Friday, May 26, 2017

Mets Look to Get on Track in Pittsburgh

Mets Baseball

deGrom Faces Improving Pirates Offense

The Pirates' offense looks to keep improving in the opener of a three-game series on Friday at PNC Park. Pittsburgh has a tough one in New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom.

The Pirates are 13th in the National League with a .233 batting average. A below-average offense has hindered Pittsburgh all season. That may be changing as Pittsburgh, who is averaging 4.23 runs a game, broke out with 12-5 and 9-4 wins over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday and Thursday.

Oddsmakers have the -150-moneyline favorite. The total is sitting at 8.

The offensive surge was driven by a couple of factors.They started hitting the long ball again. They hit six creatures in the 4-game series in Atlanta. They also got players back from injury. Adam Frazier and David Freese both came off the disabled list on May 12. They wer both recovering from hamstring strains. Frazier is hitting .442 with 10 RBIs in the leadoff spot since his return. They will get Gregory Polanco back tonight against the Bucs as well.

Mets Hurler, deGrom, is 3-1 with a 3.56 ERA. The fireballer is averaging 12.29 strikeouts per nine innings. That is the best mark in the NL and the third best in baseball. Through four starts in May, he is averaging eight strikeouts. He has three wins and two no-decisions in his last five starts.

Pirates Offense Puts the Ball in Play

The Pirates have been fanned only 19 percent of the time this year. That is third-lowest in the majors. DeGrom has made four career starts against the Pirates. He is 0-2 with a 2.49 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings.

Chad Kuhl will start for the Pirates. He is 1-4, 5.85 ERA. The sinker specialist is coming off his best outing of the season. He allowed one hit in five innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Kuhl has never faced the Mets.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Stanley Cup Finals: Nashville’s Historic Playoff Run Continues

Stanley Cup Finals Predators

Stanley Cup Finals Find Unlikely Predators

The Stanley Cup Finals were the award after the Predators sealed the Anaheim Ducks’ fate on Monday night with a 6-3 victory. The Nashville Predators made team history by qualifying for the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Final. The best-of-seven series will begin May 29, with the Predators facing either Ottawa or Pittsburgh. The recipe for success in the playoffs has been two-fold for the Predators. The team has shown a balanced offensive attack and all-world goaltending. The Predators have seven players on their roster with double-digit points. This leads all NHL clubs. Their top line of Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson has been an offensive powerhouse. The duo has 38 points collectively. The teams top four defensemen have contributed an astounding 39 points as a group.

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To understand the other half of Nashville’s success one has to look no further than their goaltender. Pekka Rinne leads all playoff goaltenders in goals against average with a 1.70.  His save percentage is .941.  The Fin has massed 12 wins , and is tied for the lead with two shutouts. There is no question that Rinne has been the league’s most valuable player thus far in the 2016-17 playoffs. If he continues that pace, fans can expect not only a Stanley Cup, but also a Conn Smythe Trophy to be paraded down the streets of Nashville.

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Donald Trump POTUS Chances Take a Tumble

Donald Trump POTUS Odds

Can Donald Trump Keep Defying Odds?

Things have taken a turn for the worse in the Donald Trump administration. A series of stunning events and revelations has the Main Stream Media in a clamor. The reporting has put a major dent in the odds of Trump’s chances of completing an entire term. At press time Trump was priced at –160 to leave office before his four years are up. It could even happen in 2017 (+150). This should easily drag out into 2018 (+250) and beyond.

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The past two weeks have been incredibly bad for Trump, but the biggest issue on his table is the naming of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election – and any possible cover-up by the Trump team. This has drawn comparisons to the Watergate scandal that forced Richard Nixon to retire in 1974 before he could be impeached.

Aside from the Russians, there’s one key difference: The Republicans control both the House of Representatives and the Senate as well as the White House. But that could change after the 2018 mid-term elections. The Democrats will have to overcome gerrymandering and voter suppression efforts to win, but if they do, impeachment proceedings are almost certain if Trump is still in office by then.
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Rangers-Red Sox at Fenway Park on Thursday

Red Sox Baseball

Red Sox in Need of Winning Streak

The Boston Red Sox had designs on winning another World Series this year. They’re still among the top contenders at +800 on the MLB futures market, but the Red Sox have started off slowly at 24-21, shedding 3.32 betting units in the process. They’ll host the Texas Rangers (24-23, -1.80 units) this week for a three-game set at Fenway Park, with Thursday’s finale beginning at 7:10 PM ET on NESN and the MLB Network.

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The Rangers (+2500 to win the World Series) didn’t have a good start to the 2017 campaign, either, but they’ve taken advantage of a soft schedule to win 11 of their last 12 games. Texas swept both the Oakland Athletics and the Philadelphia Phillies, and took three of four from the San Diego Padres; all those opponents are below .500. Boston has had the more difficult schedule so far this season. The Red Sox dropped three of four in Oakland before coming home to face the Rangers.

Drew Pomeranz (4.33 FIP) is scheduled to start for Boston against right-hander Nick Martinez (5.22 FIP). The Red Sox are 4-4 behind the left-handed Pomeranz for a loss of 1.11 units. Texas is 3-3 and +0.45 units with Martinez on the mound.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WNBA Preview: New York Liberty Visit the Phoenix Mercury

Phoenix Mercury Basketball

Taurasi Out for Mercury

The New York Liberty and the Phoenix Mercury will battle on Tuesday at Talking Stick Resort Arena. This early season WNBA tilt could be a preview of the WNBA finals. Both teams will be shorthanded tonight.

The Phoenix Mercury will be without guard Diana Taurasi. Taurasi is suspended for one game for a flagrant foul-2 during Friday's win at San Antonio. She used her forearm to hit Stars forward Dearica Hamby in the back of the head during the second quarter. Officials originally assessed a technical foul. The play was then upgraded to the more serious T2 violation, which calls for a suspension without pay.

New York is also down a key player for the rest of the season. The Liberty lost starting guard Brittany Boyd to a torn Achilles' tendon on Thursday night in a loss to Minnesota. Bria Hartley is expected to step into the starting lineup.

Oddsmakers have the Liberty as a 1.5-point favorites now.  The total is at 149.

Matchups will be the Key Tonight

Phoenix won its last outing, a 78-72 result against the San Antonio Stars on May 19. The Mercury failed to cover in that game as a -10-point favorite. The 150 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Mercury could decide to start the game with two point guards. Leilani Mitchell, who is averaging 11-points a game off the bench, could join Danielle Robinson.

The marquee matchup will be in the post with New York's Tina Charles battling Phoenix's Brittney Griner. Griner has posted consecutive double-doubles. The 6-foot-9 Griner is second in the league in scoring at 23.3 points per game and has made 20 of 27 shots in the past two games. Griner is going to have be a bigger part of the offense this season. Phoenix replaced everybody but her and Taurasi from last season's roster.

New York was a 90-71 loser at home against the Minnesota Lynx. They failed to cover the +5-point spread as underdogs. The combined score (161) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Charles led the WNBA in scoring and rebounding last season. She battled illness last week. She is averaging only 9.0 points and 7.0 rebounds through two games.

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Next up:
New York at Seattle Friday, May 26
Phoenix home to Dallas Saturday, May 27

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Warriors Win the West; NBA Finals Next

Betting on the NBA Finals

Warriors Wait for NBA Finals Foe

The Golden State Warriors are one step closer to reclaiming their NBA championship. The Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 129-115 Monday night. They cashed in as 12-point road favorites. They swept San Antonio out of the Western Conference Finals. Golden State came into the 2016-17 season as –250 favorites to win the West.

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Their chances against the Spurs weren’t looking too good early on – San Antonio was up big in Game 1 when Kawhi Leonard sprained his ankle. Without their best player, and with Tony Parker already out for the year, the Spurs just couldn’t compete with Golden State. Losing David Lee to a partially torn patella in Game 3 made matters even worse.

The Warriors will have until June 1 to rest for the NBA Finals. That should give ample time for Zaza Pachulia to recover from the right heel contusion he suffered in Game 2 against San Antonio. In his absence, Patrick McCaw started at centre for the Dubs Monday night, after JaVale McGee drew the assignment in Game 3. Andre Iguodala played 22 minutes off the bench despite a sore left knee; Kevon Looney (hip) is the only longer-term injury concern for Golden State going forward.
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NBA Eastern Conference Finals Free Pick- Boston at Cleveland Game 4

2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals

Cavs Let Celtics Back in Series in Game 3

The best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals returns to action this Tuesday night with Game 4 between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. BetAnySports opened Cleveland as a heavy 15-point home favorite with the total set at 216 points. The line has moved to the Cavs -15.5 and the total has risen to 217.5 this afternoon. Game time from Quicken Loans Arena is set for 8:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be available on TNT.

Boston proved it can beat the Cavaliers without its top scorer Isaiah Thomas with a thrilling 111-108 victory in Game 3 as a heavy 16-point underdog on the road. This followed a pair of lopsided losses at home in the first two games of this series both straight-up and against the spread by a combined 57 points. The total went OVER BetAnySports’ closing 214-point line in Sunday’s must win and it has gone OVER in seven of the Celtics’ last 10 playoff games.

With Thomas done for the season with an injured hip, both Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley stepped up their games on Sunday to help fill the void. Smart scored a team-high 27 points and he connected on eight of his 14 shots from three-point range. Bradley added 20 points including a last-second three-pointer that sealed the win. Boston is averaging 105.8 points per game in the postseason and this was just the second time in its last five games that it was able to eclipse this number.

Cavs Playoff Win Streak Came to End

Sunday’s loss snapped Cleveland’s SU 10-game winning streak this postseason following four-game sweeps of both Indiana and Toronto in the first two rounds. The Cavaliers have gone 6-3-2 ATS on BetAnySports’ closing betting lines in these playoffs and the total has gone OVER in eight of the 11 games.

Give credit to Boston for Sunday’s stunning victory as a heavy road underdog, but the fact that LeBron James basically took the night off with just 11 points was a huge factor in the outcome of this game. He has averaged 32.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists in these playoffs to put his team in excellent position to make its third-straight trip to the NBA Finals. Kyrie Irving led all scorers in Game 3 with 29 points and he is averaging 23 PPG in the postseason. Kevin Love rounds out this trio with an average of 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds a game.

It is one thing to lose a game at home in the playoffs that everyone thought you would win and it is a whole other ball game to do twice in a row. I am banking on Cleveland to bounce back in a big way by covering BetAnySports’ inflated 15.5-point spread on Tuesday night.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Slumping Yankees Face the Royals in Bronx

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Yankees Lost 7 of Last 11

The Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees meet on Monday at Yankee Stadium. The teams have been moving in different trajectories lately. The Yankees have lost 7 of their last 11 games. The Royals were 10 games under .500 a couple of weeks ago. They climbed to 5 games under, but lost two of three to Minnesota over the weekend.

The Royals will pin their hopes on the pitching of left hander Jason Vargas in this game. Vargas has a 5-2 record and a 2.03 ERA this season. He has a chance to reclaim the lead in the ERA race Monday night. Vargas saw his ERA rise to from 1.01 to 2.03 when he allowed six runs and seven hits in four innings on Wednesday.

Starting this game for the Yankees will be Michael Pineda. The right hander has a 3.42 ERA to go along with a 4-2 record this season. In an 11-7 New York win on Wednesday, Pineda allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits in six innings. He is 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA in his past seven starts.

Oddsmakers opened the Yankees as -173-moneyline favorites versus the Royals, while the game's total opened at 8.5.

Both Offenses are Humming

In their last action, New York was a 3-2 winner on the road against the Rays. Bettors on New York at 126 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge helped the Yankees keep their longest losing streak of the season at three games when they contributed to a 3-2 win at Tampa Bay on Sunday. Gardner hit a two-run home run in the second inning off Chris Archer, and Aaron Judge compensated for a rare 0-for-4 (four strikeouts) with a memorable catch in right field.

Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 8-4 loser as they battled the Twins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Twins at -106 were rewarded, while the 12 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Salvador Perez hit three homers in the Sunday doubleheader and drove in five runs. His next home run as a catcher will be No. 95. It will give him the franchise mark set by Mike Macfarlane. Eric Hosmer also homered in the second game and had multi-hit games in both ends of the doubleheader. In his past 11 road games, Hosmer is batting .408 (18-for-49).

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Predators One Win Over Ducks Away From NHL Finals

2017 Nashville Predators

Predators Surprise Run Extended

The Anaheim Ducks and the Nashville Predators battle in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals on Monday Night. The Predators are up 3-games to 2 in the best of seven series.  Saturday night's 3-1 defeat to the equally shorthanded Nashville Predators put Anaheim in a 3-2 hole. The Ducks now have to win Game 6 Monday night in the cauldron of noise known as Bridgestone Arena.

In their second elimination game of the postseason, the Ducks edged Edmonton 2-1 in Game 7 of the conference semifinals. The Ducks will have to go without 30-goal scorers Rickard Rakell and Patrick Eaves. Both stayed back in California with lower-body injuries. Goalie John Gibson also has a lower-body injury. It knocked him out of the last two periods of Game 5. Gibson said after the game he would play in Game 6, but coach Randy Carlyle was not as convinced saying Gibson would be reevaluated in the morning.

Oddsmakers opened the Predators as -140-moneyline favorites versus the Ducks, while the game's total opened at 5.5. The Preds are now up to -145-moneyline favorites. The total has also dropped to 5.

Anaheim played its best game of the series in Game 4. The match at Bridgestone Arena had the Ducks outshoot Nashville 14-2 in the first period and 36-33 for the game. But that was with a healthy Rakell, whose blistering slapper initiated scoring that night.

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Anaheim home to Nashville Wednesday, May 24 (If Necessary)

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Golden State Looks for Knockout Blow Against Spurs

Golden State Warriors

Golden State One Final Punch Away From Finals

The Golden State Warriors will be looking for the final knockout blow to the injury riddled San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. With Tony Parker and Kawhi Leanord out for the Western Conference finals the Spurs have been giving a valiant effort, but don't have the overall talent to keep pace with the Warriors. You can add David Lee to the list of injured Spurs as well. He is having left knee issues.

No team in NBA playoff history has come back to win a series after losing the first three games. The chances that the Spurs, with or without injured Kawhi Leonard, are marginal at best. I guess you could say that the chances are slim and none and slim is saddling up the horse to leave town.

Oddsmakers opened the Warriors as -10-point favorites versus the Spurs, while the game's total opened at 216.5. The line has held steady, but the total is now at 218.

San Antonio was a 120-108 loser in its last match at home against the Warriors. They failed to cover the +9.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 228 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Golden State got 33 points from Kevin Durant, in the route of the Spurs. 17 of which came consecutively during the third quarter after the Spurs closed within 69-65. Golden State's waves of talented players came alive when the Warriors needed them. Golden State has now won all 11 games in this postseason. They swept the Portland Trail Blazers and the Utah Jazz before taking the first three games in the conference finals. The Warriors have victories in 26 of its past 27 overall contests.

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Next up:
Golden State home to San Antonio Wednesday, May 24 (If Necessary)

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