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MLB Betting Update: Halladay pleased with performance vs. Mets

05.08.2012     12:14 PM     Printer Friendly

Roy Halladay responds to his drop in velocity. Halladay got the no-decision in yesterday's 5-2 loss to New York. He went seven innings, allowed five hits and two earned runs and struck out seven. The Phillies have lost four straight Halladay starts (-6.6 units).

"We made a few mechanical changes," he said. "Really, I felt good. I felt good last time. There’s times where you’re not getting behind the ball; you’re getting on the side of it. And your pitches can be a little bit flatter. That’s one of those things where you try and make adjustments. I felt like today, movement was better. I felt like a lot of things were better. Was happy with the adjustments we made. It’s tough to go out and feel like you’re doing what you need to do and still coming up a little short. I felt like the changes we made were good and like the movement was better today than it

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Tags: MLB Philadelphia Phillies

NBA Betting Trends: Sixty-five percent of public money on underdog Philadelphia

05.08.2012     11:07 AM     Printer Friendly
According to Sports Options, 65% of the public money has come in on the Philadelphia 76ers for tonight's Game 5 vs. Chicago. CRIS opened the game Chicago -4.5 and is currently -5 across the board.



Tags: NBA Philadelphia 76ers Chicago Bulls

Free MLB Betting Pick: Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland A's

05.08.2012     10:53 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Toronto -130 (Romero) at Oakland (Parker) O/U 7
Recommendation: Under

I think it an upgrade from Brandon McCarthy to Jarrod Parker. McCarthy got pushed back and Parker will throw on regular rest. He's a highly touted arm and hasn't disappointed with two strong efforts (13 IP, 2 ERs). With above average stuff, he'll have an advantage when facing teams for the first time. Toronto's Ricky Romero has been good but not great this season with a 3.64 ERA. Off his worst start of the season (5 ERs vs. Texas) he should be good to go against an Oakland lineup that hasn't hit much of anything this season. That is especially true against lefties with pitiful splits of .206/.266/.332/.598. Play this one under.

Tags: MLB Toronto Blue Jays Oakland A's

Sports Betting Podcast 5-8-2012 with Teddy Covers and Erin Rynning

05.08.2012     09:58 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured handicapper Teddy Covers and Erin Rynning. Teddy broke down tonight's NBA Playoff games while ER tackled the MLB card from a betting perspective.

Today's segments
Teddy Covers - NBA Every Game on the Board

Erin Rynning - MLB 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: NBA MLB Teddy Covers Erin Rynning

MLB Handicapping: Kansas City going nowhere with suspect rotation

05.08.2012     08:18 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
The starting rotation for the Kansas City Royals (9-19) has been a disaster so far. Luke Hochevar clearly isn't right with a 9.00 ERA. Jonathan Sanchez can't find the strike zone (22 walks in 25.1 IP). Bruce Chen's act is wearing thin (12 ERs last two starts). Felipe Paulino has promise but began the year on the DL. The lone bright spot has been tonight's starter Danny Duffy (3.57 ERA) who has already had arms issues this season. As a unit, KC's starters are averaging less than five innings per game. Their K/BB ratio of 1.43 is the worst in the American League.


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MLB Gambling Notes: Colorado Rockies forced to make changes to rotation

05.08.2012     08:04 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
With the worst starting pitching ERA in the National League (5.75) the Colorado Rockies were forced to shake up their rotation. Alex White, who came over in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal, will make his seasonal debut tonight. White has started only 10 career games and owns a 7.01 ERA. Former 2008 first rounder Christian Friedrich is slated to start on Wednesday. Jeremy Guthrie (shoulder) is on the 15-day DL and will make at least one rehab start. Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) got demoted to Triple-A after getting torched his last two starts (9.2 IP, 5 HRs, 12 ERs).

"This can't continue," manager Jim Tracy said of his team's sorry starting pitching. "We have to get better."

"It would be huge for the organization if we could get some of these young guys to come up here and make an impact," shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. "To be able to know we would have the same four or five guys coming back from year to year would really help. This is a great opportunity for them."

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MLB Betting News: LA Angels lose two arms from an already shaky bullpen

05.08.2012     07:54 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
The Los Angeles recently lost relief pitchers LaTroy Hawkins (finger, DL) and Scott Down (knee) to injury. In the meantime, manager Mike Scioscia is trying to come up with ways to keep the ship afloat. The Angles have the best ERA in the American League among starting pitchers (3.26) but the worst among relievers (4.75). The bonus however is the pen has pitched 15 fewer innings (60.2) than any team in the AL.

Tags: MLB Los Angeles Angels

NBA Playoff Gambling: Chicago Bulls try to avoid elimination without Noah

05.08.2012     07:17 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Philadelphia at Chicago -5 O/U 171.5

Do or die for the Chicago Bulls tonight as they trail Philadelphia 3-1 in the series. It looks extremely doubtful that Joakim Noah (ankle) will be able to suit up. Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau feels that his team needs to be more aggressive in attacking the basket. The 76ers have attempted 110 free throws during the series while the Bulls have taken only 79 (and made 52).

"We have to attack," Thibodeau said. "We had some good hard drives. We didn’t get the calls. We have to keep going, drive with more force."

"It feels weird to be on the verge of being eliminated after having such a great season and putting so much work in during the offseason," he said. "It’s really hard to think

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Tags: NBA Chicago Bulls Philadelphia 76ers

Online gambling giant Bwin signs deal with California casino

05.08.2012     07:04 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
California's Thunder Valley Casino inked a deal with to offer online poker should it become legalized.

“California is the largest state in the US in terms of population and is known to have a significant number of poker players who like to play poker online. Combining our own significant assets and resources with those of UAIC will create a strong partnership that is well-placed to seize the opportunities that will arise if appropriate online poker legislation is enacted.”

We see the legalisation of internet poker and other internet gaming as being inevitable. Having met with representatives from a number of different online gaming companies, was our first choice as partner. With its unrivalled expertise in online poker, proven technology and player loyalty, we are confident of being able to maximise the revenue opportunity from a regulated online poker market in California and to continue to enhance the long-term prosperity of our community.”

Tags: Poker

I'll Have Another's workers likely source of early bets at small town sportsbook

05.08.2012     06:55 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Details of the 200-1 tickets written by Lucky's sportsbook on Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another. It was the first time in four years that Lucky's lost with its Derby futures. A slew of tickets came from the Primm sportsbook on the boarder of California and Nevada – most likely from I'll Have Another's barn.

“It was our worst-case scenario,” said Dan Shapiro, who oversees Lucky’s horse book. “It was the first time in four years, since we started offering futures, that we lost money.”

“It’s not uncommon for them to bet on their horses,” Shapiro said. “Everyone seems to like their horse when they are training. They want to get down on their horse.”



MLB Betting Alert: Bettors not shy about fading Roy Halladay

05.07.2012     01:21 PM     Printer Friendly
Bettors not too confident in Philadelphia's Roy Halladay as he faces the Mets and Jon Niese tonight. After opening as high as a -200 favorite, Halladay has been bet down to as low as -165. Halladay is one of many starters we have pointed out to be suffering from a decline in velocity. Line history courtesy of 5Dimes.


Tags: MLB Philadelphia Philies New York Mets

College Football Handicapping: Coaching changes for 2012

05.07.2012     01:11 PM     Printer Friendly
A list of this year's college footbal coaching changes.

2012 College Football Coaching Changes
2011 Coach
2012 Coach
Most Recent Job
Rob Ianello
Terry Bowden
HC North Alabama
Mike Stoops
Rich Rodriguez
CBS Analyst
Arizona State
Dennis Erickson
Todd Graham
HC Pittsburgh
Arkansas State
Hugh Freeze
Gus Malzahn
OC Auburn
Colorado State
Steve Fairchild
Jim McElwain
OC Alabama
Florida Atlantic
Howard Schnellenberger
Carl Pelini
DC Nebraska
Fresno State
Pat Hill
Tim DeRuyter
DC Texas A&M
Greg McMackin
Norm Chow
OC Utah
Kevin Sumlin
Tony Levine
Asst. Houston
Ron Zook
Tim Beckman
HC Toledo
Turner Gill
Charlie Weis
OC Florida
Larry Porter
Justin Fuente
New Mexico
Mike Locksley
Bob Davie
ESPN Analyst
North Carolina
Everett Withers
Larry Fedora
HC Southern Miss
Ohio State
Luke Fickell
Urban Meyer
ESPN Analyst
Ole Miss
Houston Nutt
Hugh Freeze
HC Arkansas State
Penn State
Joe Paterno
Bill O'Brien
OC New England
Todd Graham
Paul Chryst
OC Wisconsin
Greg Schiano
Kyle Flood
Asst. Rutgers
Southern Miss
Larry Fedora
Ellis Johnson
Asst. South Carolina
Texas A&M
Mike Sherman
Kevin Sumlin
HC Houston
Tim Beckman
Matt Campbell
OC Toledo
Bob Toledo
Curtis Johnson
WR New Orleans
Neil Callaway
Garrick McGee
OC Arkansas
Rick Neuheisel
Jim L. Mora
Washington State
Paul Wulff
Mike Leach

Tags: College Football

MLB Handicapper News and Notes: Baltimore Orioles on the rise

05.07.2012     11:49 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
The first month of the baseball season has come and gone, and there is no shortage of interesting stories to discuss. This week, I’ll break down the two biggest surprise teams in early season play (one positive and one negative), but this article has got to start with some discussion of the single biggest prevailing trend in all of baseball – the lack of run production in both leagues.

Hitting has declined markedly in recent years. In 2008 the AL hit a composite .268, while the NL, without the DH, hit at a .260 clip. Here in 2012, as of Monday, May 7th, the AL composite average has dropped to .248, the NL down to .249. During that same span, ERAs have dropped nearly a quarter of a run in the AL and a remarkable 3/4 of a run in the NL. 17 major league teams are currently hitting under .250 and twelve major league teams have posted ERAs under 3.50. The last time we saw MLB teams combine to hit less than .250 for a full season was back in 1972 – before the DH was introduced into the American League; a year where only one AL team (Kansas City) hit better than .250 for the full season.

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Tags: MLB Baltimore Orioles Boston Red Sox Teddy Covers

NBA Betting Trend Update: San Antonio Spurs looks to close out series vs. Utah

05.07.2012     11:04 AM     Printer Friendly

San Antonio -7.5 at Utah O/U 199.5

Our NBA Playoff betting trend is in play tonight with the San Antonio Spurs looking for the 4-0 sweep vs. Utah. Since 2003, teams up 3-0 in the 1st Round are 23-11 SU, 20-14-3 ATS in Game 4. Last week there were two of these situations with Oklahoma City posting the spread covering win over Dallas and Miami losing outright to New York.


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Tags: NBA San Antonio Spurs Utah Jazz

Sports Betting Podcast 5-7-2012 with Handicapper Rob Veno

05.07.2012     09:30 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured handicapper Rob Veno. Rob broke down tonight's NBA Playoff games and the MLB card from a betting perspective.

Today's segments
Rob Veno - MLB and 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

MLB Betting Alert: Chase Field roof open for St. Louis series

05.07.2012     08:13 AM     Printer Friendly
According to the official website of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field's roof is expected to be open for the team's upcoming three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.




Tags: MLB Arizona Diamondbacks St. Louis Cardinals

I'll Have Another wins Kentucky Derby at 15-1 odds

05.07.2012     08:06 AM     Printer Friendly
According to Churchill Downs, the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby broke records in attendance (165,307) and betting handle ($187 million). I'll Have Another came from off the pace and won at 15-1 odds. A few proactive bettors were able to grab the colt at 200-1 back in February.

MLB Betting Notes: Scouts feel that New York's Robertson is the real deal

05.07.2012     07:52 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Various baseball scouts feel that New York's David Robertson has the stuff to adequately fill Mariano Rivera's shoes. Robertson has yet to allow an earned run this season and in his last five outings (5 IP) he's walked just one batter while fanning 12.

"The one unique part about Robertson is the delivery," one American League scout said. "The baseball scientists have rated his delivery No. 1 in terms of shortest distance to the plate. Hitters have less reaction time against him, making his stuff play up."

"I would pick Robertson," a National League scout said. "Look, I like Robertson better in the eighth inning than closer but Soriano . . . He's not the pitcher with the Yankees he was with Tampa."

Tags: MLB New York Yankees

MLB Gambling News: Boston Red Sox are a mess, led by starting pitching

05.07.2012     07:46 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Last week, the talk of the town in Boston was high pitch counts. This time it is lack of velocity – most notably from Jon Lester and Josh Beckett. The Red Sox are 5-8 in their starts.

Lester has tried to adjust, relying very heavily on the sinker (25.3 percent) and adding in more changeups as well (13.2 percent). Those adjustments haven’t works thus far, as Lester has seen a huge drop in his strikeout rate (down to about six Ks per nine) and an increase in walk rate (over four walks per nine).

As for Beckett, who had his spot in the rotation skipped, it was recently revealed that his lat muscle discomfort was an issue prior to his last start – the one he threw 126 pitches.

"It's kind of been there for about a week, kind of leading into my last start," Beckett said. "On your start day, you can always make yourself believe that things are better than they are. I

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Tags: MLB Boston Red Sox

MLB Betting News: Detroit's Fister returns from DL to face Seattle

05.07.2012     07:16 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Detroit (Fister) -130 at Seattle (Beaven) O/U 7

A month ago to the day was the last time we saw Detroit's Doug Fister make a pitch. He'll make his return tonight in Seattle after a stint on the DL due to a side strain. Fister reportedly looked good during a recent rehab start but never top 90 mph with his fastball.

"There's been nothing like that," he said of a pitch-count plan. "We're going to take it -- have to dictate it by (how) the game's going and how I'm feeling and that's just kind of the way it always goes."

Tags: MLB Detroit Tigers Seattle Mariners

Schlichter to serve 10 years, defense team says concussions root of problems

05.07.2012     07:06 AM     Printer Friendly
This sounds about right. Art Schlichter has spent the better part of his adult life as a degenerate gambler and scam artist. So it should come as no surprise than during his most recent day in court his defense team blamed concussions for his lifelong troubles.

"At least now, he understands there is a reason for his behavior," public defender Steven C. Nolder said in court.

Great. So while Schlichter knocks out the 10-year sentence that was handed down, he can sleep better at night knowing that his awful decision making and the people he hurt were as a result of a few blind side tackles.

The Palms opens brand new sportsbook and poker room

05.07.2012     06:53 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
This past weekend, the Palms Casino opened its newly renovated 10,000 square foot sportsbook and poker room. The facelift was completed by Cantor Gaming.

The new space itself greatly resembles the Cantor Gaming-operated sports books at the Hard Rock Hotel and M Resort. It’s flush with red effects, with dozens of padded seats and a wide-spanning LED screen with variable display sizes depending on the number of events scheduled. Two poker spaces are offered: one open-air area for commoners and a glassed-off space for high-limit players. Looks a little like a high-roller habitat.

Tags: Las Vegas

NBA Gambling Update: New York Knicks finally on the board with a playoff win

05.07.2012     06:46 AM     Printer Friendly

Congratulations to the New York Knicks for recording their first postseason win since 2001. The Knicks defeated the Miami Heat 89-87 Sunday. Of course, it wasn't easy. Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire combined for 23-of-42 shooting, 16 rebounds and 61 points. And Dwyane Wade shot an uncharacteristically awful 4-of-11 from the free throw line. Nevertheless, a win is a win as the Knicks attempt to become the first team to ever win a best-of-seven series after trailing 3-0. The series resumes on Wednesday.

''It's about time,'' interim coach Mike Woodson said. ''This team is good enough to win games. We've proven that we can beat anybody in this league. But it could not happen to a better group of guys. And for the Knicks fans, I mean, they've been waiting for a long time, but it's just one game and we have a long way to go.''

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Tags: NBA New York Knicks Miami Heat





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