One of the biggest mistakes baseball bettors – and especially those who only play the sport casually – make is to only pay attention to the pitchers with names and reputations that they know when baseball betting. Sometimes starting pitchers with names don’t perform up to those names. More significantly, there are a lot of pitchers out there that casual fans have never heard of who are providing serious boosts to the wallets of fans. Here’s a look at eight guys who aren’t exactly household names, but who should be based on the profits they have been producing this year:
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The Red Sox picked up tonight’s starter in the offseason for big games like this in the American League East division.
Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay is floundering after starting the season with a fantastic 32-12 mark, going 12-19 over its last 31 games. “We’ve had a rough patch…as bad as we’ve been playing and we’re only three games back, that’s got to say a lot about where we were,” pitcher Matt Garza said. The Rays offense must get back on track, hitting .170 over their recent six-game homestand, including just .063 (7-for-50) with runners in scoring position. Being away from Tropicana Field has been a winning combination for the young squad, posting an impressive 24-12 mark (+990) and averaging 5.6 runs. This fits well with the road team winning all seven games between these clubs in 2010. The Rays are surprisingly just 3-4 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 this season (-50).
The Reds are holding onto a slim divisional lead, as they host the two-time defending NL champs.
Philadelphia Phillies at Cincinnati Reds
Philadelphia dropped the series opener 7-3 to the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ball Park and may have lost second baseman Chase Utley for an extended period of time. Utley injured his thumb sliding into second base in the fourth inning and declined to comment before undergoing an MRI today. The Phillies find themselves with an even 12-12 record in June (-200), as they hope the turning of the calendar will produce better results. Over the last four seasons, Philadelphia has posted a better record over the final three months of the season than they have over their first three, including a 54-34 mark in the final 88 games of the 2009 season. The club is 33-24 against right-handed starters this season (+300), combining to hit .261 in those games (.259 in all games).
The Bronx Bombers may start a six-game homestand a bit sluggish due to coming off an emotional series against their former skipper.
Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees
Seattle hopes to benefit from having a day off, after being blanked by the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 in its final interleague contest on Sunday afternoon. The Mariners are in fact a solid 6-3 this year when playing with a day off (+280) and 23-22 in this spot over the last three seasons (+230). On the flip side, the club is 1-3 after getting shutout out in 2010 (-340) and 11-16 over the last three years (-590). Seattle is last in the American League with 255 runs scored this season (31-37-7 O/U), with the team combining for a .231 batting average and 3.2 runs per game on the road. The lineup has scored 146 runs less than the division’s top offensive club, with Texas plating 401 runs so far this season. One bright spot of the lineup continues to be All-Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who leads MLB with 35 multi-hit games.
Here is the weekly recap for last weeks NCAA football action. Not as many major happenings as in weeks past, but still some interesting and useful nuggets to consider when looking at the upcoming season of college football handicapping.
The weekly NFL recap for this week saw 4 major stories, all of which could have an impact on handicapping this years NFL season. With week 1 NFL games a little over 2 months away it is important to keep up to date with this news and at it to your betting arsenal.
Well we covered the favorites and the college football teams that we think offer some betting value to win the national title in our previous 2 pieces, so not lets take a look at the college football teams I wouldn’t want to bet on with someone elses money, all NCAA football odds current at the time of publish.
The Phillies and Reds get back to National League action with a pair of right-handers doing battle.
Philadelphia Phillies at Cincinnati Reds
Philadelphia closed out its interleague schedule with a 10-8 record after bombing the Toronto Blue Jays 11-2 on Sunday afternoon. “The weather is getting hot, this is hitting season and we’re starting to swing the bats better,” said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. Over their last 11 games (8-3), the Phillies have scored 75 runs and have had 10 or more hits in seven of those 10 games. Before this current streak, Philadelphia went through a 25-game slump that saw the team hit .217 and plate just 63 total runs. Scoring more than three runs in a game has been the barometer this season, with Manuel’s team going 31-6 when going over the mark and 8-27 when falling short. The Phillies have been a solid road underdog of +100 to +125 over the past three years (31-21, +1,360), but the club is just 3-3 this year (+10).
We saw a shade of Wembley at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa Sunday morning. Frank Lampard scored what looked like a goal to tie the match between England and Germany at two after Germany had jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.