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03/06/2014 12:54 AM

Royals' Hochevar shut down with elbow sprain


Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow that is expected to sideline him for at least two months.

Hochevar suffered the injury on Monday while pitching to the last batter he faced in a two-inning stint against the Chicago White Sox in a spring training game. Tests on Tuesday confirmed the sprain.

"His second-to-the-last pitch against the White Sox he felt a twinge in his elbow," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He ended up throwing a cutter to strike the guy out. He felt OK coming in, but the next day it was real stiff and sore."

Yost hopes that Hochevar will be able to return in late May or early June. In the short term, he will not do any throwing for two to three weeks.

"We were a little nervous that it could have been worse," Yost said.

Hochevar made 58 relief appearances last year for the Royals and posted a 5-2 record with a 1.92 ERA and two saves.

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03/08/2014 11:02 AM

Saturday, March 8

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Minnesota - 1:05 PM ET Minnesota +109 500
Toronto -

NY Mets - 1:05 PM ET Detroit -117 500
Detroit -

Pittsburgh - 1:05 PM ET Tampa Bay -123 500
Tampa Bay -

Chi. Cubs - 3:05 PM ET Cincinnati -117 500
Cincinnati -

Cleveland - 3:05 PM ET San Diego -112 500
San Diego -

Kansas City - 3:05 PM ET Kansas City +104 500
Milwaukee -

Oakland - 3:10 PM ET Oakland +100 500
Colorado -

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03/08/2014 09:42 PM

American League Central preview: Race between Tigers and Royals


The American League Central might be a two-team race between Detroit and Kansas City, unless Chicago or Cleveland takes a step up this season. It appears Minnesota is still a year or two away from contention.

Chicago White Sox (63-99, -32.18 units)

Division odds: +800
Season win total: 76

Why bet the White Sox: Chris Sale is becoming an ace in the starting rotation. Chicago also has two other southpaws in the rotation with Jose Quintana and John Danks. The White Sox can really give trouble to teams that struggle against left-handed pitching. Jose Abreu has arrived from Cuba and has the talent to help an offensive lineup that struggled at times last season

Why not bet the White Sox: The bottom of the pitching rotation is a huge question mark. The bullpen is also suspect with Nate Jones at a closer. The offense revolves around Adam Dunn, who struck out 189 times last season. Gordon Beckham is no longer a power hitter and the rest of the lineup is highly unreliable.

Season win total pick: Under 76 wins

Cleveland Indians (92-70, +24.92 units)

Division odds: +650
Season win total: 80.5

Why bet the Indians: Cleveland has a solid 1-2 punch in its starting rotation with Justin Masterson and Danny Salazar. Salazar proved himself worthy enough to pitch in the team's playoff game against the Rays last season. The offensive lineup is solid with Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana manning the middle.

Why not bet the Indians: The rest of the pitching rotation is mediocre with Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin most likely rounding things out. The bullpen is a mess with John Axford trying to hold down the closer spot. He has struggled the past two seasons and has not pitched well since 2011. The bench is aging and will not help an offensive lineup that failed to score consistently last year.

Season win total pick: Under 80.5 wins

Detroit Tigers (93-69, -11.50 units)

Division odds: -275
Season win total: 90

Why bet the Tigers: Despite trading away Doug Fister, the Tigers still have one of the best pitching rotations in the league. Even when Justin Verlander was not at his best last year, Max Scherzer stepped up and become the team's ace. Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello man the third and fourth positions of the rotation with Drew Smyly getting the fifth spot. Miguel Cabrera is back for another year as the two-time defending MVP. Victor Martinez provides protection and should post better numbers than last season.

Why not bet the Tigers: There are still question marks in the bullpen. Joe Nathan is an upgrade at the closer position, but he is now one of the oldest players in the league at 39 years of age. There is a lot of uncertainty and question marks in the middle relief spot. Can Bruce Rondon finally pitch to his potential? Offensively, Ian Kinsler has some big shoes to fill as the Tigers traded away Prince Fielder.

Season win total pick: Over 90 wins

Kansas City Royals (86-76, +6.36 units)

Division odds: +650
Season win total: 82

Why bet the Royals: The rotation has improved with Jason Vargas stepping in. The lefty is on his third team in three years, but he will now have a strong defense behind him. Greg Holland was incredible as the closer last year, giving up just 40 hits in 67 innings pitched. Billy Butler and Alex Gordon now have help in the lineup with Omar Infante batting ahead of them. Infante will get on base, while the two big sluggers bring him in.

Why not bet the Royals: Mike Moustakas has still not lived up to his potential. Alcides Escobar hit only .234 last year, but he will continue to be in the lineup because he is strong defensively. The bottom of the pitching rotation is shaky with Danny Duffy and Wade Davis among those vying for the final spots, although this will be less of a weakness if Yordano Ventura gets the job.

Season win total pick: Over 82 wins

Minnesota Twins (66-96, -7.12 units)

Division odds: +3,000
Season win total: 70.5

Why bet the Twins: It is hard to find reasons to back the Twins. They do still have one of the best hitters in the league with Joe Mauer, plus Josh Willingham will provide good protection in a lineup. They are trying to fill the holes in the pitching rotation with veterans Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes who have pitched well in the past. Glen Perkins is an All-Star closer who converted on 90 percent of his save opportunities last year.

Why not bet the Twins: Minnesota's pitching rotation had a horrendous 5.26 ERA last season. Kevin Correia and Scott Diamond were among that group of misfits. Miguel Sano is out for the season with Tommy John surgery. While Perkins is an excellent closer, he might not get many chances with a poor starting rotation and awful middle relief that is likely to blow leads.

Season win total pick: Under 70.5 wins

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03/09/2014 10:15 AM

Sunday, March 9

Game Score Status Pick Amount

St. Louis - 1:05 PM ET Washington -118 500
Washington -

Detroit - 1:05 PM ET Miami +100 500
Miami -

Philadelphia - 1:05 PM ET Philadelphia +105 500
Minnesota -

Tampa Bay - 1:05 PM ET Tampa Bay +105 500
NY Yankees -

Toronto - 1:05 PM ET Houston -111 500
Houston -

Atlanta - 1:10 PM ET Atlanta -106 500
NY Mets -

Chi. White Sox - 4:05 PM ET Oakland -118 500
Oakland -

Cincinnati - 4:05 PM ET LA Angels -118 500
LA Angels -

Colorado - 4:05 PM ET Kansas City -118 500
Kansas City -

Texas - 4:05 PM ET Texas +100 500
Seattle -

San Diego - 4:10 PM ET San Diego +102 500
Arizona -

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03/10/2014 02:23 PM

Monday, March 10

Game Score Status Pick Amount

LA Angels - 4:05 PM ET Cleveland -136 500
Cleveland -

Chi. White Sox - 4:05 PM ET Milwaukee -118 500
Milwaukee -

Chi. Cubs - 4:05 PM ET San Francisco -140 500
San Francisco -

Cincinnati - 4:05 PM ET Cincinnati +104 500
Texas -

Oakland - 4:05 PM ET Oakland +109 500
LA Dodgers -

San Diego - 4:10 PM ET San Diego +118 500
Colorado -

Houston - 6:05 PM ET Washington -138 500
Washington -

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03/10/2014 02:24 PM

American League West preview: Strong pitching paces division

The AL West is an arms race involving excellent pitching from the three main contenders: Angels, Rangers and Athletics. Seattle might also get in the mix after their off-season spending spree, while the Astros are destined for last place once again.

Houston Astros (2013: 51-111, -2582 units, 80-76-6 over/under)

Division odds: 75/1
Season win total: 62.5

Why bet the Astros: It is hard to find a reason to back the worst team in baseball, however you will get a nice underdog price with them in most games. Jose Altuve is an up and coming star in this league. They also got solid pitching from Jarred Cosart, Paul Clemens, Brett Oberholtzer and Brad Peacock in the second half of last season as those four pitchers combined for a 2.73 ERA after the All-Star break.

Why not bet the Astros: Their bullpen is a mess. They have Chad Qualls, Matt Albers, Jesse Crain and several other inexperienced youngsters. The three veterans of the group haven't exactly been stellar with their previous teams, so it is doubtful they will fix Houston's problems. The offensive lineup is unproven and may get overwhelmed by the incredibly strong pitching in this division.

Season win total pick: Under 62.5


Los Angeles Angels (2013: 78-84, -2098 units, 88-68-6 over/under)

Division odds: 7/4
Season win total: 87

Why bet the Angels: Mike Trout and Albert Pujols form an incredible duo in the lineup, plus Josh Hamilton is also capable of having a big season after struggling last year. Raul Ibanez and David Freese are solid additions that further strengthen the batting order. Jered Weaver and CJ Wilson are a great 1-2 punch in the pitching rotation, while Ernesto Frieri was a pleasant surprise at closer last season.

Why not bet the Angels: Josh Hamilton might not rebound after struggling last year and despite strength at the top of the rotation, the Angels' starting pitchers have still posted a mediocre 4.12 ERA the past two years and there is question about the back end of the rotation. Raul Ibanez will turn 42 in June, so Father Time might eventually catch up to him. This team also lacks depth on the bench, so injuries could become a factor.

Season win total pick: Under 87


Oakland Athletics (2013: 96-66, +1851 units, 84-74-4 over/under)

Division odds: 8/5
Season win total: 88.5

Why bet the Athletics: Pitching is once again a strength with Sonny Gray and Jarrod Parker leading the way, while AJ Griffin and Dan Straily showed promise last year. Jim Johnson has been a stabilizing force as the closer and the bullpen is extremely deep with Luke Gregorson, Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook. The offensive lineup had nice balance last year with four different players hitting at least 22 home runs.

Why not bet the Athletics: Oakland's pitching doesn't have a pedigree. Most of the starters have not been in the league long and may find it hard to match previous success once the opposing hitters get a book on them. The bats in the lineup lack consistency and could find trouble scoring runs at times. The bench is thin as pinch hitters batted only .145 last year, which was the worst mark in the American League.

Season win total pick: Under 88.5


Seattle Mariners (2013: 71-91, -1622 units, 82-72-8 over/under)

Division odds: 12/1
Season win total: 81.5

Why bet Seattle: Felix Hernandez is one of the best pitchers in baseball and has posted a 3.06 ERA or better in four of the past five years. Hisashi Iwakuma showed promise and finished the season in excellent form, allowing only three earned runs in his final five starts. Seattle added Robinson Cano, Corey Hart and Logan Morrison to the batting order which should help the team score more runs.

Why not bet Seattle: The rest of the lineup is still weak and Cano might regress after getting his big payday. The Mariners are relying on youth in Dustin Ackley, Brad Miller and Mike Zunino, while injuries have hurt the rotation with Danny Hultzen out for the year and Taijuan Walker already hurting. The bullpen has some hard throwing talent, but it is still unproven. The team needs to find a consistent closer.

Season win total pick: Under 81.5


Texas Rangers (2013: 91-72, -461, 64-90-9 over/under)

Division odds: 9/4
Season win total: 87

Why bet Texas: This team has the best combination of hitting and pitching in the division. The addition of Prince Fielder helps go along with Adrian Beltre in the middle of the lineup. Jurickson Profar will finally get regular playing time which will help him produce consistent results. Yu Darvish was the runner up last year for the Cy Young award and he has a great group of pitchers backing him up. Neftali Feliz is back as a reliever where he belongs, while Joakim Soria, Tanner Scheppers and Neal Cotts are viable arms in the bullpen as well.

Why not bet Texas: The lineup relies heavily on home runs which can lead to scoring slumps at times. Derek Holland has been inconsistent in his career and might regress after a solid season last year and he is also currently on the 60-day disabled list with a knee injury. Matt Harrison is coming off three surgeries, and pitched only two games last year, so his durability is a concern.

Season win total pick: Over 87

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03/12/2014 10:29 AM

Wednesday, March 12

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Detroit - 1:05 PM ET Detroit +111 500
NY Yankees -

Philadelphia - 1:05 PM ET Baltimore -130 500
Baltimore -

Pittsburgh - 1:05 PM ET Minnesota -115 500
Minnesota -

Tampa Bay - 1:05 PM ET Tampa Bay +104 500
Toronto -

St. Louis - 1:10 PM ET St. Louis -106 500
NY Mets -

Chi. White Sox - 4:05 PM ET Chi. White Sox +116 500
San Francisco -

Kansas City - 4:05 PM ET Kansas City +111 500
Oakland -

San Diego - 4:05 PM ET San Diego +107 500
Cleveland -

Chi. Cubs - 10:05 PM ET Seattle -131 500
Seattle -

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03/13/2014 11:15 AM

Thursday, March 13

Game Score Status Pick Amount

NY Mets - 1:05 PM ET Washington -132 500
Washington -

Atlanta - 1:05 PM ET Atlanta +110 500
St. Louis -

Boston - 1:05 PM ET Boston -106 500
Minnesota -

Houston - 1:05 PM ET Houston +120 500
Toronto -

Miami - 1:05 PM ET Miami +140 500
Detroit -

Pittsburgh - 1:05 PM ET Pittsburgh +112 500
Tampa Bay -

Chi. White Sox - 4:05 PM ET LA Angels -129 500
LA Angels -

Cincinnati - 4:05 PM ET LA Dodgers -124 500
LA Dodgers -

Kansas City - 4:05 PM ET Cleveland -118 500
Cleveland -

Milwaukee - 4:05 PM ET San Diego -118 500
San Diego -

Seattle - 4:10 PM ET Seattle +105 500
Arizona -

San Francisco - 9:05 PM ET San Francisco +105 500
Texas -

Colorado - 10:05 PM ET Oakland -124 500
Oakland -

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03/14/2014 12:34 PM

MLB

Friday, March 14

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Boston - 1:05 PM ET Toronto -116 500
Toronto -

Philadelphia - 1:05 PM ET Pittsburgh -130 500
Pittsburgh -

St. Louis - 1:05 PM ET St. Louis -117 500
Houston -

Tampa Bay - 1:05 PM ET Atlanta -126 500
Atlanta -

Washington - 1:05 PM ET Washington +116 500
Detroit -

LA Angels - 4:05 PM ET LA Angels -106 500
San Diego -

Arizona - 4:05 PM ET Milwaukee -119 500
Milwaukee -

Cleveland - 4:05 PM ET Cleveland -103 500
Chi. White Sox -

LA Dodgers - 4:05 PM ET LA Dodgers -116 500
Chi. Cubs -

Oakland - 4:05 PM ET Kansas City -120 500
Kansas City -

NY Mets - 7:05 PM ET Miami -118 500
Miami -

Texas - 10:05 PM ET Texas +107 500
Cincinnati -

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03/14/2014 12:35 PM

National League East preview: Will the Nats take the next step?

The Nationals are the favorite to win the NL East division this year after finishing 10 games behind the Braves last season. Atlanta will once again be a contender, while the Phillies could be a possible dark horse. The Mets and Marlins will battle for the basement.

Atlanta Braves (2013: 96-66, +994 units 73-81-8 over/under)

Division odds: 7/5
Season win total: 87.5

Why bet the Braves: Craig Kimbrel is the best closer in baseball and he is backed by an array of solid arms in the bullpen. The lineup is filled with talent as Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman patrol the middle of the batting order. The bench has solid veterans who will be able to step in as needed. The team signed Ervin Santana in an effort to add depth to the rotation.

Why not bet the Braves: Injuries are killing the rotation. Kris Medlen may be done for the season after needing another Tommy John surgery and Brandon Beachy is banged up as well. Four players in the regular lineup had an on-base percentage below .310 last year, so this offense does struggle to get on base and score at times.

Season win total pick: Under 87.5


Miami Marlins (2013: 62-100, -1397 units, 62-83-17 over/under)

Division odds: 50/1
Season win total: 69.5

Why bet the Marlins: There are not many reasons to back this struggling team, although they do have some young talent that might surprise. Giancarlo Stanton is being more patient at the plate and getting on base more. Jose Fernandez was NL Rookie of the Year, while Nathan Eovaldi has a fastball that is right up there with the best in the league. Steve Cishek converted 29 straight save opportunities at one point last year.

Why not bet the Marlins: This would have been a good team 10 years ago with Rafael Furcal, Casey McGehee, Garrett Jones and Juan Pierre on the roster. The bottom of the pitching rotation is weak, while getting the ball to Cishek will be an issue since the Marlins will be losing most games and they have poor middle relief.

Season win total pick: Under 69.5


New York Mets (2013: 74-88, -388 units, 79-77-6 over/under)

Divsion odds: 25/1
Season win total: 74

Why bet the Mets: David Wright is an excellent hitter and he will now have Curtis Granderson in the lineup with him. Granderson hit 84 home runs in 2011 and 2012 combined, before battling injuries last year. Bartolo Colon becomes the ace of the staff after posting a career best 2.65 ERA with Oakland last year. Zack Wheeler showed promise in his 17 starts as a rookie, while Bobby Parnell had a career best 2.16 ERA last season and should be a solid closer this year.

Why not bet the Mets: Jon Niese is hurt already and he was supposed to be the No. 2 starter in the rotation. The rest of the group is questionable and will Colon be able to hold up? He turns 41 in May. The lineup features a lot of mediocrity with Chris Young being the only other big free agent addition in the lineup besides Granderson. Young is just a .235 career hitter and he batted a career worse .200 last season with Oakland. The bullpen is filled with unproven youth, and other than Parnell, has a lot of uncertainty.

Season win total pick: Under 74


Philadelphia Phillies (2013: 73-89, -2098 units, 83-74-5 over/under)

Divison odds: 15/1
Season win total: 76

Why bet the Phillies: Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are back to patrol the middle of the lineup and they both appear healthy right now. Domonic Brown hit 27 home runs last year, while Marlon Byrd had the fifth best slugging percentage in the National League. Cliff Lee, AJ Burnett and Cole Hamels (when healthy) are a very good Top 3 in the pitching rotation. The back end of the bullpen is stabilized with Jonathan Papelbon.

Why not bet the Phillies: How will this older and aging team hold up in August and September? Utley and Howard are healthy now, but will they make it through the entire season? Howard has struck out in 32 percent of his plate appearances over the past two seasons. Cole Hamels is already injured and he will not be ready for the start of the season. Mike Adams is coming off an injury and the bullpen was weak last year.

Season win total pick: Over 76


Washington Nationals (2013: 86-76, -699 units, 79-76-7 over/under)

Division odds: 5/7
Season win total: 89.5

Why bet the Nationals: The best rotation in the division has gotten even better with the addition of Doug Fister. The Nationals also have a deep offensive lineup anchored by Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman. The bullpen is solid with Rafael Soriano and Tyler Clippard. This team is strong in all aspects of the game.

Why not bet the Nationals: Will Adam LaRoche improve from last year? He struggled against left-handed pitching. Stephen Strasburg has yet to be the workhorse of the pitching rotation, so we'll see if he can handle more innings this year. Clippard appeared in 72 games last season as he was a bit overused backing up Soriano. Matt Williams is a new manager, so it is unknown how the team will respond to his leadership.

Season win total pick: Over 89.5

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