Archive for June, 2013

New York Yankees versus Baltimore Orioles Major League Baseball Betting Preview

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

On ESPN Sunday Night Baseball it will be the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles facing off in game three of their weekend series from the American League East division. The Yankees and Orioles will get things started from Baltimore at 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN TV.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the home side Baltimore Orioles favored by -126 odds with the return on the road underdog New York Yankees at +116 odds. The run total is lined at 8 ½ runs. Those wagering on the run line with the Baltimore Orioles and laying the -1 ½ runs will get back +155 odds. Bettors who chose to take the +1 ½ run head start with the New York Yankees will have to lay -175 odds for their run line wager.

The New York Yankees enters Sunday Night Baseball in third place in the AL East division with a 42-38 record on the campaign. They hold just a two game lead over the last place Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees are currently struggling as the team has lost four straight and seven of their past ten games to slide down in the standing. In game one of this series with the Orioles the Bronx Bombers were defeated 4-3 and in the second game played on Saturday night the Orioles pound the New York Yankees by the score of 11-3. Baltimore has an overall mark of 46-36 on the season and occupies second place in the AL East division. The team has been streaky at times this season and they currently are on an up streak with three straight wins.

The pitching matchup for Sunday will pit Yankees veteran hurler Hiroki Kuroda on the mound facing Orioles righty hander Chris Tillman. Kuroda has a record of 7-5 in his sixteen starts with an ERA of 2.77. Tillman has appeared in sixteen games and has a current record of 9-2 with an ERA of 3.72. Chris Tillman will be riding a five game win streak in Sunday night’s appearance.

Brazil versus Spain Confederations Cup Finals Soccer Betting Odds Preview

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

We have reached the finals of the Confederations Cup and we have a monster matchup as the defending World Cup 2010 and European Champions Spain will battle the host country Brazil. The Spaniards and Brazilians will get things started from Brazil on Sunday June 30th at 6PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the defending World Cup champion Spain favored by +138 odds with Brazil returning +168 odds for a win. The draw is lined at +215 odds.

Eight teams competed in the 2013 Confederations Cup and were placed in two groups. The Confederation Cup is contested at the host site of World Cup one year prior to the start of the tournament. It allows FIFA to test the hosts ability to stage one of the biggest spectacles in all of sports and to correct issues that hopefully won’t impact the World Cup. Both Spain and Brazil went undefeated in group play and advanced into the knockout stages which were the semifinals in this tournament.

Brazil began play in the confederations cup with group victories against Japan, Mexico and Italy. The team faced Uruguay in the semifinals and advanced into the finals with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday. In the 2010 World Cup the Brazilians made it as far as the quarterfinals where they were defeated 2-1 by the Netherlands. They posted World Cup 2010 wins against North Korea, Ivory Coast, Chile and drew 0-0 to Portugal.

Spain opened up play in the Confederations Cup with Group wins against Uruguay, Tahiti and Spain. They played to a 0-0 tie to Italy and advanced into the finals as they win the penalty kicks round. Spain has allowed just one goal total in the Confederations Cup. In the 2010 World Cup the Spaniards allowed a total of two goals in the entire tournament. During the knockout stages Spain did not allow a single goal in all four games. They engineered shut outs against Portugal in the Round of 16, Paraguay in the quarterfinals, Germany in the semifinals and the Netherlands in the Finals.

What to Watch and Bet MLB for Saturday June 28th 2013

Friday, June 28th, 2013

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We are getting into the Dog Days of Summer from Major League Baseball and pennant races are tight throughout the league. On Saturday June 28th there are several nationally televised games to satisfy the appetite of the MLB betting public.

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FOX TV will televise five games on a regional basis beginning at 7:15PM Eastern Time.

The Milwaukee Brewers will continue their weekend series at the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. The scheduled starters will be Donovan Hand for Milwaukee as he will oppose veteran left hander Francisco Liriano for Pittsburgh. Liriano is having a good season for Pittsburgh with a record of 6-3 and ERA of 2.30.

It will be an AL East division showdown as the New York Yankees will pay a visit to the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia takes the rubber to face right hander Zach Britton for the Orioles.

Another American League clash will pit the Detroit Tigers hitting the road to face the Tampa Bay Rays. It will be the Tigers ace Justin Verlander opposes Rays Christopher Archer who makes sixth start of the eason. Archer has an ERA of 4.21 and Verlander checks in with an earned runs average of 2.90 this season.

From interleague play it will be the Cincinnati Reds paying a visit to the Texas Rangers. The pitching matchups will feature Mike Leake for Cincinnati as he opposes right hander Nicholas Teptesch for Texas. Leake has a nice 2.61 ERA this season and 7-3 record on the season. Tepesch pitched on Thursday and allowed one earned run at St Louis.

The Chicago Cubs will be in the Pacific Northwest to face the Seattle Mariners on Saturda y night. The schedules starters for Chicago will be Jeff Samardzija as he oppose veteran Aaron Harang for the Seattle Mariners. Samardziha has logged 106 1/3rd innings on the season and is 5-7 with an ERA of 4.22. The Seattle starter has allowed four earned runs total in his past three starts working 5 innings. C.C. has been hit hard of by allowing 13 earned runs and 21 hits in a home win against Tampa Bay on June 22nd.

What to Watch and Bet MLB for Thursday June 27th 2013

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Major League Baseball will take center stage on Thursday June 27th with day and night action scheduled for national television. The excitement gets underway as early as 1PM Eastern Time with the night cap scheduled for 7PM Eastern Time.

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Most of the nation will get day baseball from the Big Apple as the Texas Rangers conclude a series against the New York Yankees. The action gets underway from Yankees Stadium at 1PM Eastern Time and MLB Network provides the broadcast TV coverage. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the road team Texas Rangers favored by -125 odds while the return on the home underdog New York Yankees at +115 odds. The run total is lined at 9 runs.

In New York and Texas fans will be treated to afternoon AL action as the LA Angels conclude a series with the Detroit Tigers. They teams begin on Thursday from Detroit at 1PM Eastern Time and MLB Network will televise. The home team Detroit Tigers is favored in the wagering by -144 odds with the road underdog LA Angels returning +134 odds. The run over under line is set at 8 ½ runs with the over now favored by -125 odds and the under returning +105 odds.

To most of the nation in prime time will get an AL matchup between the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles. They get started from Cleveland at 7PM Eastern Time and MLB Network will provided the TV broadcast. The home standing Baltimore Orioles are favored by -132 odds with the return on the road underdog Cleveland Indians at +122 odds. The run total is set at nine runs.

For fans in Baltimore and Cleveland they will get action from the AL East division as the Toronto Blue Jays heads into the Boston to face the Red Sox. Start time from Boston is set for 7PM Eastern Time with MLB Network televising. Boston is the prohibitive -160 betting odds favorite with the road underdog Toronto Blue Jays returning +145 odds. The run over under line in this game within the division is set at ten runs.

Italy versus Spain Confederations Cup Semifinal Soccer Betting Odds Preview

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

In the second semifinal match of the Confederation Cup two storied European clubs will meet as the 2010 World Cup Champion Spain will face Italy on Thursday June 27th. Spain and Italy will get things started from this Soccer game held in Brazil at 3PM Eastern Time and ESPN will provide the live national television coverage.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Champion Spain favored by -313 odds with the return on the underdog Italy at +576 odds with a draw in regulation lined at +388 odds. The goal total is lined at three goals. Spain is favored to win the Confederation Cup at +110 odds with Italy the third choice in the wagering at +750 odds. The host country Brazil is lined at +125 odds with Uruguay the longshot of the quartet at +1400 odds to win the Confederation Cup with odds available prior to the start of both semifinal games.

There has been a major injury on the Italy side as Mario Balotelli an impact player and key offensive threat will miss the rest of the tournament due to a strained thigh. Italy will be forced to try and generate offense without their top striker against the reigning World Cup and European Champions.

Spain is the top team from Group B as they exited the group stages with three wins. They closed up play in the Confederation Cup Group B with a 3-0 win against Nigeria which came after a 10-0 victory against Tahiti. Spain outlasted Uruguay in their opening game of the tournament by the score of 2-1.

Italy competed in Group A and opened play with a 2-1 victory against Mexico. They clinched a berth into the semifinals as they defeat Japan by the score of 4-3. Italy had to rally from a 2-0 deficit as Japan held 58% of the ball possessions in the game. With a berth into the semis sewn up they faced host nation Brazil and were defeated by the score of 4-2. Italy allowed three second half goals by the Brazilians.

Brazil versus Uruguay Confederations Cup Semifinal Soccer Betting Odds Preview

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

We have reached the semifinal round of the Confederations Cup from the world of soccer as eight teams competed in two groups of four each. Following the group stages we are left two each from Group A and Group B competing for a berth in the finals. It will be host nation Brazil taking on fellow South American soccer power Uruguay on Wednesday June 26th.

Start time for this semifinal match from Brazil is scheduled for 3PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.

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The current betting odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the host nation Brazil lined as a -300 betting favorite with the return on the underdog Uruguay at +700 odds. Draw wagering is available and the take back is +445 odd if the game goes to shootout. If the game is a draw and is decided on penalties it is graded as a winner for the dray side. The bet placed to win on a team is graded as a loss if the game goes to penalty kicks.

The Confederation Cup is scheduled one year prior to the World Cup and will feature eight competing teams from foreign land. The venue staff in use for the World Cup is evaluated allowing FIFA ample amount of time to find capable replacements.

Brazil opened up play in the group stages by defeating Japan 3-0 and followed up that victory with a 2-0 win against Mexico. Their final group action came one Saturday as Brazil defeated Italy by the score of 4-2. With the win it was Brazil winning their group. Uruguay faced defending World Cup champion Spain and were defeated 2-1 as they kicked off their action in the 2013 Confederation Cup. They then faced Nigeria and it was Uruguay pulling out the 2-1 victory. Uruguay stamps their ticket into the semifinal round as they crush Tahiti 8-0 on Sunday afternoon. Their victory against Nigeria came into play as it allowed Uruguay to pass into the knockout stages. Brazil has given up just two goals total over the past three games in this Confederations Cup. They have given up three goals total in their past three starts.

Toronto Blue Jays versus Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball Betting Preview

Monday, June 24th, 2013

The hottest team in Major League Baseball the Toronto Blues are on the move in American League East division play as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night June 24th. The Blue Jays and Rays will get things started from Tampa Bay at 7PM Eastern Time and the Major League Baseball Extra Innings channel has the broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the home team Tampa Bay Rays favored by -122 odds and the take back on the road underdog Toronto Blue Jays at +112 odds. The run total is lined at 8 ½ runs. Those who wager on the run line with the Tampa Bay Rays and lays the -1 ½ runs will get back +136 odds. Bettors who prefer to take the +1 ½ run head start will have to lay -220 odds for their run line wager.

The Toronto Blue Jays enter play on a eleven game win streak after the team swept a three game series at home to the Baltimore Orioles by defeating them on Sunday by the score of 13-5. The team is getting the combination of good hitting along with great pitching from their starting rotation and bullpen. This is exactly how many baseball prognosticators had forecasted about this team entering spring training with the talent they added in the offseason. The Blue Jays now sit at 38-36 on the season and they are five games behind the first place Boston Red Sox in the AL East division with 88 games remaining on the schedule. They are three games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the final Wildcard playoff spot in the American League so the Blue Jays are now contenders hoping to become front runners. Tampa Bay sits in the basement of the AL East division by trails the Blue Jays by just one game and is in the hunt for post season inclusion. They are a .500 team over their past ten contests. Monday’s pitching matchups will feature Toronto right hander Esmil Rogers as he will oppose Rays righty Jeremy Hellickson. Rogers is pitching well for Tampa Bay as he enters play with an ERA of 2.04 and WHIP of 0.85 in his past three starts.

What to Watch and Bet MLB for Sunday June 23rd 2013

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

As we enter the first Sunday of Summer there will be two Major League Baseball games televised nationally to satisfy the appetite of MLB betting enthusiasts. The action gets started at 2PM Eastern Time on June 23rd with the nightcap scheduled for an 8PM Eastern Time start.

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The first game gets underway at 2PM Eastern Time as the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees will complete their weekend series on Sunday afternoon. The Ray sand Yankees will compete from Yankees Stadium and TBS provides the live television broadcast. The scheduled starters for the series finale will be Chris Archer for the Rays who will face Yankees right hander Ivan Nova. Archer is 1-3 on the 2013 season with an ERA of 5.03. In his past two starts he has not gone very far as he worked four innings on June 12th in a loss at home to Boston and on Tuesday Archer lasted just 4 2/3rd innings in a road loss at Boston. Nova returns to the big club after a three game stint in the minor leagues. Nova started six games this season and has a record of 2-1 with an ERA of 5.12. In his time in the minors Nova compiled a 2-0 record with an ERA of 2.04.

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball will feature an attractive interleague contest as the Texas Rangers will travel to play the St Louis Cardinals. These two pennant contending clubs will begin from St Louis at 8PM Eastern Time and ESPN provides the live television broadcast. The scheduled starters for the series finale will be Nick Tepesch for the Rangers going up against Cardinals veteran right hander Adam Wainwright. Tepesch is 3-6 on the season with an ERA of 4.84. He has been roughed up of late by surrendering five earned runs or greater over his past three starts. His last win came on May 12th. Wainwright is putting up some solid numbers for the Cardinals this season as he enters play on Sunday night baseball with a mark of 10-4 and ERA of 2.37. Wainwright has struck out 100 batters in 110 innings of work on the current campaign.

What to Watch and Bet MLB and NHL Playoffs for Saturday June 22nd 2013

Friday, June 21st, 2013

With the NBA season now concluded it is time for sports bettors to put their attention on the NHL playoffs as well as Major League Baseball on Saturday June 22nd.

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It will be a crucial Game 5 in the best of seven NHL playoff series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. The puck will drop from Chicago at 8PM Eastern Time and NBC provides the live telecast. The current odds available at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the home side Chicago Blackhawks favored by -145 odds with the return on the road underdog Boston Bruins at +125 odds. The goal line is set at five goals for game five.

On the diamond on Saturday night FOX Sports will televise on a regional basis five games on the card with a start time of 7:15PM Eastern Time.

The Boston Red Sox will continue a weekend series with the Detroit Tigers. The scheduled starters are Allen Webster for the Red Sox as he will oppose the perfect 10-0 Max Scherzer for the Tigers.

From interleague action the Texas Rangers will be visiting the St Louis Cardinals. Martin Perez will make his second start of the year for the Rangers as he will oppose right hander Shelby Miller for the Cardinals.

In the American League Central division the Minnesota Twins will be in Cleveland to face the Indians. On the hill for the Twins will be P.J. Walters a right hander opposing Corey Kluber for the Cleveland Indians.

Over in the National League it will be the Cincinnati Reds on the road to face the Atlanta Braves. In a battle on pennant contenders the Reds will send Mike Leake to the hill on Saturday as he will oppose the 9-0 left hander Patrick Corbin for the Diamondbacks as he makes his fifteenth start of the 2013 season. Team record for Arizona in Corbin’s fourteen starts this season is 13-1.

Two NL West clubs battle in San Diego as the Padres will host the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers. Zach Greinke takes the hill for the Dodgers to start his tenth game this season and he will oppose the erratic right hander Edinson Volquez for San Diego.

LA Dodgers versus San Diego Padres Major League Baseball Betting Preview

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Two NL West division clubs will meet in late night baseball on June 20th as the LA Dodgers will travel from the east coast to face the San Diego Padres from Major League Baseball action on Thursday night. The Dodgers and Padres get things started from San Diego at 10:10PM Eastern Time and the MLB Extra Innings channel provides the TV broadcast.

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The current betting odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the home side San Diego Padres favored by -130 odds with the return on the road underdog LA Dodgers at +120 odds. The run total is set at 7 ½ runs. Bettors who play the San Diego Padres on the run line and lays the -1 ½ runs will get back +165 odds for their run line wager. Dodger bettors who chose to take the +1 ½ run head start with LA on the run line will lay -195 odds for their wager.

The LA Dodgers currently sit in the basement of the NL West division with a record of 30-40. San Diego is the fourth team out west at 36-36. The Dodgers are eight games behind first place Arizona while San Diego sits just three games behind San Diego. The Dodgers have not been a good road team this year with a record of 11-20 straight up. The Padres are 22-14 playing at the pitcher friendly stadium of Petco Park. LA has struggled inside the division with a mark of 9-21 against the NL West. This will be the tenth meeting of the year between these two rival teams. San Diego has won five of the nine meetings thus far. The pitching matchup for Thursday will feature Stephen Fife on the mound for LA as he will oppose veteran right hander Jason Marquis for the Padres. Marquis is off to a great start in 2013 as he enters play with a record of 9-2 and sports an ERA of 3.63 in his fourteen trips to the mound in the 2013 season. LA has no days of rest as they travel cross country from New York where they split a day/night doubleheader with the New York Yankees on Wednesday.