Better Luck Next Year

by admin on August 8, 2013

Well, after I wrote my last post, the Angels promptly got swept by the Mariners to close out the first half of the season and I lost my bet. That will teach me to bet on the team I’m rooting for.

How have the Angels done since? You can take a wild guess by my hiatus. I had a little bit of hope when LA won the first two games against Oakland but the Angels are now mired in a 5-13 slump since. To make things worse, they did this against the two teams that they are chasing. This means the Angels are all but dead in the playoff race.

Even if they rally off the next 11 games in a row, they will still only be at .500 and at least 7 games out of the wild card. The lone bright spots on the team right now are Mike Trout and Howie Kendrick. Maybe now the owner and GM will think twice about splurging on some expensive free agent acquisitions.

The Josh Hamilton experiment has completely failed. Good thing we have him locked up for the long term. Maybe he can pull through this; but for now I’ve taken to calling him this season Adam Dunn.

He’s not the only problem, however. The pitching absolutely stinks outside of C.J. Wilson. Even if Albert was mashing like he was in his prime, the Angels would still be under .500 for the season.

Albert Update

On the other hand, Mr. Pujols hasn’t been a complete bust. He just needs to take his time and get healthy. Of course, he immediately injured his foot early into the 2nd half of the season. It will still be another 3+ weeks before he is out of a walking boot and onto the field.

Albert, I have one suggestion to make for you. Don’t try to come back this season. There isn’t anything left to play for. Concentrate on getting healthy so you can start next season off on the right foot (lol). His power numbers have been down as a direct result of constantly being injured.

Albert has shown flashes of his old self, but things are becoming very concerning. If he cannot keep himself healthy from month to month, than the Angels don’t stand much of a chance against Texas and Oakland in the future either.

I may have a couple of more trivial updates when Albert comes back into the lineup. I would like to see him put together a good September so he can have some momentum going into the offseason. However, the Angels as a team are nothing special to write about anymore.

Non-Dramatic Playoff Races

Outside of a couple of division titles and one wildcard spot, this is going to be a fairly boring August and September. The NL is all but decided already with Atlanta, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Cincinnati and the LA Dodgers close to wrapping things up. The only things left to decide is the seeding for the playoffs, who will win the NL Central, and if Arizona can make a run at the Dodgers.

The American League is only a little more exciting. The Tigers have their division wrapped up; either Boston or Tampa Bay will win the AL East and the other will take a wildcard spot. The only things left to decide is whether Oakland or Texas will win the AL West and which team will win the 2nd wildcard spot (loser between Texas and Oakland, Baltimore, or Cleveland).

One thing that I have noticed is that there is an abundance of bad MLB teams right now. Is there really only 6 teams in the National League that have a winning record?

Betting on Baseball

Because this is my only current interest for the rest of the 2013 MLB season, let’s talk about sports betting again. When it comes to betting on baseball, there are two major things you need to look for: 1) Matchups and 2) Recent Statistical Trends.

Matchups – This is fairly easy to do. Let’s look at tonight’s games to give you an example. The Detroit Tigers are going for a four game sweep of the Cleveland Indians on the road. The pitching matchup is Max Scherzer for Detroit (16-1; 2.85 ERA) vs Zach McAllister (4-6; 3.47 ERA) for the Indians.

The Moneyline is -165 to bet on the Tigers to win outright and +150 to bet on the Indians. This means you would have to put up $165 in order to win $100 if you bet on the Tigers or bet $100 to win $150 if you bet on the Indians to win. The $15 difference is called the Juice.

The spread is -1 1/2 runs if you bet on the Tigers and +1 1/2 runs if you bet on the Indians. This means that the Tigers would have to win by 2 runs or more in order to win this bet or the Indians can win or lose by 1 run for them to win.

Recent Trends – The Tigers currently have an 11 game winning streak. You might think “They are due to lose”. However, take a look at last nights game, a 14-inning win for the Tigers. Scherzer has a ton of quality starts and will probably go 7+ innings. Both teams ran their bullpens dry last night. The Indians have lost 11 of their last 12 to the Tigers. Thank you, end of story – the Tigers will win this game going away.

This is just one example of an easy game to pick. However, 9 out of 10 games do not have these types of statistics that make the winner clear cut. You want to limit yourself to bet on games that you feel 70% sure or more that you will win. In the case above, I would put that at about 80% because this is still baseball and anything can happen no matter how good it looks.

Pujols Turning It Around?

by admin on July 11, 2013

Albert Pujols has been playing well in the past week. He has hit homeruns in back-to-back games and has cut down on the strikeouts. He is starting to show the signs of turning around his slow start in the first year and a half of playing with the Angels.

The last 5 games, Pujols has hit closer to his career average (.350 batting average / .381 on base percentage /.500 slugging percentage). The Angels have consequently been better with a 11-3 record in the past 14.

He had been struggling with a lingering foot/leg ailment, which is finally starting to subside. Albert will do well to rest with the four-day All-Star break coming soon. I look for him to have a big 2nd half of the season.

The Angels haven’t made it easy for themselves in the 1st half. Before this current stretch, the Angels struggled against some of the weaker teams in the AL including Houston, Seattle and Chicago. Oakland and Texas are up 9 and 8.5 games respectively because they have beaten up the Angels so far this year.

If the Angels can win at least 2 out of 3 at Seattle before the break, they will only be one game under .500 to start the second half. I couldn’t have imagined this two weeks ago. While Los Angeles is still looking at an uphill climb to get back into the playoff race, it is no longer an unrealistic expectation.

The first part of the 2nd half of the season is crucial, however. The Angels play 2 series each against the A’s and Rangers to start with a two other series squeezed between them. They will have to go 7-6 in these 13 games against the rivals in order to continue to have a good shot of making a comeback.

The Angels are currently 7 games back of the 2nd wild card spot. However, it is going to be nearly impossible for the Angels to claim a wild card spot without catching and passing either Oakland or Texas. The one advantage that the Angels has is that the AL East is going to have to beat each other up and there are no real contenders in the Central besides the Tigers.

Albert is going to have to go back to his St Louis Cardinals form in order for the Angels to have a chance. He has done this once before with the Cardinals back in 2011. They were as many as 10 games back at times in the second half of that season only to squeeze into the playoffs, and that’s when they went on an epic run to the World Series Title.

A little far fetched? Not really, just remember that we did this once before with the rally monkey. If Josh Hamilton can ever start hitting close to normal, the Angels can catch up in a hurry. They just have to not let this momentum fall flat after the All-Star break.

Tomorrow’s Game Prediction

I’m prepared to put my money where my mouth is. The Angels aren’t going to play their next game until tomorrow. The line is not up for tomorrow’s game against the Mariners. I would be guessing that Seattle is going to be a half run favorite with the pitching match-up. I got a C-note that the Angels are going to win outright.

I know that Jerome Williams is the starting pitcher and he’s only made it through 4 and 2/3 innings in the last two starts. But, he is due have a good start and Seattle doesn’t have the offense to pound him like Boston and St Louis did.

This is going to be somewhat of a must win if they want to get to close to .500 by the break. If you would like more advise or find the betting lines for current games, click here for more online gambling.

Here’s to Albert Pujols and the Angels completing the improbable comeback this year after falling short last season. Keep those bats hot and give the pitching a chance to win some games!

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Baseball Betting Systems

by admin

If you are a fan of betting on baseball games, you should take a look at these Baseball Systems to give you help with selecting the best game to place your bets on. With baseball, it is easier to bet against the Run Line (spread) rather than trying to bet the run total or against the Moneyline.

Are you looking for the various NFL betting lines for 2013? With the MLB postseasons starting, this means that baseball has less than a month left to work those systems. After that, you should bet on the NFL games which are the most popular wagers to place in sports. After a few weeks of statistics to pour through, you should be able to get the matchups you want to bet on to win.

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