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Killin’ the Odds & the MLB 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.

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.

06.05.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Now (8-1) after another clobbering this week of a ghost team. This week I face Eric who is always tough and then Killboy who is the reigning Champ. Not getting any easier! How’s everyone doing in their leagues?

Vamanos!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Adam Lind – 4/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Is he back to 2009 Lind? The average sure does look good and he has 9 bombs now.

The Bats:
Drew Stubbs
– 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI, SB…BSFU! He is the King of filling up the box score this year.

Matt Kemp – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Three walks to boot! Kemp had a big weekend and now has 16 HR and 14 SB. He’s pretty much halfway to the 30/30 club and we’re barely into June. I ranted about Kemp in a pre-season radio program that if I had to pick one player that was a lock for the 30/30 club it was him.

Chad Billingsley – 2/2, R, HR, 3 RBI…Huh? Yeah, that’s right. Chad was ok in his pitching line (5/8/4/3:3), but was mighty with the stick!

Elvis Andrus – 2/3, R, HR, RBI…Still on pace for 100+ runs and 50+ steals. Who wudda thunk it?

Rickie Weeks – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Weeks has a real good shot of going 25/25 this year.

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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.

05.25.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Funerals are never fun and being out-of-town made it hard to keep you all up to date with my opinions on the daily box scores. So as I get back into it, drooling as Matt Joyce went yard AGAIN the other night, this is what I saw LAST night…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Wilson Valdez (PHI 2B) – 3/6…Decent game at the plate filling in for Chase Utley. But, he entered in the 19th to pick up the win as he pitched one inning of scoreless ball! Player of the Day!

The Bats:
Steve Pearce
– 3/5, R, HR, 2 RBI…The once-touted Pirate prospect is seeing some time now that Pedro Alvarez is on the DL. Ship has sailed.

Dan Uggla – 0/5, 3 K…Now batting .180. Ouch. Actually…OUCH! Most of you had high hopes for him this year and this is not looking pretty.

Dustin Pedroia – 2/6, R, HR, 3 RBI…Guess he wasn’t too hurt.

Carl Crawford – 4/4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI…Average sits at .229. He’s coming along, but maybe won’t be the No. 1 OF I expected pre-season.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…I expcted better from him this year, but I think the Braves traded the correct backstop despite the “experts'” opinions on the matter.

Prince Fielder – 2/2, 4 RBI…Been a rough May, so maybe this gets him out of the funk.

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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.

Today’s Games (5/25/11)

St. Louis Cardinals (-112) @ San Diego Padres (+102) My Pick: Cardinals Money Line
Absolute no-brainer here. Chris Carpenter hasn’t been as sharp as he’s been in the past but, he also hasn’t been as bad as his numbers have indicated. Look for Carpenter to get back on track in Petco as the Padres are 8-20 at home and 12-24 against right-handed starters. The Pads’ have lost 5 straight (all at home) and the Cards’ have won 4 straight (all on the road).
Arizona Diamondbacks (+113) @ Colorado Rockies (-123) My Pick: Diamondbacks Money Line
Get ’em while there hot! The DBacks have been on fire as of late winning 7 of their last 8. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Rockies have been “Rockie Mountain Cold” while losing 4 of their last 5. Jason Hammel has been bad at home this year (5.17 ERA 1.37 WHIP) and Ian Kennedy has been superb on the road (1.78 ERA 1.07 WHIP). CarGo and Tulo are a combined 6 for 30 against Kennedy in their respective careers.

Results from 5/21/11

Washington Nationals (+142): LOSS -100
I would do it again in a heartbeat! If you were to take five bets at around +150 and only win two of them, you still break even.

Daily Total: -100
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04.23.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Starlin Castro – 4/5, 2 R, 3 RBI, SB…The prodigy keeps on hitting. Sure he doesn’t walk much, but he doesn’t strike out much either.

Darwin Barney – 3/5, 2 R, 3 RBI, SB…Have not talked about Barney, but I think he’s worth monitoring about now. He’s batting .323 at a thin position (2B).

The Ted Lilly/Ryan Dempster Connection – 10 IP, 20 H, 12 ER, 6:4…Dreadful. Hope you didn’t start either of them. IMO Dempster should’ve been benched in all leagues until he starts showing something.

Brandon Morrow – 5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 10:2…Fresh off the DL (he’s still on mine), Morrow showed us why he was hyped so much this pre-season. The guy is electric and looks to build on his nearly 18K/9 rate heading into his 2nd start at TEX. If he is somehow on your wire, I hope he’s no longer there. If he was owned, I hope you swooped in and bought low.

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04.12.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Well, if you listened to our show last night it was a zoo! Actually, if you didn’t listen- besides it being a zoo- we broke down the Josh Hamilton injury and who you want to grab in his two month absence.

Angel Sanchez – 4/5, 2 R, 2 RBI…Speaking of the show, Killboy talked about Sanchez as a possible fill-in if you lost Rafael Furcal to injury.

Michael Bourn – 2/5, 4 R, RBI, 2 SB…Bourn looks like he’s breaking out and is now up to .268 and 4 steals.

Hunter Pence – 3/4, R, 4 RBI…Pence is quietly having a nice season so far, batting .326 with 9 RBI. 9 ribbies in that lineup!

Brett Myers -7 IP, 8 H, ER, 5:0…Speaking of quietly, Myers now has a 1.77 ERA and 1.13 WHIP through three starts.

Marlon Byrd – 3/3…Look out. It’s that time of year again. If you need a quick Hamilton fill-in, Byrd seems to put nice streaks together. He’s up to .391 and has 6 multi-hit games in his last 7.

Michael Young – 3/3, 2 R, RBI, SB…Second baseman Mike Young had a nice first start at second. Expect him to continue to see plenty of PT while Hamilton is out.

Jayson Werth – 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB, SB…Pow! Werth filled up the box score. Owners wish he could face Joe Blanton 162 games a year.

Wilson Ramos -2/3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB…Former Twins’ prospect has been HOT and now appears to get an increase in PT. Monitor.

Tommy Hanson – 7 IP, 4 H, 5:2…Owners, rejoice! Hanson finally turned in a start we expected. Gets the Mess next. Tasty!

David Price – 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3:2…Price finally had a great start and it was to get out of the basement! Killboy still no likey.

Jon Lester – 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 8:2…Poor Lester. Should probably be (2-1). Instead, he is (0-1).

Alexei Ramirez – 2/4, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB…Walk-off! Just wait until his Cuban blood heats up with the weather!

Dan Haren – SHO, H, 8:2…Haren with an impressive outing against the Tribe to end their 8-game win streak. Guess 120 wins IS out of the question.

Fausto Carmona – 7.2, 4, 2, 6:3…On the losing end of Haren’s gem. Carmona has been solid, now sporting a 1.27 ERA is his last two starts. Cherry pickin’!

Late games…

Chris Carpenter – 4 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 4:3…In the slugfest that occurred in ‘Zona, Carp got caught in the middle. Just. Ouch. He is now (0-2) and sporting a 5.82 ERA and 1.35 ERA through three starts. It isn’t all bad. He should probably be (2-1).

Justin Upton – 1/3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB…WOW. Did you (see) his moonshot that traveled an estimated 478 feet by HitTrackerOnline.com?

Chris B. Young – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB…Young is batting .302 in the early going with a 2:9 BB:K ratio. Yeah, nothing’s changed. That .302 will come down to .250 in no time.

Lance Berkman – 3/5, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…I could post every player from the Cards/DBacks game, but Berkman is up to .289 and since Brian hyped him I have to put him here.

Drew Stubbs – 2/6, R, HR, 4 RBI…Stubbs being Stubbs. A home run and two strike outs.

Sam LeCure – 6 IP, H, ER, 8:2…A very nice start against San Diego Middle School. LeCure will be headed to the minors soon.

Clayton Richard – 7.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 4:2…Petco is to pitchers what Coors used to be to hitters. Richard and other Friar pitchers will be more than serviceable in home starts.

Corey Patterson – 2/4, 2 RBI, BB…We touched on him on the show last night, but Corey is being Corey. When he plays, he produces. Might not be a bad short-term play.

Michael Pineda – 7.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 7:2…Pineda is showing why he was- and still is- a top talent. Will be some bumps in the road, but he looks as advertised.

Ricky Romero – 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 8:2…A nice start from Romero and after three starts he’s at (1-0) with a 1.66 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 20:4 in 21.2 innings. Beat downs are coming…

Tim Lincecum – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4:1…Mitch from Dazed and Confused needed a lot of pitches in this one. Affeldt blew the save, so Timmy deserved a dubya.

Chad Billingsley – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 6:2…Sorry, just not a fan. Check tha record.

Ok, I won’t bring up my favorite Dodger…I could though! He was caught stealing last night. Uh oh…back to 2010-Kemp?

Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes from 03.31.11

Jermaine Dye has hung it up. Oh, you didn’t realize he was still holding out for a phone call?

You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain the J-Hey Kid! Jason Heyward has now had two great Opening Days by going yard off Livan Hernandez on Thursday AGAIN in his first at bat of the season. He also walked and struck out, so look for 162 walks this year.

Derek Lowe looked sharp by only allowing 3 hits in 5.2 innings in his final spring tune-up, er, against the Nats. He also K’d 6. The last time he looked this good on OD was in 2009 when he went 15-10/3.24/1.13/147. Yahtzee!

In an amazing come-from-behind victory, the Reds spoiled a Yovani Gallardo win after Ramon Hernandez hit a WALK-OFF against John Axford. Gulp. Trevor, pick up the phone! Edinson Volquez was shaky early on, but settled down. If he can keep the walks down, I love him in 2011.

Look out, Mark Teixeira is in for a monster champagne-campaign after taking Justin Verlander deep for a 3-run bomb. Someone told Big Teixy it was July. The HR was Verlander’s only mistake in an otherwise nice April start. Guess someone told him it was May?

Wainwright who? Ace Chris Carpenter shut the Friars down, giving up just two hits in 7, but…Ryan Franklin blew the fancy start by giving up a Cameron Maybin long ball in the 9th. Aye caramba. Albert Pujols was 0-5 with 3 GIDP. Sorry, MVP days are over. Sell, sell, sell!

Jered Weaver picked right back up where he left off in 2010 by going 6.2 innings against the Royals and striking out 6 while only allowing 2 hits and 2 walks. This is why you selected him early. Fernando Rodney got the first crack at a Halo save, but not without giving up a hit and a walk to get Angel fans nervous.

Alex Gordon went 0-5 with 3 K. Spring tease.

Clayton Kershaw outdueld Tim Lincecum by going 7 strong and striking out 9 while only allowing 5 baserunners. Wanted him this year, but he eluded me.

Brandon Belt went 1-3 with a walk and a punch out. Had a chance to be a hero in the 9th, but he got Broxton-ed.

Matt Kemp loves Davey Lopes. He went 1-1 with THREE walks and a stolen base and he was NOT caught stealing!

See you tomorrow…

2011 MLB Spring Training Review: Week of March 20th

 

This week in spring training the news was as follows, beginning with last Sunday and running through Saturday the 26th:

 

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