marksmoneymakers Posts:29979 Followers:142
On 05/09/2013 06:16 AM in MLB

Some Thursday MLB Helpful Information

Three Pitchers With Good Value on the Road Thursday

It will be a moderately quiet day around the major leagues with just 10 games on the board Thursday. But it proves to be a day that features some starting pitchers who have had more success away from home than they have in the familiar confines of their own park.

Here is a look at pitchers with solid performances as the visitor and provide a valuable spot bet opportunity.

Jeff Locke, Pittsburgh Pirates (3-1, 3.21 ERA)

The disparity between Locke's success at home and away is eye-opening. The lefty is 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, but is 2-1 with a vastly superior 1.89 ERA on the road. Locke has no earned runs in 13 innings over his last two road starts at Philadelphia and at St. Louis.

The Pirates travel to Citi Field to face the New York Mets Thursday.

Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies (1-4, 4.34 ERA)

Hamels' early season struggles have been well documented, but he's put together some pretty good starts recently. The recent success includes a 5-1 win at Citi Field versus the Mets. Hamels is 1-1 with a respectable 3.71 ERA away from Philly. The southpaw is 0-3 and has a 4.71 ERA in Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies open a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday.

Bartolo Colon, Oakland Athletics (3-1, 3.62 ERA)

The veteran righty is having a fairly good year all around in 2013. But a closer look reveals much more solid numbers pitching on the road. Colon has a 2-1 record with a 2.95 ERA away from Oakland and a 1-0 record and 4.26 ERA while pitching on home turf. He has given up just six earned runs in 18 1/3 innings pitched in his three road starts this season.

The A's have an afternoon meeting at Progressive Field versus the Cleveland Indians Thursday.

marksmoneymakers Posts:29979 Followers:142
05/09/2013 06:17 AM

MLB Weather Report

Hitter's Wind Expected in San Francisco

A light schedule in the major leagues but there could be rain in Boston and Colorado Thursday.

Here is a look at the notable Weather Around Big League Parks.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets (-105, 7.5)
Site: Citi Field

Forecasts are calling for a 20 percent chance of rain by game time.

Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants (-115, 7.5)
Site: AT&T Park

Wind will blow out to center field at 10 mph.

Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red Sox (-155, 9)
Site: Fenway park

Forecasts are calling for a 50 percent chance of showers by game time.

New York Yankees vs. Colorado Rockies (+115, 9.5)
Site: Coors Field

Afternoon forecasts are calling for a 30 percent of showers.

Detroit Tigers vs. Washington Nationals (+120, 7.5)
Site: Nationals Park

Wind will blow out to right field at 11 mph.

marksmoneymakers Posts:29979 Followers:142
05/09/2013 06:17 AM

Angels, Dodgers Burning L.A. Baseball Bettors
by Jason Logan

Living in Los Angeles is expensive, especially if you’re a baseball bettor.

La-La Land’s two MLB franchises, the Angels and Dodgers, are near the bottom of their respective leagues and have burned loyal backers for a combined -25.80 units heading into Wednesday’s schedule ($100 bettors would be down -$2,580 if they wagered on each teams’ games).

The Los Angeles Angels are second last in the American League West at 11-21 and have cost bettors -14.48 units so far, making the Halos the most costly wager in the majors this season. That’s even more than the Houston Astros, who sit below L.A. in the standings at 9-24 and -10.96 units.

Across town, the Los Angeles Dodgers are in the basement of the National League West at 13-19 and have drained bankrolls for -11.32 units – the second-lowest earnings in the bigs. The Dodgers have lost six in a row heading into Wednesday, with that skid burning -7.1 units alone.

The slow start for both L.A. teams was a blood bath for California natives coming to Nevada to wager on their favorite clubs, which in turn has made a pretty profit for books in Reno. They draw a lot of action on California clubs due to its close proximity, even more so when the Angels and Dodgers – two teams expected to be among the best – fall short of those projections.

“They’ve started easing off on them now,” Steve Mikkelson, sportsbook manager at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno. “When they’re hot, people jump on them. But as they start losing, people ease off and start picking their spots.”

Mikkelson says the Angels' and Dodgers' slumps have not only cooled off action on their day-to-day odds but also their futures to win the division, league pennants and World Series. The Angels opened the season at +700 to win the World Series and are now listed at +2,000. The Dodgers opened at +800 and have been adjusted to +1,400.

“They’re standing back and taking a look and saying, ‘maybe these guys aren’t as good as we thought they were',” he adds.

The Angels, who were among the World Series favorites after acquiring Josh Hamilton this offseason, dropped three of four games to the Baltimore Orioles on the weekend and have only three wins in their last 10 contests. They will continue a six-game road trip with the second of a three-game set with the Astros Wednesday before visiting the Chicago White Sox.

The Dodgers were swept in a three-game road series with the San Francisco Giants and lost the second game of the series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at home Wednesday. They also have only three victories in their previous 11 outings, as of Wednesday.

Mikkelson says if one of these teams has a better shot at turning their season around, it’s the Dodgers. He points to the unfortunate injuries to players like Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, as well as Matt Kemp’s cold start to the season, and believes those issues are fixable.

“The Angels, with their staff losing (Jered) Weaver and everything that’s going on with (Albert) Pujols’ foot and Hamilton not hitting, there are more holes there day in and day out,” he says.

marksmoneymakers Posts:29979 Followers:142
05/09/2013 07:51 AM

Free MLB Baseball Prediction From Doc's Sports:
Take #905 Atlanta (+120) over San Francisco (10 p.m., Thursday, May 9)

We have an interesting matchup in San Francisco on Thursday night as the Giants host the Atlanta Braves. It's the veteran versus the youngster as Ryan Vogelsong duels against Julio Teheran. Vogelsong comes into today's contest really struggling with a 7.20 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in his six starts in 2013. The biggest problem has been the long ball as he's surrendered eight home runs in just 35 innings of work. Vogelsong has always been a bit overrated in my book as he pitches in an extreme pitcher's park and has never had outstanding peripheral numbers. Teheran was one of the top prospects in all of baseball and expected to make a big impact this season. So far, the returns aren't stunning as he's put up a 5.08 ERA and 1.66 WHIP. He's given up his fair share of home runs as well and hasn't been able to avoid the big inning. There's no question that both of these pitchers are going to improve this season, but the questio! n is how much. In the case of Vogelsong, I think he is on the decline of his career at the age of almost 35. He'll keep his team in games but isn't going to blow anyone away. For Teheran, I've already seen the confidence building, and I think he's going to turn the corner very soon. He has all-star-type stuff, and his ceiling is very high. At this point I have these pitchers rated similarly with a slight edge to Teheran. But the Braves have a better offense and bullpen than the Giants do, and that puts us on the Braves as the underdog here.

boogyman Posts:857 Followers:32
05/09/2013 08:06 AM

thanks for the info Mark. I travel with work and your "helpful info" is just that when time and resources are limited.


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marksmoneymakers Posts:29979 Followers:142
05/09/2013 08:29 AM

Mighty Quinn

Mighty hit with the Heat (-12) Wednesday.

Thursday it’s the A’s. The deficit is 457 sirignanos.

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05/09/2013 08:29 AM

Gamblers Data

Free Play Thursday

Braves +105

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05/09/2013 08:29 AM

Joe Wiz

Free Play Thursday Astros/Angels Under 8

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05/09/2013 08:31 AM

Today's MLB Picks
Toronto at Tampa Bay

The Blue Jays look to take advantage of a Tampa Bay team that is 1-5 in David Price's last 6 starts as a home favorite. Toronto is the pick (+135) according to Dunkel, which has the Blue Jays favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Toronto (+135). Here are all of today's picks.

Time Posted: 7:00 a.m. EST

Game 901-902: Pittsburgh at NY Mets (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh (Locke) 15.133; NY Mets (Gee) 13.738
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: NY Mets (-115); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-105); Under

Game 903-904: Philadelphia at Arizona (9:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia (Hamels) 15.281; Arizona (Corbin) 16.368
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Arizona (-120); 8
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (-120); Under

Game 905-906: Atlanta at San Francisco (10:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Teheran) 15.720; San Francisco (Vogelsong) 14.807
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 1; 8
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-125); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (+105); Over

Game 907-908: Oakland at Cleveland (12:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Colon) 15.693; Cleveland (Kazmir) 15.208
Dunkel Line: Oakland by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Oakland (-125); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Oakland (-125); Under

Game 909-910: Kansas City at Baltimore (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Guthrie) 16.674; Baltimore (Garcia) 15.522
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 1; 7
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 911-912: Minnesota at Boston (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota (Correia) 14.916; Boston (Lackey) 15.200
Dunkel Line: Boston by 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Boston (-170); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-170); Over

Game 913-914: Toronto at Tampa Bay (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto (Dickey) 15.710; Tampa Bay (Price) 14.845
Dunkel Line: Toronto by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-155); 7
Dunkel Pick: Toronto (+135); Over

Game 915-916: LA Angels at Houston (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (Vargas) 14.087; Houston (Harrell) 13.124
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 1; 8
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-160); 9
Dunkel Pick: LA Angels (-160); Under

Game 917-918: NY Yankees at Colorado (3:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Yankees (Sabathia) 16.213; Colorado (Francis) 15.195
Dunkel Line: NY Yankees by 1; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-135); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Yankees (-135); Under

Game 919-920: Detroit at Washington (4:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Fister) 16.787; Washington (Haren) 17.702
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Detroit (-135); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+115); Under