Mike Handzelek's Late July MLB Analysis/Review

By: Point Shaver Handzelek     Date: Jul 28, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017 Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox (MLB) - 8:10 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Money Line: -235 Chicago Cubs Pick Title: 9 Star Contender/Pretender Play (WIN) Sure these White Sox want to win this game! But what trumps that is the Cubs being in a zone & playing with utmost urgency. The Pale Hose are playing to find a better chemistry. But Maddon & his Cubbies know that their closest divisional rival, the Milwaukee Brewers have the easiest schedule down the stretch. As a result, expect a very focused Cubs squad who are starting to hit a whole lot better. The talent rises to the top here as Jon Lester shows better signs of consistency versus a weaker lineup. No let up here as we'll go to the South Side of the city to take the CHICAGO CUBS as my 9 Star Contender/Pretender Play! Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Los Angeles Angels vs. Cleveland Indians (MLB) - 7:10 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Money Line: -214 Cleveland Indians Pick Title: 9 Star AL Shake, Shake, Shake Play (WIN) It's been an up & down 2nd half with the majority of our teams playing well a day late. Let's get back on track here as Cleveland RULES the Angels winning 8 straight & 10 of 11. Carrasco gets the nod here as he'll shake over a very bland Nolasco. The Indians know they're in a race with KC getting hot as we predicted. Look for Francona's Feistys to step it up @ home as we'll take the CLEVELAND INDIANS as our 9 Star AL Shake, Shake, Shake Play! Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Yankees (MLB) - 7:05 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Money Line: -166 New York Yankees Pick Title: 9 Star Pennant Pusher (WIN) The Yankees will do well here despite Montgomery having a high ERA. He's more than decent @ home where he's actually 2-1 his last 3. The Reds have been awful in series' starters losing their last 6. They also struggled mightily versus international league southpaws in losing 6 of their last 7. Cincinnati's 11-40 record on the international road seals it. Let's go to the Bronx to play the NEW YORK YANKEES as my 9 Star Pennant Pusher! Atlanta Braves vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB) - 9:40 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Money Line: -148 Arizona Diamondbacks Pick Title: 8 Star Revenger (LOSS) Taijuan Walker will pitching with team momentum & with revenge from an earlier 4-3 defeat to Atlanta back on July 14th. Bank some green backs on the ARIZONA DIAMONBACKS as my 8 Star Revenger! Sunday, July 23, 2017 New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners (MLB) - 4:10 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Money Line: -103 New York Yankees Pick Title: 8 Star Treader Play (WIN) The Yankees need to step it up with the bats against a putrid of a pitcher with Gallardo. There's NO EXCUSE why the young guns don't bury him here. Let's bank on New York to wake again & take 3 of 4 as our 8 Star Treader Play is on the NEW YORK YANKEES! NOTES: We ended our week on a high note winning 4 of our last 5 in MLB play. The 2nd half is a series of adjustments in handicapping as some teams are experimenting with new lineups to shake things up. The trade deadline nears its end after this weekend so we'll proceed with caution minimizing plays but striking where its warranted. Nevertheless, patience pays off in the end. Let's also get ready to gauge the NFL's new talent & chemistry of each team heading into the 2017-18 season (Look for preview article in August). For those who play NFL Survivor, I'll have my list of survivor teams next month listing them systematically from Weeks 1 thru 17. 2017 MLB Regular Season Record Thru July 28th: 36-18----for a killer 67%!

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