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MLB Handicapping: St. Louis' prized rookie Wacha makes debut

05.30.2013     07:47 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Kansas City (Guthrie) at St. Louis (Wacha) -165 O/U 8.5

St. Louis sends highly touted prospect Michael Wacha to the hill tonight against Kansas City. Wacha, a 6-6 righty, was a 2012 first round draft pick out of Texas A&M. Wacha's minor league numbers are impressive: 73.2 IP, 43 hits, 74 Ks, 19 BBs, 1.71 ERA.

Tags: MLB St. Louis Cardinals Kansas City Royals

MLB Betting Notes: Brewers and Twins pile up bullpen innings

05.29.2013     01:48 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Milwaukee (Estrada) -115 at Minnesota (Deduno) O/U 8.5

Bettors should be aware of the bullpen situation for both Milwaukee and Minnesota heading into tonight's contest. Simply put, they've both been work pretty hard of late. Twins' starter Samuel Deduno doesn't have much of a pedigree for being able to go deep into games. Marco Estrada is a little more trustable but supporting a 19-30 National League team as a road favorite vs. the American League doesn't appear to provide us with much value.

Minnesota - Thursday
Roenicke 0.2
Duensing 0.1
Burton 1.0
Perkins 1.0

Minnesota - Friday
Fien 1.1
Roenicke 1.0
Burton 1.0
Perkins 1.0
Swarzak 2.0
Pressly 2.0
Duensing 1.0

Milwaukee - Sunday
Hand 2.0
Gonzalez 1.0
Kintzler 1.0
Rodriguez 1.0

Milwaukee - Monday
Gorzelanny 1.1
Gonzalez 0.2
Badenhop 0.2
Axford Read more

Tags: MLB Minnesota Twins Milwaukee Brewers

MLB Betting Update: Royals' struggles and losing streak continues

05.29.2013     12:10 PM     Printer Friendly

Things HAVE to turn around for the Kansas City Royals, no? Last week we talked about their inability to draw walks. Now let's focus our attention on their lack of power. As Hardball Talk points out, the Royals have gone 13 straight games without a home run. And it wasn't like they caught a wave of top flight arms either. With the exception of Adam Wainwright, there wasn't a legitimate top of top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher in the group.

MLB Gambling News: Kansas City Royals still swinging, still mediocre

05.24.2013     07:34 AM     View Original Read more

Tags: MLB Kansas City Royals

MLB Handicapping: Betting markets look to ride Boston's John Lackey

05.29.2013     07:57 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Boston (Lackey) at Philadelphia (Kendrick) O/U 8

Couple of positive articles on John Lackey's transformation. Lackey's 2011 campaign featured a divorce, an elbow made of cheese curds, and a 6.41 ERA. Following Tommy John surgery in 2012, he retooled his repertoire (throwing more four-seam fastballs), got in shape, and has been lights out with a 2.72 ERA (3.03 xFIP) through seven starts. Check out the big line move his way for tonight's start against the Phillies. Line history courtesy of Pinnacle.






Tags: MLB Boston Red Sox Philadelphia Phillies

MLB Betting Free Play: Toronto Blue Jays at Atlanta Braves

05.29.2013     06:54 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Toronto (Rogers) at Atlanta (Medlen) -175 O/U 8
Recommendation: Over

The fact that Esmil Rogers is the 10th Blue Jays pitcher to start this year indicates the team certainly prefers him in the role of reliever. But even out of the bullpen, Rogers has had his struggles with 30 hits allowed and a 14-8 K-to-BB ratio in 25.2 innings of work. He has decent stuff and his career numbers are skewed due to Coors Field but given Toronto's track record with starting pitchers, if he was good enough, he would have already been given an opportunity to start. I expect 5 inning max out of Rogers which puts half the game in the hands of a bullpen that threw eight innings last night. Atlanta's Kris Medlen boasts an ERA of 3.16 but the rest of his numbers suggest he's once again been on the fortunate side. His strikeouts are down, walks are up, fly balls are up, and his FIP/xFIP are well below league average. After a slow start to the month, Toronto has put together a 12-9 run while averaging over six runs Read more

Tags: MLB Atlanta Braves Toronto Blue Jays Andrew Lange

MLB Betting News: Washington rookie Nathan Karns makes debut

05.28.2013     07:25 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Baltimore (Gausman) at Washington (Karns) -110 O/U 8.5

Washington's 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Nathan Karns, will make his MLB debut tonight against Baltimore. Karns reportedly has a big arm with 262 strikeouts in 216 innings but has had trouble with his command.

"If he trusts his catcher and says throw down whatever [sign] you want -- if it's simplified for him in that regard, and if he doesn't have to think too much -- I think he'll be fine," said Menhart, a former big league pitcher. "I'm not worried about him because of the experience he got [in big league camp] this spring training. So it's not going to be like a, 'Whoa! Look at these guys!' He knows those guys because he was there."

Tags: MLB Washington Nationals Baltimore Orioles

MLB Gambling Notes: Boston's Dempster hoping bullpen work can solve woes

05.28.2013     07:12 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Philadelphia (Lee) at Boston (Dempster) -130 O/U 8

Boston's Ryan Dempster reportedly ironed out some kinks during a recent bullpen session. Demspter's statline over his last three starts reads: 12.1 IP, 11 BBs, 12 Ks, .345 BAA, 1.035 OPS, 10.66 ERA.

"He's been pushing the ball, and from a timing standpoint in his delivery, he's just been out of sync somewhat," Farrell said. "His side session the other day was encouraging from the standpoint of being able to repeat that delivery, and that's what we'll need from him tomorrow."

"The fact is he's not only not worked downhill, it's taken away the shape and execution of his secondary pitches," Farrell said. "When he was right or when he was throwing well he'd be able to go

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Tags: MLB Boston Red Sox Philadelphia Phillies

MLB Gambling Notes: Texas and Arizona send 2013 first timers to the hill

05.27.2013     08:13 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Texas (Perez) at Arizona (Skaggs) -120 O/U 9

A couple of 2013 first timers as Texas sends lefty Martin Perez to the hill to take on Arizona's high touted lefty Tyler Skaggs. Skaggs had his struggles during last season's call-up (6 starts, 6 HRs, 5.83 ERA) and earlier this season at Triple-A. But according to reports, he's pitched much better of late with a 2.66 ERA and 22/3 K/BB ratio over his last 20 innings. Perez also struggled in 2012 with a 5.45 ERA in six starts. According to Ron Washington, Perez was "the guy that was recommended" when they dialed up Triple-A Round Rock. He was actually close to earning a spot in Texas' rotation this past spring but broke his wrist.

Tags: MLB Arizona Diamondbacks Texas Rangers

MLB Betting Free Play: Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City Royals

05.25.2013     07:40 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
LA Angels (Buckner) at Kansas City (Guthrie) -130 O/U 9
Recommendation: Over

The Angels are finally starting to click offensively with 47 runs over their last six games (all victories). Note that five of those six games were against right-handed starters which they'll see today in Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie's regression is already in full swing after getting pounded by Houston and these same Angels his last two starts. His numbers suggest more struggles are coming: .264 BABIP, 90.9% LOB, 5.88 FIP, 4.75 FIP. Not to mention 4.85 Ks and 3.03 BBs per 9 innings – rates you typically associate with a mid-4 or higher ERA in the American League. LA will send former KC 2nd round pick Billy Buckner to the hill. Buckner hasn't thrown in the bigs since 2010 and his career numbers (138.1 IP, 173 hits, 6.25 ERA) give us a good indication why. He was at one point traded for Dontrelle Willis! Even though KC's offense is nothing to get excited about, when they do score runs, it typically comes Read more

Tags: MLB Los Angeles Angels Kansas City Royals Andrew Lange

Live betting got its start in the Wrigley Field bleachers

05.24.2013     12:14 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Awesome story about the "in-game wagering" that took place in the Wrigley Field bleachers back in 1920.


"Ten cents says he swings!"

"A dollar the pitcher changes his windup on the next one!"

"Two bits they send in a pinch-hitter the next time around!"

"Who wants ten dollars on the runner? Ten dollars says he streaks down to second!"

At the end of the first inning, the undercover cops all stood up. In one voice, they announced: "You’re all under arrest!"

Tags: MLB Chicago Cubs


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