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Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season

Welcome back to Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season! In the “Today’s Games” section, you will see my picks to win for the day. I will post either the “Money Line” or the “Run Line”. The money line is always a “straight up” bet which means your team will never need to win or lose by a specific amount of runs. The money line odds represent what amount has to be wagered or what can be won. For example, if there is a minus sign (-) next to an amount, you have to wager that amount to win 100. If there is a plus sign (+) next to an amount, you will receive that amount for every 100 wagered. When you see a “Run Line”, that means a spread is involved. In Baseball, the spread is always 1.5 runs but you can find alternate run lines on some websites. When I post a run line of -1.5, that means our team must win by two runs. When you see a run line of +1.5, that means our team can lose by one run and still win the wager. Listen to our show from April 5th, 2011 for more explanation and tips.

2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League

Seth Smith, OF Colorado Rockies ( 22 % owned in Yahoo, 39.4% ESPN)

Current State Line: .310 AVG / 13 R / 2 HR / 11 RBI / 1 SB

Seth Smith is hitting 5th or 6th everyday for the Colorado Rockies. Hopefully he put his problems against lefties behind him. In the early going, he is 3 for 9 with 2 doubles versus southpaws (small sample size, I know). He has showed pop in the minors and he has also hit for a good average. Seth Smith has the potential to be a .300 hitter.

My Projection: .290 AVG / 80 R / 19 HR / 80 RBI / 5 SB

Juan Uribe, 2B/SS/3B Los Angeles Angels ( 47% owned in Yahoo, 32% ESPN)

Current State Line: .236 AVG / 6 R/ 2 HR /12 RBI / 0 SB

Just before Uribe tweaked a quad injury, he was heating up at the plate with a 6 game hit streak. During the streak he hit .435 AVG with 5 R, 2 HR and 9 RBI. He is listed as day-to-day but when he returns, he will continue to hit 5th in the Dodgers lineup behind Andre Either and Matt Kemp. Since west coast games start later, you can plug him into your lineup for a last minuet replacement and he’s eligible at 3 different positions.

My Projection: .250 AVG / 75 R /22 HR / 85 RBI /0 SB

Brett Wallace, 1B Houston Astros ( 7% owned in Yahoo)

Current Stat Line: .324 AVG /14 R /1 HR /7 RBI /0 SB

In deeper leagues Brett Wallace would make a great speculative add. He has always produced in the minors even though he has bounced from organization to organization. Wallace currently has a modest 5 game hitting streak with 4 multi-hit games during the streak. If he continues to produce, I could see him moving from the 5th spot in the lineup to cleanup. His power hasn’t transferred over to the big league level yet but 15-20 HR is possible.

My Projection: .270 AVG / 80 R /18 HR / 85 RBI / 1 SB

Cameron Maybin, OF San Diego Padres ( 18% owned in Yahoo, 24.6% ESPN)

Current Stat Line:.260 AVG / 10 R / 3 HR / 5 RBI / 6 SB

Cameron Maybin is the best option for the Padres at leadoff and he may even be the team’s best offensive player. Unfortunately, Jason Bartlett and Will Venable have had starts at leadoff also. This offense is too bad to roster Maybin if he is going to hit in the lower half of the lineup but he makes a good speculative add in deeper leagues because the potential is there.

My Projection: .270 AVG / 65 R / 9 HR / 55 RBI / 27 SB 

Mitchell Boggs, RP St. Louis Cardinals ( 50% owned in Yahoo, 66.5% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 0 W / 0 L / 1.59 ERA / 13 K / 0.71 WHIP / 2 S

Mitchell Boggs has been awarded the closer job in St. Louis last week and he is still only 50% owned in Yahoo. Boggs currently has a K:BB ratio of 13:3 in the young season so grab him while he’s hot.

National League Central Previews: Astros

Today’s Focus:  Houston Astros

2010 Record:  76-86, 4th Place NL Central

After trading away long time Astros, Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman, last summer, Houston is looking to the next generation to lead this team.  Hunter Pence becomes the de facto leader of the team with 3 full seasons of solid play under his belt.  The Stro’s are also hoping their young corner infielders Brett Wallace and Chris Johnson can develop into productive major leaguers.  Johnson seems to be up for the challenge, he posted strong numbers after his 2010 call up, but Wallace may not be ready for prime time yet.

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