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Mets & Yankees Continue Series In The Bronx

Phil Hughes takes on Dillon Gee in Saturday’s Yankees-Mets clash.

The 29th interleague series clash between the Mets and Yankees, and first of two meetings this season, continues Saturday night with a matchup of young right-handers.

It's the 30th Mets-Yankees series if you count the 2000 Fall Classic. And just as they did that October, the Yankees have dominated in the regular season as well with a 49-35 record (26-16 at home) entering Friday's fracas. The Yankees were 145 favorites with Hiroki Kuroda on the hill, and the Mets were sending Johan Santana out for his first start since his no-hitter against St. Louis on June 1.

Game 2 on Saturday will commence at 7:15 p.m. (ET) with Phil Hughes taking the ball for Joe Girardi's Yanks against the Mets' Dillon Gee. Hughes and the Yankees opened as 150 favorites with the scoreboard hurdle at nine runs.

Both New Yorkers are currently third in their respective divisions, the Mets (32-26) 1.5-games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East while the Yankees (31-25) were just a half-game behind the Orioles and Rays who were deadlocked atop the AL East to begin the weekend. Despite near identical records, the Mets and Yankees are more than 13 units apart in the MLB betting standings (Mets +10.3 units, Yankees -3.0).

They are also running disparate totals marks on the season. Four of the Yankees' last five have gone 'under' and the Bronx Bombers are 32-23-1 to the low side on the year. The Mets check into the series 34-21-3 'over,' with the high-side winning out at a 6-3-1 clip their last 10.

Gee has taken no-decisions his last two trips to the mound, both ending in defeat for the Mets, though he pitched well enough (13-2/3 IP, 4 ER). The side from Queens is 5-6 in his 11 assignments, and Saturday will mark Gee's second career start vs. the pinstripers. He lost by a 5-2 score last June at Citi Field after allowing four runs in seven innings.

Hughes is coming off a complete-game 4-hitter at Detroit after taking a licking in Anaheim courtesy of the Halos the start before that. There are signs that Hughes is getting into a groove with all four of his quality starts on the campaign coming in his last six assignments. He didn't see the Mets last season, and split his two starts against them in 2010.

The two subway rivals will meet again in about two weeks at Citi Field (June 22-24).

A's & Snakes Kill Off Saturday Slate
All things considered, you'd think it's a trade the Arizona Diamondbacks would like back. Arizona and the Oakland Athletics got together in a winter swap with the two main pieces of that trade facing off Saturday in Phoenix.

The visitors will send Jarrod Parker to the mound for the 10:10 p.m. (ET) first pitch which will be delivered by Trevor Cahill. Parker was the young talent the Diamondbacks had to part with to land Cahill, who is having a good enough season and coming off a complete game shutout in his last assignment. But Parker's rapid ascent into what has been a fine Oakland rotation looks like it will be one that leaves Arizona wondering why they made the deal.

The Snakes opened at -140 for the contest and the 9-run total leans 'under.'

One reason Arizona could afford to part with a youngster like Parker is Trevor Bauer, who appears on the fast track into the majors himself. Bauer, the third overall pick out of UCLA in June 2011, should make his major league debut at some point this season, and with the Diamondbacks struggling at 27-30 to begin the weekend, that debut could come sooner rather than later.

Parker's last start was most impressive as he limited the potent Texas Rangers to just one hit and no runs over eight innings of a 12-1 spanking. He also held the Twins scoreless for six innings the previous outing, only to get a no-decision in a contest Oakland ultimately lost, 3-2, on a walk-off homer by Minnesota's Josh Willingham.

Cahill's last outing was equally impressive with the Cali native hurling his second career shutout in a six-zip win at San Diego after growing up in nearby Oceanside. This will be his first interleague start in a D-Backs jersey, and he's still looking for his first win in front of the Arizona fans. The Diamondbacks have lost all four of his assignments in Phoenix where Cahill's ERA is 5.16 compared to about half that on the road (2.64).

Oakland entered the series with a 13-11 all-time mark vs. Arizona, and had won seven of the 15 played at Chase Field heading into Friday's opener. The Diamondbacks were $1.45 favorites for that game which featured Daniel Hudson for the Snakes opposite Tommy Milone of the A's.

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06/08/2012 05:01 PM

Strasburg And Nationals Pay Boston Red Sox A Visit

Red Sox Nation should be well-lubricated and buzzing for this weekend's interleague set against the Washington Nationals.

Boston gets its first up close and personal look at both Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, and you just know the crowd will give them a warm Beantown greeting in the series-starter on Friday (7:10 p.m. ET). Strasburg is slated to face young Sox lefty Felix Doubront, and the Don Best odds screen has Washington -125 along with an 8-run total.

Both teams were completing series on Thursday before beginning the next round of interleague play. Boston was hoping to avoid being swept at home for a second time this season by Baltimore, and the Red Sox were 140-145 favorites to steer clear of Oriole brooms. Washington was hosting the Mets in a matinee and had their brooms standing by in advance of a potential sweep. New York was 125 chalk for that contest.

This is DC's first trip into Boston in six years, and the franchise is still looking for its first win on the hallowed diamond on Yawkey Way. The team visited twice as the Expos and most recently in 2006 as the Nationals, losing all nine games. Strasburg, one might think, will give Davey Johnson & Co. a darn good chance of avoiding a 10th consecutive loss.

Washington is up nine and down two (+5.8 units) behind the young ace. Strasburg's ERA is actually better away (2.03) than at home (2.65). He will be making the fifth interleague start of his short career and has a sparkling 1.54 ERA in the previous four, including a win over Baltimore in May (5 IP, 1 ER). Despite that low ERA, the Nats are just 2-2 in his four assignments vs. AL clubs.

While the Nationals owned a 2-game lead in the NL East with the second-best record in the majors heading into Thursday, the Red Sox have fallen back into a rut and are last in the AL East with a 28-28 mark before Thursday's contest with the O's. The Sox weren't only out to evade Baltimore's brooms on Thursday, they were also trying to avoid falling back below .500.

Doubront gets lost behind the big names on the Red Sox roster, but the southpaw is quietly building a solid 2012 campaign. Boston is 8-3 in his starts, with Doubront 5-1 the last six with a 2.72 ERA in that span. Friday will be just his second interleague assignment, the other coming in June 2010 when Doubront made his MLB debut with a win vs. the Dodgers at Fenway.

Angels Look To Continue Slow Climb At Rockies
This is definitely one of the series this weekend that will get pushed behind several 'shiny object' East Coast matchups like the Mets at Yankees, Nats at Sox and Rays in Miami. Still, the Los Angeles Angels' trek to Denver against the Colorado Rockies presents some intriguing reasons to watch.

Friday's first pitch comes at 8:40 p.m. (ET) from the right hand belonging to the Rockies' Alex White. CJ Wilson follows in the bottom of the frame as a 150 favorite with a 9½-run total.

Wilson will be facing the Rockies for the first time in his career, and it will be interesting to see how he handles pitching off the mound at Coors Field. The lefty performed pretty well at hitter-friendly Rangers Ballpark over the years, but Colorado can be an entirely different story with a huge outfield to open up bloop singles in front of outfielders who have to play deep.

The Rangers went 5-4 in Wilson's regular season starts vs. NL squads, with his 3.92 ERA in those games almost a half-run higher than his career mark.

Coors Field could also be a nice place to visit for Angels hitters. The lineup is putting more runs on the board in recent weeks despite Albert Pujols still not producing as he is capable. During their current 11-4 spurt, the Halos are scoring 4.8 runs per game, close to a full run better than the 3.9 season average. Mike Trout, the little guy at the top of the order, has picked up some of the slack left by Pujols.

Colorado saw its attempt at turning things around slowed with two decisive losses at Arizona to end that series. The Rockies were really struggling at Coors before the last homestand when they won six of seven from the Astros and Dodgers. White got one of those wins against the Dodgers by working into the seventh and allowing just two hits and a pair of runs. Still, he had to dance around five walks, which usually doom pitchers on this field, and the Astros slapped three homers among their 10 hits in White's start before that on this mound.

White pitched against the Angels last May while he was still with the Indians, and recorded his first major league win (6 IP, 3 ER) as a big road 'dog (+170).

The Angels have built a 17-8 advantage vs. Colorado over the years, and are a healthy 6-2 in Denver. This is their first trip to Coors Field since 2001 when they swept the Rockies.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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06/08/2012 05:06 PM

Diamond Trends - Friday

June 8, 2012

SU TREND OF THE DAY:


The Astros are 0-18 since May 08, 2011 after a 5+ run loss in a night game for a net profit of $1800 when playing against.


OU TREND OF THE DAY:


The White Sox are 9-0 OU since April 08, 2011 as a 140+ favorite vs a team that has lost at least their last two games for a net profit of $900 when playing the over.


STARTER TREND OF THE DAY:


The White Sox are 10-0-1 OU since June 08, 2008 when Gavin Floyd starts as a home 140+ favorite vs a team that has lost at least their last two games for a net profit of $1000 when playing the over.


MLB BIBLE TREND OF THE DAY:


The Dodgers are 13-1 (3.7 rpg) since 2011 as a favorite after a 5+ run win.


TODAY’S TRENDS:


The Angels are 0-11 since May 28, 2011 when playing a night game on the road vs a team that has lost at least their last two games after playing in a night game for a net profit of $1317 when playing against.

The Brewers are 0-7 since May 27, 2011 when Shaun Marcum starts as a home favorite in the first game of a series for a net profit of $947 when playing against.


Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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06/08/2012 05:10 PM

Around the Horn - Friday

June 7, 2012



NATIONAL LEAGUE


San Diego at Milwaukee - 8:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Volquez (2-5, 3.42 ERA) 19-39 OVER 6-2 L8 away Game 1's
Marcum (4-3, 3.39 ERA) 26-31 3-7 L10 home Game 1's


INTERLEAGUE


Kansas City at Pittsburgh - 7:05 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Hochevar (3-6, 6.63 ERA) 24-31 4-0 L4 vs LHP
Bedard (3-6, 3.72 ERA) 29-27 4-1 L5 home vs RHP

IL Record
KC: (1-2 in 2012, 5-13 in 2011)
PIT: (1-2 in 2012, 8-7 in 2011)

N.Y. Mets at N.Y. Yankees - 7:05 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Santana (3-2, 2.38 ERA) 32-26 OVER 10-4 L14 away vs RHP
Kuroda (4-6, 3.82 ERA) 31-25 7-2 L9 home Game 1's

IL Record
NYM: (1-2 in 2012, 9-9 in 2011)
NYY: (1-2 in 2012, 13-5 in 2011)

Philadelphia at Baltimore - 7:05 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Blanton (4-6, 5.27 ERA) 28-31 5-1 L6 away off loss
Arrieta (2-7, 5.53 ERA) 32-25 0-6 L6 home vs RHP

IL Record
PHI: (1-2 in 2012, 9-6 in 2011)
BAL: (2-1 in 2012, 7-11 in 2011)

Detroit at Cincinnati - 7:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Porcello (3-4, 4.86 ERA) 26-31 2-7 L9 away off win
Latos (4-2, 4.91 ERA) 31-25 3-6 L9 home Game 1's

IL Record
DET: (2-1 in 2012, 7-11 in 2011)
CIN: (2-1 in 2012, 6-12 in 2011)

Tampa Bay at Miami - 7:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Hellickson (4-2, 2.69 ERA) 32-25 3-6 L9 away Game 1's
Nolasco (6-3, 4.35 ERA) 31-26 OVER 7-3-1 L11 home vs RHP

IL Record
TAM: (1-2 in 2012, 12-6 in 2011)
MIA: (1-2 in 2012, 8-10 in 2011)

Washington at Boston - 7:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Strasburg (6-1, 2.35 ERA) 32-23 UNDER 6-1 L7 away vs LHP
Doubront (6-2, 3.75 ERA) 29-28 OVER 8-2 L10 home Game 1's

IL Record
WSH: (1-2 in 2012, 8-7 in 2011)
BOS: (2-1 in 2012, 10-8 in 2011)


Toronto at Atlanta - 7:35 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Drabek (4-6, 4.65 ERA) 30-27 6-3 L9 away Game 1's
Beachy (5-4, 1.87 ERA) 32-25 0-5 L5 home Game 1's

IL Record
TOR: (2-1 in 2012, 8-10 in 2011)
ATL: (2-1 in 2012, 10-5 in 2011)

Houston at Chicago (A) - 8:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Rodriguez (4-4, 3.14 ERA) 24-33 1-9 L10 away vs RHP
Floyd (4-5, 5.32 ERA) 32-25 5-1 L6 vs LHP

IL Record

HOU: (1-2 in 2012, 4-11 in 2011)
CWS: (3-0 in 2012, 11-7 in 2011)

Chicago (N) at Minnesota - 8:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Wood (0-2, 4.56 ERA) 19-38 2-5 L7 Game 1's
Walters (2-1, 3.69 ERA) 22-34 2-5-1 L8 vs LHP

IL Record
CHC: (0-3 in 2012, 5-10 in 2011)
MIN: (2-1 in 2012, 8-10 in 2011)

Cleveland at St. Louis - 8:15 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Tomlin (2-3, 5.32 ERA) 30-26 6-2 L8 away Game 1's
Westbrook (4-5, 4.23 ERA) 30-28 OVER 6-2 L8 home Game 1's

IL Record
CLE: (1-2 in 2012, 11-7 in 2011)
STL: (0-0 in 2012, 8-7 in 2011)


Los Angeles (A) at Colorado - 8:40 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Wilson (6-4, 2.54 ERA) 29-29 UNDER 12-2-1 L15 away off loss
White (2-3, 5.60 ERA) 24-32 OVER 8-4 L12 home vs LHP

IL Record
LAA: (1-2 in 2012, 13-5 in 2011)
COL: (0-3 in 2012, 8-7 in 2011)

Oakland at Arizona - 9:40 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Milone (6-5, 3.53 ERA) 26-32 UNDER 7-2 L9 away vs RHP
Hudson (2-1, 4.65 ERA) 27-30 UNDER 5-1 L6 vs LHP

IL Record
OAK: (1-2 in 2012, 8-10 in 2011)
ARZ: (2-1 in 2012, 10-8 in 2011)

Los Angeles (N) at Seattle - 10:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Eovaldi (0-2, 2.84 ERA) 37-21 10-4 L14 away vs RHP
Millwood (3-5, 3.90 ERA) 26-33 1-5 L6 off win

IL Record
LAD: (0-0 in 2012, 6-9 in 2011)
SEA: (3-0 in 2012, 9-9 in 2011)

Texas at San Francisco - 10:15 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Harrison (7-3, 4.37 ERA) 33-25 6-3 L9 away vs LHP
Zito (5-2, 2.98 ERA) 33-25 13-5 L18 vs LHP

IL Record
TEX: (2-1 in 2012, 9-9 in 2011)
SFG: (2-1 in 2012, 10-5 in 2011)

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06/08/2012 05:12 PM

Santana looks to extend shutout streak vs. Yankees

NEW YORK METS (32-26)

at NEW YORK YANKEES (31-25)


First pitch: Friday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
Line: Yankees -130, Mets +120, Total: 8½

Coming off his no-hitter Johan Santana will take the hill for the Mets as they travel across town and face the Yankees for the first Subway Series game of 2012.

Santana has been phenomenal this season with a 2.38 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. He is coming off two consecutive complete game shutouts, including a no-hitter on June 1 against St. Louis. In his career, Santana has a 6-4 record and 4.04 ERA versus the Yanks. Furthermore, having pitched exactly week ago, Santana is well rested for the series opener. With 6+ days of rest in his career, Santana has a 13-3 record. On Friday, he’ll face Hiroki Kuroda who has been decent this season with a 3.82 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 22 walks in 11 starts, but has just a 4-6 record. And Kuroda has been miserable against the Mets in his career with a 1-5 record, 5.75 ERA and dreadful 1.75 WHIP. The Mets don’t have a ton of power, but can take advantage of pitchers who struggle with their control, as they have a 330 OBP this season. The Mets have also dominated against right-handed starters this season with a 25-12 record (.676). Take the underdog METS to win this game behind their ace.

This FoxSheets trend also sides with the Mets:

N.Y. METS are 25-12 (67.6%, +15.6 Units) against the money line with a struggling bullpen whose ERA is over 7.00 the last 10 games over the last 3 seasons. The average score was N.Y. METS 4.4, OPPONENT 3.3 - (Rating = 1*).

Santana’s brilliance in his last start (5 BB, 8 K) marked the first no-hitter in franchise history. But coming off shoulder surgery, manager Terry Collins decided to give him the extra day off following his laborious 134-pitch effort. Now he will be able to go deep into the game, an important factor considering the Mets bullpen has a dreadful 5.38 ERA and 1.53 WHIP on the season, marks that rise to 6.39 ERA and 1.65 WHIP on the road. But with 68 K in 68 IP this year, Santana should be able to keep Yankees batters off base and limit the run production in the bandbox of Yankee Stadium. Play on him for the win.

Unlike Santana, Kuroda has the benefit of a phenomenal bullpen behind him. Yankees relievers have a stellar 2.84 ERA on the season with 15 saves and just two blown saves. The Yanks offense also averages 5.4 runs per game against lefty starters, posting a strong .270 batting average and .349 on-base percentage. Furthermore, the Yankees are 4-2 at home versus the Mets in the Subway Series over the past three years. But facing an ace in Santana off extra rest, it’s tough to like the Yankees as favorites here. Play against.

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06/08/2012 05:15 PM

Friday’s betting tips: Dodgers stinking up interleague play

Weather to watch

Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants - 16 mph winds are expected to blow out to centerfield.

Who’s hot

Euro 2012: Greece have lost just one of 21 games under Fernando Santos and were unbeaten during their qualifying campaign.

MLB: Yankees are 8-3 in their last 11 interleague games.

MLB: Over is 20-6 in Cardinals last 26 home games.

WNBA: Connecticut Sun are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games.

Who’s not

Euro 2012: The Czech Republic has won three of their last five international matchups, but suffered a shocking 2-1 defeat to Hungary in their last warm-up match.

MLB: Padres are 2-9 in their last 11 overall.

MLB: Dodgers are 8-20 in their last 28 interleague games.

WNBA: Over is 8-21-1 Tulsa Shock's last 30 overall.

Key stat

7.3 – The Seattle Mariners averaged 7.3 runs per game during their nine-game road trip. They went 5-4 against the Rangers, White Sox and Angels while playing over the total six times. They’re averaging only 4.25 runs per game on the year heading into their series with the visiting Dodgers.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Milan Baros, Czech Republic – Baros strained a hamstring in Tuesday’s training session and is having a tough time getting fit for Friday’s match with Russia. He’s one of the club’s big scoring threats, having netted 41 international goals.

Game of the day

New York Mets at New York Yankees (-130, N/A)

Notable quotable

"We are up to this task. For sure one thing that will not be lacking in us is determination and will for the fight. We can talk about all sorts of things today, but tomorrow we have to go out and show what we have in our shorts." - Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowsk about opening the 2012 Euro tournament on home soil against Greece, which spoiled the party for 2004 host Portugal in the opener. Poland is set as a -118 favorite with the draw at +220 and a Greece upset at +320.

Notes and tips

Jason Marquis will be activated by the Padres on Thursday and will start against the Giants at Petco Park. "I'm excited to get going," Marquis, 33, said "Mentally, I'm refreshed. I feel good physically." The last 10 months have been rough for Marquis, who has a 106-102 record with a 4.63 ERA in a career that spans 13 seasons and now eight teams. He had a 2-4 record with an 8.47 earned run average when the Twins released him 10 days ago.

The New York Liberty has rebounded to win and cover in consecutive games after dropping their first five of the year straight up, but they still have some work to do on the road. The Liberty are in Washington Friday a place where they haven’t won since 2009. New York has lost its three road games this season by an average of 21.3 points.

The last-place Phillies were dealt another blow when Gold Glove-worthy rookie second baseman Freddy Galvis was plopped on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back injury. Galvis, who has started 44 of the Phillies' 58 games this season in place of injured All-Star Chase Utley, exited Wednesday's game in the middle of his at-bat in the fifth inning. The Phils now have nine players on the disabled list, including a former MVP (Ryan Howard), a two-time Cy Young Award winner (Roy Halladay) and two other former All-Stars (Chase Utley and Jose Contreras).

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06/08/2012 05:16 PM

Armadillo: Friday's six-pack

-- Pittsburgh Pirates are 29-27, which wouldn't be big news except for the fact that the Pirates' last winning season was 20 years ago.

-- I'm convinced Lebron James is more comfortable fading away when he shoots, as opposed to standing still, like for foul shots.

-- Milwaukee Brewers used 21 different lineups in their last 21 games.

-- Oakland A's won Brandon McCarthy's last six starts; he's going to make a lot of money in free agency this winter.

-- Why would a player who wants to play in the NBA go to the
Draft Combine but not work out? How does that help his rating?

-- NCAA is investigating Idaho State after LY's interim coach, who was not retained by the school, turned one of ISU's boosters in for offering to pay off players to play for the Bengals. Wonder if the virtuous interim coach would've been so honest had he gotten the job full-time?


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Armadillo: Friday's List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud........

13) Only once in the last 38 years (1985) have NBA playoff games been faster-paced than regular season games were that season. Playoffs include a lot more half-court basketball, lot more late shot clock situations, which requires players who can make difficult shots under pressure. Its not as much fun to watch, especially when the same two teams play each other seven times in two weeks.

12) Everyone knows everyone else’s plays. How teams double the post changes from game-to-game, but those are subtle changes. So you get more fouling, but its not the refs’ fault. Games are just a lot more physical, and tensions mount as the physical contact increases. The last time regular season NBA games averaged more fouls/game than playoffs games was 1983. You get the picture.

11) If I owned the Saints, and Lord knows I’m not a wealthy guy and wealthy people think differently, but anyway, if I were Tom Benson, I’d call Drew Brees (not his agent) and find out what it would take to get him signed, then he’d pretty much get whatever he wanted, within reason.

Brees has the Saints over a barrel, just admit it and move on; he will be the de facto offensive coordinator this season. You need him working with a clear mind, unifying the other players.

10) Logan Morrison is hitting .368 in day games, .142 at night; not sure why this would be, since roof is closed for just about every Miami home game anyway, but maybe he needs to take a nap before night games.

9) SI.com ran a terrific article on Joey Votto this week; it said that over the last four seasons, Votto had come to bat 2,138 times, and hit three (3) infield pop-ups, as well as one foul ball into the stands on the first base (his pull) side. Cincinnati is definitely a hitter’s yard, but those are staggering numbers no matter where he plays.

8) Since 2010, the major league leaders in on-base percentage: Votto .428, Miguel Cabrera .424, Prince Fielder .404. Votto is that good.

7) My A’s are a weird organization; they announced that Scott Hatteberg will replace Ray Fosse for 20 games on A’s TV broadcasts this season. Fosse has broadcast A’s games for 27 years; he has made it clear there is nothing wrong with him and its not his call. Hatteberg has zero broadcast experience. I’m in no way in favor of this-- it’s often a cold world.

6) By the way, I’d feel better about the A’s if the front office spent less time worrying about TV announcers and more time finding a 1B who can hit. Or a 3B. Or if they just tried to win before they get their new stadium in San Jose, if they get it at all.

5) Jeff Van Gundy is confused why people don't like the Heat; its because people resent the players putting together their own team, and then pretty much declaring themselves champs before they had practiced together.

Free agency has been great for the players; it sucks for the fans.

4) President Obama raised $60M in May, which is impressive, except for the fact that Mitt Romney raised $76M. Where does all that money go?

3) If you bet season over/under win totals in baseball, use W-L records in one-run games to identify risers/fallers the next year. Arizona was 28-16 in one-run games LY; they’re 5-11 this year. Breaks of the game don’t fall the same way every year.

2) Basketball player named Jared Uthoff went to Wisconsin this past year, but red-shirted, meaning he still has four years to play ball after not playing in games this season, but the kid wanted to transfer.

The school has to release the player from his scholarship so he can transfer and get another scholarship, which is most always done, but Badger coach Bo Ryan only released the kid with a lengthy list of schools he couldn’t attend, and he got killed for it in the press. Seemed petty at the time.

Eventually, Ryan said he could go anywhere but another Big Dozen school, which is normally how its done. You don’t want your old recruits playing against you. So everything wound up normal until this week.

1) So what happens? Uthoff is paying his own way to go to Iowa (league rival of Wisconsin’s) next year, making people in the know believe Uthoff-to-Iowa was a done deal from the start, and that takes lot of heat off of Ryan, who apparently had an inkling of what was going on.

All of this should make Badger-Hawkeye games more fun to watch the next few years. Uthoff could’ve gone to Iowa State/Creighton or a few other quality programs for free, but he chose to pay to go to Iowa. Interesting.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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06/08/2012 05:17 PM

Public opinion: Bettors still riding Angels’ streak

Odds and consensus percentages current as of 8:30 p.m. ET, Thursday.

MLB:

Los Angeles Angels at Colorado Rockies (+135, 9)

The Angels are on a major roll, having won 11 of their last 15 overall and six straight road games. They send C.J. Wilson to the mound and he has allowed only one run in his last three outings. The Angels lead the bigs with 38 quality starts this season.

Consensus: Angels, 64 percent

WNBA:

Tulsa Shock at Chicago Sky (-12, 146)

Chicago’s 5-foot-9 guard Epiphanny Prince leads the WNBA in scoring and could have another big night against the winless Shock. Tulsa gives up an average of 78.7 points per game and allow opponents to shoot better than 46 percent from the floor.

Consensus: Sky, 57 percent

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06/08/2012 05:18 PM

MLB
Dunkel

LA Dodgers at Seattle
The Mariners look to take advantage of a Dodgers team that is 1-6 in its last 7 interleague games against a team with a losing record. Seattle is the pick (-110) according to Dunkel, which has the Mariners favored by 1/2 a run. Dunkel Pick: Seattle (-110). Here are all of today's picks.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8

Game 901-902: San Diego at Milwaukee (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego (Volquez) 13.809; Milwaukee (Marcum) 13.269
Dunkel Line: San Diego by 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Milwaukee (-150); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: San Diego (+130); Over

Game 903-904: Kansas City at Pittsburgh (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Hochevar) 14.500; Pittsburgh (Bedard) 15.857
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 1 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh (-140); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-140); Under

Game 905-906: Philadelphia at Baltimore (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia (Blanton) 14.364; Baltimore (Arrieta) 15.481
Dunkel Line: Baltimore by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Baltimore (-120); 9
Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (-120); Under

Game 907-908: NY Mets at NY Yankees (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Mets (Santana) 16.592; NY Yankees (Kuroda) 15.222
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 1 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-130); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (+110); Over

Game 909-910: Washington at Boston (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington (Strasburg) 16.205; Boston (Doubront) 14.773
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line: Boston (-110); 8
Dunkel Pick: Washington (-110); Under

Game 911-912: Detroit at Cincinnati (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Porcello) 14.278; Cincinnati (Latos) 15.115
Dunkel Line: Cincinnati by 1; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Cincinnati (-135); 9
Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (-135); Over

Game 913-914: Tampa Bay at Miami (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Hellickson) 16.270; Miami (Nolasco) 15.052
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1; 6 1/2
Vegas Line: Miami (-115); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (-105); Under

Game 915-916: Toronto at Atlanta (7:35 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto (Drabek) 15.687; Atlanta (Beachy) 17.366
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 1 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-170); 8
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-170); Over

Game 917-918: Houston at Chicago White Sox (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston (Rodriguez) 13.421; White Sox (Floyd) 16.068
Dunkel Line: Chicago White Sox by 2 1/2; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Chicago White Sox (-140); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Chicago White Sox (-140); Over

Game 919-920: Chicago Cubs at Minnesota (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cubs (Wood) 15.089; Minnesota (Walters) 14.168
Dunkel Line: Chicago Cubs by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Minnesota (-135); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Chicago Cubs (+115); Under

Game 921-922: Cleveland at St. Louis (8:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Tomlin) 15.396; St. Louis (Westbrook) 13.730
Dunkel Line: Cleveland by 1 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-155); 9
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (+135); Over

Game 923-924: LA Angels at Colorado (8:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (Wilson) 14.867; Colorado (White) 15.536
Dunkel Line: Colorado by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-145); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Colorado (+125); Under

Game 925-926: Oakland at Arizona (9:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Milone) 16.555; Arizona (Miley) 15.696
Dunkel Line: Oakland by 1; 10
Vegas Line: Arizona (-155); 9
Dunkel Pick: Oakland (+135); Over

Game 927-928: LA Dodgers at Seattle (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Dodgers (Eovaldi) 15.874; Seattle (Millwood) 16.458
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line: Seattle (-110); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (-110); Under

Game 929-930: Texas at San Francisco (10:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Harrison) 14.569; San Francisco (Zito) 15.799
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Texas (-135); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (+115); Under

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06/08/2012 05:21 PM

MLB
Armadillo's Write-Up

Friday, June 8

AL teams are 24-18 in interleague play this season, with over 20-21-1;13-10-1 in NL parks, 7-11 in AL stadiums. Remember there are DHs in games in American League parks, no DHs in National League parks.

Hot pitchers
-- Marcum is 2-0, 1.29 in his last couple starts.
-- JSantana pitched a no-hitter last Friday, his second consecutive shutout. Kuroda is 1-0, 1.20 in his last couple starts.
-- Strasburg is 3-0, 3.71 in his last three starts. Doubrant is 5-1, 3.72 in his last six outings.
-- Wilson is 2-0, 0.45 in his last three starts.
-- Milone has a 2.18 RA in his last three starts. DHudson is 1-1, 2.61 in his last three starts.
-- Millwood is 3-1, 1.74 in his last five starts.
-- Harrison is 3-0, 2.49 in his last three starts. Zito is 2-0, 1.17 in his last couple starts.

Cold pitchers
-- San Diego lost last four Volquez starts (0-3, 4.76).
-- Hochevar is 0-3, 6.43 in his last four starts. Bedard is 1-2, 5.66 in his last four starts.
-- Arrieta is 0-5, 8.24 in his last six starts.
-- Blanton is 0-3, 11.44 in his last four starts.
-- Latos has a 6.75 RA in his last four starts. Porcello is 0-2, 6.41 in his last five starts.
-- Nolasco is 2-3, 6.59 in his last five starts. Hellickson is 0-2, 4.15 in his last three outings.
-- Drabek is 0-2, 13.03 in his last two starts. Beachy is 0-3, 4.42 in his last three starts.
-- Floyd is 1-2, 11.90 in his last four starts. Rodriguez allowed 16 runs in 10 IP in his last two starts.
-- TWood is 0-2, 4.56 in four starts this season. Walters is 0-0, 5.23 in his last couple starts.
-- Cardinals lost last five Westbrook starts (0-3, 8.64). Tomlin is 1-2, 5.59 in his last five starts.
-- White is 2-2, 6.52 in his last five starts.
-- Eovaldi is 0-2, 3.55 in two starts this season.

Hot Teams
-- Brewers won seven of their last ten games.
-- Pirates won nine of their last twelve games. Kansas City won four of its last five road games.
-- Bronx won five of its last seven games.
-- Braves won their last four games, allowing five runs. Toronto won three of its last four games.
-- White Sox won 11 of their last 14 games.
-- Minnesota won seven of its last nine games.
-- Cardinals won three of their last four games.
-- Colorado won six of its last seven home games.
-- Arizona won four of its last five home games. A's won three of their last four games overall.
-- Dodgers won five of their last six games.
-- Giants won six of their last seven games.

Cold Teams
-- San Diego lost 12 of its last 15 games.
-- Baltimore lost six of its last nine home games. Phillies lost their last six games, scoring 17 runs.
-- Mets lost three of their last four games.
-- Boston lost three of its last four games. Nationals lost last three road games, scoring seven runs.
-- Tigers lost seven of last ten games. Cincinnati lost three of its last four.
-- Tampa Bay lost six of its last nine games. Marlins lost their last three games, scoring three runs.
-- Astros lost ten of their last twelve games.
-- Cubs lost 13 of their last 14 road games.
-- Cleveland lost eight of its last twelve games.
-- Mariners are 3-5 in their last eight home games.
-- Angels lost three of their last four games.
-- Rangers lost seven of their last nine games.

Totals
-- 12 of last 15 games at Miller Park went over the total.
-- Under is 20-7-1 in Pittsburgh's home games.
-- 11 of Phillies' last 12 road games went over the total.
-- Over is 17-5-1 in Mets' last 23 road games.
-- Five of last seven games at Fenway park went over the total.
-- Last six Cincinnati home games went over the total.
-- Over is 15-4-1 in last twenty Miami home games.
-- Eight of last nine Atlanta home games went over the total.
-- Five of last six Houston road games went over the total.
-- Under is 8-3-1 in Cubs' last twelve road games.
-- Four of last five St Louis home games went over.
-- Over is 14-6-1 in last 21 games at Coors Field.
-- Eight of last ten Arizona games stayed under the total.
-- Six of last eight Seattle games went over the total.
-- Under is 6-0-1 in Giants' last seven home games.

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