Broke even last night, neither Rays or O’s hit for shit for Baltimore got the big bop.
My boy Bassitt, see what he can do.
Oakland +121 @ 12
Bank : -55.52
Not so much a winner, but a bet against a loser. Whenever possible over the next week or so the play is against Baltimore. Their whole team is struggling to hit at the moment, Trumbo and Machado most importantly. We will also be banking on the consistent quality of Nick Tropeano over the human coin flip that is Chris Young.
RAYS -129 @ 16
ANGELS -117 @ 16
BANK : -53.20
I tell you, it’s super easy to figure out your bank when you only lose bets. None of that fancy parlay calculator business needed around here. Just a good ol’ fashioned subtraction button, please and thank you. Side note, the ML for the Rays tonight is about -125, but there run line is like (-1.5 +170). I could be wrong but this appears way out of whack. For comparison, some similar MLs with their run line
PIT (-128) (-1.5 +132)
CWS (-115) (-1.5 +142)
NYY (-119) (-1.5 +138)
KC (-122) (-1.5 +134)
It would seem that Vegas is saying, Tampa may win tonight, in fact they probably will, but there is no way in Hell they are winning by more than a run. I could be misreading things but I think thats right.
Rays -125 @ 16
BANK : -$66
We lose on Friday when Brian McCann hits one of probably 3 home runs he will hit this year off a lefty. Plenty more action where that came from. All plays @ 18. Good luck out there.
Just getting my feet wet. We will start a new bank @ 0 and see how we do.
Rays -108 @ 12
Bank : $0
As is tradition, the Lou and Pat Pub Crawl bet, the competition where the only losers are about a dozen bar staffs. Slight wrinkle this year in that one of us never posted the totals in early March, so the numbers being worked with are balls-to-the-first pitch wall this year. Let’s get to it.
10) Baltimore Orioles Under 79.5 The lack of depth on this team is somewhat astonishing. Massive contracts appear to have drained this team of a proper bench, and if there is a team out there that could use one, this is it. Adam Jones has shown slow but discernible signs of decline the last couple years. Wieters, whose arm is responsible for stopping crime, has a TJ in the rear view and has hit a total of 13 home runs in the last 2 yrs. Bullpen is a plus, but that is wiped out by the ugliness of the rotation. This team would be a fun bet against anyone in a series but will not withstand the grind.
9) Texas Rangers Over 83.5 Roughnod Odor’s 2nd half of ’15. Cole Hamels heading the rotation. Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland as a fat, bi-racial monster at 1st base. There is a lot to really like about the Rangers this season. Tolleson is not the sexiest closer but seems very capable. Ian Desmond and Adrian Beltre with things to prove. As seemingly always, the X Factor on the Rangers’ will be starting pitching, where I am cautiously optimistic this year.
8) Los Angeles Dodgers Under 89.5 Would love to make this my 10 Pointer but I’m scared of their money. Wish no man ill-health, but if Kershaw goes down for a significant stretch this number is instantly unattainable. Start the season with a whopping 8 souls on the DL. Needed plus years from Ethier, Kendrick, Jansen, Turner, and Pederson to hit 92 LY. Greinke leaving doesn’t necessarily mean bad things, the fact that he stays in division and is replaced by Kazmir does. Bullpen outside of Jansen is not good.
7) St Louis Cardinals Under 87.5 No one really knows what the hell is going on at 1B, as highlighted and underlined by Matt Holliday getting some run-outs there in March. Achilles, elbow surgery, abdomen pull; all injuries Adam Wainwright has dealt with over the past couple years. Matheny is fine but occasionally comes across as the idiot in the room. Can’t hate on Rosenthall too much but his lack of pitch movement is Benitezien. Peralta, even when he returns, cannot be expected to produce power numbers.
6) Seattle Mariners Over 82.5 James Paxton and Nate Karns in and of themselves are not a reason to get overly amped as a Mariner fan. The key here is these two battled in Spring Training for the #5 spot in the rotation. Very good news. The 2015 team was loaded with under-performers, like borderline anyone not named Seager. And now no Fernando Rodney!
5) Chicago White Sox Over 80.5 The 3 S’s. Big fan of this team’s bench. Saladino, Shuck, and Sands are all capable. LaRoche incident end result? A kinda sucky hitter is gone freeing up at bats and money. The bullpen is now healthy and solid. And maybe, Ventura will have started to figure things out by now.
4) Cincinnati Reds Over 70.5 For years a smart bet has been the Reds Under. Consequently this number seems to have been driven a bit low. Mesoraco is back healthy, as is Cozart. Losing Frazier hurts, but 24 yr old Eugenio Suarez eases the pain if his level of play replicates or surpasses 2015 totals. Iglesias and DeSclafani are also young and kinda fun at the top of the rotation. Bullpen seems adequate.
3) New York Mets Over 89.5 Fuck you, Utley.
2) Cleveland Indians Over 85.5 Very cool infield. Legitimate rotation
1) Pittsburgh Pirates Under 86.5 I know Lou has this, whatever he says.
Keep riding Predators…
Nashville (+1.5 -200)
Bank : 982.14 (-17.86)
Loss and push on our return to action recently. Let’s keep rolling.
Plays @ 14
Maple Leafs +138
Bank 986 Units
I expect my initial plays, as I relearn how to ride this bicycle, to be shaky and inept. But in time, and with the grace of the gambling gods, we will make money. Initial Bank = 1,000 Units
Wizards ML -113 @ 14
Wizards/Bulls Under 213 -108 @ 14
Current Bank 1,000 Units
Lou’s boy Drew Hutchison is -180something in a game tonight where he has 5.4-5.5 era against a perfectly respectable gentleman pitcher in Kendall Graveman. Counterpoint, this means betting against Toronto. Resolution…
Oakland (+1.5 -120) @ 16