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MLB Handicapper Free Play: Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros

06.30.2015     11:14 AM     Drew Martin     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Drew Martin

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Kansas City (Duffy) at Houston (Keuchel) -147 O/U 7 
Recommendation: Houston


In what could be a preview of the American League Championship Series the Royals will look to even things up in Game 2 of three game set in Houston.  The AL Central leading Royals have been in a bit of an offensive slump over the last week with a team OPS of .651. The lefty heavy Royals are also sporting a very pedestrian .708 team OPS vs. lefties this year, which does not translate well for tonight’s matchup against Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel is having a career year with a 9.7% swinging strike rate to go along with a 2.90 SIERA; both marks are by far his career highs and among league leaders. Keuchel's ground ball rate is an astonishing 64.5% which complements the Astros defense which leads the majors in slugging % on ground balls allowed. The Astros team OPS of .752 over the last week is over .100 points higher than the Royals. Danny Duffy, who has made only one start since a stint on the DL with shoulder issues, has a 5.44 ERA and ugly 5.23 FIP on the road vs. righties -- something the Astros have plenty of. Matchup warrants laying the medium-sized price with the home favorite.

Tags: MLB Kansas City Royals Houston Astros Drew Martin



Georgia student busted for bookmaking operation

06.30.2015     09:23 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
"Dad, I need some help. So I got pinched for booking. Yeah, we were making a killing -- these clowns have no idea how to bet. Oh, and another thing. I may of had some coke on me when they kicked down my door. Don't worry, just wire me $5K so I can post bail. We should probably keep this from mom, no? Dad? Hello? You're breaking up. Shit."

Tags: MLB Kansas City Royals Houston Astros Drew Martin



The argument for legalized betting on college sports rages on

06.30.2015     09:16 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Another article on the pros and cons of legalized sports betting on college athletics.

 

“While there is a potential seamy underside and chances of point shaving, (sports gambling) is not going away,” said Ohio University associate professor David Ridpath, president of the West Haven, Conn.-based Drake Group, which supports reform in college athletics. “Keeping it regulated and in the open, I think, will make it more above board.”

“You can't get the starting running back at USC to accept a gambling bribe to shave points because they're going to throw away an NFL contract,” said Central Michigan professor Tim Otteman, who specializes in sports betting in college athletics. “But if you're going to offer (a starter) at Toledo or Central Michigan $10,000 when they're going to graduate and make $35,000 as a teacher, they probably have the ability to potentially do that.”



Tags: MLB Kansas City Royals Houston Astros Drew Martin



MLB Gambling Update: Boston's Rodriguez caught tipping pitches

06.30.2015     09:02 AM     Printer Friendly

UPDATE

Boston rookie Eduardo Rodriguez has a lot of upside. And he's shown as much with nearly unhittable performances in four of his six starts. The other two, however, were really bad. We blogged the other day that his outing vs. Toronto (4.2 IP, 9 ER) wasn't as bad as it seemed with a number of "seeing eye" hits and a pop fly lost in the sun. His last outing (3.2 IP, 6 ER vs. Baltimore) looks just as bad on the surface but reports have surfaced that that Rodriguez was tipping his pitches. As bettors, you can't completely discredit either outing -- no question he got hit around. But a pitcher's stat line doesn't always tell the full story. Assuming he makes an adjustment, tonight will still mark a significant challenge as the Blue Jays hit lefties harder than any team in baseball.


“It was borderline obvious,” Willis said Monday, via The Providence Journal. “He’d been so good out of the windup. Going back and looking at the pitches he executed from the stretch, they were still quality pitches. It’s safe to say that there’s a good likelihood that could have had something to do with it.”






MLB Gambling: Boston's Rodriguez back on hill after sub-par outing

06.19.2015     08:34 AM     View Original Blog
Boston's stud rookie Eduardo Rodriguez finally got smacked around some as he allowed nine runs in 4.2 innings last time out against the Blue Jays. However, his performance may not have been as bad as what showed up on the stat line. The matchup wasn't ideal to begin with but there were a few bloop singles, bad defense, and a pop-up lost in the sun. Basically it was wheelhouse Red Sox baseball. Rodriguez takes the hill tonight in Kansas City as a +115 underdog.


“The way that team’s playing right now, everything’s falling their way,” Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart said of the Blue Jays, who tied a franchise record with their 11th consecutive win. “There were a bunch of bloop singles, a broken-bat single. During that (fourth inning), there was one ball that was hit hard, and that was (Ryan Goins’) home run. … (Rodriguez) was making his pitches. That’s just the way baseball is right now for those guys.”






Tags: MLB Boston Red Sox Toronto Blue Jays



Phil Mickelson tied to illegal gambling outfit

06.30.2015     08:46 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Everyone is pretty much aware that Phil Mickelson likes to gamble. This, however, we did not know...


But a 56-year-old former sports gambling handicapper, acting as a conduit for an offshore gambling operation, pleaded guilty last week to laundering approximately $2.75 million of money that two sources told Outside the Lines belonged to Mickelson.

The money, according to the documents, came from a "gambling client" and had been transferred into Silveira's Wells Fargo Bank account. Three days later, Silveira transferred $2.475 million and then $275,000 into another of his Wells Fargo accounts. The next day, Silveira transferred the $2.475 million to another account he controlled at JPMorgan Chase Bank.



Tags: PGA



College Football Gambling: 2015 Coaching Changes

06.29.2015     09:00 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Quick look at college football's head coaching changes for the upcoming 2015 season.

Buffalo 
Out: Jeff Quinn 
In: Lance Leipold 
Quick Take: Leipold won six D3 titles in eight years at UW-Whitewater.

Central Michigan 
Out: Dan Enos 
In: John Bonamego 
Quick Take: Bonamego is a CMU grad and spent the last 15 years serving as a special teams coordinator in the NFL.

Colorado State 
Out: Jim McElwain 
In: Mike Bobo 
Quick Take: Bobo served as Georgia's OC since 2007.

Florida 
Out: Will Muschamp 
In: Jim McElwain 
Quick Take: McElwain helped rebuild Colorado State where he went 22-16 during a three-year stint.

Houston 
Out: Tony Levine 
In: Tom Herman 
Quick Take: Herman served as Ohio State's OC for three seasons.

Kansas 
Out: Charlie Weis 
In: David Beaty 
Quick Take: Beaty marks the third head coach in six years for the Jayhawks. He most recently served as Texas A&M's wide receiver coach and previously coached at Kansas.

Michigan 
Out: Brady Hoke 
In: Jim Harbaugh 
Quick Take: Harbaugh went 102-46 during HC stints at San Diego, Stanford, and most recently, the San Francisco 49ers.

Nebraska 
Out: Bo Pelini 
In: Mike Riley 
Quick Take: Riley, who topped eight wins only once in his last six years at Oregon State, takes over for Bo Pelini, who won nine games or more in all seven seasons in Lincoln.

Oregon State 
Out: Mike Riley 
In: Gary Andersen 
Quick Take: Andersen went 19-7 at Wisconsin but bailed due to supposed "academic restrictions" on recruits.

Pittsburgh 
Out: Paul Chryst 
In: Pat Narduzzi 
Quick Take: Narduzzi served as Michigan State's DC since 2007.

SMU 
Out: June Jones 
In: Chad Morris 
Quick Take: Morris service as Clemson's OC since 2011.

Troy 
Out: Larry Blakeney 
In: Neal Brown 
Quick Take: Brown was as assistant at Troy from 2006-09 and then had OC stints at Texas Tech and Kentucky.

Tulsa 
Out: Bill Blankenship 
In: Philip Montgomery 
Quick Take: Montgomery was a Baylor offensive assistant since 2006.

UNLV 
Out: Bobby Hauck 
In: Tony Sanchez 
Quick Take: Sanchez built a dynasty a Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman High School (85-5).

Wisconsin 
Out: Gary Andersen 
In: Paul Chryst 
Quick Take: Chryst was born in Madison and played quarterback for the Badgers. He spent that last three seasons as Pitt's head coach (19-19).

Tags: College Football



MLB Handicapping: Bettors look to fade Minnesota Twins

06.29.2015     08:25 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Check out the heavy anti-Minnesota money in the betting markets over the past week courtesy of Pinnacle.

6/29 at Cincinnati 
Minnesota Opener: +126 
Minnesota Current: +146 
Minnesota Result: Pending

6/28 at Milwaukee 
Minnesota Opener: +125 
Minnesota Close: +146 
Minnesota Result: Lost 5-3

6/27 at Milwaukee 
Minnesota Opener: Minnesota +112 
Minnesota Close: Minnesota +124 
Minnesota Result: Won 5-2

6/26 at Milwaukee 
Minnesota Opener: Minnesota +106 
Minnesota Close: Minnesota +123 
Minnesota Result: Lost 10-4

Tags: MLB Minnesota Twins



College Football Betting Update: Golden Nugget GOY early line moves

06.29.2015     08:11 AM     Printer Friendly

UPDATE

ESPN's Chalk has a recap of some of the early line moves for the Golden Nugget's Games of the Year.


Sept. 4: Washington plus-13 to plus-8.5 at Boise State 
Sept. 12: BYU plus-6 to plus-1 versus Boise State 
Sept. 19: Colorado minus-1 to minus-5 at Colorado State 
Sept. 26: Texas A&M plus-6.5 to plus-1.5 versus Arkansas (Arlington, Texas) 
Oct. 10: Florida plus-10 to plus-5.5 at Missouri 
Oct. 24: Auburn plus-6.5 to plus-1.5 at Arkansas 
Nov. 14: LSU minus-1.5 to minus-5 versus Arkansas 
Nov. 14: BYU plus-12 to plus-7.5 versus Missouri (Kansas City, Mo.) 
Nov. 28: North Carolina plus-6 to plus-1.5 at NC State

"We put in a lot of time on these line and we stand by our numbers," he said. "We're 6-2 in doing this (six winning years out of eight) so we'll take our chances and see how it turns out."






College Football Betting: Golden Nugget Releases its 2015 Games of the Year

06.29.2015     07:58 AM     View Original Blog
Thursday, Sept. 3 
Michigan at Utah -4 
TCU -18 at Minnesota

Friday, Sept. 4 
Washington at Boise State -13

Saturday, Sept. 5 
Wisconsin vs. Alabama -10 (Arlington) 
Louisville vs. Auburn -11.5 (Atlanta 
Arizona State vs. Texas A&M -3 (Houston) 
Texas at Notre Dame -7.5 
Virginia at UCLA -17 
BYU at Nebraska -6

Monday, Sept. 7 
Ohio State -16 at Virginia Tech

Saturday, Sept. 12 
LSU -3 at Mississippi State 
UCLA -32 at UNLV 
Oklahoma at Tennessee -3 
Notre Dame -9 at Virginia 
Oregon State at Michigan -14 
Iowa -4.5 at Iowa State 
Marshall -3.5 at Ohio University 
Boise State -6 at BYU 
Oregon at Michigan State -1

Thursday, Sept. 17 
Clemson -3 at Louisville

Saturday, Sept. 19 
Auburn at LSU -4 
UNLV at Michigan -33 
Ole Miss at Alabama -9.5 
South Carolina at Georgia -11 
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame -2 
Nebraska at Miami, Fla. PK 
Stanford at USC -4 
BYU at UCLA -14 
Colorado -1.5 vs. Colorado State (Denver)

Thursday, Sept. 24 
Cincinnati at Memphis -2

Friday, Sept. 25 
Boise State -9 at Virginia

Saturday, Sept. 26 
LSU -20 at Syracuse 
UCLA at Arizona PK 
USC -1 at Arizona State 
Utah at Oregon -14 
Oklahoma State at Texas -2.5 
BYU at Michigan -7 
Texas A&M vs. Arkansas -6.5 (Arlington) 
Mississippi State at Auburn -8 
Tennessee -2.5 at Florida

Thursday, Oct. 1 
Miami, Fla. at Cincinnati -2.5

Saturday, Oct. 3 
UNLV at Nevada -14 
Ole Miss -6 at Florida 
Alabama at Georgia PK 
South Carolina at Missouri -11 
Arkansas at Tennessee -1 
Mississippi State at Texas A&M -6.5 
Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech -9 
Arizona at Stanford -7.5 
Arizona State at UCLA -6 
Oregon -16 at Colorado 
Army at Penn State -28 
West Virginia at Oklahoma -10 
Kansas State at Oklahoma State -4 
Texas at TCU -21 
Notre Dame at Clemson -3.5

Thursday, Oct. 8 
Washington at Southern Cal -19

Saturday, Oct. 10 
LSU -8 at South Carolina 
Georgia Tech at Clemson -3 
Arkansas at Alabama -7.5 
Florida at Missouri -10 
Georgia at Tennessee PK 
Miami (FL) at Florida State -14.5 
Virginia at Pittsburgh -6 
Boise State -12 at Colorado State 
TCU -11 at Kansas State 
Oklahoma -6.5 vs. Texas (Dallas) 
Oklahoma State at West Virginia -5 
Wisconsin -1 at Nebraska 
Navy at Notre Dame -14

Thursday, Oct. 15 
UCLA at Stanford -4.5 
Auburn -9 at Kentucky

Friday, Oct. 16 
UNLV at Fresno State -12 
Boise State -9.5 at Utah State

Saturday, Oct. 17 
Florida at LSU -14 
Arizona State at Utah -2 
USC at Notre Dame PK 
Oregon -15 at Washington 
Louisville at Florida State -12 
Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech -14 
Virginia Tech at Miami, Fla. -6 
Missouri at Georgia -8.5 
Alabama -7 at Texas A&M 
West Virginia at Baylor -17 
TCU -29 at Iowa State 
Oklahoma -3 at Kansas State 
Michigan State -4.5 at Michigan 
Penn State at Ohio State -19

Saturday, Oct. 24 
Utah at USC -7 
Kansas State at Texas -2 
Tennessee at Alabama -10 
Auburn at Arkansas -6.5 
Texas A&M at Ole Miss -4 
Clemson -4.5 at Miami, Fla. 
Florida State at Georgia Tech PK

Thursday, Oct. 29 
Oregon -5 at Arizona State 
West Virginia at TCU -20

Saturday, Oct. 31 
Boise State -28.5 at UNLV 
Central Florida at Cincinnati -6 
Georgia Tech -10 at Virginia 
Ole Miss at Auburn -4 
Florida vs. Georgia -12 (Jacksonville) 
South Carolina at Texas A&M -10 
Oregon State at Utah -16

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 
Northern Illinois at Toledo -3

Thursday, Nov. 5 
Mississippi State at Missouri, -6 
Baylor -12 at Kansas State

Saturday, Nov. 7 
LSU at Alabama -9 
Arkansas at Ole Miss -1 
Auburn -1.5 at Texas A&M 
TCU -11 at Oklahoma State 
Michigan State -6 at Nebraska 
Florida State at Clemson -2 
Virginia at Miami, Fla. -6.5 
Notre Dame -3 at Pittsburgh 
Arizona at USC -7.5

Thursday, Nov. 12 
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech -9.5

Friday, Nov. 13 
USC -12 at Colorado

Saturday, Nov. 14 
Arkansas at LSU -1.5 
Utah at Arizona -3 
Oregon at Stanford PK 
Alabama -9 at Mississippi State 
Florida at South Carolina -2.5 
Oklahoma at Baylor -13 
BYU at Missouri -12

Saturday, Nov. 21 
San Diego State -16 at UNLV 
LSU at Ole Miss PK 
Fresno State at BYU -18 
TCU -5 at Oklahoma 
Baylor -10 at Oklahoma State 
Michigan State at Ohio State -14 
Michigan at Penn State -4.5 
Mississippi State at Arkansas -10 
Tennessee at Missouri -2.5 
USC at Oregon -6.5 
Georgia Tech -6 at Miami, Fla. 
Arizona at Arizona State -3 
UCLA -1 at Utah 
California at Stanford -13

Friday, Nov. 27 
Baylor at TCU -6 
Oregon State at Oregon -22.5 
Washington State at Washington -4.5 
Iowa at Nebraska -7 
Texas A&M at LSU -7.5 
Kansas State -24 at Kansas 
Oklahoma -3 at Oklahoma State 
BYU at Utah State PK 
Ohio State -16 at Michigan 
Penn State at Michigan State -12 
UCLA at USC -3 
Colorado at Utah -13.5 
Notre Dame at Stanford -3 
North Carolina at NC State -6 
Virginia Tech -4 at Virginia 
Missouri at Arkansas -7 
Alabama -3.5 at Auburn 
Florida State -4 at Florida 
Georgia -1 at Georgia Tech 
Louisville -2.5 at Kentucky 
Ole Miss -2 at Mississippi 
Clemson -3 at South Carolina 
Vanderbilt at Tennessee -17

Saturday, Dec. 5 
Texas at Baylor -18 
West Virginia at Kansas State -5

Saturday, Dec. 12 
Navy -13 vs. Army (Philadelphia)




Tags: College Football



College Football Betting: Golden Nugget Releases its 2015 Games of the Year

06.29.2015     07:58 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Thursday, Sept. 3 
Michigan at Utah -4 
TCU -18 at Minnesota

Friday, Sept. 4 
Washington at Boise State -13

Saturday, Sept. 5 
Wisconsin vs. Alabama -10 (Arlington) 
Louisville vs. Auburn -11.5 (Atlanta 
Arizona State vs. Texas A&M -3 (Houston) 
Texas at Notre Dame -7.5 
Virginia at UCLA -17 
BYU at Nebraska -6

Monday, Sept. 7 
Ohio State -16 at Virginia Tech

Saturday, Sept. 12 
LSU -3 at Mississippi State 
UCLA -32 at UNLV 
Oklahoma at Tennessee -3 
Notre Dame -9 at Virginia 
Oregon State at Michigan -14 
Iowa -4.5 at Iowa State 
Marshall -3.5 at Ohio University 
Boise State -6 at BYU 
Oregon at Michigan State -1

Thursday, Sept. 17 
Clemson -3 at Louisville

Saturday, Sept. 19 
Auburn at LSU -4 
UNLV at Michigan -33 
Ole Miss at Alabama -9.5 
South Carolina at Georgia -11 
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame -2 
Nebraska at Miami, Fla. PK 
Stanford at USC -4 
BYU at UCLA -14 
Colorado -1.5 vs. Colorado State (Denver)

Thursday, Sept. 24 
Cincinnati at Memphis -2

Friday, Sept. 25 
Boise State -9 at Virginia

Saturday, Sept. 26 
LSU -20 at Syracuse 
UCLA at Arizona PK 
USC -1 at Arizona State 
Utah at Oregon -14 
Oklahoma State at Texas -2.5 
BYU at Michigan -7 
Texas A&M vs. Arkansas -6.5 (Arlington) 
Mississippi State at Auburn -8 
Tennessee -2.5 at Florida

Thursday, Oct. 1 
Miami, Fla. at Cincinnati -2.5

Saturday, Oct. 3 
UNLV at Nevada -14 
Ole Miss -6 at Florida 
Alabama at Georgia PK 
South Carolina at Missouri -11 
Arkansas at Tennessee -1 
Mississippi State at Texas A&M -6.5 
Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech -9 
Arizona at Stanford -7.5 
Arizona State at UCLA -6 
Oregon -16 at Colorado 
Army at Penn State -28 
West Virginia at Oklahoma -10 
Kansas State at Oklahoma State -4 
Texas at TCU -21 
Notre Dame at Clemson -3.5

Thursday, Oct. 8 
Washington at Southern Cal -19

Saturday, Oct. 10 
LSU -8 at South Carolina 
Georgia Tech at Clemson -3 
Arkansas at Alabama -7.5 
Florida at Missouri -10 
Georgia at Tennessee PK 
Miami (FL) at Florida State -14.5 
Virginia at Pittsburgh -6 
Boise State -12 at Colorado State 
TCU -11 at Kansas State 
Oklahoma -6.5 vs. Texas (Dallas) 
Oklahoma State at West Virginia -5 
Wisconsin -1 at Nebraska 
Navy at Notre Dame -14

Thursday, Oct. 15 
UCLA at Stanford -4.5 
Auburn -9 at Kentucky

Friday, Oct. 16 
UNLV at Fresno State -12 
Boise State -9.5 at Utah State

Saturday, Oct. 17 
Florida at LSU -14 
Arizona State at Utah -2 
USC at Notre Dame PK 
Oregon -15 at Washington 
Louisville at Florida State -12 
Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech -14 
Virginia Tech at Miami, Fla. -6 
Missouri at Georgia -8.5 
Alabama -7 at Texas A&M 
West Virginia at Baylor -17 
TCU -29 at Iowa State 
Oklahoma -3 at Kansas State 
Michigan State -4.5 at Michigan 
Penn State at Ohio State -19

Saturday, Oct. 24 
Utah at USC -7 
Kansas State at Texas -2 
Tennessee at Alabama -10 
Auburn at Arkansas -6.5 
Texas A&M at Ole Miss -4 
Clemson -4.5 at Miami, Fla. 
Florida State at Georgia Tech PK

Thursday, Oct. 29 
Oregon -5 at Arizona State 
West Virginia at TCU -20

Saturday, Oct. 31 
Boise State -28.5 at UNLV 
Central Florida at Cincinnati -6 
Georgia Tech -10 at Virginia 
Ole Miss at Auburn -4 
Florida vs. Georgia -12 (Jacksonville) 
South Carolina at Texas A&M -10 
Oregon State at Utah -16

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 
Northern Illinois at Toledo -3

Thursday, Nov. 5 
Mississippi State at Missouri, -6 
Baylor -12 at Kansas State

Saturday, Nov. 7 
LSU at Alabama -9 
Arkansas at Ole Miss -1 
Auburn -1.5 at Texas A&M 
TCU -11 at Oklahoma State 
Michigan State -6 at Nebraska 
Florida State at Clemson -2 
Virginia at Miami, Fla. -6.5 
Notre Dame -3 at Pittsburgh 
Arizona at USC -7.5

Thursday, Nov. 12 
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech -9.5

Friday, Nov. 13 
USC -12 at Colorado

Saturday, Nov. 14 
Arkansas at LSU -1.5 
Utah at Arizona -3 
Oregon at Stanford PK 
Alabama -9 at Mississippi State 
Florida at South Carolina -2.5 
Oklahoma at Baylor -13 
BYU at Missouri -12

Saturday, Nov. 21 
San Diego State -16 at UNLV 
LSU at Ole Miss PK 
Fresno State at BYU -18 
TCU -5 at Oklahoma 
Baylor -10 at Oklahoma State 
Michigan State at Ohio State -14 
Michigan at Penn State -4.5 
Mississippi State at Arkansas -10 
Tennessee at Missouri -2.5 
USC at Oregon -6.5 
Georgia Tech -6 at Miami, Fla. 
Arizona at Arizona State -3 
UCLA -1 at Utah 
California at Stanford -13

Friday, Nov. 27 
Baylor at TCU -6 
Oregon State at Oregon -22.5 
Washington State at Washington -4.5 
Iowa at Nebraska -7 
Texas A&M at LSU -7.5 
Kansas State -24 at Kansas 
Oklahoma -3 at Oklahoma State 
BYU at Utah State PK 
Ohio State -16 at Michigan 
Penn State at Michigan State -12 
UCLA at USC -3 
Colorado at Utah -13.5 
Notre Dame at Stanford -3 
North Carolina at NC State -6 
Virginia Tech -4 at Virginia 
Missouri at Arkansas -7 
Alabama -3.5 at Auburn 
Florida State -4 at Florida 
Georgia -1 at Georgia Tech 
Louisville -2.5 at Kentucky 
Ole Miss -2 at Mississippi 
Clemson -3 at South Carolina 
Vanderbilt at Tennessee -17

Saturday, Dec. 5 
Texas at Baylor -18 
West Virginia at Kansas State -5

Saturday, Dec. 12 
Navy -13 vs. Army (Philadelphia)

Tags: College Football



MLB Betting Podcast 6-26-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno

06.26.2015     10:08 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Friday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno. Rob and host Andrew Lange broke down tonight's MLB card.

Today's segments 
Rob Veno - MLB

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 Rob Veno Andrew Lange



MLB Handicapper Free Play: Kansas City Royals at Oakland A's

06.26.2015     08:45 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Kansas City (Volquez) at Oakland (Hahn) -120 O/U 7 
Recommendation: Oakland


Don’t look now but here come the Oakland Athletics! After a dismal start to the season, the Athletics have come on strong of late having won nine of their last 11 games. They enter this series against the Royals fresh off a road sweep of the Texas Rangers. Oakland should enjoy the starting pitching edge tonight with Jesse Hahn on the mound. He’s been terrific in back-to-back starts allowing just two runs on seven hits in 14.1 innings of work against the Angels and Padres. Earlier this season he shut down Kansas City allowing just three hits in 5.1 innings of work. On the flip side, I don’t trust KC’s Edinson Volquez. He’s been very erratic allowing four runs on eight hits in his most recent start against Boston and hasn’t pitched beyond the sixth inning in five of his last six trips to the hill. Volquez has been battling control issues as well issuing 10 walks in his last 4 starts compared to 14 strikeouts which is a ratio that doesn’t bode well for future success. Oakland has been displaying much greater patience at the plate recently as they coaxed six walks out of Colby Lewis and Wandy Rodriguez combined in the final two games of their series against Texas. That plate discipline could come in handy here against a pitcher like Volquez who is struggling with his command. Despite the discrepancy in overall records, Oakland's Pythagorean W-L record (42-33) is actually just a shade below that of KC's (40-29). And the A's are tied for the fourth-best run differential in the American League (+0.6). We'll show our support for the moderate home favorite tonight.

Tags: MLB Kansas City Royals Oakland A's Ian Cameron



Las Vegas wants to offer skill-based slot machines

06.26.2015     08:30 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Las Vegas gaming regulators are putting together a bill that will allow slots to feature "an element of skill." Essentially they are looking to spice up the slots scene with more arcade-like games


“Really, what we are looking at is attempting to steer the state onto a new path, onto a new road, in terms of gaming,” he said. “Everyone here knows that we need a complete reinvigoration of slot games.”



Tags: Las Vegas



MLB Handicapper Free Play: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates

06.25.2015     10:11 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Cincinnati (DeSclafani) +145 at Pittsburgh (Burnett) O/U 7.5 
Recommendation: Cincinnati


The Pirates have gone from red hot to ice cold over the course of the last week.  The Pirates closed out May on an 8-2 run and opened up June with a 13-3 mark; 21-5 over a 26 game stretch.  No team can stay hot like that indefinitely, and the Pirates have come back to earth, losing four times in their last five games.  The Pirates bats have gone cold, producing only five runs in those four recent defeats.  And their pitching staff – the key to that extended run of success – has gone cold as well.

Today’s starter, AJ Burnett, allowed a career high 14 hits at Washington in his last outing; the third time in his last five starts that Burnett has given up four runs or more.   Cincinnati has seen him twice already this year, and several key Reds bats have a strong track record against him, like Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto.  Behind Burnett, the Pirates bullpen is anything but rested after throwing more than 15 innings over the last three days.

Meanwhile, after their own offensive slump, the Reds have started hitting, plating five runs or more six times in their last seven contests.  Their bullpen is in solid shape after Mike Leake’s strong showing last night.  And starter Anthony DeSclafani has dramatically improved his control problems, walking two batters or less five times in his last six trips to the hill.  He’s allowed three runs or less in both previous starts against the Pirates this year, and with Pittsburgh’s bats struggling, I’m expecting another solid showing from this undervalued hurler. 

Tags: MLB Cincinnati Reds Pittsburgh Pirates Teddy Covers



CFL Betting Podcast 6-25-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Ian Cameron

06.25.2015     10:07 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Thursday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Ian Cameron. Ian and host Andrew Lange broke down Week 1 of the CFL card.

Today's segments 
Ian Cameron - Canadian Football League Week 1

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Politicians continue to waste time and money with anti-online gambling crusade

06.25.2015     08:54 AM     Printer Friendly

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It seems like for every politician in favor -- or at least willing to consider -- regulated online gambling, there are three who think it will lead to some sort of apocalypse.


“Now, because of this decision by the Obama Administration, virtually any cell phone or computer in South Carolina could become a video poker machine,” Graham said in a statement. “A major rewrite of a long-standing federal law like this should be made by the people’s elected representatives in Congress and signed into law by the president, not done administratively.”



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NBA Gambling: Odds project Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor to go 1-2 in tonight's draft

06.25.2015     08:48 AM     Printer Friendly

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The NBA Draft is tonight and it looks as if Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor are locked in at 1-2 respectively. Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell also appears destined to be the No. 3 pick based on the current odds. Here are a couple draft position props still available at 5Dimes.

Justise Winslow 6un-140 
Willie Cauley-Stein 8.5on-260 
Frank Kaminsky 12.5un-475 
Emmanuel Mudiay 6un-180 
Trey Lyles 12.5ov-155

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The NBA wants Canadians to bet on its games

06.25.2015     08:38 AM     Printer Friendly

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The NBA continues to show a pro-sports betting stance as it recently withdrew its opposition to single game wagering in Canada.


"Consistent with the NBA's current position regarding legalized sports betting in the United States, the NBA is no longer opposed to legalized sports betting in Canada so long as there is an appropriate legislative framework that protects the integrity of the game under strict regulatory requirements and technological safeguards. These would include, at a minimum, mandatory monitoring and reporting of unusual betting-line movements; a licensing protocol for betting operators; minimum-age verification measures; geo-blocking technology to ensure betting is available only where it is legal; mechanisms to identify and exclude people with gambling problems; and education about responsible gaming."



 


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MLB Betting Podcast 6-24-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers

06.24.2015     09:29 AM     Printer Friendly

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Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy and host Andrew Lange broke down tonight's MLB card.

Today's segments 
Teddy Covers - MLB

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MLB Handicapper Free Play: Oakland A's at Texas Rangers

06.24.2015     08:27 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Rob Veno

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Oakland (Graveman) -102 at Texas (Rodriguez) O/U 9 
Recommendation: Oakland


I like the way Oakland is playing right now posting an 18-11 record over its last 29 games. Also rolling along although not with the same positive win-loss results is tonight’s starter Kendall Graveman. In his last three outings Graveman is 0-2 with a no-decision despite having pitched at least 7 innings in all of those starts (22 IP) and recording a 1.00 WHIP and 1.64 ERA. His only problem has been the long ball as all four of the runs he’s allowed in his last three games have come via solo dingers. His pitch-per-inning count has been economical (between 13.71, 14.43) and free passes have been a non-issue. With the Texas offense being quiet as of late scoring three runs or less in six of their last nine, expect Graveman to throw well again and avenge a poor April outing against the Rangers. Offensively, Oakland has to deal with the somewhat baffling success of lefty Wandy Rodriguez. The Rangers are 6-0 in his last six starts even though Rodriguez has been less than sharp in three of his last five. He’s been able to escape any real damage but his high pitch per inning counts (17.3 average in his L6 games) and 65 total bases allowed (including 12 walks) indicate he may be in for a rough patch. Oakland’s bats are hot right now scoring 62 runs in their last nine games and capitalizing on Rodriguez’s mediocre current form in this spot is very possible. Adding to the offensive potential is the return of catcher Stephen Vogt tonight (13 HR/51 RBI/.393 OBP/.938 OPS) who may not start vs. the lefty but can add some pop off the bench against RH relievers. Even money price worth a shot with Oakland which has had dominated Texas recently going 13-4.    


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DraftKings and ESPN partner up

06.24.2015     08:15 AM     Printer Friendly

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Seems like everyone is scrambling to get a piece of the Daily Fantasy Sports action. DraftKings and ESPN are reportedly getting together for a partnership though Disney, ESPN's parent company, is still nervous about the "gambling aspect."


“ESPN and DraftKings share a history of innovating and advancing fantasy sports to serve this passionate fan base,” John Skipper, ESPN president and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, said in announcing the deal. “DraftKings is a dynamic company — deeply connected to its fans — and we’re excited to have them on board as our official daily fantasy sports offering.”



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MLB Handicapping: Shadows and sun give San Francisco home edge

06.24.2015     07:53 AM     Printer Friendly

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Interesting article courtesy of FanGraphs on San Francisco's home field/day time/first inning advantage. Thursday’s game against San Diego is slated to start at 12:45 pm PT.


“During batting practice, it’s really bright,” said Venable. “Those empty bleachers are so bright, and the sun is setting behind you, so the light is pointing right at those seats. It can happen some in the first inning, too. I’m glad when I’m not leading off here. These parks are so great and professional, it’s not that big a deal, but you do notice when something is only a tiny bit off.”



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MLB Handicapper Free Play: Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels

06.23.2015     01:10 PM     Drew Martin     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Drew Martin

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Houston (McHugh) +110 at Los Angeles (Wilson) O/U 7.5 
Recommendation: Houston


Big series in the American League West continues tonight as the Houston Astros square off against the Los Angeles Angels. LA took Game 1 of the series 4-3 on Monday night. For this evening, the Astros send up-and-comer Colin McHugh to the hill. McHugh's ERA has been on the rise after a hot start to the season. He's definitely faced a challenging slate of late with starts against Toronto (twice), Baltimore (twice), and an outing in Coors Field. All the while his peripherals remain solid with a 4.01 xFIP and 3.87 SIERA. It was reasonable to think McHugh wasn't going to duplicate last year's success but pitching at night on the West Coast against a right-handed heavy lineup that he previously shut down (7.1 IP, 2 ERs) suggests he's sitting on a strong outing. Houston's offense been heating up over the past two weeks with a .821 OPS which is top 5 in the majors over that span. The Astros also have a righty heavy lineup which projects well tonight against CJ Wilson. Wilson has been been very sharp of late though benefited from pitching in a National League park (Arizona) and a home tilt against soft-hitting Oakland. Tonight marks a significant step up in class -- the type that Wilson has struggling with this season. We'll go ahead and take a look at the road side at the plus price.

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MLB Betting Podcast 6-23-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning

06.23.2015     01:06 PM     Printer Friendly

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Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning. ER and host Andrew Lange broke down tonight's MLB card.

Today's segments 
Erin Rynning - MLB

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MLB Gambling News: Documents show Rose bet while as a player

06.22.2015     02:03 PM     Printer Friendly

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This shouldn't come as a shock but Pete Rose did in fact bet on baseball as a player. Rose initially denied any sort of gambling but then softened his stance admitting that it took place while he was a manager. But according to ESPN's Outside the Lines, documents show that while as a player, Rose was pretty much betting on everything, including his own team.

 

"We knew that [Bertolini] recorded the bets, and that he bet himself, but we never had his records. We tried to get them. He refused to give them to us," Dowd said. "This is the final piece of the puzzle on a New York betting operation with organized crime. And, of course, [Rose] betting while he was a player."



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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: NFL Mini-Camp Betting News

06.22.2015     01:34 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

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All 32 NFL teams have concluded their OTA’s (organized team activities) and mini-camps over the past few weeks.  There’s nothing else on the horizon for the NFL before the start of training camps in mid-July.  Therefore, it’s time for bettors and fans alike to fixate on the news trickling out of those mini-camps over the last few weeks.  Here are half a dozen such reports, with teams listed in alphabetical order and information coming from local sources.

Arizona Cardinals - Arizona was an elite team with Carson Palmer behind center last year.  When Palmer got hurt, they were still a pretty good team until Drew Stanton got hurt as well.  Once Arizona was down to a third stringer at quarterback, the back end of the season was ugly as they closed out with a 2-5 stretch, culminating in a blowout to Carolina in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.

Both Palmer and Stanton fully participated in mini-camp, with Palmer entering the new season as the clear starter, even at 35 years old and coming off his second ACL surgery.  Palmer wowed observers at mini-camp, looking extremely sharp in 11-on-11 drills.  GM Steve Keim echoed the sentiments of just about every report I read: “Carson has been on fire. It’s been amazing to watch his rehab process. And he’s a guy that is locked in as much as I’ve seen any player locked in."  It’s surely worth noting that the Cardinals are positively loaded on the offensive line this year, and they re-signed franchise WR Larry Fitzgerald in the offseason.

Atlanta Falcons - There were two big stories out of Falcons camp.  First is the new ‘outside perimeter rushing attack” installed by new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (formerly of the Redskins and Browns).  Shanahan has produced a Top 10 offense four times in seven previous seasons as an offensive coordinator.  That being said, last year’s Browns offense was a disaster and there are numerous questions surrounding the Falcons supposedly more balanced offense heading into 2015.

The Falcons drafted Tevin Coleman out of Indiana in the third round, an explosive back with breakaway speed.  That being said, Coleman doesn’t break many tackles and returning veterans Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith aren’t gamebreakers.  Even more importantly, the Falcons have serious concerns all over the offensive line, with multiple key players trying to return off serious surgeries.

The other main story out of Atlanta during mini-camps was the changes that new head coach Dan Quinn is making to their secondary.  There were a handful of positional switches with Dezmen Southward now playing cornerback and Ricardo Allen switching to safety.  Allen battled free agent pickup Charles Godfrey for the starting spot at free safety.  Of course the Falcons D has ranked dead last in sacks over the past two years; at least part of the reason why Quinn got the job following his very successful tenure as the Seahawks defensive coordinator.

Buffalo Bills - The Bills truly exemplify the concept that “the NFL is a quarterback’s league.”  Buffalo had a very strong defense last year, ranked behind only Denver and Seattle in yards per play allowed.  But with EJ Manuel and then Kyle Orton behind center, even the explosive talents of a Sammy Watkins and CJ Spiller (always banged up) couldn’t get the Bills to end the longest playoff drought in the league.

New head coach Rex Ryan knows a few things about underperforming quarterbacks from his tenure with the Jets, but new offensive coordinator Greg Roman coaxed some impressive results out of a young Colin Kaepernick during his tenure in San Francisco.  Orton is gone, and there are three guys hoping to step up and snag the starting spot.

EJ Manuel is back, to the dismay of many Bills fans who have watched him fail to live up to expectations since Buffalo reached for him in the 2013 draft, although he is projected as the third stringer in 2015.  The starter is likely to be Tyrod Taylor, who has thrown 35 pass attempts in four years as the Ravens backup or Matt Cassel, who  parlayed one strong year under Bill Belichick in 2008 into a subsequent career of failure; relegated to backup status in each of the last four seasons.

That’s not a pretty trio on paper, and they were not a pretty trio in mini-camp either.  Reports out of Buffalo had Roman ‘concerned’ about the inability of any of those three quarterbacks to run the offense after all three guys struggled mightily.

Houston Texans - Like the Bills, the Texans played QB shuffle last year, with the likes of Tom Savage, Ryan Mallett and Case Keenum all getting snaps following Ryan Fitzpatrick’s season ending injury.  Fitzpatrick plays for the Jets now, leaving Savage, Mallett and new addition Brian Hoyer from Cleveland to battle for the starting job.

In mini-camp, Hoyer emerged as the favorite to be the opening day starter, just as he emerged as the Browns starter last year.  Head coach Bill O’Brien has made it clear that he values consistency, and he worked with Hoyer when Hoyer was backing up Tom Brady in New England for three years.  Mallett probably has more long term ‘upside’, but he’s also never been an NFL starter before, bad news for his starting prospects because he’s playing for a team that wants (expects!) to win right now.

San Diego Chargers - The Chargers used a run-heavy approach to reach the playoffs in 2013, but RB and OL injuries in bunches doomed their chances of enjoying similar success with that same formula last year.  In fact, San Diego was outrushed by more than a full yard per carry in 2014 – only the Giants and Cardinals had worse differentials.  Leading rusher Brandon Oliver gained 582 yards on 3.6 yards per carry and the team garnered only six rushing touchdowns for the entire season.

That’s not supposed to happen this year.  The Chargers spent extended time in mini-camp getting carries for first round pick Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin) and versatile RB Danny Woodhead, who spent most of last year on injured reserve.  And with major improvement expected on the offensive line thanks to key new additions Orlando Franklin and Joe Barksdale, head coach Mike McCoy wants the Chargers to be a team that cashes Under bets this year; controlling games by pounding the ball on the ground and getting defensive stops

Tennessee Titans - I’ve focused most of this article about offense, but this is one mini-camp that stood out because of defense.  Yes, Ray Horton is still Ken Whisenhunt’s defensive coordinator, but the Titans poached legendary coordinator Dick LeBeau from Pittsburgh this past offseason, and the effects were already on clear display in mini-camp.  And from all published reports, there are no internal chemistry problems with the coaching staff –Horton played and coached under LeBeau for 19 years and the two guys appear to be on the same page, working together effectively.

Even the offense noted how much better and more aggressive the stop unit looked in camp.  Tight end Delaine Walker said that the offense was struggling at times because of more complex coverage and pass rush schemes installed and taught by LeBeau.  And LeBeau was a factor in recruiting key free agents to Tennessee as well, with the Titans inking a handful of legitimate defensive playmakers like Da’Norris Searcy from Buffalo, Brian Orakpo from Washington and Perrish Cox from San Francisco.

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