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NFL Betting Preview Podcast 7-26-2016: Green Bay Packers

07.26.2016     10:07 AM     Printer Friendly

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Erin Rynning. Erin continued his coverage of the NFC North by breaking down the Green Bay Packers.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ER'S ANALYSIS

Date: 7/26 
Handicapper: Erin Rynning 
Team: Green Bay Packers 
2015-16 Record: 10-6 SU, 9-7 ATS, 5-11 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 10.5ov-175 
Odds to Win NFC: +505 
Odds to Win NFC North: -138 
Odds to Win Super Bowl 51: +920 
Week 1 Line: Green Bay -4 at Jacksonville

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.

Tags: NFL Green Bay Packers Erin Rynning



College Football Betting Preview Podcast 7-26-2016: Georgia Bulldogs

07.26.2016     10:07 AM     Printer Friendly

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured handicapper Drew Martin. Drew continued his coverage of the SEC with in-depth analysis on the Georgia Bulldogs who during the offseason hired former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart to serve as head coach.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO DREW'S ANALYSIS

Date: 7/26 
Handicapper: Drew Martin 
Team: Georgia Bulldogs 
2015 Record: 10-3 SU, 6-7 ATS, 3-10 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 8.5ov-160 
Odds to Win Title: +6000 
Odds to Win SEC East: +275 
Odds to Win SEC: +1050 
Week 1 Line: Georgia -3 vs. North Carolina (Atlanta)

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.

Tags: College Football Georgia Bulldogs SEC Drew Martin



MLB Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Atlanta Braves at Minnesota Twins

07.26.2016     08:48 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

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Atlanta (Harrell) at Minnesota (Santana) -200 O/U 9 
Recommendation: Under


You can't help but be interested in a total of 9 involving the Atlanta Braves offense. The Braves enter tonight's game at Minnesota with the league's worst SLG pct. (.350) and OPS (.652). This is a squad that is averaging only 2.8 runs per game on the highway this season. Of the 10 games they've played this season with a total of 9 or higher, only two went over the total. They face a competent starter in Ervin Santana who since a midseason swoon has been very effective. Over his last six starts, Santana flashes a 2.03 ERA -- all of which against AL competition. Santana has also been far stronger at home with above average splits of .235/.283/.377. Atlanta will go with Lucas Harrell who is nothing more than a stop-gap as the Braves continue to eye next year and beyond. He's actually pitched fairly well with a 4.24 ERA in four starts. Anything close to a quality start from Harrell gives us a good shot to go under this inflated number.

Tags: MLB Atlanta Braves Minnesota Twins Andrew Lange



MLB Handicapper Free Betting Pick: New York Yankees at Houston Astros

07.25.2016     11:20 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Rob Veno

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New York +135 at Houston (Keuchel) O/U 7 
Recommendation: New York


Each of these starting pitchers have been throwing well for an extended period now which figures to make it tough on each lineup tonight. The Yankees have struggled far more offensively than Houston has since the All-Star break being held to three runs or less in seven of their 10 games while the Astros have scored four or more in six of their nine. Houston also has been rolling for two months now going 37-16 since May 24 while New York to their credit has faced a tough 10 games to start the second half and come away with a 6-4 mark which keeps them in the AL Wild Card hunt. Shipping closer Aroldis Chapman is far from a waiving of the white flag by the Yankees who still possess one of the best bridge to closer duos in MLB. The matchup of Michael Pineda’s power pitching (56 Ks L 40.1 IP) versus Houston’s strikeout prone lineup (897 is MLB’s 3rd most) favors New York.  Pineda has also shown solid control over his last 12 outings walking only 16 batters in the 67.2 inning span. His mound opponent in this one, Dallas Keuchel has a 2.84 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over his last five starts which can’t be ignored but his K/BB numbers during the 31 inning stretch are a pedestrian 23/11. Believe the New York lineup has a greater chance of breaking through in this game and with relievers Betances & Miller getting yesterday off, the late innings bullpen edge goes to them as well. Houston will have prize rookie and #1 ranked MLB prospect Alex Bregman in the lineup batting sixth tonight but facing Pineda is a tough first assignment. Underdog price here is large enough to entice a play on the Yankees who have the ingredients to get the win here.

Tags: MLB New York Yankees Houston Astros Rob Veno



Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: An early look at the NFC East

07.25.2016     10:17 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

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I’ve previewed seven of the eight NFL divisions already, which leaves one last division to dissect before the start of training camps this week – the NFC East.  After this column, I’ll be taking a short break from writing Wiseguy Reports, taking some time to be fresh for the start of football season.  My next report – all about beating preseason NFL – will come in mid- August.

Let’s start with the division favorite Dallas Cowboys who are lined at 9 wins.  Last year was an unmitigated disaster for Jerry Jones’ squad and their supporters in the betting markets: 4-12 SU, 4-11-1 ATS.  The Cowboys top heavy roster was besieged with key injuries, most notably at quarterback and their defense was an abject disaster.  The Cowboys finished dead last in the NFL with a -22 turnover margin in large part because their defense notched only 11 takeaways all year.  To put that number in perspective, 24 of the 32 NFL teams recorded 21 takeaways or more.

Jason Garrett is 7-22 ATS as a home favorite in his first five years as the Cowboys head coach; a consistent track record of failure.  And the Cowboys are likely to be home favorites at least seven times this season – maybe all eight, with a relatively easy opposing slate of foe.  That stands in sharp contrast to last year when they faced one of the tougher schedules in the NFL.

Dallas is loaded with elite skill position talent.  They’ve arguably got the best offensive line in the league.  They’ll get top CB Orlando Scandrick back after he got hurt in training camp last year and didn’t play.  But with Rolando McClain, Demarcus Lawrence & Randy Gregory all facing league mandated suspensions, there are no shortage of defensive question marks.  And for all of the Cowboys elite talent, quality depth remains a major issue for a roster that has been decimated with injuries in the past.  Tony Romo has missed 24 games over the last five seasons and if he gets hurt again, the Cowboys backup QB situation doesn’t look much better this year than it did in 2015’s debacle.

The New York Giants enter the Ben McAdoo era off three consecutive losing campaigns, without a single playoff appearance since their 2011 Super Bowl title.  The G-men are lined at 8 wins for 2016, coming off a season where their defense was ranked 32nd in yardage – dead last in the NFL, behind even the awful Saints stop unit.  Despite those defensive woes, the Giants were actually slight money winners for their supporters last year.

Giants GM Jerry Reese spent $200 million this past offseason – this is not a ‘new coach rebuild’ situation following Tom Coughlin’s dismissal.  Instead it’s a ‘We Have Eli Manning but his prime isn’t going to last much longer’ situation – the Giants are most assuredly in win now mode.  With the additions of Oliver Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, Damon Harrison in free agency and Eli Apple with their #1 pick in the draft, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has MUCH more talent to work with in 2016 than he did in 2015.

Manning has done well in McAdoo’s offense for the last two seasons; coming off career high in TDs and a career best 35-14 TD-INT ratio.  Eli hasn’t missed a game since his rookie season, 11 straight years playing all 16 games.  But the offensive talent surrounding him is very ‘iffy’ .  Odell Beckham is a stud.  But Victor Cruz has been a non-factor, with only 23 catches since 2013.  There’s no. 1 RB here.  And the offensive line has some major holes, on paper, heading into training camp.

Like the Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles are publicly stating that they intend to win now, despite firing Chip Kelly in the offseason and trading away a haul of draft picks to move up an nab QB of the future Carson Wentz.  The Eagles have a split line with their season wins – some books have a 7, others have 7.5 with juice to the under. 

First-year first time head coach Doug Pederson has a pretty thin resume.  His only previous head coaching experience was at the high school level.  He has had only three seasons as an NFL coordinator, handling a Kansas City attack under Andy Reid that did not see off many fireworks.   New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is switching from 3-4 to 4-3 while replacing four starters, including DeMeco Ryans, Cedric Thornton and Walter Thurmond.  On offense, they’re switching from a zone blocking scheme to a power blocking scheme on the offensive line.  These are not minor changes!

The Eagles have more salary cap money tied into the QB position than any team in the league.  Which, of course, means that their starting QB on opening day is likely to be Sam Bradford –the guy who cost Kelly his job last year; the guy who has failed pretty consistently since being taken #1 overall by the Rams.  All of that $$ at QB has led to this quote from GM Howie Roseman, back on the job after getting forced out in a power struggle with Kelly last year: “What we did in free agency was the best that we could to try to fill a bunch of holes.  Nobody’s sitting here thinking we are a completed picture.”   It’s also worth noting that in the middle of the season, Philly plays three consecutive opponents coming off their bye, then Seattle, Green Bay and Cinci al in a seven week span!  Ouch!

The Washington Redskins were the surprise division winner last year after entering the season projected to be the last place team in the NFC East.  But the markets aren’t particularly bullish on the Skins' chances to repeat their success, with Washington lined O/U 7.5 wins off last year’s 9-7 SU, 9-7 ATS campaign.

History is not on this team's side.  Their last back-to-back winning seasons came in 1996 and 1997.  Their last back-to-back playoff appearances came in 1991 and 1992; when this franchise was still competing for Super Bowls and football fans had never even heard of Daniel Snyder.

Looking back at last year, Washington’s success seemed to be more about their very weak division and one of the weakest slate of opposing foes in the league than any other factor.  Their nine wins came against the Rams, Eagles (twice), Bucs, Saints, Giants, Bears, Bills and Cowboys.  None of those teams finished with a winning record.  When Washington tried to step up in class – vs. the Patriots, Panthers and Green Bay Packers in their home playoff loss – they were non-competitive, losing by a combined margin of 106-34.  Just to clearly illustrate where this team was power rated at even in December, they were +4 at Chicago; +3 at home vs. the Bills the following week.

Kirk Cousins had a career year in 2015 after entering the season with more career INTs (19) than TDs (18): 70% completions and a 101.6 QB rating.  He’s got one of the deepest receiving corps in the NFL to throw to, and he’s playing for a long term contract.  But even with the addition of CB Josh Norman in free agency, this defense is loaded with question marks, as is the offensive line and RB corps.  Throw in a MUCH tougher schedule in 2016 and you can understand why the markets are not expecting a Redskins repeat.

Tags: NFL Dallas Cowboys New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles Washington Redskins Teddy Covers



NFL Betting Preview Podcast 7-25-2016: Detroit Lions

07.25.2016     09:43 AM     Printer Friendly

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Erin Rynning. Erin continued his coverage of the NFC North by breaking down the Detroit Lions.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ER'S ANALYSIS

Date: 7/25 
Handicapper: Erin Rynning 
Team: Detroit Lions 
2015-16 Record: 7-9 SU, 7-9 ATS, 9-7 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 7ov-135 
Odds to Win NFC: +3050 
Odds to Win NFC North: +975 
Odds to Win Super Bowl 51: +7200 
Week 1 Line: Detroit +5 at Indianapolis

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.

Tags: NFL Detroit Lions Erin Rynning



College Football Betting Preview Podcast 7-25-2016: Oklahoma Sooners

07.25.2016     09:43 AM     Printer Friendly

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Rob Veno. Rob continued his coverage of the Big XII by breaking down the Oklahoma Sooners.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ROB'S ANALYSIS

Date: 7/25 
Handicapper: Rob Veno 
Team: Oklahoma Sooners 
2015 Record: 11-2 SU, 9-4 ATS, 8-5 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 10un-125 
Odds to Win Title: +1300 
Odds to Win Big XII: -120 
Week 1 Line: Oklahoma -10 at Houston

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.

Tags: College Football Oklahoma Sooners Big XII Rob Veno



Donald Trump taking money in Euro betting markets

07.25.2016     08:11 AM     Printer Friendly

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The betting markets have spoken.


“The weight of money that we’re seeing on Trump has forced us to cut his odds. We’ve never had a presidential candidate so popular amongst bettors, and should he win it will be the worst political result for the bookmaking industry in history,” Mac An lomaire told the business news website.



Tags: College Football Oklahoma Sooners Big XII Rob Veno



College Football Handicapping: Oregon State hopes to be competitive during rebuild

07.25.2016     07:58 AM     Printer Friendly

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Nowhere to go but up for Oregon State second-year head coach Gary Andersen. The Beavers went winless in PAC-12 play last year and in the process managed to allow 42.3 ppg. Anderson brought in former Utah State DC Kevin Clune to take over the defense and promoted Kevin McGiven (QBs coach) and TJ Woods (o-line coach) to serve as co-OCs. Chuckie Keeton has also been added to the staff. OSU appears to have upgraded at the quarterback position as former Utah State starter Darell Garretson who filled in for the oft-injured Keeton has already been named the starter. The Beavers finished last season with a sub-100 team QB rating after using three freshmen. Oregon State went 6-18 ATS over the past two seasons and is likely to be underdogs in all 11 games against FBS competition in 2016.

Tags: College Football Oregon State Beavers PAC-12



NFL Betting Preview Podcast 7-22-2016: New England Patriots

07.22.2016     12:38 PM     Printer Friendly

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy continued his coverage of the AFC East by breaking down the New England Patriots.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO TEDDY'S ANALYSIS

Date: 7/22 
Handicapper: Teddy Covers 
Team: New England Patriots 
2015-16 Record: 12-4 SU, 7-7-2 ATS, 9-7 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 10.5un-125 
Odds to Win AFC: +365 
Odds to Win AFC East: -198 
Odds to Win Super Bowl 51: +690 
Week 1 Line: New England +5.5 at Arizona

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.

Tags: NFL New England Patriots Teddy Covers



College Football Betting Preview Podcast 7-22-2016: Auburn Tigers

07.22.2016     12:37 PM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured handicapper Drew Martin. Drew continued his coverage of the SEC with in-depth analysis on the Auburn Tigers.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO DREW'S ANALYSIS

Date: 7/22 
Handicapper: Drew Martin 
Team: Auburn Tigers 
2015 Record: 7-6 SU, 4-9 ATS, 3-8-2 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 7un-125 
Odds to Win Title: +8500 
Odds to Win SEC West: +1375 
Odds to Win SEC: +2500 
Week 1 Line: Auburn +7.5 vs. Clemson

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.

Tags: College Football Auburn Tigers SEC Drew Martin



MLB Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros

07.22.2016     08:34 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Los Angeles (Shoemaker) at Houston (McCullers) -145 OU 8 
Recommendation: Under


The ability to miss bats is certainly present tonight in Houston tonight with Matt Shoemaker going up against Lance McCullers. Shoemaker's splitter ranks as one of the most effective pitches in the game as evidence by his 13.5% swinging strike rate -- 6th best among qualified starters. After a slow start to the season, Shoemaker has ripped off a 2.55 ERA over his last 12 starts including two against the Astros in which he allowed only three runs in 13.1 innings. McCullers counters with one of the best curveballs in the game which has resulted in an incredible K rate of 11.5 per 9 innings and a 55% groundball rate that has helped him surrender only two home runs over 62 innings. And coming from the right side is the preferred method to keep both of these offenses at bay. Scoring is obviously up this season but totals continue to climb and it appears that we've reached the tipping point with unders cashing at a 63% rate since the All-Star break. We'll step in with a play on tonight's game under the total.

Tags: MLB Los Angeles Angels Houston Astros Andrew Lange



Sports Betting Podcast 7-21-2016 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Ian Cameron and Erin Rynning

07.21.2016     01:59 PM     Printer Friendly

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Thursday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Ian Cameron and Erin Rynning. Ian broke down Week 5 of the CFL while ER and host Andrew Lange previewed the Chicago Bears.

Today's segments 
Ian Cameron - CFL Week 5

Erin Rynning - NFL Preview Chicago Bears

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: CFL NFL Chicago Bears Ian Cameron Erin Rynning



NFL Betting Preview Podcast 7-21-2016: Chicago Bears

07.21.2016     01:59 PM     Printer Friendly

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Erin Rynning. Erin kicked off coverage of the NFC North by breaking down the Chicago Bears.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ER'S ANALYSIS

Date: 7/21 
Handicapper: Erin Rynning 
Team: Chicago Bears 
2015-16 Record: 6-10 SU, 8-8 ATS, 8-8 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 7.5un-140 
Odds to Win NFC: +3050 
Odds to Win NFC North: +1350 
Odds to Win Super Bowl 51: +7200 
Week 1 Line: Chicago +6 at Houston

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.

Tags: NFL Chicago Bears Erin Rynning



College Football Gambling: Kansas expectations once again ultra-low

07.21.2016     08:31 AM     Printer Friendly

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For the second straight year, the Kansas Jayhawks are lined at 1.5 season over/under wins. Last season was a total disaster as KU failed to win a game while covering only three of 12. We'll go ahead and give the Jayhawks a Week 1 win over FCS Rhode Island who last season went 1-10 and finished 224th in Sagarin's Power Ratings. Beyond that, KU's best shot at another victory looks to be home tilts against Ohio and Iowa State. Below are the records since 2009 of teams off a winless season. In each instance, they won at least one game but no more than two the following year.

2009 
Eastern Michigan (0-12) 
2010's Record: 2-10

Western Kentucky (0-12) 
2010's Record: 2-10

2012 
Southern Miss (0-12) 
2013's Record: 1-11

2013 
Miami (OH) (0-12) 
2014's Record: 2-10

Georgia State (0-12) 
2014's Record: 1-11

2015 
Central Florida (0-12) 
2016's Record: ???

Kansas (0-12) 
2016's Record: ???

Tags: College Football Kansas Jayhawks Big XII



MLB Handicapping: Updated strength of schedule

07.21.2016     08:10 AM     Printer Friendly

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FanGraphs compiled a MLB strength of schedule chart for the remainder of the season. According to opponent winning percentage, the Pittsburgh Pirates face the easiest slate while the New York Yankees face the toughest. Over the next month, Pittsburgh plays Milwaukee, Seattle, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and San Diego.

Tags: MLB Pittsburgh Pirates New York Yankees



CG Technology CEO resigns

07.21.2016     08:04 AM     Printer Friendly

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Things aren't looking all that great for Las Vegas sportsbook CG Technology these days. It was recently fined by the Nevada Gaming Control Board for failing to correctly pay out winning wagers. Now news has come out that CEO Lee Amaitis will resign at the end of August. As of now, CG's sportsbooks (Cosmopolitan, Venetian, Palms and M Resort) will continue to operate though will be heavily monitored by a third party.


"The Board will not tolerate improper or incorrect payments to patrons by gaming licensees, and therefore takes this matter extremely seriously," Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett told the Las Vegas Sun, which first reported the settlement. "This settlement contains several harsh punishments and requirements for remediation that reflect those concerns."



Tags: Las Vegas



MLB Handicapper Free Betting Pick: San Francisco Giants at Boston Red Sox

07.20.2016     11:34 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

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San Francisco (Cain) at Boston (Pomeranz) -210 O/U 10 
Recommendation: Over


Drew Pomeranz, in theory, is supposed to help the Red Sox win a World Series when October rolls around.  But I’m not convinced in the slightest that Pomeranz success in San Diego will translate over to Fenway Park.

Pomeranz was a highly coveted prospect coming out of Ole Miss, and the Indians drafted him with their #5 overall pick back in 2010.  Cleveland was willing to dump him by 2011, trading him to Colorado.  The Rockies gave him every chance to succeed, then traded him to Oakland.  The A’s gave him two years, then dealt him to San Diego.  Now the Padres have been willing to let him go as well, despite his All Star first half.

When we put Pomeranz’s 8-7 record and 2.47 ERA pitching for a last place team under the microscope, we can see all kinds of vulnerability.  The #1 factor due for regression is his home run to fly ball percentage.  The MLB average is 12.8%.  Pomeranz has made 12 of his 17 starts in the VERY pitcher friendly ballparks in California; hence his 8.8% of home runs to fly balls.

That’s not going to last at Fenway.  The fly balls to left field get caught at the warning track in the dead air at Petco, Dodger Stadium and AT&T Park in San Fran.  At Fenway, those same fly balls hit at the same velocity smack the Green Monster or fly over it!  Oftentimes, when a promising young lefty makes his first trip around a new league, he’ll have an edge over opposing lineups.  But that won’t be the case for Pomeranz today – the Giants have seen him twice already this year.  I’m not convinced that his Red Sox debut is going to go well.

Matt Cain is even more of a ‘bet-against’ pitcher than Pomeranz right now.  He threw a rehab start at single A San Jose on Friday following a month long stint on the DL with a hamstring injury.  It wasn’t pretty: nine runs allowed in just four innings of work.  His quote: “I got my work in. I got a lot of work in, in a short period of time.”

Cain was an ace earlier in his career, and the Giants have him locked up with a pricey long term contract.  But the numbers don’t lie.  Over the last three years, he’s 5-16 with a 4.97 ERA and a 4.86 FIP; a well below average hurler.  That’s bad news against the single most productive lineup in baseball this year.  Expect fireworks.

Tags: MLB San Francisco Giants Boston Red Sox Teddy Covers



MLB Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Miami Marlins at Philadephia Phillies

07.20.2016     10:45 AM     Drew Martin     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Drew Martin

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Miami (Chen) -131 at Philadelphia O/U 8.5 
Recommendation: Miami


The Philadelphia Phillies host the Miami Marlins for the third game of a four game series. This is a classic case of ride the hot and fade the cold. The Phillies managed just five hits Tuesday, and over their past three games -- all losses -- they have generated just three runs and 10 hits while striking out 34 times. They fanned 11 times against five Marlins pitchers yesterday. On the exact opposite side, the Marlins have won seven of their past eight games, taking each of the first two games in this four-game series.

Philly's Jeremy Hellickson continues to be the subject of trade speculation, with the August 1 non-waiver deadline approaching. The 29-year-old righty’s stuff has been in decline for years and I doubt the uncertainty of his future will help. A suspect pitcher backed by an even more suspenct offer. "We're in that hitting funk again," manager Pete Mackanin said. "We're just not swinging the bats. Too many bad at-bats. We're not grinding out at-bats, and we need to do that. ... Too many called third strikes with men in scoring position. That's a pet peeve of mine, and we're going to address that."

Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen went through a rough patch in June but has bounced back with four straight solid outings against the likes of Chicago, St. Louis, and New York. He's a farily middling National League starter but will be supported by the far superior offense. If he keeps the ball in the park this evening, the Marlins get the victory.

Tags: MLB Miami Marlins Philadelphia Phillies Drew Martin



NFL Betting Preview Podcast 7-19-2016: Buffalo Bills

07.19.2016     10:19 AM     Printer Friendly

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy kicked off his coverage of the AFC East by breaking down the Buffalo Bills.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO TEDDY'S ANALYSIS

Date: 7/19 
Handicapper: Teddy Covers 
Team: Buffalo Bills 
2015-16 Record: 8-8 SU, 8-7-1 ATS, 8-8 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 8 
Odds to Win AFC: +2025 
Odds to Win AFC East: +555 
Odds to Win Super Bowl 51: +4600 
Week 1 Line: Buffalo +2.5 at Baltimore

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.

Tags: NFL Buffalo Bills Teddy Covers



NFL Betting Preview Podcast 7-20-2016: Miami Dolphins

07.20.2016     10:35 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy continued his coverage of the AFC East by breaking down the Miami Dolphins.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO TEDDY'S ANALYSIS

Date: 7/20 
Handicapper: Teddy Covers 
Team: Miami Dolphis 
2015-16 Record: 6-10 SU, 5-11 ATS, 7-9 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 7ov-130 
Odds to Win AFC: +3350 
Odds to Win AFC East: +775 
Odds to Win Super Bowl 51: +8800 
Week 1 Line: Miami +9 at Seattle

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.

Tags: NFL Miami Dolphins Teddy Covers



College Football Betting Preview Podcast 7-20-2016: Texas Longhorns

07.20.2016     10:34 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Rob Veno. Rob continued his coverage of the Big XII by breaking down the Texas Longhorns.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ROB'S ANALYSIS

Date: 7/20 
Handicapper: Rob Veno 
Team: Texas Longhorns 
2015 Record: 5-7 SU, 5-7 ATS, 5-7 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 7ov-125 
Odds to Win Title: +11000 
Odds to Win Big XII: +925 
Week 1 Line: Texas +4.5 vs. Notre Dame

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.

Tags: College Football Texas Longhorns Big XII Rob Veno



MLB Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Houston Astros at Oakland A's

07.20.2016     08:27 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly

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Houston (Fister) -125 at Oakland (Mengden) O/U 8.5 
Recommendation: Houston


The Houston Astros will try to avoid the three-game sweep this afternoon in Oakland with sinkerballer Doug Fister on the hill. There is a lot not to like about Fister's body of work this season with only 69 strikeouts in 111.1 innings to go with a fortunate .257 BABIP and 78.5% left-on-base rate. His ERA (3.64) to FIP (4.72) differential is one of the highest in the league among qualified starters. But what Fister does is keep the ball on the ground and churn out quality starts. In 18 starts, Fister has allowed three runs or fewer 15 times. The markets may not like him but as opposed to laying -180 like bettors were forced to last night with Dallas Keuchel, we're instead getting a far cheaper price of -125. Oakland's Daniel Mengden has the potential to be a back-of-the-rotation arm but he isn't there yet. He's managed to fan a batter per inning but has already shown signs of wearing down having allowed 16 earned runs over his last three starts. Also note that four of Mengden's seven starts came against National League teams. When asked to step up in class against Toronto and today's opponent, Houston, Mengden lasted only eight combined innings and surrendered 12 runs. Command or reluctance to come in the zone is also a concern with 18 walks in 39 innings. Play is warranted on the short road favorite.

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College Football Handicapping: Texas hoping new OC will spark offensive turnaround

07.20.2016     07:59 AM     Printer Friendly

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After ranking 92nd in total offense (370.8 ypg) last season, Texas brought in 37-year-old offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert. Gilbert worked under current Syracuse head coach Dino Babers and last year served as co-OC under Tulsa's Philip Montgomery. Texas head coach Charlie Strong noted that successfully running the football will be paramount; something that the Longhorns did to varying degrees of success (224.8 ypg) in 2015.


“I’ve always said this, ‘If you’re going to be a good football team, you’re going to have to run the football,’” Strong said. “If you’re going to be a good football team and you’re going to be physical, you have to oppose your will. You have to be two-dimensional.”

“It’s not one of those things where we’re going to throw it all over the ballpark,” Strong said. You may get into a shootout game, but it’s not like it’ll be 60-53 each week. We’re going to run the ball and we’re going to do it.”



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College Football Betting Preview Podcast 7-19-2016: Florida Gators

07.19.2016     10:17 AM     Printer Friendly

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured handicapper Drew Martin. Drew continued his coverage of the SEC with in-depth analysis on the Florida Gators.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO DREW'S ANALYSIS

Date: 7/19 
Handicapper: Drew Martin 
Team: Florida Gators 
2015 Record: 10-4 SU, 8-6 ATS, 6-8 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 8ov-125 
Odds to Win Title: +5500 
Odds to Win SEC East: +480 
Odds to Win SEC: +1800 
Week 1 Line: Florida -36.5 vs. UMass

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.

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