BlackJack’s Plays of the Day: Sweep Dreams
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Now that hockey season is officially over, we are left with baseball, the WNBA, and possibly one NBA Finals game left. We must savor these moments because the calendar will soon become thinner. The weather will get warmer, and summer weekends and holidays will beckon. That is when the weak will flee to the beach and barbecues. Not us. No, we will be here. Standing watch. Searching for wins, as we do each and every day. The seasons may change, but our process and its results will not. We are winners and we will continue to win.
Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox (-300)
7:10 p.m. ET
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This play is based off of one thing and one thing only. Fortunately, I believe it to be a controlling factor in this game. That factor is Chris Sale. He is coming off two subpar starts, and there is no better spot for him to rebound than at home against his former team. The Red Sox hitters should feast on the White Sox, and I don’t have a hard time seeing this one getting ugly.
THE PICK: Red Sox run line (-160)
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New York Yankees at New York Mets (-105)
7:10 p.m. ET
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The Subway Series commences once again tonight in Queens at Citi Field. The Mets are quickly heading down the drain this season, going 2-8 in their last 10. They stink. One guy who does not stink, however, is Jacob deGrom. He has been stellar, with an ERA of 1.49. Unfortunately for deGrom, the Mets score nothing for him. However, his bad luck is our good fortune. His excellence, combined with an inept offense, makes for a solid play.
THE PICK: First five innings Under 3.5 Runs (-101)
Golden State Warriors (-4.5) at Cleveland Cavaliers
9 p.m. ET
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The Warriors go for the sweep tonight and their second title in a row, as well as their third in four years. The Warriors want this game and will most likely get it. I do think there is a chance that Cleveland can hang around for a while. The Cavs have LeBron James, and the supporting cast has actually played better than expected for long stretches. I think the Cavs will come out looking to avoid the sweep before the inevitable third-quarter onslaught arrives from Golden State. Still, there’s value early.
THE PICK: Cavaliers first-half ML (+115)
Let’s have a weekend, baby. It’s a big one. Stay tuned tomorrow for all of our coverage LIVE from the Belmont Stakes.