Tuesday was an incredibly surreal day for yours truly, Dave Tuley.
You see, ever since I joined VSiN almost 5 years ago, I have spent my Tuesdays writing the original version of this column for Point Spread Weekly. That means that, for most of the 260 weeks (probably around 250 with a few weeks off), I knew my Tuesdays would be dedicated to writing at least 500 words and up to 3000 words or more for my NFL columns that I gave my “shots” in every game on the schedule. And then I would also help edit/revise the number for each week. With PSW being discontinued, that made me wonder what day of the week all Tuesdays were. Fortunately, I was brought back to reality when my MLB first fifth inning plays went 3-1 that day. We won our best bet on the Diamondbacks 1st 5+120 cashes easily as they led the Phillies 9-0 behind the breakout pitch of Zac Gallen (34 1/3 straight scoreless innings) en route to a 12-3 win. I was also 2-1 with my other plays, as the A’s 1st 5+100 (although I had to put -110) led the Nats 10-5 after 5 innings and the Royals 1st 5+110 they held on to lead the White Sox 5-4 after 5 innings. Our only loss came at the Orioles 1st 5+125 when they trailed the Guardians 5-1. That’s a net gain of 2.3 units. Before arriving at the works on Wednesday. . . In case you missed it on Monday when VSiN announced several changes to our broadcast and digital plans for the football season, here’s how it impacts this column.
CHANGES IN THE COLUMNS OF THOMAS DE TULEY: Fans of these daily versions of “Tuley’s Takes Today” will be happy to know that they will continue throughout the football season and beyond (last year, we did 289 days in a row, more than 41 weeks in a row, of TTT since the opening of the NFL season until the end of the Stanley Cup Finals in June We will recap the betting events of the previous day, update our betting statistics throughout the season on MLB, NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and other important events like CFB regular season, bowl, March Madness, etc. As for regular readers of our original weekly version of “Tuley’s Takes” that appeared in Point Spread Weekly, that publication has come to an end, but our popular ” takes” on every game on the NFL schedule (where I apply my “lose or pass” approach to giving my picks, but also which games to pass, which many readers see as a “buy” sign on the favorite if I can’t defend the favourite) will be included in these daily columns. We will continue to publish that very long column on Wednesday morning. nings as our loyal readers have come to expect. We will then have the opportunity to update the picks (advising when to wait for the lane to move in our favor, or pass if we feel one side no longer offers value) throughout the week and into the weekend. According to our bosses, they say the VSiN changes are meant to serve 2022 sports bettors in the way they consume all of our content. We think our fans will appreciate that they can easily find all of our “takes” in one place, as I’m sure some readers were a bit confused back in the days when there would be 2 versions of “Tuley’s Takes” on the home page of VSiN. With all that being said, let’s recap the rest of Tuesday’s betting results (full game) and then look for more plays on Wednesday.
MLB: The favorites finished 9-5 Tuesday with the A’s-Nationals closing out the pick. The upsets were from the Rockies (+300 in a 3-2 win over the Braves), Reds (+185 in a 5-1 win over the Cardinals), Pirates (+155 in a 4-2 win over the Brewers), Royals (+118 in the 9-7 win at the White Sox) and Diamondbacks (+114 in the 12-3 win at the Phillies). The road teams finished 10-5. Over/Under split 7-7-1 with the push in the Cubs-Blue Jays (8) game for the second night in a row.
More MLB: Favorites lead 1,144-761 SU (60 percent) on season with 30 pick-’em (favorites usually win about 59 percent; still ahead of pace; gap had narrowed but now back to 60 percent ). Home teams lead 1020-913 (52.8 percent, generally closer to 54 percent but rising). Unders leads 948-882-102 (51.8 percent).
Red Sox 1st 5 + 110 in Twins: The Twins are on a 5-game winning streak, so it’s a little hard to fade them; meanwhile, the Red Sox are on a 3-game winning streak. However, we’re going to rely on Michael Wacha (9-1, 2.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) to keep Boston in this early game and the offense to do enough to get to Minnesota’s Joe Ryan.
Rangers 1st 5 + 110 vs. Stars: Once again, we’ve got the starting pitcher, in this case, Martin Perez (10-4, 2.69 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) of the Rangers, to keep this closed. Perez has been very good to us this summer so we like our chances even though the Rangers have lost 3 in a row as have the Red Sox. But that’s why we only back the Rangers when they have Perez or Greg Otto on the mound.
Good luck today (and every day!).