Website design By BotEap.comAnd the last will be the first! The Pittsburgh Pirates entered last weekend as the MLB’s biggest “money burners” with a mark of minus $ 2,283 to $ 100 / game. However, the team’s three-game sweep of the Giants gives Pittsburgh the longest active winning streak (five games) as of Monday morning. The Cubs’ four-game sweep of the Cardinals ties the Mets for the second-longest streak. What’s going on here? Website design By BotEap.comMy free game for Monday is in the Az Backs over the Chi Cubs at 8:05 ET. I only have one play for Monday as I follow my 22 * winner (Twins) on Sunday. He’s another one of my exclusive Insiders from Las Vegas, on a three-month 64% run. Get it now! Website design By BotEap.comThe NL West seemingly has a grip on losing streaks these days, as the Dodgers entered the weekend on an eight-game losing streak and having lost 13 of 14 games since halftime (they had been outscored 81 -29). While the Dodgers swept the Nationals in a three-game series at Dodger Stadium this weekend (by the way, Washington had entered the weekend on a six-game winning streak!), The Division West rival of the National League, the Giants, open the new week with the Major Leagues. Longest active losing streak (seven games). Website design By BotEap.comPittsburgh’s recent hot streak has brought them out of the basement of the “money line” rankings as the Cleveland Indians take on “first place.” The Indians cost less than $ 2,145 on the season, while the Pirates cost less than $ 1,921. The Indians own by far the worst money line record in the American League, as the Devil Rays (43-62) own the second-worst record in the league at just minus $ 550. Website design By BotEap.comThe Tigers took two of three from the Twins this weekend. Detroit has had the best MLB overall record for quite some time, and as of this morning, its 70-34 record is seven games better than the Mets, who own MLB’s second-best record at 63-41. However, the advantage of the Detroit money line is even more impressive. The Tigers have the best MLB record at more than $ 3,224, nearly double the second-best record in the majors, held by the Twins (plus $ 1,684). Website design By BotEap.comThe Mets are in third place with more than $ 1,335 and the Red Sox are the fourth best with more than $ 1,168. They are the only four teams to show a profit of more than $ 1,000 (at $ 100 / game) during the season and, believe it or not, the 53-31 Arizona Diamondbacks have the fifth-best record in MLB, with more than $ 647. . Website design By BotEap.comMonday’s MLB schedule features just 10 games with the Indians / Red Sox broadcast on ESPN at 7:05 ET. The game features the return of 43-year-old David Wells to the mound. Wells was 15-7 with a 4.45 ERA last season, his first season with the Red Sox. He is 20-4 with a 3.52 ERA in his career against the Indians, but will only make his third start of the year in what has been an injury-filled season. Website design By BotEap.comIt should be noted that Boston was 11-1 in its home starts last year and that Cleveland starter Paul Byrd, despite a 3.52 ERA on the road, has seen the Indians go just 3-7 in his career. road starts in 2006. However, the marquee of the night Showdown is the opening game of a three-game series in Anaheim between the Athletics and Angels (10:05 ET). The 55-50 Athletics have held at least a portion of the top spot in the AL West for 45 of the past 46 days, but the 54-50 Angels have the best MLB record in July at 19-6. (Haren vs Santana). Website design By BotEap.comNFL Rankings Website design By BotEap.comThe 2006 NFL preseason begins in less than a week, when the Raiders and Eagles meet next Sunday in Canton. My countdown to the next football season starts today and will continue every day. Website design By BotEap.comThe Jets finished last in the AFC East in 2005 with the Browns and Ravens finishing tied for last in the AFC North. The Texans finished last in the South and the Raiders in the West. In the NFC, the Eagles finished last in the East, the Packers in the North, the Saints in the South and the 49ers in the West. Why bring this up? Website design By BotEap.comBecause in each of the past three seasons, two teams that finished last (or tied for last) in their respective divisions have rallied to reach the playoffs the following season. The Chiefs and Panthers rallied from bottom spots in 2002 to reach the playoffs in 2003. The Chargers and Falcons were last-place teams in 2003, but headed to the playoffs in 2004 and then, last year, the Bears and Bucs finished last. in 2004 to make playoff appearances in 2005. Website design By BotEap.comWill two (or more?) Of the aforementioned teams follow suit in 2006. Over the next month, this will be one of many issues that I will address in my NFL breakthroughs. The Seattle Seahawks made their first Super Bowl appearance last year, losing Super Bowl 40 to the Steelers (21-10). Can the Seahawks avoid the recent “curse of the Super Bowl loser” in 2006? Website design By BotEap.comThe Tennessee Titans lost Super Bowl 34 to the St Louis Rams, but came back the following year and finished 13-3. That’s the last time a Super Bowl loser follows their Super Bowl loss with a playoff appearance. In fact, none of the last five Super Bowl losers have been able to post a winning record in the coming year. Website design By BotEap.comStarting with the Giants, who lost Super Bowl 35 to the Ravens and then went 7-9 in the 2001 season, the list includes the Rams who lost Super Bowl 36 (then went 7-9), the Raiders who lost the Super 37 (then it was 4-12), the Panthers who lost Super Bowl 38 (then it was 7-9) and the Eagles who lost Super Bowl 39 (then it was 6-10). Website design By BotEap.comMuch more to come this week. Website design By BotEap.comNess Notes is available Monday through Friday at 1:00 ET.