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Friday Clash Between Los Angeles Dodgers And Chicago Cubs

April 19, 2011

Los Angeles DodgersThis weekend the Los Angeles Dodgers will battle against the Chicago Cubs. The series will take place in Chicago and this will be a 3 game series.

To win the 2011 World Series, MLB odds have The Dodgers at 40-1 and the Cubs at 45-1.

As they are both barely under the .500 mark on the year these teams are both struggling this season. Even though they are below .500 while playing on the road, both teams are .500 at home. In the series this should give the Cubs a slight advantage.

The Dodgers have actually been one of the worst teams in their division in terms of ERA while they are known for having a solid pitching staff. Compared to the 52 runs they have scored so far they have allowed 78 runs on the season. If they hope to take this series they will need their bats to pick up and their pitching to be more effective.

Although the Cubs have at least had more success on offense than the Dodgers, they are suffering from some of the same issues that the Dodgers are. For this series the Cubs will send Coleman, Dumpster and Zambian to the mound. Although Dumpster and Zambian are veterans and have had should stabilize as the season progresses, none of these pitchers have been especially good this season.

On the mound the Dodgers will have Billingsley, Lilly and Kuroda. Although Billingsley has been up and down this season, he is seen by many to be an ace caliber pitcher. If the Dodgers hope to compete for the playoffs this season they need him to step up.

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MLB Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

August 5, 2010

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox look to renew their storied rivalry on Friday, Aug. 6 with a four-game series in the Bronx. The Boston Red Sox are struggling as of late having fallen 7.5 games out of first place in the AL East. Injuries have played a large role in Boston’s demise this year with Victor Martinez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Lowell, and Dustin Pedroia all having spent time on the DL recently.

Boston is hoping to get a few of these players back this week, when they play the reeling Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians, who are in last place in the AL Central, so that they can make up a few games in the standings before facing the Yankees.

As is it always seems when the Yankees and Red Sox square off, the games next weekend will feature some quality pitching match ups. Scheduled starters for the Red Sox include MLB lines stars, Clay Bucholz, John Lackey, Josh Beckett, and Jon Lester, while the Yankees will counter with Javier Vazquez, C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Dustin Moseley.

The Yankees lead the season series 5-3, and will be looking to improve upon their AL best 34-16 home record. The Red Sox are a pedestrian 28-24 on the road this year, which would lead one to believe they will have their hands full next week against the Yanks.

History of the Cincinnati Reds

May 18, 2010

In 1882, as a charter member of the American Association (AA), the Cincinnati Reds began play. Then they were known as the Cincinnati Red Stockings.

In 1866 as the first team fully encompassed of pros, the Red Stockings were formed.

To play in Cincinnati as the Red Stockings, the Cincinnati Reds as we know them now were the third team. In 1880, a second Red Stockings team was a charter member of the NL but was expelled. In the American Association, the third Cincinnati Red Stockings team played its first eight years.

In 1919, the Reds won their first NL pennant. In the now infamous 1919 World Series, they defeated the Chicago White Sox.

When it was revealed that the White Sox had purposely thrown the World Series in a gambling scheme, the excitement over the 1919 World Series was dulled to an extent.

It would be 21 years before they captured another World Series and 20 years before the Reds would capture another NL pennant. Cincinnati repeats as NL Champions in 1940.

Cincinnati adopted the nickname “Redlegs” in 1953 and remained the same until 1958 when they back to being the Reds.

The Reds, MLB lines star, would go on their longest World Series drought in franchise history (35 years), after winning the 1940 World Series.

During the 70s, The Cincinnati Reds best stretch came, when they were known as “The Big Red Machine.”

They won the NL Pennant again in 1972 but lost to the Oakland Athletics in an exciting seven-game series.

For the Big Red Machine, the years 1975 and 1976 were the best as they won back-to-back World Series.

The Boston Red Sox’s Carlton Fisk’s famous 12th inning shot which made the 1975 World Series memorable one as the 12th inning shot hit the foul pole that forced a game 7. In 1976, Cincinnati won on an RBI single by second baseman Joe Morgan in game 7.

Under new manager Lou Piniella in 1990, the unheralded Reds surprised the major leagues by leading the NL from wire-to-wire. The franchise got their fifth World Series b them.

Best MLB Betting Lines for NLCS and ALCS

October 8, 2008

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies open the National League Championship Series Thursday in Philadelphia (8:15 pm ET, FOX).

Moneyline bettors will get the best odds on the favored Phillies at Bet Jamaica, which has them at -131, compared to odds up to -140 at other sportsbooks. Those wanting to wager on the underdog Dodgers will find the best price (+125) at BetUS.

The Phillies are 1½-Runline favorites andhas the best juice at +160. The total is 7½ across the board with every book offering -110 juice.

The Dodgers are scheduled to start righthander Derek Lowe while the Phillies will counter with lefty Cole Hamels.

Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in the past five meetings both overall and at home.

On Friday, the Boston Red Sox face AL East division rival Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of the ALCS (8:35 pm ET, TBS).

Lines have been moving wildly, with some sportsbooks opening with the Red Sox favored and others picking the Rays.

BetUS has the best moneyline odds for the Rays at -108.  has the best price for the Red Sox at +100.

WIth Runline odds,   has the Rays as 1½-run favorites with +190 juice.  All books have the total at 8, with Sportsbooks offering the lowest juice at -105.

Boston will start righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tampa will counter with righthander James Shields.

Live Betting available for MLB Playoffs, NFL, NCAA Football

October 1, 2008

Live Betting, which allows sports bettors to wager on a game while it’s in progress, is the fastest growing segment of the sports betting industry.

Sportingbet.com, a London, England-based sportsbook, has made Live Betting an art form through its IN:PLAY Betting system, and it will have Live Betting available for every game of the MLB Playoffs and the 2008 World Series.

“It looks very likely that we will get every MLB playoff game live,” said Sportingbet.com oddsmaker David Main.

Sportingbet.com will have all three MLB games on Thursday available for Live Betting.

MLB bettors can use IN:PLAY wagering when the Chicago White Sox face the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of their ALDS (2:30 pm ET, TBS), Game 2 of the NLDS between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Philadelphia Phillies (6:05 pm ET, TBS), and Game 2 of the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs (9:35 pm ET, TBS).

NCAA College Football bettors can also wager live when the Pittsburgh Panthers visit the No. 10 South Florida Bulls Thursday night (7:45 pm ET, ESPN), and when the No. 20 Oregon Ducks visit the No. 9 USC Trojans in a Pac-10 matchup (8 pm ET).

And on Sunday, NFL bettors will have five games to choose from, including the Washington Redskins visiting the Philadelphia Eagles in a NFC East matchup (1 pm ET, FOX) and the Sunday Night Football tilt between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars (8:15 pm ET, NBC).

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Red Sox vs Rockies

October 22, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Game: Wed, Oct 24, 2007 8:00 PM ET

Well it’s official, The Colorado Rockies will host The Boston Red Sox for a chance to be crowned World Series Champs. The first game gets underway at Coors Field where weather might be a factor.

Pitching from the slab for the Red Sox will be Josh Beckett (RP) (23-7, 3.06 ERA). Beckett has been OUTSTANDING in his last 3 playoff starts. He’s 3-0 and has pitched 23 innings with 26 strikeouts and only 3 runs scored for a 1.17 ERA. The Sox got great defense from Manny Ramirez, along with big bats from David Ortiz, Kevin Youkillis and Dustin Pedroia. Closing pitchers Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon didn’t allow any runs through the sixth to ninth round. Papelbon hasn’t allowed a run in 6 1/3 innings.

Starting on the mound for the Rockies will be Jeff Francis (LP) (17-9, 4.22 ERA). Francis is 2-0 in the playoffs with a 2.13 ERA. He’s currently pitched 12.2 innings with 3 runs scored and 12 strikeouts. The Rockies have a team with incredible defense (.989 fielding percentage). Their offense is playing smart aggressive ball. In 65 innings of baseball, they’ve only trailed behind 4 innings. The Rockies have multiple players who can knock guys around the bases and score runs. There’s not one player who doesn’t contribute a hit, a run, a stolen base, a RBI, a homer or even a grand slam.

Bottom Line: The Rockies are 21-22 and well rested. They have way more offense than the Sox do. The BoSox batters only showed up in game 7. Besides the one-two punch of Manny and Pappi what do they have? The Red Sox will get good pitching from Beckett, but he’s pitched too many times.
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Red Sox vs Indians

October 10, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Game 1: Friday, Oct 12, 2007 7:05 PM ET

Game 1 of the American League Championships between the Boston Red Sox (-155) and Cleveland Indians (+140) gets underway this Friday at Fenway Park.

The starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox will be Josh Beckett (RP) (20-7, 3.27 ERA). Beckett was spot on during his last trip to the mound, he pitched 9 innings with 4 hits and 8 strike outs for a 0.00 ERA. Nice! The BoSox have a team with great power, speed, hitting and they have a Championship defense.
The starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians will be C.C. Sabathia (LP) (19-7, 3.21 ERA). Sabathia got a win during his last stint on the mound, against the Yankees. He pitched 5 innings with 3 runs, 2 homers, and 5 strike outs for a 5.40 ERA.

The Red Sox are bringing out their best on Friday and Beckett’s going to pitch another stellar game. The Sox have won a total of 53 games at Fenway Park this year. The Tribe have a young roster that’s never played under this type of pressure. Boston takes game 1!

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San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers

September 27, 2007

There are some intriguing MLB betting opportunities as the Wild Card races go down to the wire and some very good teams are fighting for their playoff lives. 

The Milwaukee Brewers and the San Diego Padres are both good enough to advance to the playoffs, but a season-ending four-game series at Miller Park beginning Thursday night is likely to eliminate one of them. Milwaukee (81-77) is two games behind the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs, and San Diego (87-71) holds a slim one-game lead over Philadelphia and Colorado in the wild card race. The Padres also trail first-place Arizona by one game in the NL West. 

The Brewers lost a chance to close the gap on Chicago on Wednesday, losing 7-3 to St. Louis while the Cubs lost 7-4 at Florida. The Padres, though, maintained their wild card advantage with an 11-3 win at San Francisco as the Phillies beat Atlanta 5-2 and Colorado won 2-0 at Los Angeles. The victory also helped San Diego gain ground on the Diamondbacks, who lost 5-1 at Pittsburgh. 

With the teams evenly matched, it’s tempting to give Milwaukee an edge with home field advantage. And the Brewers have history on their side. Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in its past five games at home against San Diego, and is 4-1 SU in its past five at home overall. 

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Nick Bailey 

Betting on Barry Bonds

August 7, 2007

There are few baseball Prop Bets that are getting as much attention this season than those involving Barry Bonds and his pursuit of Hank Aaron’s home-run record. And the various sportsbooks offering Bonds bets are reporting increased wagering activity ever since Bonds tied the record at 755 homers Saturday night.

Bonds will try again tonight, as the San Francisco Giants host the Washington Nationals in the second game of a four-game series that got underway Monday night with the Giants edging the Nationals 3-2. Bonds was 0-3 including one strikeout last night.

Here are some of the sportsbooks offering Prop Bets on the slugger’s pursuit of Aaron’s record.

At Bodog, bettors can wager on which inning Bonds will hit the record-setting dinger, with the first inning the favorite at 3-1. Another interesting bet at Bodog is what the pitch count will be when Bonds cranks 756 over the wall: the favorite is 0-1 (One Ball, No Strikes) at odds of 3-1.

Sportsbook is offering odds on whether the record-breaker will come in tonight’s tilt against Washington – yes (+240), no (-320).

And at betED, Barry Bonds bets include whether the home run will be a solo shot (-155), two-run (+200), three-run (+500) or grand slam (+625).

Or if you want to bet the outcome of the game, BetOnline has the Giants as 150-moneyline favorites and the game total at 8.

Facing Bonds and the Giants tonight will be lefthander Mike Bacsik, who is 5-6 with a 4.19 ERA this season. San Francisco will counter with ace lefty Barry Zito, who is 8-10 and has a 5.12 ERA.

Nick Bailey

Make some bucks off Barry Bonds

July 12, 2007

With all the hype and anti-hype surrounding Barry Bond’s chase of Hank Aaron’s home run record, there is one thing that hasn’t been talked about much: the money that bettors could make when Bonds finally breaks the record.

Like him or loathe him, the fact is the San Francisco Giants’ slugger is going to set a new home run record, and you may as well make a few bucks off it. Many, many sportsbooks are offering Prop bets on Bonds’ imminent record-breaking home run.

For example, Bodog has a wide variety of wagers – some serious, some silly – that will make the Bonds Watch much more fun. There are straightforward bets, like: What will the pitch count be when Barry Bonds breaks the HR Record? You can choose among 0 balls, 0 strikes, or 1 ball, 2 strikes, and so on. The lowest odds are 1 ball, 0 strikes (3-1) while the biggest are for 3 balls, 0 strikes (12-1).

There’s also a few that are essentially a flip of the coin, like: When Bonds breaks the record, will the Pitcher’s Jersey number be odd or even?

For the full list of Barry Bonds bets, go to Bodog, click on Baseball, then MLB, then MLB Player Props.