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MLB World Series : LA Dodgers v Houston Astros in Game 1 of World Series on Tuesday

October 24th, 2017

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros have been the best teams in baseball all season long. The two clubs got through the playoffs and will now open up the World Series on Tuesday at 8:09 PM ET in Los Angeles.

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The Astros will send Dallas Keuchel (2-1, 2.60 ERA) to the mound. He lasted just 4.2 innings in his last start, which was a 5-0 road loss to the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the ALCS. Keuchel allowed four runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and a walk. The 2015 AL Cy Young winner has never faced the Dodgers before.

The Dodgers counter with Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 3.63 ERA), who got the win in his last start – an 11-1 rout of the Chicago Cubs on the road, which closed out the NLCS. Over six innings, Kershaw gave up a run on three hits with five strikeouts and a walk. The three-time NL Cy Young winner (and 2014 MVP) has faced the Astros eight times, going 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA.

The two teams last met in August 2015, with the Astros scoring a three-game sweep at home. Overall, the two have split their last 10 meetings. Seven games fell under the posted total.

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MLB Odds at Bovada : Red Sox and Yankees in 3 game series this week

June 6th, 2017

There’s no greater rivalry in baseball than the New York Yankees versus the Boston Red Sox. They’ll play a three-game set at Yankee Stadium this week; the finale is Thursday at 7 PM ET on ESPN, with Michael Pineda (4.38 FIP) pitching for New York and David Price making his third start of the year for Boston.

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Price (3.60 FIP last year) suffered an elbow injury in spring training and wasn’t activated until May 29, when he gave up three runs to the Chicago White Sox (+143 at home) in five innings of a 5-4 loss. But Price looked like his old self on Saturday, holding the Baltimore Orioles (+103 at home) to one run on three hits over seven innings as the Red Sox prevailed 5-2.

Pineda has led the Yankees to an 8-3 record in his 11 starts, picking up 4.52 betting units in the process. However, the towering northpaw has also enjoyed 6.82 runs of support per game and a friendly .276 BABIP. The over is 7-4 for Pineda thus far.

Meanwhile, CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.771 OPS) has been shut down indefinitely for the Yankees with recurring concussion symptoms. He’s expected to see a neurologist this week.

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MLB : New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox on Friday

April 29th, 2016

MLB Odds: Yankees, Red Sox Resume Ancient RivalryML Baseball picks

It’s one of the most ancient and enduring rivalries in US sports – the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

These two ballclubs have faced each other 2,137 times over the past 115 years, with the Yankees holding a 1,161-962 advantage heading into their latest series at Fenway Park. Game 1 of this three-game set takes place Friday night at 7:10 PM ET on the MLB Network.

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This will be the first meeting of the 2016 regular season between the Yankees (8-12, –5.90 betting units) and the Red Sox (12-9, +1.84 units).

Masahiro Tanaka (3.14 FIP) is scheduled to take the mound for New York, while he might never be the same pitcher he was before he tore his elbow during his 2014 “rookie” campaign, but he’s played at a high level this year, leading the Yankees to three wins in four starts for a profit of 2.05 units.

Boston is expected to respond with Henry Owens, one of the top prospects in the system. Owens has been pressed into service because of injuries to the Red Sox rotation; in his 2016 debut, the 6-foot-6 southpaw gave up three runs over 3.1 innings in a 7-5 win over the Houston Astros (–105 at home).

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Games to Bet on this week (January 12th)

January 13th, 2009

Here’s where popular US sportsbook Bodog think we should all put our money on this week in the way of American sports betting action.  

Congratulations to the Florida Gators on yet another national college football championship. Now it’s time to turn things over to the pros. The NFL enters its Conference Round this week; two Wild Card teams are within one game of reaching the Super Bowl. These two matchups lead our Top 5 list of games to bet on this week – all times are Eastern, and current lines are available at Bodog Sportsbook.

1. NFL: Baltimore at Pittsburgh (Sunday, 6:30 p.m.)

The second game of Sunday’s doubleheader features a nasty, nasty rivalry between two AFC North teams. The visiting Ravens (13-5 SU, 14-4 ATS) dropped both their games against the Steelers (13-4 SU, 10-7 ATS) during the regular season; Week 4 saw Baltimore (+6) take Pittsburgh to overtime at Heinz Field before losing 23-20, while the Steelers (+3) came back to take the Week 15 rematch 13-9 at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens were 5-3 SU and 6-2 ATS in their previous eight meetings with Pittsburgh.

2. NFL: Philadelphia at Arizona (Sunday, 3:00 p.m.)

The Cardinals (11-7 SU and ATS) are the home team in this matchup as kings of the NFC West, but they’ll be underdogs Sunday versus the Eagles (11-6-1 SU, 12-6 ATS), who advanced to the Conference Round by eliminating the defending champion New York Giants. However, if the Cards play the way they have in playoff victories over Atlanta (+1.5) and Carolina (-10), the sky’s the limit for Kurt Warner and company. Philadelphia disposed of the Giants (-4) in the Divisional Round despite two picks by Donovan McNabb and a safety for intentional grounding in the end zone. The Eagles were much better, however, in their 48-20 victory over the Cards (+3) in Week 13 at the Linc.

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3. NBA: L.A. Lakers at San Antonio (Wednesday, 9:00 p.m.)

That Christmas Day win by the Lakers (29-6 SU, 16-19 ATS) over the Boston Celtics keeps looking better and better. While the Celts stumble, L.A. is 5-1 SU (3-3 ATS) since the holidays. The Spurs (24-12 SU, 17-18-1 ATS) are pretty hot themselves of late at 9-2 SU and 5-5-1 ATS in their last 11, although their level of competition during that stretch was rather shaky: just three winning teams. It’s not known whether Lamar Odom (bruised knee) will play in this game, although he does plan on making the trip to San Antonio. The Spurs are healthy for their first rematch with the Lakers since last year’s playoffs – Los Angeles beat San Antonio in five games at the Western finals.

4. NCAAB: Georgetown at Duke (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.)

Non-conference games don’t get much bigger than this until March Madness. The Hoyas (11-3 SU, 5-5 ATS) are one of the best teams in the Big East, which is trying to unseat the ACC as the top conference in Division I. However, the Blue Devils (14-1 SU, 8-6 ATS) are off to another fast start that includes wins over Purdue (-2) and Xavier (+6). Duke is No. 1 on the Pomeroy efficiency charts and No. 2 on the AP poll, while Georgetown holds down the No. 8 spot in the Pomeroy rankings and No. 9 with AP. Watch for Duke’s outstanding defense to set the tone in a game where neither club figures to provide much offense from beyond the arc.

5. NHL: Montreal at Boston (Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.)

Versus has the television coverage in the United States (RDS in francophone Canada) for the never-ending struggle between the 25-10-6 Canadiens (16-25 ATS, minus-1.66 units) and the 31-7-4 Bruins (32-9 ATS, 35.34 units). Boston is by far the No. 1 team against the puckline; the B’s are best in the league in goals scored at 3.62 per game, and they’re best in goals against at 2.14 per game. That’s a difficult combination to beat. The Habs have won their last four in a row with Jaroslav Halak in net instead of Carey Price, who remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Montreal outscored the opposition 23-14 in those four games.

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Honorable Mentions

NBA: New Orleans at Cleveland (Friday, 8:00 p.m.)
NCAAB: Notre Dame at Syracuse (Saturday, 12:00 p.m.)
NHL: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.)
Soccer: Wigan at Manchester United (Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.)
MMA: Dan Henderson vs. Rich Franklin, UFC 93 (PPV at 10:00 p.m.)

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Sports Betting Action US Style: Top 5 Bets Oct 22

October 22nd, 2008

Rays-Phillies Baseball action should not be missed this week!Here’s what the team at Bodog Sports think you’ll be betting on this week… and we think they’re probably right!

What’ll it be this week? We’ve got a Rays-Phillies World Series, the halfway point of the NFL season, college football matchups with major title implications, a fresh sheet of hockey games – it’s Oktoberfest for handicappers. And just think: NBA action starts next week.

These are the Top 5 games of the week (all times Eastern):

1. NCAAF: No. 3 Penn State at No. 9 Ohio State (Saturday, 8:00 p.m.)

The college gridiron takes the spotlight away from the pros, at least for one week. The Nittany Lions (8-0 SU, 5-1-1 ATS) are playing like they’re the best team in the nation, destroying opponents by an average score of 45-12. Ohio State (7-1 SU, 2-5 ATS) only has the loss to USC on the record, but the Buckeyes were having trouble getting their offense going until last week’s 45-7 thrashing of Michigan State (+3.5 at home). Beanie Wells ran 31 times for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Stopping him will stop the Buckeyes.

Ohio State easily won the last two meetings SU and ATS. The home team is 8-2 SU and 9-1 ATS over the past 10 years.

2. NCAAF: No. 6 Oklahoma State at No. 1 Texas (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.)

Over in the Big 12, the No. 1 Longhorns have yet to be corralled at 7-0 SU and ATS. But the rival Cowboys have also stormed up the rankings at 7-0 SU and 6-0 ATS. They can’t both get paid on Saturday. Texas has won every single game between these two clubs this past decade, going 7-3 ATS. That’s old news now, though. OSU has flourished this year under coach Mike Gundy, and his team has betting value as the lesser hyped of the two parties involved. ‘Pokes QB Zac Robinson (14 TDs, four INTs) is not far behind Heisman frontrunner Colt McCoy (19 TDs, three INTs) in production.

3. NFL: N.Y. Giants at Pittsburgh (Sunday, 4:15 p.m.)

Here’s a classic East Coast slugfest with the added bonus of a 50-50 chance of rain at press time. The Giants lead the NFC East at 5-1 (4-2 ATS), while the Steelers are atop the AFC North at the same 5-1 (3-3 ATS). That’s about where the similarities end. The Giants are running one of the best offenses in the NFL, while Pittsburgh has relied on its defense to keep the team in the game. New York is playing at a higher level overall; those three points seem like a gift, even at –125 juice. But buyer beware: The Steelers are 9-2 SU and 7-4 ATS in their last 11 at home.

4. MLB: World Series Game 1; Philadelphia at Tampa Bay (Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.)

The entire MLB postseason has been one big moneymaking opportunity for handicappers – simply put, there’s a lot of dumb money out there right now waiting to be scooped up. Most of the interest in this series will be regional, as fans of the Phillies and Rays bet on their own teams. Philadelphia has made the biggest playoff profit up to this point at 7-2 and 5.83 units in the black. Tampa Bay is 7-4 with 2.69 units. The Rays took two of three interleague games from Philly back in 2006 but haven’t played since. Both clubs are –105 on the moneyline for Wednesday’s matchup with southpaws Cole Hamels and Scott Kazmir on the mound.

5. MMA: Anderson Silva vs. Patrick Cote, UFC 90 (Saturday, PPV starts at 10:00 p.m.)

Cote might be gone in 60 seconds. Silva is undefeated in the Octagon at 7-0, dispatching four of his opponents in the first round, most recently James Irvin in July with a devastating KO punch at 1:01. The UFC’s middleweight champion is considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world; Silva is a titanic –650 favorite in this bout. Cote has been training in Montreal with Georges St. Pierre and is 4-0 in UFC since appearing in The Ultimate Fighter 4.

Honorable Mentions:

NFL: Tampa Bay at Dallas (Sunday, 1:00 p.m.)
NCAAF: No. 7 Georgia at No. 13 LSU (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.)
NHL: Boston at Buffalo (Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.)
NASCAR: Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

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2008 American Baseball League Playoff Preview

October 6th, 2008

Here’s the latest on baseball betting from the team at BodogLife.com. We thought we’d share it.

Angels vs. Red Sox

MLB Futures BettingOne team has the best record in baseball, the other is the defending World Series champion. It’s a shame this is only a five-game series.

Series Breakdown:
These two teams are very similar in terms of their makeup. Both teams have a strong defense to back up solid pitching staffs. The bullpens for both teams are also extremely talented with two of the game’s premier closers in “Little Papi” and K-Rod. You can run down the numbers from the regular season and try to find an edge for this team or the other, but the bottom line is that these two teams are probably No. 1 and No. 2 in baseball no matter how you look at it. Even though the Sox swept the Angels in the postseason last year, this year might be different: The Angels have beaten the Red Sox eight of nine times this season. Add to the Angels Mark Teixeira and the record-breaking season K-Rod is putting together, then subtract Hall of Fame hitter Manny Ramirez from the Red Sox lineup, and you have an Angels team that is as ready as they have ever been to knock off the World Series champs. This one should be a manager’s duel and a dandy to watch.

Rays vs. White Sox or Twins

Postseason baseball bettingThe Tampa Bay Rays wait patiently as the winner of the one-game playoff and 163 games of the regular season to see whether it will be the White Sox or the Twins they play on Thursday.

Series Breakdown:
Either way you look at it, the Rays will be the favorite, as the bullpens for both the White Sox and the Twins have been shaky at best. The Swiss cheese White Sox defense could haunt them if they make it past the Twins. On the other hand, the Twins have put together an impressive late-season spurt, including a dramatic sweep of the White Sox, to put themselves in position to get into the postseason. One thing is for sure, whichever team emerges will have a tired pitching staff to face the Rays; that said, that team will have one or two playoff-type games under its belt heading into Thursday. Momentum and emotion can be tricky factors in the game of baseball. People have been expecting the Rays to crack all season long, and they haven’t. The question is, will this postseason be the time for the young Rays to establish their legacy in the shrines of baseball?    

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Max Out Those Online Sports Betting Profits

September 15th, 2008

Live NFL Betting - great potential for profits! (Images courtesy PaddyPower.com Bookmaker)With the NFL regular season now trucking along nicely and the MLB playoffs looming, sports bettors ought to be armed with more than a wing and a prayer when looking for that big win. Here are some tips from the team at BodogLife.com (a popular online sportsbook) to help fatten your wallet:

Look for value: A lot of time teams or players sneak in under the radar when odds are being set. This is especially true in sports like golf & racing. Always look for value, the bettor’s real best friend.

Jump on bad lines: If you spot what you believe to be a bad line get your money on it right away. If a line truly is bad it won’t be that way for very long
Keep up-to-date on your sports news: If a big player gets injured and you make your bets without knowing about it you could make some really bad bets. Instead of wasting time on Facebook check latest news hourly!

Be trendy: Don’t listen to your buddy who says trends are a load of B.S. If trends were really garbage people wouldn’t use up hordes of time compiling them, now would they?

Don’t bet on “your” teams: Make a list of your favorite teams and avoid betting on them. Most fans either overvalue or undervalue their teams and their bankroll ends up paying the price. No, your team isn’t really that good!

Don’t play huge parlays: Don’t be one of those idiots who tries to cash in on the big time by playing a 12-team parlay which is worth tens of thousands of dollars. You’d be better off just lighting your money on fire, because either way you’re getting burned.

Make your bets early: Don’t wait til two minutes before kickoff or tipoff or puck drop before making your bets. Some of the best lines available are the early lines, & even if they’re not you don’t want to be rushing to get your bets in & accidentally bet on the wrong team.

Manage your money properly: If your bankroll consists of $100 don’t be making $25 bets. The size of your bets should be determined by the size of your bankroll, not by the odds or how much of a “lock” you think a game is.

There’s no such thing as a “lock”: The words “lock” or “guaranteed” should never be uttered when it comes to betting. The only thing that is a “lock” is that you won’t win every game you bet on.

Pace yourself: Don’t make a deposit in your betting account and then immediately wager every single dollar on that night’s game. You’re not going to get rich overnight, so don’t bother trying. Want to try out these theories? Throw down in the Bodog Sportsbook today!

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MLB Betting Odds – Dodgers at Phillies (Aug 22-25)

August 19th, 2008

MLB Betting Odds – Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies (Aug 22-25)

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The Los Angeles Dodgers (64-60, -4.13 units) look to continue their dominance of the Philadelphia Phillies (66-58, -4.18 units) when the teams meet this weekend at Citizens Bank Park, and you can get 60% better MLB betting lines at PinnacleSports.com, offering 8 cent moneylines and 10 cent runlines.

The Brewers won 16 of their first 24 games after the All-Star break, and led the NL wild-card race going into this week by three games over their division rival St. Louis Cardinals. Milwaukee is proving itself this season by winning on the road; after going 32-49 away from home last year, the Brewers are 32-28 on the road this season.

The Dodgers swept the Phillies in their four-game set last week at Dodger Stadium, winning 3-1 on August 14 as -117 home favourites at the Pinnacle Sportsbook. Hiroki Kuroda allowed only one run over seven innings to earn the win for Los Angeles, as the game played under the 8.5-run total.

Lefthander Clayton Kershaw (2-3, 3.59 ERA) gets the ball for the Dodgers in Game 1, while the Phillies counter with Kyle Kendrick (10-7, 5.01 ERA). Kershaw is 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA over his last three starts, which bodes well for Los Angeles punters considering Kendrick’s last few outings. The Phillies righthander has a 9.00 ERA in his last three trips to the hill.

The starters have not yet been announced for Saturday’s Game 2, but it’s Kuroda (7-8, 3.68 ERA) against Phillies righty Joe Blanton (6-12, 4.79 ERA) for Sunday’s showdown. Kuroda is undefeated over his last three trips to the hill with a sparkling 1.21 ERA, as Blanton heads into the game with a 1-0 record and stellar 2.37 ERA in the month of August.

Both teams enter the pivotal series with injury trouble. Dodgers’ second baseman Jeff Kent is dealing with a sore left foot, and Andruw Jones is on the 15-day disabled list with patellar tendonitis in his knee. Phillies’ third baseman Pedro Feliz is on the 15-day DL with a bulging disc in his back, while setup man Tom Gordon remains sidelined with inflammation in his right elbow.

The series finale is set for Monday night at 7:05 PM EST. The starting pitchers have not yet been announced.

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June 24th, 2008

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ML Baseball – look for the second half surge

July 15th, 2007

Jim Feist - top baseball handicapperSECOND HALF SURGES

By Jim Feist

The first half of the 2007 baseball season is in the books. There were surprising winners, such as the Brewers and Indians, a surprising managerial resignation in Seattle (Mike Hargrove), and some surprising flops with the Cardinals, White Sox and Yankees.

With the surprises out of the way, here’s a look at some teams that might be active at the trading deadline and primed to make a second half surge.

Cubs: The first week of June the Cubs were a bit of a laughingstock at 22-31. After all, they were the biggest free agent spenders, bringing in Alfonso Soriano, manager Lou Piniella, and pitchers Jason Marquis and Ted Lilly. Hopes were high, but they struggled badly out of the gate.

At the mid-point Chicago was 40-40, playing much better baseball. Piniella brought up kids from the minor leagues like Felix Pie and Angel Paganto to inject some speed into the order, and continued shuffling what had been a disastrous bullpen. His moves paid of, as the Cubs went 18-9 to get to .500. The pen still needs arms, so don’t be surprised if they shop outfielder Jacque Jones for some relief help.

Mariners: It isn’t often you find coaches leaving in the middle of a season with a winning record, but that’s the case in Seattle. Manager Mike Hargrove has had enough and simply walked away. It was unusual in that the Mariners have been hot, winning 10 of 11 games. John McLaren, the bench coach under Hargrove, took over as the Mariners’ new skipper last week.

The good news for the new manager is that this team is playing well, hot on the heels of the first place Angels in the AL West and alive for a Wild Card spot. The offense is balanced and third in the AL in hitting, while the pitching has gotten a huge boost from young Felix Hernandez and a deep bullpen. Sports bettors take note: No team has been better against southpaws, going 15-6.

Twins: It was expected to be a rebuilding year for the young Twins, who saw the retirement of starter Brad Radke and the loss of young ace lefty Francisco Liriano, who is recovering from surgery and won’t be able to pitch until 2008. When you looked at the starting rotation in April (Ramon Ortiz, Sidney Ponson) you saw that this team had no chance in 2007.

Yet, the payroll strapped Twins continue to impress and overachieve. Ace Johan Santana has lights-out stuff, Carlos Silva and Boof Bonser have thrown well, along with young Scott Baker. The offense is productive despite several injuries and they are second in the AL in steals.

D-Backs: How is Arizona doing it? Fifth-worst in the NL in runs scored, third-worst in batting average. Ahh, pitching, of course. Veteran Randy Johnson was not brought in to be the savior, which is a good thing. He’s battled injuries, missed several starts and has been basically a 5-6 inning starter.

Yet, he’s been very effective in limited action, Brandon Webb is an ace, while Micah Owings and a deep bullpen anchor a staff that is fifth in the NL in pitching. With all that pitching, notice that the D-Backs started 25-13 under the total on the road.

Angels: Here’s a team that’s not going to go away. Third in the AL in pitching, a great bullpen, first in the American League in hitting and steals. Throw in aggressive manager Mike Scioscia and a loaded farm system, and the Angels have plenty of pieces in place for a strong second half.

Vladimir Guerrero and newcomer Gary Matthews Jr. can slug the ball, while four players have over 9 steals in Matthews, Chone Figgins, Reggie Willits and Orlando Cabrera. The rotation has four talented horses in veterans John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar, and kids Jered Weaver and Ervin Santana.

A’s: The AL West has been very competitive in 2007, but Oakland has a recent history of second half surges. They need to upgrade an offense that is third-worst in the AL in runs. Yet, if pitching is the key to second half surges, the A’s are loaded, ranked No. 1 in the AL, led by ace Dan Haren, Chad Gaudin and Joe Blanton. While most teams will be shopping for pitching before the trade deadline, the A’s will be looking for bats and have arms to deal, a nice plus.

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