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Submitted by Kelso Sturgeon on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM

With the Major League Baseball season at the half-way point and with the 84th All-Star game just nine days away the Detroit Tigers (48-39) are the 13-2 favorites to win the World Series, with St. Louis Cardinals (53-34) the second choice at 7-1. Still, many questions abound with more than half the season to go.

  • Can the Los Angeles Angels (43-45), opening co-favorites at 7-1 with the New York Yankees (48-40), rebound in the second half of the season to get to the World Series?

  • Can the Los Angeles Dodgers (42-45), the 10-1 second choice behind the Washington Nationals (46-42) to win the National League Pennant, get it together and get to the World Series.

The Los Dodgers stunned the baseball when the new ownership started to spend money on talent like the old New York Yankees and when the season had the second highest payroll in the majors of $216,302,909. They were 10-1 to win the World Series and legions of pundits said they would win it all.

Regardless of the pre-season optimism, the Dodgers struggled from the get go, are now 25-1 to win the World Series and a blur in the memory of both fans and bettors. That may be a premature judgment since all at once the Dodgers are playing up to their talent, have gone 11-3 in their last 14 games and look to be the talent says they should be.

The Dodgers have moved up to second-place in the National League West and are just 4.5 games out of first place, a spot held by the Arizona Diamondbacks (47-41). Count them out at your own risk.

The Angels, with a payroll of $142,165,250, the sixth highest in baseball, have kicked it up several notches over the past, acquiring such outstanding players such as first baseman Albert Pujols, outfielder Josh Hamilton and pitcher C.J Wilson, in a concerted effort to win a championship. It has not happened and it is a matter of record this season has followed lost season with mediocrity or less.

Bettors need to realize things are all at once changing. The Angels closed out June with six straight wins to finish the month 12-4 and have opened July 4-2. That's 16-6 in their last 22 games and the Angels are in third place, 8.5 games behind Oakland Athletics (52-37) and 8.0 behind second-place Texas (51-37). If the Anaheim branch of Los Angeles Baseball continues at this level it will not take a miracle to get there.

Count out the Angels at your own risk.

Pay Attention Update

I shall not spread any amount of hope for the Miami Marlins (32-55) who have the second-worst record in baseball, behind the Houston Astros (32-57) but bettors should pay attention to what is currently happened with a team that was 28sp; games under .500 (16-44) on June 5. The Marlins have gone 16-11 since then and were 10-3 in their last 13 games before being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals. The Marlins opened the season as a 100-1 shot to win the World Series but can now bet at the Las Vegas Hotel at 2000-1 and offshore at 5Dimes at 7500-1-wagers obviously attractive for those with a great deal of optimism.

NFL Training Camps Open In 13 Days

National Football League training camps open in in less than two weeks and the post-season kickoff Hall of Fame Game that matches the Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys is just 27 days down the road. In other words the football season is here and with it comes the opportunity to sign up for all my football services for generous early-bird prices. All who purchase football at any level also get the rest of the baseball season free right through the World Series. You can sign up on this website or toll free at 1-9=800-755-2255. Here's a full list of training camp dates for each NFL team:

American Football Conference

  • Ravens: Rookies report July 21; Veterans report July 24
  • Bills: Rookies report July 22; Veterans report July 27
  • Bengals: Rookies report July 24; Veterans report July 24
  • Browns: Rookies report July 19; Veterans report July 24
  • Broncos: Rookies report July 24; Veterans report July 24
  • Texans: Rookies report July 21; Veterans report July 25
  • Colts: Rookies report July 23; Veterans report July 27
  • Jaguars: Rookies report July 25; Veterans report July 25
  • Chiefs: Rookies report July 22; Veterans report July 25
  • Dolphins: Rookies report July 20; Veterans report July 20
  • Patriots: Rookies report July 21; Veterans report July 25
  • Jets: Rookies report July 22; Veterans report July 25
  • Raiders: Rookies report July 25; Veterans report July 25
  • Steelers: Rookies report July 26; Veterans report July 26
  • Chargers: Rookies report July 24; Veterans report July 24
  • Titans: Rookies report July 24; Veterans report July 24

National Football Conference

  • Cardinals: Rookies report July 23; Veterans report July 25
  • Falcons: Rookies report July 24; Veterans report July 24
  • Panthers: Rookies report July 21; Veterans report July 25
  • Bears: Rookies report July 25; Veterans report July 25
  • Cowboys: Rookies report July 20; Veterans report July 20
  • Lions: Rookies report July 22; Veterans report July 25
  • Packers: Rookies report July 25; Veterans report July 25
  • Vikings: Rookies report July 25; Veterans report July 25
  • Saints: Rookies report July 18; Veterans report July 25
  • Giants: Rookies report July 26; Veterans report July 26
  • Eagles: Rookies report July 22; Veterans report July 25
  • Rams: Rookies report July 21; Veterans report July 24
  • 49ers: Rookies report July 19; Veterans report July 24
  • Seahawks: Rookies report July 24; Veterans report July 24
  • Buccaneers: Rookies report July 17; Veterans report July 24
  • Redskins: Rookies report July 24; Veterans report July 24

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