WINDY CITY WAGERING TRENDS FOR THE 2ND HALF
By: Greg Gamble and www.covers.com
Following the Wrigleyville chaos and the surprise on the Southside as a fan, scribe, and investor, what a way to roll through the few summer days in Chi-Town. On the Northside, I knew things were askew early when the lazy corner infielder, Aramis Ramirez, arrived to Spring training like Alyssa Milano arrived to the Poison Ivy 2 set - trim and committed to show us some newfound passion. As for the Camaro, smokes-in-the-sleeves Sox, even Ozzie is shocked he’s only needed one profanity-laced tirade to keep things sailing smoothly.
Even though both the White Sox and Cubs each lead MLB’s Central Divisions, just ask Ronny Mexico how quickly things can change. Will the Cubs continue to dominate at home and will giving-up 1 1/2 runs still seem like a gift? Can the Sox unassuming staff continue to baffle the opposition if Jim Thome and Paul Konerko continue to strike out more than Paul Pfeiffer? And will the Wrigley girls continue to wear short-shorts that would be illegal in most states?
While I know some of the answers, I also hit-up some of the media giants in the Windy City for some additional knowledge. With that, here are some thoughts (aka ATS predicted trends) to give your mind and wallet some fodder: http://www.covers.com/articles/articles.aspx?theArt=162594&t=0
With that, let's take a look at today's MLB ATS & Hotties...
CHICAGO CUBS (-130) @ ARIZONA D-BACKS
After losing 3-straight, the Northsider bats finally came alive and Dempster provided some much needed rest for the Lou’s bullpen yesterday. With the All-Star break hangover in the rearview, I expect the Cubs to regain their dominance at the plate and to finally start improving on their lousy road performances of the 1st half. Tonight, they head to Arizona to face the pitcher formerly known as Randy Johnson (6-7, 5.23) and his line-up of marginal hitters (.248 versus righties). As mentioned at nausea, the Cubs have crushed southpaws all year (.288) and should have no problem lighting-up the 44 year-old who rarely makes it past the 6th inning (in only 5 of his 17 starts have we seen him record an out in the 7th). On the mound for Chicago will be the newly acquired ace Rich Harden (5-1, 2.19). Even though he only lasted 5.1 innings in his 1st start for Chicago, he didn’t allow a run and probably will look even more comfortable with his opening game jitters out of the way…Cubs by 4-5 runs