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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

Cameron Maybin, OF San Diego Padres (22% owned in Yahoo, 27.8% in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .280 AVG / 23 R / 5 HR / 13 RBI / 6 SB

I have already mentioned Maybin here but his ownership increased by only 4% in Yahoo leagues. If you extrapolate his current numbers to 600 AB you get, .280 AVG / 97 R / 21 HR / 55 RBI / 25 SB. He has been batting .714 with 2HR in the past 3 games so make the add.

Projection:.276 AVG / 82 R / 16 HR / 69 RBI / 20 SB

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 04.23.11

As I was watching Kyle Lohse completely dominate the Nationals it reaffirmed the idea behind this daily post – there are gems to be had every day off the waiver wire.  I was close to tabbing Lohse until I saw his horrific splits against the Nats, but if a guy is on, he can beat anyone.  Luckily our actual pick, Scott Baker turned in his own gem beating the O’s.

For games on Saturday April 23rd these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! or ESPN) with percent owned Yahoo/ESPN, (team), and opponent:

Javier Vazquez 38% / 9% (FLA) vs. COL

Tim Stauffer 36% / 4% (SD) vs. PHL

Travis Wood 35% / 82% (CIN) @ StL

Kevin Correia 22% / 25% (PIT) vs. WAS

Daisuke Matsuzaka 7% / 4% (BOS) @ LAA

Joe Blanton 4% / 3% (PHL) @ SD

Freddy Garcia 4% / 1% (NYY) @ BAL

My Pick: Kevin Correia vs. Nationals

Alternate: Tim Stauffer vs. Phillies

Deep League Special: Joe Blanton @ Padres

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 04.20.11

Well all good things must come to an end, and our 3 game streak of good picks did so last night with Travis Wood.  But at least I didn’t have any money on it, right Killboy?

For games on Wednesday April 20th these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! or ESPN) with percent owned Yahoo/ESPN, (team), and opponent:

Chris Narveson 45%/44% (MIL) @ PHL

Wade Davis 16%/51% (TB) vs. ChW

R.A. Dickey 25%/12% (NYM) vs. HOU

Erik Bedard 11%/4% (SEA) vs. DET

Bud Norris 11%/3% (HOU) @ NYM

Jon Garland 8% / 5% (LAD) vs. ATL

Charlie Morton 4%/2.5% (PIT) @ FLA

Bartolo Colon 3% / 0.4% (NYY) @ TOR

My Pick: Wade Davis vs. White Sox

Alternate: R.A. Dickey vs. Astros

Deep League Special: Bartolo Colon at Blue Jays

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 04.18.11

Welcome to the 4th edition of  Spot Starting, if you missed our first few posts, read here for the explanation of how this works.

You may wonder why you’d be looking for a spot start on a Monday.  Well, you might be in a week where most of your Starters are only pitching 1 game.  It always behooves us to at least take a look at what is available, because as you can see below the results are there to be had.

For games on Monday April 18th these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo) with percent owned, team, and opponent:

Travis Wood 46% (CIN) vs. Pit

Tim Stauffer 38% (SD) @ ChC

Kevin Correia 14% (PIT) @ CIN

Esmil Rogers 9% (COL) vs. SF

Daisuke Matsuzaka 7% (BOS) vs. TOR

Jason Vargas 5% (SEA) vs. DET

Joe Blanton 4% (PHI) vs. MIL

My Pick: Travis Wood vs. Pirates

Alternate: Daisuke Matsuzaka vs. Blue Jays


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