Admittedly, I'm a little wobbly after a long day of travel, but "work" is work, and it must be done regardless of how early it seems right now. I didn't get to see any of the Braves game last night as I was stuck inside a long metal tube at 30,000 feet, but I got all the info I needed from the linescore for the game. You just aren't going to win too many games when your team only gets 2 hits. Just as an aside, you would think that this might be a good time to get right back on Maholm and the Bravos today when they're in bounceback mode, but Maholm still hasn't given up a run yet this year. We all know that's a balloon that's going to burst soon, and I don't want to be anywhere around when it happens.
THE SHOW (0-2 last night and 3-8 so far for the week)
1. RED SOX (BUCHHOLZ -145) over Royals - Just because this matchup has been pushed back several hours because of events in and around Boston, my assessment from yesterday still stands.
2. Nationals (Gonzalez -160) over METS (Heffner) - Other than their series against the Braves last weekend, the Nats have been pretty decent coming off a loss. They got beat down by the Mets last night, they've got the better pitcher going today and I think they just have the better talent all over the field.
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
1. Yankees (Kuroda -110) over BLUE JAYS (BUEHRLE) - The Yanks have been tearing the cover off the ball when they're on the road so far this season, and that doesn't look like it's going to change here. The Jays offense is sputtering right now, and Buehrle is only 1-8 lifetime against the Bombers.
2. Padres (Richard +165) at GIANTS (LINCECUM) - The haircut didn't work. Every outing is a real labor for Lincecum, and he looks like the weak link in the Giants chain. All those innings and all those pitches from previous glory years sure look like they've taken their toll.
ALL THAT GLITTERS (I'm not sold on this heading for my coverage of the run lines in baseball, but as promised, here we go.)
1. BLUE JAYS (-1 1/2, O8 1/2) over YANKEES
2. Royals (+1 1/2,) at RED SOX
3. Athletics (+1 1/2, O8) at RAYS
4. RANGERS (-1 1/2, U10) over Mariners
5. Indians (+1 1/2, U8 1/2) at ASTROS
6. WHITE SOX (-1 1/2, U8 1/2) over Twins
7. Tigers (+1 1/2, U9) at ANGELS
8. Braves (-1 1/2, O7 1/2) over PIRATES
9. REDS (-1 1/2, U8 1/2) over Marlins
10. METS (-1 1/2, O7 1/2) over Nationals
11. Cardinals (+1 1/2, O7 1/2) at PHILLIES
12. BREWERS (-1 1/2, O8 1/2) over Cubs
13. ROCKIES (-1 1/2, U9 1/2) over D-Backs
14. Padres (+1 1/2, O7 1/2) at GIANTS
15. Dodgers (+1 1/2, U8 1/2) at ORIOLES
Let's not forget that, because of bad weather last night, there will be a doubleheader in Baltimore today. The second game of that twin-bill can't be covered here because the results of the 1st game can't yet be factored in. You're on your own with that.
THE NBA (19-17 ATS/25-8 SU/16-20 TOTALS so far for the week)
BUTTA (2-1 so far for the week)
One of the things we have to look for in the early days of the playoffs is where are the spots where the visitors, especially in the opening games of a series, are most likely to "steal" a win. For today, I think we might have such a situation with both the Bulls in Brooklyn and the Griz at the Clips. My numbers don't back up my hunch in either spot though. I'll be passing on all of today's 4 offerings.
ALL THE REST
1. KNICKS (-7, O189 1/2) 111, Celtics 90
2. NETS (-4 1/2, O181 1/2) 104, Bulls 90
3. NUGGETS (-8, O211) 125, Warriors 110
4. CLIPPERS (-4 1/2, O179) 98, Grizzlies 83
I always hate when I have to leave Las Vegas, but I will admit that it's good to be back home. I hope you all have a great Saturday. Be careful out there, and I'll see you tomorrow.