World Series Game 7

Well, what do you know? The 2019 World Series - one that's going the distance tonight even though five of the first six games in this Fall Classic have been rather lopsided affairs (decided by 3-or-more runs) - will crown a champion this evening in Houston, Texas but what a long, strange trip it's been just to get to this Game 7.

The Nationals overcame a horrendous umpiring call last night and wound up swamping the host Astros 7-2 behind yet another masterful performance by RHP Stephen Strasburg (allowed 2 runs, 5 hits in 8.1 innings) and now everyone's wondering what RHP Max Scherzer can do just three days after sitting out Game 5 with neck / shoulder issues. Scherzer's post-season stats this year includes a 3-0 mark with a 1.00 WHIP - not to mention just 14 hits allowed in 25 innings - but will he be "vintage" Scherzer here ... and what must the Astros be thinking after losing their third consecutive home game in this set and note the 'Stros have scored a grand total of nine runs in these three World Series home losses.

Get out the popcorn and soda pop and don't dare touch that remote - and take note the price tag for this Game 7 (at last check) has Houston RHP Zack Greinke at - 135 over Scherzer with a totals price of 7.5 under 120.

P.S., the "overs" are 4-1-1 so far in this World Series while the betting favorites are a dead-even 3-3 (note that the Astros were laying - 175 in Tuesday's Game 6 loss). Play Ball ... one mo' time.

NFL NOTEBOOK

The New England Patriots are a dynasty - six Super Bowl crowns since 2001 and they might not be finished just yet. But what gets us to writing about the Pats today is this: They're ultra-consistent winners in the betting world with the last notch coming in last Sunday's 27-13 win / cover against the 10-point underdog Cleveland Browns. Now, look deep at the Patriots' pointspread history and here's what they have done the past 11-plus seasons alone when it comes to the almighty Las Vegas prices:

YEAR ATS RECORD
20196-2-0
201812-7-0
201711-7-1
201615-3-1
20158-8-2
201411-8-0
20139-9-0
201210-8-0
201110-9-0
201010-6-1
20099-8-0
20089-7-0

Go ahead and check it out: The Patriots are a collective 120-82-5 ATS (against the spread) for the past decade-plus and that's been good for a .594 winning percentage and there's not one single / solitary losing year in there spreadwise dating all the way back to 2008 which happens to be the last time the Pats failed to make the playoffs. Okay, there's been a couple of .500 seasons where you lose some vig but amazing to see a team that's consistently favored (and often by heavy-duty prices) and still wins at nearly 60 percent of the time.
Now that's a real dynasty.