Yesterday we looked at five pitchers who were much better at the betting window than the average baseball fan probably thinks that they are, so it only makes sense that we look at the other extreme today. Here are five guys who the public are probably fond of, but who are burning up money at astounding rates.
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Every year at about this team I like to take a look at the stats to see the pitchers that have been very good to bettors. There are always several big names that you would expect -Halladay , Santana, and so on. What I find more interesting, though, are the players that no one is talking about, and in many cases that few people even know about who are turning out serious money. It happens every year like clockwork – no name guys are wildly profitable. Determining in advance who those guys will be is very tough, of course, but you can profit by recognizing who is being successful ahead of the betting public. With that in mind, here’s a look at five guys who are doing much better than they are widely getting credit for:
Matt Palmer, Angels – After breaking in with San Francisco last year, Palmer moved south for this season. He gets almost no national attention, but he is the single-most profitable pitcher in the entire league. He’s 5-0 in seven starts, and the team is 6-1 behind him. He’s not fancy – his ERA is over four, and he has as many career walks as strikeouts – but he has got the job done consistently, and the lines he’s facing haven’t yet caught up to how he is playing.
I love college football for a lot of reasons, but one of them is how quickly things can change. Take Boston College, for example. Two years ago they were totally secure in their quarterback situation with Matt Ryan – probably the best QB in the country. Now their QB situation is an absolute shambles. It was already going to be ugly, but things got really bleak yesterday. Dominique Davis started four games as a freshman last year, and he was likely to be the starter at the beginning of this year. He was the only quarterback on the team who had ever thrown a college pass. Now he’s gone. He was suspended by the team for academic reasons, and the situation was serious enough that he decided to transfer instead of sticking it out and fixing the problem. Now the Eagles have just two guys -redshirt freshman Justin Tuggle and junior college transfer Codi Boek . I already wasn’t at all optimistic about BC in the ACC this year, but his only serves to further cloud their prospects in my eyes.
It’s the 2008-2009 NBA Finals and this season sees the number three seed in the East, the Orlando Magic (59-23), meet the number one seed in the West, the Los Angeles Lakers (65-17). The Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers in the initial round, the Boston Celtics in the second and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Lakers took it to the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets.
Andy Roddick lost at the French Open today. What a shock. Actually, he got crushed. He lost in three decisive sets to hometown hero Gael Monfils. This victory sets up one heck of a quarterfinal match. Monfils has only dropped one set, and he’s playing as well as he ever has. His next opponent – Roger Federer. Federer is building a nice unbeaten streak on clay, but he had to fight for his life to come back from 0-2 against Tommy Haas to win in five sets. Federer is obviously favored to win the match, but it won’t be easy for him. The winner of this match will be in very good shape to win it all, so this could be a classic. It should go down on Wednesday.
Major League Baseball teams have each played about 53 games. About one-third of the regular-season has been played and here’s a quick sketch of what’s going on and a more detailed look at one team.