champ Brooks Koepka who put the pressure on Woodland. It came down to the final few holes, but Woodland came up big down the stretch to finish with a three-shot victory. Among the big winners was one better who took home $11,375 on a $125 bet that was placed on Woodland before the tournament even began.
Blues Dominate Game 7 to Win the Stanley Cup
Facing elimination, the Bruins came through with flying colors in Game 6, winning 5-1 on the road. It set up a Game 7 for Boston on its home ice and a chance to win the team’s second Stanley Cup in the last decade.
The Blues were understandably underdogs heading into a hostile environment at +160 to win. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and never looked back from there. Goalie Jordan Binnington was spectacular by saving 32-of-33 shots and Ryan O’Reilly scored a goal in his fourth straight game, capping a special run that resulted in him winning the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Harper Takes Fried Deep in Disappointing Loss to Braves
Bryce Harper’s first season with the Phillies hasn’t exactly gone as planned. His power numbers are down slightly and his strikeout rate of 29.4% is over five percentage points higher than his mark from last season. He had a matchup against an impressive young left-hander in Max Fried on Friday, who had only allowed nine home runs across 72 innings heading into the game.
After odds were originally placed at +430 for Harper to hit a homer, he received an odds boost to +460. It proved to be a profitable risk for those who jumped on the new odds when Harper took Fried deep in the third inning. The Phillies did end up losing the game when Hector Neris blew the save, but that was of little consequence for those who placed their faith in Harper.
Uruguay Crushes Ecuador in Copa America Opener
Uruguay kicked off its Copa America run facing Ecuador in their opener. Entering at -137 to win, the team wasted no time with Nicolas Lodeiro scoring a goal in the sixth minute. They scored two more goals in the first half to take a commanding lead. Arturo Mina chipped in another score in the second half, completing a dominant 4-0 victory and a stress-free game for those who backed them. In fact, this was actually their largest margin of victory in the Copa America since 1967.
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