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Richie Baccellieri Richie B. House Plays Baseball Club
RICHIE B’S HOUSE PLAYS BASEBALL CLUB. My One Standout Baseball Play of the Day!

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Jim Hurley Network Monday Blue Ribbon Baseball Blowout
Want a Cinch on the Diamond? Get My Blue Ribbon Blowout Monday!

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso 50 Unit American League Game Of Week
My Personal Best Baseball Club For Big Bettors Scores With Stunning American League Win

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso Two Monday Baseball Knockouts
Tonight’s Baseball Card Is Loaded With Opportunities To Take Big-Time Stands And I’m Shooting For The Moon With Two Teams That Have All The Edges

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Richie Baccellieri Richie B. Monday Baseball Board Blaster
It might not be a full schedule of action on Monday - only 13 baseball games - but there’s one game on the MLB card that’s so off-the-charts fantastic that it’s an absolute board blaster.

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Wayne Root Wayne Root Baseball Daily Doubleheader

MONDAY....TWO GAMES

BASEBALL DOUBLEHEADER......MILLIONAIRES PLAY and THE MONEY LINE UNDERDOG BET

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ADVANTAGE PLAYERS....IT’S A GO!! LET’S PLAY TWO TODAY WITH THIS SPECIAL

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STRONG FAVORITE PLAYS AT HOME FOR THE EASY WINNER

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Blog Headlines

Dodgers Without Kershaw - Heisman Trophy Odds

THE BASEBALL START-OF-THE-WEEK REPORT: IS THERE ANY LETTING UP FOR THE LA DODGERS (WHO MAY BE WITHOUT STAR LEFTY CLAYTON KERSHAW TILL FURTHER NOTICE?)

OUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE FORECASTS ARE STRAIGHT AHEAD THIS WEEK BUT NOW WE'RE TALKING HEISMAN TROPHY ODDS

It's a brand-new week ... but we're asking the same old story: Is there anyone out there in Major-League Baseball land that can derail the sizzling-hot Los Angeles Dodgers (68-31)?

Heck, it seemed as if it was a "successful" weekend past for the visiting Atlanta Braves who managed to split the series with the Dodgers - note the Bravos were +…

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Wayne Root: Are the Seattle Mariners Ready to be a Money Team?

You longtime readers know I pay very close attention to all the New York based sports teams. Even though I moved to Las Vegas many years ago, I’m still a New Yorker at heart. I was born a true “S.O.B.” (son of a butcher!) in Mt. Vernon, NY.

This weekend, I’ll be closely watching the team that’s playing the New York Yankees. That’s the Seattle Mariners, who climbed back into the Wildcard race after the All-Star Break by sweeping a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox, then taking two of three from the powerful Houston Astros. (And, all six of…

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Football Is Just Around The Corner

EXTRA, EXTRA - WE'RE GEARING UP FOR THE FOOTBALL SEASON - NFL AND NCAA QUICK-HITTER DITTIES BELOW ... PLUS OUR BASEBALL WEEKEND NEWS/NOTES TOO

Can you really believe it?

The National Football League kicks off its 2017 Preseason sked in two weeks (that's Thursday, August 3rd) when the Dallas Cowboys battle the Arizona Cardinals in the annual Hall of Fame Game ... and we're trusting the league that the field in Canton will be in a playable condition, right?

One week later it's a case of "everyone into the pool" as all 32 NFL teams will play a Preseason Week 1 game between…

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More Summer Camp NFL Notes and Weekend Baseball

 HIP-HIP-HOORAY, THERE'S MORE NFL CAMP NEWS/NOTES...PLUS WHAT'S UP THIS BASEBALL WEEKEND?

The National Football League summer camps are in full bloom—there will be pads popping in all 32 team sites by this time next week with rookies reporting to a host of different teams these past couple of days.

So, let's pick up where we left off in yesterday's column and bring you another handful NFL team notes as training camps swing into action:

BALTIMORE - at Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, MDThe Ravens ranked a horrid 28th in the league in rushing last year while averaging just 91.4 yards per…

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Network Notebook: Nationals/Diamondbacks Series Preview

Though it’s not likely to be a playoff preview the way the National League brackets will probably align, we will definitely see some playoff caliber baseball this weekend when two of the best teams in baseball square off in the Washington/Arizona showdown.

Washington was already on the short list of potential World Series teams before upgrading their bullpen with a recent trade. Arizona will likely have to settle for a Wildcard play-in game behind the unbelievable Los Angeles Dodgers. That’s a shame, because the D-Backs might end the season with a better record than the other two divisional champions. And, they…

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Jim Sez: NFL Camps Opening All Around

THE NFL SUMMER CAMPS OPENING ALL AROUND - AND WE GET YOU SOME QUICK-HITTER SNIPPETS ...OUR BASEBALL NOTEBOOK HAS SOME FUN FACTS FROM WEDNESDAY'S GAMES

No lie. Here we are on the 20th of July and NFL rookies are reporting to camp in five different locations and by this time next week most (and almost all) NFL teams will have their veterans in camp too. Right, you're ready for some football! Let's zip 'round the league a bit and check out some of the training sites and stories that will be key to a batch of NFL teams:

ATLANTA - at Flowery…

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Network Notebook: Handicapping after MLB Trades

Headlines the past few days have already been full of news about important trades in Major League Baseball (and, unfortunately, injuries!). Properly handicapping how all the “new faces in new places” will perform is vital if you want to keep making money as a baseball bettor.

JIM HURLEY’S first key piece of advice is not to overrate the impact of a smart acquisition. Even if a team is going to improve because they’ve filled a need…baseball is the kind of sport that “filling a need” is only worth a few games over 10 weeks.

*If the new key player is a hitter,…

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Richie Baccellieri: Sharps Betting Baseball Hard

If you’ve been following the daily moneylines, you’ve probably noticed some HUGE line moves in recent days from the openers to the closers. Sharp action has been very aggressive since the All-Star Break. And, while they’re not winning them all (so many games come down to late coin-flips), the sharps are generally getting the best of it.

What’s going on?

First of all, the Wise Guys are keyed into a handful of teams that they want to either back or fade. Many are in love with the Toronto Blue Jays because of some analytics indicators. You saw the Blue Jays get hit…

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Jim Sez: Midweek Baseball Update and August College Football

IT'S THE MID-WEEK BASEBALL UPDATE: HOW THE NEXT 10 DAYS WILL DETERMINE WHAT GIVES TRADE-WISE FOR THE ROYALS, M'S, METS AND CARDINALS ...

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: CHECKING OUT THE LATE AUGUST SKED

Turn on any Baseball talk show this week and everyone's talking the upcoming Trade Deadline:

Who's buying, who's selling ... and why.Well, as we all discovered last week when the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox pulled off a major blockbuster deal that brought LHP Jose Quintana to the "North Side", not everybody was in the loop with that one.

Heck, we heard rumors that Quintana was headed to Houston or to…

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Jim Feist: College Football Teams with Something to Prove

by Jim Feist

     Frustration and failure can prove excellent motivating factors in sports. We see quality teams get beaten badly all the time, then bounce back the next game with a terrific performance with an easy win. This can also take place with teams that are off disappointing seasons. Clemson didn't have a disappointing season two years ago, but did lose the national title game. That had to be on the minds of the Clemson players last season as they got back to the title game, this time topping Alabama in a thriller on the final play.  Ohio State had…

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Wayne Root: How Do You Price the Los Angeles Dodgers?!

I’ve talked a lot about the Los Angeles Dodgers this season. They keep doing amazing things! And, right now, the betting markets in Las Vegas and around the world have no idea how to price this team on a day-to-day basis. Prices that seemed expensive in the past may now be bargains whenever the Dodgers take the field.

I know that sounds a bit over-the-top. Las Vegas is a virtual suburb of Los Angeles (a four-hour drive) in terms of media and fan support. Maybe I’m just overreacting to all the local buzz about this team at sportsbooks.

I don’t think so.…

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Network Notebook: Yankees/Twins Series Preview

Even though it seems that most AL teams are still in the playoff discussion because so many are floating near the .500 mark, there’s actually only ONE league series beginning Monday that matches realistic contenders who BOTH really NEED to win.

That’s the NY Yankees at Minnesota, a three-game set featuring teams very much in the thick of the Wildcard race. Both still have a chance to chase down their respective division leaders for first place. Yet, the margin of error is so tight this season that both teams could ultimately miss the playoffs.

Minnesota will enjoy home field advantage (though they’ve…

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The MLB Trade Deadline Approaches

OUR WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT: TRADE DEADLINE IS APPROACHING FAST AND WE SUGGEST WHO IS BUYING, WHO IS SELLING

THE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES TODAY GETS YOU THE BROWNS AND STEELERS

There's no crying in Baseball ... and, of course, there's no sleeping at the wheel either when it comes to playing "let's make a deal" whether you're the buyer or the seller.Just ask the Chicago Cubs who shipped off a batch of prospects for now-former Chicago White Sox LHP Jose Quintana and are full speed ahead for a second straight World Series championship. Gonna happen now?

Now, without further ado, let's get you…

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Top Baseball Series This Weekend Plus More NFL

BASEBALL'S BACK!!! HERE'S THE TOP WEEKEND SERIES

PLUS MORE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM UPDATES AS WE BRING YOU THE JETS, RAMS AND FALCONS

Ladies and gents, the four-day All-Star Game break is in the rear-view mirror ... and now it's time to rev up the engines for the back half of this 2017 Major-League Baseball regular season and we'll begin in a moment with a look at a couple of top series this hot-hot-hot July weekend.

MLB REPORTHere's some key MLB series to check out this summertime weekend:

NEW YORK YANKEES (45-41) at BOSTON (50-39) - Fri, Sat & Sun DHThe Bosox opened up a 3.5-game…

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Wayne Root: What’s Ahead for the Yankees and Mets?

You long time readers know that I’m still very much in touch with what’s happening in the New York sports scene even though I’ve lived in Las Vegas for many years. I was born a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!) in Mt. Vernon, NY. I still have great sources with New York teams in all the betting sports.

The All-Star Break provides a great opportunity to take stock of what’s happened in the first half of a baseball season, and to map out expectations for what’s ahead. I’ve just done that in my own handicapping process for the Yankees and…

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Network Notebook: Yankees/Red Sox Series Preview

Finally, the New York Yankees have posted their probable pitchers for this weekend’s four-game set with the Boston Red Sox. So…finally…we can preview the series for you!

Luis Severino had tentatively been penciled in for Friday’s opener at the time first odds were posted. But, he’s been pushed back a day. Jordan Montgomery goes Friday night. Don’t forget that there’s a double-header Sunday. Your “rotation” schedules may not have accounted for the make-up of a previously postponed game.

Let’s get to it! Huge series with the top two teams in the AL East squaring off…and it also has Wildcard ramifications because the…

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Jim Sez: MLB Teams To Watch in the Second Half

THE MLB REPORT: WHAT TEAMS TO WATCH IN THE SEASON'S SECOND HALF

MORE NFL TEAM UPDATES: WE CHECK OUT THE 'SKINS, CHIEFS AND RAIDERS

Okay, so everyone's taken a deep breath and, come Friday, Major-League Baseball will be back on course for the "second half" of this here-and-now 2017 campaign.But you want to know what teams will rise and which ones will fade from playoff contention and here's some quick-hitter thoughts as we delve into a division-by-division look:

NATIONAL LEAGUE

East - The Washington Nationals (52-36, .591) would love to be the top-seeded team in this year's NL playoffs but getting their hands on…

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Richie Baccellieri: Studying Profit/Loss Breakdowns at the All-Star Break

Throughout the All-Star Break, you’ve probably come across various “report cards” that have told you what you already knew about the best and worst betting teams so far in the 2017 Major League Baseball season. You know the Astros and Dodgers are on fire, and making a fortune (so far) for backers. You know the Chicago Cubs have been a disaster because the market thought they would still be about a 95-win team instead of one struggling to reach the .500 mark. You know the Giants have been a laughingstock.

Today, I wanted to focus on some lesser reported money performances.

Sharps…

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Jim Sez All Star Game Recap and NFL Notes

THE ALL-STAR GAME RECAP: A.L. SNAGS 2-1 WIN IN THE 10TH AS CANO HOMERS (AND STANTON IS SILENCED)

PLUS OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM REPORTS: IT'S THE COLTS, BUCS AND EAGLES ALL ON OUR MID-WEEK RADAR

It was a good/catchy line by Fox's play-by-play voice Joe Buck at the end of last night's 2-1 extra-inning win by the American League over the National League in the 88th All-Star Game:

Buck said "the song remains the same" as he touched on the AL's dominance the past two decades - the so-called junior circuit is now 17-3-1 in the past 21 Midsummer Classics - but while folks…

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Network Notebook: NL Evaluation at the All-Star Break

Two days ago, we used one of our pet stats, “Wins Minus Home Games Played” to get a read on the American League. As promised, we’re back today to do the same thing for the National League. You regular readers know that we like to burst false media storylines whenever teams have been greatly helped by, or greatly hurt by the home/road dynamics of their schedules.

There’s not too much drama in the regard in the senior circuit. But, a few surprises are coming up that should help your handicapping in the second half of the 2017 season.

 

NL EAST (Wins Minus…

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Wayne Root: Hunting for Live Dogs when MLB Resumes

I had planned to write up an article for you during the All-Star Break outlining strategies for finding live underdogs once the regular season resumes Friday. But, I realized as I was putting it together, that the market is creating many great dog opportunities every day. They’re going to be EASY to find!

*The worst teams, like San Diego and San Francisco, aren’t as bad as the market has been pricing them. The Padres just took two games in Cleveland even though they were priced like a minor league team.

*The large hunk of “mediocrities” across both leagues still offer value as…

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Jim Feist: New Coaches Hope to Upgrade College Programs

by Jim Feist

        Football head coaches get all the glory, but top assistants can be extremely important in a team's success or failure. Offensive and defensive coordinators have great influence on game plans and a unit's effectiveness. Gus Malzahn was the offensive coordinator when Auburn won the national title and nearly pulled it off in 2013 as head coach of the Tigers. Notre Dame overachieved and made a bowl in five straight seasons under Coach Brian Kelly until last season, making the title game in 2013, while Urban Meyer has Ohio State riding high.   Assistants are often…

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Jim Sez All Star Game and Midseason Awards

BASEBALL'S ALL-STAR GAME TAKES THE CENTER STAGE IN THE SPORTS WORLD AND WE PAUSE TO HAND OUT AWARD WINNERS ...

PLUS MORE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES: IT'S THE BRONCOS AND THE BEARS

'Ya better believe that the stars are going to come out at night - that's Tuesday night in Miami - for Major-League Baseball's annual All-Star Game and may we remind one-and-all that there is no home-field advantage attached to whomever wins this year's games ...

And thank goodness for that!

Still, there's plenty of pride at stake - and remember the National League sports the oh-so-small 43-42 advantage over the American League with…

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Network Notebook: AL Evaluation at the All-Star Break

You longtime readers know we like playing with a stat we invented many years ago for Major League Baseball standings evaluation. It’s simply “Wins Minus Home Games Played.” At a glance, you can see who’s been producing (or not) against either home-heavy or road-heavy schedules. The All-Star Break is the perfect time to check in on the numbers because THIS is the time YOU should use to prepare for the second half of the season.

Today, we’re going to focus on the American League. We’ll come back midweek to run the numbers for the National League. Then, our showcase series previews…

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Jim Sez A.L. Mid Term Report Card

IT'S THE AMERICAN LEAGUE MID-TERM REPORT CARD GRADES

Okay, so we published our National League Mid-Term Report Card Grades in the most recent edition of Jim Sez, so now's time to check on the American League … and you might be surprised by some of the grades we hand out here:

AL MID-TERM GRADES

Grade: A+

HOUSTON (59-28) - Here's the one-and-only "A+" grade in the American League (remember we handed out A+ marks in the NL for the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers) as the Astros have enjoyed a magical first three-plus months with a + 149 runs differential and a bevy…

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Wayne Root: Nice Stretch for Big Baseball Dogs

You know THE KING OF UPSETS really likes to see big underdogs coming through with straight up victories, whether we’re talking football, basketball, or Major League Baseball. There have been a lot of those in this final week leading up to the All-Star Break. My ROOT TRUST has cashed several dogs of late as well…with a PINNACLE on Kansas City over Seattle Wednesday night, and a nice +145 hit on Toronto as a home dog over Houston Thursday.

Why are so many big dogs hitting lately? Like San Diego (+) over Cleveland twice…Toronto over the Yankees, San Francisco over Detroit, the…

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Jim Sez N.L. Mid Term Report Card

THE BASEBALL REPORT: IT'S TIME FOR OUR NATIONAL LEAGUE MID-TERM REPORT CARD GRADES ...

PLUS MORE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM LOOKS - WE CHECK OUT THE PACKERS AND THE G-MEN

The Baseball All-Star Game break is now - finally - right 'round the corner and that means it's high time we get you the Jim Sez National League Mid-Term Report Card Grades with the junior circuit getting our attention in tomorrow's column space ... okay?

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are banging outs lots of winners in Major-League Baseball these days and all you need to do is check in either…

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Network Notebook: Brewers/Yankees Series Preview

The final weekend before the All-Star Break includes an intriguing Interleague series matching the surprising Milwaukee Brewers (currently atop the NL Central) and the recently disappointing New York Yankees (6-16 their last 22 games). The Yanks are still very much in the Wildcard hunt in the American League, and have plenty of time to get back in gear in their divisional battle with Boston.

This could be a battle of playoff teams…but it could also be a battle of teams who will eventually miss the playoffs!

With none of the current MLB superpowers playing each other this weekend, this seems like the…

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Jim Sez NFL Midweek Report

THE NFL MID-WEEK REPORT:IS IT TOO SOON TO TALK SUPER BOWL LII ODDS TO WIN IT ALL -- OF COURSE NOT! ...PLUS OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES GETS YOU A LOOK AT THE 49ERS, TEXANS & RAVENS ...

OUR BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: WE RECOMMEND WHO SHOULD BE PARTICIPATING IN NEXT WEEK'S HOME RUN DERBY

Folks, we're coming up on the Baseball All-Star break in a few days and no doubt more than a few of your sports minds will be wandering with thoughts of pigskins dancin' thru your heads.

Well, let's beat the rush and get in some football talk here in early July -…

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Richie Baccellieri: Don’t Make Dumb Bets on Big MLB Favorites

We’re starting to see some really big moneylines in Major League Baseball. And, that’s only going to continue as the elite teams make a run at playoff positioning while bad teams throw in the towel with no chance.

There was a very big line on the night of July Fourth when Cleveland was laying more than -300 to San Diego. Squares were dying to find ways to bet the “sure thing” Indians with ace Corey Kluber against what’s supposed to be a virtual minor league team in the Padres.

*They laid -1.5 runs to make the price seem cheaper

*They put the game…

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Jim Sez Baseball Report

THE BASEBALL REPORT: IT'S A POST 4TH-OF-JULY LOOK AT WHAT MIGHT JUST COST SOME TEAMS A PLAYOFF BERTH THIS YEAR...PLUS MORE MLB NEWS & NOTES INCLUDING MORE MURPHY MAGIC IN D.C.

Hope you all had a fun and safe Fourth of July holiday - we know that the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals did while piling up double-digit run totals in their games on Tuesday but what catches our attention while coming out of the Independence Day tilts is that some Major-League Baseball teams might not get to the proverbial "promised land" (that's the post-season, folks) because of shabby marks…

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Network Notebook: Diamondbacks/Dodgers Series Preview

Both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers have been running roughshod over the National League the past several weeks. We used to say that about the Colorado Rockies too, until the Rockies ran into these two! Clearly the two best teams “right now” in the Senior Circuit will square off in Chavez Ravine Tuesday night through Thursday night for a three-game set.

Sorry Washington Nationals fans…you haven’t been playing as well as the D-backs of late. And, NOBODY’S been playing as well as the Dodgers!

This series was already going to be a big attraction. But, the Dodgers’ creative use of…

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Jim Feist: Second Half Baseball Surges?

by Jim Feist

The first half of the 2017 baseball season is in the books. There were surprising winners, such as the Astros, Yankees and Nationals, a lack of hitting league-wide again, and several teams decent at home and lousy on the road (Mariners, Rays, Cubs, Giants, A's, Royals).  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.

Astros: Wow! A bold pick to win the 2017 World Series a few years ago by Sports Illustrated, Houston has been way ahead of…

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Wayne Root: How to be a Champion

The NBA has been in the headlines a lot in recent days. Even though you can’t bet any games right now, I believe there’s a lesson to be learned by the mistakes so many teams are making. You can apply what you learn from today’s discussion to your sports betting year-round.

It always amazes me how a handful of sports franchises SHOW everyone how to win championships…but then all of their competitors try to chase them using the WRONG strategy. In terms of the NBA, that means:

*Golden State has created a modern offense that’s very difficult to guard, and a hustling…

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Network Notebook: Red Sox/Rangers Series Preview

The American League playoff chase is going to be very interesting. Sure, Houston is almost a lock already to make the brackets because of their huge lead. But, after that we have all sorts of possibilities. Boston’s recent form…and quality roster…have now put them in the driver’s seat to win the AL East. But, there’s not much margin for error because SO MANY teams are within a few games of playoff qualification.

Texas is one of those teams. And, they’d love to make a statement in front of their home fans against a big-name opponent during a holiday series. Actually, it…

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Wayne Root: What Makes a PINNACLE Play in Baseball?

I just closed out the month of June with an 8-2 record on PINNACLE baseball releases. This seemed like a good time to review the key factors that go into my most elite selections.

You’ll often hear the phrase “squares bet on teams, but sharps bet on prices.” I have to tell you that the best bets on the board are a MIX of those two! You definitely want to bet the right teams at the right prices when it comes to investing really big money. I’m not going to ask my clients to make a big investment on a game…

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Network Notebook: Yankees/Astros Series Preview

A couple of weeks ago, this was shaping up as a dream series. Possibly an ALCS preview with the two best teams in the league. Then the Yankees fell apart on a West Coast swing…and then stayed in a slump until getting some things going offensively against the lowly Chicago White Sox earlier this week.

No way you can compete with the Houston Astros juggernaut playing like that!

But, we know the Yanks are capable of much better than that recent slide. And, for some reason, the Astros have been more vulnerable at home than on the road this season. Maybe the…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Oddsmakers are Handling the Home Run Binge

If you’ve been following Major League Baseball this season, you know that we’re on a record pace for home run totals. That’s been a hot topic here in Las Vegas for several weeks now. Oddsmakers have tried to adjust their lines…but still may be missing out in a few key areas.

I’d say that the market has finally pushed OVER/UNDERS up to where they belong. It took several weeks for that to happen, particularly in the National League. The Over/Under split is relatively balanced in recent days (with an Under weekend just behind us). If you’re thinking of betting Overs to…

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Network Notebook: MLB Market Overpricing Favorites

We’ve been on a very nice run of late, with an 11-4 record on plays boosted by some nice underdog payoffs. This season in particular, the betting markets have consistently overpriced most of the preseason favorites…and continue to do so even though we’re coming up on the halfway point of the season.

The Chicago Cubs are still mis-priced

The Washington Nationals aren’t a sure thing to win on command

The Boston Red Sox were WAY overpriced initially, and still are to a degree

The Cleveland Indians have been money burners except for a recent short stretch

All of those teams were supposed to play like…

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Wayne Root: Yankees Falling Apart

After the games of Monday June 12, the New York Yankees sat atop the AL East standings with a record of 38-23. They had just taken two of three from the hated Boston Red Sox, with their two wins coming by a combined score of 17-1. Then, they swept the Baltimore Orioles by scores of 8-2, 16-3, and 14-3. That was a five-game winning streak where they won scoreboard 55-9!

When you’re crushing people like that…and 15 games over .500…it would seem that the sky was the limit. And, with a bunch of games against what was thought to be the…

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Baseball: First Half Roundup

by Jim Feist

 

    162 games is a long season. Every year teams sprint out of the gate in April and May with October dreams, only to come back to the pack by July. It's not a sprint, of course, but a marathon, where a strong balance of pitching, defense and offense carries the best teams into the postseason. Injuries, too, are key, as well as trades made before the July deadline. Teams have figured out their strengths and weaknesses now and are beginning to look for pieces to add before the deadline, while others are figuring out whom to dump.…

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Wayne Root: Dodgers, Angels Both Worth Watching

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels begin their annual four-game Interleague series Monday at Chavez Ravine. The first two games will be played there in Dodgers country. The final two Wednesday and Thursday will be played in Anaheim.

Everyone’s been talking about the Dodgers lately. Justifiably! For the past few weeks they’ve ruled the baseball world. They’re just crushing everybody night after night, with both great offense and great defense. The media used to talk about how the Dodgers were winning every time Kershaw took the mound. Now, it’s basically every time ANYBODY takes the mound. The team is…

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Jim Sez Baseball Notebook Plus NBA

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: "FREEWAY SERIES" WILL BE LOTS OF FUN IN LA-LA LAND ALL WEEK LONG (AND WE'LL HAVE PLENTY OF WINNERS!)

PLUS NBA FREE AGENCY CHATTER: PAUL, HAYWARD & LOWRY ALL LIKELY TO BE ON THE MOVE COME EARLY JULY

This doesn't exactly qualify as a news flash but the two Los Angeles-area Major-League Baseball teams have won a grand total of one World Series championship in the past 29 years (see then-Anaheim Angels, 2002) - but better believe it'll be a whole lot of fun all this week when the surging-hot LA Dodgers (51-26, won 10 in a row) battle…

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Network Notebook: Cubs/Nationals Series Preview

While the Los Angeles Dodgers have been grabbing all the headlines in recent weeks, the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals are still intent on winning their own respective National League divisions and doing whatever it takes to reach the World Series from the National League.

The Cubs were there last year, and are long overdue this summer to “remember” what it takes to play championship caliber baseball. Washington is long overdue to play to its talent level in the postseason! Both are still market favorites with the Dodgers to win the NL. The guys behind “Futures” prices know that anything can…

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Network Notebook: Orioles Tie Dubious Record

Friday night the Baltimore Orioles got waxed by the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 15-5. You’ve probably heard by now that this was the twentieth straight time that the Orioles had allowed at least five runs in a game. That ties a Major League record that goes back decades.

In handicapping terms, that streak of woeful pitching up and down the rotation and bullpen has yielded:

*A 6-14 straight up record for the Orioles

*A 13-6-1 record to the OVER on totals bets

So, betting on Baltimore’s opponents and the Over is 27-12-1 during that 20-game stretch. A fairly simple strategy that…

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Wayne Root: Preparing for College Football

Las Vegas sportsbooks have realized that football fans will bet at any time of the year…even during the brutal heat of summer! And, let me tell you, we’re experiencing one of the hottest June’s on record already here in the sports betting capital of the world. At least it prepared us for July and August!

A few sportsbooks have already posted many “Game of the Year” college football matchups for live betting. Depending on the store, you can bet as many as 100 games right now (at lower limits than you’ll see during the regular season). You don’t have to wait…

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Network Notebook: Rockies/Dodgers Series Preview

This was a series baseball fans had circled awhile ago. The Colorado Rockies have been playing excellent baseball all season, seemingly establishing their bona fides as a playoff caliber team. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been co-favorites to win the National League along with the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals, despite only starting the season 22-18.

Well, the Dodgers are 26-8 since that slow start (including 13 of their last 14), and look to be playing on a whole different level than the rest of the senior circuit. Colorado is still in the driver’s seat to at least reach the playoffs…

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Jim Sez NBA Draft Likes and Dislikes

THE NBA DRAFT: WHAT WE LIKED, WHAT WE DON'T LIKE ABOUT LAST NIGHT'S ACTIVITIES ...

THE MLB REPORT: ROCKIES-DODGERS IS WEEKEND'S NUMERO UNO SERIES

Let all those other sports web sites and newspaper columnists declare who are the "winners" and "losers" when it comes to this NBA Draft ... how can anyone really know for sure until we're at least a couple of years beyond draft night, right?

However, we will go on record in today's jam-packed Jim Sez column to state what we "liked" and "did not like" when it came to all the draft-related festivities at Barclays Center in Brooklyn ...…

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Richie Baccellieri: MLB Markets Still Slow to React

I wanted to pop in to talk some baseball before the month of June got away from us. Thanks so much to all of you who read the NBA Playoff reports. To me, the biggest story right now in the baseball markets involves how slow oddsmakers and sharps have been to recognize new levels of performance.

I’m currently on a 12-6 run in baseball. The team I’ve won most often with in that stretch is the Colorado Rockies. This is a very good team that has significantly improved its pitching staff. The market keeps pricing them like a .500 caliber team…

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Jim Sez NBA Mock Draft

OUR NBA MOCK DRAFT IS HERE!!

Welcome to the modern-day world of the NBA where the "one-and-done" players continue to flood their way into the league ... in fact, most of the top 10 projected picks here were one-year collegians but will any/many of them be big hits right from the start?

Now, our Jim Sez NBA Mock Draft lets you know who's going where and we've sprinkled in a couple of potential deals to further liven up the evening in Brooklyn:

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will be banging out loads of Side & Totals MLB winners all…

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