Betting on Baseball 8/26

So you want to bet on baseball? We have a pick for you for Wednesday’s action.

The New York Mets have been on an absolute year, and most people have them wrapping up the National League East in a few short weeks. The Washington Nationals have seemed to climb out of their funk, but each time they win; the Mets do too. Winners of their last four contests, the Metropolitans send Bartolo Colon to the mound on Wednesday evening against a soft opponent, the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Ballpark.

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We would like you to target the New York Mets and Bartolo Colon here. New York is a -160 favorite on the road; our money is on Bartolo Colon who holds an overall 10-11 record on this team that is 12 games over the .500 mark.

The Mets are playing like gangbusters, scoring runs like crazy, and the Phillies are not a good team. However, the rookie they oppose Jerad Eickhoff threw six shutout innings in his MLB debut. This is the kid the Phillies acquired in the Cole Hamels deal, and he’ll be making his second career start.

The line opened with the Mets a -179 favorite, and has dropped with Philadelphia currently +150. The Mets way win the division. They may be the story in baseball right now. But they’ll slip a few times this month against an inferior opponent. Colon is not a good enough starter to be that heavy of a favorite in a hitters park, even with a lifetime 3-1 record at Citizens Bank.

Place your money on Philadelphia +150 ML tomorrow evening and bring home a winner.

Justin Bour’s shirt really says it all

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Donuts are a lot easier to accomplish. We’ve kind of noticed Bour because well; he looks like a boar. He’s got a boar body and uses no batting gloves on his hands/hooves and really is built like a Minotaur altogether. He smashes the ball a long ways when he connects.

Other than Flash Gordon, he’s probably the most interesting thing going on in Miami right now. That’s both sad and beautiful all in the same.

Mike Fiers No-Hits the Dodgers in Houston

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Mike Fiers has shown before that he has pretty nasty stuff, but he had never thrown a no-hitter until last night.

Fiers struck out ten Dodgers on an impressive 134 pitchers for the first Astros no-hitter in over 12 years last night. The Astros also equaled the Dodgers in win total (67) with that win, and overtook them with a 3-1 victory tonight.

Clearly, one of the best stories in baseball this season. When a guy you traded for around the deadline throws a no-no a few starts into his tenure, you know it’s a magical year in the making. Another hard to believe fact: this was the first no-hitter in Minute Maid Park History.

Video: Fiers’ no-hitter highlights. [MLB.com]

DStars45 Claims another Gentleman’s Cup Game; Swindaman3 Beats Diamondhoggers by less than a point

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Prior to the Friday Gentleman’s Game Cup Series match, Swindaman3 had an interesting bit of words for Diamondhoggers; and although Diamondhoggers felt really confident in Felix Hernandez and Andrew Cashner as his two pitchers for this DFS game of Goliath’s; King Felix laid yet another egg. He’s a damn mess. However, Swindaman3 edged Diamondhoggers out for second place by a slim margin of .15 on the night. If Swindaman3 is going to taunt me; he better win by more than .15, we would advise….mmmyes.

This was ever important to the macro spectrum of the Gentleman’s Game. If Diamondhoggers could have avoided zero’s from three  assholes: Jose Reyes, Lorenzo Cain, and Roughnads Odor (he’s Rough Nads as long as he’s going to lay eggs in DFS), it would have catapulted the Hoggers to second place, upsetting a first place tie in the yearly standings. As it was, the ever confident Swindaman took home his four points, and we again have a tie atop the leaderboard!

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Yearly Standings:
DStars45 – 69.5 Points
Swindaman3 – 66.5 points
t3bird04 – 56 Points
Jsquad34 – 55 Points
Diamondhoggers – 54 points

Let’s talk a little bit about DStars’ winning lineup. We’re proud that we had the same thinking in that Felix Hernandez would provide something different. We were the only two gentleman to have that (incorrect) thought. Felix had other ideas. He’s useless this year. Stick a fork in him, do not look his way again. Those light-hitting White Sox fleas beat the snot out of him. Yet another opportunity squandered if only Felix had pitched well; we could have seen two really nice lineups here for two really nice Gents.

But it wasn’t all sour grapes for the victor; Dstars45. He was the only gent to use A.J. Pollock who was the Gents Game MVP with 39 points. Facing a left-handed squid like David Holmberg in a nice hitters park like Cincinnati; it was dense of the other four gents not to use Pollock. DStars45 also used home runs from the ever-scorching Carlos Gonzalez and the wunderkind Bryce Harper to reach his respectable point total of 121.50. Style points go out to Dstars for using ‘The Bassitt Hound’ of Oakland, who hunted his way to 13 points for a reasonable price, allowing DStars to fit Goldschmidt into his lineup.

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So what is going to happen next week? Will anyone else be tempted by the dumpster fire that has become 2015 Felix Hernandez? The tie will be broken atop the leaderboard; but whom will rise? Will Swindaman3 once again spend his Friday afternoon throwing text tomatoes at one of the founding fathers of the Gentleman’s game? Will Diamondhoggers find his pride and stay out of the Gentleman’s Game Gutter? Will t3bird04 fly into a daily fantasy window or soar to new heights? Which turds in the baseball world will turn themselves into gems for a night and wear Cinderella’s slipper?

You MUST tune in next week to find out. The Gentleman’s Game…. there’s only one DFS competition like it in the world.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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This post really should have been up a lot earlier today, but I was at the pool all day with my nine month old.

However; it’s a Saturday… and on Saturday we honor baseball. The Cubbies just wrapped up a Wrigley Field winner. I am honestly moving closer to ‘Anthony Rizzo is my MVP of the National League crowd’. He hit his 25th home run of the season today.

In other matinee action, the Pirates won in the bottom of the ninth in Pittsburgh, the Yankees won at Yankee Stadium; coupled with the Cubbies winning, those are three things that truly are good for baseball. There’s an excellent night slate ahead with the other twelve or so games kicking off right as this post is going live. And there’s nothing better to do when you have a slight sunburn and your kid has just fallen asleep than take in a few innings.

And today was near a perfect day really. Perfect weather, a day with my family, and baseball on tonight. So what better than to make the 80’s song of the week be by my all-time favorite band, The Cars. It wasn’t their greatest hit but in my opinion it’s in their top five. Magic.

Saturday is the best day of the week, we maintain; and baseball will always be the greatest sport on earth. Just like it was in the 60’s and 70’s when the immortals our fathers talk about were hitting in the heart of the order in the city nearest you. It binds time and generations together like no other sport can. On this day each week, we salute baseball.

Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers.

Bryce Harper turns around one of Jimmy Nelson’s best fastballs for Home Run number 31

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The Nationals are in so much trouble right now – and lost again last night. They began a long homestand that will likely serve as their final stand. Bryce Harper kicked things off the only way he knows how, by turning around a 97 MPH Jimmy Nelson fastball (Jimmy Nelson was throwing pretty hard last night folks) and depositing the line drive in the seats for his 31st home run.

This was the 86th home run of Bryce Harper’s career, and he now leads the National league by one over Nolan Arenado. The Nationals are what has to be a season-high five games back of the New York Mets.

JSquad plummets Diamondhoggers into last place in the Gentleman’s Game

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A sad day has come. One of the finest gents of them all (whatever that means) has fallen into last place in the inaugural Gentleman’s Game Cup Circuit standings. The man who was chasing him (JSquad34) put up a 142.5 point performance last night to win the Gentleman’s Game going away.

There was also the weekly switcheroo at the top, with DStars45 reclaiming the top spot with a nice second place finish, and with Swindaman3’s last place in last night’s action he falls back to a comfortable second place lead over the T3bird04.

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A look at the yearly DFS baseball totem pole between these gentleman:

Yearly Standings:
DStars45 – 64.5 points
Swindaman3 – 62.5 Points
t3bird04 – 55 Points
Jsquad34 – 53 Points
Diamondhoggers – 51 points

A couple really nice calls here if you look at JSquad34’s lineup:

  • He used Wily Peralta, a sneaky and cheap play in the $5000 range against the lowly Phillies. That’s just not a lineup that’s going to hit a lot. This allowed JSquad to spend elsewhere on hitters.
  • Another nice half-measure by JSquad was to use Corey Kluber. With some high priced aces on the board (David Price, Max Scherzer, among others) on the board, JSquad pulled a nice swerve picking Kluber against the Twinkies; a team he’s mastered many times before. His complete game victory garnered the highest performance of the night in DFS with 37.55 points. This also left some funds over for JSquad to use…..
  • Aging porn star Stephen Vogt. He’s certainly performed like an aging porn star this season; starting off really hot and slowly fading after an All Star performance. Vogt had his best stuff on display for the directors last night though; Dirk Diggler’ing his way to 24 points with three hits including a home run. He’ll now go back to the depths of fantasy Hell in your yearly leagues and DFS like the aging porn star he is. He looks like an aging male porn star out there.
  • Matt Carpenter and his 19 points – quietly one of the hottest DFS commodities out there right now. Used by only ONE gent. The winning gent.
  • Seems like A.J. Pollock is good for ten any time you trot him out there.
  • Mike Trout gave 12 points, solid.
  • Other than that, Cano, Goldschmidt, Puig, and Bogaerts just didn’t zero for Jsquad. This was as key as anything as they poured in an additional 19 points to get him to 142.50.

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So what’s going to happen next week? The drama is so intense you could cut it with a butter knife.

Will Diamondhoggers continue to use their best 169 point lineup in the solo shot to win six dollars? Will t3bird04 come off his branch to make a push for second place? Will Stephen Vogt bring his stubbled mustache out of retirement again on a Friday night to help someone find glory? Will Swindaman3 ‘almost use Matt Kemp’ for a cycle again? Does DStars45 have a magical month left in him to raise the chalice of milk awarded to all Gentleman’s Cup Champions?

You MUST tune in next week to find out.

Bryce Harper crosses the 30 home run barrier in the Bay

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Late on a Friday night in San Francisco, when the Nationals saw their season basically salt away due to their ace getting rocked by those pesky, annoying Giants; Bryce Harper reached the 30 home run plateau for the first time when Matt Cain tried to sneak a high fastball past him.

It seems like it has been a good while since we’ve done one of these posts. Hopefully there are about 10 or 15 more of them before the season concludes. Harper is going to need to get hot.

Harper had this to say about hitting his 30th:

“I’m playing for 40,” Harper said. “When you’re worried about 30, you’re not worrying about 40. I want to hit 40 or 50. I just want to keep going and keep battling. Hopefully if I’m doing that, we’re winning ballgames and at the end of the day that’s all that matters. Personal stats are fun and whatever, but it’s all about winning ball games and what you can do for your team.”

We would really like to see him get to at least 40. The Nationals it appears are going to fall well short of their lofty expectations once again. Harper will need a strong finish to win the MVP award.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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It is the dog days of summer, and the sun with the way it sets has that August-y feel to it. Football has started, and we’re sad to admit we’ll be watching some of it tonight on the side with some baseball on here and there.

There’s a great night slate going on in baseball tonight, the Reds are in Los Angeles; the Nationals are in San Francisco, and the Yankees have already completed their game in Toronto. The pennant races are heating up.

Your 80’s song of the week that should be played on a ballpark loudspeaker near you is Starship. It’s a song that had to have been popular at the Kingdome in Seattle, right? This song makes me think of the blue walls and that emerald turf of the Kingdome. I miss the damn Kingdome.

The summer is basically gone, which is sad. We salute this greatest game on earth every Saturday. Thank you for your continued reading of Diamond Hoggers. Enjoy your Saturday everyone.

This Miguel Cabrera untucking Altuve’s jersey is the greatest thing in the internet’s history

Well, Miguel Cabrera is back. And since he doesn’t have the thrill of a pennant race to entertain him, he’ll need to finds other means of amusement. Like untucking Jose Altuve’s jersey on first base. Look at how pissed that little Altuve gets at him, complaining to the ump like it’s his mother! Miggy always gets away with this!

This is one of the treasures of the internet.

Jay Bruce hits milestone home run #200

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Amid the trade rumors, and the slumps, and the hot streaks; Jay Bruce is carved in Cincinnati baseball history books now with an elite number next to his name. He’s ninth all-time on the Reds career home runs list, and last night off of Adam Kennedy he lined a line drive out of Petco Park to reach the feat. It was not a majestic tape measure blast; although he did hit the piss out of it.

The home run of course snapped one of those typical 1 for 21 Jay Bruce disappearance act slumps. If he could just eliminate those he would be a star. He would probably have the contract Joey Votto has and go on to continue to climb the all-time list. He’ll soon pass Eric Davis (203) and Ken Griffey Jr. (210) if he can get hot. There’s a good chance Bruce is dealt this offseason for no good reason other than the Reds want to trim payroll and ‘want more consistent production’ out of their right fielder.

It was the only game that the Reds scored in a 2-1 loss. Against Adam Friggin’ Kennedy. This has really been a tough year, I can’t say it enough. There has been little to no magic after that abbreviated hot start that saw them jump out to 4-0.

Last night I gave pause and thanks that Jay Bruce somewhat etched his name in stone as one of the best Reds ever; in the same way I feel that Adam Dunn was one of the best Reds ever. Of all the players who have crossed the white lines and worn the Reds uniform, the guy has hit more home runs than most of them. That’s to be commended.

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The Gentleman’s Game Has a New Sheriff

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The Friday night Gentleman’s Game Cup match was quite an event. Swindaman3 is realizing his lifelong dream, becoming a DFS baseball household name week over week, one lineup led James “White American” McCann at a time. He’s doing things his way – and he didn’t come this far to be pushed around.

You’ll see that Mr. S now has reclaimed full leadership atop the Gentleman’s Game Cup Standings. And if you ask him he will not be relinquishing that lead again in this final month and change we have left to decide our first Gentleman’s Game Cup Champion.

Yearly Standings:
Swindaman3 – 61.5 Points
DStars45 – 60.5 points
t3bird04 – 52 Points
Diamondhoggers – 49 points
Jsquad34 – 48 Points

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Swindaman3 acted with brilliance, using not birthday boy Mike Trout (who was used by 60% of the field in this contest) but for using Justin Upton and JD Martinez, who were not used by anyone else. You see, Swindaman3 will swerve you when you think you know his next move best. That’s why he’s on top.

He also went with the cunning move to use Jordan Zimmerman who provided a very quality performance at a smart shopper’s price. James Shields and his 20+ points were just the cherry on the sundae for young Swindaman, who submitted his lineup from the beaches of South Carolina; a location where he’s at his best.

The Gentleman’s Game turd was arguably (or not really that arguably) Jose Fernandez, owner of a shiny new sore shoulder. For all that money, he garnered just 16.25 points against a Braves lineup that doesn’t scare anyone. He was used only by Diamondhoggers who took the bait, and finished fourth.

A copy of the Gentleman Swindy’s winning lineup for those of you who will try to dopplegang his mastery:

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So… what the Hell will happen when we try again next week? Can Diamondhoggers or JSquad climb from the ranks to make t3bird the meat part of a diamondhoggers/Jsquad sandwich? Will Swindaman3 and DStars continue to jostle for year long excellence as they have since the first sun of spring? Will Swindaman3 field another beach lineup that he is becoming so famous for within the industry? Will Jay Bruce post yet another zero in the beautiful confines of a perfect hitters park against an off-brand starter?

You MUST tune in next week to find out. And you will tune in because you are so caught up in this action, to learn who will be crowned the finest gentleman of them all in Daily Fantasy Baseball.

Your Saturday Baseball Post

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It’s Saturday, the best day of the week and a Saturday in the summer when every Major League team is in play qualifies as one of the best days on earth. We always put the flag at half mass and salute here during this time of the week.

So while focus in the sports world might be turned towards the NFL kicking off it’s season with the Hall of Fame in Canton, definitely take the time to stop and appreciate the unique talents of the players on the diamond.

Today’s slate is interesting, one game at Yankee Stadium at 1:00; a couple games sprinkled in at 4:00, and then the rest tonight. It’s kind of a nice slate to enjoy if you aren’t up to anything.

Your 80’s song of the week that should be played on a ballpark loudspeaker somewhere near you is one you all know. A good old good one. Toto, Africa:

Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers, and baseball. Enjoy your Saturday!

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The Comeback in Cleveland was 14 years ago

You’re telling me that ESPN Sunday Night Baseball comeback in Cleveland where the Indians won 15-14 in one of the wildest games I’ve ever watched was 14 years ago today?

That’s exactly what I’m telling you. It’s hard to believe I watched this game in it’s entirety. In disbelief. I was just about to head off to my freshman year in college in a few weeks, and like a dork I actually kept the scorebook of this entire game. I need to find that in my parents basement and scan it on the blog.

I didn’t realize it was an anniversary of sorts, until I read the great post about it over on Deadspin that brought back a lot of memories. Mike Bacsik’s claim to fame for crying out loud.

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