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Tim Lincecum, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.

World Series Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 11/16/2010

The World Series has just barely ended, and they havenít even given out all of the individual hardware yet. That means that itís clearly and obviously too early to think about the next World Series yet. Unless you are a sports bettor, of course. There are MLB futures odds set for the 2011 World Series, and pretty much anything with odds set is worth considering. Hereís a very early look at how these futures set up (odds are from Bodog) with some World Series predictions:
Read more about World Series Predictions.

Tim Lincecum, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.

World Series Picks: Rangers vs. Giants MLB Odds and Predictions
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 10/27/2010

To the surprise and even disappointment of many, the World Series features two teams that are as unlikely participants in the Fall Classic as they are unfamiliar with the gameís biggest stage. San Francisco has not been to the World Series since 2002. That was the last time when two teams from West divisions reached the Fall Classic.
Read more about World Series Picks: Rangers vs. Giants.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes

MLB Picks: Yankees vs. Rangers Game 6 Odds and Baseball Predictions
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 10/22/2010

What team in their right mind would actually want to run into ace Cliff Lee in the playoffs? The Yankees sure do, that would mean that they have extended this series to a Game 7 after trailing 3-1. To get to Lee and a Game 7 the Yankees will need to win at Texas Friday night at 8 p.m. EST.
Read more about MLB Picks: Yankees vs. Rangers.

Derek Jeter of the Yankees.

MLB Picks: Yankees vs. Rangers and Giants vs. Phillies Series Odds
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 10/14/2010

There are four teams still playing baseball and there are very few surprises as the long MLB season moves onto the League Championship Series. The New York Yankees, the defending champions, the most expensive team in baseball history and the top offensive team in the league are still playing. The Texas Rangers had the highest team batting average, and theyíre still playing. And in the National League the top pitching team in the majors (San Francisco) and the leagueís best starting rotation (Philadelphia) are the last two teams standing.
Read more about MLB Picks: Yankees vs. Rangers and Giants vs. Phillies.

Cliff Lee of the Texas Rangers

MLB Picks: Rangers vs. Rays Game 5 Odds and Baseball Predictions
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 10/12/2010

The Texas Rangers went on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays, owners of the best regular-season record in the American League, and stunned the Rays by taking both games in convincing fashion, by a combined 11-1 score. They went back home to Texas needing to win only one game to advance to the ALCS. They held a 2-1 lead going into the eighth inning with one of the best bullpens in baseball.
Read more about MLB Picks: Rangers vs. Rays Game 5.

New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher

MLB Predictions: Yankees vs. Twins Series Odds and Baseball Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 10/6/2010

The Yankees have dominated these Twins for the past decade. Since 2003 the Yankees have eliminated the Twins in three American League Divisional Series including a three-game sweep last October. This season the Yankees took four of six from the Twins and last season they were a perfect 10-0 against Minnesota.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Yankees vs. Twins Series Odds.

Cincinnati Reds' Bronson Arroyo

MLB Predictions: Reds vs. Phillies Series Odds and Baseball Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 10/5/2010

Itís hard to say who is more eager for the clock to strike 5:07 p.m. ET on Wednesday when first pitch is schedule in Game 1, Halladay a 15-year veteran without a sniff of the playoffs, or the Cincinnati fan base, who have not seen playoff baseball since being swept by the Atlanta Braves in 1995 NLCS.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Reds vs. Phillies Series Odds.

Roy Halladay of the Phillies

World Series Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 10/4/2010

And then there were eight. After the longest, most grueling season in sports there are just eight teams left with a shot at winning the World Series. The baseball playoffs are as good as it gets in my eyes, so I never have any real complaints about the matchups. That being said, I think that this yearís edition is particularly compelling. We have it all - most of the likely awards winners will be playing, young stars and old will be looking for more glory, and established, proven teams are up against upstarts. It should be fantastic. As we get ready to go, here are some World Series Predictions I can stand behind.
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Padres Pitcher Mat Latos

MLB Predictions and Picks: Cubs Vs. Padres Betting Odds
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 9/28/2010

If the major league season was a month shorter, somewhere around 140 games, these San Diego Padres would be a playoff team. But the season is 162 games and these Padres are in full out collapse mode. After leading the NL West for nearly the entire summer, the Padres watched the Giants overtake them for the division lead as autumn approached.
Read more about MLB Predictions and Picks: Cubs Vs. Padres.

Starting pitcher Paul Maholm of the Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB Picks and Betting Advice and Tips for Season Stretch Run
by Trevor Whenham - 9/28/2010

We are in the last, dying days of the baseball season. For most teams that means just one thing - counting the days until the misery ends. Itís either that, trying to stay healthy until the playoffs start, or fighting for a spot in those playoffs. For most bettors it comes down to two things at this time - watching the pennant races, and thinking ahead to the playoffs. This last week of action can present a few interesting options, though - situations where bettors can pad their bankroll before the postseason rolls around. Here are six tips and betting advice for help on your MLB picks for the last week of the regular season:
Read more about MLB Picks and Betting Advice .

Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals.

MLB MVP Futures Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 9/17/2010

We are into the final few weeks of Major League Baseballís regular season, which means itís time to start considering who wins MLBís major individual awards. Today I will look at the MVP candidates and their odds Ė courtesy of Sportsbook.com. Keep an eye out for a similar story on the Cy Young candidates in each league.
Read more about MLB MVP Futures Odds and Predictions.

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Nick Blackburn

MLB Predictions and Betting Picks: Odds for Oakland Aís Vs. Twins
by Jason Sharpe - 9/17/2010

The Minnesota Twins looked to be in big trouble at the all-star break with two teams ahead of them in the division and their star first baseman out of the lineup for what was to be an extended period of time. Many felt it was time to write the Twins off as this just wouldnít be their year. Now fast forward two months and the Twins sport the best record in baseball at 42-16 since the break, and even though Justin Morneau still remains out the Twins offense hasnít missed a beat by leading all of baseball in hitting at .286 for the second half of the year.
Read more about MLB Predictions: A's Vs. Twins.

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields

MLB Predictions and Picks: Yankees vs. Rays Baseball Betting Odds
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 9/15/2010

The least dramatic of the division races is unfolding in the AL East. The lack of drama has nothing to do with how close the teams are -- New York leads Tampa Bay by half a game through Tuesday -- or the competitiveness of the games. Since Boston is essentially out of the race that basically guarantees that the one team will win the AL East while the other will secure the AL Wild Card berth.
Read more about MLB Predictions and Picks: Yankees vs. Rays.

LA Dodger Chad Billingsley

MLB Predictions and Picks: Dodgers vs. Padres Baseball Betting Odds
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 9/8/2010

The series could not have come at a better time as the Giants and Rockies were gaining quick on the Padres who dropped 10 consecutive games including seven at home. Enter Los Angeles, who San Diego is 7-4 against in their last 11 games this season and all of a sudden it looks like the Padres might be able to weather the storm and win the division they have lead for nearly the entire summer.
Read more about MLB Predictions and Picks: Dodgers vs. Padres.

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin

MLB Predictions and Picks: Reds vs. Rockies Baseball Betting Odds
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 9/7/2010

The standings tell us the Cincinnati Reds are the playoff team in waiting while the Colorado Rockies are the outsiders looking in at the playoff picture. Play on the field has told us something else. The Rockies have looked every bit the part of a team deserving to play in October as they have won four in a row and 11 of 15 to vault themselves back in the playoff discussion. The Reds look more like postseason imposters, losing three of their last four and struggling immensely against teams with a winning record.
Read more about MLB Predictions and Picks: Reds vs. Rockies.

Cincinnati Reds' Bronson Arroyo

MLB Predictions: Reds vs. Cardinals Betting Odds and Baseball Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 9/3/2010

This was the weekend when all of the National League was supposed to be seeing red with all eyes on the crucial St. Louis/Cincinnati three-game series. Instead the Reds have surprised all of baseball by opening an eight-game lead in the NL Central over the Cardinals and taking most of the drama out of the race.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Reds vs. Cardinals.

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin

MLB Predictions: Phillies Vs. Rockies Betting Odds and Baseball Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 9/2/2010

Tonightís meeting between the Phillies and Rockies, the beginning and end of a one-game series, may seem like an inconvenience to both teams, but both should be happy they are actually playing this makeup game from a May rainout. Often times these rescheduled affairs for September are never made up when two teams are out of contention, but both Colorado and especially Philadelphia are firmly entrenched in the playoff discussion.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Phillies Vs. Rockies.

Rockies starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez

MLB Predictions: Rockies vs. Giants Betting Odds and Baseball Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 9/1/2010

The Rockies will attempt to capture a rare road series win in the rubber match of a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants tonight at 9:15 p.m. ET. The Rockies have been atrocious on the road this season (26-41) and the Giants have made the most of their home games (41-27), but Colorado did take a series from San Francisco in AT&T Park back in early June.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Rockies vs. Giants.

Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals.

World Series Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 8/31/2010

There are, by my estimation, still 12 teams that can win the World Series. More teams than that are still mathematically capable of doing so, but realistically only 12 have a decent chance of making the postseason - and you obviously canít win it all when you donít even get invited to play. Itís a fun exercise to look at these 12 remaining teams and put my World Series predictions in order from the most likely to win it all to the least likely (odds to win the World Series are from Bodog):
Read more about World Series Predictions.

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera

MLB Predictions: Tigers vs. Twins Betting Odds and Baseball Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/31/2010

Minnesota is 40-22 at its new home, Target Field. Detroit is 22-41 away from home. The respective home and road records of the two teams are a big reason why each is in its current position. Minnesota is in first place in the AL Central. Detroit is 10 games out of first place in the AL Central.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Tigers vs. Twins.

Roy Halladay of the Phillies

MLB Predictions: Phillies vs. Dodgers Betting Odds and Baseball Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/30/2010

The Phillies send ace Roy Halladay to the mound tonight at 10:15 p.m. ET in Los Angeles to face a Dodgers team it beat four games to one in the NLCS last year. Everything seems to be going right for the Phillies and wrong for the Dodgers. On paper itís a mismatch, but a closer look shows this game is by no means a layup for the Phillies.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Phillies vs. Dodgers .

Padres Pitcher Mat Latos

MLB Predictions: Phillies vs. Padres Betting Odds and Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/27/2010

A change of scenery could not come at a better time for Philadelphia or at a better place. The playoff hopeful Phillies just endured a stunning four-game sweep at home at the hands of the lowly Astros but now they head to San Diego where the matchup is a favorable one
Read more about MLB Predictions: Phillies vs. Padres.

Florida Marlins starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez

MLB Predictions: Marlins vs. Mets Betting Odds and Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/26/2010

On the outer boundaries of the Wild Card race sit two NL East rivals, the Mets and Marlins. The Mets and Marlins remain in the hunt for the postseason and in much better standings than half of the league, but each knows there is little margin for error from here on out.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Marlins vs. Mets.

Derek Jeter of the Yankees.

Free Baseball Predictions - New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays - Wednesday August 25th 7:05 PM Eastern
by Jason Sharpe - 8/25/2010

Itís the rubber match of the three-game series in Toronto between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees. The Yankees (78-48; 36-26 on the road) take the field the as the -130 road favorite for MLB odds against the Blue Jays (65-60; 33-27 at home) in Toronto with the total lined at 8.5.
Read more about Free MLB Predictions.

Brian Duensing of the Minnesota Twins

MLB Predictions: Twins vs. Rangers Betting Odds and Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/25/2010

Potential first-round playoff opponents get an extended look at each other during this four-game series in late August. The AL Central leading Twins and the AL West leading Rangers square off for Game 3 of their series at 8:05 p.m. ET in Arlington, Texas.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Twins vs. Rangers.

Reds starting pitcher Travis Wood

MLB Predictions: Reds at Giants Betting Odds and Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/24/2010

All eyes in the National League are on this series out on the West Coast. The Cincinnati Reds lead the NL Central and the San Francisco Giants are in the hunt for a Wild Card spot. Itís been over a decade the last time this series has had major implications, but both teams are well aware of the importance of this three-game set.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Reds at Giants.

Baseball betting

Free Baseball Pick - Tampa Bay vs Oakland Ė Saturday August 21st 9:05 PM EST
by Jason Sharpe - 8/21/2010

Two of baseballís best young left-handers take the mound in game 3 of this 4 game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (74-47 overall; 35-23 away) and the Oakland Athletics (60-60; 37-25 at home). The Rays come in a -125 favorite with a game total lined at a very low Ďunderí 7 -130.
Read more about Free Baseball Pick - Tampa Bay vs Oakland.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Scott Kazmir

MLB Predictions: Angels vs. Red Sox Betting Odds and Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/18/2010

The Red Sox and the Angels have met in the ALDS four out of the last six years but this year if Boston is able to find its way into the playoffs it will likely have a new first round opponent. The 60-60 Angels are eight games back in the AL West and not really in the discussion for the wildcard at 13.5 games back. Boston is one of the main reasons why Los Angeles is an afterthought right now. The Red Sox are a perfect 7-0 against Los Angeles this season.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Angels vs. Red Sox.

Barry Zito pitching

MLB Predictions: Giants vs. Phillies Betting Odds and Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/17/2010

The Phillies and Giants are both getting to the point in the season where their attention may be diverted from their divisional foes ahead of them to the ongoing Wild Card race. And that is why this three-game series looms so large in the NL playoff picture.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Giants vs. Phillies.

Texas Rangers designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero

MLB Predictions: Rangers vs. Rays Betting Odds and Baseball Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/16/2010

Two of the top three teams in the American League meet for the second series this season, but likely not the last. Both the AL West-leading Rangers and the Rays, who are atop the Wild Card standings, seem destined for the postseason.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Rangers vs. Rays.

San Diego Padres Adrian Gonzalez

MLB Predictions: Padres vs. Giants Betting Odds and Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/13/2010

A pair of lefties and NL West contenders square off in the first game of a weekend series with major playoff implications Friday night at 10:15 p.m. ET in San Franciscoís AT&T Park. The NL West-leading Padres have overcame a light hitting offense by riding quality starting pitching and the best bullpen in baseball. They have allowed the fewest runs in the majors this season.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Padres vs. Giants.

Rangers Manager Ron Washington

MLB Predictions: Handicapping the Texas Rangers Down the Stretch
by Trevor Whenham - 8/13/2010

The Texas Rangers are in a very interesting spot right now. Itís the middle of August, they are up by 7.5 games in the division, they are playing decent baseball, and neither of the two teams chasing them - the Angels and the Aís - seem to be built for a menacing stretch run. Anything can happen in baseball but Texas is in a pretty confortable spot.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Handicapping the Texas Rangers.

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano

MLB Predictions: Twins vs. White Sox Betting Odds and Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/12/2010

This critical three-game series between AL Central rivals looks to be a microcosm of the division race. The White Sox have the bats but the Twins have the pitching, consistency and now, even the momentum. The rubber match of this series is Thursday night at 8:05 p.m. ET in the South Side of Chicago.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Twins vs. White Sox.

New York Yankees Starting pitcher Javier Vazquez

MLB Predictions: Yankees vs. Rangers Betting Odds and Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/11/2010

The Rangers/Yankees matchup looks like a potential ALCS preview, but what this abbreviated two-game series ultimately represents for Texas is a true test. The second game of the series is slated for Wednesday night at 8:05 p.m. ET in Arlington, Texas.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Yankees vs. Rangers.

Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Adam Lind

MLB Predictions: Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Betting Odds and Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/10/2010

To the surprise of everyone, especially its own management, the Toronto Blue Jays have been the surprise story of baseball this summer. At 59-52 Toronto is looking like anything but the rebuilding team they were supposed to be after trading away Roy Halladay.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Red Sox vs. Blue Jays.

San Francisco picther Matt Cain.

MLB Power Rankings
by Jason Sharpe - 8/9/2010

With the first week of August in the books, the MLB divisional races look to be tight all over except for in the AL West, where the Texas Rangers have all but wrapped things up. After the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays, there are still 10 other teams who have between 61-65 wins on the season, which means all of these teams are still on a 90-win pace for the year. Keep in mind that this group doesnít include some top teams around the league, either, like the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have more then enough talent to make some noise if both were too get hot.
Read more about MLB Power Rankings (Aug. 9).

Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz

MLB Predictions: Red Sox vs. Yankees Baseball Betting Odds and Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/6/2010

The four-game series begins tonight in Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m. ET. The Yankees are separating themselves from the Red Sox, currently holding a six-game lead over their rivals. Boston is chasing both the Yankees and Rays for either an AL East title or a Wild Card berth. Fridayís game is the start of a 10-game road trip for Boston that could make or break its season.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Red Sox vs. Yankees.

Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins

MLB Predictions: AL Central Race Betting Odds and Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/6/2010

Over the past decade the American League Central has been the easiest division to win in the AL in terms of how many wins have been needed to come out on top. But donít try telling the White Sox, Twins or Tigers that itís an easy division to win.
Read more about MLB Predictions: AL Central.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Derek Lowe

MLB Predictions: NL East Race Betting Odds and Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/5/2010

The National League East race appeared to be a four-team race with everyone but the Nationals in contention for the division crown. Then the MLB Trade Deadline came and went and we quickly found out that only the division-leading Braves and surging Phillies are serious about contending.
Read more about MLB Predictions: NL East.

Florida Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad

MLB Predictions: Phillies vs. Marlins Baseball Betting Odds and Picks
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/5/2010

The Phillies latest surge has put the heat on Atlanta in the NL East and also has its opponent tonight looking more and more distant in the rearview mirror. The Marlins are facing a near must-win situation Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. ET in Florida when they entertain the second-place Phillies in the rubber match of the three-game series.
Read more about MLB Predictions.

Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers

MLB Betting Odds: White Sox vs. Tigers Betting Picks and Predictions
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/4/2010

The Chicago White Sox are doing their best to make the AL Central race a two-horse race. They have been locked in with Minnesota back and forth atop the division for the better part of the summer. Detroit is a distant third, currently sitting seven games back heading into the third game of this four-game series with the division-leading White Sox.
Read more about White Sox vs. Tigers Betting Picks and Predictions.

Troy Tulowitzki (2) of the Rockies.

MLB Betting Odds: Giants vs. Rockies Picks and Predictions
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 8/3/2010

The NL West race is starting to resemble a round-robin tournament with all four contenders, San Diego, San Francisco, Colorado and Los Angeles, seemingly all involved with series against one another. The Padres have had a stranglehold on the division for more than a month, but they have been slowly losing that grip.
Read more about Giants vs. Rockies Picks and Predictions.

Phillies Picther Cole Hamels.

MLB Betting: Handicapping Baseballís Stretch Run
by Jason Sharpe - 8/2/2010

To continue to be successful at something one must always be looking for ways to improve his or her performance. Individuals must be constantly making adjustments and never be completely satisfied with their results, always believing that they can do better and accomplish even more. The same can be said about someone who is a winning sports bettor. They too must be working hard to maintain their winning edge while also striving to improve their results.
Read more about MLB Betting.

San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera

MLB Handicapping: NL West Betting Odds and Predictions
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 7/28/2010

The San Diego Padres continue to be the surprise team in baseball. They own the best record in the National League and have made first place in the NL West seem like home owning the top spot since June 19. Through July 26 the Padres held a 3.5-game lead over San Francisco, a six-game lead over Los Angeles and an eight-game lead over Colorado in the division.
Read more about NL West Betting Odds and Predictions.

Colorado Rockies Pitcher Jorge De La Rosa.

MLB Betting Advice from a Professional Sports Bettor
by Jason Sharpe - 7/27/2010

Who says there isn't much of a home field advantage in baseball? Someone may want to tell the Colorado Rockies that. While playing in the thin air of Coors Field, the Rockies lead all of baseball with a .299 team batting average, but send them on the road and they go from first to worst in baseball, hitting just .228 as a team on the road. This may be one of the highest home/road batting average differentials for a single season in MLB history.
Read more about MLB Betting Advice.

Cubs Manager Lou Piniella

Odds and Predictions for Cubs New Manager
by Alan Matthews - 7/24/2010

Lou Piniella announced Tuesday that he was retiring as manager of the Chicago Cubs effective at the end of the season, and while on the surface his tenure on the North Side looks like a success as he led the Cubs to the NL Central title in 2007 (going from worst-to-first in Piniellaís first year) and 2008, in reality it probably qualifies as a disappointment overall because Chicago didnít win a single playoff game.
Read more about Odds and Predictions for Cubs New Manager.

Arizona Diamondbacks closer Chad Qualls

MLB Betting: Worst Bullpens
by Trevor Whenham - 7/23/2010

Bullpens are very tough for bettors to get their heads around because you donít know how much of a role they are going to play on a given night, and who is going to get the call to perform. Every team obviously has some bullpen pitchers who are better than others. That being said, there are definitely some bullpen groups that are significantly worse than others - so bad that betting on their teams is often a scary notion - especially if the starter isnít likely to go deep. Here are three such teams:
Read more about MLB Betting.

White Sox left fielder Juan Pierre

MLB Betting: How Stolen Bases Coincide With Betting Success
by Trevor Whenham - 7/23/2010

Stolen bases arenít nearly as significant and valued in baseball now as they were years ago. Back when I was a kid guys like Rickey Henderson, Vince Coleman and Tim Raines were making headlines and piling up the stolen bases. They were superstars. Now small ball has been overrun by the power game, and stolen bases are mostly an afterthought. As we get further and further away from the glory days of thievery, I thought it would be interesting to look at how stolen base success for a team relates to betting success this year, and how that compares to what we saw a decade ago in 2000:
Read more about Stolen Bases.

Heath Bell of the San Diego Padres

MLB Handicapping: Betting Low Baseball Totals
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 7/22/2010

For a number of different reasons this season of baseball has been the summer of the pitcher. After years of juiced up sluggers belting 60 and 70 home runs, numerous shattered offensive records, bandbox ballparks and steroid abuse Ė which, in turn, led to pitcher abuse, the pitchers are once again taking over the game.
Read more about Betting Low Baseball Totals.

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox.

MLB Handicapping: Teams With Second-Half Potential
by Trevor Whenham - 7/22/2010

The MLB All-Star Game is in the books, and the second half of the baseball season is underway. The break isnít just a chance for players and bettors to catch their breath and for the stars to show off a bit. It also marks a change in tone and style of play. Teams with no hope will start selling any assets they might have, and strong teams will be looking to get stronger.
Read more about MLB Handicapping.

Roy Halladay of the Phillies

MLB Handicapping Predictions: Now is a Great Time to Back Roy Halladay
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 7/21/2010

There are no Ďlocksí in sports betting, but perhaps one of the closest things to a guarantee is betting on an elite Cy Young-winning pitcher in baseball. Of course, the one drawback bettors face is the high odds these pitchers command.
Read more about MLB Handicapping Predictions: Roy Halladay.

Ted Lilly's of the Chicago Cubs.

MLB Trade Rumors and Predictions
by Vegas Sports Informer - 7/21/2010

Now that the NBA free agent frenzy is over, letís now concentrate on the MLB Trade Deadline. We have buyers looking to make a splash to maybe grab a playoff spot and sellers looking to slash payroll and think about next season. All in all this should be an interesting 10 days as the baseball trade deadline is July 31. In the following article I will go over some MLB trade rumors I have been tracking.
Read more about MLB Trade Rumors and Predictions.

Joba Chamberlain of the New York Yankees.

MLB Playoffs Predictions for American and National League
by Trevor Whenham - 7/16/2010

As the all-star break ends and we head into the second half of the baseball season this is a good time to look at the standings as they exist now and try to figure out what they will look like in early October when the playoffs roll around and we will offer some MLB Playoffs predictions. To start with this letís look at where we were at this same time last year:
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Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MLB Predictions for Second Half Betting and World Series
by Vegas Sports Informer - 7/15/2010

Today the second half of baseball resumes, and we are planning to continue to cash some serious baseball tickets. But at the same time this is what Iím looking at from each division for possible moves to make teams better for a playoff run, or just to slash some payroll.
Read more about MLB Betting Predictions.

Florida Marlins right fielder Cody Ross

MLB Trade Deadline: Buyers and Sellers
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 7/14/2010

With the acquisition of Cliff Lee, the Texas Rangers got the ace they wanted and got the ball rolling on pre-deadline trades. The deal the Rangers put together to acquire Lee from Seattle may be the biggest trade this season, but it will not be the last.
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San Diego Padres Adrian Gonzalez

Best MLB Betting Teams for Profit
by Trevor Whenham - 7/14/2010

Teams have played just over half of their games and weíre at the all-star break, so this is an ideal time to look at which teams have distinguished themselves so far from a betting perspective. Here are the four best teams in baseball so far in terms of the profit they have provided to bettors:
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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher No. 34 Felix Hernandez

Worst MLB Betting Squads for First Half
by Trevor Whenham - 7/13/2010

Weíre at the all-star break. While we still have no real idea of which teams are playoff bound and which ones may ultimately win it all we have a pretty good sense of which teams havenít lived up to expectations. There have been some real disappointments in baseball this year from a betting perspective. Here are four:
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Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard

MLB All-Star Game Betting Preview Odds and Predictions
by Robert Ferringo - 7/13/2010

Never bet against a streak. That is a cardinal rule in sports betting. And right now there are few better examples than the Major League All-Star Game. The American League has won 12 straight All Star contests, with their last defeat coming back in 1996 in Philadelphia. Since then the A.L. is 12-0-1 against the Senior Circuit and has simply dominated the opposition in both the Midsummer Classic and Interleague Play.
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz

MLB All-Star Weekend: Home Run Derby Betting Predictions
by Robert Ferringo - 7/10/2010

The Yankees apparently will allow someone from the rest of the league win at something this year. Robinson Cano, who would have been one of the favorites at the 2010 Home Run Derby, has withdrawn his name from the field of six players to enter this yearís event. The Home Run Derby, long the marquee event at MLB All Star Week, will take place at 8 p.m. EST, Monday, July 12 in Anaheim.
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San Francisco picther Matt Cain.

MLB Handicapping: Whatís Wrong With the San Francisco Giants?
by Trevor Whenham - 7/8/2010

I donít think I have been more disappointed by a team this year than the San Francisco Giants. Okay, the Mariners have been far more disappointing, but the Giants easily earn that crown for the National League. They came into this season with momentum and swagger, and it was hard to come up with a good reason why they wouldnít win the NL West.
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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Brett Cecil

MLB Handicapping: Scoring Down as Batters Struggle Against Lefties
by Robert Ferringo - 7/8/2010

Studies and statistics show that left-handed people are more likely to be schizophrenic, alcoholic, dyslexic, have mental disabilities or overall just be delinquent. Yet left-handers have survived throughout history, despite these evolutionary anchors, mainly due to the element of surprise and the simple fact that they are, well, different. In the society of Major League Baseball these days lefties arenít just surviving, they are thriving.
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy

White Sox and Rangers Ė Two Hot Teams Meet in Arlington
by Trevor Whenham - 7/2/2010

Itís fitting that the Rangers and the White Sox are starting a three-game series in Arlington on Friday night. They are the two hottest teams in the American League, and both are performing well above expectation. The White Sox stumbled somewhat in Kansas City against the surprisingly strong hitters from the Royals, but before that they had won 11 straight. The Rangers had their own 11 game win streak, and won three of five since. Itís the best June that Texas has had since 1978.
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C.C. Sabathia, pitcher for the New York Yankees.

MLB Handicapping: Pitchers With Betting Value
by Trevor Whenham - 7/1/2010

Youíre either a morning person or your not. Some people love to jump out of bed early to tackle the day, while others need a while - and a few cups of coffee - before they can be near their best. Pitchers are the same way. Some guys are ready as soon as spring training is over, and they start posting strong results right out of the gate. Other guys just werenít born to pitch in April. It could be that their bodies arenít used to the demands of real games yet, or it could be that they just need games to matter more than they do in April before they can get interested enough to do well, but some guys are entirely different pitchers in April than they are in July or August.
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Pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) of the Washington Nationals.

Handicapping Stephen Strasburg: Trends To Win Money Against Nationals MLB Ace
by Robert Ferringo - 6/30/2010

When the Atlanta Braves are selling out against the Washington Nationals on a Monday evening game in June just because Stephen Strasburg is pitching you know that there is something special going on. The Braves donít sell out playoff games. Seriously. (I remember sports talk radio bobbleheads begging for fans to show up for a winner-take-all Game 5 with Houston in the Wild Card round in 2004.)
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San Francisco picther Matt Cain.

MLB Handicapping: Pitchers Better Than Records May Indicate
by Trevor Whenham - 6/9/2010

When it comes to handicapping baseball, the record a pitcher has amassed can be deceptive. As a general rule, a pitcher that is 8-3 is pitching a whole lot better than one who is 3-8, but that's not always the case. Sometimes pitchers are throwing much better than their record indicates, but they just aren't getting the breaks going their way. Other times, the pitcher plays for a team that is playing so bad that they aren't doing the pitchers any favors. Here's a look at six pitchers who really aren't pitching nearly as badly as their record would suggest:
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Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals

Predictions for Stephen Strasburg Debut
by Trevor Whenham - 6/8/2010

Tonight we will be witness to the most hyped debut in baseball history when Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for the Washington Nationals. Strasburg was the first overall pick in last year's MLB Draft, and has been viewed as a can't-miss megastar for at least two years. The Internet has meant that people have been able to read about and watch him in ways and with ease like never before.
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Rockies starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez

World Series Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 6/2/2010

It's hard to believe, but we are already almost a third of the way through the baseball season. There are still more than 100 games left, so there is no need to start planning your World Series party yet, but teams have played enough games that we have a pretty good sense of what they have to offer. That means that this is a pretty good time to look at World Series futures to see what prices look interesting, and which one just aren't any good at all.
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Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Free MLB Picks: Rays at Blue Jays and Reds at Cardinals Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 6/1/2010

The Rays donít look right, as they have lost six of eight games overall to see their AL East lead cut to 2.5 games over the Yankees. Tampa Bay still has by far the best road record in baseball. The Blue Jays have now won four straight and nine of their last 10 home games. Toronto has hit 26 homers and averaged more than seven runs per game in its last 10 at home.
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Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees.

MLB Teams With Run Line Value
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 5/27/2010

No matter how unattractive a money line favorite may look, thanks to MLB run line betting, a bettor always has the option of dressing up the line a little bit by just laying 1.5 runs. In baseball the run line is always 1.5 with the favorite giving the 1.5 and the underdog getting the 1.5. Basically, if you take the favorite on the run line the team has to win by two or more runs. If you take the underdog they either have to win or lose by one.
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Derek Lowe of the Atlanta Braves

Best and Worst MLB Road Teams
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 5/26/2010

Home-field advantage in baseball is unique in sports. Not only does the typical fan support help out the home-standing team, but the dimensions of the ballpark and knowledge of its wind streams and altitude also gives the team batting in the bottom half of the inning an added advantage.
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Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

MLB Handicapping: Weather a Major Factor
by Aaron Smith - 5/25/2010

If you are an avid football fan, or bet on the sport often, you know that weather is a major factor in determining the outcome of a football game. The average bettor is aware of that when betting on football, but at times, it seems that the large effect that weather can have on baseball games flies under the radar. Weather does matter when betting on baseball, and it matters in quite a few different ways.
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Barry Zito pitching

Discipline the Key to Successful Baseball Betting
by Aaron Smith - 5/21/2010

There is one single word in the English language that can explain a whole lot about what is necessary to be successful in betting on baseball: discipline. In all forms of sports betting this is important, but in baseball betting it is even more vital. Any experienced bettor will tell you; there is no ďeasy moneyĒ to be made. The oddsmakers are smart people, and the sportsbooks typically make money hand over fist because most bettors canít stay disciplined. The baseball season, as well as betting on baseball, is a marathon that must be won over the long run.
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy

Handicapping MLB Interleague Play
by Robert Ferringo - 5/21/2010

This week the Major League Baseball gets itself some ďstrangeĒ with the opening weekend of Interleague play. In the 14th year of Interleague play we have 14 series featuring one American League team of ogres one crafty and fragile squad from the National League. Play begins Friday and all 14 series are set for three games of goofiness.
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields

Handicapping the Rays-Yankees AL East Race
by Trevor Whenham - 5/21/2010

We're used to the American League East being a two-horse race, but it's a pleasant surprise that that race features the Tampa Bay Rays running away with the lead, and the Yankees chasing them from behind (Toronto is fighting hard and sticking close to the Yankees, but we'll ignore them for now).
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Reds third baseman Scott Rolen

MLB Handicapping: Reds one of Best Bets in NL
by Robert Ferringo - 5/19/2010

When most people look at the National League Central standings and see Cincinnati at the top of the heap Iím sure the first reaction of the common fan is somewhere between ďgood for themĒ, ďwhen did that happen?Ē, and ďI wonder what Mario Soto is doing these daysĒ.
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Sean Rodriguez of the Tampa Bay Rays

Free MLB Picks: Rays at Yankees and Padres at Dodgers Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 5/19/2010

Tampa Bay has a three-game lead over New York in the AL East and just swept a two-game series from Cleveland. The Rays have won six of seven overall. New York just finished a wild two-game set with Boston, where both teams blew a game in the ninth inning with their star closer on the mound.
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Washington Nationals center fielder Roger Bernadina

MLB Betting: Top Earners and Losers
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 5/18/2010

Itís easy to see the early season surprises and disappointments in baseball by looking at which teams have earned their backers the most money and what teams have lost their backers the most. Almost a fourth of the way through the season, itís a good idea to take a look at how much each team has earned or lost people who have bet $100 on them each game.
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Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals

MLB Rookie Pitchers Making Debuts
by Trevor Whenham - 5/18/2010

We're in the part of the baseball schedule where teams start to throw real puzzles at MLB handicappers. Rookie pitchers who weren't quite ready to join their teams out of training camp are now making their debuts. There are few things tougher than determining how a pitcher is going to do the first time he faces major league talent because he has never done it before.
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Vin Scully LA Dodgers broadcaster

Best and Worst MLB Announcers
by Robert Ferringo - 5/14/2010

The passing of Ernie Harwell, a true gentleman and a baseball legend, last week got me thinking about the current crop of Major League Baseball announcers. I spend, quite literally, thousands of hours each summer watching baseball and listening to the announcers for all 30 of the current teams. And while only one of the current Voices of Summer can be considered in the same category of Harwell there are still plenty of great groups doing good work from March to October.
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter.

MLB Betting: Handicapping Streaks
by Aaron Smith - 5/13/2010

Streaks are a part of sports in general, but in baseball streaks are often long and drawn out. Every sports bettor should be adept at tracking trends and finding important tendencies of each team. Simply put, you canít win betting on baseball if you arenít able to follow some of the streaks that occur throughout the season.
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Wrigley Field

MLB Totals Betting: Wrigley Field
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 5/11/2010

In the old days anyone passing by Wrigley Field after a game could look up at the flag being flown outside the friendly confines to figure out if the Cubs won that day or not. Either a ďWĒ or an ďLĒ flag were flown to reflect the dayís results. Now before a game anyone looking at a flag around Wrigley Field can also tell a lot about what is about to happen.
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Los Angeles Angels

MLB Handicapping: The Benefits of Betting on Team Totals
by Aaron Smith - 5/11/2010

The MLB season is a long grind, and the dynamics of it make it very different than most of the other major sports. Bettors must adjust to the differences in the sport, and try to find certain angles where they may be able to stay ahead of the oddsmakers and the sportsbooks. I tend to think that betting on totals is a solid way to profit over the long haul, but individual team totals betting has some big benefits in baseball. Letís take a look at some of the reasons team totals may be something you should look at betting on.
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New York Yankees Pitcher Sergio Mitre

Free MLB Picks: New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies
by Alan Matthews - 5/11/2010

New York has dropped two in a row, including a 5-4 decision at Comerica Park on Monday night in Game 1 of this series. Johnny Damon homered for the Tigers in his first game against his former teammates. Detroit improved to 10-3 at home and has won six in a row there. The Yankees have yet to drop three straight this season.
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Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond

MLB Handicapping: Nationals are MLBís Best Bet
by Robert Ferringo - 5/11/2010

One of the most interesting stories early in this MLB betting season has been the success of the Washington Nationals. Yes, the same Washington Nationals that have posted a record slightly above that of the Washington Generals over the course of the last two years and the team that has been treating the legacy of the Montreal Expos like a necropheliac at a funeral parlor.
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C. C. Sabathia of the Yankees

Going Against Big MLB Favorites
by Aaron Smith - 5/7/2010

If you have bet on baseball very often, youíll probably notice that among veteran bettors and MLB handicappers the underdogs are quite popular. The primary reason for this is that baseball is a very different game than football or even basketball. The baseball regular season is 162 games, so itís fair to say it is a steady and slow grind.
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Joba Chamberlain, pitcher for the New York Yankees.

MLB Handicapping: Best Betting Teams
by Trevor Whenham - 5/6/2010

We are more than 25 games into the regular season in baseball, so teams have had a chance to work out some of the early kinks and settle into something resembling their real form. This is a good time, then, to look at the teams that have been particularly kind to bettors so far this season. By looking at how they have done it we can draw conclusions about whether they can keep doing it. Here are the five most profitable teams so far this season:
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz

MLB Handicapping: Boston Will Be One of Worst Bets in Majors
by Robert Ferringo - 5/5/2010

There is an oft-quoted cliché in baseball that you canít win a pennant in April but you sure as hell can lose one. The idea is that a slow start in this sport is not nearly the harbinger of ill tidings that it appears to be in certain other sports. And that because of the sheer overwhelming volume of innings, outs and appearances that construct a Major League Baseball season that a shaky first 25 games doesnít add up to much when you consider what lies ahead.
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Seattle Mariners third baseman Jose Lopez

Top MLB Teams Playing ĎUnderí the Total
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 5/5/2010

We are a month into the baseball season and it has become apparent that some teams are really good at consistently playing low scoring games and staying Ďunderí the total. This group of teams who always seem to be locked into pitching duels also have a pretty strong correlation.
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LA Dodger Chad Billingsley

Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers Series Odds and Preview
by Matt Severance - 5/4/2010

Is Milwaukee at Los Angeles really the best baseball series going on early this week? It certainly is not, but both teams have a lot in common in that they have been very disappointing this year and are in danger of already falling too far behind in their respective divisions despite the fact itís only early May. The Dodgers are -240 series favorites for this one at Bookmaker.
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New York Mets third baseman No. 5 David Wright

MLB Betting: Rain Delay Rules
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 4/27/2010

Leave it to the umpires and Mother Nature to throw a wrench into your Sunday evening betting plans. Sundayís MLB game between the Braves and Mets in New York caused a big headache for bettors and bookmakers alike. This game was one of the most wagered on games of the week, and due to inclement weather the game was called final just one pitch into the sixth inning. This awkward result engulfed even some seasoned bettors in a wave of confusion as they wondered if they had won, lost or if their wager was graded Ďno actioní.
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San Diego Padres Adrian Gonzalez

MLB Betting: Padres at Marlins Series Odds and Predictions
by Matt Severance - 4/26/2010

Iíll be honest, the San Diego Padres-Florida Marlins matchup probably isnít the best series of the early week in baseball, but itís high time we write about the Padres here at Docís Sports as they are easily the biggest surprise in the majors so far. We offer some series predictions at the end of this article.
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox Series Odds and Preview
by Matt Severance - 4/20/2010

Itís not good to have the word Sox attached to your Major League Baseball team these days. The Red version is 4-9 and off to its worst start since 1996. And the White guys are in the same boat, as Chicago enters this series with red-hot Tampa Bay with the same 4-9 mark for its worst start since 1997. Only Baltimore has a worse record in the American League than the Soxes.
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Tim Lincecum, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.

Handicapping MLB Aces
by Trevor Whenham - 4/15/2010

One of the toughest things to handicap is baseball is an ace. Every time a team sends their ace to the mound they are setting a trap for us to fall into if we aren't careful. The problem is that the ace is the pitcher that the public knows best, so he is the one that draws the most public action. That makes it that much harder to find an edge, and in turn makes it deceptively simple to make a bet which gives you no edge. Here are six things to consider when you are handicapping a game with an ace starting to make sure that you aren't throwing your money away:
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David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox.

Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox MLB Series Preview
by Matt Severance - 4/15/2010

Are the Tampa Bay Rays really back to a playoff-type level or are the Baltimore Orioles just freaking terrible? The answer is probably Ďyesí to both, as Tampa Bay enters Fridayís series with the Boston Red Sox at 6-3 (best start in franchise history) after an impressive series win over the Orioles. Itís only the third time in franchise history Tampa Bay has been above .500 after nine games and first time since 2004. Boston, however, is the -165 Game 1 favorite on BookMaker.
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Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston

MLB Handicapping: Can Blue Jays Sustain Fast Start?
by Trevor Whenham - 4/15/2010

Perhaps the most pleasant surprise in baseball through the first 10 days of the season has been the Toronto Blue Jays. they were seen as the fourth best team in the American League East - at best - coming into the season, yet they are leading the way early on in the toughest division in baseball. It's all but certain not to last, but the fast start hasn't been a fluke. This is a team that has enjoyed some very good pitching, and has backed that with lively bats and some impressive hustle.
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Major league Baseball home plate umpire Wally Bell

MLB Handicapping: ĎHomerí Umpires
by Aaron Smith - 4/14/2010

In this case, we are looking at Major League Baseball and the home plate umpires who call the games. Are these umpires really favoring the home team or is this just a case of matchups and home field advantage proving the difference? That is an argument for another day, but the truth is a sports bettor needs to look at every single angle that might give them an edge. After seeing some of these amazing home-and-away splits, I think you will agree these statistics can help you gain the upper hand.
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Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler

MLB Handicapping: Early Winners and Losers from the N.L.
by Robert Ferringo - 4/13/2010

Yesterday I laid out some random thoughts and general musings about what I learned about the American League through the first week of the season. Below are some observations Iíve had while watching the National League clubs at work through the first week or so of this Major League Baseball season:
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Joba Chamberlain of the New York Yankees.

MLB Handicapping: Early Winners and Losers from the A.L.
by Robert Ferringo - 4/13/2010

One week of the 26-week grind that is the Major League baseball regular season is in the books. And amidst the home openers, blown saves, exciting plays, beautiful weather and monster home runs there has been plenty of information for the discerning baseball handicapper to pick up. Some of our preseason hunches may have been confirmed or debunked and other wait-and-see situations may have started to unfold.
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Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

MLB Series Preview: Angels at Yankees
by Matt Severance - 4/13/2010

If you are a fan of the Boston Red Sox or the Tampa Bay Rays, it has to be a bit disconcerting already after seeing the New York Yankees win a road series against each of those two other AL East contenders in the seasonís first week.
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Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester.

MLB Handicapping: Public Teams
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 4/13/2010

Public teams involve a select group of squads, from the big market teams like the Yankees to the teams whose fans stretch across the country like the Red Sox and Chicago Cubs. Every sport has their public teams like the Cowboys and Steelers in the NFL and the Lakers and Celtics in the NBA, but in baseball it is easier for the books to take advantage of these teamís popularity. They can do that by tacking on a few cents on the money line of these public monsters.
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Starting pitcher Paul Maholm of the Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB Handicapping: Betting on Bad Teams
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 4/13/2010

While their managers certainly have a hard time managing their respective teams, bettors also sometimes find it tough trying to manage bad baseball teams. To constantly fade the dregs of Major League Baseball is flirting with disaster. One Washington Nationals winning streak and all of a sudden an entire summerís worth of profit could be gone. To wait for the Kansas City Royals to start paying out 3-to-1 and then take them for a series at a time, well you may be better off taking two-team parlays in another sport.
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Minnesota Twins

MLB Handicapping: Minnesotaís Target Field Pitcherís Nightmare
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 4/9/2010

Everyone in Minnesota seemed to want outdoor baseball. Someone should have asked the Minnesota pitching staff, however. This is a staff, and team for the most part, built around the Metrodome and its pitcher-friendly dimensions. There are no such dimensions or advantages for pitchers at Target Field. While this will affect both teams, obviously, these Twins are not built for this kind of stadium and probably will not be for some time.
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Atlanta Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens

MLB Handicapping: Young Pitchers to Avoid
by Robert Ferringo - 4/8/2010

Below is a list of young ďup-and-comingĒ pitching that Iím not quite as high on as a lot of fans, scouts, bettors and oddsmakers. The names on this list are ones that some people might recognize and think, ďYeah, that kid is going to be good.Ē While others are names that only fantasy baseball players or diehard fans would be able to opine about. But in my opinion the list below is full of guys that I expect Reality to slam in the face with the force of an Albert Pujols 42-ounce Louisville Slugger.
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MLB umpire Jerry Crawford

Handicapping MLB Umpires: Strike Zones
by Aaron Smith - 4/8/2010

Baseball is here, and itís time to start looking for an edge on the rest of the sports betting world. If you are serious about making cash by betting on baseball, then I strongly advise you to get to know your umpires. The fact of the matter is no single person has a larger effect on any sports game than the home plate umpire in the game of baseball. Think about how they control the strike zone, which shapes the way a pitcher has to pitch and the batter has to protect the plate.
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Akinori Iwamura of the Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB Handicapping: Big Unit Winners and Losers from 2009
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 4/7/2010

Unlike football and basketball, in baseball there are no against the spread records find out how a team stacks up in the terms of wagering. Baseballís rebuttal to the ATS records is measuring units won or lost by a team over a season. These numbers can be greatly revealing after examining them and looking back on an entire 162-game season.
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Jeff Niemann of the Tampa Bay Rays.

MLB Handicapping: Potential Breakout Pitchers
by Robert Ferringo - 4/7/2010

Last week I discussed some veteran arms that I think could pose some excellent MLB betting value if they can bounce back and achieve some of the success that theyíve experienced in the past. In this space Iím going to go the opposite direction and try to tab some young, up-and-coming arms that could be the next generation of aces, value arms, and piñata pitchers to fade away.
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Florida Marlins starting pitcher Josh Johnson

MLB Handicapping: Best Value Rotations
by Trevor Whenham - 4/7/2010

When I close my eyes as a baseball bettor and think about my dream rotation it would feature two attributes - a deep, reasonably talented collection of arms, and one that the general betting public hasn't really caught on to. That rules out teams that are loaded with all-stars - like the Phillies and the Yankees - and those that have serious pitching issues - the Dodgers and Blue Jays, for example. Here are five teams that could meet my criteria heading into the season:
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Phillies Picther Cole Hamels.

MLB Handicapping: Ranking the Pitching Staffs
by Robert Ferringo - 4/6/2010

The Major League Baseball season is only two days in. but letís get down to brass tax here. Pitching doesnít win championships, it wins money. Lots and lots of money. And gamblers need to be able to take the long view with teams and staffs and be able to look at each starting rotation along the lines of how it relates to the others in the league.
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Rockies starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez

2010 Baseball Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 4/6/2010

After a long offseason filled with far too much Yankee gloating, baseball is finally back. For almost seven months we can now count on having something to watch and bet on virtually every day. As we get ready for to make some profits this summer, here are seven 2010 baseball predictions that will guide my betting decisions:
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Atlanta Braves pitcher Derek Lowe

MLB Handicapping: Veteran Pitchers Primed for Big Year
by Robert Ferringo - 4/2/2010

Baseball is a game of habit, routine, ritual and method. The most accomplished players are the ones that can repeat their motions, their approach, and their successes consistently, in spite of constant failures. Betting on Major League Baseball shouldnít be any different.
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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher No. 34 Felix Hernandez

2010 Seattle Mariners Predictions
by Robert Ferringo - 4/1/2010

Well I hadnít quite made up my mind just yet about the 2010 Seattle Mariners. But when I opened my mailbox Monday morning and saw Ichiro, King Felix and Cliff Lee staring back at me as the cover boys for ESPN the Ragís MLB season preview it was settled: My 2010 Seattle Mariners predictions say that this is definitely a team to fade this season.
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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Scott Kazmir

2010 MLB Futures Betting - MLB Futures Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 4/1/2010

As hard as it is to believe, the baseball season starts this weekend. From now until October we'll have baseball to watch, and to bet on, virtually every day. Before the season even starts we can entertain ourselves, and get ready for the season in the process, by looking for good value in props and futures. Here are ten bets that look to have value in my eyes (all odds are from Bodog):
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Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer.

MLB Betting: A.L. MVP Odds and Predictions
by Matt Severance - 3/31/2010

If you read my NL MVP betting predictions article, you saw that only three teams Ė the Cardinals, Giants and Phillies Ė had claimed MVP winners in the past decade. Thatís in large part due to the dominance of Barry Bonds and then Albert Pujols.
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields

2010 Tampa Bay Rays Predictions
by Robert Ferringo - 3/30/2010

Itís very easy to be seduced by success. It happens to politicians. It certainly happens to businessmen. And lord knows that gamblers are suckers for success; lured into a false sense of security, entitlement and safety once they get a little taste of victory or money. And more often than not that false sense leads to a trap door when desperate folks try to find their way back to that first initial score.
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Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals.

MLB Betting: NL MVP Odds and Predictions
by Matt Severance - 3/30/2010

Considering that Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent have long retired, Iím guessing a Giant wonít win another NL MVP this year Ė more on betting on pitchers at the bottom. But Pujols is so ridiculously good that heís the 2/1 favorite on Bodog to win it for the third straight year and fourth in six. And I really canít give one tangible reason why you shouldnít bet on him, other than the lousy payoff (did you know Pujols actually led the Cards in steals last year too?).
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Derek Lowe of the Atlanta Braves

2010 Atlanta Braves Predictions
by Robert Ferringo - 3/29/2010

The Atlanta Braves enter 2010 as a perfect example of how the cold, cruel, unrelenting seven-month grind of a Major League Baseball season could potentially ruin an otherwise magical season. The promise of Spring Training and the best-laid plans are one thing. The harsh reality of the actual season is something completely different. And how the Braves cope with that reality this year will go a long way in determining how things in the National League shake out.
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Roy Halladay of the Phillies.

MLB Cy Young Award Winners: Odds and Predictions
by Matt Severance - 3/29/2010

Both the American League and National League Cy Young Awards have been limited to a single division in each league for the past four seasons: the AL Central and the NL West. One main difference between the leagues, however, is that the ALís winning pitcher in each of the past two years Ė Clevelandís Cliff Lee and Kansas Cityís Zack Greinke Ė came somewhat out of nowhere, while the San Francisco Giantsí Tim Lincecum repeated as the NL winner last season.
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Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees.

MLB Home Run Leader Odds and Predictions
by Matt Severance - 3/23/2010

Chicks dig the long ball (OK, thatís probably out of style), and so do many prop bettors. Thus, itís that time of year to take a look ahead to who might be the 2010 regular-season home run leader in baseball with some odds and predictions. BetUS has odds out on the top competitors, and hereís my advice on a few to take a shot on and a few to avoid.
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Cubs catcher Geovany Soto

MLB Season Win Totals Predictions
by Matt Severance - 3/22/2010

With Opening Day in Major League Baseball now less than three weeks away, itís time to start hitting those MLB props hot and heavy in between all the NCAA Tournament action. Today, some MLB season win totals predictions and it looks like there are some really weak numbers posted this year. All odds are courtesy of Bodog.
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Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Nelson

MLB Season Win Total Odds
by Vegas Sports Informer - 3/18/2010

Yes, itís March and March Madness is on the minds of most degenerate gamblers like myself. However, the weather is warming up and that means baseball season is right around the corner. The first pitch gets thrown on Sunday, April 4, but if you want some baseball action now then bet some baseball futures props.
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St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Brad Penny

MLB Betting: 2010 NL Central Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 3/12/2010

The last time that the Cardinals won more than 90 games (they actually won 100) they suffered a precipitous drop of 17 games the next yearÖbut still won the division. Three crowns in five years and, as the overwhelming favorite in 2010, it looks like St. Louis has as tight of a stranglehold on their division as any team in baseball.
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Florida Marlins' pitcher Tim Wood

Baseball Handicapping: Spring Training Betting
by Trevor Whenham - 3/11/2010

It seems hard to believe if, like me, you live somewhere where there is still snow on the ground, but spring training is underway. For the next month teams will play every day to get ready for the season - so that they can play pretty much every day for almost six months. That relentless consistency is part of what makes betting on baseball so attractive. If you like betting on baseball then you'll want to get started as soon as you can, and that means betting on spring training.
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New York Mets catcher Chris Coste

MLB Handicapping: Spring Training as Season Prep
by Trevor Whenham - 3/11/2010

You can bet on spring training if you want to, but for the most part I'd rather keep my bankroll intact and ready for the regular season when games actually matter and value isn't as hard to find. That doesn't mean that spring training isn't important for bettors, though. Just like the players are using the spring to get into game shape and get ready for the season, you can use it to get into fighting form and get ready to make a healthy profit during the season. Here are seven ways you can use the spring to get ready to spot value during the season:
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Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Joe Nathan

MLB Betting: What Does Nathanís Injury Mean to Twins?
by Matt Severance - 3/10/2010

If you root for any small-market baseball team, you almost have to feel sorry for the Minnesota Twins already in 2010. The Twins are opening the new Target Field this season and were able to actually spend a few dollars this offseason (upping their payroll to $96 million) in acquiring J.J. Hardy from Milwaukee to play shortstop, signing free agent Orlando Cabrera to fill a hole at second base and Jim Thome to be a backup DH and power lefty hitter off the bench.
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Roy Halladay of the Phillies

MLB Betting: 2010 NL East Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 3/8/2010

With the exception of the Philadelphia Phillies, the National League East may be the biggest ďifĒ division in baseball: ďIf the Mets ever get their stars back and healthy they could have a great year.Ē ďIf the Braves can avoid the injury bug and keep their aging veterans on the field they could make a run at a Wild Card spot.Ē
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Left fielder Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MLB Betting: 2010 NL West Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 3/8/2010

You know, after a while you would think that someone in the National League West would try to mix it up and go ďoff scriptĒ in order to win the division. But not this year. Not any year. The same teams are following the same game plan and the result is the same unpredictable National League West.
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John Lackey, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.

MLB Betting: 2010 A.L. East Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 3/5/2010

Baltimore, Tampa and Toronto are a combined 173-262 against the Yankees and Red Sox over the last four years. Only one time of a possible 12 Ė Toronto in 2006 Ė did any of those teams manage a winning record on the year against The Bosses.
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy

MLB Betting: 2010 A.L. Central Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 3/5/2010

Three different organizations Ė Minnesota, Chicago and Cleveland - have won the American League Central in the last three years. And looking around the rosters of the Central squads this year I can say that I see a lot of question marks and not a lot of separation between the clubs. Here is Doc's Sports 2010 American League Central preview:
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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Scott Kazmir

MLB Betting: 2010 A.L. West Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 3/3/2010

Last season Seattle, Texas, Oakland and the Los Angeles Angels each turned a profit. That was just the third time in at least the last 10 years (as far back as I have records on this topic) that at least four teams turned a profit from the same division.
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Rangers Manager Ron Washington

Hot MLB Prop: First Manager To Be Fired in 2010
by Matt Severance - 3/2/2010

BetUS already has its 2010 list of likely unemployed candidates posted, but letís look back at 2009 for a second. The Nationalsí Manny Acta (at 2/1) was the big favorite to be the first to get a pink slip last year, followed by the Rangersí Ron Washington and Astrosí Cecil Cooper. Well, Acta and Cooper both eventually got the boot, but it was Arizonaís Bob Melvin (at 20/1) who was the first to go, in early May.
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Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer.

World Series Predictions
by Robert Ferringo - 2/18/2010

Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training today, marking the official start of the 2010 Major League Baseball season. While most bettors are still nursing a football hangover or are binging on some college basketball mania MLB lingers under the radar. However, bettors may be overlooking one of the best long-term investments in all of sports betting: 2010 MLB futures bets.
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