cnotes Posts:24352 Followers:32
On 05/12/2012 01:39 AM in MLB

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Braves, Cards Slug It Out In St. Louis

Those folks over at ESPN got all giddy this week after the New York Mets swept the Philadelphia Phillies on their own diamond. It was a most bodacious accomplishment, to be sure, but we're still talking about a Mets team that was broomed by the Houston Astros a week ago, and the Phils clearly aren't the team we all thought they should be at this point.

Meanwhile, the Miami Marlins have quietly turned around a poor April when they went 8-14 and closed the schedule's first month with eight setbacks in nine games. Ozzie Guillen's club also struggled on the highway to get the 2012 campaign started, winning just twice away from home in the initial 11 tries. The Marlins come home this weekend off a huge road trip during which they won eight of nine while traveling through San Francisco, San Diego and Houston.

The Mets and Marlins are both chasing the Washington Nationals in the NL East as they open a weekend set at the new Fish Tank in Miami on Friday. The series opener had two veteran left-handers on the hill with Mark Buehrle listed as a $1.20 favorite at home vs. Johan Santana. A 7-run total could also be found on the Don Best odds screen, and results were still pending.

Saturday's second game will see the mound duel turn around to the right side for a 1:05 p.m. (ET) start. New York is slated to send knuckler RA Dickey to the mound with Miami trotting Ricky Nolasco out for his turn in the order.

The Marlins will be looking to get even with the Mets after New York swept three from the Fish at Citi Field a little more than two weeks ago. All three contests finished 'under' the scoreboard hurdles (7-7½), with the hosts winning twice as underdogs. A New York win on Friday would match their longest win streak against the Marlins (6 games), and the Mets enter the weekend having won nine of the last 11 from Miami.

Dickey has three of the nine wins in that stretch after taking down Miami on April 25 in New York as a +125 'dog vs. Buehrle. Except for one pounding he took in Atlanta on April 18, Dickey has been about as consistent a pitcher as manager Terry Collins could ask for. Dickey's five quality starts top the New York charts, and he takes the mound with the Mets 4-2 in his outings (+2.8 units) and the 'under' also 4-2.

Nolasco has been even more profitable for bettors with Miami 5-1 in his six assignments (+4.8 units) and the 'over' cashing four times. He pitched well enough to win in New York back in April – 7 IP, 1 ER, no-decision in a 3-2 loss – but received no support from his lineup. Miami has dropped Nolasco's last three starts vs. New York despite the right-hander owning a 3.04 ERA in those contests.

The clubs are set to close the series with a Sunday matinee that currently lists Jonathan Niese as New York's starter and Carlos Zambrano for the Marlins.

Heavyweights Slug It Out In St. Louis
Seriously, did you see this sort of start for the St. Louis Cardinals this year? I didn't, and I can't help but think Redbird Nation is mildly shocked even given the expectations most St. Louis fans have year in, year out.

The Cardinals will continue a series Saturday with another team that has exceeded my expectations in a 7:15 p.m. (ET) collision with the Atlanta Braves. These are the top scoring squads in the NL, and among the majors' top 5, and it will be up to Brandon Beachy for the Braves and the Cards' Adam Wainwright to keep the two offenses at bay.

Friday's series opener was still pending at press, and featured a pair of southpaws in Atlanta's Mike Minor and St. Louis' Jaime Garcia. The Cards were priced at -140 for that contest with an 8-run total.

Unlike their AL brothers in Boston, last September's swoon has not carried over into this season for the Braves. In fact, the offense that went limp with injuries last September has vastly improved with Atlanta's scoring up more than a run per game from 2011's 3.96 mark. But even with a 5.19 RPG clip entering the series, the Braves are nearly a half-run behind St. Louis' 5.61 average. So much for missing Albert Pujols, huh?

Beachy has gotten off to an outstanding campaign following up on his 2011 rookie season that ended with the Braves dropping each of his five September outings. The right-hander out of Indiana Wesleyan has strung together five straight quality starts, and he's been impressive away from home with Atlanta 3-1 in his road assignments and Beachy's highway ERA at 1.80.

Wainwright, of course, is trying to get back into form after missing 2011 due to elbow surgery. His control has been fine (34:7 K/BB ratio in 33+ IP) and the velocity is improving, but he's been a victim of seven long balls already in six starts. The Georgia native has beaten the Braves in each of his six career starts, and Wainwright is a perfect 3-0 in his assignments at Turner Field (2.57 ERA).

St. Louis dominated this series the past two seasons, winning 11 of the 14 meetings and all seven at Busch III in 2010-11. The 'under' was 2-1 in St. Louis last year.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:24352 Followers:32
05/12/2012 01:43 AM

Cubs And Pirates Make MLB Betting Shade List

As we move into mid-May and seek out those 'go-with' and 'go-against' sides that could make for a profitable run in the next few weeks, we are surprisingly drawn to the NL Central as we offer our next installment of 'fade' and 'shade' teams to watch in Major League Baseball.

And when, we might ask, have we last been looking to shade the Chicago Cubs?

We admit at the outset of the campaign to being more than a bit bearish on the Cubbies’ prospects as new team prexy Theo Epstein and new GM Jed Hoyer began to remake the roster. And, to be truthful, we still don’t expect Chicago to contend in the Central.

But there have been a few rumblings over the past couple of weeks that suggest the Cubs are suddenly providing decent value. Manager Dale Sveum’s squad enters this weekend’s set at Milwaukee having won back-to-back series vs. powerful Dodgers and Braves sides. In April they also took two of three in a weekend set vs. the high-flying Cardinals.

Starting pitching has been a key for the Cubs, with Ryan Dempster (NL-best 1.02 ERA and 0.85 WHIP), Matt Garza (lights-out in recent starts vs. the Phils and Cards when allowing only five hits over 14 IP in a pair of wins; season ERA 2.67 and WHIP 0.89), lefty Paul Maholm (only three earned runs and 15 hits allowed over 25 1/3 IP in his last four starts), and ex-Notre Dame football WR Jeff Samardzija (only 2 ER and 12 hits, plus 23 strikeouts over his last three starts encompassing 21 1/3 IP) all on fire in recent weeks.

That solid pitching has also accounted for 13 ‘unders’ in the Cubs’ last 15 games entering this weekend’s set at Miller Park.

Sveum still has issues with his bullpen, where both Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood have been mostly ineffective in the closer role, but no team has been getting the sort of starting pitcher the Cubs have offered in the past three weeks. Meanwhile, the offense has uncovered a new clutch hitter in 1B Bryan LaHair, batting .384 with eight homers heading into the Milwaukee series.

Believe it or not, we’re also looking to shade the Pittsburgh Pirates in the next week or two.

Despite scoring fewer than three runs per game, the Bucs have managed to hang close to .500 because of solid starting pitching. We also must note that the Pittsburgh schedule has hardly been filled with cupcakes over the first five weeks of the season. A steady diet of Phillies, Dodgers, Cardinals, Braves and Nationals has made it difficult for Pittsburgh to forge a breakthrough.

For the next four weeks, however, the slate eases up for Pittsburgh, and the solid Pirate pitching could begin to make a difference.

Offseason additions A.J. Burnett (off an excellent eight innings of work in a midweek win over the Nats, allowing just six hits and two runs) and Erik Bedard (2.57 ERA) have added more depth to a rotation that continues to keep the Bucs within earshot every night. James McDonald, Kevin Correia and Charlie Morton round out a serviceable rotation that has posted a solid 3.40 ERA in the first five weeks of action.

It would help Clint Hurdle’s team if the offense began to percolate, and to that end some improvement must be seen from 3B Pedro Alvarez, whose occasional flashes of power (seven homers) continued to be undermined by his propensity to strike out (30 Ks already). But CF Andrew McCutchen remains a quintessential table-setter, batting .330 and nearly at .400 with his OBP. Perhaps facing a steady diet of lesser rotations in the next month will spark a Bucs offensive surge.

On the fade side this week, we’re taking a lead and beginning to look against the Baltimore Orioles, who have admittedly been one of the surprise packages of MLB in the first five weeks of the season. The O’s have been the best value in baseball on the Money Line thru May 10, standing +1030 units in their first 32 games.

A recent five-game win streak vs. the Yankees and Red Sox (the latter swept at Fenway Park) has further fueled the optimism.

There is a suspicion, however, that skipper Buck Showalter was doing it with mirrors in the first month, as the pitching staff has performed beyond the wildest expectations of even the Angelos family. But developments during the just-completed midweek set against Texas were alarming, as the Rangers (admittedly an offensive juggernaut) battered the Bird staff, which allowed 36 runs while losing three of four games in the just-completed series.

Brian Matusz, who was shelled at midweek by the Rangers and owns a 5.91 ERA, continues to be a weak link in the rotation, and many AL scouts wonder when the rest of the league will begin to catch up to Taiwanese import Wei-Yin Chen, who has been admittedly impressive (2.68 ERA) in the early going. Ex-Rockie Jason Hammel (2.09 ERA) is also likely to come back to earth in a hurry, and many insiders suspect that only Jake Arrieta among the starters is likely to hold up into the summer months.

Injuries are also starting to pile up, with key OF Nolan Reimold recently placed on the DL with a herniated disc in his neck, and the return date of 2B Brian Roberts rom post-concussion symptoms that have kept him out of action since the beginning of the season still unknown.

Now that the Orioles are starting to become a “team du jour” among wagerers at the Las Vegas sports books, don’t be surprised for regression to the mean.

Trust us, it’s happened before.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:24352 Followers:32
05/12/2012 01:48 AM

Around the Horn - Saturday

May 11, 2012

NATIONAL LEAGUE


Chicago at Milwaukee - 1:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Volstad (0-4, 6.55 ERA) 13-19 2-8 L10 Game 2's
Marcum (1-1, 3.41 ERA) 14-18 3-11 L14 during day

Brewers beat Cubs, 8-7 on Friday

N.Y. Mets at Miami - 1:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Dickey (4-1, 3.76 ERA) 18-14 5-2 L7 during day
Nolasco (4-0, 2.72 ERA) 17-15 5-1 L6 home vs RHP

Marlins beat Mets, 6-5 on Friday

San Diego at Philadelphia - 7:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Volquez (1-2, 2.98 ERA) 11-22 3-7 L10 Game 2's
Halladay (3-2, 3.28 ERA) 15-18 OVER 7-2 L9 home vs RHP

Phillies beat Padres, 7-3 on Friday

Houston at Pittsburgh - 7:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Happ (2-2, 5.24 ERA) 15-17 OVER 10-3 L13 away
Morton (1-3, 4.61 ERA) 14-18 UNDER 6-2 L8 vs LHP

Astros beat Pirates, 1-0 on Friday

Washington at Cincinnati - 7:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Zimmermann (1-3, 2.29 ERA) 20-12 8-2 L10 Game 2's
Latos (2-2, 4.93 ERA) 16-15 11-4 L15 vs RHP

Nationals beat Reds, 7-3 on Friday

Atlanta at St. Louis - 7:15 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Beachy (3-1, 1.62 ERA) 20-13 8-1 L9 Game 2's
Wainwright (2-3, 5.61 ERA) 20-12 7-3 L10 home vs RHP

Braves beat Cardinals, 9-7 on Friday


San Francisco at Arizona - 8:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Cain (1-2, 2.38 ERA) 15-17 4-8 L12 away vs RHP
Cahill (2-3, 3.26 ERA) 15-18 0-9 L9 Game 2's

Diamondbacks beat Giants, 5-1 on Friday

Colorado at Los Angeles - 9:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Nicasio (2-1, 5.35 ERA) 13-18 OVER 7-4 L11 Game 2's
Harang (1-2, 5.24 ERA) 21-11 7-2 L9 home vs RHP

Dodgers beat Rockies, 7-3 on Friday

AMERICAN LEAGUE


Los Angeles at Texas - 1:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Williams (3-1, 3.38 ERA) 14-19 1-4 L5 away vs LHP
Harrison (4-2, 5.11 ERA) 22-11 8-2 L10 Game 2's

Rangers beat Angels, 10-3 on Friday

Seattle at N.Y. Yankees - 4:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Noesi (2-3, 6.30 ERA) 15-19 UNDER 7-3 L10 Game 2's
Hughes (2-4, 6.67 ERA) 18-14 1-4 L5 Saturdays

Yankees beat Mariners, 6-2 on Friday

Tampa Bay at Baltimore - 7:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Moore (1-2, 5.71 ERA) 20-13 7-3 L10 Game 2's
Matusz (1-4, 5.91 ERA) 21-12 OVER 5-0 L5 on Saturdays

Orioles beat Rays, 4-3 on Friday

Cleveland at Boston - 7:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Tomlin (1-2, 4.67 ERA) 18-14 6-3 L9 Game 3's
Doubront (2-1, 5.01 ERA) 13-19 OVER 4-1 L5 on Saturdays

Indians beat Red Sox, 8-3 on Thursday
Red Sox beat Indians, 7-5 on Friday

Kansas City at Chicago - 8:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Hochevar (2-3, 9.00 ERA) 11-20 1-5 L6 vs LHP
Stults (0-0, 3.00 ERA) 16-17 1-4 L5 Game 2's

White Sox beat Royals, 5-0 on Friday

Toronto at Minnesota - 7:10 PM EST (Game 3/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Hutchison (1-1, 6.65 ERA) 18-15 UNDER 7-1 L8 away vs LHP
Walters (NR) 9-23 2-7 L9 Game 3's

Blue Jays beat Twins, 6-2 on Thursday
Twins beat Blue Jays, 7-6 on Friday

Detroit at Oakland - 8:10 PM EST (Game 3/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Fister (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 16-16 UNDER 6-1 L7 Game 3's
McCarthy (2-3, 2.96 ERA) 17-16 6-3 L9 Game 3's

Tigers beat Athletics, 10-6 on Thursday
Athletics beat Tigers, 11-4 on Friday

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:24352 Followers:32
05/12/2012 01:48 AM

Around the Horn - Saturday

May 11, 2012

NATIONAL LEAGUE


Chicago at Milwaukee - 1:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Volstad (0-4, 6.55 ERA) 13-19 2-8 L10 Game 2's
Marcum (1-1, 3.41 ERA) 14-18 3-11 L14 during day

Brewers beat Cubs, 8-7 on Friday

N.Y. Mets at Miami - 1:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Dickey (4-1, 3.76 ERA) 18-14 5-2 L7 during day
Nolasco (4-0, 2.72 ERA) 17-15 5-1 L6 home vs RHP

Marlins beat Mets, 6-5 on Friday

San Diego at Philadelphia - 7:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Volquez (1-2, 2.98 ERA) 11-22 3-7 L10 Game 2's
Halladay (3-2, 3.28 ERA) 15-18 OVER 7-2 L9 home vs RHP

Phillies beat Padres, 7-3 on Friday

Houston at Pittsburgh - 7:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Happ (2-2, 5.24 ERA) 15-17 OVER 10-3 L13 away
Morton (1-3, 4.61 ERA) 14-18 UNDER 6-2 L8 vs LHP

Astros beat Pirates, 1-0 on Friday

Washington at Cincinnati - 7:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Zimmermann (1-3, 2.29 ERA) 20-12 8-2 L10 Game 2's
Latos (2-2, 4.93 ERA) 16-15 11-4 L15 vs RHP

Nationals beat Reds, 7-3 on Friday

Atlanta at St. Louis - 7:15 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Beachy (3-1, 1.62 ERA) 20-13 8-1 L9 Game 2's
Wainwright (2-3, 5.61 ERA) 20-12 7-3 L10 home vs RHP

Braves beat Cardinals, 9-7 on Friday


San Francisco at Arizona - 8:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Cain (1-2, 2.38 ERA) 15-17 4-8 L12 away vs RHP
Cahill (2-3, 3.26 ERA) 15-18 0-9 L9 Game 2's

Diamondbacks beat Giants, 5-1 on Friday

Colorado at Los Angeles - 9:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Nicasio (2-1, 5.35 ERA) 13-18 OVER 7-4 L11 Game 2's
Harang (1-2, 5.24 ERA) 21-11 7-2 L9 home vs RHP

Dodgers beat Rockies, 7-3 on Friday

AMERICAN LEAGUE


Los Angeles at Texas - 1:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Williams (3-1, 3.38 ERA) 14-19 1-4 L5 away vs LHP
Harrison (4-2, 5.11 ERA) 22-11 8-2 L10 Game 2's

Rangers beat Angels, 10-3 on Friday

Seattle at N.Y. Yankees - 4:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Noesi (2-3, 6.30 ERA) 15-19 UNDER 7-3 L10 Game 2's
Hughes (2-4, 6.67 ERA) 18-14 1-4 L5 Saturdays

Yankees beat Mariners, 6-2 on Friday

Tampa Bay at Baltimore - 7:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Moore (1-2, 5.71 ERA) 20-13 7-3 L10 Game 2's
Matusz (1-4, 5.91 ERA) 21-12 OVER 5-0 L5 on Saturdays

Orioles beat Rays, 4-3 on Friday

Cleveland at Boston - 7:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Tomlin (1-2, 4.67 ERA) 18-14 6-3 L9 Game 3's
Doubront (2-1, 5.01 ERA) 13-19 OVER 4-1 L5 on Saturdays

Indians beat Red Sox, 8-3 on Thursday
Red Sox beat Indians, 7-5 on Friday

Kansas City at Chicago - 8:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Hochevar (2-3, 9.00 ERA) 11-20 1-5 L6 vs LHP
Stults (0-0, 3.00 ERA) 16-17 1-4 L5 Game 2's

White Sox beat Royals, 5-0 on Friday

Toronto at Minnesota - 7:10 PM EST (Game 3/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Hutchison (1-1, 6.65 ERA) 18-15 UNDER 7-1 L8 away vs LHP
Walters (NR) 9-23 2-7 L9 Game 3's

Blue Jays beat Twins, 6-2 on Thursday
Twins beat Blue Jays, 7-6 on Friday

Detroit at Oakland - 8:10 PM EST (Game 3/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Fister (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 16-16 UNDER 6-1 L7 Game 3's
McCarthy (2-3, 2.96 ERA) 17-16 6-3 L9 Game 3's

Tigers beat Athletics, 10-6 on Thursday
Athletics beat Tigers, 11-4 on Friday

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
marksmoneymakers Posts:10212 Followers:137
05/12/2012 08:47 AM

Nice info!!

minet123 Posts:245 Followers:0
05/12/2012 09:53 AM

What Mark said some great info

cnotes Posts:24352 Followers:32
05/12/2012 11:15 AM

Glad you folks are using it.........good luck !

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:24352 Followers:32
05/12/2012 11:18 AM

Saturday’s betting tips: Ray Allen questionable for Game 1

Weather to watch

Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees – 12 mph winds are expected to blow out to center field.

Who’s hot

NBA: Celtics are 16-7-2 ATS in their last 25 games overall.

NBA: The under is 22-8 in the last 30 meetings between the Nuggets and Lakers.

NHL: Rangers are 31-15 in their last 46 home games.

MLB: St. Louis had won six of its last seven meetings with Atlanta ahead of Friday's action.

Who’s not

NBA: 76ers are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games as an underdog.

NBA: Lakers are 4-13 ATS in their last 17 home games.

NBA: Capitals are 3-11 in their last 14 games as an underdog of +110 to +150.

MLB: Astros are 10-29 in J.A. Happ’s last 39 starts.

Key stat

1 – The Washington Capitals have lost just once this postseason after scoring the opening goal of a game. After being held to just one point in four playoff games spanning the end of the Boston series and the first of this series with the Rangers, Alex Ovechkin has recorded a point in three straight games, including the opening goal in Washington’s 2-1 Game 6 victory.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Ray Allen, Boston Celtics – Allen is listed as a game-time decision as he deals with a sprained ankle. After toughing it out through the last half of Boston’s opening-round series win over Atlanta, Allen indicated that he could sit out Game 1, hoping to be healthier as the Celtics’ series against the 76ers wears on.

Game of the day

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers (-6, 196.5)

Notable quotable

“Kobe being dehydrated and all that and sick as a dog, coming out and trying to will us to a win, it’s disappointing to watch him give that type of effort … and we don’t get it from everybody. Our second- and third-best players are Drew and Pau and the reality is both of those guys got to play better in order for us to win.” – Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown on Kobe Bryant’s supporting staff in Game 6’s loss to the Denver Nuggets. Bryant and the Lakers will have Meta World Peace back in the lineup for Game 7 after serving his suspension.

Notes and tips

Looking for any type of offensive spark in Game 7, the New York Rangers put rookie speedster Chris Kreider back up to the second line with Derek Stepan and captain Ryan Callahan in Friday’s practice. Kreider, who scored a couple big goals in the opening-round series win over Ottawa, has been stapled to the bench for most of this series against Washington following a couple of bad turnovers.

The Philadelphia 76ers may have covered in five of their last seven meetings with the Celtics, but Boston has a huge advantage in experience. Eight of Philadelphia’s nine regulars have never been out of the first round, while Boston’s nucleus is still intact after winning the title in 2008. The C’s opened as 5-point favorites for Saturday’s Game 1.

The Toronto Blue Jays have contacted the Philadelphia Phillies about acquiring Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Both Hamels and Victorino will be free agents at the end of the season and the Phillies are locked in to a handful of lengthy contracts already.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:24352 Followers:32
05/12/2012 11:22 AM

Armadillo: Saturday's six-pack

Coming into Friday night's games, the batters who came to the plate with the most men on base, and the %age of those runners they knocked in:

97-- Freddie Freeman, Atl-- knocked in 20.6% of runners.

98-- David Freese, StL-- 19.4%. Mark McGwire-- good hitting coach.

100-- Michael Young, Tex-- 17%. Future Hall of Famer.

100-- Carlos Beltran, StL-- 17%. Guess he didn't like New York.

102-- Ike Davis, NYM-- 7.8%. Could it be he is overrated?

112-- Matt Holliday, StL-- 14.3%. For full year, is rarely under 16%.


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Armadillo: Saturday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but..........

13) The Twins have a $100M payroll this season? Damn, they're awful. You don't have to be Columbo to figure out that Ron Gardenhire will get fired soon-- its a lot easier to fire the manger than the $100M roster.

12) Red Sox payroll on Opening Day was $175,249,119 and they're #5-6 hitters Friday wore numbers 64-66, meaning they're minor leaguers.

11) Miami Marlins increased their payroll this year from $57M to $101M and they're finally starting to play like it, coming from behind to beat the Mets Friday night. Miami won nine of its last ten games.

10) In four games this week, Mets have outscored opponents 20-5 from the 7th inning on-- they're a mentally tough team. Just not that talented.

9) Mark McGwire is apparently a very good hitting coach; Cardinals are killing the ball, and all without Albert Pujols around to carry the squad.

8) Phillies' owners paid $30M to buy the team in 1981; they're now worth a cool $723M.

7) Carlos Gonzalez leads the major leagues, knocking in 29.9% of runners who were on base in his ABs; Josh Hamilton (27.4%) is next, with Wilson Betemit (27.1%) a surprising third. This only includes guys with 80+ ABs.

6) Bringing up the rear in that category are Nyjer Morgan (0-28), Danny Espinosa (1-63, but he homered Friday) and Marco Scutaro (1-56).

5) Speaking of which, Vernon Wells is making $24,642,857 this year, and has knocked in only four of 70 baserunners. What a debacle.

4) Who pays Yu Darvish's interpreter? Darvish or the Rangers? How much does he make? Where is he from? He's kind of an important guy, no?

3) Houston Astros have four players who earn more than $2.35M a year.

2) Since 1983, Fred Couples ('99) is the only pro golfer who parred the 17th at TPC Sawgrass by hitting his tee shot in the water, then chipping in from the drop area. Thats out of 1,412 balls in the water (before this week).

1) Bronx Bomber fans celebrated when Raul Ibanez hit a cheap homer into the first row of the right-centerfield bleachers last night, but the look on the face of Felix Hernandez said, "I ain't never coming here as a free agent."

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:24352 Followers:32
05/12/2012 11:24 AM

MLB
Dunkel

NY Mets at Miami
The Mets look to bounce back from last night's loss and build on their 6-1 record in R.J. Dickey's last 7 starts as an underdog of +110 to +150. New York is the pick (+120) according to Dunkel, which has the Mets favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (+120). Here are all of today's picks.

SATURDAY, MAY 12

Game 951-952: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee (1:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cubs (Volstad) 14.123; Milwaukee (Marcum) 15.654
Dunkel Line: Milwaukee by 1 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Milwaukee (-180); 8
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (-180); Over

Game 953-954: NY Mets at Miami (1:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Mets (Dickey) 16.692; Miami (Nolasco) 15.901
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Miami (-140); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (+120); Under

Game 955-956: San Diego at Philadelphia (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego (Volquez) 14.146; Philadelphia (Halladay) 13.429
Dunkel Line: San Diego by 1/2; 5 1/2
Vegas Line: Philadelphia (-200); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: San Diego (+170); Under

Game 957-958: Houston at Pittsburgh (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston (Happ) 14.090; Pittsburgh (Morton) 15.837
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 1 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh (-130); 8
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-130); Over

Game 959-960: Washington at Cincinnati (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington (Zimmermann) 14.986; Cincinnati (Latos) 16.266
Dunkel Line: Cincinnati by 1 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line: Cincinnati (-120); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (-120); Under

Game 961-962: Atlanta at St. Louis (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Beachy) 17.022; St. Louis (Wainwright) 16.274
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 1; 8
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-120); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (+100); Over

Game 963-964: San Francisco at Arizona (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Cain) 14.534; Arizona (Cahill) 13.265
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Arizona (-110); 8
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (-110); Under

Game 965-966: Colorado at LA Dodgers (9:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (Nicasio) 14.144; LA Dodgers (Harang) 15.899
Dunkel Line: LA Dodgers by 1 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-130); 8
Dunkel Pick: LA Dodgers (-130); Over

Game 967-968: LA Angels at Texas (1:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (Wilson) 16.073; Texas (Harrison) 15.650
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Texas (-165); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Angels (+145); Under

Game 969-970: Seattle at NY Yankees (4:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle (Noesi) 14.713; NY Yankees (Hughes) 15.813
Dunkel Line: NY Yankees by 1; 11
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-180); 10
Dunkel Pick: NY Yankees (-180); Over

Game 971-972: Tampa Bay at Baltimore (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Moore) 16.497; Baltimore (Matusz) 14.864
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-120); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (-120); Under

Game 973-974: Toronto at Minnesota (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto (Hutchison) 14.698; Minnesota (Walters) 14.907
Dunkel Line: Minnesota by 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Toronto (-125); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+105); Over

Game 975-976: Kansas City at Chicago White Sox (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Hochevar) 14.856; White Sox (Sale) 14.322
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Chicago White Sox (-125); 9
Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (+105); Under

Game 977-978: Cleveland at Boston (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Tomlin) 13.788; Boston (Doubront) 15.102
Dunkel Line: Boston by 1 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Boston (-135); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-135); Over

Game 979-980: Detroit at Oakland (8:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Fister) 16.339; Oakland (McCarthy) 15.104
Dunkel Line: Detroit by 1 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Detroit (-130); 7
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-130); Over

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs: