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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM


The calendar now reads June — and so one big question we want to chuck in your general direction is when exactly are some of Major–League Baseball’s biggest star pitchers gonna start producing profits for the guys/gals in the wagering world?
In a 2015 season in which 42–year–old New York Mets RHP Bartolo Colon is the National League’s biggest winner — he’s now 8–3 following a series–salvaging 4–3 home win on Sunday afternoon against the beleaguered Miami Marlins — we keep waiting for a batch of “name” pitchers to turn the beat around but instead they keep on heading down the wrong/losing path.

Here’s a short list of money–burning starting pitchers so far this ’15 season:

CC SABATHIA, New York Yankees — Lots of scary stats to hit you with here including the fact that the former Cy Young Award winner is 2–7 with a bloated 5.67 ERA and note he’s allowed 74 hits while pitching just 60.1 innings … ugh.

The Yankees are 3–7 in Sabathia’s 10 starts this season and take note that was — in wagering parlance –– minus 125 in one April blowout home loss versus the Mets, – 165 in a May 23rd home loss to Texas and in his last start as a tiny favorite he gagged up a 3–0 lead at Oakland in what turned into a 5–4 A’s win with Sabathia’s stat line as follows: 5 runs allowed (all earned), 8 hits in six innings of work.

No question Sabathia’s velocity is way down but it also appears that he runs out of gas somewhere around 85 pitches and, so even when he’s not terrible, his short stays on the bump force manager Joe Girardi into going to his bullpen extra–early.

ANIBAL SANCHEZ, Detroit Tigers — Hey, even when this Motown right–hander pitches well (and that hasn’t been too often this 2015 campaign!) he and his “backers” still can’t cash a bet.

Last Friday night there was Sanchez — now 3–6 with a rotten 5.75 ERA — spinning a very nice game in Anaheim but still he came up a 2–0 loser while yielding just 2 runs on 6 hits with 9 Ks and 2 BBs in 7 innings of work.
Overall, the Tigers are 3–8 in Sanchez’s 11 starts this year and that includes a crummy 2–5 record at home where — get this — Sanchez (or at least the Tigers) has been a loser while laying prices such as — 152 in a 6–2 loss to Kansas City, — 155 in a brutal 8–1 home loss to Milwaukee back on May 19th and — 150 in a 10–8 home loss versus Houston.

You keep waiting for Sanchez to pitch well and the Tigers to give ‘em some run support in the same game but seemingly it never happens — so keep an eye on the good folks in Las Vegas and watch out for his home prices to plummet because making anti–Anibal Sanchez plays in Detroit City is lining the pockets of a few chaps.

FRANCISCO LIRIANO, Pittsburgh Pirates –– Sometimes there really is no rhyme or reason why a team doesn’t win for a certain starting pitcher … take this Buccos left–hander, for example.

Liriano exited last Friday’s eventual 6–2 loss in San Diego (a ninth–inning grand salami by C Derek Norris won it for the Padres) with a 2–0 lead after hurling six scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts and only one walk and his 3.47 ERA ain’t awful but consider the Pirates now are 2–8 in his 10 starts made this season and that includes a silly 0–6 mark in Liriano’s night–time starts.

Consider that Liriano has struck out 23 batters in his last two starts and until recently he owned the best batting average–against mark in the big leagues and still bettors have lost eight of his 10 starts and that includes five Bucco losses in six Liriano starts in the month of May.

So, unlike Sabathia and Sanchez, here’s a “name” pitcher that seemingly deserves a better fate in his starts but — as the saying goes — either he or his team have been just good enough to still lose in 80 percent of his starts and you do have to wonder whether this is just “one of those years” for Liriano or whether the beat will turn itself around sooner rather than later.

In other Baseball News & Notes as we look ahead at this new week/month …
Know who’s gonna be fun to watch this week? The Texas Rangers, that’s who!
The team that everyone put in the basement of the very overrated American League West prior to the start of this season has kicked it into overdrive lately with eight wins in their last 10 games including this just–completed three–of–four weekend home series against the Boston Red Sox.

If you caught the end of Sunday’s dramatic 4–3 come–from–behind win against the Bosox, then you know born–again OF (and in this case pinch–hitter) Josh Hamilton was the latest hero with a two–run double into the left–centerfield gap and that’s the key as it appears there’s been new heroes every night for the Rangers who also received 3.1 scoreless innings from a bullpen that includes the rather non–household names of Jon Edwards, Sam Freeman, Keone Kela and Ross Ohlendorf — who?
Texas hosts a three–game series against the Chicago White Sox beginning Tuesday night in Arlington and then the Rangers head to the road for a monstrous weekend set in Kansas City. Right now the Rangers are 26–25 and a scant 5 games back of Houston for the AL West lead and — really — can the Astros keep up this .608–type winning pace much longer? Ahh, probably not …

One other item on our MLB “watch list” are the Washington Nationals who just staggered out of Cincinnati having gotten swept three straight by a Reds team that was mired in a major slump until the Nats hit town.

Washington’s bats didn’t exactly light up the skies as the Nationals registered just 9 runs during the three–game series in Cincy and now there’s more injury woes with RHP Stephen Strasburg removed from his last Friday on Friday with neck tightness plus OF Bryce Harper (sore back) and CF Denard Span (sore knee) are hurting too and straight ahead for manager Matt Williams’ squad is a three–game Interleague set against Toronto — do the Blue Jays come alive here? — and then comes a biggie four–game home set against the Chicago Cubs. Let’s see if the Nats can grit their teeth and sport a winning week — or might the injury woes steer ‘em into an even longer losing streak?

Note …
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Okay, so we’re getting a bit closer to the NBA Finals and here’s some key playoff stats when checking out the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors — by the way, the Warriors right now are listed as the heavy–duty favorite at — 210 with Cleveland at + 170 per a $100 series play:

CLEVELAND — No surprise that LeBron James leads the Cavs in points (27.6 ppg), rebounds (10.4), assists (8.3) and steals (1.8) but nosh on a couple of these somewhat surprising post–season stats … Tristan Thomas is averaging a haughty 9.9 rebounds per game and he might be the most important front–court player of ‘em all in this NBA Finals plus four of Cleveland’s rotation players (none of ‘em being James) are shooting 80 percent or better from the free–throw line where these Eastern Conference champions could steal a game or two this series.

GOLDEN STATE — League MVP Stephen Curry hasn’t missed a beat this post–season as he leads the Warriors in scoring (29.2 ppg), assists (6.4) and steals (1.9) but what has gone a bit under the radar is the fact Curry averages a team–high 38.1 minutes per game and he is shooting an electric 43.7 percent from beyond the three–point arc. Keep in mind Curry averaged 44.3 percent from trey–land — a slight 0.7 percent difference — but here’s he has done it against the cream of the crop including a defensively–sound Memphis gang in Round II.
One last NBA Finals note …

If you’re peeking ahead to Thursday’s Game 1, then consider Cleveland has won/covered two–of–three Game 1 tilts this post–season with the lone loss coming in Round 2 when the Cavs were bested by Chicago 99–92 as 4.5–point home favorites;

Meanwhile, Golden State is 3–0 SU (straight–up) but just 1–2 ATS (against the spread) in Game 1 tilts this post–season as the Warriors won but didn’t cover a 12.5–point price against New Orleans in the first round of action and won but didn’t cover a 110–106 affair versus 10.5–point pups Houston in the Western Conference Finals.
Might Game 1 here be yet another non–cover win for Mr. Curry and friends?
Stay tuned.

Note: Catch our NBA Finals Preview in the next edition of Jim Sez plus there’s more MLB News/Notes.


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