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On 08/31/2011 01:27 AM in MLB

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Diamondbacks And Rockies Close MLB Odds Series

Arizona has won four of Josh Collmenter’s last five starts at home.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are the hottest team in baseball over the last week and set to close out a three-game National League West series against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday night. The first pitch at Chase Field is scheduled for 9:40 ET.

Arizona won its seventh consecutive game with a 5-1 win over Colorado in the series opener, pushing its lead to five games ahead the San Francisco Giants in the division standings. Monday’s contest got a little a contentious when Diamondbacks’ outfielder Justin Upton was hit for the 15th time this season during the sixth inning.

It turned into a rallying point for the home team who scored four runs in the frame.

The Diamondbacks have tallied an 9-4 record against the Rockies this season, including a 5-2 mark at tonight’s venue.

Josh Collmenter (8-8, 3.19 ERA) will be making his 27th appearance (20th start) of the season and is coming off a solid performance. He tossed 5 1/3 shutout innings in a 5-0 home win over the San Diego Padres, scattering six hits and registering four strikeouts while not issuing a single free pass.

The rookie has been rock solid at Chase Field in 13 outings (nine starts), posting a 7-3 record and 2.76 ERA and surrendering just three home runs in 62 frames. Opponents are hitting just .206 against him in the desert.

In three lifetime appearances (two starts) versus the Rockies, Collmenter is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA, including a 12-3 victory at home on July 23 (7 IP, 3 ER). The right-hander will definitely be favored in the betting for the ninth straight time at home, as the team has won four of his last five starts here.

Colorado has fallen flat on the road by dropping three of its last four games, which is disappointing for a club that finished off a homestand with five consecutive wins. The Rockies are virtually out of the divisional race 12 games behind their current opponent.

Playing against NL West competition has led to the team’s struggles this year with a 24-30 mark in such contests. In fact, Colorado is 95-105 in this situation the last two-plus campaigns.

Esmil Rogers (6-3, 5.93 ERA) will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak and has allowed four earned runs in each of his last three starts. The right-hander has also struggled with his control over that span, issuing 11 walks in 17 2/3 frames.

Rogers had tallied a solid 5-2 record and 4.50 ERA in eight appearances (six starts) away from Coors Field, allowing just two balls to leave the yard in 42 innings.In four career outings (one start) versus the Diamondbacks, he has yet to record a decision, while giving up five runs and 12 hits over 10 1/3 frames (4.35 ERA).

Home plate umpire Tony Randazzo provides Arizona with a great chance of coming away with a victory, as home teams are 17-9 in his 26 contests (+600). Total bettors will find that the ‘over’ is 16-10 when Randazzo’s calling balls and strikes.

Temperatures well-above the century mark will keep the retractable roof at Chase Field closed in Phoenix.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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08/31/2011 01:30 AM

James Shields And Rays At Texas Rangers

It looks like Texas is about to get a break from a record heat wave and possibly even from the prolonged drought. But not until after the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays play the second of their 3-game set in Arlington.

Thermometers could still be in triple digits for Wednesday's 8:05 p.m. (ET) start when Alexi Ogando (15-10, 3.57) takes the mound for Texas opposite Rays righty James Shields (17-10, 2.96).

Tuesday's series opener found the Rangers listed around -125 on the Don Best odds screen. Jeremy Hellickson was pitching for Tampa Bay against Texas' Scott Feldman, who was making his first start of the season. Unlike his counterpart with the Angels who moved up two of his top starting hurlers this past weekend, Rangers manager Ron Washington was throwing Feldman in a spot start to give his rotation a little extra rest.

The Rangers are also entertaining thoughts of adding an extra outfielder following Nelson Cruz's latest hamstring pull that sent him to the disabled list. Rumors have it that Lance Berkman's name has come up in talks. Berkman has reportedly cleared waivers, but Texas team president Nolan Ryan called the likelihood of adding the Cardinals slugger "remote" in an interview with ESPN Dallas radio.

Texas began the series with a 3.5-game lead over the Angels in the AL West. The Rangers had dropped six of their last nine games and were 3-4 on the current homestand entering Tuesday play.

Ogando will be making his first career start vs. the Rays and trying to pull out of an August funk that has seen his ERA balloon by just less than a run (26 1/3 IP, 6.84 ERA in August). His last two outings at home have resulted in 12 earned runs crossing the plate over the course of 6 2/3 frames.

The second-year hurler faced Tampa Bay three times out of the bullpen in 2010 – 2 1/3 IP, 3.86 ERA – including a very brief appearance in the ALDS.

Three very shaky outings have been sprinkled in Shields' eight assignments since the all-star break, but he is otherwise having a terrific season overall. 'Big Game' is coming off his 10th complete game of the year, tops in the majors, in a 6-1 win last Friday at Toronto. Laying -140 on the road, Shields struck out 12 and walked just one, the only damage coming on a Brett Lawrie solo shot.

This will be his first look at the Texas lineup since Game 2 of last October's ALDS, a 6-0 win for the Rangers. Shields never made it out of the fifth inning of that game and was charged with four of Texas' runs. He is 1-3 in his last four starts vs. the Rangers, counting the playoff loss.

Tampa Bay started the series nine games out of the AL East lead and needing a strong finish plus a major slide by either the Red Sox or Yankees to have any hope of returning to the postseason. The Rays have heated up a bit in the last two weeks, winning nine of their 13 games before Tuesday.

The series closes Thursday night when Jeff Niemann is scheduled to take on Texas southpaw CJ Wilson.

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08/31/2011 01:32 AM

NY Yankees Face Josh Beckett, And Red Sox MLB Odds Preview

There aren't many tighter races in baseball than the one in the AL East, and on Wednesday night, the top two combatants for the division crown duke it out at Fenway Park, as the Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees. MLB betting action gets started at 7:10 p.m. (ET) from Beantown, and there will be live television coverage on NESN in New England, and ESPN in the rest of the country.

The Yankees have a boatload of problems that they need to deal with coming into this series. For starters, the injury bug has bitten both Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. The New York captain has a knee injury but should still be in the lineup, while A-Rod has a thumb injury and could miss some or all of this three-game set.

The other problem is that New York has had absolutely no luck against the Red Sox of late. The Yankees are only 2-12 in their last 14 tries against Boston, including a 2-10 record this year, and just 2-6 in the last eight visits to Fenway Park.

Right-hander Phil Hughes is slated to be on the bump for the men in pinstripes on Wednesday night, and that opens up another can of worms. He is only 2-4 in his career with a 6.25 ERA against Boston, and he was handed the loss in a relief appearance against it earlier in August.

Hughes is just 4-4 on the season with a 6.46 ERA, and his splits are simply dreadful. He has a 1.53 WHIP, batters are hitting a whopping .300 against him, and his K/BB ratio is only 33/18. None of those numbers are stellar, especially since Hughes only has 54 1/3-innings of work under his belt on the campaign.

Meanwhile, Boston has to be smiling. The team just had two straight off-days thanks to Hurricane Irene, whereas the Yankees might only have one more off-day for the rest of the season.

The Sox also know that taking even one out of three against New York will leave them atop the division heading into the final month of the regular season. They were priced at +120 against CC Sabathia and the Yankees in the series opener on Tuesday.

Josh Beckett is going to be the Wednesday night hurler for the hosts. He is only 11-5 on the season, but his stats suggest that he should be a Cy Young candidate. Beckett has a 2.43 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP, and as a result, batters are only hitting .201 against him. That's down 91 points from a season ago.

On top of that, Beckett has been hot with only one start since the start of July seeing him allow more than three earned runs.

Beckett has struggled at times against the Yankees, posting a 5.37 career ERA, but he is 13-7 to show for that work. He has pitched four times against New York this year, and the team has won all four games.

Entering this series, the Red Sox were 18-8 in their last 26 games at home. They are also 26-10 over the course of the last 36 starts at Fenway Park with Beckett on the mound.

New York has lost six straight road starts with Hughes on the hill against teams with a winning record. However, in the second game of a series, the Yankees have won 15 out of 18.

The aftermath of Hurricane Irene has left some beautiful weather in the Northeast, and Wednesday night's duel should be no exception. Expect temperatures in the low-70s around the time of the first pitch with virtually no chance of rain.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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08/31/2011 01:38 AM

Around the Horn - Wednesday

August 30, 2011


NATIONAL LEAGUE


San Diego at Los Angeles - 3:10 PM EST (Game 3/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
LeBlanc (2-3, 5.02 ERA) 0-5 L5 4-1 L5 away during day
Lilly (8-13, 4.43 ERA) 6-1 L7 6-3 L9 home during day

Dodgers beat Padres, 4-1 on Monday

Chicago at San Francisco - 3:35 PM EST (Game 3/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Lopez (4-5, 4.80 ERA) 2-7 L9 1-4 L5 away on Wednesdays
Bumgarner (8-12, 3.59 ERA) 4-6 L10 UNDER 12-5 L17 home during day

Cubs beat Giants, 7-0 on Monday

Washington at Atlanta - 7:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Lannan (8-10, 3.59 ERA) 0-6 L6 3-6 L9 away Game 2's
Lowe (8-12, 4.63 ERA) 7-2 L9 7-2 L9 home Game 2's




Philadelphia at Cincinnati - 7:10 PM EST (Game 3/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Lee (14-7, 2.71 ERA) 5-5 L10 7-2 away on Wednesdays
Willis (0-3, 4.10 ERA) 6-2 L8 6-3 L9 on Wednesdays

Phillies beat Reds, 3-2 on Monday

Florida at N.Y. Mets - 7:10 PM EST (Game 4/5)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Volstad (5-11, 5.61 ERA) 2-9 L11 OVER 7-2 away on Wednesdays
Capuano (10-11, 4.43 ERA) 3-5 L8 8-1 L9 home on Wednesdays

Mets beat Marlins, 2-1 on Monday (G1/DH)
Mets beat Marlins, 5-1 on Monday (G2/DH)

Pittsburgh at Houston - 8:05 PM EST (Game 3/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
McDonald (8-6, 4.22 ERA) 3-6 L9 OVER 10-5 away vs LHP
Happ (4-15, 6.03 ERA) 4-6 L10 6-2 L8 home on Wednesdays

Astros beat Pirates, 7-4 on Monday

St. Louis at Milwaukee - 8:15 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Westbrook (10-7, 4.75 ERA) 4-6 L10 OVER 10-4 away vs LHP
Wolf (11-8, 3.37 ERA) 8-2 L10 18-3 home Game 2's




Colorado at Arizona - 9:40 PM EST (Game 3/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Rogers (6-3, 5.93 ERA) 6-3 L9 6-12 away Game 3's
Collmenter (8-8, 3.19 ERA) 7-0 L7 UNDER 11-2 L13 home Game 3's

Diamondbacks beat Rockies, 5-1 on Monday

AMERICAN LEAGUE


Kansas City at Detroit - 1:05 PM EST (Game 3/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Paulino (2-10, 4.30 ERA) 4-6 L10 UNDER 6-0 L6 away during day
Porcello (12-8, 5.01 ERA) 8-2 L10 11-5 home Game 3's

Royals beat Tigers, 9-5 on Monday

Minnesota at Chicago - 2:10 PM EST (Game 3/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Diamond (0-2, 4.97 ERA) 1-7 L8 3-6 L9 away during day
Peavy (6-6, 4.93 ERA) 5-3 L8 2-5 L7 home vs LHP

White Sox beat Twins, 3-0 on Monday

Toronto at Baltimore - 7:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Alvarez (0-2, 4.76 ERA) 1-5 L6 2-5 L7 away Game 2's
Reyes (7-10, 5.26 ERA) 6-2 L8 UNDER 5-2 L7 home Game 2's




Oakland at Cleveland - 7:10 PM EST (Game 3/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Harden (4-2, 4.55 ERA) 5-5 L10 OVER 5-0 L5 away Game 3's
Jimenez (8-10, 4.71 ERA) 3-7 L10 0-7 L7 home Game 3's

Indians beat Athletics, 2-1 on Monday

N.Y. Yankees at Boston - 7:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Hughes (4-4, 6.46 ERA) 3-5 L8 8-3 L11 away Game 2's
Beckett (11-5, 2.43 ERA) 5-1 L6 8-1 L9 home Game 2's

Yankees beat Orioles, 3-2 on Monday
Red Sox beat Athletics, 4-0 on Saturday

Tampa Bay at Texas - 8:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Shields (12-10, 2.96 ERA) 7-3 L10 7-1 away on Wednesdays
Ogando (12-6, 3.57 ERA) 3-6 L9 OVER 8-2 L10 home Game 2's




Los Angeles at Seattle - 10:10 PM EST (Game 3/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Haren (13-7, 3.19 ERA) 7-3 L10 UNDER 7-2 away on Wednesdays
Hernandez (12-11, 3.37 ERA) 3-7 L10 6-13 home Game 3's

Mariners beat Angels, 5-3 on Monday

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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08/31/2011 01:49 AM

MLB

Wednesday, August 31

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Kansas City - 1:05 PM ET Kansas City +141 500
Detroit - Under 9 500

Minnesota - 2:10 PM ET Chi. White Sox -185 500
Chi. White Sox - Under 9 500

San Diego - 3:10 PM ET LA Dodgers -145 500
LA Dodgers - Over 7.5 500

Chi. Cubs - 3:45 PM ET San Francisco -180 500
San Francisco - Under 7.5 500

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08/31/2011 08:06 PM

Around the Horn - Wednesday

August 30, 2011


NATIONAL LEAGUE


San Diego at Los Angeles - 3:10 PM EST (Game 3/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
LeBlanc (2-3, 5.02 ERA) 0-5 L5 4-1 L5 away during day
Lilly (8-13, 4.43 ERA) 6-1 L7 6-3 L9 home during day

Dodgers beat Padres, 4-1 on Monday

Chicago at San Francisco - 3:35 PM EST (Game 3/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Lopez (4-5, 4.80 ERA) 2-7 L9 1-4 L5 away on Wednesdays
Bumgarner (8-12, 3.59 ERA) 4-6 L10 UNDER 12-5 L17 home during day

Cubs beat Giants, 7-0 on Monday

Washington at Atlanta - 7:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Lannan (8-10, 3.59 ERA) 0-6 L6 3-6 L9 away Game 2's
Lowe (8-12, 4.63 ERA) 7-2 L9 7-2 L9 home Game 2's




Philadelphia at Cincinnati - 7:10 PM EST (Game 3/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Lee (14-7, 2.71 ERA) 5-5 L10 7-2 away on Wednesdays
Willis (0-3, 4.10 ERA) 6-2 L8 6-3 L9 on Wednesdays

Phillies beat Reds, 3-2 on Monday

Florida at N.Y. Mets - 7:10 PM EST (Game 4/5)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Volstad (5-11, 5.61 ERA) 2-9 L11 OVER 7-2 away on Wednesdays
Capuano (10-11, 4.43 ERA) 3-5 L8 8-1 L9 home on Wednesdays

Mets beat Marlins, 2-1 on Monday (G1/DH)
Mets beat Marlins, 5-1 on Monday (G2/DH)

Pittsburgh at Houston - 8:05 PM EST (Game 3/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
McDonald (8-6, 4.22 ERA) 3-6 L9 OVER 10-5 away vs LHP
Happ (4-15, 6.03 ERA) 4-6 L10 6-2 L8 home on Wednesdays

Astros beat Pirates, 7-4 on Monday

St. Louis at Milwaukee - 8:15 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Westbrook (10-7, 4.75 ERA) 4-6 L10 OVER 10-4 away vs LHP
Wolf (11-8, 3.37 ERA) 8-2 L10 18-3 home Game 2's




Colorado at Arizona - 9:40 PM EST (Game 3/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Rogers (6-3, 5.93 ERA) 6-3 L9 6-12 away Game 3's
Collmenter (8-8, 3.19 ERA) 7-0 L7 UNDER 11-2 L13 home Game 3's

Diamondbacks beat Rockies, 5-1 on Monday

AMERICAN LEAGUE


Kansas City at Detroit - 1:05 PM EST (Game 3/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Paulino (2-10, 4.30 ERA) 4-6 L10 UNDER 6-0 L6 away during day
Porcello (12-8, 5.01 ERA) 8-2 L10 11-5 home Game 3's

Royals beat Tigers, 9-5 on Monday

Minnesota at Chicago - 2:10 PM EST (Game 3/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Diamond (0-2, 4.97 ERA) 1-7 L8 3-6 L9 away during day
Peavy (6-6, 4.93 ERA) 5-3 L8 2-5 L7 home vs LHP

White Sox beat Twins, 3-0 on Monday

Toronto at Baltimore - 7:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Alvarez (0-2, 4.76 ERA) 1-5 L6 2-5 L7 away Game 2's
Reyes (7-10, 5.26 ERA) 6-2 L8 UNDER 5-2 L7 home Game 2's




Oakland at Cleveland - 7:10 PM EST (Game 3/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Harden (4-2, 4.55 ERA) 5-5 L10 OVER 5-0 L5 away Game 3's
Jimenez (8-10, 4.71 ERA) 3-7 L10 0-7 L7 home Game 3's

Indians beat Athletics, 2-1 on Monday

N.Y. Yankees at Boston - 7:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Hughes (4-4, 6.46 ERA) 3-5 L8 8-3 L11 away Game 2's
Beckett (11-5, 2.43 ERA) 5-1 L6 8-1 L9 home Game 2's

Yankees beat Orioles, 3-2 on Monday
Red Sox beat Athletics, 4-0 on Saturday

Tampa Bay at Texas - 8:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Shields (12-10, 2.96 ERA) 7-3 L10 7-1 away on Wednesdays
Ogando (12-6, 3.57 ERA) 3-6 L9 OVER 8-2 L10 home Game 2's




Los Angeles at Seattle - 10:10 PM EST (Game 3/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Trends Betcha Didn't Know
Haren (13-7, 3.19 ERA) 7-3 L10 UNDER 7-2 away on Wednesdays
Hernandez (12-11, 3.37 ERA) 3-7 L10 6-13 home Game 3's

Mariners beat Angels, 5-3 on Monday

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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08/31/2011 08:07 PM

Diamond Trends - Wednesday

August 31, 2011

SU TREND OF THE DAY:


The Nationals are 0-15 since April 20, 2010 as a 140+ dog vs a team that has lost at least their last two games and it is not the first game of a series for a net profit of $1500 when playing against.


OU TREND OF THE DAY:


The Blue Jays are 10-0 OU since May 18, 2010 as a favorite with a total of at least 7 when they are off a loss in which they held the lead and it is not the first game of a series for a net profit of $895 when playing the over.


STARTER TREND OF THE DAY:


The Mariners are 0-8 OU since May 13, 2008 when Felix Hernandez starts within 20 cents of pickem when the bullpen allowed at least three runs yesterday for a net profit of $800 when playing the under.


MLB BIBLE TREND OF THE DAY:


The Indians are 23-2 (+3.1 rpg) since August 20th, 2008 when hosting a team that is on a three-plus game losing streak and it is not the first game of a series. This trend is 11-2 this season.


TODAY’S TRENDS:


The Rangers are 0-8 since May 04, 2010 as a favorite when they are off a win in which they had at least three times as many hits as runs and it is not the first game of a series for a net profit of $1050 when playing against.

The Tigers are 9-0 since April 29, 2010 at home when they are off a game in which they scored more runs off the bullpen than they did off their opponent’s starter in a win for a net profit of $945.

The Giants are 6-0 OU since May 14, 2010 as a 140+ favorite when they are off two losses in which they never led for a net profit of $600 when playing the over.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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08/31/2011 08:07 PM

MLB Evening Best Bets:


Toronto - 7:05 PM ET Toronto -118 500
Baltimore - Under 9.5 500

Oakland - 7:05 PM ET Oakland +124 500
Cleveland - Over 8 500

NY Yankees - 7:10 PM ET Boston -159 500
Boston - Under 9 500

Washington - 7:10 PM ET Washington +150 500
Atlanta - Over 8.5 500

Philadelphia - 7:10 PM ET Philadelphia -167 500
Cincinnati - Under 8 500

Tampa Bay - 8:05 PM ET Tampa Bay +122 500
Texas - Over 8.5 500

Pittsburgh - 8:05 PM ET Pittsburgh -115 500
Houston - Over 8.5 500

St. Louis - 8:10 PM ET Milwaukee -132 500
Milwaukee - Under 8.5 500

Colorado - 9:40 PM ET Arizona -150 500
Arizona - Over 9 500

LA Angels - 10:10 PM ET LA Angels -111 500
Seattle - Over 6 500

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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08/31/2011 08:08 PM

Wednesday’s betting tips: Front office spat hurting CHW?

Who’s hot

MLB: The over is 8-1 in the last nine games when Rick Porcello starts for Detroit against Kansas City.

MLB: The Los Angeles Dodgers are 18-5 in their last 23 as a favorite.

MLB: The under is 10-4 in James Shields’ last 14 starts overall.

Who’s not

MLB: The under is 4-20-4 in Oakland’s last 28 as an underdog.

MLB: Seattle is 1-7 in Felix Hernandez’s last eight starts against the Angels.

MLB: Colorado is 2-8 in its last 10 games in Arizona.

Key stat

57 – If you really need any more evidence that the NFL has become a passing league, consider that almost 57 percent of offensive plays in the regular season last year were passing plays. Indianapolis led the league with 288.1 passing yards per game and head into Week 1 as a 3-point underdog at Houston while questions of Peyton Manning’s status continue.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees – X-rays came back negative on A-Rod’s injured thumb on Tuesday, but he also received a cortisone shot later in the day. Now he isn’t expected to play until at least Friday.

Game of the day

Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers (-130, 8.5)

Notable quotable

“To be honest, it’s pretty good money for him to just let me go. If they don’t think I’m doing my job and all this s---, they think Ozzie f----- this up, fine, let them think that…Let’s get this straight: I’m the face of the franchise. People can say what they want. There’s a lot of blame going around out there, but I blame myself because I guess I’m the one with the balls around here. It’s not because I’m cocky or an arrogant guy, but I can leave Chicago with my head up. That’s what’s important to me.” – Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie about his most recent verbal brawl with GM Ken Williams. Speculation out of Chicago is that both Guillen and Williams could be canned in the offseason. Despite the spat, the White Sox had won six straight before Tuesday's action and were big -210 favorites Wednesday against Minnesota.

Notes and tips

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is set to make his preseason debut Thursday against the St. Louis Rams after sitting out following arthroscopic knee surgery. Jones-Drew said that he still has that “burst” and that he’s looking to take a few hits before Week 1. Oddsmakers list the Jags as 3-point favorites in Thursday’s matchup.

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman is trying to shut down rumors that had him on his way out of town. “I’m not going to get moved,” he told reporters. "I think the ship has sailed. I really do." Maybe, but there is talk that the Texas Rangers are interested following Nelson Cruz’s injury. The Cardinals have until Wednesday to decide on Berkman’s fate. He’s hitting .280 with 30 homers this season.

Bettors are already moving the line for the NFL’s opening regular season game of the year. The Packers opened as high as -5.5 for their date with the Saints on Thursday, Sept. 8, but Saints support has books dropping the line to Green Bay -4 across the board. The total is currently holding around 47 points.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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08/31/2011 08:08 PM

Wednesday's six-pack

-- Giants are 11-21 since trading for Carlos Beltran.

-- In his last 16 starts against Florida, Mike Pelfrey has no wins.

-- Marlins are now 9-33 with Hanley Ramirez out of the lineup. They are 51-41 when he's in the lineup.

-- Thursday's UConn-Fordham football game was postponed, because the National Guard is using UConn's stadium to help flood victims.

-- Red Sox had their 697th consecutive sellout Tuesday night.

-- Michael Vick's $100M contract contains $40M in guaranteed money. Hope he sends Tony Dungy an excellent Christmas present.


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Wednesday's List of 13: In a perfect world, where I make all the decisions......

In a perfect world, where I make all the decisions……..
13) Once a quarterback passed the line of scrimmage with the ball in his hands, he’d no longer be protected, he’d be just another guy who can get hit. If a QB wants to be protected, he has to stay behind the line.

12) The Electoral College would go away; the candidate with the most votes would become President. To me, the Electoral College makes zero sense.

11) Baseball is a better game without the DH, no matter what the Players’ Association thinks. And I root for an American League team.

10) Instead of or in addition to ESPN showing high school games, how about some junior college games? Would’ve been interesting to see Cam Newton playing for Blinn JC two years ago.

Back in 1990, I was at a Santa Monica-West LA game; there were maybe 200 fans there on a crummy field. Turns out that Isaac Bruce played in that game. Very high level of play. In some parts of the country, junior college football is really good.

9) High school basketball players should be able to jump right to the NBA. Don’t think the one-and-done thing is helping anyone.

8) NHL should have a presence on ESPN; it just makes sense for them and for ESPN. Hockey is a great game and it deserves the exposure.

7) Drinking age should be lowered to 18; if you’re old enough to go to war, you’re old enough to have a beer.

6) Terrelle Pryor, Tim Tebow and Cam Newton should all play Arenaball next spring. AFL emphasizes accurate passing and quick decision-making; it’s a terrific place to develop QB’s.

5) No college conferences should have more than 12 teams.

4) Major league baseball should have a payroll floor of $70M and a cap of $140M; if you can’t afford $70M, sell the team. In reality, the actual payroll cap would be tied to a percentage of revenues, but how much better would the sport be if everyone had a chance to win, like in NFL?

3) NFL **** shows should pick games against the spread. To this day, the most interesting part of any NFL **** show ever was when Jimmy the Greek picked games. If you’re going to promote fantasy football, why not gambling too?

2) Every city in America should have a Steak ‘n Shake, and if not, then at least the Albany suburbs should have one, and there should be one within walking distance of Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, not that I’m selfish or anything.

1) Why do NFL teams have their own stadiums? Isn’t this a waste? They play ten home games a year, counting exhibitions; what do they do with them the other 355 days of the year?

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