Archive for June, 2008

Subway Series to the max!!!

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

All eyes will be on Yankee and Shea Stadium throughout the weekend when the Yankees and Mets collide in an Interleague affair for the second time this season. The Mets took it to the Yanks the first time around winning a pair at the Stadium before the final game was rained out back in mid May. That game will be made up Friday afternoon before the nightcap that should have NY’s subway system working overtime.

The Yankees come into this series with the Mets off another Interleague series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. They currently sit six games over .500 at 42-36 on the year, and trail the Boston Red Sox by 5.5-games in the AL East. The Mets return home for this series after taking five of nine on its west coast swing to improve its overall mark to 38-39 overall. They trail the Philadelphia Phillies by four-games for the top spot in the NL East.

Friday afternoon’s match-up pits (4-6) Mike Pelfrey against (1-2) Dan Giese, and the newly acquired Sidney Ponson will make his debut in pinstripes against (2-1) Pedro Martinez. Saturday’s afternoon affair will finds (5-3) Andy Pettitte matched-up with the Mets (7-6) Johan Santana. The fourth and final game of the series will take place Sunday afternoon when (4-5) Darrell Rassner makes his third Interleague start against the Mets Oliver Perez and his 2-2 mark at home.

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The “El Series”… Take two

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

The Chicago Cubs weren’t the hospitable hosts Manager Ozzie Guillen and the White Sox would have liked last weekend, as they went on to get swept in their three game set with their rivals to the north. That said they get a shot at redemption this weekend when the stage gets shifted to the south side of town when the Cubs invade US Cellular field to take on the Palehose for three games in their own backyard. Bragging rights will be up in the air as both these clubs enter this series atop their respective divisions. The White Sox currently hold a half-game lead over the Minnesota Twins for the top spot in the AL Central Division, while the Chicago Cubs hold a 4.5-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.

The Cubs have been a dominant force in the comfy confines of Wrigley Field this season evidenced by their stellar 33-9 record that’s brought its betting backers in close to $2000.00 on the season. However, they’ve been average on the road winning just 16 of their 36 overall road games.

The White Sox are back home where they absolutely trounced the Pittsburgh Pirates the last time they took the field at “The Cell”. They outscored the Buccos by a 37-15 final count in the three game set to improve its impressive home mark to 24-11 overall bring its betting backers in close to $1000.00 on the year.

The Cubs now stand 8-1 the L/9 times they’ve squared off against the White Sox, which includes a three-game sweep at US Cellular Field last season. The White Sox and their fans would love nothing more than to avenge last weeks embarrassment, so be sure to login to your OddsMaker.com account and take a gander at all the money-line, total, and run-line wagers being offered for this weekend’s series.

Chicago Cubs vs. Tampa Bay Rays 7:10 ET

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

The cardiac Rays took another from the NL’s best in last night’s 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs to win their ninth straight home series. Andy Sonnanstine pitched valiantly spraying seven Chicago hits through five innings of the online gambling affair, but he only allowed three earned runs. The bullpen picked up where he left off and limited the Cubs potent offense to just two hits and one earned run to allow Tampa to secure its 42nd win of the season. MLB bettors continue to reap huge rewards by backing the Rays at home who now stand a moneymaking 28-11 overall putting a lofty $1560.00 in the betting publics pockets. The victory allowed them to keep pace and remain just two-games back of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East who upended the Philadelphia Phillies earlier in the day. The Cubs second straight defeat at the hands of the Rays now finds them three-games under .500 on the road at 16-19 costing sportsbettors $353.00 on the season. Cub nation heart’s skipped a beat in the seventh inning when ace starter Carlos Zambrano was removed from the game with shoulder discomfort. “He’s got shoulder discomfort, and we don’t know more than that,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. He’ll fly home to Chicago to get an MRI, so more should be known about his condition when the Cubs square off in the first game of the “El Series” against the Chicago White Sox. With St. Louis choking for the second night in a row at home to Kansas City, the Cubs still hold a 3.5-game lead for the top spot in the NL Central.

Sean Gallagher will take to the bump for his eighth start of the season, and get his work in at an opposing ballpark for the fourth time. He’s coming off another tough luck loss on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays where he allowed seven hits and three runs through five innings of work in the Cubs 3-2 defeat. In his three starts as a visitor this season, the Cubs have only managed to plate a total of five runs. The youngster has impressed manager Lou Piniella and the Cubs with his poise and his performance as he continues to learn. He does need to learn how to become more efficient and eat some innings since he’s topped 100+ pitches in three of his L/4 starts but only average 5.5 innings. Sean’s yet to face the Rays in his big league career.

Opposing him will be Tampa’s James Shields who will be making his first start since serving his suspension from his altercation with Boston. The Rays have won eight of Shields’ 14 starts this season, but he enters tonight’s start with a personal mark of 4-5 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. He’s been roughed up his L/3 outings going 0-2 with a 6.60 ERA allowing 20 hits and 11 earned runs in 15 innings of work. The junk ball pitcher is yet to face the Cubs in his brief career.

Oddsmakers opened the Rays –160 home favorites in tonight’s baseball betting affair with the ‘total’ set at 8.5 over -115. Oddsmaker.com offers all MLB betting odds be it side, total, or run-line, so be sure to login to your account and get your wagers down before tonight’s first pitch.

The Cubs are the only team in baseball to not lose three in a row all season long, but the Rays perfect mark of 11-0 as a home favorite in the –150 to –175 range makes it real tough to back them. The Cubs have competed well in all three of Gallagher’s road starts, so lay the extra chalk and grab them on the run-line in what should be another closely contested contest between upper echelon teams.

Redbirds, Red Sox, and Green Monster’s…. Oh My!!!

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

All eyes will be on Fenway park throughout the weekend when the best team in the American League, the Boston Red Sox, returns home to square off against Manager Tony LaRussa’s St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals enter this weekend set after losing its I-70 series against the lowly Kansas City Royals, while the Red Sox went into Citizens Bank Park and came away with the series victory. St. Louis has proven to be one of the better road teams in the National league evidenced by its 19-15 overall mark. That said, Boston has been automatic at home winning 28 of its 35 overall games played at Fenway park.

The Cardinals failed to make up any ground on the Cubs after they lost their series at Tampa Bay, and come into this match-up 3.5-games in back of their archrivals. Boston currently holds a two-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays for the top spot in the AL East. These clubs haven’t met since 2006 when the Cardinals won two of three at home the year after the Red Sox swept them in the World Series.

Friday night’s match-up will pit (8-2) Kyle Lohse against (4-4) Tim Wakefield in a game that could see a plethora of runs scored. Saturday’s afternoon affair will pit (1-0) rookie Mitchell Boggs in just his third career start against (8-0) Daisuke Matsuzaka in his first start since going on the DL back in early June. The third and final game of the series will take place Sunday afternoon as (2-3) Joel Pineiro makes his second Interleague start against Boston’s Jon Lester and his 4-1 mark at home.

“The not so Friendly Confines”

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

The New York Mets and Yankees partake in the “Subway Series” every year, but all eyes will be on the Windy City this weekend when Ozzie Guillen’s Chicago White Sox invade Wrigley Field to take on Lou Piniella and the Chicago Cubs. Bragging rights will be up in the air as both these clubs enter this series atop their respective divisions. The White Sox currently hold a 4.5-game lead over the Minnesota Twins for the top spot in the AL Central Division, while the Chicago Cubs hold a 3.5-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.

The White Sox have been a tremendous money-maker at home evidenced by its 23-11 record that’s brought its betting backers in a healthy $972.00 on the year, but they’ve struggled on the road to the tune of a 17-20 mark that’s cost the betting public a couple of bucks.

The Cubs track record at home is no secret at all as they boast the best home mark in the entire league. They’ve won 29 of their 37 overall games within the “friendly confines” of Wrigley field, and in the process made its betting backers a lofty $1651.00 of pure profit. They’re currently in the midst of an 11-game home winning streak!!!

Cub fans have had a year to brag about how they’re club took the Southsiders out behind the woodshed and served up a severe beating. They won five of the six meetings a year ago, which included a three-game sweep at US Cellular field.

The White Sox would love nothing more than to return the favor this weekend, so be sure to login to your OddsMaker.com account and take a gander at all the money-line, total, and run-line wagers being offered.

East meets West at the Bank!!

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

A pair of scuffling division leaders will duke it out this weekend when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim take a trip out east to lock horns with the Philadelphia Phillies for a three-game series starting Friday evening. The Angels head into this series off a home series loss to the NL East representative NY Mets, while the Phillies lost its three game set at home against the AL East leading Boston Red Sox.

The Angels enter this highly thought of match-up with the Phillies losers in six of their L/10 overall, but Manager Mike Scioscia’s club should come into this one relaxed knowing it boasts the leagues best road record at 21-12. Their winning road mark has reeled in close to $1000.00 of baseball profits to its betting backers, and they most recently secured five victories in six tries at both Oakland and Seattle.

Since ripping off 11 wins in 13 tries from late May to June 7th, the Phillies have lost six of their L/10 overall to see its lead in the NL East over the Florida Marlins shrink to just two-games. Philly sports a 22-15 mark at Citizens Bank Park, but they’ve only managed to bring in $150.00 as a host. Before dropping its most recent home series to Boston, the Phillies secured series’ wins against the Reds, Marlins, and Rockies.

These clubs haven’t met since 2003 when the Angels took two of three in Anaheim, but you can be sure to see the best of what both teams have to offer with both clubs mired in a mini slump.

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The Indoor War: Week 16 (Part II)

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Week 16 of the Arena Football League has arrived, and there are some fantastic match-ups on tap for this weekends slate as teams continue to jockey for playoff positioning.

The (10-4) Chicago Rush travels to The Arena at Gwinnett Center to face the (9-5) Georgia Force on Saturday, June 14 at 7 ET in a possible ArenaBowl XXII preview. Chicago has won six of its last eight games and can capture home-field advantage throughout the American Conference playoffs with a win or a San Jose Sabercats loss. Georgia can clinch its fourth consecutive playoff berth and second consecutive Southern Division title with a victory. The Force have won six consecutive games and eight of its last ten.

The defending champion and (9-5) San Jose Sabercats return from their “bye” week to welcome in the (7-7) Tampa Bay Storm to the HP Pavilion on Saturday, June 14 at 10:30 ET. San Jose is 6-2 all-time following bye weeks and can become the third team to clinch three consecutive division titles with a win. After a 2-5 start, Tampa Bay has won five of its last seven and needs a win to stay in the playoff hunt. The all-time series is tied 5-5, with San Jose winning five straight.

The (8-6) Arizona Rattlers welcome the (4-10) Colorado Crush to US Airways Center on Russell Athletic ESPN Arena Football Monday, June 16 at 10 ET. Arizona is one game behind San Jose for first place in the Western Division and has sole possession of third place in the American Conference playoff standings. The Rattlers are on their first four-game winning streak since 2006 and can extend their streak to five for the first time since 2004. The Crush are currently in fifth place in the American Conference playoff standings and holds the edge in a three-way tie with Grand Rapids and Los Angeles based on head-to-head point differential (Grand Rapids) and head-to-head record (Los Angeles). The Crush can clinch its fifth consecutive playoff berth with a win combined with losses by both Grand Rapids (4-10) and Kansas City (3-11). Colorado leads the all-time series 4-2, having won the last four.

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The Indoor War: Week 16 (Part I)

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Week 16 of the Arena Football League has arrived, and there are some fantastic match-ups on tap for this weekends slate as teams continue to jockey for playoff positioning.

The (11-3) Philadelphia Soul welcomes the (8-6) Cleveland Gladiators to the Wachovia Spectrum on Saturday, June 14 at 7 ET. The Soul own the League’s best record along with Dallas and can clinch its first Eastern Division title and claim home-field advantage throughout the National Conference playoffs with a win coupled with a Desperados loss. Philadelphia is tied with both Chicago and New Orleans for the best home record in the AFL at 6-1. The Gladiators are 4-0 all-time against the Soul, including a 67-55 victory in their first meeting of 2008 back in Week 10 at Quicken Loans Arena and they’ve won five of their last eight overall games.

The (8-6) New York Dragons travel to American Airlines Center to face the (11-3) Dallas Desperados on Saturday, June 14 at 8 ET. Dallas holds the second-best home record in the AFL at 5-2 and has not lost consecutive games in their house since Weeks 15 and 16 of the 2005 season. The Desperados can become the first team in AFL history to win at least 12 regular-season games in three consecutive seasons. After beginning their season 1-4, the Dragons have won seven of nine and hold the edge in a three-way tie with Cleveland and New Orleans for fourth in the National Conference playoff standings. Dallas leads the all-time series 8-3 and can sweep New York for the third consecutive season with the victory.

The (8-6) New Orleans VooDoo travels to Amway Arena to face the (8-7) Orlando Predators on Friday, June 13 at 7:30 ET in a Southern Division match-up. New Orleans can clinch its second playoff berth in team history and first since its inaugural season in 2004 with a win. Orlando is currently in seventh place and needs a victory to stay in the playoff race.

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Let the Games Begin!!!

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

The Lakers and Celtics squared off in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, which sets us up for an exciting evening tip for Game 5 on Sunday.

The Celtics easily disposed of the Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals 98-88, and cashed its backers tickets as three-point home favorites. The combined 186-points went under the closing ‘total’ of 191.5. Kobe Bryant was the only Laker to score more than 20, while the “Big Three” of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett chipped in with 19, 22, and 24 respectively.

Game 2 saw the Celtics put forth fantastic efforts in both the second and third quarters to take an 83-61 lead in the fourth, but the Lakers swarmed defensively in the fourth quarter to claw to within two points in the final minutes. Paul Pierce hit a pair of huge FT’s to allow the Celtics to secure the 108-102 home win and cover as one-point underdogs.

With their backs against the wall, the Lakers circled the wagons in Game 3 to grab a victory in the series and cut Boston’s lead to 2-1. It was a much lower scoring game than many expected as the 168-combined points was the lowest point total ever seen between these two franchises in the post-season. Phil Jackson did a tremendous job of getting into the refs heads about free throw disparity after Game 2 evidenced by the Lakers taking 12 more than Boston from the charity stripe.

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Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers 9:05PM ET

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

NBA bettors get to sink their teeth into another online betting affair in tonight’s NBA Finals match-up between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers came through in a must win situation by outlasting the Celtics 87-81 in Game 3 to cut the Celtics lead in the series to 2-1. The six-point victory saw the Celtics cover the lofty 9.5-point spread, and the combined 168 points never seriously threatened the 195.5-point ‘total’ to make the under 2-1 ATS in the series. Each club has defended its home court throughout the first three games of the series, but Boston has covered the spread in all five of their meetings this season.

Boston has been a solid road club all season long, and comes into this crucial Game 4 match-up 33-18 SU on the season. They’ve also been very kind to NBA bettors as a visitor evidenced by their 30-20-1 ATS mark. That said, they’ve only covered the spread in three of their 10 road games in the post-season, but have cashed tickets in three of their last four. As for LA, they made a habit out of destroying their opponents at home this year. They enter tonight’s contest a solid 39-11 SU, but they’ve struggled against the Vegas number by going 26-23-1 ATS in their 51 games at the Staples Center throughout the regular and post-season combined. They’re 8-1 SU and 6-3 ATS at home this postseason.

Oddsmakers opened the Lakers up 8-point home favorites in tonight’s basketball betting affair with the ‘total’ set at 192. Oddsmaker.com offers all NBA betting odds be it side, total, or $$$-line, so be sure to login to your account and get your wagers down before the tip.

The Celtics have taken care of business against Pacific Division opponents this season evidenced by its 10-3 SU and ATS marks, and they were one of the only Eastern Conference teams to hold its own against the Western Conference by winning 27 of 33 games SU and going 22-11 ATS. When avenging a loss against an opponent this season, the Celtics won 28 of 36 times SU but struggled ATS going 19-17 overall. It’s safe to say they were favorites in most of those contests, which makes taking the points in this spot that much more attractive. They’re also yet to lose a game ATS to the Lakers this season (5-0 ATS).

The Lakers are 8-3 ATS their L/11 overall home games, and they’re 8-3-1 ATS the L/12 times they’ve played on one days rest. That said, they’re a terrible 0-6 ATS their L/6 against the Eastern Conference and they’ve failed to cover the spread the L/8 times they’ve participated in an NBA Finals game.

Will the big three for Boston play as the unit that saw them easily dismantle the Lakers in their first four meetings this season, or will Kobe and the Lakers find a way to knot this series up at two games apiece. Tune to ABC HD at 9:05 ET to find out!!!