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Saturday’s betting tips: Mets' knuckler worried about weather
Weather to watch
Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles: Early forecasts predict up to 20 mph winds blowing in from left-centerfield.
NBA: Boston is 5-0-2 against the spread in its last seven overall.
NBA: The over is 17-7 in Minnesota’s last 24 road games.
NHL: Vancouver has won seven of its last eight.
NHL: New Jersey has won five straight.
MLB: Toronto is 10-4 in Brandon Morrow’s last 14 starts.
NBA: Orlando has dropped five straight against the spread.
NBA: Sacramento is 2-7 against the spread in its last nine.
NHL: Dallas has lost four in a row.
NHL: The New York Islanders are 1-5 in their last six trips to Columbus.
MLB: The over is 2-10-1 in the Chicago Cubs’ last 13.
2.50 – Colorado Rockies starter Jamie Moyer was 2-1 with a sparkling 2.50 ERA in Cactus League play. The 49-year-old was 9-9 with the Phillies last season after coming back from elbow surgery and also tossed a pair of complete games. Moyer and the Rockies opened as -120 favorites at Houston.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Kyle Farnsworth, Tampa Bay Rays - Farnsworth is looking at an extended stay on the 15-day disabled list. Rays manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Farnsworth will likely need four to six weeks of rest for his ailing elbow to heal. Farnsworth, who will turn 36 on April 14, had 25 saves and went 5-1 with a 2.18 ERA as Tampa Bay's closer last year. The Rays are expected to use a closer-by-committee system until Farnsworth returns.
Game of the day
Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies (-3.5, 183
"It can sometimes be a problem. When it's too cold, the balls feel different in your hands," Dickey said prior to the season opener. "It's like feeling a pool ball, almost. It's hard to make it do what you want it to do." - New York Mets starter R.A. Dickey about throwing his knuckleball in cool April conditions. The Mets are set as -105 favorites against Atlanta with Dickey starting Saturday. A high of 54 degrees is expected in New York with 16 mph winds blowing in from right field.
Notes and tips
The Baltimore Orioles have named righthander Jim Johnson as their closer. Johnson will take the place of Kevin Gregg, who served as the closer last year. The 28-year-old Johnson was 6-5 with a 2.67 ERA and nine saves in 14 opportunities last season. Gregg will serve as the setup man or in a variety of roles, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. In 2011, Gregg was 0-3 with a 4.37 ERA and seven blown saves in 29 chances.
Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has been ruled for the season finale against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Toews has missed the last 21 games because of a concussion. "I'm still keeping that confidence and that positive outlook that things are going to go the right way," Toews said after practice Friday, "that I will be ready for next week." The Blackhawks have gone 12-5-4 in Toews' absensce.
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard signed a waiver not to opt out of his contract only after the team threatened to deal him to the Los Angeles Lakers. The New York Post, citing league sources, reported that the Magic had a deal in place with the New Jersey Nets one day before the trade deadline. Howard had waffled back and forth on whether to sign the opt-out waiver and would have become an unrestricted free agent had he failed to do so. According to the newspaper, the Magic told Howard he would be traded to the Lakers "by the end of the day" if he balked at signing the waiver.
Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth is scheduled for a doctor's appointment after he was hurt in Thursday night's win over the Florida Panthers. Neuvirth suffered a lower-body injury when his left leg bent, leaving Braden Holtby as the only healthy netminder for Saturday's regular-season finale against the New York Rangers. Tomas Vokoun, who is dealing with a groin injury, is listed as day-to-day, according to Capitals coach Dale Hunter. The team is waiting to hear the results of Neuvirth's exam before deciding whether to call up another goalie from the minors.
Updated odds to win the Masters:
RORY McILROY 3/1
LEE WESTWOOD 6/1
PHIL MICKELSON 8/1
BUBBA WATSON 12/1
SERGIO GARCIA 12/1
JASON DUFNER 15/1
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN 15/1
FRED COUPLES 20/1
MATT KUCHAR 20/1
NICK WATNEY 25/1
MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ 40/1
TIGER WOODS 40/1
PAUL LAWRIE 50/1
AARON BADDELEY 50/1
HENRIK STENSON 50/1
HUNTER MAHAN 50/1
JUSTIN ROSE 50/1
CHARLES HOWELL III 60/1
VIJAY SINGH 60/1
PETER HANSON 60/1
BEN CRANE 80/1
GARY WOODLAND 80/1
JIM FURYK 80/1
ADAM SCOTT 80/1
FIELD (all others) 10/1
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
-- The A's cannot use this Donaldson guy at 3B; he's horrendous on bunt plays. A former catcher, he can hit, but he's a butcher at third base.
-- Yoenis Cespedes already has a reputation for a strong throwing arm, as Seattle baserunners held up trying to advance on balls hit to him.
-- Tennessee State's John Cooper, who handed Murray State its only loss in the regular season, is the new head coach at Miami, Ohio.
-- Eastern Illinois hired Jay Spoonhour, whose dad Charlie passed away earlier this year. Charlie Spoonhour was a great coach at Missouri State, Saint Louis and UNLV.
-- Florida International fired the inept Isiah Thomas; hopefully they'll go hire a guy who can coach, not just someone who is famous.
-- Why does Augusta National still use fax machines?
Armadillo: Saturday's List of 13: Random thoughts with weekend here......
13) The best trade in New York Knicks’ history was December 19, 1968; they sent Walt Bellamy/Howard Komives to the Detroit Pistons for Dave DeBusschere, a gritty power forward (6-6, he’d be a 3-man today) who was the final piece in the only Knick nucleus to ever win an NBA title, winning in ’70 and ’73. DeBusschere is deceased now, but was such a god in New York he wound up being commissioner of the ABA after he retired.
12) Why do I bring this up? When DeBusschere was a Piston (he was born/raised in Detroit, went to U of Detroit, was Pistons’ 1st round pick in 1962), at age 24, he was named player/coach of the Pistons, a failed experiment (he went 79-143 over three seasons). The way current star players are shredding coaches, or just refusing to try hard, why bother having a coach? Just let the star player coach the team.
11) Bill Russell was player-coach for the last three years of his career, going 162-83 and winning two titles in three years (the three years before the Knicks won their first title), but those were great teams he played on and coached.
10) My point is this; if Dwight Howard hates Stan Van Gundy as a coach so much, let him coach the damn team. Let a couple assistants do the grunt work scouting, have a couple other assistants work on skill development with players in practice but on game night, Howard is the man, the face of the franchise. Lets see how easy he thinks it is then.
9) On the other hand, while Howard is acting like an immature jerk, almost seemed like Van Gundy was trying to get himself fired, knowing the team is dead as it stands now and would never win. Quitting isn’t an option because of the money involved, so he’d probably be relieved to get relieved of his duties.
8) Elias Sports Bureau pointed out that an average of 4.7 runs/game scored Thursday, the lowest scoring day in the big leagues on a day with 7+ games since 1983.
7) CAA, the league with George Mason/VCU, has signed on to have games shown on NBC Sports Network (the old Versus channel), so they're out of the loop for Bracket Busters, which is an ESPN/ABC production.
6) TCU pulled a coup if they really have signed LSU's Trent Johnson as its new coach, as they head into the Big X. Johnson won big at Nevada and did well at Stanford, but struggled at LSU. No way Horned Frogs were going to do any better than Johnson; this is a home run for them.
5) Last year, Cincinnati Bengals' defense was on field for 1,066 plays; they cut a safety this week named Chris Crocker, who was on the field for 1,019 out of 1,066 plays and was a captain. Bengals are way under the salary cap, so why did they cut a guy who is obviously one of their better players?
4) Heading into Friday's games, 37 of the Lakers' 54 games (74.5%) were within 6 points either way in the last 5:00, highest %age in the league.
3) For years, Rams-Titans played an exhibition game against each other and practiced together for a few days before the game, but now that Rams have former Titan mentor Jeff Fisher running the show, no more. Wonder why.
2) You wonder why some of these college coaches change jobs; often its due to a bad relationship with the AD, especially if a new AD comes in, a guy who didn't hire the coach (see K-State/Frank Martin).
Friend of mine was a coach in a place where the two ADs had backgrounds in swimming and judo; they were clueless about team sports and therefore made people miserable in the athletic department. People work better when they're respected and they're happy. ADs who were football/hoop coaches are generally better to work for, because they have an understanding of what a coach goes through.
1) Last thought on Dwight Howard: with the money Orlando pays him, he should play his ass off every night, no matter who the coach is, even if the team was coached by Moe, Larry and Curly. Howard has a part in the new Three Stooges movie. He actually tried playing against them.
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs: