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Examining MLB Futures Odds

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As much as I like to gamble, and as good as I can be at forecasting the sport of baseball; I’ve never been able to talk myself into laying money on a team to win the World Series or the pennant or anything of the sort. I think the reason for it is I’ve seen too much baseball. Too many things have to truly align. No matter how good a team really is; that team will need a fair degree of luck to simply reach those heights. When I start thinking about that, it scares me away.

Now, one of the MLB futures odds that I do like to look at every year are things like the NL and AL home run champion and the Cy Young in respective leagues. That’s something I feel like a handicapper can have an outside shot at really nailing on a gut feeling.

As for how the futures look right now in baseball, here’s a few highlights:

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers are 7/1 to win the World Series as of today. Throw a $100 on the Dodgers, and if everything goes right in October and Yasiel Puig is spraying Clayton Kershaw with champagne and riding Tommy Lasorda around the clubhouse like a midget, and you’ll walk away with $700. Not a great payoff for a lotto ticket. I feel like you’re better off taking that $100 and parlaying it on three teams to win on one given night. The pain and anguish is much quicker that way instead of a long and agonizing crawl to your loss.
  • The Detroit Tigers are not far behind at 8/1. I feel that the Tigers are loaded enough, sure. But a gut feeling tells me they’re not winning it all in their first year under Brad Ausmus.
  • The best value may very well come from teams like the St. Louis Cardinals or Washington Nationals at 11/1, or the Boston Red Sox at 12/1, though I don’t feel a repeat.
  • The New York Yankees equal their rivals at 12/1.
  • The Cincinnati Reds check in at 20/1 to win their first title since 1990. Vegas sees their chances equal with that of the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants.
  • The longest odds? The Houston Astros are 250/1. Please save your money.

As for the Home Run and Cy Young Odds, those aren’t out yet (boo). I’ll give you my early favorites to take home the crowns though – and this is subject to change obviously between now and April.

NL: Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt, Jay Bruce

AL: Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder

NL CY: Stephen Strasburg

AL CY: Justin Verlander

It will be interesting to see where the odds come in on these players as the season draws closer.

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I had really good luck at Roulette last time we were in Las Vegas. That’s all it was – luck – and I acted on nothing but pure gut feeling. The minute you start thinking you’re ‘good’ at a game like roulette is when the casino has you by the balls. And at that point, you’re going to be giving them money that should be paying for gas, bills, or baby diapers (unless you’re independently wealthy).

Here are some facts about roulette:

  • Roulette is the easiest game to play in the casino. There is no strategy to learn or studying to do. The player has 11 different ways to make a wager, which can result in 161 specific betting spots available on the layout.
  • The five number bet, (0, 00, 1, 2, 3,) is the worst bet in roulette, the house edge jumps to 7.89 % for that specific wager.
  • One option at roulette is to play black or red, odd or even, low (1-18) or high (19-36). The house pays even money on these bets. That is the same payout for a blackjack bet or Pass line bet at craps.
  • Roulette is a game of chance, like slots, craps and keno, which can not be beaten mathematically. Play it for fun, but not for serious money.
  • There is an old story about a one casino in Las Vegas that decided to install the single zero wheel. Within a short period of time, players complained that the loss of the double zero was “unfair” and not available to bet on, and they didn’t like it. Shortly afterwards the house replaced the single zero wheel with the double zero one.

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Today’s News: I found my Baseball Bookie!

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Over the weekend I was exchanging texts with a friend when he told me the good news: he found a guy to take all of our baseball bets this season! So what this means is I have a real talking, walking,  texting, shitting baseball bookie for this MLB season. And all I have to do is survive until March 22nd! I can’t wait to water this guy down with my horseshit four and five team parlays!

While I’ve never been big into live betting on sports, I have dabbled a bit in NFL lines; especially this season. It’s just not the same. There’s something magical about those baseball match-ups and looking at the lines each morning. Finding the perfect home underdog. Seeing the team you can’t believe has a ‘+’ value beside it because you saw something great in their starter the last time out. Or just throwing that fourth team into the parlay party because while three are shots in the dark you just have a feeling about that fourth team thrown in the mix, and they’re due.

There’s no talk of covers and such. In baseball, it’s just about winning the damn game. And now I have my very own bookie to punish and own. This guy isn’t going to know what hit em’ in 2014!

I need some baseball games to bet on or something

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Oh MLB Money Line, how I miss your soft, sweet touch.

It’s football season and there’s that chill in the air, and that means you’re nowhere in sight. In fact, you’re far far away from me. As far as you’ll ever be. And I’ve hit that point in my betting where no matter which way I go on a football game, it will inevitably find a way to fumble fuck itself into exactly the opposite of what I need.

Take this past Monday Night Football for instance. I take the OVER 51 total for the game. On the first drive of the game Aaron Rodgers breaks his collarbone. Game has a total of 44 heading into the fourth quarter. I need one lousy touchdown, one cross of the goal line to get my push. Sure enough, both squads find themselves screwy enough to fall short of my bet. My damned if you do, damned if you don’t bet.

Welcome to football, where no one should handicap anything and no matter which way you go, you’re doomed. ON the baseball money line, I feel right at home. In the sport where any given team can win on any given day, somehow I have a lot more success. I can’t football handicap for shit.

Come next April, I’ll head over to Online Pokies to place some baseball bets on the money line. A money line that actually allows for money to be made without risking $3,000. My bankroll will be healthy again – should any of it survive the winter – and it probably won’t. Anyone who attempts to bet a football game needs to have their damn head examined. I am one of these poor souls.

Heading to Vegas soon – And Yes, I will be betting on Baseball

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I’m headed to Las Vegas on June 29th, I’m so close I can practically feel that casino-fresh air right now. It will be my wife’s first trip there, so I can’t spend 28 straight hours at the tables like I used to in my prime. I’m a long ways from my prime. But I’ll have plenty of time to parlay myself to death and make my next fortune (which will be my first).

If you’re into MLB online betting, Las Vegas offers a more authentic experience. My favorite sports book to watch all the games and place bets is probably Mandalay Bay because of past sucess. The Rio, MGM, and Caesars Palace of course are not far behind.

Every baseball bet I make while I’m out there, I’ll be sure to log right here. I’ll also provide the foreword, backdrop, and drama of a baseball gambler’s life.

And here’s the slate of my first full day there pulled off MLB.com. Pick me out a winner, Bobby.

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Five days in paradise. I can’t live long enough.

MLB Signings to Watch

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The regular season is under way at last, and in this post we’ll have a look at some of the exciting new signings to watch out for in 2014. As the season progresses, fans can keep up with news and odds on their favorite teams at http://www.bettingsports.com.

Orioles

The Yankees had a busy offseason, and the Washington Nationals also did some good business, but first we’ll look at the Orioles’ signing of Ubaldo Jiminez, 2013’s most feared pitcher. The 30-year old Dominican will be seen by Orioles fans as the man to keep them in contention in the AL East. After a spell with the Colorado Rockies, which was affected negatively by the altitude, Jiminez was disappointed not to be awarded a new contract with the Cleveland Indians last year. His $12.5m a year, 4-year contract with the Orioles should go some way to alleviating that pain.

Cardinals

Jhonny Peralta’s $53m, 4-year deal with the St Louis Cardinals has come as a surprise to some, given his less-than-amazing performances over the last few seasons and his involvement in the Biogenesis drug scandal in 2013, which led to a 50-game suspension. The Dominican shortstop will be watched closely, but Cardinals insiders are insisting he’s paid the price. “I am a forgiving person”, said Matt Holliday. “I’m happy to have him as a team mate.”

Yankees

Yankees fans will be happy with the signing of Puerto Rican outfielder Carlos Beltran. The 36-year old has had 3 excellent seasons in a row, avoiding injury and performing brilliantly in the playoffs. His 3-year contract is worth $45m and will allow him to plug a hole in the team’s lineup. Beltran is also involved with a Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico, which was part-funded with his own money.

Rangers

The contracts we’ve looked at so far are dwarfed by that of Shin-Soo Choo, who’s moved to the Texas Rangers. A 7-year deal will earn the 31-year old $130m, and Rangers fans can expect several great seasons from the southpaw South Korean. However, questions have been asked about the length of the deal. Few players are still performing as well as Beltran by their mid-thirties.

Nationals

Finally, the Washington Nationals, whose slightly disappointing season last year may well become a distant memory with the signing of Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers. The 30-year old starting pitcher is 6’ 8” tall and runs 10 miles a day when not playing. His best season so far was 2013, and he managed to avoid injury in 32 starts.

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Saturday’s Betting on Baseball

Today’s edition of Betting on Baseball is brought to you by SBR Forum. Check out today’s MLB lines at SBR Forum before you place your baseball bets.

Let’s start things off in Cincinnati, where my Reds had a tough defeat last night against the Cardinals. Would you believe me if I told you today was the biggest game of the regular season? Adam Wainwright pitches for the Cardinals tomorrow and has been on a roll. The Reds aren’t going to win tomorrow. They have to win today to salvage, and guarantee that St. Louis gain’s only one game at most in this series. This is a huge game. Mike Leake is on the hill for the Reds and the odds aren’t strongly in the Reds favor. In fact, this game is -105 each and a coin flip in Vegas. Give me my Reds -105 on the Saturday they retire Barry Larkin’s jersey.

The Washington Nationals are in Philadelphia opposing Roy Halladay and the Phillies. The good thing is they’ve got Gio Gonzalez as their own weapon of choice. Mike Morse is out of the lineup after probably breaking his hand last night. My fantasy team sheds a tear, as I paid a pretty price to acquire him this year. Today will be Bryce Harper’s first lesson against Halladay. Take the Nationals +110 on the money line.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been scuffling as of late. They send Jeff Karstens to the bump to oppose Shaun Marcum and the Milwaukee Brewers. The game is in Pittsburgh. I like the Pirates to get over in this one, take Pittsburgh -125 today.

Also, as a bonus pick: my buddy says that Sergio Garcia is going to win the PGA event this weekend. I know nothing about golf, and my friend is a Garcia homer. But he says he’s been playing really well and he has ‘a feeling’.

Thursday’s Betting on Baseball

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Tonight’s one of those nights that if you have to bet you better tread carefully, because there’s just a boring short slate of games available to choose from. Don’t paint yourself into a corner by laying your money on a shithead like Jason Vargas because Seattle is at home and favored. Those guys aren’t even hitting .200 in that park this year. Don’t do it.

Here are the picks for the day:

Washington +115

Pittsburgh -159

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It’s going to be a tough win for the Nationals in Milwaukee tonight. Yovani Gallardo has been really good and Edwin Jackson has been the opposite lately. That said, Washington is red-hot again and anytime you can grab the NL team with the best record as an underdog I suggest you do it. If Gallardo was a whacky lefty, I would not take this stance. But he’s not. I like Washington against power right-handed pitchers and I’ve come to know them well this season.

Pittsburgh is playing a trade depleted Houston squad tonight in the Lonestar state. You figure Houston might win 65 games this season if everything goes perfect. How do you think manager Brad Mills felt the last two nights fetching the ball from Francisco Cordero after he had blown two of them? Houston is demoralized right now. Pittsburgh will prey on the weak.

I think the MLB debut for Matt Harvey goes well, and Wade Miley continues to impress enough that these teams stay under, even in a hitters park. It’s not like Justin Upton is going to do anything.

Thursday’s Betting on Baseball

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The handicapping has been good lately. We’ve been feeling it. After hitting all three picks in our last edition of Betting on Baseball at the beginning of the week, we hit both of our picks last night for those that follow us on Twitter.

I thought the Mets were going to sneak by the Nationals after I placed the bet last night–and they almost did–but Tyler Clippard got the final out and sent me home a winner.

There’s a pretty short baseball slate tonight, with seven games taking place during the matinee hour while we’re all working.

We’ll keep this short and simple by outlining three quick picks for you:

Cincinnati -127

New York Mets +117

Los Angeles Angels +140

Let us know how you do.

Monday’s Betting on Baseball

It’s time for another thrilling installment in the saga of Betting on Baseball. Check out SBR Forum for great MLB handicapping picks. They’ll shed some light on second half predictions and daily nuggets that you might not have otherwise noticed. They go by concrete numbers and facts, while too often we go with the gambler’s worst enemy; our gut.

That gut feeling paid off this past Saturday when the Reds took down the Cardinals:

Let’s see what tonight’s lines have in store for us.

Take the Cleveland Indians +130 with Zach McAllister on the hill over Alex Cobb and the Tampa Rays. If you bet on a team from Cleveland, you risk losing it all; this includes food, water, and toilet. That said I like them as a dog tonight. I like McAllister’s stuff.

I like the Arizona DiamondBacks +121 in Cincinnati tonight with power lefty Wade Miley going. The Reds have been on a roll, winning six contests in a row. They’re awesome, make no mistake about it. But Joey Votto is out of the lineup. Again, it’s a power lefty throwing. Arizona scuffs one out to begin a series tonight.

Lastly, I like the Miami Marlins -105 tonight over the Washington Nationals to earn a series split. Tough game to make money on, but what do you care as long as we tell you the absolute winner? The Marlins and Carlos Zambrano will have little to yell at young Bryce Harper about tonight.

Stay tuned for more installments of Betting on Baseball brought to you by SBRForum.com.

Staying Sharp In The Off-Season

Like any hard-working professional, baseball players deserve a little time to wind down in the off-season. But that’s not to say they should go soft – we can think of a few ways for athletes to keep their minds and bodies sharp without relentlessly working the training ground. First and most obviously, playing other sports is almost a must for any athlete during their downtime – allowing them to get a workout without the pressure of playing the game in which they make their living. Basketball, golf or tennis could all be great ways to test that all-important hand-eye co-ordination while exercising, while swimming is just a great overall body workout in general.

For those who might want something a little less strenuous but still sports-related, sports video games are a good call. They’ll still help with hand-eye co-ordination, and the tactical aspects of these games will help keep brains ticking over – and they also allow athletes to experience risky, high impact sports such as Football and Hockey without having to put their bodies on the line. Games using the Wii, Xbox Kinect or Playstation Move are also a great idea, allowing you to practice your swing or work up a sweat, without even realising you’re doing any exercise! From Wii Sports to Dance Central, there’s something for every taste.

Speaking of games, strategy games are a good option if you require something cerebral. From the fast-paced, intensive action of video games such as Starcraft 2, down to the classic, thoughtful board game of chess, these games will keep your brain ticking over and working to anticipate your opponent’s next move – much like in the game of baseball itself. Or if you want to work on second-guessing your opponent and being able to call their bluff, how about a few hands of blackjack at Intertops, or poker at an online casino? Though if you want to give your right arm a workout, you might want to get down to your local casino and give the handles on those slot machines a pull – hey, every little helps, right?

Being in the all-American world of baseball day in, day out might make players long for a change of scenery – and with so many wonderful places to visit in the world, who can blame them? The storied history and metropolitan hustle and bustle of European capitals such as Paris, London or Rome, the exotic mystery of Japan or China, or the otherworldly scenery of Australia or New Zealand – there truly is no shortage of great holiday destinations. Sometimes though, we should stop to focus on the important things in life, like spending time with our family and friends – relaxing, partying or simply enjoying a bit of home cooking can be a truly rewarding way to spend time over the holiday season.

I checked the betting lines for the first time in a while yesterday

I tried to encourage some sports betting with the following tweet:

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If you would have listened to me and bet on the advised MLB lines I offered you last night, you would have only broken even. Continue to check my twitter (@diamondhoggers) for more winning picks, I’m going to do a lot more handicapping in the near future.

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