Archive May 2012
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Backing the Red Sox BIG!
Well, I have been running around all day and noticed I read the starters wrong for today's Tigers vs Red Sox game. My quick glance saw Clay Buchholz instead of Josh Beckett. Now, we must wager since one of my least regarded pitchers is on the hill in Max Scherzer. Good old Max simple racks up K's in exchange for earned runs. Maybe this guy would be a great closer? Regardless he is a thrower by all means and not a pitcher. Today's game.
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Game 1: A Bounce Here or There
NHL Stanley Cup Observations -- Game One
- Anze Kopitar speaks English, Slovenian, Serbian, German, a little Swedish and a lot of shake n'bake, the universal language of hockey. Was that three or four separate moves? I think I saw Martin Brodeur's jock inside the net afterwards.
- Six of one, half dozen of another. That's what happens when Ilya Kovalchuk switches from left wing to right to avoid Drew Doughty and gets smothered by Willie Mitchell instead. Net result. One shot on net.
Bullpen Performance: The Revolving Door of Closers
Notes on Conference Finals
Backing the Big Favorite Rangers
Have I mentioned I hate closers? I am guessing more games have been blown so far this year than in any previous year. There are simply too many bad closers period. I took one on the chin with a 2-5 night for -318, but I remain in the black +174. The A's blew another late game to the Twins which helped me on Monday and burned me last night. Folks, the A's not the Twins are the worst team in baseball. How do A's fans stomach crap teams year after year? Thank the heavens the Blue Jays clutched up thanks to Brett Lawrie who maybe will go on a roll as many of us (me included) had expected. I won on the Giants late. Brutal losses with Justin Masterson and Philip Humber. I will not bet against the White Sox anytime soon as their hitting is Rangers like right now. Also, it seems Masterson's run last year is more fluke than trend. How are the Albert Pujols owners feeling right now? The guy truly is a machine. Today's games.
My Five: Early Risers
Throughout the preseason I'll be posting lists of five across the fantasy landscape. Today I'm going to start with players whose value is on the rise. Things change fast in the NFL. Past success isn't always an indication of future performance, and vice versa. With the influx of new talent from the college draft, and the vast movement of players in free agency, the look of a team can differ drastically from one year to the next. My focus in this selection of players is to highlight guys who have a lot of room to grow, and have gotten some help to get there.
Time to Buy Lawrie?
Backing the Blue Jays
Boy oh boy there are few things worse when wagering than hoping for a Twins comeback. Not only are you hoping they can comeback with the bats you also have to hope the brutal bullpen can keep the game in check. I got lucky as this Twins got out of a bases loaded jam in the 9th to seal the deal. I split on the day as I won on the Twins, but got a little crazy and lost the -1.5. I like a lot of games today. Today's games.
After five straight losses, hitting my bankroll for -$550, my season record is down to just 13-10, +$258.
Backing the Twins
Great day yesterday as I went 3-0 +660 thanks to the Reds over the Rockies and the Mets over the Pads. I am now 27-30 +492 for the year. If Jamie Moyer starts again, I will unload it all on the other team unless it is the Padres. Moyer is simply done folks. I have turned the corner thanks to hitting my large wagers and using the Run Line more often. Also, I finally found the right mix of gut instinct and trend numbers. There is only one game I like today. Today's games.
A look around the league:
Upside In The Middlehigh-risk players entering this summer’s draft period. Tonight I’m looking at another group that’s good to establish early—the high-upside, mid-round guys. I’ve ranked my top five upside values and detailed why their skill and situation warrants targeting them in the middle rounds.
NFBC Week #8 FAAB Results
Mock Auction Draft Results
Betting BIG against Grandpa Moyer
Interesting day yesterday as I went 1-3, but still won $80 thanks to a larger wager on the Nats. Kyle Kendrick looked like Roy Halladay as I lost the Cards -1.5, Pavano killed the Twins wager as I feared he might, and Zack Greinke pitched like Zach Thomas. However, the Nats won easily despite an average performance from Stephen Strasburg. I have to say I do not feel the "lock" feeling with him on the mound as I do when taking Roy Halladay, Clayton Kershaw, or Justin Verlander among other elite pitchers. But the Nats offense is pretty solid and lets face it they are one of the more exciting teams to watch. I also want to mention that my wagers are based on my confidence levels and not meant to encourage gambling. Today's games.
Worth The Risk?
Memorial Day Weekend Plays
Betting on Strasburg
The Unlikely Finalist
NHL Playoffs -- The Devil Made Me Do It
- Yes, it's possible to bruise your boys -- just ask Adam Henrique. But it's nothing a bag of peas during intermission followed by a series-winning goal can't solve.
- Soft and one-dimensional? Not this Russian. Ilya Kovalchuk laid the body and did the dirty work in the corner to set up the Game 5 winner. Then in Game 6, he did the heavy lifting (and hacking) in the kitchen to set up another winner. You think he appreciates the merits of playing a 200-foot game? Maybe he and Alexander Ovechkin should 'chat.'
Betting on the Reds
I am finally back in the black! I was down $1,205 on May 18th. Since then I am 11-7 and plus $1,015 as some big wagers have hit pay dirt. I am feeling very good about the Run Lines which is part of the reason for my improved picks. Also, I have limited myself too a few trends that I like and not going over board on too many trends. I wish all of you a happy and safe holiday weekend! Today's games.
Betting Big on Humber
I went 1-2 yesterday, but lost only $20 thanks to the larger wager on the Mets. I went to the well once too often with Ted Lilly. I will be more careful in the future when he is pitching on the road. Today's games feature plenty of shaky starters. I am all over the White Sox as they will face a pitcher making his major league debut for the Twins. Today's games.