cnotes Posts:24424 Followers:32
08/05/2012 09:21 AM

Armadillo: Sunday's six-pack

Some thoughts from a shaky 99-94 US win over Lithuania Saturday

-- Lithuania, a 35-point underdog, outrebounded the Ameircans and went toe-to-toe with them in a fast-paced first half (55-51 US at half).

-- How does Kobe Bryant play 20 minutes and score one basket (1-7 from the floor)?

-- Americans were 10-33 from the arc; Durant was 4-7, so you can see that opponents will pack defenses in and make the USA hit jumpers.

-- Lithuania, a 35-point underdog, shot 58% from the floor for the game, and its subs made 15 of 21 shots, 71 freakin' percent!!!!

-- Lithuania, a 35-point underdog that lost to Argentina by 23, led 84-82 with 5:51 left in the game. Spin it how you like, this was a red flag.

-- Other than Tunisia/Nigeria, no one in this tournament is afraid of the American team; they were life-and-death to win a game when they had a +14 turnover margin.

-- Linus Kleiza, who played for the Nuggets, had 25 points.

Maybe the American team should practice on Sunday.


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Armadillo: Sunday's List of 13: Clearing out a cluttered mind........

13) Why do ballplayers wear their sunglasses on their hats? Watched a guy butcher a foul pop in sun Saturday, while his shades were protecting the logo on his cap from ultraviolet rays.

Whatever happened to flip-down sunglasses? They seemed to work fine.

12) How is it the Mariners traded Ichiro Suzuki to the Bronx, but refused to trade them Brendan Ryan? Has to be a good story in there somewhere.

11) Tunisia, China and England are all 0-4 in Olympic hoops; someone is going to have some 'splainin' to do when they get back to Beijing.

10) UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun, who is 70, broke his hip riding his bicycle in a race for charity Saturday; he had surgery Saturday night, so we wish coach Calhoun well, and suggest to his wife that she sell the bike.

9) Kansas City Royals fired their first base coach this weekend; that should fix all their problems, right?

8) Omar Vizquel broke into the big leagues in 1989; of the 15 major league ballparks he played in that year, only five still exist.

7) The first Kentucky Fried Chicken opened in 1952. In Utah. Am told the place is still open.

6) Mike Baxter of the Mets tied an NL record Saturday night when he walked five times in one game; thats an NL record for a nine-inning game.

5) Red Sox tried to use closer Aceves for two innings Saturday, and it did not work; up 4-3 with men at 1st/2nd and two out, Joe Mauer took Aceves over the Green Monster and gave Bobby Valentine another sleepless night.

4) How does anyone in the Colorado front office survive this disaster of a season? At least the Astros have a plan; get younger, acquire prospects. It is impossible to tell what the Rockies are trying to do.

3) Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman struck out 39 of last 68 batters he faced, allowing eight hits. They better not make him a starter again.

2) I know full well that Moneyball proponents consider field managers to be expendable middle managers, but thats a bunch of bunk. Some of these teams run with so little margin for error, that a manager cannot afford any mistakes, or his team will lose.

Tim McCarver can promote Joe Girardi for Manager of Year every week on national TV, but Girardi has the biggest safety net in the majors, a $200M+ payroll. He goes 5-10 in 15 games, so what? They'll just go buy a guy who is a fading superstar, making $17M a year.

When Girardi managed the Marlins, he wound up getting fired for cursing out his owner, who was bitching at umpires from his seat near the dugout. Lot more stress involved for everyone, managing a small market team.

1) Clint Eastwood endorsed Mitt Romney for President this week, but the problem Romney has is that I'd vote for Eastwood for President before I'd vote for him. Haven't had lot of great Presidential choices lately.

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bobalou Posts:4945 Followers:143
08/05/2012 11:03 AM

Thanks for the unfor C-Notes - you and mark always put out such helpful info for us!

GL with any plays you make today! (but I imagine your on the golf course by now lol)



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cnotes Posts:24424 Followers:32
08/05/2012 01:40 PM

Sunday, August 5

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Seattle 1 Bot 1 Seattle +173 500
NY Yankees 1 Under 10 500

Cleveland 2 Top 2 Cleveland +192 500
Detroit 1 Under 9.5 500

Pittsburgh 0 Top 2 Cincinnati -121 500
Cincinnati 1 Over 8 500

Minnesota 0 Bot 0 Minnesota +178 500
Boston 0 Over 10.5 500

Houston 0 Bot 0 Houston +206 500
Atlanta 0 Under 7.5 500

Miami 0 Bot 0 Miami +201 500
Washington 0 Over 7.5 500

Arizona 0 Bot 0 Philadelphia -135 500
Philadelphia 0 Over 7.5 500

Baltimore 0 Bot 0 Baltimore +192 500
Tampa Bay 0 Under 7 500

LA Angels - 2:10 PM ET Chi. White Sox -108 500
Chi. White Sox - Under 10 500

Texas - 2:10 PM ET Texas -145 500
Kansas City - Over 9.5 500

San Francisco - 3:10 PM ET San Francisco -150 500
Colorado - Over 11 500

Toronto - 4:05 PM ET Oakland -160 500
Oakland - Over 7.5 500

NY Mets - 4:05 PM ET NY Mets -117 500
San Diego - Over 7 500

Chi. Cubs - 4:10 PM ET Chi. Cubs +164 500
LA Dodgers - Over 8 500

Milwaukee - 8:05 PM ET St. Louis -157 500
St. Louis - Over 8.5 500

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cnotes Posts:24424 Followers:32
08/05/2012 01:44 PM

MLB
Short Sheet

Monday, August 6

National League

(TC) Arizona at Philadelphia, 1:35 ET
Cahill: 12-5 TSR away pitching on 5 or 6 days rest
Lee: 0-6 TSR on Sundays

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 1:10 ET
Burnett: 8-0 TSR with a line of -125 to +125
Bailey: 17-6 Over pitching off a team win

Miami at Washington, 1:35 ET
Nolasco: Miami 14-30 SU as an underdog
Strasburg: Washington 30-18 SU off 6+ division games

Houston at Atlanta, 1:35 ET
Norris: Houston 3-23 SU as an underdog of +175 to +250
Medlen: 8-0 TSR pitching off a team loss

(TC) Milwaukee at St. Louis, 8:05 ET ESPN
Estrada: Milwaukee 9-21 SU away off a loss
Lohse: St. Louis 18-8 Under in the second half of the season

San Francisco at Colorado, 3:10 ET
Lincecum: San Francisco 19-5 Over away off a win
Chatwood: Colorado 6-16 SU after allowing 9+ runs

NY Mets at San Diego, 4:05 ET
Harvey: Mets 20-11 Over off 4+ road games
Marquis: San Diego 26-47 SU as a home underdog

(TC) Chicago Cubs at LA Dodgers, 4:10 ET
Germano: Cubs 5-18 SU away off BB losses
Blanton: Dodgers 21-12 SU off BB wins


American League

Seattle at NY Yankees, 1:05 ET
Iwakuma: Seattle 29-80 SU as an underdog of +150 or higher
Garcia: 82-46 SU in day games

Cleveland at Detroit, 1:05 ET
Seddon: Cleveland 0-10 SU away off BB division losses
Scherzer: Detroit 14-3 SU on Sundays

Minnesota at Boston, 1:35 ET
Blackburn: Minnesota 7-1 SU away with a total of 10 to 10.5 runs
Morales: Boston 0-7 SU as a favorite of -175 to -250

Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 1:40 ET
Gonzalez: Balimore 10-4 SU off a win by 4+ runs
Price: Tampa Bay 5-13 SU off a loss by 4+ runs

Texas at Kansas City, 2:10 ET
Holland: Texas 28-11 SU away after winning 4 of their last 5 games
Hochevar: Kansas City 11-20 SU at home off a loss

LA Angels at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 ET TBS
Haren: Angels 8-17 SU off 3+ Overs
Liriano:

Toronto at Oakland, 4:05 ET
Laffey: Toronto 15-31 SU off BB road games
Milone: 9-1 TSR at home with a total of 7 to 8.5 runs


(TC)=Time Change

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cnotes Posts:24424 Followers:32
08/05/2012 01:45 PM

Sunday's betting tips: Men's 100-meter takes center stage at Olympics

Weather

Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds: A 60 percent chance of thunderstorms expected at game time. Winds will be blowing out to left field at 11 mph.

Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees: A 30 percent chance of thunderstorms and 15 mph winds blowing out to left field.

Who’s hot?

Cincy has won four straight and 14 of its past 15 games to take a commanding 5.5 game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates for the NL Central lead.

Who’s not?

The Indians have lost eight straight and sit 8.5 games back of the White Sox for top spot in the AL Central.

Key stat

USA male swimmers have now won 13 gold medals in 13 finals of the 4x100m medley relay. Michael Phelps concludes his Olympic career with a record 22 medals, eighteen of them gold.

Game of the day

Track and Field: Men’s 100-meter. Reigning gold medalist Usain Bolt is still the betting favorite to win the 100-meter, priced at -133 after posting a qualifying time of 10.09 seconds to win Heat No. 4 Saturday. His time tied for ninth overall.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

X-rays on Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes' ribs Saturday night were negative. The team says Holmes is day-to-day after he was injured in the team's scrimmage earlier in the day.

Notable quotable

"I stumbled on the start; I really didn't do a lot of executing."- Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt on his run Saturday.

Betting news and notes

-Nationals’ catcher Jesus Flores heard about the acquisition of Kurt Suzuki from the media instead of his manager, and on Saturday, MLB.com's Bill Madson tweeted that the Nationals weren't happy with how Flores called games behind the plate.

-The White Sox had lost only once in their previous 12 home games before Saturday; Los Angeles won for only the fifth time in its last 15 road contests.

-Rangers closer Joe Nathan has been held out the last two days, with Alexi Ogando getting the save opportunities. Nathan could return Sunday.

-Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza (triceps) threw a successful bullpen session Saturday and hopes to return in time to start Tuesday in San Diego.

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