What You Need To Know Before Tigers Host Jays This Weekend

A pair of underperforming but formidable opponents will collide in Michigan this weekend as the Detroit Tigers host the Toronto Blue Jays. More than just a battle of wills, the series is relevant to those anxious to capitalize on a trend that’s emerged in the Tigers’ recent track record.

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In each of their past 10 games, the Tigers and their opponents have combined to plate more runs than the over/under suggests. That’s what happens when the pitching staff of one of the most prolific hitting teams in the league starts to struggle. In addition to Detroit’s 5.6 runs per game over the span, they’ve allowed an average of 6.5.

This weekend the Tigers will look to gain ground in the AL Central as the Blue Jays look to claw their way up the AL East. Both squads are capable of conference dominance, and both have the talent required for a successful season, yet both teams have coasted safely in the middle of the pack so far.

According to oddsmakers, both teams are decent long-term MLB betting options. The Tigers are 16/1 to win the World Series compared to Toronto’s 20/1.

MLB Betting Pick: Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago Whitesox — June 22, 2015

We will have quite the battle on Monday, as two teams from the American League Central will square off in Minneapolis. The Chicago White Sox will take on the Minnesota Twins. The White Sox have won two straight games, following their long losing streak. The White Sox are 30-38, which is dead last in the American League Central. The White Sox trail the front running Kansas City Royals by 10 games in divisional play. For the Minnesota Twins, after winning three straight, they fell in their final two against the Cubs. The Twins are 37-32, for second place in the American League Central. The Twins are 3.5 games behind the first place Royals.

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The Minnesota Twins have been sneaky good at times during the 2015 season. At one point in May, Minnesota led the American League Central. The Twins are one of the best teams at home, with a 23-14 record. Minnesota is led offensively by Torii Hunter’s .261 batting average, along with Brian Dozier blasting 13 homeruns. The Twins offensively are hitting .248 which ranks 18th in Major League Baseball. The pitching for Minnesota has an earned run average of 3.78, and teams are batting .269 against them. Minnesota is pleased to have outfielder Byron Buxton up with the big club; with a great ability to hit and run.

The Chicago White Sox are seeking their third straight win. After losing the game late on Friday night, Chicago came back with two straight wins. The White Sox have one of the worst road records in all of baseball; at 12-23. Chicago is watching their big man, Jose Abreu, at first base hit .288, blast 12 homeruns and lead the way with 40 runs batted in. Chicago is one of the worst hitting teams in all of baseball with a .236 batting average, which goes along with 229 runs. Chicago lost seven straight games; with a sweep by Kansas City and Pittsburgh, before the series with the Rangers.

This should be an interesting game with John Danks going against Tommy Milone. Both of these pitchers certainly have found rough patches during the season. We look for this game to be a high scoring game, with the bullpen coming into play in this one. We like the Twins to find a way to win this game. For the first of three games, we are taking the Minnesota Twins -132 over the Chicago White Sox.

Andy Murray Favored at Queen’s Club

It might be a Wimbledon warm-up on the ATP Tour 500 series, but this week’s Queen’s Club Championships remains one of the most important grass-court tournaments on the planet. Three-time champion Andy Murray was the 3/2 favorite at press time, followed by recent French Open winner Stan Wawrinka at 8/1. Both men won their first-round matches on Tuesday in straight sets; Rafael Nadal (originally 8/1) fell in three sets to Alexandr Dolgopolov (66/1).

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Murray has enjoyed more success on grass than any other surface since turning pro in 2005. The Scotsman was 78-16 lifetime (83%) going into Queen’s, winning five of 22 tournaments at the Masters 1000 level or higher, including the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. Murray is coming off the best clay-court session of his career, featuring his first-ever win on dirt at the Bavarian International.

Wawrinka is more of a clay-court specialist, going just 21-20 lifetime (51%) on grass and never making it past the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. But the native of Lausanne is riding high after upsetting Novak Djokovic to win the French Open as a distant 16/1 third favorite. At press time, Wawrinka is No. 4 on the world rankings, one spot behind Murray.

Chicago Blackhawks Win the 2015 Stanley Cup

The Chicago Blackhawks were favored to win the Stanley Cup going into the 2014-2015 NHL regular season. They fulfilled that keith-duncan-120223promise Monday night, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning (+145 away) 2-0 in Game 6 of the Cup Final and winning the series four games to two. Chicago also won Game 6 on the puck line at +180; this was the first time all series that the Blackhawks had taken a two-goal lead on Tampa Bay.

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The Hawks were on top of the Stanley Cup futures market at 13/2 during the preseason, then improved to 6/1 after winning three of their first four regular-season games. Chicago would spend much of the season as the Cup favourite before fading down the stretch, falling into third place at 8/1, and settling for the No. 3 seed in the Central Division.

Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Stanley Cup was delayed from arriving at United Center because of flooding in the region. But it did eventually show up, as did the Conn Smythe Trophy, which was awarded to defenseman Duncan Keith. Going into the final, Keith was the second favourite at 3/1 to win the Conn Smythe, behind teammate Jonathan Toews at 57/20.

MLB Pick: Mariners vs. Astros — June 12, 2015

We have two teams that have a ton of ability, but also a ton of question marks will get together on Friday for the first of a three game series. The Seattle Mariners will take on the Houston Astors. Seattle, who is fourth place within the division is 27-33 overall, which is fourth in the division.

The team winning the American League West is the Houston Astros. The Astros have had a good start to their season and sit with a 34-27 record; despite losing 7 straight games.

Mariners Bad Start to the Year

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) speaks to reporters after spring training baseball practice, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) speaks to reporters after spring training baseball practice, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

The Seattle Mariners have gotten off to a slow start to the school year. The Mariners saw Nelson Cruz crush a bunch of early homeruns, but now he has slowed the pace. Robinson Cano has been in a season long slump as well, with just a .238 batting average. The Mariners as a team are batting .236, which is the third worst in all of Major League Baseball.

The Mariners also have scored just 208 runs, which is 29th out of 30 NBA teams. The Mariners are using their ace; Felix Hernandez to the mound. King Felix leads the American League in wins, with 9, and also holds a .251 earned run average.

Astros Hit!

For the Houston Astros, they are seeking to get back on the right track. The Astros have scored just 16 runs in the last 7 games, all losses. The Astros have a slew of young talent. Several of those players are statistical leader categories; such as Jose Altuve batting .289 and Evan Gattis blasting 12 homeruns. The Astros will send youngster Brett Oberhotlzer to the mine.

Oberholtzer is making just his fourth start of the season. Houston has one of the worst batting averages in all of the National League; at .233.

Betting Tip for Astros vs. Mariners June 12, 2015

Felix Hernandez is on the mound for the Seattle Mariners. It does not matter what the Mariners will do at the pitching staff, because the Mariners will be favored to win this game. Seattle would love to keep the Houston Astros reeling, and make the American League West a little more competitive, especially approaching the All Star Break.

Despite being on the road, Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners are the favorite in this one. We like them to win this game and cover the spread. Our bet is the Seattle Mariners -160.

Pirates-Phillies in Battle of Pennsylvania

This has been a pretty lousy year for the Philadelphia Phillies (22-39, minus-13.41 units). It could get even worse this Friday when they host the Pittsburgh Pirates (32-27, plus-0.41 units) in the first of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies have lost six of their last seven games, while the Pirates are 14-5 since May 20. Game time is 7:05 PM ET.

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Kevin Correia (4.67 FIP last year) is scheduled to make his Philly debut after signing a one-year deal this past Monday. The 34-year-old righty was pitching in the minors after failing to crack the San Francisco Giants rotation this spring. Correia, who was with the Pirates in 2011 and 2012, posted a 4.60 FIP in six starts at AAA-Sacramento.

Pittsburgh responds with southpaw Jeff Locke (4.26 FIP), who’s down 1.71 betting units this year on a team record of 5-6. Locke made his MLB debut with the Pirates in 2011; he’s one of their more interesting pitching prospects, but hasn’t quite put it together on a consistent basis yet – only two of his last nine games were quality starts. However, current Philly hitters are a combined 7-of-52 lifetime against Locke with a tiny .355 OPS.

MLB Betting: Indians vs. Mariners — June 10, 2015

The Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians will meet up on Wednesday night for the middle game of a three game series. On Tuesday night, the Seattle Mariners came away with a 3-2 win over the Indians. Coming into Wednesday, the Cleveland Indians are 27-30, which is tied with the Chicago White Sox for last place in the American League Central.

robinson-cano-jason-kipnis-mlb-seattle-mariners-cleveland-indiansThe Indians are 6.5 games behind the front running Kansas City Royals. For Seattle, they have struggled through most of the early parts of the season. The Mariners are 26-32, fourth place in the American League West. Seattle is 7 games behind first place Houston.

Indians Can’t Seem to Win at Home

The Cleveland Indians have been poor at home this season, winning just 11 of 28 games. The Indians have lost two in a row overall. Cleveland is watching right fielder Brandon Moss enjoy a great season, with 10 homeruns. Jason Kipnis has turned into one of top second basemen in the game, as he is batting .335.

The Indians will send Trevor Bauer to the mound. The 24 year old is having a great season. Bauer is 5-2 on the season, with an earned run average of under 3. In his last four starts, he has won three of them, going into the 7th inning in all of them.

Cano Getting on Track for Mariners

For the Seattle Mariners, they enjoyed seeing Robinson Cano break out of his slump. The second basemen had two doubles and an RBI in the 3-2 win. Nelson Cruz got off to a super quick homerun start, and now has 18 on the season. Cruz is also leading the team with a .326 batting average. The Mariners pitching staff will turn to Taijuan Walker in this one.

Seattle as a team is 8th in baseball with a 3.66 earned run average. Walker is just 22 years old, but gotten off to a poor start to his season. Walker in his last two starts though has gone 16 innings, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs in his best stretch of pitching all season. Seattle is .500 on the road, winning 13 of 26.

Betting Tip for Mariners vs. Indians June 10th Game

Trevor Bayer is on the mound for the Cleveland Indians. Lately when Bauer has pitched, good things have happened for Cleveland. he will face a youngster for Seattle, which makes the Indians a huge favorite in this game.

We like the Cleveland bats to come to life against Walker in this one. While Cleveland only scored 2 runs on Tuesday night, look for that to change on Wednesday. We are going to bet the Cleveland Indians -150 over the Seattle Mariners.

LeBron James and Cavs are Underdogs in Much Anticipated Final

The Golden State Warriors broke out as an up and coming Western Conference contender last season, and this year they’ve dominated the landscape. Lined up against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals, the world will watch as the Dubs look to take yet another step forward.

The Warriors are currently pitted as 5.5-point favorites to win Game 1 of the championship. Considering Golden State led the league in wins this season, boasting a 67-15 record SU and a 47-34-1 record ATS, the big spread isn’t surprising.

However, James and the Cavs shouldn’t be underestimated. Playing in his fifth consecutive final, King James is more than capable of taking over a series. In 14 playoff games so far this postseason the superstar has posted averages of 27.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. The Splash Brothers can’t match the individual power of Cleveland’s prodigal son.

As a team, though, Golden State has blown minds and exceeded expectations all year. Weigh in on the NBA Finals and tune in to watch postseason basketball at its best. The total is set at 203 as we go to press.

Cavs Look for Eastern Conference Finals Sweep on Tuesday

The Cleveland Cavaliers, world class NBA betting favorites, are a game away from qualifying for the finals. Now, with the Tuesday night Game 4 approaching, sports fans could potentially know exactly which squad will represent the Eastern Conference.

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Since the day LeBron James returned to his hometown team, the Cavs have been regarded as one of the team’s with the best odds of winning the NBA championship. They’ve been mainstays atop the Futures all year long and currently boast 2/1 odds of closing out in the conference finals and then going all the way.

For James, a 2015 Finals appearance would be his fifth consecutive and sixth all time. For the Cavs, their first since sputtering out against the San Antonio Spurs back in 2007.

Of course getting to the Finals is no guarantee. Although they lead the Atlanta Hawks three games to zero, they’ve failed to cover the spread in five of their nine games since defeating their first round opponents.

With two formidable threats in the Western Conference, you couldn’t fault the Cavs for looking ahead at what might come next, but that’s exactly what the Hawks are hoping for. Bet on the NBA playoffs at their best when the Eastern Conference Championship resumes.

Can Anaheim Ducks Close the Series With a Win in Chicago?

The Anaheim Ducks nearly blew it Monday night at The Pond. They coughed up a 4-2 lead in the final two minutes of regulation, but Matt Beleskey scored just 45 seconds into overtime to give the Ducks (–145) the 5-4 win, and a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals. Game 6 is Wednesday night (8:00 PM ET, CBC) in Chicago.

Although the Blackhawks were the underdogs on Monday, they were slightly ahead of the Ducks on the Stanley Cup futures market going into Game 5, +240 to +250. This has been an incredibly close series thus far with three of the five games going into overtime and Anaheim ahead by a combined score of 17-14. Each team put 28 shots on goal Monday night – although Anaheim took all four shots in overtime.

Despite losing the game, that one-goal margin meant Chicago supporters got paid on the puck line at +1.5 (–245). The Ducks are still the most profitable team in these playoffs at 9-5 and plus-8.92 betting units. They also have the largest goal differential at plus-1.43, even though the Blackhawks (7-8 ATS, minus-3.89 units, plus-0.07 goals) have played this series close to the vest.

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Super Bowl Props — Patriots-Seahawks: Who Will be “Punished” More? 

Super Bowl Props — Patriots-Seahawks: Who Will be “Punished” More? 

America’s Bookie customers hear it all the time from the talking heads – “Teams can’t afford to beat themselves with penalties.” Yet there is an interesting thing going on when you look at the two Super Bowl teams. The fact is, you would not be able to tell whether that old adage had any substance at all when you examine the two squads.
The Super Bowl is scheduled for 6:25 PM ET on Sunday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.
As practically everyone is conditioned to know by now, you can bet on just about anything in the “Big Game,” and that includes the category of penalties. people don’t consider this a lot, but usually if you analyze some of it, there may be some insight as to who to bet on in the game itself, which is, at the moment, is currently at pick’em.
Let’s look at one of the Super Bowl prop that concerns penalties, as it is listed in the NFL betting odds currently posted at America’s Bookie:
Team With the Most Penalty Yards
(Declined Penalties Do Not Count)
 
Seattle Seahawks  -155
New England Patriots  +125
Here are the facts: by at least one measurement, Seattle is the most penalized team in the NFL, while New England is the sixth most penalized. Of course, when you talk about penalties it comes with nuance, because there are some penalties that are accepted and some that are not. And as you can see in this Super Bowl prop, the penalties that are declined do not count.
Since it’s only by chance that an opponent would accept or decline a penalty, it is worth noting that each of these teams were flagged 142 times, which has them in a flat-footed tie at seventh in the NFL. But opponents accepted 130 of these penalties against Seattle, which put them at the top of the league (or the bottom, depending on how you want to look at it), while New England had 120 penalties that the opponent accepted.
Here’s what is odd about all of this, and Super Bowl prop bettors may want to take note: these teams apparently haven’t gotten much of a break from the officials on the other end either. The Seahawks’ opponents have been called for just 4.4 penalties a game, which is the lowest number in the league. And New England is next on the list, at 5.7. Why do the officials assess so few infractions against Seattle’s foes? Who knows. But they have only benefited to the tune of 613 yards from this, which is WAY below the league average. New England is actually next on that list (752).
Since this America’s Bookie prop involves not the number of penalties themselves, but the yardage that comes from those penalties, it is important to note that the Patriots lost more yardage than Seattle in this category (1080-1009). That is because, in a rather strange state of affairs, the Seahawks suffered an average of 7.7 yards per penalty, which was the second-lowest figure in the league, while New England was fifth highest at 8.9 yards.
A big culprit for the Pats was their special teams, which were responsible for 20.8% of all the penalty yardage called. By comparison, Seattle sustained only 12.7% of their penalty yards from the special units.
New England has the player who may be the most susceptible to being penalized, and he is s former member of the Seahawks. Defensive back Brandon Browner has played in eleven games this season, and he has been flagged seventeen times.
In some ways the raw data can be deceiving. These teams have both behaved “badly.”  The Pats have obviously been penalized enough that we feel comfortable grabbing the price of +125 with them in this Super Bowl prop at America’s Bookie.
Post written by  Charles Jay 
First Four for Inaugural NCAA Postseason

First Four for Inaugural NCAA Postseason

The smoke has settled and the results are in. The field is set for the first ever four-team NCAA bracketed postseason. Whether you’re a sports bettor with years of wagering experience or a new face anxious to jump into the action, betting on college football this season will be unlike anything NCAA fans have seen.

With the first round of the playoffs scheduled on New Year’s Day, the NCAA football betting community will have plenty of time to stew over the committee’s selections.The Alabama Crimson Tide is favored to win the championship followed by Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State. The Tide is also the 10-point favorite in the Ohio State Buckeyes match that will take place at the Sugar Bowl. A Sugar Bowl victory would pit them against whichever team wins the Rose Bowl.

The Oregon Ducks are the 9.5-point favorites to beat Oregon at the Rose Bowl. While the Ducks are heavily favored in their semifinal, they are only 17/10 to win the College Football Championship; Alabama is 1/1 to win the title.

With under a month before kickoff, anything can change. Stay abreast of NCAA news and adjust your wagering style accordingly.

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