Archive for July, 2008

The Best of the NL Worst (II)

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers head into their weekend series against one another with first place once again on the line in the NL West. However this time, each club boasts a +.500 record with Arizona sitting at 55-52 and the Dodgers sitting one-game over .500 at 53-52. Arizona currently holds a one-game lead over the Dodgers for the top spot in the division. The Diamondbacks have played much better ball since the break winning eight of its 12 overall games, while the Dodgers managed to exact that mark with an 8-4 record of their own.

In their eight games played against one another this season, the D’Backs have held the upper hand winning five of the eight meetings. That said; the Dodgers picked up a series win in Arizona right after the break.

The D’Backs head into the final leg of their current road trip winners in five of six overall taking both series at San Francisco and San Diego. They currently sit five-games under .500 at 25-30 on the road, and have cost their betting backers upwards of $600 on the season. The Dodgers also come in winners in five of their last six with home series wins over the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants, and currently boast a 30-25 mark within Chavez Ravine that’s cost the MLB wagering public a few hundred bucks overall.

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Contenders or Pretenders?

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

All American League eyes will be on New York throughout the weekend when the Angels and Yankees meet for the first time this season. The Angels made a move this past week to bolster their offense by trading with the Atlanta Braves for 1B Mark Teixeira, but the Yankees also made a couple of moves to improve their roster for the stretch run. Most recently, they snagged C Ivan Rodriguez away from the Detroit Tigers to fill the void left by Jorge Posada when he elected to have season ending shoulder surgery. Los Angeles dominated the “Bronx Bombers” last year winning six of their nine overall match-ups.

The Angels come into this four-game series on a roll having just swept the Boston Red Sox at Fenway. They currently own the best overall record in all of baseball at 67-40, and have made MLB bettors a grand total of $2050 on the season. The Halos can simply coast throughout the last couple months of the season with division leads of 11.5-games over the Texas Rangers and 14-games over the Oakland A’s.

New York managed to salvage the final game of its series with the Baltimore Orioles, and also come into this series red-hot since the break winning nine of its 12 overall games to claw to 11-games over .500 (59-48) for the first time this season. They currently sit four-games in back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the top spot in the AL East, but their recent acquisitions should see them eat away at that deficit in the coming weeks.

In order to be taken as a serious World Series contender, this is a series the Yankees must win. Be sure to login to your account at OddsMaker.com and get all your bets in for what’s certain to be an exciting weekend at Yankee Stadium.

ESPN’s favorite match-up of the year!!!

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

All American League eyes will be on Boston throughout the weekend when the Yankees and Red Sox rekindle their love for one another in a three game set at Fenway Park. The Red Sox hold a 5-4 season series advantage over their division rivals after splitting the four games they last played in Yankees Stadium back in early July. Surprisingly, Alex Rodriguez and the rest of the “Bronx Bombers” owned the BoSox in their championship season winning 10 of their 15 overall match-ups including four of the nine meetings that took place in Beantown.

The Red Sox come into this series with the Yankees off a series sweep at Seattle for the first time since 1993, while the Yankees come in red hot winners of six in a row having just swept the Minnesota Twins right out of the stadium. Boston currently sits a half a game off the pace set by the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East with the Yankees trailing by just 3.5-games.

Boston’s thrived playing in front of the “Green Monster” winning 36 of its 47 overall games reeling in close to $1900 for its betting backers, while the Yankees sport a .500 record as a visitor losing upward of $300 on the year. The Red Sox have won eight of their L/10 overall home games, while NY’s managed victories in just four if its L/9 road contests.

Expect another white-knuckled brawl at Fenway all weekend long, so be sure to login to your account at OddsMaker.com and get all your bets in for what’s certain to be a drama filled weekend in Boston.

There’s no town like Mo-Town!!!

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

The Detroit Tigers can make the AL Central race a bit more interesting this weekend when they welcome in the division leading Chicago White Sox for a three game set.
Chicago currently holds a 2.5-game lead over the Minnesota Twins for the top spot in the division, but the Tigers only find themselves 5.5-games out after cutting their double-digit deficit in half over the last month of the season.

Chicago’s been a tremendous MLB wager at home (35-16 +$1355), but the stories been a whole lot different for them on the road like it’s been for a majority of the elite teams in the league this year. They currently sit five-games under .500 as a visitor, 22-27, costing its betting backers close to $300 on the year. Since June 10th, the Tigers are 13-1 at home if you omit the horrible series they had against the Twins right before the break. Overall, they’re 28-20 on the year at Comerica Park.

Friday night’s match-up pits (10-6) Gavin Floyd and his solid 3.52 ERA against left-hander Nate Robertson (6-8) and his bloated 5.69 ERA. Saturday evening’s affair is a must see as (7-4) John Danks and his impressive 3.30 ERA squares off against the revitalized Justin Verlander whose 6-0 with a 2.40 ERA over his L/8 starts. The series finale squares Javier Vazquez up against the Tigers Zach Miner in a duel that could see many fireworks.

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The Best of the NL Worst!!!

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks head into their weekend series against one another with first place on the line in the NL West. Arizona currently holds a one-game lead over the Dodgers for the top spot in the division. The Dodgers played .484 ball (46-49) throughout the first half of their season, while the Diamondbacks entered the break one game under .500 at 47-48. Those numbers are correct people! Not one team entered the All Star break with a winning record leaving the NL West up for grabs as we enter the second half of the season.

The Dodgers went into the break off a series loss at home to the Florida Marlins, while the Diamondbacks closed out the first half of their season on the road splitting six-games against the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies. In its five meetings thus far this season, the D’Backs have held the upper hand securing victories four times. They’ve also had the Dodgers number at home winning five of the L/6 overall meetings in the desert.

Friday night’s match-up pits (5-6) Hiroki Kuroda and his solid 3.43 ERA against lefthander Doug Davis and his 3-4 overall mark. Saturday evening’s affair should be a good one when (9-8) Chad Billingsley squares off against Dan Haren and his miniscule 2.72 ERA. The Dodgers will throw righty Derek Lowe in the series finale against (13-4) Brandon Webb and his 3.23 ERA.

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All-Star Hangover

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Now that the mid summer classic is behind us, Yankee Stadium can get back to being the home of the Yankees as they look to improve its standing in the division by hosting their first series after the break. Already six games back in the AL East, the Yankees will welcome in the Oakland A’s who also find themselves six-games off the pace of the AL West leading Los Angeles Angels. These teams squared off in Oakland back in mid June that saw the Yankees take two of three in a very closely contested series.

The A’s closed out the first half of their season on a down note losing two of three to the Angels at home, and come into this weekends series with the Yankees 5-5 their L/10. On the road, the A’s are an even .500 at 20-20 reeling in $479 for their betting backers on the year.

After splitting with Boston at home and taking two in a row from the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees went on to lose three of their final four games before the break. New York boasts a winning record within Yankee Stadium (27-22), but have cost the betting public upwards of $800 simply due to the fact that they’re always overpriced in this venue.

Oakland has dominated this series of late winning nine of the L/13 overall meetings, and six of their last seven trips to the “Big Apple”.

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You Gotta Fight… For Your Right!!!

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

The Florida Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers head into their weekend series against one another with a chance of securing the top spot in each of their respective divisions. The Marlins once again ripped apart its roster in the off-season, but you have to hand it to Manager Fredi Gonzalez and his staff for keeping their young club in the NL East race throughout the first half of the season. The first half of Joe Torre’s reign as Dodgers manager has been a tough one to say the least. His squad has been injury riddled throughout the entire first half of the season, yet they come into this weekend’s series with the Fish tied atop the NL West with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Marlins come into this series with the Dodgers off a series win at San Diego that saw them take two of three from the Padres after getting pounded three games to one in their previous stop at Coors Field against the Rockies. Florida is 21-24 as a visitor this season, and they’ve made MLB bettors a shade over $300 on the year. The Dodgers open up this series red-hot winning seven of its L/10 after taking two of three from the visiting Atlanta Braves. They boast a winning mark at Dodger Stadium (24-21), but have cost the MLB betting public $335 on the season.

Friday night’s match-up pits behemoth Chris Volstad in his first official start as a big leaguer against the Dodgers (2-1) Eric Stults. Saturday evening’s affair should be a good one when (10-4) Ricky Nolasco battles (5-6) Hiroki Kuroda. Both hurlers have been exceptional of late, so look for a lower scoring game. The Marlins will throw lefty (5-8) Andrew Miller in the series finale against (8-8) Chad Billingsley with both pitchers looking to bounce back from losses their last time out.

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“Slaughterhouse-Three”

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

The Chicago Cubs will look to close out the first half of their regular season in style when they welcome the San Francisco Giants into Wrigley Field for a three game set over the weekend. The Cubs currently hold a hold a 4.5-game lead over the Redbirds in the NL Central with Milwaukee nipping at their heels just five-games out. Chicago has been as good as it gets in the comfy confines of their own stadium, but San Francisco has been inexplicably better away from AT&T Park.

The Giants come into this three-game set off a series loss against the NY Mets that saw them get shutout in two of the three games. If they continue to swing the sticks poorly in this series, look for the Cubs to slaughter them throughout the weekend. Even though they’re 13-games under .500 overall (39-52), they’ve scratched out a $458 return for their betting backers on the road.

The Cubs have been a dominant force in the comfy confines of Wrigley Field this season evidenced by their stellar 35-10 record that’s brought its betting backers in a cool $1979.00 on the season. In their L/28 home games, the Cubs have secured victories in 24 of them making Wrigleyville one of the happiest places to be in the world.

These clubs last squared off a week ago in San Francisco when each team picked up a pair of wins in the four-game series. Chicago won five of the seven meetings a year ago, and can match that feat with a sweep this weekend as well.

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“Three in the Busch”

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

First place in the NL Central will be up for grabs this weekend at Busch Stadium when the (51-34) Chicago Cubs lock horns with the (49-37) St. Louis Cardinals for a three game set. The Cubs currently hold a 2.5-game lead over the Redbirds within the division with Milwaukee nipping at their heels just 4.5-games out. Chicago will close out its 10-game road trip here in hopes of picking up just its third prolonged road series win of the season, while the Cardinals will finish out their seven-game homestand before closing out the first half of the season on the road at Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The Cubs have been a dominant force in the comfy confines of Wrigley Field this season evidenced by their stellar 33-10 record that’s brought its betting backers in close to $1800.00 on the season. That said, they’ve been below average on the road winning just 18 of their 42 overall road games.

St. Louis continues to play solid ball even though a bulk of their squad is on the DL. Their pitching staff has been hit hard with injuries, but the Redbirds have persevered and still own one of the better pitching staffs in the league currently ranked 12th overall with a team ERA of 4.10. They’ve earned a modest return for the betting public at home (+$253.00) by posting a 25-18 home mark to date.

This series marks the second time Chicago and Lou Piniella will have paid Tony LaRussa and the Cardinals a visit after they dropped two of three to the Redbirds back at the beginning of May. Chicago dominated their division rivals last season winning 11 of their 16 overall match-ups, including seven of the nine played in this venue.

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Subway Series to the Max!!!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

All American League eyes will be on Yankee Stadium throughout the weekend when the Red Sox and Yankees rekindle their love for one another in a four game set at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox hold a 3-2 advantage over their division rivals after taking two of three at Fenway and splitting in the Stadium back in mid April. Surprisingly, Derek Jeter and the Yanks owned the BoSox last season winning 10 of their 15 overall match-ups including six of the nine meetings that took place in the Bronx.

The Red Sox come into this series with the Yankees off a brutal series at Tampa Bay that saw the Rays sweep them and increase their lead to 3.5-games in the AL East. They currently sit 13 games over .500 on the year at 50-37, but they’ve been a poor investment on the road evidenced by their sub .500 (19-27) record as a visitor. The Yankees have been a mediocre club all season long and currently sit five games over .500 at 45-40 overall. They’ve posted a winning mark at home, 23-20, but cost their betting backers close to a grand due to their inflated prices at home.

July 4th’s match-up pits (7-5) Josh Beckett against (4-6) Darrell Rasner in a game that should be very closely contested. Saturday’s afternoon affair pits the youthful Justin Masterson and his (4-2) record against veteran Mike Mussina who’s already won 10 games this season. The fourth and final game of the series will take place on ESPN’s Sunday night telecast when knuckleballer Tim Wakefield looks to overcome the exuberant Joba Chamberlain.

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