The All Star Break is over and now it is time to get back to baseball and make some serious money. As we tend to focus on the Interleague games, we only find one series this weekend. The Atlanta Braves travel to Chicago to take on the White Sox.
Atlanta Braves (54-41) at Chicago White Sox (37-55)
Friday, July 19 – 8:10 PM EST
U.S Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois
The White Sox have had very little to get excited about in 2013 but now they can hang their hat on one fact so far this season. Chris Sale was the winning pitcher in the All Star Game. Other than that, they are 37-55 and have the second worst record in the American League. Detroit leads them in their division by 14 games and may look to make some deals before the end of the month.
One bittersweet part of the first half finds Chicago SS Gordon Beckham hitting .396 in July, but missed Sunday’s game at Philadelphia with a left thigh bruise. In their games last weekend the White Sox lost two of three to the Phillies.
Atlanta has been up-and-down in the first half but still enjoy a six-game lead over the Washington Nationals. Justin Upton is a concern for them with a calf strain along with Jason Heyward having a hamsting issue and B.J. Upton nursing and adductor strain.
Braves RH Tim Hudson (6-7, 4.02 ERA) vs. White Sox LH John Danks (2-6, 4.31)
Hudson has turned it on in the last two starts by allowing four earned runs to beat Philadelphia and Cincinnati. He had a stretch of 10 straight losses. One of the bonuses for his is that his offense has scored 30 runs in his last three starts.
Danks has been good recently with a 2.93 ERA in his last four starts with four walks and 20 strikeouts. He has allowed left-handed hitters to mash five home runs and is hitting .292 against him.
Both teams are rested and ready to go but today I focus on the pitchers and where the game is played. We all know that Atlanta won their first seven games of the season that they played on the road but have dipped to 16-26 since then.
Betting Blogger Bet: Chicago White Sox +110
Here is a quick weekend synopsis for this interleague contest.
If you followed my pick from yesterday, you made a decent profit with the Mariners +179. Today, I caution that you could lose big if the Reds falter.
Reds starter Mat Latos has fanned 31 in 19 1/3 innings during his last three outings while his counterpart, Jeremy B onderman, struggled against the Cubs in his last start by giving up six hits and four earned runs in less than 4 innings.
In Latos’ last 22 starts, with the Reds as a home favorite, they are 17-5.
Betting Blogger Bet: Reds -218
I’ll admit I’m a bit of a Dancing With The Stars fan. It’s fun seeing some of the professional athletes out of their element – dancing. I always put in a small future bet at Bovada on this event as well prior to the 1st week. Donald Driver won it last year – can a sport guy win DWTS Season 15?
Odds to Win DWTS 15
- Helio Castroneves 9/2
- Apolo Anton Ono 5/1
- Shawn Johnson 6/1
- Emmitt Smith 6/1
- Joey Fatone 7/1
- Drew Lachey 7/1
- Kelly Monaco 15/2
- Kirstie Alley 10/1
- Giles Marini 10/1
- Melissa Rycroft 12/1
- Bristol Palin 15/1
- Pamela Anderson 25/1
- Kyle Massey/Sabrina Bryan/Carson Kressley20/1
You can bet on Dancing With the Stars season 15 at Bovada.
Many race fans believe this is the best NASCAR race of the year. It features endurance for the drivers and cars as it is the longest track on the circuit. The odds are already favoring Jimmie Johnson and the Hendrick Motorsports Team.
Why Johnson? He has had over a week of excellent performance which started at Darlington and then continued to All-Star race weekend and the cool $1M payday. He enters with six career wins at Charlotte and was a continual winner from 2003-2005.
Here are some thoughts from Jimmie Johnson:
“It is a very long race on a tough track,” Johnson told reporters. “It’s not only from the driver’s perspective, but the teams go through a lot to get prepared for that race. Staying alert and focused, properly hydrated all the things that the driver has to go through so do the guys that go over the wall. They change a lot of tires during that race. It’s a very tough event on everyone but I think everybody enjoys it. I know my guys do. I know I do. I love that challenge. I love it especially when you are going to Victory Lane. I hope to do that again.”
Dale Earnhardt may give him his stiffest competition, a teammate of Johnson’s, as he almost won the race last year only to coast across the finish line with less than a gallon of gasoline. He has some momentum going as he finished 5th place in the Spring All-Star Race and won the Spring Showdown with a perfect Driver Rating.
Those to watch
Kasey Kahne has three wins at Charlotte.
Kevin Harvick won this race last year.
Matt Kenseth has been competitive all season.
Carl Edwards has faded a bit but capable in his Ford from Roush-Fenway Racing.
Jeff Gordon has had bad luck but won five times on this track with the last in 2007.
Tony Stewart last won here in 2003 been has been hot and cold.
Bet on one of these favorites at BookMaker.
Betting Odds for the Coca Cola 600
- JIMMIE JOHNSON 5/1
- CARL EDWARDS 8/1
- KYLE BUSCH 7/1
- MATT KENSETH 8/1
- JEFF GORDON 15/1
- TONY STEWART 8/1
- KEVIN HARVICK 12/1
- KASEY KAHNE 10/1
- DENNY HAMLIN 10/1
- GREG BIFFLE 10/1
- BRAD KESELOWSKI 18/1
- DALE EARNHARDT JR 15/1
- CLINT BOWYER 35/1
- RYAN NEWMAN 40/1
- AJ ALLMENDINGER 50/1
- MARTIN TRUEX JR 18/1
- MARK MARTIN 40/1
- JEFF BURTON 100/1
- JOEY LOGANO 50/1
- JUAN MONTOYA 100/1
- JAMIE McMURRAY 100/1
- KURT BUSCH 60/1
- PAUL MENARD 100/1
- MARCOS AMBROSE 60 /1
- TREVOR BAYNE 100/1
- ARIC ALMIROLA 300/1
- REGAN SMITH 500/1
- DANICA PATRICK 1000/1
- BOBBY LABONTE 1000/1
- DAVID RAGAN 1000/1
- DAVID GILLILAND 1000/1
- FIELD 500/1
Bet on the Coca Cola 600 at BookMaker and get the best odds.
The Indy 500 is a 500-mile race held annually over the Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The race is called “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and is considered one of the triple crowns of motorsports, which also includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix.
This race will take place on Sunday May 27, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Dan Wheldon was sure he was finishing in 2nd place last year when he came around the final corner and sped past the limping car of JR Hilldebrand to win by 2.1 seconds. There was some controversy on when the caution light came on but it went in the favor of Wheldon.
Ryan Briscoe sits on the pole with 7/2 odds and a qualifying lap speed of 226.484 MPH. He does have some Top 10 finishes in his career.
Currently second in point standings, Helio Castoneves will start on the outside of row two in sixth place. His odds to finish n the Top 3 are 11/2.
Will Power is first in points and is 6/1 on the odds which makes it a tremendous value. Although he has never won this race, he did finish 5th in 2009 and 8th in 2010. His car will be in the middle of the second row.
Marco Andretti comes from a long line of racers and is a solid value at his current odds. Andretti posted a second-place finish in this race in 2006 and two third-place finishes in 2008 and 2010, so its stands to reason that 2012 could very well be his year to win. He will start this year’s race on the inside of the second row in fourth place.
Current ODDS to finish in the Top 3
- Ryan Briscoe 6/5
- Helio Castroneves 17/10
- Will Power 9/5
- James Hinchcliffe 5/2
- Dario Franchitti 11/4
- Marco Andretti 5/2
- Ryan Hunter-Reay 7/2
- Scott Dixon 10/3
- Tony Kanaan 17/4
- Josef Newgarden 6/1
- Graham Rahal 9/1
- JR Hildebrand 10/1
- Rubens Barrichello 15/1
- Alex Tagliani 15/1
- E.J. Viso 20/1
- Justin Wilson 22/1
- Oriol Servia 22/1
- Takuma Sato 25/1
- Charlie Kimball 30/1
- Simon Pagenaud 30/1
- Ana Beatriz 30/1
- Ed Carpenter 22/1
- James Jakes 35/1
- Mike Conway 35/1
- Sebastian Saavedra 30/1
- Sebastien Bourdais 35/1
- Townsend Bell 35/1
- Wade Cunningham 45/1
- Bryan Clauson 45/1
- Jean Alesi 45/1
- Simona De Silvestro 60/1
- Katherine Legge 60/1
- Michel Jourdain 30/1
Mike Conway 35-1
He almost won in 2010 and did not qualify last year due to the fault of his race team.
Best bet darkhorse?, It has to be Oriol Servia at 22-1, considering he was front row last year, and that he’s now switched to Chevrolet power from a partnership with Panther Racing.
Here are some fun facts from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Website.
- Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium, the Rose Bowl, the Roman Colosseum and Vatican City all can fit inside the IMS oval, which covers 253 acres.
- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, with more than 250,000 permanent seats. If the seat boards from the grandstands at IMS were laid end-to-end, they would stretch 99.5 miles.
- The first event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a helium gas-filled balloon competition on Saturday, June 5, 1909, more than two months before the oval was completed.