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Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp

2013 World Series Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 11/2/2012

It’s hard not to immediately look ahead to the next baseball season about an hour after the final pitch of the World Series – seriously, do a search on “San Francisco Giants 2013 repeat” and you will see how many prognosticators immediately opined on the chances that San Francisco could win a third World Series in four years. It’s human nature and it happens in every sport.
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Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder

MLB Odds and Predictions: World Series Game 3 Props and Picks
by Alan Matthews - 10/26/2012

Well, I can bask in the glow of taking the San Francisco Giants to beat Tigers ace Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, but that prediction of Detroit winning the Fall Classic in six games isn’t looking too sharp at the moment with the Motor City Kitties down 2-0.
Read more about MLB Odds and Predictions: World Series Game 3 Props and Picks.

Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers

MLB Odds and Predictions: World Series Game 1 and Series Props
by Alan Matthews - 10/23/2012

There really can’t be much argument that Detroit’s Justin Verlander is the best pitcher in baseball (even though he won’t repeat as AL Cy Young winner). Yet it’s because of Verlander that the Tigers won’t have home-field advantage vs. San Francisco when the World Series begins Wednesday.
Read more about MLB Odds and Predictions: World Series Game 1 and Series Props.

Detroit starting pitcher Justin Verlander

2012 World Series Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 10/23/2012

And then there were two. After the Giants crushed the souls of every Cardinals fan in the country with a ridiculously dominating Game 7 win, we knew that the World Series would be starting on Wednesday in San Francisco. As we get ready to see the Tigers and Giants face off in what should be a pretty good Fall Classic, here are nine bold 2012 World Series predictions of what to expect:
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San Francisco picther Matt Cain.

2012 World Series Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 10/16/2012

Before the playoffs began, I set out to boldly make some 2012 World Series predictions. Now that we have seen the wild card games (and proven that they are a totally ridiculous idea), the divisional series, and two games of the conference series, it’s time to revisit, and in too many cases, revise those earlier predictions.
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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander

MLB Odds and Predictions: New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers, Game 3
by Alan Matthews - 10/16/2012

When I previewed Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday between the Tigers and Yankees, I wrote that I liked the Tigers in the series but wanted to hold off a bit just in case a big injury occurred. Boy did it, and now the Yankees look like they are toast.
Read more about MLB Odds and Predictions: New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers, Game 3.

Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder

MLB Predictions: Tigers at Yankees Game 1 ALCS Odds and Betting Picks
by Alan Matthews - 10/13/2012

The Detroit Tigers no doubt enjoyed having Friday off after they eliminated Oakland in Game 5 of the ALDS on Thursday night. The Tigers flew back to Detroit after that game (landing around 8 a.m. local time) and watched the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees battle into Friday night for a spot opposite in the Tigers in the American League Championship Series, with Game 1 on Saturday night in the Bronx. Detroit got back on a plane around 11:30 p.m. Friday to fly to New York after the Yanks finished off the Birds 3-1 in Game 5 of that series.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Tigers at Yankees Game 1 ALCS.

Detroit Tigers Anibal Sanchez

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 10/8/2012

With all due respect to the Oakland A’s, who have had a tremendous season, I guarantee you that the Detroit Tigers preferred to face the A’s as the AL West champs in the division series over the Texas Rangers. Despite having a worse record than Oakland, Detroit got to host the first two games of their ALDS series (this year only) and took big advantage by winning both to send the series to Oakland with the A’s having to win three straight starting Tuesday – including beating Justin Verlander in a possible Game 5 – to advance to the ALCS.
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Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton

MLB Odds and Predictions: Friday’s Wild-Card Playoff Games
by Alan Matthews - 10/4/2012

There wasn’t a whole lot of drama surrounding the National League playoff race. It had been long assumed that the Atlanta Braves wouldn’t catch Washington in the NL East and would take the top wild-card spot. The St. Louis Cardinals made it a little interesting at the end as they didn’t clinch until the penultimate night of the season, but there never was a ton of doubt that St. Louis would get in.
Read more about MLB Odds and Predictions: Friday’s Wild-Card Playoff Games.

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera

2012 World Series Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 10/4/2012

The playoffs are about to get underway in Major League Baseball. Before they do, though, it’s time to do the one thing that is almost certain to lead to embarrassment and frustration — make my 2012 World Series predictions. Before I do that, though, let’s look at each team in the field, their future odds (from 5Dimes), and whether they are worth a look:
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Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees

Bold MLB Baseball Postseason Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 10/4/2012

The long baseball regular season that acts as a bridge from the spring to the fall has come to an end. On Friday the playoffs start — albeit a strange and unfamiliar playoffs with another team there for each league. As we get ready for the annually fantastic month of fall ball, here are eight bold predictions about how I see things turning out:
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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson

MLB Handicapping: Odds State One-Game Playoff is One To Avoid
by Ricky Dimon - 10/2/2012

Has any Major League Baseball team been snakebit in October more often than the Atlanta Braves? At least in the last six decades or so, definitely not. If the Cubs are the lovable losers then the Braves are the lovable losers of postseason play. They’ve been to the playoffs 15 times since 1991 and have won the World Series only once (1995). The Braves have lost six consecutive playoff series dating back to the 2001 NLCS, including three in a decisive final game (all three of those at home).
Read more about MLB Handicapping: Odds State One-Game Playoff is One To Avoid.

Jason Hammel of the Baltimore Orioles

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 10/1/2012

How hard do you think the books are rooting for the New York Yankees this week? The Yanks were the preseason favorites to win the American League East, but that race will go down to the wire with the surprising Baltimore Orioles, who were huge long shots to win the division back in the spring. Currently on Sportsbook.ag, the O’s are +150 to win the division with New York at -200.
Read more about MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead.

Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura

MLB Handicapping: Teams that Have Clinched During Final Week
by Trevor Whenham - 9/28/2012

We are heading into the last week of the baseball season. There is still quite a bit to determine for the postseason. In the National League, though, we know four teams — Washington, Cincinnati, San Francisco, and Atlanta — that are heading to the postseason no matter what. Once a team has clinched its playoff spot, bettors need to pay close attention to how it is approaching the rest of its games. Some teams will continue to play with full intensity after they have clinched, others will hardly even try, and still others will let up on the gas a little but still play with intensity.
Read more about MLB Handicapping: Teams that Have Clinched During Final Week.

Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels

MLB Odds and Predictions: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Series
by Alan Matthews - 9/27/2012

Back in Spring Training, I certainly had circled this weekend’s Angels-Rangers series as one that stood out above almost all others this season. After all, the Rangers were the two-time American League Champions and added Japanese sensation Yu Darvish this offseason. Los Angeles owner Arte Moreno was tired of watching Texas finish above his club in the AL West and spent more than $300 million on C.J. Wilson, the former Rangers ace, and Albert Pujols.
Read more about MLB Odds and Predictions: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Series.

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 9/24/2012

Four of the six division races in baseball are all but over. The Reds already have clinched the National League Central and the Giants have done the same in the NL West. I expect the Nationals and Rangers to clinch the NL East and AL West, respectively, this week.
Read more about MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead.

Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun

MLB Picks: Brewers at Nationals Series Odds and Betting Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 9/20/2012

It was extremely tough to pick which series to preview this weekend. Look at the schedule and you can see potential playoff implications (even if it’s for postseason seeding purposes) for at least one team in every series other than Marlins-Mets and Indians-Royals. That is the beauty of MLB adding that second wild-card spot and this is playing out exactly as Bud Selig had hoped. With just under two weeks left, only 12 of the 30 teams are essentially eliminated.
Read more about MLB Picks: Brewers at Nationals.

Clayton Kershaw of the LA Dodgers

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 9/17/2012

Do you think the Los Angeles Dodgers are regretting that big trade with Boston yet? L.A. essentially gave the Red Sox a lifeboat by taking on more than $250 million in guaranteed contracts in landing Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett with the expectation that Gonzalez and Beckett (Crawford is out for the season) would lead the team to the playoffs.
Read more about MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead.

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy

MLB Wild-Card Race: Predictions for Pretenders and Contenders
by Trevor Whenham - 9/14/2012

We’re in the MLB home stretch now. There are 20 or fewer games left for teams in baseball, and the fight is on for playoff berths. Now that an extra wild card spot has been added in each league there are more spaces available, and therefore there’s more competitive fight for extra life than ever.
Read more about MLB Wild-Card Race: Predictions for Pretenders and Contenders.

Chris Tillman of the Baltimore Orioles

MLB Picks: Orioles at A’s Series Odds and Betting Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 9/13/2012

With all due respect to the Washington Nationals, the two biggest positive surprises in Major League Baseball this season have to be the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland A’s. Both teams, projected to finish at or near the bottom of their respective divisions, would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. The Birds and Vowels start a huge three-game series Friday night in Oakland that could help determine not only one or both AL wild-card spots but also the AL East and even the AL West title.
Read more about MLB Picks: Orioles at A’s.

Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 9/10/2012

There were three key injuries in MLB last week that seem likely to affect the American League playoff chase – and one of them unfortunately will probably cost me on the 2012 MLB home-run king prop. Let’s start in New York with Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira. The Yanks should be feeling somewhat good today after routing Baltimore 13-3 on Sunday to take a one-game lead over the Birds in the AL East.
Read more about MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead.

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer

MLB Odds and Predictions: Tigers at Angels Series Picks
by Alan Matthews - 9/6/2012

It was tough picking which series to preview this weekend – sure, I could preview some mismatch every weekend and give you the winner, but what fun is that? The Yankees-Orioles series is a huge one, but, unfortunately, that started on Thursday. And I generally steer clear of picking four-game series because you are only wagering on the first three. What if there’s a rainout? That could affect the pitching matchups.
Read more about MLB Odds and Predictions: Tigers at Angels Series Picks.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 9/3/2012

Was the American League Central race decided over the weekend? For oddsmakers, it sure seemed to be. The Chicago White Sox have led the division most of the season and were the favorites on Sportsbook.ag to win the Central entering Friday’s series opener in Detroit. But after suffering their second straight sweep at Comerica Park, the Sox and Tigers are now tied for the division lead entering Monday’s action and Detroit is now the -160 favorite on the site, with Chicago at +120.
Read more about MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead.

Adrian Gonzalez of the LA Dodgers

MLB Handicapping: Aftermath of the Dodgers Big Trade
by Trevor Whenham - 8/31/2012

We’re not supposed to see big trades in August. Superstars have to get through waivers, so big deals are often very hard to be done. The Dodgers ignored that reality, though, when they blew the top off the baseball world with their deal with the Red Sox. Grabbing Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez or Carl Crawford would have been a big deal in and of itself. The fact that they grabbed all three, added Nick Punto as well, and didn’t really give up that much in return, is downright remarkable.
Read more about MLB Handicapping: Aftermath of the Dodgers Big Trade.

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander

MLB Odds and Predictions: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
by Alan Matthews - 8/30/2012

It’s the biggest series of the year in the American League Central beginning Friday night at Comerica Park when the Detroit Tigers host the Chicago White Sox. As well as Oakland, Baltimore and Tampa Bay are playing – the first two being huge surprises – it’s quite possible that the runner-up in the Central between Detroit and Chicago misses the playoffs entirely.
Read more about MLB Odds and Predictions: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers.

Adam Wainwright, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals.

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 8/27/2012

The big news in Major League Baseball last week was the absolutely shocking trade between Boston and the L.A. Dodgers that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to the West Coast for essentially two top pitching prospects. It was the biggest salary dump in MLB history and it’s the Red Sox doing a reboot.
Read more about MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead.

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero

MLB Picks: Blue Jays at Orioles Series Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 8/23/2012

I haven’t done a series preview involving the Baltimore Orioles yet in 2012, but I suppose it’s time to take the Buck Showalter’s Birds seriously. The Orioles are currently five games behind the Yankees in the AL East and right in the thick of the AL wild-card race. We could see three teams from the East in the postseason, with the Yanks a near-lock and the Rays currently holding down one of the AL’s two wild-card spots.
Read more about MLB Picks: Blue Jays at Orioles.

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon Suspension Fallout and MLB Betting Advice
by Alan Matthews - 8/22/2012

What is it with Wednesdays and bad news for Dominican players on Major League Baseball’s two Bay Area clubs? Last Wednesday, the San Francisco Giants were submarined when all-star outfielder Melky Cabrera, the National League’s second-leading hitter and All-Star Game MVP, was suspended 50 games by MLB for his use of testosterone.
Read more about Bartolo Colon Suspension Fallout and MLB Betting Advice.

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher No. 34 Felix Hernandez

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 8/20/2012

When the Los Angeles Angels acquired pitcher Zack Greinke from the Milwaukee Brewers before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline it was hailed as a move that, at a minimum, assured the Halos would win one of the AL’s wild-card spots.
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San Francisco picther Matt Cain.

MLB Predictions: Giants at Padres Series Odds and Picks
by Alan Matthews - 8/16/2012

I’ll be honest here in that I am not previewing this weekend’s Giants-Padres three-game set at Petco Park because I think it’s a relevant series in the scheme of things. San Francisco is right in the hunt in the NL West and in the wild-card race, but the Padres are one of the National League’s worst teams. The Giants have no business losing a series like this.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Giants at Padres.

Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers

MLB Divisional Props
by Dave Schwab - 8/15/2012

The MLB regular season has entered the stretch run and every division title still remains up for grabs. While four teams have a fairly comfortable five- or six-game lead heading into the final month and a half of games, there are two divisions that appear to be ended right down to the wire; the AL Central and the NL West.
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cc sabathia

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 8/13/2012

The Yankees still have a comfortable lead in the East, but the club may regret not trading for a starting pitcher ahead of the July 31 deadline. That’s because of the tender elbow of ace CC Sabathia. He was placed on the disabled list on Saturday due to discomfort in his pitching elbow.
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Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox

MLB Predictions: A’s at White Sox Series Odds and Betting Picks
by Alan Matthews - 8/9/2012

I was apprehensive to do a White Sox series preview this week considering I am 0-for-2 on Chicago series in 2012 – I picked against the Pale Hose in both of their series with the Texas Rangers and Chicago took care of business in both. So let’s try again against another AL West contender, the Oakland A’s. This series could have definite wild-card implications.
Read more about MLB Predictions: A’s at White Sox.

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos

Cincinnati Reds Handicapping and World Series Futures Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 8/9/2012

Cincinnati Reds odds to win the World Series are 10/1 on Bovada. That’s not bad — at least compared to the Nationals at 9/1 or the Angels at 8/1. Given that you could have gotten somewhere in the neighborhood of 45/1 at the start of the season, though, the steep drop is a clear sign of both how impressive and how surprising this team has been.
Read more about Cincinnati Reds Handicapping and World Series Futures Odds.

Cincinnati Reds Johnny Cueto

MLB Handicapping: Betting Studs and Duds
by Trevor Whenham - 8/8/2012

We’re heading into the home stretch of the baseball season. Teams have about 50 games remaining before the playoffs — or the golf season — starts. There is still plenty of time for lots to change between now and then, but teams have played enough games that we have a pretty good sense of which teams are rewarding bettors and which are punishing them. Here’s a look at the five studs that have been most profitable, and the five duds that have burned up the most betting dollars:
Read more about MLB Handicapping: Betting Studs and Duds.

Rays starting pitcher James Shields

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 8/6/2012

I’ll admit that I have no idea what to think of the Baltimore Orioles right now. I tend to lean toward the “they aren’t legitimate playoff contenders” camp even though the Birds enter play Monday just a game out of the wild-card race in the American League.
Read more about MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead.

Mike Leake of the Reds

MLB Predictions: Pirates at Reds Series Odds and Betting Picks
by Alan Matthews - 8/2/2012

Considering they haven’t made the playoffs or even had a winning record since 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates would be thrilled to earn one of the National League’s two wild-card spots, and they enter play Friday leading those standings. But this year one wild-card team is only going to play a single postseason game, making winning a division even more of a priority. So clearly there is motivation for Pittsburgh to try and catch the Reds in the NL Central. Cincinnati leads the second-place Pirates by 3.5 games, and the two teams meet nine more times this season, starting with this three-game set at Great American Ball Park.
Read more about MLB Predictions: Pirates at Reds.

Ryan Dempster, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 7/30/2012

Could the Oakland Athletics actually win the American League West? That seems preposterous considering the big-money Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels reside in that division. However, Oakland has been the American League’s best team in July.
Read more about MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead.

Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox

MLB Predictions: White Sox at Rangers Series Odds and Picks
by Alan Matthews - 7/27/2012

I get the chance of a do-over this weekend in my MLB series predictions as the last time the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox met, it was a three-game set at U.S. Cellular Field from July 3-5. I liked Texas to win the series because the Pale Hose were starting three inexperienced pitchers against the top offense in baseball. But it was Chicago that swept Texas, outscoring the Rangers 26-7 thanks mostly to a 19-2 win the opener. So in fairness, Texas could have still easily won two of three as it lost the last two games by a run apiece and led in both. That remains the only sweep this season of the Rangers in a series of at least three games.
Read more about MLB Predictions: White Sox at Rangers.

Seattle Mariners Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki Yankees Props and Betting Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 7/24/2012

It’s not too often that the Major League Baseball world will be rocked by the trade of a player hitting .261 with four homers and 28 RBI. But then again, most players aren’t Ichiro Suzuki, a 10-time all-star, former AL MVP and easily the best and most iconic player ever in MLB to come from Japan. He will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Read more about Ichiro Suzuki Yankees Props and Betting Predictions.

Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 7/24/2012

On 5Dimes, the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers are the co-+450 favorites to win the World Series, but a few things have gone down that could lift the Yanks ahead of Texas. The first was Monday’s stunning trade between the Mariners and Yankees, with Seattle sending Ichiro Suzuki to the Bombers for two minor-league pitchers. Ichiro is easily the best-ever player to play in MLB from Japan.
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New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda

MLB Handicapping: Best Early-Week Matchups for Betting
by Adam Richard - 7/23/2012

The ability to get a jump on the sportsbooks is one of the most significant weapons in an MLB handicapper’s arsenal against the bookies. Because of the rigid pitching schedules intended to protect hurler’s arms, we are able to project games early. Bettors can study and analyze stats and trends days before the game, all the while making minor adjustments daily based on side factors (travel, bullpen use previously, injuries, etc).
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Orioles pitcher Pedro Strop

MLB Handicapping: Best Bullpens by the Numbers
by Aaron Smith - 7/17/2012

Baseball bettors often overvalue the importance of starting pitching. In today’s era, the starter often isn’t around for more than about six innings of work. The last three innings are left to the bullpen. Wise baseball handicappers know that all bullpens are not created equal. In fact, the bullpen will win or lose dozens of games for a team every season.
Read more about MLB Handicapping: Best Bullpens by the Numbers.

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 7/16/2012

Could Tuesday night be when the Philadelphia Phillies decide to mail it in for the rest of the season and trade players such as Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino? Or could it be the start of a second-half surge that gets the Phils one of the two NL wild-card spots?
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Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds

MLB MVP for AL and NL Odds Updates and Betting Picks
by Alan Matthews - 7/12/2012

I continue an all-star break updated look at MLB preseason props with the MVP awards in each league and the re-posted odds at Bovada. It’s safe to say that we will have a new MVP in the American League, all apologies to Justin Verlander and his fine season so far, but we could see the NL’s third repeat winner this century.
Read more about MLB MVP for AL and NL Odds Updates and Betting Picks.

Pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) of the Washington Nationals.

MLB Cy Young Odds with Updated AL and NL Betting Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 7/11/2012

I conclude my look at preseason MLB player props now re-posted and updated at Bovada with a breakdown of the Cy Young odds in each league. In the American League back in the spring, it really seemed like four pitchers stood head and shoulders about the rest: the Tigers’ Justin Verlander, the Angels’ Jered Weaver, the Yankees’ CC Sabathia and the Rays’ David Price.
Read more about MLB Cy Young Odds with Updated AL and NL Betting Predictions.

Phillies Pitcher Roy Halladay

MLB Handicapping: Teams that Could Have Strong Second Halves
by Trevor Whenham - 7/11/2012

As we sit here at the end of the first half of the MLB season here’s a look at five teams that have the potential to be kinder to baseball handicappers than they have in the first half. Three would qualify as a disappointment, one has exceeded expectations somewhat already but has more room to grow, and the last one is just plain lousy but is showing signs of life:
Read more about MLB Handicapping: Strong Second Halves.

San Francisco picther Matt Cain.

2012 MLB All-Star Game Prop Bets with Odds and Predictions
by Dave Schwab - 7/10/2012

Tonight’s MLB All-Star Game between the American League and the National League at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City is a showcase for all the top talent in the MLB, but it is also an opportunity to place a few timely wagers on the only MLB game of the day during this mid-season break.
Read more about 2012 MLB All-Star Game Prop Bets.

Carl Crawford of the Boston Red Sox

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 7/9/2012

I mentioned in my Yankees-Red Sox series preview on Friday here at Doc’s that it probably wasn’t a make-or-break series for Boston unless the Red Sox got swept. Well, after watching all four games, I now think it’s officially time to pull the plug on those Red Sox futures.
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Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista

Updated MLB Home Run King Odds with Betting Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 7/9/2012

With Major League Baseball at its All-Star break and the midway point of the season (technically slightly past it), it’s time to revisit some preseason prop predictions made here at Doc’s. Let’s start with the home run crown. Back on March 1, I wrote about the Sportsbook.ag player odds for most home runs hit this season, and the site has updated ones currently. In the spring, it listed the Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton as the +800 favorite and I wasn’t a big fan of betting on him.
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Roy Halladay of the Phillies

MLB Handicapping: Phillies Due for Post-All-Star Turnaround?
by Trevor Whenham - 7/6/2012

Few teams are likely more excited for the all-star break than the Philadelphia Phillies. They headed into the season expected by most to be the serious contender that they have been for years now. Yet here they sit in dead last in the National League East.
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Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen

2012 MLB All-Star Game Handicapping: Roster Comparisons
by Trevor Whenham - 7/6/2012

Now that the Major League Baseball All-Star Game rosters are set — barring injury or other replacements — it’s a good time to look at how the teams stack up on paper. Does one team have an edge based on talent? Let’s break it down position by position:
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Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett

MLB Odds and Predictions: Yankees at Red Sox Series Picks
by Alan Matthews - 7/5/2012

The first half of the Major League Baseball season concludes in style this weekend with the most-heated (and certainly most-hyped) rivalry in baseball: Yankees-Red Sox. I had promised myself to stay away from the Yankees for a while as I have previewed many of their series already this season – to hit-and-miss results – but how can I not do Yanks-Sox? Plus, I want to hit on an interesting prop at Sportsbook.ag (see below).
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Mark Trumbo of the LA Angels

2012 MLB Home Run Derby: Odds and Betting Predictions
by Dave Schwab - 7/3/2012

Next week’s MLB all-star break not only marks the end of the first half of the regular season, but it also provides us with one of the most popular events connected with the All-Star Game; the 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby. This year’s Derby will be held at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Monday, July 9, at 8 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
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Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie

MLB Handicapping: as Lawrie Shines Blue Jays Totals Rise
by Adam Richard - 7/3/2012

The Toronto Blue Jays made a change to the batting order in early June, implementing super sophomore Brett Lawrie in the lead-off position. Since that time, Lawrie has improved in every offensive statistical category and, in turn, has led this Toronto lineup to improve in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage while increasing the walk percentage and decreasing the strikeout percentage.
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umpire Doug Eddings

Betting on MLB Trends: Home Plate Umpire
by Dave Schwab - 7/3/2012

When it comes to MLB handicapping for a particular matchup, there are a number of key factors that you have to take into consideration, including each team’s starting pitcher, weather and field conditions, a team’s current form, the home-plate umpire, etc. Another important and sometimes overlooked factor is the betting trends for a particular matchup.
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Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox

MLB Picks: Rangers at White Sox Series Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 7/2/2012

It’s quite possibly an American League Division Series (or ALCS) preview starting Tuesday night on the South Side of Chicago as the AL West-leading Texas Rangers, the team with the best record in baseball, visits the AL Central-leading White Sox for the only time this season.
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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 7/2/2012

The all-star break can’t get here soon enough for the Los Angeles Dodgers. One month ago today, L.A. had the best record in baseball and a somewhat comfortable four-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. Now? The Dodgers are one game behind the Giants and have only a 48.2 percent chance of even making the playoffs according to coolstandings.com (31.9 percent to win the division).
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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald

Simple Guidelines to Navigate the MLB Run Line
by Adam Richard - 7/2/2012

Novice bettors may be unaware of the nuances involved with the MLB run line. Below is a short tutorial on what you need to know to navigate the MLB run line to better results and higher profits. The first thing you need to know is how to read the lines. Most baseball games will have a “spread” of -1.5/+1.5 and the moneyline odds associated with each will appear after.
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Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen

MLB Handicapping: Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Success
by Trevor Whenham - 6/30/2012

Don’t look now, but the calendar is about to turn to July and the Pittsburgh Pirates are still completely relevant. You have to be pretty old to remember the last time that that happened. They are just a game out of the National League Central race as I write this, and are in a three-team fight with Cincinnati and St. Louis for the pennant. They are right in the hunt for the wild card as well thanks to the addition of the extra spot this year.
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Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen

MLB Odds and Predictions: Pirates at Cardinals Series
by Alan Matthews - 6/28/2012

I would be lying to you if I said that the NL Central showdown between Pittsburgh and St. Louis, which begins Friday night, was the best series in Major League Baseball this weekend. No, if I had my choice I would have gone with either White Sox-Yankees or Reds-Giants. Both of those are potential playoff previews involving division leaders. But I’ve already done a handful of Yankees series this season and, thus, want to steer clear of them for a while just to spread the wealth around. As for the surging Giants, I expect to preview their series starting next Tuesday against the Washington Nationals. And if not that one, it will be Rangers-White Sox.
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Miami Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirez

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 6/26/2012

Can a player hitting .233 with four homers and 14 RBI (entering Monday) really make that much of a difference in a division race? I say yes, and that guy is third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who was traded from Boston to the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox on Sunday. It seems like a one-sided deal as the Red Sox only got utilityman Brent Lillibridge and Triple-A reliever Zach Stewart, plus they are sending almost $6 million to Chicago to pay a huge chunk of Youkilis’ remaining salary.
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Tim Lincecum, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.

MLB Handicapping: Pitchers Dominating
by Trevor Whenham - 6/22/2012

It is a strange, strange time for pitching in the major leagues. Pitchers are so generally dominant that we are no longer even taking notice of things that should be absolutely remarkable. Proof? Over the course of a week we saw two incredibly freakish feats happen, and neither barely registered on the national radar. First, Seattle tallied a no hitter by using six different pitchers. That absolutely should not happen. Then Matt Cain threw a perfect game and barely made headlines. Recording 27 outs in a row is so incredibly remarkable that it should be widely praised regardless of how common no-hitters have become.
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 6/18/2012

Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels is scheduled to start Tuesday night’s lone National League game against the Colorado Rockies (Phils are big -245 favorites). It could well be one of the final few starts of Hamels’ Phillies career.
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields

MLB Handicapping Trends: First Game of a Series
by Dave Schwab - 6/18/2012

There are many important factors that go into properly handicapping a MLB matchup such as starting pitchers, weather and field conditions, current form, home-plate umpires etc., but another important and sometimes-overlooked factor is betting trends. A trend is a look at past results that can help provide the necessary insight towards predicting a future outcome.
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Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox

MLB Picks: White Sox at Dodgers Odds and Betting Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 6/15/2012

It’s a potential World Series preview in the interleague series opener Friday night at Chavez Ravine when the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox face the NL West-leading L.A. Dodgers, the team with the best record in baseball.
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Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees

MLB Picks: Yankees at Nationals Series Odds and Betting Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 6/14/2012

I have done three series previews already on the New York Yankees – including hitting on last week’s rout of the Mets -- and promised myself I would stay away from them for a while. But previewing New York’s series at Washington this weekend is simply a no-brainer as it features the two East division leaders and hottest teams in baseball in what could well be a World Series preview.
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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn

MLB Handicapping: Overachieving Pitchers
by Trevor Whenham - 6/14/2012

We are now more than 60 games into the baseball season. There is still a long, long way to go, but we’ve now seen enough to have a sense of what to expect from teams and players. That also means that the betting public has had time to form opinions and get wrapped up in the hype surrounding pitchers off to strong starts.
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Tim Lincecum, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.

MLB Handicapping: Best and Worst Pitchers
by Trevor Whenham - 6/14/2012

As we are about 40 percent through the MLB season, here’s a look at the five best and five worst pitchers of the year so far from an MLB handicapping perspective. While these guys might not keep their current form, this guide will help you manage the MLB odds.
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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander

MLB Betting Trends: Third Game of a Series
by Dave Schwab - 6/13/2012

There are many important factors to take into consideration when handicapping a MLB game, such as pitching matchups, field conditions, home-plate umpires etc., but one of the most important and sometimes overlooked factor is trends. A trend is a look at past results that can sometimes go a long way towards predicting a future outcome.
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 6/11/2012

So what is it we should make of the Pittsburgh Pirates? You know, that other Major League Baseball team from the state of Pennsylvania, the one that has had a losing season every year since 1992 (an MLB record streak). You no doubt remember that ’92 season: Sid Bream’s epic slide at home knocked out the Barry Bonds-led Pirates (it was his throw from left field) from the National League Championship Series. Pittsburgh had finished first each season from 1990-’92, but that slide launched the franchise into the laughingstock of baseball over the past two decades.
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New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana

MLB Series Picks: Mets at Yankees Odds and Betting Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 6/7/2012

Interleague play takes over Major League Baseball for the next couple of weeks starting Friday, and, as usual, the series getting the most hype is the Subway Series between the New York Mets and Yankees – this three-game set is in the Bronx.
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Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder

MLB Handicapping: What to Make of the Detroit Tigers?
by Alan Matthews - 6/7/2012

Do the books know something that you and I don’t? Entering Thursday’s Major League Baseball action, the Detroit Tigers are 25-31 (first time six-games under .500 since the end of the 2008 season) after starting 9-3 and they are now six games out of first place in the American League Central, meaning they are closer to last-place Minnesota -- with Kansas City just a half-game behind Detroit -- than the division-leading Chicago White Sox.
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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter

MLB Betting: First Five Innings, Last Four Innings, Prop Bets
by Dave Schwab - 6/6/2012

The NHL and the NBA seasons are just about over, so between now and the start of football in early September most of the betting public will shift their focus on wagering on Major League Baseball. While ever major sportsbook offers daily money lines, run lines, and total lines for the games, there are a number of interesting ways to bet on baseball other than sticking to the basics of a straight up play.
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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 6/4/2012

So when are the books finally going to get off the Detroit Tigers bandwagon? Here we are a third of the way through the baseball season and the Tigers are huge disappointments at 25-29 (12-14 at home) and in third place in the American League Central, six games behind the division-leading and red-hot Chicago White Sox. Yet Detroit remains the -125 favorite on Sportsbook.ag to win the division and +600 to win the AL pennant (Chicago is +140 to win the division).
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Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels

MLB Picks: Rangers at Angels Series Odds and Betting Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 5/31/2012

The Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels were two of the AL pennant favorites in the spring. The Rangers have held up their end of the bargain as they are now the World Series favorites at +400 on Sportsbook.ag. The Halos had started the season ahead of Texas in division, pennant and World Series futures.
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Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista

MLB Handicapping: Players off to Slow Starts
by Trevor Whenham - 5/31/2012

The biggest story in this young baseball season has been the slow starts of several high-profile players. Here’s a look at four of the biggest names with the biggest early-season struggles. Can they turn things around, or are they destined to struggle all year? More importantly, what does that mean for bettors?
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Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton

MLB’s Top Hitting Teams and the Totals Line
by Dave Schwab - 5/30/2012

The 2012 MLB regular season is almost a third of the way into its 162-game schedule, so we now have more than enough figures and statistics on all 30 teams to gain a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. The key for baseball handicappers is to be able to use this information to gain an edge when researching a particular matchup, particularly in terms of wagering on the total line.
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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 5/28/2012

The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best record in Major League Baseball and the biggest cushion of any division leader. In addition, NL MVP candidate Matt Kemp is set to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, presumably making L.A. that much better again. It’s easy to understand why Los Angeles is the huge -1200 favorite on Sportsbook.ag to win the NL West and the +300 favorite to win the National League pennant.
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Jason Hammel of the Baltimore Orioles

MLB Handicapping: Can Baltimore Orioles Keep Winning?
by Trevor Whenham - 5/25/2012

I would struggle to come up with anything more surprising in baseball this year than the start the Baltimore Orioles are off to after more than a quarter of the season has passed. This is more surprising than the struggles of Albert Pujols, the hot start by the Dodgers, or the weakness of the Red Sox or Phillies.
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris

Best Under-the-Radar Pitchers for MLB Betting
by Robert Ferringo - 5/24/2012

Even though they reside in one of the loudest echo chambers in baseball – an American League East populated by big market behemoths New York and Boston – the only thing more impressive about Baltimore’s daring vault to the best record in the American League has been their ability to stay under the national radar while doing it.
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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Dan Haren

MLB Handicapping: Five Pitchers Burning Bankrolls
by Aaron Smith - 5/24/2012

Baseball handicappers don’t have to be told how important starting pitching is to their wager. There are some pitchers who are dominant nearly every time out. There are also some pitchers who seem to get shelled nearly every outing. Today, I wanted to take a look at the pitchers who are burning bankrolls the most so far in 2012. You’ll likely be surprised at some of the guys on this list.
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Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer.

MLB Handicapping: How to Handle Bad Early Starts
by Trevor Whenham - 5/24/2012

In baseball a .400 batting average is an almost mythical accomplishment. A .400 win percentage, though, is far less impressive. In fact, in my mind it marks the boundary between a team with troubles and a team that is just plain bad. If a team has played a quarter of a season or more and is below .400 then they probably have some pretty significant issues.
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umpires

Home Plate Umpires Role in MLB Handicapping
by Dave Schwab - 5/23/2012

A team’s current form as well as its starting pitcher in any particular matchup are two major factors to take into consideration when doing your MLB handicapping, but a third and sometimes overlooked factor is which umpire is slated to be behind home plate calling balls and strikes.
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Cincinnati Reds Johnny Cueto

MLB Picks: Reds at Yankees Series Odds and Betting Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 5/17/2012

Interleague play returns to Major League Baseball this weekend and there were several good series to choose from: Red Sox-Phillies, Braves-Rays, Orioles-Nationals, not to mention the battle for Chicago and the San Francisco Bay area. But I had to go with the Cincinnati Reds-New York Yankees three-game set in the Bronx.
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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon

MLB Betting and Handicapping Update – Top Money Line Returns
by Dave Schwab - 5/16/2012

The 2012 MLB regular season is approaching the quarter pole of its 162-game marathon and we have already seen dark horses streak to an early lead out of the gate and we also find a few preseason favorites lagging behind the field.
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Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 5/14/2012

I wrote last week in this column that it might be time to jump ship on the Washington Nationals’ futures, and it appears that with the latest injury to hit the club that my timing might have been dead on. Already having lost outfielder Jayson Werth perhaps for the season to a wrist injury, the Nats lost an even more important piece this past weekend when catcher Wilson Ramos went down with a likely season-ending torn ACL.
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Boston Red Sox Felix Doubront

MLB Series Picks: Indians vs. Red Sox Predictions
by Darin Zank - 5/9/2012

The Cleveland Indians held the lead in the AL Central last year past the all-star break before fading. This year Cleveland also holds the early lead in the Central. The Boston Red Sox, meanwhile, have picked up this year the way they finished last year. They are playing pretty poorly right now.
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Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp

Best and Worst MLB Teams for Baseball Betting
by Trevor Whenham - 5/8/2012

You could try as hard as you wanted to convince me that the Orioles would lead the league in wins at this point in the season and I still wouldn’t believe you. It’s an incredible story — though one that seems destined to end at some point along the way. Right now, though, they are the perfect recipe for betting success — a team that wins a lot, is very strong on the road, and which has no real stars or big names to attract the betting public.
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Nick Markakis of the Baltimore Orioles

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 5/8/2012

Are the Baltimore Orioles for real? The Birds entered this week atop the ultra-tough American League East and with the best winning percentage in all of baseball – Buck Showalter is easily the early AL Manager of the Year. And it seems that perhaps the fates are smiling on the Orioles, who are still +1500 long shots at Sportsbook.com to win the AL East.
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Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers

MLB Odds and Predictions: Rangers at Indians Series Picks
by Alan Matthews - 5/3/2012

For the second week in a row, my Friday MLB series preview will involve division leaders. Last week it was the Nationals-Dodgers, and unfortunately I missed on the Nats taking that series in L.A., although Washington easily could have won the first two games – hopefully you did follow my advice and take the Dodgers and the ‘under’ in Game 1.
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Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels

MLB Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 4/30/2012

Do you still think the Los Angeles Angels are a playoff team? Certainly no club has been more disappointing than the Halos so far as they enter this week tied for the most losses in the American League with 15 and they are already a whopping nine games out of first place in the AL West. L.A. opened as the division favorite there but is now at +450 to catch the Texas Rangers, who are huge -1500 division favorites.
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Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler

MLB Picks: Rangers vs. Blue Jays Series Betting Preview and Predictions
by Darin Zank - 4/30/2012

The Texas Rangers are the best team in the American League in the early going of this season, and they'll look to continue their winning ways when they head North of the border for a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays starting Monday night.
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Pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) of the Washington Nationals.

MLB Odds and Predictions: Nationals at Dodgers Series Picks
by Alan Matthews - 4/26/2012

Raise your hand if you had the Washington Nationals having the best record in the National League entering the final weekend of April. If your hand is up, I’d like your selections for this weekend’s Powerball numbers, please.
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ozzie guillen

MLB Handicapping: New Managers Having An Impact
by Trevor Whenham - 4/20/2012

The start of this Major League Baseball season saw five teams start the year with different managers than they had last time they played a regular season game. Miami and St. Louis made changes due to retirement, the Red Sox and Cubs fired their former bosses, and Ozzie Guillen left the White Sox before he was fired. It’s too early to get a meaningful sense of how well the new guys are going to do with their new teams in the long term. It’s a good time, though, to check in and see what kind of start they have gotten off to:
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bobby valentine

MLB Odds and Predictions: Yankees at Red Sox Series Picks
by Alan Matthews - 4/19/2012

It’s the Duke-North Carolina or Michigan-Ohio State of Major League Baseball when the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox get together, and the archrivals and ESPN staples play their first series of 2012 together starting Friday afternoon. Naturally, every game is on national television (MLB Network, Fox on Saturday, and then, of course, ESPN Sunday Night Baseball).
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Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers

MLB Odds and Predictions: Tigers at White Sox Series Picks
by Alan Matthews - 4/12/2012

Yes, I know there may be better series than the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox this weekend. There’s the four-game set between the Tampa Bay Rays and the desperate 1-5 Red Sox that concludes with the annual morning Patriot’s Day start on Monday that coincides with the Boston Marathon. And you also have the Los Angeles Angels visiting the New York Yankees for three games – those were the two preseason American League favorites, although they have slipped slightly behind Detroit for the AL pennant now.
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Pitcher Jair Jurrjens

MLB Handicapping: Braves and Red Sox Share Same Downward Trajectory
by Robert Ferringo - 4/12/2012

The Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves are now joined by something more than their mutual hatred for everything New York. After their epic 2011 September failures the two organizations are now seemingly bound together by a shared distress and ineptitude in this young 2012 Major League Baseball season.
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Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish

MLB Handicapping: Early Impressions
by Trevor Whenham - 4/12/2012

It’s far too early to draw any meaningful conclusions from the baseball season so far. Sample sizes are very small, so statistics are almost meaningless. While I don’t want to get too excited about some teams, or too negative about others, there are some first impressions that stand out from what I have seen so far. Here are five things that have caught my eye, and which could have significant baseball handicapping implications going forward:
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Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings

MLB Picks: Rays vs. Tigers Series Odds and Predictions
by Darin Zank - 4/9/2012

Two teams that opened their seasons with series sweeps over the weekend meet when the Tampa Bay Rays and Detroit Tigers play a three-game series at Comerica Park beginning Tuesday afternoon. Both Tampa and Detroit made the playoffs last year, and both teams are off to good starts this year. And if you like watching good pitching, you might want to tune in to this series.
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New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia

MLB Odds and Predictions: Yankees at Rays Series Odds and Picks
by Alan Matthews - 4/5/2012

There are only two series on baseball’s opening weekend that feature matchups of 2011 playoff teams: Yankees at Rays and Cardinals at Brewers. But the Yanks and Rays appear much more likely to return to the postseason than perhaps the Cards and Brewers, who lost Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, respectively. Although, to be fair, the AL East is way stronger than the NL Central, so maybe it’s a crapshoot – plus that extra Wild Card in each league changes things. But regardless, let’s take a look at the Yankees-Rays series.
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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander

2012 MLB Predictions
by Robert Ferringo - 4/5/2012

Bring on the Spring. The weather is getting warmer and that means shorter skirts and longer days. Some bettors need to regroup after waging a costly winter war with the sportsbooks. But others, who were able to brave and thrive through the heart of the gambling season, are ready to turn their focus to the seven-month endurance trial that is the MLB betting season.
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Phillies Picther Cole Hamels.

MLB Prop Betting: The Last Team to Lose Predictions
by Darin Zank - 4/5/2012

One of the more intriguing baseball proposition bets I've stumbled across in recent days comes from TopBet, which is offering prices on which team will stand as the last undefeated outfit in baseball this season. One by one teams will be eliminated the moment they taste defeat. The trick to cashing in on this prop, I think, is to find a team with a good starting rotation and good bullpen, and with a favorable early schedule.
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Roy Halladay of the Phillies.

Bold Baseball Predictions for the 2012 MLB Season
by Trevor Whenham - 4/5/2012

It seems to be a foregone conclusion to most that the Rangers will make the playoffs. I obviously won’t rule it out entirely — they have a lot of talent. I just have a feeling that it isn’t going to go as planned. I have some concerns in the field — Adrian Beltre, and durability in several other cases. My biggest concern, though, is with the rotation. C.J. Wilson is going to be missed sorely.
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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander

MLB Odds and Predictions: Red Sox vs. Tigers Series Picks
by Darin Zank - 4/4/2012

Baseball bettors can finally rejoice; The “true” Opening Day has arrived. And to start things off we get a matchup of American League playoff contenders as the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers get together for a three-game series at Comerica Park starting Thursday afternoon.
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Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker

First MLB Manager Fired in 2012 Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 4/4/2012

There were four managerial changes during the 2011 Major League Baseball season, but only one manager was officially fired. Guys like the Nationals’ Jim Riggleman (team wouldn’t extend his contract) and the Marlins’ Edwin Rodriguez (he quit before he could get fired) resigned. And White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen actually was let out of his contract and “traded” to the Marlins with a few days left in the regular season.
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Florida Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison

MLB Season Win Totals: Last-Minute Betting Picks
by Trevor Whenham - 4/3/2012

We are almost at the start of the baseball season. You’ve probably looked at the regular season MLB season win totals predictions that have been posted already. Let’s take one last look at them before the season starts, though, to see if what we have seen so far this spring has changed anything (all odds are from Bovada):
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Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto

MLB Season Props Betting: Individual Totals Predictions for Baseball Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 4/3/2012

Bovada has listed a huge number of individual player totals for the impending Major League Baseball season. Whole many bettors do not like to tie up their money for a whole season, these MLB props odds offer a lot of value because of the low volume. Bookies just don’t spend a lot of time on these. Here are 10 of the most interesting with some betting predictions:
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Baseball betting

Early Season Value Betting MLB Baseball
by Doc's Sports - 4/3/2012

This is Wade from Doc’s Sports, please take just 3 minutes and read this important message which I feel will help us have one of our most profitable betting sessions ever. The key is early season value. “He who hesitates is lost.”
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Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

2012 MLB Predictions: Five Teams Oddsmakers will Undervalue
by Aaron Smith - 3/30/2012

Betting on baseball is quite a bit different than betting on any other sport. The season lasts for more than six months, so it is clearly a grind. Baseball handicappers need to be wise when it comes to money management. Successfully wagering on baseball depends largely on finding value. If you are good at finding value in MLB odds, you will be a successful MLB bettor.
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San Francisco Giants Buster Posey

MLB Predictions: 2012 AL and NL MVP Award Props Odds
by Alan Matthews - 3/30/2012

At the start of the 2011 Major League Baseball season, my pick for the American League MVP winner for the season was the Yankees’ Mark Teixeira, and in the NL it was Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder. Well, that wasn’t so prescient. Teixeira had another very solid season with 39 homers and 111 RBI, but that .248 batting average isn’t going to win you any MVP awards.
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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels

MLB Predictions: 2012 AL and NL Cy Young Award Props Odds
by Alan Matthews - 3/30/2012

I will occasionally pat myself on the back when making a sage prediction here at Doc’s Sports, but just the same I will (metaphorically) smack myself in the head when make a stupid one. Well, double-smack on the 2011 Cy Young odds.
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Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels

2012 MLB Regular-Season Hitting Props with Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 3/29/2012

In case you missed it, and judging by ratings and overall lack of interest you did, the 2012 Major League Baseball regular season has begun, with the two of the expected worst teams in the American League, Seattle and Oakland, splitting two games in Japan. Now they come back and play a few more exhibition games before resuming their series in Oakland next Friday. Does it make any sense to play real games and then go back to Spring Training? No, but that’s an argument for another day.
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Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay

MLB Handicapping Tips: Do’s and Don’ts of First Month Betting
by Aaron Smith - 3/28/2012

Spring Training is winding down and Opening Day is just around the corner. Oakland and Seattle started the regular season in Japan this morning, but the majority of teams start on either April 4 or April 5. America’s favorite pastime might not be as popular as it once was, but there is still something about Opening Day that really grabs your attention.
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Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder

2012 MLB Predictions: AL Central Outlook and Betting Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/27/2012

On the one hand, the AL Central looks to be the worst division in baseball, mainly because three of the eight worst team ERAs in baseball last year rest within it. On the other hand, at least the lack of quality pitching – outside of Detroit’s Justin Verlander – could make for some exciting, high-scoring games in what has become a pretty boring, low-scoring sport in the post-steroid era.
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Seattle Mariners Ichiro Suzuki

MLB Handicapping: the Oakland vs. Seattle Japan Series
by Trevor Whenham - 3/27/2012

The baseball season is getting off to an abnormally early start this year. The season in North America doesn’t start until April 4 when the Miami Marlins show off their new name and their new building. Before then, though, Oakland and Seattle will play two games in Japan on March 28 and 29. Thanks to the time zone the games will be played very early in the morning in North American time.
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Chris Capuano of the Los Angeles Dodgers

2012 MLB Predictions: NL West Outlook and Betting Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/26/2012

With 14 unique division winners in the last 17 seasons, the National League West is one of the most competitive divisions in all of baseball. Last year the Arizona Diamondbacks pulled off a stunning worst-to-first finish – the third time they have done that in their 14-year existence – and the West has only seen four back-to-back division title winners over the past 20 years.
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Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Minor

2012 Atlanta Braves Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
by Alan Matthews - 3/26/2012

Thanks largely to the Northeast corridor bias by the folks at ESPN, it’s easy to remember the Boston Red Sox’s epic collapse last September. But it’s just as easy to forget that what the Atlanta Braves did was just as choke-filled. And Atlanta’s collapse resulted in last year’s World Series winners, the St. Louis Cardinals, even making the playoffs. (The Tampa Bay Rays, the beneficiaries of Boston’s fall, lost in the ALDS to Texas).
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Brewers Pitcher Yovani Gallardo.

2012 MLB Predictions: NL Central Outlook and Betting Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/26/2012

Defending champion St. Louis is hoping that the losses of Tony LaRussa and Albert Pujols can be overcome with ease. Chicago is hoping that a new general manager will magically be able to transform this loser organization and get the Cubs their first World Series win since the horse-and-buggy were all the rage. Pittsburgh is hoping that its cup of tea in first place last July is a sign of good things to come and Cincinnati is hoping that it can bounce back and fulfill the promise that its 2010 division title seemed to bring.
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields

2012 Tampa Bay Rays Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
by Alan Matthews - 3/26/2012

In some ways, the Tampa Bay Rays are the envy of every other major league club. Oh sure, they play in the majors’ worst stadium – and believe me it is, I have been there – and draw flies most nights, with the Rays ranking 29th of 30 teams last year in attendance (they haven’t drawn more than 2 million since their first season). The Florida Marlins, who drew literally just a few more fans a year ago, at least got some state support to build a glistening new stadium. The Rays’ chances for getting out of Tropicana Field, much less St. Petersburg for a move to Tampa, are slim at best.
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Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista

2012 Toronto Blue Jays Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
by Alan Matthews - 3/26/2012

Many experts believe the Toronto Blue Jays now have playoff-caliber talent – if only they didn’t play in the toughest division in baseball, the AL East. Thus, it could be a challenge to avoid finishing fourth in that division for the fifth year in a row; Toronto has done that despite being six total games over .500 in that time. In fact, if you go back five years, Toronto has the most wins (410) of any team to not play a single postseason game.
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Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees.

2012 MLB Predictions: AL East Outlook and Betting Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/23/2012

I feel like Major League Baseball added an extra Wild Card spot in each league this season just to give someone outside of the American League East an actual chance at the postseason. Or maybe they just wanted to give some of the other teams inside the East – which has been responsible for five straight AL Wild Card teams and eight of the last nine – a shot.
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Phillies Pitcher Roy Halladay

2012 MLB Predictions: NL East Outlook and Betting Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/23/2012

The 2012 NL East looks like it is shaping up as a contest between the old guard and the scrappy upstarts. Philadelphia and Atlanta have won the division title every year but one over the last 20 seasons. However, these aging organizations will be challenged by the young, up-and-coming rosters building in Miami and Washington, who are looking to overtake the men at the top and usher in a new reign in the East.
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Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson

2012 MLB Predictions: AL West Outlook and Betting Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/21/2012

The poor, poor Seattle Mariners. It’s going to be a long season for the boys in the Pacific Northwest because, through no fault of their own, they now find themselves in the middle of a clash of titans. The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers are both gearing up for what should be one of the most competitive and best division title races in recent AL West memory.
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy

2012 Chicago White Sox Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
by Alan Matthews - 3/8/2012

Before 2011, the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs both hadn’t suffered losing seasons in the same year since 1999. That the North Siders were lousy a year ago wasn’t all that surprising and they will be bad again in 2012. However, the 2011 White Sox were considered likely contenders in the American League Central. Instead, the Pale Hose were a massive disappointment at 79-83, finishing 16 games behind the champion Detroit Tigers.
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Detroit starting pitcher Justin Verlander

2012 MLB Odds: Season Pitching Props and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 3/8/2012

We are now less than three weeks from the first regular-season baseball game of the year –Opening Day is Thursday, April 5, but the Mariners and A’s play two official games in Japan starting March 28 – so it’s time to really roll out the MLB props stories in between all of the March Madness stuff heading your way. Today, I will look at various pitching totals props for the season, with odds provided by Sportsbook.com.
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Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun

2012 Milwaukee Brewers Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
by Aaron Smith - 3/7/2012

A couple months ago the Milwaukee Brewers expected to be without Ryan Braun at the beginning of the season. Fans were preparing for a disappointing season without Prince Fielder and Braun for the first 50 games. Fast forward to today and the fan base is rejoicing after Braun stunningly won the appeal of his 50-game suspension. Major League Baseball is up in arms regarding the overturned suspension, but it gives the Brewers new life.
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Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera

2012 Cleveland Indians Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
by Aaron Smith - 3/7/2012

The Indians shot out of the gates to lead the AL Central through the first couple months last season. Cleveland went 18-8 in April and 14-12 in May. The summer months weren’t kind to the Indians, however, and Cleveland finished 15 games behind Detroit in the division. Cleveland certainly wasn’t thrilled to finish just below .500 last year, but it was a big step in the right direction after the team won just 69 games in 2010.
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Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer.

2012 Minnesota Twins Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
by Aaron Smith - 3/7/2012

No team fell victim to the injury bug as much as the Minnesota Twins did last year. One year removed from winning the AL Central with 94 wins, the Twins went 63-99 in 2011. It was the Twins most losses in 29 years. Joe Mauer missed half of the season and Justin Morneau struggled with concussion issues the majority of the year. Morneau won the AL MVP award in 2006, while Mauer captured that same award in 2010. Clearly it should come as no surprise that without these two guys healthy the Twins can’t compete.
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Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo

MLB Handicapping: Potential Breakout Pitchers
by Trevor Whenham - 3/7/2012

Every year in baseball there are a handful of pitchers who take a dramatic step forward in their productivity. It could be that they are young pitchers that have yet to establish themselves who become productive throwers. Or it could be that solid pitchers develop into great ones. Or maybe a journeyman pitcher suddenly finds a new level and outperforms what we have come to expect from him.
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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin

MLB Handicapping: Betting Season-to-Season Fluctuations
by Darin Zank - 3/6/2012

How often do we see this in baseball: team plays above expectations one season, but then takes a step back the next? Or a team plays way below expectations one season, but bounces back the next? From what I can figure this happens to about eight to 10 teams every year. The prime examples from last year would be the San Diego Padres, who a season after shocking most of the baseball world by winning 90 games came back to Earth by going 71-91. And the Cincinnati Reds, who unexpectedly won 91 games in 2010, went 79-83 last year.
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Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp

2012 Los Angeles Dodgers Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
by Dave Schwab - 3/5/2012

Since making it to the playoffs six times from 2004 to 2009, the off-field turmoil surrounding the ownership issues of Los Angeles have taken their toll on the field with 80 wins in 2010 and 82 wins in 2011. Hopefully this storied franchise continues on the right path towards achieving long-term stability as most MLB fans would agree that a competitive Dodgers team is good for baseball.
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San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tim Stauffer

2012 San Diego Padres Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
by Dave Schwab - 3/5/2012

The San Diego Padres last made it to the postseason in 2006 and even their 90 wins in 2010 seems like just a distant memory. They have won 75 games or less in three of their last four seasons and finished last in the division in both 2008 and 2011.
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Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds

2012 MLB Season Win Totals Predictions
by Robert Ferringo - 3/1/2012

Between March Madness college basketball betting, the NBA stretch run, the NHL revival, and the NFL Combine the national sports scene – both in terms of media and in terms of betting – is pretty much flush this time of year.
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Pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) of the Washington Nationals.

2012 Washington Nationals Predictions and MLB World Series Futures Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 3/1/2012

Optimism is running high in Washington. Not win-the-World-Series high — at least not among rational observers. There is a real feeling, though, that this team is ready to take a big step towards respectability and relevance.
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Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz

2012 MLB Predictions: Home Run Leader Odds and Betting Picks
by Alan Matthews - 3/1/2012

It’s time to eat a little crow here. About this time a year ago, I wrote the Home Run Leader Odds story for the 2011 Major League Baseball season. Well, let’s just cut to the chase. I wrote: “Sportsbook.com lists (Toronto’s Jose) Bautista at +1500 to repeat as the MLB home run champion, but that is clearly wasted money. I’m not saying Bautista is completely a one-year wonder, but I’d be stunned if he ever hits more than 35 homers again. And with Vernon Wells having been traded, that’s just one more reason for pitchers to pitch around Bautista.”
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter

2012 St. Louis Cardinals Predictions and MLB Odds to Win NL Central
by Robert Ferringo - 2/29/2012

It was a bittersweet offseason for the St. Louis Cardinals. On the one hand, the players, coaches, organization and fans had all winter to bask in the warm, satisfying glow of another World Series Championship. This baseball-crazed city still has fresh memories of the Cardinals’ incredible comeback win over Texas in last October’s thrilling seven-game series, and they get to enjoy the fact that their side came out on top.
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San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson

2012 San Francisco Giants Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 2/29/2012

Last year at this time the San Francisco Giants were rock stars. They were the defending World Series Champions and they were marveled at for their eccentricity, their chemistry, and their unique style of play. Then the season started. And they quickly found out that the magic of the fall of 2010 didn’t carry over into the summer of 2011.
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Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy

2012 Oakland Athletics Predictions and MLB AL West Futures Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 2/29/2012

The Oakland Athletics were once relevant, but it has been a long time since that happened. Really, since Tony La Russa left town they have only rarely been really scary. This season is very unlikely to change that. They are a team that is rebuilding — and that’s being generous — and they play in a division with two very strong teams. They had an active offseason, but not one that is likely to have made them dramatically better than they were last year. It is just not a good time to be an Oakland fan.
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Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton

2012 Texas Rangers Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 2/28/2012

Josh Hamilton isn’t the only player in Texas dealing with a hangover heading into this 2012 season. One strike. On two separate occasions the Rangers were one strike away from winning the 2011 World Series. Instead, they coughed up Game 6 and then lost Game 7 to fumble away an opportunity for the franchise’s first championship. That marked a second straight loss in the World Series for the Rangers, who will now have to put that heartbreak behind them and find a way to get emotionally ready to face a renewed challenge from their reloaded rivals in Los Angeles.
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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza

2012 Chicago Cubs Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
by Alan Matthews - 2/28/2012

With all due respect to the likes of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder switching teams and leagues, it’s fair to argue that the Chicago Cubs made the biggest offseason addition in baseball last year in luring former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein to completely revamp the front office on the North Side. And all it cost was a mid-level relief prospect named Chris Carpenter, a player to be named later and $20 million in salary for Epstein (compared to $210-plus million each for Pujols and Fielder).
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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Ian Kennedy

2012 Arizona Diamondbacks Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
by Dave Schwab - 2/28/2012

The Arizona Diamondbacks occupied the basement in the NL West in 2009 and 2010, but last season things quickly came together and they streaked to the division title with a dramatic turnaround that produced 94 wins. They will certainly not sneak up on anyone this year, and it remains to be seen if this team’s success in 2011 was just a fluke or start of something even bigger.
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Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers

2012 Detroit Tigers Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 2/27/2012

There is a new Fielder hammering long flies in Motown. Prince Fielder, who along with Albert Pujols was one of the two biggest free agents available this offseason, signed with the Detroit Tigers this winter, much to the shock and awe of the Major League Baseball establishment. But Fielder now is following in the footsteps of his old man, Cecil Fielder, who knocked 245 home runs in seven seasons in the Motor City.
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A. J. Burnett of the Pittsburgh Pirates

2012 Pittsburgh Pirates Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
by Dave Schwab - 2/27/2012

The Pittsburgh Pirates glory days are just a distant memory for even the most die-hard of fans, as it has been nearly two decades since this ballclub has posted a winning record. Last year was both a tease and possible sign of better things to come as they actually contended for the NL Central title over the first half of the season but faded woefully down the stretch to finish 24 games in back of Milwaukee.
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova

2012 New York Yankees Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 2/22/2012

The bar is set at the absolute highest level in the Bronx: it is a championship or nothing. And the Yankees have been able to achieve that goal just one time in the last eight years. Slowly but surely the legends of the late 90s and early 00s are fading into baseball history – Jorge Posada was the latest to go, retiring this offseason – and New York is handling the transition from one dynasty to what they can only hope will be the next.
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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander

MLB Futures Odds: Gauging Public Overreaction
by Trevor Whenham - 2/21/2012

With the start of each new baseball season there is one certainty on which you can rely — that the betting public will dramatically overreact to the offseason had by several teams. In some cases they will assume that teams will be headed for a 162-0 record because they have improved so much. After a rough winter, though, the assumption will be that other teams will be lucky to win 20 games.
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez

2012 MLB Predictions: Houston Astros Betting Odds and Preview
by Dave Schwab - 2/20/2012

The revolving door of talent in Houston has been a one-way exit over the past few seasons with the departure of players such as Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt, Michael Bourne, and Hunter Pence. The results have been predictable with 74 wins in 2009 and 76 wins in 2010 followed by just 56 victories last year, which was a full seven games less than the next-worse team in the majors.
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Baseball betting

40th-Year Anniversary – MLB Picks Special
by Doc's Sports - 2/16/2012

The MLB season is back. Baseball handicapping is very lucrative. Our expert MLB handicappers bring years of experience to the table and their collective track record speaks for itself. Our baseball handicappers specialize in small favorites and underdogs, as well as MLB totals.
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Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero

MLB Futures Odds: Potential Longshot Payouts
by Trevor Whenham - 2/15/2012

Baseball is a sport, more than some others, in which teams can rise from the gutter one season to the penthouse the next. The Twins twice climbed from the basement one year to World Series champs the next — in 1987 and 1991. Florida was below .500 the year before both of their titles. Tampa Bay won 66 games in 2007 and won the American League the next year. Last year, Arizona won the NL West after consecutive last-place finishes. The list goes on and on.
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Tim Lincecum, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.

2012 World Series Predictions
by Darin Zank - 1/31/2012

Now that the last big-dog free-agent (Prince Fielder) has found his greener pastures (in Detroit?), I thought it might be a good time to step back, survey the off-season carnage and peruse the various World Series betting futures boards. After all, pitchers and catchers report in three weeks. And maybe there's a team or two out there I'd like to get down on before the rest of the betting public catches on.
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MLB Baseball Odds and Predictions: Prince Fielder Betting Props
by Alan Matthews - 1/26/2012

Major League Baseball’s pitchers and catchers report in about a month, and it has been a memorable offseason indeed. Albert Pujols shocked the experts by leaving the champion St. Louis Cardinals for the Los Angeles Angels, who also plucked free-agent pitcher C.J. Wilson from the division-rival Rangers to become AL favorites.
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