No hoops, plenty of hardball, and a horse race that will get the winner it needs to have a triple crown threat. All I know is this wonderful world we live in has figured out a way to keep enough on the books every day to tie up my daycare and diaper money, and I wouldn't want it any other way.
Good luck today, and I hope you enjoy the picks and the pics.
Dallas Stars @ Detroit Red Wings +110 (-1.5 goals)
The Wings should have had this series done a couple days ago in Dallas, but a no goal that should've been in the 1st set the tone and Hockeytown ended up with their first mark in the L column in 10 games. You can guarantee that the Wings are going to close this out today in serious fashion for two reasons....on the other side of the bracket the Penguins are in the same boat at 3-1 and play tomorrow, the Wings would love an extra day rest, and the other reason is that they have to make a statement at home right before the finals. Osgood has been playing lights out and I don't see him giving up more than a goal today. Wings put on another clinic and win 5-1.
Milwaukee @ Boston +127 (-1.5) Game #2
Not only is Milwaukee bad, but they get a doubleheader in Boston and on the mound for game 2 is the f**kin' knuckleballer Wakefield, who is tough enough to hit when the opposing team is fresh. I'm thinkin' the Brewers offense is going to be like me in a Cougar bar....a whole lot of swingin' but still walkin' home with a goose-egg at the end of the night. On top of that the Boston bats will be looking to explode cuz game 1 is against a decent Jeff Suppan, you can bet when they get the likes of David Bush on the mound they will feast like a 17 year old at prom. I love this one on a single day and have become infatuated with it as game 2 of a doubleheader. Boston 6-2.
NY Mets -165 (+1.5) @ NY Yankees
One thing is for sure, the subway series ain't worth much TV time this year, but their will be an interesting story continuing to unfold today. Johan Santana continues to gain traction for the Mets and you can see the confidence build with the bats each time he is toeing the rubber. On the other side is an aging Petitte that has posted a 4.4 ERA to go with his 3-4 record, the guy is giving up runs like he doesn't belong in the league anymore, and when you couple that with an offense that hasn't found itself yet it will spell bad news all season long. I absolutely love Santana against the moneyline every time out this year, and love him even more when he gets 1.5 against a Yankee team that will struggle to get 5 hits today. Mets outright 7-3.
Pittsburgh @ Chicago -240
This is a straight moneyline pick which isn't really my cup of tea, but when you wrap it in a parlay with another pick it is like a freebie that gives you more return than you expected. Zambrano will roll at home....
Winner: Big Brown - I left Dr. Brown out of my Derby picks and was throwing away my tickets after the race. The odds suck but you have to admit that his speed was amazing during the Derby. The rest of the field is 2nd class today.
Place: Kentucky Bear - With the ML at 15-1 this one will bring in some of that much needed coin. I really like Kentucky Bear because his post is right outside Big Brown so Jamie Theriot will be attached to the hind right quarter all race long.
Show: Macho Again - If Leparoux can keep him from getting out of the gates two quick on the inside post, you just might see a show finish out of Macho Again. This was more of a best horse left pick cuz I have no confidence in Gayego after the Derby. If you are going to throw Macho in a trifecta you better grab a fourth horse and make it a worthwhile box.