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Thursday, April 4

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ATLANTA (89 - 73) at NY METS (77 - 85) - 1:10 PM
TOMMY HANSON (R) vs. JOHAN SANTANA (L)
Top Trends for this game.
HANSON is 14-3 (+10.6 Units) against the money line when the total is 7 or less over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)
HANSON is 9-1 (+8.5 Units) against the money line on the road when the total is 7 or less over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)
NY METS are 34-47 (-18.2 Units) against the money line in home games over the last 2 seasons.
NY METS are 252-256 (-71.6 Units) against the money line in home games against division opponents since 1997.
NY METS are 34-47 (-18.2 Units) against the money line in home games in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.
NY METS are 24-35 (-15.0 Units) against the money line in home games against right-handed starters over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

TOMMY HANSON vs. NY METS since 1997
HANSON is 3-3 when starting against NY METS with an ERA of 3.69 and a WHIP of 1.179.
His team's record is 4-3 (-0.2 units) in these starts. The OVER is 2-5. (-3.6 units)

JOHAN SANTANA vs. ATLANTA since 1997
SANTANA is 3-6 when starting against ATLANTA with an ERA of 2.28 and a WHIP of 1.291.
His team's record is 4-8 (-7.3 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 11-1. (+10.0 units)

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PHILADELPHIA (104 - 63) at PITTSBURGH (72 - 90) - 1:35 PM
ROY HALLADAY (R) vs. ERIK BEDARD (L)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

ROY HALLADAY vs. PITTSBURGH since 1997
HALLADAY is 3-1 when starting against PITTSBURGH with an ERA of 1.18 and a WHIP of 0.921.
His team's record is 3-2 (-1.7 units) in these starts. The OVER is 3-2. (+1.0 units)

ERIK BEDARD vs. PHILADELPHIA since 1997
BEDARD is 2-0 when starting against PHILADELPHIA with an ERA of 1.71 and a WHIP of 1.048.
His team's record is 2-1 (+1.0 units) in these starts. The OVER is 2-1. (+0.9 units)

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WASHINGTON (80 - 81) at CHICAGO CUBS (71 - 91) - 2:20 PM
STEPHEN STRASBURG (R) vs. RYAN DEMPSTER (R)
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 80-82 (+9.8 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 80-82 (+9.8 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.
CHICAGO CUBS are 1187-1266 (-234.7 Units) against the money line in all games since 1997.
CHICAGO CUBS are 75-88 (-28.0 Units) against the money line in home games over the last 3 seasons.
CHICAGO CUBS are 645-649 (-122.9 Units) against the money line in day games since 1997.
CHICAGO CUBS are 75-88 (-28.0 Units) against the money line in home games in games played on a grass field over the last 3 seasons.
CHICAGO CUBS are 49-63 (-22.1 Units) against the money line in home games against right-handed starters over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

STEPHEN STRASBURG vs. CHICAGO CUBS since 1997
No recent starts.

RYAN DEMPSTER vs. WASHINGTON since 1997
DEMPSTER is 8-1 when starting against WASHINGTON with an ERA of 3.12 and a WHIP of 1.125.
His team's record is 11-4 (+6.9 units) in these starts. The OVER is 8-7. (+0.5 units)

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MIAMI (72 - 90) at CINCINNATI (79 - 83) - 4:05 PM
MARK BUEHRLE (L) vs. JOHNNY CUETO (R)
Top Trends for this game.
MIAMI is 95-136 (-39.0 Units) against the money line against right-handed starters over the last 3 seasons.
CINCINNATI is 85-81 (-43.7 Units) against the money line as a home favorite of -150 to -175 since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

MARK BUEHRLE vs. CINCINNATI since 1997
BUEHRLE is 2-0 when starting against CINCINNATI with an ERA of 0.60 and a WHIP of 0.733.
His team's record is 2-0 (+2.2 units) in these starts. The OVER is 0-2. (-2.3 units)

JOHNNY CUETO vs. MIAMI since 1997
CUETO is 1-0 when starting against MIAMI with an ERA of 5.63 and a WHIP of 1.938.
His team's record is 3-0 (+3.5 units) in these starts. The OVER is 3-0. (+3.1 units)

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LA DODGERS (82 - 79) at SAN DIEGO (71 - 91) - 7:05 PM
CLAYTON KERSHAW (L) vs. EDINSON VOLQUEZ (R)
Top Trends for this game.
SAN DIEGO is 32-24 (+15.3 Units) against the money line in day games over the last 2 seasons.
KERSHAW is 20-7 (+11.3 Units) against the money line when the total is 7 or less over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)
KERSHAW is 24-7 (+17.0 Units) against the money line against division opponents over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)
SAN DIEGO is 47-65 (-17.1 Units) against the money line when the total is 7 or less over the last 2 seasons.
SAN DIEGO is 35-46 (-14.1 Units) against the money line in home games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN DIEGO is 35-46 (-14.1 Units) against the money line in home games in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

CLAYTON KERSHAW vs. SAN DIEGO since 1997
KERSHAW is 7-3 when starting against SAN DIEGO with an ERA of 2.32 and a WHIP of 1.090.
His team's record is 9-4 (+1.6 units) in these starts. The OVER is 5-8. (-3.5 units)

EDINSON VOLQUEZ vs. LA DODGERS since 1997
VOLQUEZ is 1-0 when starting against LA DODGERS with an ERA of 1.29 and a WHIP of 1.000.
His team's record is 1-0 (+1.0 units) in these starts. The OVER is 0-0. (+0.0 units)

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BOSTON (90 - 72) at DETROIT (100 - 73) - 1:05 PM
JON LESTER (L) vs. JUSTIN VERLANDER (R)
Top Trends for this game.
VERLANDER is 21-5 (+14.6 Units) against the money line in day games over the last 3 seasons. (Team's Record)
VERLANDER is 47-21 (+18.6 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 3 seasons. (Team's Record)
BOSTON is 20-11 (+11.4 Units) against the money line as a road underdog of +100 to +125 over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

JON LESTER vs. DETROIT since 1997
LESTER is 0-2 when starting against DETROIT with an ERA of 5.89 and a WHIP of 1.637.
His team's record is 0-3 (-5.3 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 1-2. (-1.5 units)

JUSTIN VERLANDER vs. BOSTON since 1997
VERLANDER is 3-2 when starting against BOSTON with an ERA of 3.22 and a WHIP of 1.093.
His team's record is 3-4 (-1.0 units) in these starts. The OVER is 0-4. (-4.4 units)

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TORONTO (81 - 81) at CLEVELAND (80 - 82) - 3:05 PM
RICKY ROMERO (L) vs. JUSTIN MASTERSON (R)
Top Trends for this game.
CLEVELAND is 18-8 (+12.3 Units) against the money line in April games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

RICKY ROMERO vs. CLEVELAND since 1997
ROMERO is 2-1 when starting against CLEVELAND with an ERA of 5.40 and a WHIP of 1.746.
His team's record is 2-1 (+0.5 units) in these starts. The OVER is 2-1. (+1.0 units)

JUSTIN MASTERSON vs. TORONTO since 1997
MASTERSON is 1-1 when starting against TORONTO with an ERA of 5.93 and a WHIP of 1.684.
His team's record is 1-1 (+0.2 units) in these starts. The OVER is 1-1. (-0.1 units)

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04/05/2012 06:00 PM
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Armadillo's Write-Up

Thursday, April 5

Not a lot of relevant info to give out this early in the season, but we'll do what we can.

Hanson's last start was August 6; he was 1-3, 8.10 in his last five starts; he was 0-2, 10.80 in two starts against the Mets, lasting total of 8.1 IP. Santana returns from missing all of 2011 with an arm injury; he was 3-1, 2.42 in four starts against Atlanta in 2010.

Halladay had a rough spring, but was 5-2, 1.65 in his last eight outings in 2011; he was 2-0, 1.29 in two starts against Pittsburgh. AJ Burnett got hurt practicing bunting, so Bedard makes the Opening Day start here; he was 5-9, 3.62 in 24 AL starts LY. He didn't pitch against Philly in '11.

Strasburg was 1-1, 1.88 in five starts after coming back from his injury, allowing 15 hits in 24 IP; he is facing the Cubs for the first time. Chicago opens the Theo Epstein era with Dempster pitching-- he was 0-6, 5.07 in his last nine starts- his last win was 4-3 vs Washington August 11, in which he allowed one run in seven IP.

Buehrle makes his first start for Miami, which played at home last night and now has day game on road; Buehrle was 2-0, 1.38 in his last couple starts for the White Sox-- he didn't face the Reds. Cueto was 0-0, 4.23 in his last five starts LY-- Cincinnati won six of his last seven starts, with eight of last ten going over. Cueto allowed three runs in five IP in his one start against the Marlins LY.

Kershaw was 7-0, 1.25 in his last eight starts LY; he was 3-0, 1.75 in his three starts against San Diego. Dodgers went 13-2 in his last 15 starts. Volquez was 0-4, 5.90 in his last five starts; he missed two months in between there with an injury, but moving from Cincy's bandbox to the pitcher's paradise at Petco should help. Volquez didn't pitch aagainst the Dodgers LY. Reds scored total of 16 runs in his last nine starts.

Verlander was 12-0, 2.78 in his last 13 regular season starts, then in the playoffs, was 2-1, 5.31; he was 1-0, 1.72 in two starts against Red Sox LY, allowing three runs in 15.2 IP. Lester was 0-4, 6.48 in his last four starts last September as Boston collapsed down stretch; he didn't pitch against the Tigers LY.

Romero was 2-2, 4.74 in five September starts LY, after going 7-0 in the previous seven starts before that; he didn't pitch against the Indians LY. Masterson was 2-2, 6.91 in five September starts LY; he threw an inning of relief against the Blue Jays the day before the All-Star break, his only appearance against Toronto LY.
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04/05/2012 06:03 PM
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Thursday, April 5

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Trend Report
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1:05 PM
BOSTON vs. DETROIT
Boston is 5-16 SU in its last 21 games
Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Detroit
Detroit is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Boston
Detroit is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Boston

1:10 PM
ATLANTA vs. NY METS
Atlanta is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against NY Mets
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games on the road
NY Mets are 6-12 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Mets's last 5 games at home

1:35 PM
PHILADELPHIA vs. PITTSBURGH
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia

2:20 PM
WASHINGTON vs. CHI CUBS
Washington is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games when playing Washington

3:05 PM
TORONTO vs. CLEVELAND
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games on the road
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games at home

4:10 PM
MIAMI vs. CINCINNATI
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
Miami is 4-14 SU in its last 18 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 6 games when playing Miami
Cincinnati is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Miami

7:05 PM
LA DODGERS vs. SAN DIEGO
The total has gone UNDER in 20 of LA Dodgers's last 25 games when playing San Diego
LA Dodgers are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 20 of San Diego's last 25 games when playing LA Dodgers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Diego's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers

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Thursday, April 5

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MLB betting: Exploring National League offenses
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When superstar sluggers like Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder leave for American League teams, it puts a new spin on the National League.

The Senior Circuit - the lesser of the two leagues with regards to offense - was short-circuited a bit this offseason, when seemingly bat after bat walked away.

But there’s still plenty there, you just have to look harder. And so, as Opening Week is upon us, take a look at some of the National League’s offenses that will make headlines and help you cash out at the window this season:

THE EXPECTED

St. Louis Cardinals

2011 RUN TOTAL: 762 (Fifth in majors, first in National League)

OK, no one is going to say that the loss of Pujols won't hurt this team, especially on offense. But the Cardinals led the National League in runs last season, en route to a World Series title, and to think that they're just going to go away without the game's best player is a bit naive.

The Cardinals still have Lance Berkman (94 RBIs last season), Matt Holliday (75), and Yadier Molina (65). And though Carlos Beltran is on the decline, something tells us he'll be able to provide some of the pop that Pujols took with him to Anaheim. Beltran has seven 100-RBI seasons and last year, after being traded to San Francisco from the Mets, he hit .323 BA with seven homers and 18 RBIs.

Will the Cardinals be the same without Pujols? No. But they will score runs.

Colorado Rockies

2011 RUN TOTAL: 735 (Tied, seventh in majors, Tied, second in National League)

The Rockies have a good blend of youth and experience, bashers and base stealers, and, of course, they have a ballpark that caters to offense, though things have changed a bit through the years.

There are newbies - Ramon Hernandez (12 homers last season), Marco Scutaro (.299 average) and Michael Cuddyer (70 RBIs) - who add to the deep mix and will enjoy Coors Field. And then there's the Colorado core - Todd Helton (.302 average), Troy Tulowitzki (105 RBIs), and Carlos Gonzalez (26 homers) - that just keeps on chugging.

Add in a veteran bat off the bench like Jason Giambi (428 career homers) and Colorado should be among the run leaders in the National League, wire to wire.

Cincinnati Reds

2011 RUN TOTAL: 735 (Tied, seventh in majors, Tied, second in National League)

People are quick to forget this team batted its way to a division title just two years ago, before injuries and a lackluster attitude through the summer cost them last season. But this club can hit and, with some stars locked up long term, it might stay that way for awhile.

With 216 RBIs the last two seasons, Joey Votto and his new extension lead a dangerous group of bats that also includes Brandon Phillips (.300 BA last season), Jay Bruce (32 homers), Scott Rolen (20 doubles), and Drew Stubbs (40 steals).

Add Ryan Ludwick, who had 75 RBIs with the Padres and Pirates last season, to the mix and you've got quite a crew, especially in the National League.

THE UNEXPECTED

Arizona Diamondbacks

2011 RUN TOTAL: 731 (Ninth in majors, fourth in National League)

There are a lot of "I told you so" guys nowadays regarding the Diamondbacks, and that's typical of a team that came from nowhere to win a division. But, for the realistic people of the betting world, indeed it was a surprise to see what Arizona accomplished last season. And now? Act II.

There are plenty of returning bats in this lineup - Aaron Hill (16 RBIs in just 33 games after being traded from Toronto last year), Chris Young (20 homers, 22 steals), Justin Upton (31 homers, 88 RBIs), and Miguel Montero (86 RBIs) - and don't underestimate the addition of Jason Kubel, who hit 81 homers in his last four seasons with Minnesota.

Eventually, a healthy Stephen Drew will return at shortstop and add to one of the more balanced lineups in the majors.

Milwaukee Brewers

LAST YEAR’S RUN TOTAL: 721 (11th in majors, fifth in National League)

Forever linked with the Cardinals, Milwaukee will also try to move on from a star's departure. Both teams are from the National League Central, both teams made the playoffs last season, and both teams lost sluggers in the offseason.

The Cardinals watched Pujols walk away, the Brewers watched Fielder go. But, in a light-pitching division, don’t expect Milwaukee to just fold up and hide. New additions Alex Gonzalez and Aramis Ramirez combined for 41 homers last season on the Cubs and Braves, respectively, and Ryan Braun (33 homers, 111 RBIs last season) will start the season with a clean mind and body – we think…

And don't forget the speed. Braun, Carlos Gomez, Nyjer Morgan and Rickie Weeks combined for 71 steals last season.

THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

New York Mets

2011 RUN TOTAL: 718 (12th in majors, sixth in National League)

This isn’t as hard to believe as one might think. Though the Mets will struggle for wins, as usual, they should be able to cross the plate at a decent clip. The fences have been moved in at Citi Field, which helps, and the Mets are relatively healthy now.

Ike Davis, who had 19 homers and 71 RBIs in his last full season (2010), and David Wright, limited to just 14 homers and 101 games last year, are back. And though newcomer Andres Torres (19 RBIs last season in San Francisco) is known more for his defense, keep an eye out for Lucas Duda, who had 10 homers and 50 RBIs in just 301 at-bats last season.

The Mets might be bad, but they should be fun to watch along the way.
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04/05/2012 06:06 PM
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Thursday, April 5

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Miami Marlins at Cincinnati Reds (-145, 7.5)

Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds have big expectations this season.

Votto, who hit .309 with 29 homers and 113 RBI last year, signed the fourth-largest deal in MLB history just before the regular season and will pull in $225 million over the next 10 years.

The Reds are just hoping Votto’s slow spring isn’t a sign of things to come. The 28-year-old hit .264 without a dinger and had only four RBI in 20 Cactus League games.

Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker has seen this kind of thing before and isn’t worried about his slugger.

"I'm worried about some of those guys hitting a lot better than they're supposed to be hitting. Those guys are ones you worry about,” Baker told reporters. “If you can hit, you can hit. If you had seen Steve Garvey, Ron Fairly, Ryne Sandberg, Eddie Murray hit, you would have released them every spring. I think you get caught up too much in now as background."

Reds supporters finished down more than 13 units last season and the club is going to need some people in the bullpen to step up after closer Ryan Madson blew out his elbow. Sean Marshall will take over for now, but is there a chance Aroldis Chapman will get a shot at some point?

We like the Reds to get off on the right foot.

Pick: Reds


Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians (+110, 7)

There is a lot of talk swirling around that the Blue Jays may be ready to tangle with the perennial powers of the AL East this season.

The Jays will need some good breaks along the way, but there’s certainly reason for optimism.

“But when you look at our everyday lineup, our bullpen, what the prospects are in our rotation to go along with Ricky’s (Romero) leadership and Brandon (Morrow) I think we will have a breakout year this year,” manager John Farrell told reporters. “So there are a lot of really good and tangible pieces in place to be a contending team.”

The Jays cruised through spring training with a 24-7-1 record and we’ll get a close look at Romero Thursday.

Toronto should be able to ride the good vibes from spring training to open the season.

Pick: Blue Jays


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04/05/2012 06:07 PM
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Short Sheet

Thursday, April 5

National League

Atlanta at NY Mets, 1:10 ET
Hanson: 9-1 TSR away with a total of 7 runs or less
Santana: Mets 18-8 Over in April

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 1:35 ET
Halladay: 33-10 TSR with a total of 7 runs or less
Bedard: 3-9 TSR as an underdog of +150 or higher

Washington at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 ET WGN
Strasburg: 5-0 TSR as a road favorite
Demptser: 7-3 Over in April

Miami at Cincinnati, 4:05 ET ESPN2
Buehrle: 24-12 TSR pitching off a team loss
Cueto: 12-3 Over as a favorite

LA Dodgers at San Diego, 7:05 ET
Kershaw: 24-7 TSR vs. division opponents
Volquez: 22-10 Over in home games

American League

Boston at Detroit, 1:05 ET ESPN2
Lester: 5-11 TSR vs. AL Central opponents
Verlander: 21-5 TSR in day games

Toronto at Cleveland, 3:05 ET
Romero: 21-7 TSR as a favorite of -125 to -175
Masterson: Cleveland 1-10 SU with a total of 7 runs or less
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Thursday, April 5

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MLB Opening Day betting cheat sheet
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It doesn’t matter if teams already threw their first pitches in Tokyo or opened a new stadium with a lone night game – you know when Opening Day is.

While the line may be fuzzy on the official start of the MLB season, your betting perspective shouldn't be. Check out our quick-hitting notes for all seven games to start the 2012 baseball season:

Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers (-146, 7)

The Detroit Tigers are the only team in baseball that can count themselves as overwhelming favorites to win the division based on preseason prognostications. The Boston Red Sox have lesser expectations after disappointing in 2011 and going through some front office upheaval over the winter. After running away with the American League Central in 2011, the Tigers improved themselves in the offseason by signing Prince Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million contract. The Red Sox were the best team in baseball from the middle of April through Sept. 1 last season before suffering through one of the biggest collapses in baseball history and missing the playoffs.

The Fielder signing pushes Miguel Cabrera back across the infield to third base, weakening the defense behind a rotation that is strong at the top but without a lot of depth. Boston left the core of the roster intact from last season and should once again have one of the most prolific offenses in the league behind MVP candidates Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez. The pitching staff, which is breaking in two new rotation members and is without closer Andrew Bailey following thumb surgery, is a big question mark.

TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), FSD (Detroit)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Jon Lester (2011: 15-9, 3.47 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Justin Verlander (2011: 24-5, 2.40 ERA)



Atlanta Braves at New York Mets (-102, 7)

Atlanta is trying to put a disastrous September in the rearview mirror, finishing the 2011 season on a 9-18 skid. Star outfielder Jason Heyward needs to overcome his sophomore slump, after hitting just .227 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs last season. He hit matched that batting average in spring ball along with four home runs. Second baseman Dan Uggla and first baseman Freddie Freeman had the big bats in Grapefruit League action, hitting seven home runs each.

New York celebrates its 50th anniversary this season hoping to give Mets faithful more to cheer about than last year’s 77-85 record, including a 34-47 mark in Citi Field. New York didn’t get much time to gel as a unit, with an injury-plagued spring session. However, all the pieces are getting healthy, including third baseman David Wright. He managed six RBIs in seven Grapefruit League games – four from a Grand Slam - after recovering from an abdominal strain this offseason. Wright was limited by a stress fracture in his lower back last season.

TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, SNY (New York), SPSO (Braves)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (2011: 11-7, 3.60 ERA) vs. Mets LH Johan Santana (2010: 11-9, 2.98 ERA)



Philadelphia Phillies at Pittsburgh Pirates (+153, 7)

The Phillies led the major leagues with 102 wins last season, but the pain of a first-round playoff exit has been compounded by injuries to 1B Ryan Howard and 2B Chase Utley that will have both on the disabled list to start the year. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, was a surprise contender in the National League Central before a late-season skid dropped the young team well off the pace. The Pirates were just 21-46 from July 20 on, following a solid 51-44 start.

Philadelphia's already outstanding pitching staff was bolstered by the addition of closer Jonathan Papelbon, while Pittsburgh brought in veteran starters Erik Bedard and A.J. Burnett in an attempt to shore up its starting rotation. Bedard takes the mound against Phillies ace Roy Halladay Thursday, while Burnett begins the season on the disabled list.

TV: 1:35 p.m. ET, PHL 17 (Philadelphia), ROOT Sports (Pittsburgh)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Roy Halladay (2011: 19-6, ERA 2.35) vs. Pirates LH Erik Bedard (2011: 5-9, ERA 3.62)



Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs (+141)

Washington was among the worst hitting teams in baseball a year ago, but the team hopes that an upgraded pitching staff will propel it into National League playoff contention. The Nationals will be hoping for a fresh start against a Cubs team that was undone by porous defense (an MLB-worst 134 errors) and lackluster starting pitching. Both teams made significant changes in the offseason: Washington acquired pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson, while Chicago brought in new general manager Theo Epstein and manager Dale Sveum. The Nationals' 23-year-old phenom Stephen Strasburg, who has been slowed by injuries in his first two seasons, takes the ball for the first April start of his career as well as his first-ever matchup with the Cubs.

Washington closed the 2011 season with a 14-4 flurry that included a four-game road sweep of NL East champion Philadelphia. Chicago, meanwhile, had just four winning streaks of more than two games last year, but all four came after the All-Star break.

TV: 2:20 p.m. ET, MASN, WDCW DC-50 (Washington), WGN (Chicago)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Stephen Strasburg (2011: 1-1, ERA 1.50) vs. Cubs RH Ryan Dempster (2011: 10-14, ERA 4.80)



Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians (+116, 7)

Hopes are high in Toronto after a promising 24-7 record in Grapefruit League play. The Blue Jays topped all major league teams in wins during Spring Training and, despite being known for their bats in recent years, posted a league-low 3.05 ERA. The heart and soul of Toronto remains home-run king Jose Bautista, who has hit 77 round-trippers the past two seasons. The Jays are hoping to protect their big swinger with promising sluggers Adam Lind (26 HRs, 87 RBIs in 2011) and Brett Lawrie (.524 BA in spring training).

Cleveland begins the 2012 campaign with its starting rotation in shambles. Ace Fausto Carmona, 28, was revealed to really be Roberto Hernandez, 31, and was arrested for identity theft, leaving last year’s opening day starter on the restricted list. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was suspended for five games for hitting former Colorado teammate Troy Tulowitzki this past week. The Tribe didn’t put up much of fight in Grapefruit League play, finishing an MLB-worst 7-22.

TV: 3:05 p.m. ET Rogers Sportsnet (Toronto), WKYC 3 (Cleveland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays LH Ricky Romero (2011: 15-11, 2.92 ERA) vs. Indians RH (2011: 12-10, 3.21 ERA)



Miami Marlins at Cincinnati Reds (-142, 7.5)

Looking to return to the playoffs in 2012, it’s clear Cincinnati views its time as now. The Reds fell to 79 victories after winning the NL Central in 2010, but hope offseason acquisitions of pitchers Mat Latos and Sean Marshall, and outfielder Ryan Ludwick will push the Reds back into October. Miami also was active in the offseason, signing shortstop Jose Reyes and landing veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle, who will make his NL debut against the Reds.

Cincinnati made more big news the past two weeks, signing 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto to a 10-year, $225-million contract extension but losing new closer Ryan Madson for the season to a torn ligament in his pitching elbow. Marshall slides into the closer’s role. The Marlins were no-hit for six innings in their season opener Wednesday against St. Louis. Reyes finished 2-for-4 in his Miami debut.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Fox Sports Florida, Sun Sports (Florida), Fox Sports Ohio, simulcast on WKRC (Cincinnati)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Marlins LH Mark Buehrle (2011: 13-9, ERA 3.59) vs. Reds RH Johnny Cueto (2011: 9-5, ERA 2.31)



Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (+138, 6)

Clayton Kershaw makes his second consecutive opening day start when the Dodgers visit the Padres, who had a busy offseason after finishing last in the National League West a year ago. The Dodgers were 13-5 against San Diego last season, including 6-3 at Petco Park.

Los Angeles, which finished third in the division last season with 82 wins, has reason for optimism after being sold to a group headed by Magic Johnson and Stan Kasten. The Dodgers will continue to build around Kershaw and Matt Kemp, who led the National League in runs, home runs, and RBIs last season. San Diego’s offense ranked among the league’s worst last year, prompting new general manager Josh Byrnes to make seven trades and sign two free agents during the offseason.

Both teams are without their No. 2 starters for the opening series, with the Dodgers’ Ted Lilly (neck) expected to make a minor league rehab start before making his season debut on April 14. San Diego’s Tim Stauffer (strained right triceps) could make his first start April 10.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), Fox Sports San Diego

PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Clayton Kershaw (2011: 21-5, 2.28 ERA) at Padres RH Edinson Volquez (2011: 5-7, 5.71 ERA)
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Short Sheet

Thursday, April 5

New York at Orlando, 7:05 ET TNT
New York: 27-11 Under playing their 8+ game in 14 days
Orlando: 19-37 ATS revenging a loss as a favorite

Washington at Detroit, 7:35 ET
Washington: 13-31 ATS off BB home games
Detroit: 31-15 ATS vs. Southeast Division opponents

Boston at Chicago, 9:35 ET TNT
Boston: 10-22 ATS off 3+ games allowing 90 points or less
Chicago: 7-0 ATS off BB ATS losses

LA Clippers at Sacramento, 10:05 ET
LA Clippers: 0-7 ATS off a home divison loss
Sacramento: 12-4 Over as a home underdog

** (TC) Denotes Time Change
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Dunkel

New York at Orlando
The Knicks look to bounce back from a 112-104 loss to Orlando and build on their 5-1 ATS record in their last 6 games after scoring 100 or more points in the previous game. New York is the pick (+3 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Knicks favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: New York (+3 1/2). Here are all of today's picks

THURSDAY, APRIL 5

Game 501-502: New York at Orlando (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New York 120.819; Orlando 119.730
Dunkel Line & Total: New York by 1; 202
Vegas Line & Total: Orlando by 3 1/2; No Total
Dunkel Pick: New York (+3 1/2); N/A

Game 503-504: Washington at Detroit (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 112.652; Detroit 119.680
Dunkel Line & Total: Detroit by 7; 180
Vegas Line & Total: Detroit by 5 1/2; No Total
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-5 1/2); N/A

Game 505-506: Boston at Chicago (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston 118.999; Chicago 126.289
Dunkel Line & Total: Chicago by 7 1/2; 178
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago by 6; No Total
Dunkel Pick: Chicago (-6); N/A

Game 507-508: LA Clippers at Sacramento (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Clippers 120.583; Sacramento 118.746
Dunkel Line & Total: LA Clippers by 2; 215
Vegas Line & Total: LA Clippers by 4; No Total
Dunkel Pick: Sacramento (+4); N/A




NBA
Long Sheet

Thursday, April 5

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NEW YORK (27 - 27) at ORLANDO (32 - 22) - 4/5/2012, 7:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
ORLANDO is 6-3 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
ORLANDO is 7-2 straight up against NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
9 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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WASHINGTON (12 - 42) at DETROIT (20 - 33) - 4/5/2012, 7:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
DETROIT is 7-2 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
DETROIT is 7-2 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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BOSTON (30 - 23) at CHICAGO (42 - 13) - 4/5/2012, 9:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 7-4 against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 6-5 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
6 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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LA CLIPPERS (32 - 22) at SACRAMENTO (19 - 35) - 4/5/2012, 10:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
SACRAMENTO is 4-4 against the spread versus LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
LA CLIPPERS is 5-4 straight up against SACRAMENTO over the last 3 seasons
6 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NBA
Armadillo's Write-Up

Thursday, April 5

Hot Teams
-- Knicks won/covered nine of 12 games under Woodson.
-- Pistons won six of last seven home games (5-2 vs spread).
-- Celtics won/covered five of their last six games.
-- Clippers won six of their last seven games.

Cold Teams
-- Orlando lost its last four games; they're 2-3 in last five at home.
-- Wizards lost eight of last nine games (0-3 vs spread last three).
-- Bulls lost two games in row for the first time this season.
-- Kings lost four of their last five home games.

Wear-and-Tear
-- Knicks: 2nd game/5 nites. Magic: 3rd game/5 nites.
-- Wizards: 6th game/8 nites. Pistons: 2nd game/5 nites.
-- Celtics: 2nd nite in row, after two off. Bulls: Last two nites off.
-- Clippers: 5th game/7 nites. Kings: 5th game/7 nites.

Totals
-- Six of last eight New York road games went over the total.
-- Last three Washington games went over the total.
-- Over is 8-3-1 in Chicago's last dozen home games.
-- Five of last six Clipper road games went over the total.

Back-to-Back
-- Washington is 1-3 vs spread on road if it played at home nite before.
-- Boston is 2-7-1 vs spread on road if it played night before.
-- Clippers are 3-4 vs spread on road if they played night before.




NBA

Thursday, April 5

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Trend Report
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7:00 PM
NEW YORK vs. ORLANDO
New York is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 5 games when playing Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games when playing at home against New York
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Orlando's last 5 games when playing New York

7:30 PM
WASHINGTON vs. DETROIT
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Washington's last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games
Detroit is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Washington

9:30 PM
BOSTON vs. CHICAGO
Boston is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
Boston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chicago's last 10 games at home
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Boston

10:00 PM
LA CLIPPERS vs. SACRAMENTO
LA Clippers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games
LA Clippers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Sacramento
Sacramento is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Sacramento's last 9 games when playing at home against LA Clippers


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NBA

Thursday, April 5

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Pick 'n' roll: Thursday's best NBA bets
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Oddsmakers have yet to set lines for Thursday's matchups. Picks should be considered early leans.

New York Knicks at Orlando Magic (N/A)

The Orlando Magic are banged up, but coach Stan Van Gundy isn’t letting his club off the hook because of the injuries.

Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and Ryan Anderson sat out Tuesday’s game against Detroit and the Magic lost 102-95 as a 4.5-point favorite despite 31 points and 10 rebounds from Glen Davis.

To Van Gundy, the problem is obvious, no matter who’s in the lineup.

"Even with Dwight, we still don't guard. It would not make any difference," Van Gundy told reporters. "We just haven't built the habits that are needed to be good defensively. If we don't start improving those habits on every single possession, we aren't going anywhere."

There still isn’t any word as to whether Orlando will have its big man – or anybody else – back in the lineup Thursday.

The Magic have now dropped four in a row both straight up and against the spread and all four of those games have played over.

Pick: Over


Los Angeles Clippers at Sacramento Kings (N/A)

Sacramento coach Keith Smart knows his team is a work in progress.

The Kings have some nice pieces in place, but still struggle on the defensive end and can’t seem to get any type of substitution rotation going.

"You still never know who (coach Keith Smart is) going to call on to play," Jimmer Fredette told reporters after scoring 17 points in Monday’s win over Minnesota. "But I was able to play pretty well, help the team continue to roll and continue to gain a lead. So I was just feeling good and I was able to help out and we were able to win."

However, the Kings struggled to contain Steve Nash and the Suns’ offense the following night in a 109-103 loss even though center DeMarcus Cousins scored a career-high 41 points.

That’s the way things are going to be with Sacramento down the stretch – impressive some nights and overmatched on others.

The Clippers took a six-game winning streak into Wednesday’s date with the Lakers and should give Sacto a tough time despite the back-to-back.

Pick: Clippers
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Dunkel

Florida at Washington
The Panthers look to take advantage of a Washington team that is 1-5 in its last 6 games against Southeast Division opponents. Florida is the pick (+125) according to Dunkel, which has the Panthers favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Florida (+125). Here are all of today's picks.

THURSDAY, APRIL 5

Game 1-2: Winnipeg at NY Islanders (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Winnipeg 11.813; NY Islanders 10.823
Dunkel Line & Total: Winnipeg by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: NY Islanders (-125); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Winnipeg (+105); Over

Game 3-4: Tampa Bay at Toronto (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay 9.803; Toronto 11.354
Dunkel Line & Total: Toronto by 1 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Toronto (-125); 6
Dunkel Pick: Toronto (-125); Under

Game 5-6: Florida at Washington (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Florida 11.239; Washington 10.027
Dunkel Line & Total: Florida by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Washington (-145); 5
Dunkel Pick: Florida (+125); Over

Game 7-8: Buffalo at Philadelphia (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Buffalo 11.416; Philadelphia 12.574
Dunkel Line & Total: Philadelphia by 1; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Philadelphia (-140); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-140); Under

Game 9-10: Montreal at Carolina (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Montreal 11.372; Carolina 10.964
Dunkel Line & Total: Montreal by 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Carolina (-170); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Montreal (+150); Over

Game 11-12: NY Rangers at Pittsburgh (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Rangers 12.288; Pittsburgh 13.385
Dunkel Line & Total: Pittsburgh by 1; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Pittsburgh (-175); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-175); Under

Game 13-14: New Jersey at Detroit (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New Jersey 12.107; Detroit 11.069
Dunkel Line & Total: New Jersey by 1; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Detroit (-155); 5
Dunkel Pick: New Jersey (+135); Over

Game 15-16: Boston at Ottawa (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston 10.848; Ottawa 12.527
Dunkel Line & Total: Ottawa by 1 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 17-18: Dallas at Nashville (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Dallas 11.215; Nashville 10.770
Dunkel Line & Total: Dallas by 1/2; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Nashville (-170); 5
Dunkel Pick: Dallas (+150); Over

Game 19-20: Chicago at Minnesota (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago 11.384; Minnesota 12.436
Dunkel Line & Total: Minnesota by 1; 4
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 21-22: Columbus at Colorado (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Columbus 11.912; Colorado 10.998
Dunkel Line & Total: Columbus by 1; 6 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Colorado (-185); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Columbus (+165); Over

Game 23-24: Vancouver at Calgary (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Vancouver 10.940; Calgary 11.119
Dunkel Line & Total: Calgary by 1/2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Vancouver (-150); 5
Dunkel Pick: Calgary (+130); Under

Game 25-26: Anaheim at Edmonton (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Anaheim 11.731; Edmonton 10.014
Dunkel Line & Total: Anaheim by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Edmonton (-120); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Anaheim (+100); Over

Game 27-28: San Jose at Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Jose 11.626; Los Angeles 12.828
Dunkel Line & Total: Los Angeles by 1; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Los Angeles (-130); 5
Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (-130); Under
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