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Weekend Road Warriors
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Weekend Road Warriors

Last week had some interesting results as the AL East powerhouses took care of business in their weekend series, Atlanta dropped three of four on the road in Milwaukee, and the road favorites in the CFL ended up going 1-2 SU and ATS. Outside of relying on the Bronx Bombers and the streaking Red Sox, my breakdown of road teams to watch out for last weekend didn't really pan out as expected. It's a new week though, so let's get right to this weekend's observations.

Road teams looking to sweep revenge games in Week 5 CFL action

Last week I ended with a discussion on the CFL betting board and this week I'll begin with it. There are only three games on the schedule in Week 5, but two of them are rematches from Week 4, with the other being a rematch from Week 3. In all three scenarios, the team that's on the road this week won the first meeting and would love to make it two in a row over said opponent.

Week 5 CFL action gets started tonight in Ottawa as they host an undefeated and well-rested Calgary team off a bye week. Calgary beat Ottawa 24-14 back in Week 3, but that game was a lot closer for the majority of it before Calgary pulled away in the 2nd half.

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Friday's action has Edmonton hosting Toronto in a rematch of last week's 20-17 Toronto win where Edmonton continually shot themselves in the foot in the redzone during their 1st half drives and it ended up being their demise. Saturday the week ends with Winnipeg in Vancouver to take on the BC Lions as the Blue Bombers walked all over BC last week in QB Matt Nichols return. So will all three duplicate their results from earlier?

Of the three road teams I'm looking to back this week, the list begins and ends with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Matt Nichols return for them last week was a huge spark for them, and while things aren't likely to be as easy as the 41-19 Winnipeg win last week, this Blue Bombers team should be able to go into BC Place and leave with another victory. The Lions are struggling and potentially searching for answers at QB, and that's not not a formula I'm ever looking to back.

NL Central Leaders looking for key road victories

Entering action on Thursday, the Milwaukee Brewers lead the NL Central division by 1.5 games over the Chicago Cubs with both clubs out on the road this weekend. Milwaukee begins a four-game set in Pittsburgh tonight, while the Cubs are out on the west coast and hook up with the Padres for a three-game set on Friday.

Milwaukee is a team that I've not been a big believer in all year and that came back to bite me last weekend. At 55-38 SU it's probably time I start to give the Brewers much more credit, but a 25-20 SU record on the road still has me hesitant to back them this weekend in the Steel City. Pittsburgh used to be a house of horrors for the Brewers for years up until a few years ago and although that's a thing of the past now, Milwaukee is a team I'd expect to get a series split at best in these next four games. Picking your spots with them against the Pirates is probably the best way to go.

The Cubs on the other hand have to try and make up some ground in San Diego this weekend and they are a team I am looking to back throughout this series. Chicago doesn't have a great road record either at 24-23 SU, but they are also playing the much worse opponent and have a decided edge in starting pitching for Games 2 and 3 as well.

The best part of looking to back the Cubs is the fact that they enter this series with just a 3-3 SU record over their last six games as that could reduce the juice attached to their name in these games. But if you zoom out on the Cubs run, you'll see that they are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games, and 10-4 SU in their last 14 overall. That's a team that's playing some solid, consistent baseball right now and the same can only be said about the Padres if you are discussing them consistently dropping games these days.

San Diego is on a 3-7 SU run over their last 10 outings (pending Thursday's game vs the Dodgers), and all of those losses have been by at least two runs. Go back to the middle of June (June 15th) and the Padres are 7-17 SU overall with all but two of those losses coming by multiple runs. With all of those multi-run defeats in there, it doesn't really matter how chalky the Cubs may get this weekend, it's probably a number you'll just have to live with taking. But the RL could always be an option there too if you are looking to get a little greedy.


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