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Best MLB interleague bets

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Interleague action used to be a special time of the season when baseball bettors got a break from the norm. Now, the American and National Leagues are clashing on a weekly basis. If you’re doing some sportsbook online betting when the AL meets the NL, here are three teams that have dominated interleague play so far this season:

Kansas City Royals (5-2 vs. NL)

The reigning American League champs have rep’d the Junior Circuit when clashing with the NL this season – perhaps getting revenge for a loss to the Giants in last year’s World Series. The Royals have met the Reds, Cardinals and Cubs in interleague play so far, outscoring those NL foes 28-15. Kansas City is picking up where it left off against the NL last season, when the Royals finished 15-5 versus the National League. Following its current series with Minnesota, KC opens a seven-game interleague span at St. Louis and Milwaukee.

Houston Astros (4-1 vs. NL)

It would make sense that the Astros would do well against the Senior Circuit, having played in the National League before joining the AL West in 2013. Houston swept a three-game series in San Diego then split a two-game set with the Giants last month, outscoring those NL opponents 35-20 and going 4-1 Over/Under in those interleague tilts. The Astros have three home games with Colorado coming up next week then won’t see another NL team until Arizona in late July.

San Francisco Giants (4-1 vs. AL)

The Giants have proven they can handle the very best in the American League with three World Series wins in the past five seasons. If you’re doing some sportsbook online betting, you may have to pay a premium for San Francisco in these interleague matchups, having been priced as a favorite in each game of their three-game sweep of the Angels to start May. The Giants were, however, slight dogs splitting against Houston. San Francisco hasn’t always been great against the AL in the regular season, with a 16-24 record the past two years. Its next interleague action comes via a home-and-home four-game set with Seattle next week.

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MLB Surprise Money Starters

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The MLB season is nearly a month old and already baseball bettors have been treated to some very profitable surprise starting pitchers.

Here’s a look at a sportsbook review of three of these money-making arms and whether they’ll continue to cash in as the baseball season goes on:

Nick Martinez, Texas Rangers:

The Rangers’ right hander has jumped to the top of the money standings with a 2-0 record and slim 0.35 ERA through four starts this season – all of which ended in wins for Texas as a plus-money underdog. But buyer
beware of Martinez’s stellar start to the year.

He’s climbed near 100 pitches in those four starts despite not going more than seven innings and has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1.38, well off the pace of the top pitchers in baseball. This second-year starter could wear
himself thin before the calendar gets to June at this pace.

Bartolo Colon, New York Mets:

The veteran hurler is proving he has plenty left in the tank with a strong debut to 2015. Colon is a perfect 4-0 with a 2.77 ERA through four starts, striking out a combined 23 batters and walking just one in that span. The
Mets were moneyline underdogs in his first two starts but the market has quickly corrected and betting New York with the right hander on the mound now comes at a price. Colon is usually a slow starter, which is why his strong April is puzzling.

The hefty hurler peaked around June and July last year and then again toward the end of the season. His heavy frame is made for those long hot days in August but as long as he keeps his pitch count down, he should
continue to surprise.

Archie Bradley, Arizona Diamondbacks:

Bradley entered the season with his top prospect mantle tarnished, battling back from injuries that took some velocity off his fastball and break off his curve. The 23-year-old righty has proven those doubters
wrong with a strong start to his rookie campaign.

Bradley is 2-0 (Arizona 3-0) with a 1.45 ERA through three starts. Those efforts have come against the Dodgers, Giants (on the road) and Rangers, so there’s still plenty to prove. However, the youngster did overcome some early control issues against Texas and battled back with a few double-play setups. The price is always going to be right for Arizona if Bradley continues this hot streak.

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GO: Songs of Shame

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Tell us the songs on your iPod you’re embarrassed to like. C’mon, we’ve all got some!

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Cubs Claim Adrian Cardenas off waivers and Designate Blake DeWitt for Assignment

Monday, February 6th, 2012

The Cubs media department sent out the following release on a transaction processed today:

CHICAGO The Chicago Cubs today claimed infielder Adrian Cardenas off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.  In a corresponding 40-man roster move, infielder Blake DeWitt was designated for assignment.

Cardenas, 24, batted .314 (154-for-491) with 28 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 70 runs scored, 51 RBI and a .374 on-base percentage in 127 games with Triple-A Sacramento last year.  The left-handed batter and right-handed thrower ranked eighth in the Pacific Coast League with 154 hits and posted his highest batting average in his five full professional campaigns.

In 2011, Cardenas saw action at second base (35 games), shortstop (three games), third base (13 games) and left field (44 games), his first professional experience in the outfield.  He has primarily played second base (361 games) in his professional career.

Cardenas was originally selected by Philadelphia in the supplemental round (37th overall) of the 2006 Draft and acquired by Oakland as part of the trade that sent Joe Blanton to the Phillies on July 17, 2008.  In 643 minor league games, Cardenas is a career .303 hitter (749-for-2,475) with 143 doubles, 21 triples, 29 home runs, 77 stolen bases and a .368 on-base percentage.

DeWitt, 26, batted .265 (61-for-230) with 11 doubles, five home runs and 26 RBI in 121 games with the Cubs last year, his first full season with the club after being acquired from the Dodgers on July 31, 2010.  He is a career .260 hitter (283-for-1,087) in 404 major league games with the Dodgers (2008-10) and the Cubs (2010-present).

We’ll try to track down our A’s blogger for his thoughts on Cardenas and have that report ASAP. In the meantime, discuss the move which should have a lot of you excited because of the loss of DeWitt.

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Get up close to the Houston Texans through MyTicketIn.com

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

The NFL season is starting to wind up, and many sports fans have their eyes currently locked onto the preseason. Nowhere is there more excitement for the upcoming season than in Houston as the Texans field what just might be their best team yet. Fans are ready to line up for their Houston Texans tickets to the opening game against Indianapolis, our biggest threat in the division.
As game three of the preseason is right around the corner Houston Texans fans waits anxiously to get their first good look at our starters who will be playing 3 full quarters according to coach Kubiak.

We have already seen a preview of what some consider the best offense in the league in game two of the preseason. Arian foster carried for 47 yards and two touchdowns with just 5 carries. Ben Tate showed us that there is more than one great talent at running back for the Texans when he rushed for 95 yards, and had one touchdown that very same game. Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson showed that they still have what it takes to make big plays for 4 receptions that added up to a total of 100 yards. With the added help of a great offensive line that has been giving Schaub all the time in the world, there seems to be little that can stop our offense this season.

Yet a strong offense is what we already expected from what happened last season, what everyone had their attention focused on was our defense under the new guidance of Wade Phillips. So far Houstonians like what they see. In our game versus the Saints QB Drew Brees didn’t have a single snap where he wasn’t pressured, if not sacked or forced to fumble by Mario Williams who has been moved to outside line back in the new 3-4 scheme implemented by Phillips. Williams isn’t the only one showing promise in a new position either, Texans number 1 draft pick J.J. Watts has been exceeding expectations in putting consistent pressure on QBs and their Running Backs. Not to mention the several other defensive draft picks that have been showing promise, such as Brooks Reed who forced two fumbles during the same game.

This is just one of many exciting events here in Houston, between the Houston Rockets starting soon, and the Houston Rodeo springing up near the end of the Texans’ regular season we aren’t running out of fun events anytime soon. But don’t get caught off-guard and miss out on the tickets you want, MyTicketIn gets amazing tickets from several sources, and chances are we have them here waiting for you to by them, so check out MyTicketIn.com. Be ready to grab your Houston Texans Ticket, Houston Rockets Tickets and Houston Rodeo Tickets in time!

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