Angels starter Jered Weaver has managed just two victories at home while ranking second in the majors in strikeouts.
Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels
Texas has the second-best record in the majors and handicappers better start paying attention. The Rangers enjoyed an outstanding June, posting the most wins and best record in the majors. Part of this success must be attributed to the play of outfielder Josh Hamilton. He came into Wednesday night’s contest hitting safely in a career-best 22 straight games and hitting .462 with nine home runs and 29 RBI over that span. Those numbers have led to Hamilton batting an MLB-best .457 in June. The Rangers have held their own against the Angels, posting wins in 13 of their last 22 games before the series started. The Rangers are 13-6 against the AL West (+710), but have played just seven games on the road (4-3).
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No matter the price – bettors will flock to lay a wager on the Yankees, who are looking to avoid getting swept at home.
Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees
Seattle picked up a 7-0 shutout victory over the best team in baseball, thanks to a brilliant performance by starting pitcher Felix Hernandez. “He’s as good as we’ve seen all year,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi commented. The Mariners finished June with a 14-13 record, their first winning month of the season. Seattle has now won three straight games in New York for the first time since compiling a six-game winning streak from 2001-03. Bettors will be interested to know, tonight was just the second time all season that starting pitchers Cliff Lee and Hernandez won back-to-back games in the rotation.
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After a couple of stunning upsets, there are two unseeded players and a #21 seed in the women’s semifinals. Venus Williams lost a shocker to 82nd-ranked Tsvetana Pironkonva in the quarterfinals. Williams had reached the final eight of the past ten years and has won the tournament five times.
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It may be hard to believe given all of the hype surrounding LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson, and Amare Stoudemire, but there are actually more than just five free agents in the NBA this year. In fact, this is quite probably the best free agent class ever, and it would even be a pretty good class if those five were sticking with their teams. Beyond those names that are hogging all of the headlines and the attention, here’s a look at 10 very good players who will likely be looking for a new home this summer:
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The Mariners send out another ace in trying to pick up a road series victory over the Yankees.
Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees
Seattle claimed a 7-4 road victory in the series opener over the New York Yankees, as stating pitcher Cliff Lee tallied his third straight complete game. “It obviously is a very good lineup,” Lee said. “They are the defending world champions and some additions make them that much better.” The Mariners have won eight of their last 11 games, while looking to pick up a road series victory for the first time since April. The club is looking to finish the month with a winning record, standing at 13-12 in June. Continue reading “Wednesday MLB Betting Preview – Mariners at Yankees”
The Heisman Trophy presentation is still half a year away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about it. Or to bet on it, for that matter. Heisman Trophy college football odds for the upcoming NCAA football season have popped up this week, and there is a lot to find interesting from among them. Here’s a look at some of the highlights and lowlights (odds here are taken from 5Dimes):
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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have played more sets than they are used to at Wimbledon. Federer played five sets in his opening match against Columbian Alejandro Falla and four sets in his second round matchup with Serbian Ilja Bozoljac. He has gone back to his old dominating ways since, and beat Frenchman Arnaud Clement and Austrian Juergen Melzer in straight sets.
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Don’t expect a low-scoring contest in this battle between NL Central foes.
Houston Astros at Milwaukee Brewers
Houston fell 7-5 in the middle game of a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. The Astros came into the contest winners of four of their last six games, but now find themselves needing a victory to salvage an even record in June (13-14, +450). Tuesday’s starting pitcher Brett Myers fell to 1-6 on the road, but carries a 4-0 record at home. The right-hander came into the contest with a 4-1 mark and 1.94 ERA in nine previous appearances against the Brew Crew. The Astros can definitely look forward to the calendar turning to Wednesday, as the team has captured eight straight games. They are 9-3 overall on the day of the week, which is their best record of any day (+790).
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The much-improved Reds may find themselves as a +150 or higher home underdog for the first time this season.
Philadelphia Phillies at Cincinnati Reds
Philadelphia picked up a 9-6 extra-innings victory in the middle game of this three-game series, while ending Cincinnati relief pitcher Arthur Rhodes record-tying scoreless innings streak for a reliever. The Phillies guaranteed at least a .500 record in June (13-12, +90 ), as the team has gone 131-134 in the month over the last 10 seasons. Philadelphia has enjoyed success against the NL Central Division in 2010, moving its record to 12-4, including sweeps of Houston and Milwaukee on the road. Over their last 13 games (9-4), the Phillies have scored 87 runs and hit a combined .273. Philadelphia finds itself as a road favorite of -150 to -175 for just the fourth time this season (-120), with the total being 3-1 O/U in those games.
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The Twins are in a great spot to rebound against one of their division rivals.
Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Detroit moved a one-half game ahead of Minnesota with a 7-5 win in the opener of a three-game series at Target Field. “I couldn’t care less about first place right now,” said manager Jim Leyland. “The thing when it means something is the 163rd game.” The victory didn’t come without a price, as key reliever Joel Zumaya suffered a right elbow injury on an eighth inning pitch. The powerful right-hander is scheduled to undergo an MRI Tuesday. Detroit hopes to have outfielder Magglio Ordonez back in the lineup, after being scratched from the lineup after taking some batting practice on Monday. Since joining the Tigers in 2005, Ordonez is hitting .348 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 83 games against the Twins. The Tigers are just a game over .500 when facing right-handed starters in 2010 (27-26, -40).
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