The dog days of summer are winding down as the NFL preseason is set to kickoff on Sunday. The Hall of Fame Game is the official return of football but there are a couple of other good events to bet on this week and we’ve got the low-down below:
There are a number of important baseball matchups this week as the non-waiver trade deadline passes on July 31st. On Friday, we’ll see a potential playoff preview as the Cincinnati Reds host the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards are expected to send Shelby Miller to the mound to go up against Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo has struggled on the road this season (3-6, 4.21 ERA) but has been a reliable bet at home (6-2, 2.58 ERA).
The two teams will face-off three times over the weekend.
The major event you should be looking for this weekend in your sportsbook is the Bridgestone Invitational, the third World Golf Championship event of the golf season and it is also the final event before the last major of 2013, the PGA Championship.
Of course, the sports betting favorite is Tiger Woods at +450 and as a seven-time winner here, you shouldn’t be surprised. Woods has won four times in 2013, including the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, but he hasn’t won this event since 2009. His last two starts have come in major championships, posting a T-32 at the U.S. Open and a T-6 at the British Open, and those are the events that Woods really needs to win as he continues his chase of 18 majors, currently held by Jack Nicklaus.
Masters champion Adam Scott comes in at +1615, while Brandt Snedeker is listed at +1815 and after his win in the Canadian Open last weekend, he joins Woods, Mickelson and Matt Kuchar as the only players to win multiple times in 2013. U.S. Open champion Justin Rose rounds out the favorites at +2050, along with Kuchar.