If you are looking for a brief summary of what you need to know today to make informed betting choices, you’ve come to the right place!
1. Bumgarner out after dirtbike accident
Remember how much crap Trevor Bauer took for his drone accident last fall? He missed one start as a result of his non-baseball related injury. By that logic, Madison Bumgarner should get roasted for the injuries he sustained late last week in a dirt bike accident in Colorado, which will keep him out six to eight weeks. Instead, there’s been mostly silence, either out of respect for one of the game’s best, or in mourning for the Giants season.
Already dead-last in the NL West and not getting the starting pitching they received from Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija last season, the Giants are in deep trouble, and now they’ll have to navigate their way out of the cellar without Bumgarner for nearly two months. It’s still too early to eulogize this team, but it’s certainly good news if you want to back the Rockies or Diamondbacks. With San Diego already tanking, Zona and Colorado now have relatively soft matchups in half their divisional games, and that will only help their playoff pushes.
2. Jaye Howard released by Chiefs
It’s odd to see a team so close to the top making so many changes on the defensive line, but the Chiefs have sent another big body out of town, releasing 28-year-old defensive end Jaye Howard over the weekend. The move will save Kansas City at least $1.375 million in cap space, and even more (up to $2.5 million) if Howard signs with another team in 2017.
The 2016 Chiefs were not good against the run, evidenced by last year’s playoff loss to Pittsburgh. But releasing Howard, who was coming off an injury in 2016, leaves even more holes up front after the team parted with Dontari Poe earlier this year. The Chiefs already had needs at linebacker, and this adds another need in a loaded defensive draft. If you’re playing any draft props, this is certainly a team you can count on taking a defensive player in the first round.
As for the rest of the league, Howard represents an option for teams that miss on a defensive lineman early in the draft. Still a productive player in a 3-4 defense, he’d provide a cheap upgrade for a team like Tennessee or Denver.
3. Round 2 of Stanley Cup Playoffs are set
After an intense first round that set a record for most overtime games in a playoff round (18), we’re down to the final eight teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Some major favorites went down, particularly in the Western Conference (Chicago and Minnesota) leaving a few toss-up series to pick through.
Nashville and St. Louis are getting even series odds, while Anaheim is a slight favorite (-130) over Edmonton. In the East, Washington (-120) is favored once again over their Pittsburgh-shaped kryptonite, while New York (-160) is getting the shortest odds to move on against Ottawa.
Action gets underway on Wednesday, and we’ll have a full preview of next round soon!
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