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On 06/18/2012 05:59 PM in MLB

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Yanks & Mets Heat Up Interleague Play

We’re in a ‘New York State of Mind’ on Tuesday with the Yankees and Mets both highlighting some terrific Interleague Play on the diamond.

Let’s first look at Monday’s action where the Angels’ Jerome Williams will square off against San Francisco’s Matt Cain in Anaheim. Cain is coming off a perfect game against Houston and his team is a 113 road favorite on the Don Best Odds with a total of seven (‘over’ -120).

Don Best Baseball analyst Kenny White hasn’t crunched all the numbers, but knows it’s been profitable this year to go against pitchers the game following a no-hitter. Williams has been hit hard his last two starts, but has a 2.93 ERA at home versus 5.70 away.

The Angels are also hot right now, winning six of their last seven series, including against heavyweights like the Yankees, Rangers and Dodgers. Total bettors will note that the ‘under’ is 6-0 in Los Angeles’ last six games.

Jumping ahead to Tuesday, the Yankees are hosting the Braves in the middle game of a 3-game set. Hiroki Kuroda is on the hill for the home team who are 160 favorites with a total of 8½ (shaded to the ‘over’). Tim Hudson is pitching for Atlanta.

The Yanks have restored order in the AL East with 9-straight wins (13-2 in the last 15) pending Monday’s result. That includes a 3-game sweep in Atlanta. Kuroda has allowed just four earned runs over his last four starts (28 innings) and sports a 2.79 ERA at Yankee Stadium.

Kuroda and New York beat the Braves last week (3-2), but he did allow nine hits over six innings, so Atlanta hitters do have some confidence heading into the contest. Hudson pitches much better on the road (2.12 ERA) versus in Atlanta (5.64 ERA), which is another reason to look at the visitors.

Also on Tuesday is the Baltimore Orioles visiting the New York Mets. Baltimore’s Tommy Hunter has been horrible on the road with an 8.31 ERA, but his team has won 4-straight series. Johan Santana (4-3, 3.23 ERA) is the opposition and is a 145 favorite with a total of 7½ (shaded to the ‘over’).

Don Best’s White points out that Santana has had two rough outings since his no-hitter, but he expects him to bounce back Tuesday with his miniscule 1.30 home ERA. The Mets have been and up-and-down team with sweeps in their last three series. They were on the losing end of two of those, including this past weekend at home against Cincinnati.

This looks like a good opportunity for New York with this decisive home-and-away pitching trend advantage

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06/18/2012 06:01 PM

Weekly Betting Notes

June 18, 2012

The New York Yankees have won nine games in a row through Sunday and in the process, their future odds have been cut in half. At the beginning of that streak, the LVH Super Book had the Yankees posted at 10-to-1 odds to win the World Series and now they currently listed at 5-to-1 as a co-favorite to win it all with the two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers.

The Yankees (40-25) just swept three straight series of three games or more for the first time since 1998, a year they walked away with one of their 27 championships, and they did it all against National League teams. This is nothing new for the Yankees, who own the best interleague record (167-109) in MLB history. After sweeping the Mets, the Yankees also took down the Braves, followed by the first-place Nationals over the weekend. The Nationals had a six-game winning going into that series.

With six more interleague games to go, the Yankees probably wish they could keep slapping the NL around for a little longer as they’ve gone 10-2 this season.

But the Yankees rise to the top began after a three-game losing streak on May 21 when they were tied for last in the AL East with a 21-21 record. In the time span since, the Yankees have gone 19-4 using a steady dose of a winning baseball formula with everyone contributing and getting outstanding starting pitching.

A new hero seems to come up with a key hit every game and the pitching staff has allowed four runs or more only twice in the in the 19 wins since May 22nd.

“You feel like your guys are going to get it done when you’re playing as well as we are,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters after the Washington series. “No matter what the situation is, you feel like you’re going to get it done.”

It hasn’t mattered whether Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda or Phil Hughes is pitching, the Yankees just get the job done. While C.C. Sabathia continues to pile up wins in his traditional consistent fashion, the standout through the streak has been Ivan Nova who has started a streak of his own going 5-0 with a 2.50 ERA during the Yankees 19-4 run.

“I’ve got five in a row, but we’ve got nine in a row,” Nova told reporters. “That’s amazing for me, the way I feel right now. I’m so happy the way we’ve been throwing the ball.”

Nova pitches again on Saturday in Queens against Chris Young and the Mets. Before that series the Yankees have a three-game set in the Stadium against the Braves.

We're only in June with lots of baseball to go, but it seems like we've seen this story before out of the Yankees and it usually plays out with the final scene happening deep into the playoffs.

Because of the Yankees current form, it could be a strong argument that the Yankees are baseball's best team right now. The Las Vegas odds certainly say they are, but we'll see what their made of when they finish off wiping out NL teams and get back to their own league. The four series they play just before the All-Star break are against the Indians, White Sox, Rays, and the always tough Red Sox.

Dodgers Saturday Streak is Over
The Dodgers streak of winning 10 consecutive Saturday games to begin the season is over after a 5-4 loss to the White Sox over the weekend. The streak was just one of those freak things that happened to come out of good consistent play by the Dodgers, but there may a little more it and says a lot about the make-up of this years Dodgers squad.

The Dodgers (42-25) don’t seem to find themselves in many losing streaks which is why they have the best record in baseball. Saturday is usually the second game of a series and in four instances, the Dodgers were coming off a Friday night loss. They’ve only had six instances this season of losing two games or more and in only one stretch did the Dodgers lose three or more.

Because of their consistent nature, the Dodgers are 8-to-1 to win the World Series, the second choice to come out of the NL behind the Central leading Reds who are 7-to-1.

Help is on the Way Philly
The Phillies have lost 12 of their past 15 games, but there is some good news on the horizon, which is why despite being in last-place in the NL East, the Phillies are still listed at moderately low odds of 25-to-1 to win the World Series. Consider that teams above the Phillies such as the Marlins (30/1) and Mets (40/1) both have higher odds.

The reason for some possible optimism comes with the possibility of their heart and soul of the team returning to the lineup soon. The Phillies have lost 13 players to the disabled list this season, but the biggest impact was not having Ryan Howard at first base and Chase Utley at second base. Both players are rehabbing at the Phillies’ spring training facilities in Clearwater, Fla. with progress being made. Howard homered twice in an intra-squad game and Utley got in four innings of work.

More good news for Phillies fans is that Roy Halladay threw for the first time in over three weeks over the weekend.

It’s still not too late for the Phillies (31-37) to make some noise and they have the added incentive of having an extra wild card spot beginning with this seasons playoffs. They are currently only nine games out of first, but need their swagger back. Getting a healthy Howard, Utley, and Halladay back just might be the ticket to make a big run after the All-Star break.

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06/18/2012 06:07 PM

Hot and Not

June 18, 2012

With the final week of interleague play set to go, it means the All Star break is just around the corner! Division leaders managed to build upon their leads over the past week, so it will be interesting to see what transpires over the course of the next seven days. The following is a list of the hottest and coldest teams entering the eleventh week of the season.

$$$-Makers

New York Yankees (6-0, $603): Slowly but surely, Manager Joe Girardi has seen a majority of his squad get nursed back to full health, and with that the case, the team with the highest payroll in all of baseball has played like the team with the highest payroll in all of baseball. After rattling off a 6-0 week, the Yanks will head into Monday night's series opener with the Atlanta Braves the proud owners of a nine-game winning streak ($903). They've won 13 of their 15 June tussles ($1110) and now possess a 1.5-game lead atop the AL East standings. No point in getting in front of this runaway train!

On The Docket: The Yankees will close out their 2012 interleague schedule versus the NL East with three vs. the Braves at home before heading to Flushing to close out the "Subway Series" with the Mets; the Bronx Bombers are 10-2 ($680) vs. the NL this season.

Cincinnati Reds (6-0, $610): After dropping two of three to the Detroit Tigers, Manager Dusty Baker's squad let it be known that they are one of the top tiered teams in the National League after taking it to the in-state rival Indians at home before going to New York and sweeping a Mets outfit that just went into Tropicana Field and swept the Rays. If the starting pitching staff continues to rattle off quality efforts, and the offense continues to mash, the Reds just might find themselves back in the postseason after a year hiatus.

On The Docket: Cincy will finish off its regular season rivalry with the Tribe at Progressive Field before turning its attention to the Minnesota Twins back at home to close out interleague play; the Reds have won six of their nine games vs. the AL ($380) and possess +$$$ returns both home (20-13) and away (18-14).

Baltimore Orioles (5-1, $598): We admit, after the O's dropped seven of eight through early June, we started to lose faith that Manager Buck Showalter's squad had the intestinal fortitude to compete with the rest of the AL East for the season's entirety - boy were we wrong! Since that point, Baltimore has won each of its next four series played, and just closed out a week that saw them sweep what was a red hot Pittsburgh Pirates squad at home before taking two of three from the Braves at Turner Field. This club just might possess some staying power after all!

On The Docket: It doesn't get any easier for Adam Jones and his mates this week as they must travel to New York to battle a Mets squad that was just swept, and follow it up with a Nationals team at home that just got humbled by the Yankees; Baltimore took two of three from Washington in the rivals first go round. Lock us in as season-long believers if a +.500 record is achieved during this stretch!

Honorable Mentions: Kansas City Royals (5-1, $571), Oakland A's (5-1, $363), Texas Rangers (5-1, $356), Boston Red Sox (4-2, $174), Detroit Tigers (4-2, $113)

$$$-Burners

Atlanta Braves (1-5, -$479): The month of June has been truly unkind to the Braves who've split their seven overall games ($20), but in doing so, have fallen four-games in back of the Washington Nationals for the top spot in the NL East. Injuries have plagued Manager Fredi Gonzalez's squad. Brian McCann, Chipper Jones, and Freddie Freeman were all expected to shoulder the major scoring load for this offense, but unfortunately, the trio hasn't been able to get going due to a myriad of injuries ranging from blurred vision to the flu.

On The Docket: Making matters worse for this snake-bitten outfit is a six-game road trip that will take them to Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park for their next six games; Atlanta's 20-14 on the road ($727) but just 5-7 vs. the American League (-$230).

Cleveland Indians (1-5, -$474): We're now two and a half months into the regular season, and still, we never know what to expect from the Tribe every time they step onto a baseball diamond. They can go out and win road series against Detroit and St. Louis one week, and then go out and get swept by their in-state rivals before returning home and dropping two of three to the Buccos. Consistent is a term that will never be brought up with the 2012 version of the Indians, and until Manager Manny Acta's roster figures it out, consider them a pretender moving forward.

On The Docket: The Indians will look to pay the Reds back for the sweep they were handed in the rivals first go round before closing their interleague schedule out at Houston; Cleveland's dropped four of its 12 overall games versus NL opposition (-$490).

Colorado Rockies (1-5, -$371): Since finding themselves on the "$$$-Makers" list a couple weeks back, Manager Jim Tracy's Rockies reside on the "$$$-Burners" list for the second consecutive week after losing all but one of their interleague match-ups over the last seven days. A couple more losses paired with Cubs wins, and the Rockies will be the not so proud owners of the worst money mark in the league!

On The Docket: The Rockies get a day off to reevaluate their situation before traveling to Philadelphia to battle the also struggling Phillies. Unfortunately, they have to close out their interleague schedule in Arlington against the Texas Rangers through the weekend; the Rox check in 1-11 versus the AL to date (-$1130).

Dishonorable Mentions: Houston Astros (1-5, -$390), Miami Marlins (2-4, -$196), Minnesota Twins (2-4, -$213), Chicago Cubs (2-4, -$158), Chicago White Sox (2-4, -$127)


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06/18/2012 06:09 PM

Sabathia tries to lead Yanks to 10th straight win

ATLANTA BRAVES (35-31)

at NEW YORK YANKEES (40-25)


First pitch: Monday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
Line: New York -195, Atlanta +182, Total: 9

The Yankees go for their 10th straight win, all versus National League clubs, when they host the slumping Braves Monday in the opener of a three-game set.

Atlanta has lost six of its past seven games, which includes dropping all three meetings with New York last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It also includes getting shut out in the past two games to the Orioles. Although the pitching matchup is a bit lopsided with Braves lefty Mike Minor carrying a 6.01 ERA and Yankees southpaw CC Sabathia sporting a 3.70 ERA (2.41 at home), Minor has pitched very well in June, allowing just two runs in 12.1 innings. His last start was on Tuesday against these same Yankees and he held them to one run on five hits in 7.1 strong innings. He fanned four and walked just one batter. Sabathia also took the hill that game and the Braves hit him pretty well with 10 hits and four runs in seven innings. Also, Atlanta’s hitting slump has come in pitcher-friendly Turner Field, and the club should be able to bust out in Yankee Stadium, a hitter’s haven. With such a great payoff, the pick here is ATLANTA to improve upon its stellar 20-14 road record (fifth-best in majors) with a series-opening victory.

This rare four-star FoxSheets trend shows that Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez knows how to win games as a huge underdog:

GONZALEZ is 20-12 (62.5%, +27.5 Units) against the money line as a road underdog of +175 to +250 in all games he has managed since 1997. The average score was GONZALEZ 4.2, OPPONENT 4.2 - (Rating = 4*).

Minor (3-4, 6.01 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) has certainly had his troubles on the road this season (6.58 ERA, 1.59 WHIP), but his last away outing was a good one. On June 7, he limited Miami to one run in five innings in an 8-2 blowout win. Despite his poor road numbers, the Braves are still 5-2 when Minor takes the mound as the visitor. And although his bullpen blew his win opportunity in his last start against New York, which he left with a 4-0 lead, Atlanta relievers have been great this year on the road with a 2.61 ERA, converting 14-of-16 save chances. But it’s tough to win games when you don’t hit, and the Braves are in a major slump with just 2.0 runs per game and a .303 on-base percentage during their 1-6 slide. They will probably be missing 1B Freddie Freeman (sore finger) for a fifth straight game too, but 2B Dan Uggla (11 HR, 41 RBI) has a good chance to break out of his 1-for-18 slump considering he’s reached base four times (1 double, 3 walks) in five plate appearances versus Sabathia.

Sabathia (8-3, 3.70 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) hasn’t been particularly sharp recently, allowing 3+ runs in five of his past six starts. He has a 3.95 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in this six-start span. However, Sabathia is always tough to beat in Yankee Stadium and this year is no exception as he carts an impressive 2.41 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in his five starts in Pinstripes. He has faced the Braves three times in his career, posting a 3.80 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. Sabathia expects to be supported by a bunch of runs considering his team is scoring 5.1 runs per game with a .338 OBP and .449 slugging percentage during the nine-game win streak. However, the club will likely be missing OF Nick Swisher, who is nursing a quad injury. Swisher hit a game-winning homer in the eighth inning off Cory Gearrin in the last meeting when Minor started.

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06/18/2012 06:11 PM

Monday's betting tips: Hamilton expected back with Rangers

Weather watch

The battle of Ohio could be a soggy one as thunderstorms roll into Cleveland. The forecast at Progressive Field is calling for 27 percent chance of rain and temperatures in the mid 80s.

Who’s hot

MLB: New York Yankees – The Bronx Bombers needed extra innings to extend their winning streak to eight games Saturday, and picked up win No. 9 Sunday afternoon. New York welcomes Atlanta to Yankee Stadium Monday. It’s won its last five meetings with the Braves.

Euro: Spain – The defending world and Euro champs haven’t lost in seven matches, including a draw with Italy and a 4-0 win over Ireland in the first two games of the 2012 championship. Their last loss came to England, 1-0, in a friendly on Nov. 12, 2011.

Who’s not

MLB: Minnesota Twins - The Twins snapped a four-game losing skid against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday but have just two wins in their last seven outings. Minnesota hits the road for a three-game set in Pittsburgh starting Tuesday.

WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks - The Sparks have lost back-to-back road tilts heading into Monday’s home game with the Washington Mystics. Los Angeles, which opened the year 7-1 SU, is 6-4 ATS including a 2-2 ATS mark as hosts.

Key stat

61 – Since 1999, pitchers coming off perfect games/no-hitters have played over the total in their following start 61 percent of the time (19-11-1 over/under). San Francisco starter Matt Cain faces the Angels after pitching the 22nd perfect game in MLB history Wednesday.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies – Gonzalez was scratched from Sunday’s lineup due to a nagging hamstring injury. He’s listed as day-to-day. Gonzalez leads the Rockies in just about every offensive category, including average (.335) and home runs (17). Colorado travels to Philadelphia for a three-game set starting Tuesday.

Game of the day

Croatia (+700) vs. Spain (-138 - Draw +188)

Notable quotable

"I have in mind some players for Ireland's future, but you won't see them until August. If I were to change five or six men now for the match with Italy, I would draw suspicion. I've got to use the squad that brought Ireland back to the Euros after 24 years. They deserve to play." -- Former Italian head coach and current Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, dispelling rumors that he would play some bench players against Italy Monday.

Notes and Tips

-- The Cincinnati Reds are just getting over a stomach virus that made its way through the clubhouse this week. More than half a dozen players were ill, including starter Mike Leake which forced the Reds to shuffle the rotation. Cincinnati travels to Cleveland for a three-game state rivalry starting Tuesdsay.

-- There are rumors that Spain and Croatia have a pact to finish their Group C finale in a 2-2 draw in order to eliminate Italy from the tournament. Both sides have denied any such arrangement. The Azzurri are fighting for a spot in the knockout phase in the late game Monday.

-- Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton has been released from hospital and is expected to return to the lineup Monday after being admitted with an intestinal virus Friday. “Hopefully he’ll be ready to go when we get to San Diego,” Rangers manager Ron Washington told reporters.

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06/18/2012 06:12 PM

Armadillo: Monday's six-pack

NFL Network ranked the top 6 coaches who never won a Super Bowl:

6) Chuck Knox-- If only the Metrodome had existed in the 70's......

5) Dan Reeves-- Elway carried him, but also got Falcons to Super Bowl.

4) Marty Schottenheimer-- They miss him in Cleveland.

3) George Allen-- First coach to hire a full-time special teams coach.

2) Marv Levy-- 17-6 vs Don Shula while coaching the Bills.

1) Bud Grant-- Lost four Super Bowls, also played in the NBA.


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Armadillo: Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend..........

13) Pretty busy Sunday night on TV; US Open, NBA Finals, Cubs-Boston and the College World Series. Its night like this you realize what a dummy former used salesman Alan R. Selig is, saying baseball is as strong as ever. Hell, the NASCAR race probably got better ratings than the baseball game.

12) Speaking of NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Jr, one of the most famous sons in car racing history, snapped a 143-race winless streak on Father's Day, as he won in Michigan. Thats like four years. Good for him.

11) Miami grabbed a 2-1 lead over the Thunder with a 91-85 win; Oklahoma City was outscored 31-15 at the foul line.

10) How does Kevin Durant play 39 minutes and only take four FTs? Job #1 for Scott Brooks in next 48 hours is to find a way to get Durant the ball closert to the basket so he can attack the rim. He was 11-19 from the floor, 1-4 behind the arc. Harden's 2-10 Sunday night didn't help any.

9) Paul Azinger tweeted Sunday that the PGA Tour average on putts of around 15 feet is roughly 22%. Would have thought it would be higher.

8) Luke Donald is one of the best golfers in the world, but his brother made more money than he did this weekend. Luke Donald missed the cut at the US Open; his brother Christian now caddies for Martin Kaymer, who made the cut this weekend.

7) Tim Lincecum is 2-8, 6.19 this season; forget about the Giants, if you've got Lincecum on your fantasy team, are you worried enough to get rid of him? San Francisco has to be very concerned with his regression.

6) Some know-nothing goofball on SNY said Sunday that Manny Ramirez "had only 14 RBI" while playing for Sacramento in the PCL. Now I'm glad the A's released him, but fact of the matter was that Ramirez his .302 with 14 RBI, IN ONLY 17 GAMES!!!!! Thats 133 RBI, over 162 games.

5) Hard to believe, but Cubs' SS Starlin Castro has come to the plate 276 times this season and drawn only six walks. Theo Epstein is a believer in the Billy Beane/Moneyball/take pitches hitting approach, so something will have to give there. How do you explain dealing such a young star?

4) Cubs fired the highly-regarded hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo this week, as their hitters continued to struggle getting on base. Maybe they need better hitters, not a different hitting coach.

3) Philadelphia Phillies have lost 12 of 15 games and are sinking fast with Utley-Howard-Halladay all out with injuries. By the time everyone is set to get back playing, its likely to be too late for this season.

2) Apparently the Red Sox offered Kevin Youkilis to Arizona for Gerardo Parra, but the Diamondbacks turned them down. Not sure why.

1) If you love pro football, the NFL is offering the "all 22" game film to all of us now, for only $69.95. Its the film coaches use when they break down game tapes. Statistical analysis of games on the internet should get better with this film available to the general public.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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06/18/2012 06:12 PM

Armadillo: Monday's six-pack

NFL Network ranked the top 6 coaches who never won a Super Bowl:

6) Chuck Knox-- If only the Metrodome had existed in the 70's......

5) Dan Reeves-- Elway carried him, but also got Falcons to Super Bowl.

4) Marty Schottenheimer-- They miss him in Cleveland.

3) George Allen-- First coach to hire a full-time special teams coach.

2) Marv Levy-- 17-6 vs Don Shula while coaching the Bills.

1) Bud Grant-- Lost four Super Bowls, also played in the NBA.


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Armadillo: Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend..........

13) Pretty busy Sunday night on TV; US Open, NBA Finals, Cubs-Boston and the College World Series. Its night like this you realize what a dummy former used salesman Alan R. Selig is, saying baseball is as strong as ever. Hell, the NASCAR race probably got better ratings than the baseball game.

12) Speaking of NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Jr, one of the most famous sons in car racing history, snapped a 143-race winless streak on Father's Day, as he won in Michigan. Thats like four years. Good for him.

11) Miami grabbed a 2-1 lead over the Thunder with a 91-85 win; Oklahoma City was outscored 31-15 at the foul line.

10) How does Kevin Durant play 39 minutes and only take four FTs? Job #1 for Scott Brooks in next 48 hours is to find a way to get Durant the ball closert to the basket so he can attack the rim. He was 11-19 from the floor, 1-4 behind the arc. Harden's 2-10 Sunday night didn't help any.

9) Paul Azinger tweeted Sunday that the PGA Tour average on putts of around 15 feet is roughly 22%. Would have thought it would be higher.

8) Luke Donald is one of the best golfers in the world, but his brother made more money than he did this weekend. Luke Donald missed the cut at the US Open; his brother Christian now caddies for Martin Kaymer, who made the cut this weekend.

7) Tim Lincecum is 2-8, 6.19 this season; forget about the Giants, if you've got Lincecum on your fantasy team, are you worried enough to get rid of him? San Francisco has to be very concerned with his regression.

6) Some know-nothing goofball on SNY said Sunday that Manny Ramirez "had only 14 RBI" while playing for Sacramento in the PCL. Now I'm glad the A's released him, but fact of the matter was that Ramirez his .302 with 14 RBI, IN ONLY 17 GAMES!!!!! Thats 133 RBI, over 162 games.

5) Hard to believe, but Cubs' SS Starlin Castro has come to the plate 276 times this season and drawn only six walks. Theo Epstein is a believer in the Billy Beane/Moneyball/take pitches hitting approach, so something will have to give there. How do you explain dealing such a young star?

4) Cubs fired the highly-regarded hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo this week, as their hitters continued to struggle getting on base. Maybe they need better hitters, not a different hitting coach.

3) Philadelphia Phillies have lost 12 of 15 games and are sinking fast with Utley-Howard-Halladay all out with injuries. By the time everyone is set to get back playing, its likely to be too late for this season.

2) Apparently the Red Sox offered Kevin Youkilis to Arizona for Gerardo Parra, but the Diamondbacks turned them down. Not sure why.

1) If you love pro football, the NFL is offering the "all 22" game film to all of us now, for only $69.95. Its the film coaches use when they break down game tapes. Statistical analysis of games on the internet should get better with this film available to the general public.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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06/18/2012 06:13 PM

Public opinion: Monday's biggest consensus bets

MLB

Texas Rangers at San Diego Padres (+164, 7.5)

One of baseball’s best takes on one of its worst in interleague action Monday. The Rangers have won three straight and six of their last seven, and welcome star slugger Josh Hamilton back to the lineup after a brief stint in hospital this weekend.

Consensus: 68 percent Texas

WNBA

Washington Mystics at Los Angeles Sparks (-8, 145.5)

The Sparks are back home after back-to-back losses on the road, hosting the Mystics who just snapped a four-game slide with a win over Indiana. Washington is 5-1-1 ATS in its last seven contests against Los Angeles.

Consensus: 63 percent Los Angeles

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06/18/2012 06:14 PM

MLB
Dunkel

Kansas City at Houston
The Royals look to take advantage of a Houston team that is 1-5 in J.A. Happ's last 6 starts as a home favorite. Kansas City is the pick (+100) according to Dunkel, which has the Royals favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (+100). Here are all of today's picks.

MONDAY, JUNE 18

Game 901-902: Cincinnati at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Latos) 15.006; Cleveland (Lowe) 15.262
Dunkel Line: Cleveland by 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Cleveland (-110); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (-110); Under

Game 903-904: Atlanta at NY Yankees (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Minor) 16.390; NY Yankees (Sabathia) 16.024
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-200); 9
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (+170); Over

Game 905-906: Baltimore at NY Mets (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Baltimore (Arrieta) 15.642; NY Mets (Dickey) 16.768
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: NY Mets (-175); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (-175); Over

Game 907-908: Kansas City at Houston (8:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Sanchez) 14.773; Houston (Happ) 13.370
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 1 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Houston (-120); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (+100); Under

Game 909-910: Toronto at Milwaukee (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto (Alvarez) 16.324; Milwaukee (Wolf) 14.481
Dunkel Line: Toronto by 2; 8
Vegas Line: Milwaukee (-110); 9
Dunkel Pick: Toronto (-110); Under

Game 911-912: Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cubs (Garza) 14.150; White Sox (Stewart) 15.294
Dunkel Line: Chicago White Sox by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Chicago White Sox (-125); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Chicago White Sox (-125); Over

Game 913-914: Seattle at Arizona (9:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle (Noesi) 14.174; Arizona (Miley) 16.426
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 2 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Arizona (-165); 9
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (-165); Under

Game 915-916: Texas at San Diego (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Harrison) 16.155; San Diego (Marquis) 14.927
Dunkel Line: Texas by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Texas (-175); 7
Dunkel Pick: Texas (-175); Over

Game 917-918: San Francisco at LA Angels (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Cain) 15.801; LA Angels (Williams) 15.378
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1/2; 6
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-115); 7
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (-115); Under

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06/18/2012 06:15 PM

MLB
Armadillo's Write-Up

Monday, June 18

Series won-lost records are now below the daily wrteup.......

AL teams were 21-7 Saturday/Sunday, they're 96-72 against NL teams in interleague play this season, with one week to go.

Remember there are DHs in games in American League parks, no DHs in National League parks. It doesn't seem to affect totals either way.

Hot pitchers
-- Minor is 1-0, 1.42 in his last couple starts. Sabathia is 3-1, 4.50 in his last four starts.
-- Dickey is 5-0, 0.45 in his last five starts.
-- Wolf is 0-0, 1.32 in his last couple starts.
-- Miley is 4-2, 2.53 in his last six starts.
-- Harrison is 5-0, 1.42 in his last five starts. Marquis is 1-1, 2.92 in two starts for the Padres.
-- Cain is 7-0, 2.54 in his last seven starts; he tossed a perfect game in his last start.

Cold pitchers
-- Latos has a 6.75 RA in his last four starts; despite that, Cincinnati still won his last five outings, scoring 34 runs. Lowe is 1-4, 7.27 in his last five starts.
-- Arrieta is 1-4, 8.77 in his last five starts.
-- Toronto lost last six Alvarez starts (0-4, 6.21).
-- Happ is 0-4, 7.59 in his last four starts. JSanchez was 0-2, 7.52 in his last five starts, before going on the DL.
-- Garza is 0-4, 7.62 in his last five starts.
-- Noesi is 0-3, 5.26 in his last five starts.
-- Williams is 2-3, 5.23 in his last five starts.

Hot Teams
-- Cincinnati won its last six games, scoring 38 runs.
-- Bronx won its last nine games, scoring 46 runs.
-- Orioles won nine of their last twelve games.
-- Royals won five of their last six games.
-- Brewers won four of their last five home games. Toronto won its last three games, allowing seven runs.
-- Rangers won six of their last seven games.
-- Angels won seven of their last nine games.

Cold Teams
-- Cleveland lost six of its last eight games.
-- Braves lost six of their last seven games.
-- Mets lost their last three games, scoring five runs.
-- Astros lost 15 of their last 20 games.
-- Cubs lost 12 of their last 16 games. White Sox lost four of five.
-- Arizona lost its last two games, both by 2-0 scores. Mariners lost six of their last eight games.
-- Padres lost four of their last five home games.
-- Giants lost three of their last four games.

Totals
-- Seven of last nine Cleveland home games went over total.
-- Under is 7-3 in last ten Bronx home games.
-- Four of last five Baltimore games stayed under the total.
-- Nine of last ten Houston games went over the total.
-- Six of last eight Milwaukee games stayed under the total.
-- Eight of Cubs' last twelve games went over the total.
-- Six of last eight Seattle road games went over the total.
-- Nine of last twelve San Diego games went over the total.
-- Angels' last six games stayed under the total.

2012 baseball series records

thru 6/11 Home Away Total
Arizona 4-6 4-4-2 8-10-2
Atlanta 4-2-3 7-3-1 11-5-4
Cubs 4-5 0-8-3 4-13-3
Cincinnati 5-4-1 5-3-2 10-7-3
Colorado 6-4-1 1-7-1 7-11-2
Houston 5-6 1-8 6-14
Dodgers 7-2-1 5-4-1 12-6-2
Miami 5-3-2 5-4-1 10-7-3
Milwaukee 5-6 2-6-1 7-12-1
Mets 5-4-1 4-6 9-10-1
Philadelphia 3-6-1 5-4-1 8-10-2
Pittsburgh 7-3 3-4-3 10-7-3
St Louis 5-3-1 5-5-1 10-8-2
San Diego 3-6-2 0-8-1 3-14-3
San Francisco 7-2-2 5-3-1 12-5-3
Washington 5-2-3 7-3 12-5-3
Baltimore 5-4-1 7-3 12-7-1
Boston 4-7 5-3-1 9-10-1
White Sox 4-6-1 4-3-2 8-9-3
Cleveland 4-6-1 7-2 11-8-1
Detroit 4-5-1 3-5-2 7-10-3
Kansas City 2-6-1 6-3-2 8-9-3
Angels 4-3-3 4-6 8-9-3
Minnesota 3-5-2 4-5-1 7-10-3
Bronx 7-2-1 4-4-2 11-6-3
A's 3-4-2 3-6-3 6-10-5
Seattle 4-4 5-7-1 9-11-1
Tampa Bay 5-3-2 5-5 10-8-2
Texas 5-3-1 6-5 11-8-1
Toronto 6-4 3-4-3 9-8-3

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