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MLB Handicapping: Pittsburgh's Morton shows improvement vs. lefties

05.01.2012     07:14 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Pittsburgh (Morton) at St. Louis (Wainwright) -180 O/U 7

The book on Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton has always been that he can't get lefties out. Last season, they hit .364 BA/.806 OPS against the righty. The year before that; .329 BA/.840 OPS. This year, though the sample is small (48 batters faced), Morton has dramatically improved his numbers (.227 BA/.582 OPS). According to this article, Morton made some pitch selection adjustments that have helped. Also note Morton's solid groundball-to-fly ball ratio (39-10). Expect tonight's opponent St. Louis to have at least five lefties in the lineup.

"He's starting to do all of it a little better," Hurdle said. "Even though it's a small sample size, we're looking for improvement. He's looking for improvement. He's gotten some."

"To me, it's kind of like

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Tags: MLB Pittsburgh Pirates St. Louis Cardinals

Free MLB Betting Pick: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves

05.01.2012     06:48 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Philadelphia (Hamels) at Atlanta (Beachy) -125 O/U 6.5
Recommendation: Under

Last season, Atlanta's offense struggled mightedly against left-handed pitching and those numbers are starting to show up again (.238 vs. LH starters) this season despite the fact that they have yet to face a premium southpaw arm. And when it comes to "premium" in the National League names like Clayton Kershaw, Cliff Lee, and tonight's opponent, Cole Hamels, come to mind. Hamels is once again dialed in this season with a 2.73 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. For Atlanta, Brandon Beachy will look to maintain his stellar start to the season (1.05 ERA, 0.97 WHIP). Obviously those numbers can't be maintained, but his talent is hardly a fluke after posting 169 strikeouts in 141.2 innings last season. He'll face a Philadelphia offense that has really struggled to produce runs. They've picked it up of late (4.71 runs per game last 7 games) but they certainly benefited from facing some weak starting pitchers (Josh Read more

Tags: MLB Philadelphia Phillies Atlanta Braves Andrew Lange



NBA Betting Alert: Boston's Rondo suspended, Allen doubtful for Game 2

04.30.2012     02:23 PM     Printer Friendly
Boston's Rajon Rondo has been suspended one game for bumping an official. Head coach Doc Rivers also said he didn't expect Ray Allen (ankle) to be able to go for Game 2. Atlanta leads the series 1-0 and opened a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 174 for Tuesday's contest.

Tags: NBA Boston Celtics Atlanta Hawks

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04.30.2012     02:13 PM     Printer Friendly

MLB Betting News: Starting pitching now a major concern for New York Yankees

04.30.2012     01:36 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
It doesn't seem too long ago that one of the New York Yankees' strengths this season was projected to be their starting pitching. Now, it may be their biggest concern – especially the back end of the rotation. CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova have for the most part done their job – the Yankees are 8-4 in their starts. But beyond those three arms is where it gets interesting. Phil Hughes (7.87 ERA) is once again a disaster but lucky for him Freddy Garcia's "effort" has deflected some of the criticism. Garcia (12.51 ERA) has now been demoted to the bullpen and rookie reliever David Phelps will start on Thursday in Kansas City. Andy Pettitte is getting decent reviews while working back into shape in the minors though his ETA has been Read more

Tags: MLB New York Yankees

MLB Gambling News: Texas' Darvish a -140 road favorite vs. Toronto

04.30.2012     01:04 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Texas (Darvish) -140 at Toronto (Drabek) O/U 9

Since a shaky first inning against Seattle in his debut, Texas' Yu Darvish has lived up the hype with just three earned runs allowed in his last 25 innings. He's used a variety of pitches and speeds and has amazingly yet to allow a home run. We'll see how he fares tonight as a medium-sized road favorite after a very intense 119-pitch, 8.1 IP shutout against the Yankees.

Yu Darvish Pitches in 2012
Fastball 205
Cutter 74
Slider 73
Curveball 52
Sinker 24
Changeup/Splitter 24

Tags: MLB Texas Rangers Toronto Blue Jays

NBA Playoff Gambling: Recapping a wild weekend

04.30.2012     11:59 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
The NBA regular season was rather lackluster. TV ratings were mediocre at best and there was a legitimate absence of compelling story lines to draw casual fans into the fray. And frankly, the condensed, lockout shortened season left a lot to be desired from a visual perspective – there was no shortage of ugly basketball games between Christmas and the last week of April.

But the opening weekend of the playoffs was an absolute masterpiece of compelling story lines and intense basketball. All eight Game 1’s gave us something to think about, write about and consider as playoff action heats up this week.

The weekend started with a blowout as Chicago thrashed Philly, leading by 20 in the fourth quarter before a late Sixers rally cut the final margin of victory to 12. The Bulls simply overwhelmed the 76ers for most of the game, dominating the low post defensively while breaking down Philadelphia’s defense, creating high percentage shot attempts on the other end of the floor. But the entire complexion of the series – and the playoffs as a whole – changed rather dramatically late in the fourth when Chicago’s star point guard Derrick Read more

Tags: NBA Teddy Covers

NBA Handicapping: What Derrick Rose's injury means to the poinspread

04.30.2012     11:49 AM     ER Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ER Sports blog entry.
Sportsmemo handicapper Erin Rynning was featured in Chad Millman's blog today. Rynning gave the scoop on Derrick Rose's injury and the impact it will have from a betting perspective.

On Sunday afternoon, I emailed Erin Rynning, the NBA handicapper I speak to often, with this question: "Do you think there will be value on the Bulls because of overreaction?"

His response: "Yes, I'll look to move that way. I love overreaction by the media/oddsmakers!!!" (The exclamation points are his. It's also worth pointing out that in my podcast with Rynning last week, he commented that the Bulls were looking gassed and his one criticism of them is that Tom Thibodeau didn't seem to rest anyone when he had the chance. Too true.)

"You're really reacting to how the team reacts at this point," says Rynning. "They're very well coached with what is a bunch of team guys, so they should be fine to an extent … like to an extent that is good enough to beat Philly."

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Tags: NBA Chicago Bulls Erin Rynning

Sports Betting Podcast 4-30-2012 with Rob Veno and Erin Rynning

04.30.2012     09:40 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Monday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured handicappers Rob Veno and Erin Rynning. Rob broke down tonight's MLB games while Erin took care of the NBA Playoffs from a betting perspective.

Today's segments
Rob Veno - MLB Every Game on the Board

Erin Rynning - NBA Every Game on the Board

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.

Tags: MLB NBA Rob Veno Erin Rynning

MLB Handicapping Notes: Boston's Buchholz confident things will get better

04.30.2012     07:53 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Oakland (Milone) at Boston (Buchholz) -160 O/U 9

Five earned runs and 10 hits allowed in 5.1 innings isn't much to get excited about but for Boston Clay Buchholz, it was a step in the right direction. Last time out against Minnesota, Buchholz felt that his command was much improved compared to his first three starts. He’s allowed 22 earned runs in 22.1 innings this season.

"It's a struggle when you're throwing pitches and guys put the ball in play -- it's either in the infield or outfield and nobody is standing there," Buchholz said. "That's the way it goes. It's got to change. It can't stay that way all year.

"Clay was very much improved," manager Bobby Valentine said. "He scattered singles around the ballpark until [Denard Span's] double. He kept the ball down much better. And he had a very good

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Tags: MLB Boston Red Sox Oakland A's

MLB Betting Notes: Arizona calls up rookie lefty to face Miami

04.30.2012     06:53 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Arizona (Corbin) at Miami (Buehrle) -165 O/U 7.5

Arizona has been forced to juggle its pitching rotation due to the injury of Daniel Hudson and demotion of Josh Collmenter (now in the bullpen). The D-backs have two highly regarded prospects in Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs but decided instead to call up lefty Pat Corbin for today's start in Miami. Corbin has put up great numbers at Double-A (1.67 ERA, 25 Ks in 27 IP) thus far. The reason for move appears to be situational with the Marlins really struggling against left-handed pitching (.169 BA, .212 OBP, .531 OPS).

"He probably pitched as well as anybody we have in camp this year and followed it up with a good start to his Double-A season," Towers said.


Tags: MLB Arizona Diamonbacks Miami Marlins

NBA Playoffs: Adjusted series and conference title betting odds

04.30.2012     06:42 AM     Printer Friendly
Pinnacle's Adjusted Series Odds
New York +1200
Miami (1-0) -2000

Orlando (1-0) +318
Indiana -365

Dallas +491
Oklahoma City (1-0) -590

Philadelphia +471
Chicago (1-0) -590

Denver +277
LA Lakers (1-0) -315

Utah +1900
San Antonio (1-0) -4000

LA Clippers (1-0) -130
Memphis +118

Greek's Adjusted Conference Title Odds
Miami -225
Chicago +375
Boston +1150
Atlanta +2450
Indiana +2850
New York +3550
Orlando +5050
Philadelphia +5050

Oklahoma City -110
San Antonio +175
LA Lakers +325
LA Clippers +995
Memphis +1250
Dallas +1550
Denver +7550
Utah +7550

Tags: NBA

Heavy betting action expected on Manchester United vs. Manchester City

04.30.2012     06:29 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
One of the biggest English Premier League matches in history goes this afternoon with Manchester United an underdog to Manchester City. City currently trails United by three points in the EPL standings.

Pinnacle Odds
Manchester United +273
Manchester City +114
Draw +250
Total Under 2.5

"We are fully expecting this to be the busiest match, in terms of bets placed, in the history of the Premier League," said Joe Crilly, a spokesman for William Hill, the U.K.'s largest bookmaker, which predicts that up to 8,000 wagers will be placed on the game in the hour before kick-off.

Tags: Soccer

NBA Gambling: Los Angeles Clippers were at one point +22.5 live wagering

04.30.2012     06:02 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Down by as much as 27 points in the third quarter, the Los Angeles Clippers rallied back to beat the Memphis Grizzlies last night. Things were so out of hand that Pinnacle, known for offering live wagering on virtually every televised event, stopped posting a moneyline during timeouts. According to Sports Options' line history archive, the highest moneyline offered on the Clippers was +1026 (+14.5 was the pointspread at that exact time). LA's pointspread progressions was +22.5, +15, +11, +4, pk (+185), and pk (-180).

“At the end of the third quarter Coach took me out and I went nuts,” Paul said. “I said, 'Coach give us a chance! Give us a chance!' He puts us back in there and [Eric] Bledsoe got going, Nick Young was amazing and Reggie Evans gets the game ball, he was unreal.”

Tags: NBA Los Angeles Clippers Memphis Grizzlies





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