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Friday, August 19, 2011

Tigers vs Indians Picks

Tigers and Indians to Play Three-Game Series in Detroit

When this MLB season began, not many had high hopes for the Cleveland Indians. But a strong first two
months saw them with a 32-20 record and five games up on Detroit.

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Since then, they’ve fallen back to earth and Detroit has taken over the lead in the AL Central by less than
a handful of games. The Bodog Sportsbook has the Tigers with 15/1 odds of winning the World Series
and the Indians set at 50/1 odds.

The Indians hope to get back into first as they visit Detroit for a three-game series starting on Friday
night.

Max Scherzer and his 12-7 record take on Josh Tomlin’s 12-5 mark in game one on Friday night.
Saturday’s likely matchup will see the newest Tiger Doug Fister against David Huff, who has a 0.51 ERA
in 17.2 innings. Sunday features Rick Porcello against Ubaldo Jimenez, who the Indians traded four
prospects to Colorado to get him at the trade deadline.

The Indians outscored the Tigers 16-9 in taking two out of three games from Detroit in a series last week
in Cleveland.

The Tigers have had trouble in the last two weeks, losing as many games as they’ve been winning, but
the Indians haven’t been able to take advantage. Both teams will have to watch out for the White Sox,
who are surging as one of the hottest teams in baseball.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Milwaukee Brewers vs San Francisco Giants Preview


Milwaukee Brewers (53-47) at San Francisco Giants (57-42), 10:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Shaun Marcum (8-3, 3.39) San Francisco - Matt Cain (8-5, 2.99) 

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With the July 31 trade deadline looming, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he will go to battle with this current group of guys. And who could blame him after this similar corps captured a World Series title a year ago?
"Right now, these are my guys," Bochy said. "They're doing quite well, and if this is the last move, then we'll go to battle with these guys. I think they've done a nice job."
There are some intriguing names being thrown around as trade bait, in particular New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran. Bochy's club, however, looks to remain focused Friday in the opener of a three-game series versus the heavy-hitting Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park.
The Giants had a three-game winning streak stopped in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to rival Los Angeles in the finale of a three-game set, as Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw stymied San Francisco with a season-high 12 strikeouts over eight innings.
Kershaw improved his career record versus San Francisco to 4-1 in 10 games -- nine starts -- while lowering his earned run average to 1.41. He has given up only 12 runs to the Giants over 63 2/3 innings. His performance left an impression on Bochy.
"I've seen it before. Even with our guys healthy, he has shut us out. Not once, either. He's tough," Bochy said. "Kershaw's been tough on us. He was superb. You just tip your cap."
Chris Stewart led the Giants with a team-best two hits and Pablo Sandoval was held out of the lineup because of a sore right quadriceps. Sandoval's streak of consecutive games reaching base at 27 came to an end, but he is expected to be back in the lineup in the series opener with Milwaukee. Sandoval was relegated to a pinch-hit role in the recent loss and is hitting .313 with nine homers and 34 RBI for the NL West-leading Giants, who have won nine of their last 12 games and lead the division by four games ahead of the Diamondbacks. Despite losing to the Dodgers, San Francisco is still a dominant 27-15 within division play.
San Francisco did add a fresh face to the clubhouse in infielder Jeff Keppinger, who pinch-hit in the seventh inning versus Los Angeles and flied out to left field in his only at-bat. Keppinger was recently traded from the Houston Astros to the Bay area.
Giants ace and two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum failed to pitch his team to a seventh straight win over the Dodgers and was outdueled by Kershaw. Lincecum saw his 2011 record dip to 8-8 after he tossed seven innings of one-run ball and allowed five hits, including Dioner Navarro's home run in the seventh inning. Lincecum had not allowed a home run in seven straight contests and has received only 12 runs of support over his previous nine outings.
San Francisco has scored four runs in each of Matt Cain's last two starts and the big right-hander will begin this series on the hill. Barry Zito was supposed to get the start but Bochy pushed him back for Cain. In a 4-3 win at San Diego on Sunday, Cain did not record a decision and yielded three runs -- one earned -- and three hits with nine strikeouts. Cain is 8-5 with a 2.99 earned run average in 20 starts and has won five of his past six decisions. He is 5-2 in nine trips to the AT&T Park mound this season.
Cain lost at Milwaukee back on May 29 and was reached for five runs and 11 hits over six innings of his team's 6-0 setback. Cain is 2-4 lifetime with a lofty 4.73 ERA in six career starts against the Brewers and is counting on getting more support from a Giants squad that has scored four or more runs in six of its last eight contests.
After the Giants close out their homestand on Sunday, they will head east to square off with the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds. The Giants and Phillies haven't met since San Francisco punched its ticket to last year's World Series with an NLCS triumph.
The Brewers, who are tied with Pittsburgh atop the NL Central standings, won two of three matchups with San Francisco at Miller Park from May 27-29 and are 4-2 in the previous six contests in this series.
Milwaukee took two of three games at AT&T Park last Sept. 17-19 and received wins from starting pitchers Randy Wolf and Yovani Gallardo -- two hurlers expected to take the Bay area hill this time around.
Shaun Marcum will toe the rubber in Friday's series opener and is 8-3 with a 3.39 earned run average in 20 starts in his first season with Milwaukee. He started his first stint with the Brewers 6-1 with a 2.37 ERA in 10 starts, but is just 2-2 with a 4.67 ERA over the past 10 outings. He got back into the win column with Sunday's 4-3 victory at Colorado, where he held the Rockies to two runs and four hits over five innings before leaving with a strained neck.
"I think I landed a little awkward," Marcum said after the game. "It's a little stiff right now, but I don't think it's anything to be too alarmed about. We'll keep doing our treatment, and I'll be ready to go next time out."
Marcum, a right-hander, lost to the Giants in a 5-4 decision back on May 27 in Brew City, as he was reached for five runs and six hits in six innings. Marcum has faced San Francisco just twice, going 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA. In his first appearance against the Giants on June 20, 2010 as a member of Toronto, Marcum did not record a decision after he gave up two runs -- one earned -- and four hits in five innings of work.
He won't have Carlos Gomez in his corner any time soon after the center fielder suffered a fractured clavicle in Wednesday's 5-2 win in 10 innings against the Diamondbacks.
The Brewers are 4-4 on an 11-game road trip and lost for just the second time in six tries with Thursday's 4-0 loss to Arizona in the finale of a four-game series at Chase Field. Zack Greinke allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings for the loss and struck out seven batters. Yuniesky Betancourt had a team-high two hits in defeat.
"You're disappointed when you think you're playing pretty good and then you come out and get shut out," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I'm glad we've won some games on the trip, but when you think about this game, it's hard to be happy about what happened the last few days."

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The 10 Best Catchers in Major League Baseball History


10 Best Catchers in Major League Baseball History

While big time home run kings and pitchers with blinding speed often get the glory, the men behind the plate often go unnoticed.

With perhaps the toughest job on the diamond, requiring durability, a solid arm, the mind to call a game and, of course, the ability to hit, catchers are a unique and rare breed.

So, in honor of the men behind the masks, we put together a list of the 10 that did it the best.

Eight of them are in the Hall of Fame because of it, with the two others almost certainly making their way to Cooperstown someday.

So, read on and help us celebrate the 10 best catchers in Major League Baseball history.

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10. Gabby Hartnett-Chicago Cubs (1922-40), New York Giants (1941)
Probably one of the best defensive catchers in the game’s history, Hartnett could hit the ball pretty well too, batting .297 lifetime with 297 homers, including one of the most famous walk-off home runs in baseball folklore --the "Homer in the Gloamin." A famous blast in 1938 that helped lead the Cubs to the pennant. A six-time All-Star, Hartnett was the league’s MVP in 1935, after hitting .344 with 13 homers and 91 RBIs.

9. Gary Carter-Montreal Expos (1974-1984, 1992), New York Mets (1985-1989), San Francisco Giants (1990), Los Angeles Dodgers (1991)
The "Kid" was one of the best all-around catchers of the 1980s, winning three Gold Glove awards and five Silver Slugger awards while surpassing 100 RBIs in a single season four times. Carter finished his career with 324 homers in 19 seasons, and was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 2003. The squeaky-clean clutch hitter was an 11-time All-Star who played a key role on the 1986 New York Mets championship team, batting .276 with nine RBIs as the Mets won in seven games over the Boston Red Sox.

8. Bill Dickey-New York Yankees (1928-43, 1946)
Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954 after a 19-year baseball career with the New York Yankees, Dickey posted some of the best offensive performances by a catcher hitting over 20 home runs with 100 RBIs in four consecutive seasons. The ragin’ Cajun known for his hot temper, batted 313 in his career, better than .300 in 10 of his first 11 seasons, and hit .362 in 1936, the highest average for a catcher until Joe Mauer hit .365 in 2009. With a strong arm and durability, he was also legendary defensively. He made 11 All-Star teams and his Yankees went to the World Series nine times, winning eight championships.

7. Carlton Fisk-Boston Red Sox (1969, 1971-80), Chicago White Sox (1981-93)
"Pudge" as he was know by his teammates, was considered to be the best American League catcher of the 80s, and probably would have been for the entire league had it not have been for NL catcher Johnny Bench. The 10-time AL All-Star caught 2,226 games in 24 seasons, and he hit 376 homers with a .269 average, second all-time among catchers, and first at the time of his retirement. However, Fisk will be most remembered for hitting a walk-off homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, giving the Red Sox a 7–6 win and forcing a seventh and deciding game of the fall classic.

6. Ivan Rodriguez-Texas Rangers (1991-2002, 2009), Florida Marlins (2003), Detroit Tigers (2004-2008), New York Yankees (2008), Houston Astros (2009), Washington Nationals (2010- )
The only active player on our list, Rodriguez holds the record from most games caught by a catcher, passing Carlton Fisk on June 17, 2009, after catching his 2,227th game. With a laser arm and great game calling skills, the native Puerto Rican had tallied more than 300 career home runs and a career batting average of .298 entering 2011. But his best season was in 1999. That year “Pudge” brought home the AL MVP honors after hitting .332 with 35 homers, 113 RBIs, 25 stolen bases and one of his 13 career Gold Gloves. He also led the Marlins to a World Series title in 2003 earning his first ever National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player.

5. Mike Piazza-Los Angeles Dodgers (1992-98), Florida Marlins (1998), New York Mets (1998-2005), San Diego Padres (2006), Oakland A's (2007)
While never considered a great defensive catcher, the 12-time All Star could sure swing the lumber, recording the most home runs ever hit by a catcher with 396, with a career total of 427. However, it was his 1997 season with the Dodgers that would define Piazza’s career, as he hit .362 with 40 home runs, 124 RBIs, and 201 hits. Besides winning the Louisville Silver Slugger Award a record 10 consecutive times, Piazza tied a Mets club record on July 18, 2000 when he hit his third grand slam of the season and had one RBI in 15 consecutive games that same year, the second-longest RBI streak in Mets history.

4. Roy Campanella-Brooklyn Dodgers (1948-57)
Besides being one of the first players to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball, "Campy", was perhaps one of the best catchers in the game’s history, setting a single-season record for the men in masks, with 41 homers and 142 RBIs in 1953. Besides being selected to appear in eight consecutive All-Star games, Campanella was also awarded the NL MVP three times between 1951 and ’55, and in each of his MVP seasons, batted over .300, while tallying over 30 home runs and over 100 RBIs. His career ended because an auto accident in 1958 that left him paralyzed, but not before he left his mark on the game.

3. Gordon Stanley Cochrane-Philadelphia Athletics (1925-33), Detroit Tigers (1934-37)
Known to his teammates as "Mickey", the two two-time AL MVP and Hall of Fame catcher finished his short 12-year MLB career—after being hit in the head by a pitch in 1937--hitting an average .320. He was a cornerstone in the lineup of some great Philadelphia teams in the 1920s and 1930s, winning pennants in three consecutive seasons. He also was player-manager on two pennant winning teams in Detroit, and a World Series-winning team in 1935. In the same year, Cochrane became the first MLB player to ever appear on the cover of Time Magazine.

2. Johnny Bench -Cincinnati Reds (1967-83)
With the right amounts of power at the plate and defensive ability, Bench started his pro career wining the 1968 NL Rookie of the Year and went on to be selected 14-times as an  All-Star while  leading the league in RBIs three time and being named the NLs Most Valuable Players twice. Bench was no doubt the best offensive and defensive catcher of the 1970s, and perhaps the biggest contributing member on Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine” that won six division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series championships. Bench also won 10 Gold Gloves before retiring as the career home run leader for catchers, a record that stood until surpassed by Carlton Fisk and the current record holder, Mike Piazza.

1. Yogi Berra -New York Yankees (1946-1963), New York Mets (1965)
A three-time AL MVP, Berra was perhaps the purist hitter the game’s has ever seen. He was a champion among the fans, receiving MVP votes for 15 years in a row - and was an 18-time AL All-Star who won 10 World Series as a Yankee in a 16-year span. He hit 358 homers and led the Yankees in RBIs in every season from 1949-55 on teams loaded with future Hall of Famers. He also caught Don Larsen's World Series perfect game in 1956.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Top 10 Greatest Living Baseball Players


10 Greatest living baseball players

It’s no doubt a difficult task putting together a list such as this, with over 60 living Hall of Famers and a handful of recently retired players yet to be inducted along former baseball legends in Cooperstown. However, we have decided to celebrate a few of the games most honored players that we are fortunate to still have living among us.

While postseason performances, pennants and the sparkling rings of championships could all be a factor in making our list, why penalize some of the game's best individuals who toiled on teams not good enough for October?

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Of course, you have the sainted likes of Musial, Mays and Aaron, the longevity of Ryan and Ripken Jr. and the brief brilliant bursts of excellence from Koufax. But what about the tarnished excellence of Rose, Bonds and McGuire? Should a lifetime ban for gambling and steroids discolor their careers or diminish their greatness?

Considering all of the above, we have decided to compile our list from the game's retired players and select baseball's 10 greatest living players:

10. Henry Aaron -Braves, Brewers  (1954-1976)- The 77-year old Aaron was one of baseball’s true sluggers, and although he never hit 50 homers in a single season, he remains the only player to hit 30 or more homers in at least 15 seasons. He also bested Babe Ruth’s 714 career home runs with 755 while becoming the first player with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. His 6,856 total bases are 722 more than any other player, and his 2,297 RBIs remain a record nearly four decades later, despite his home run record being smashed 30 years later. Aaron still stands as one of the game's most productive hitters, and for this was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1982 and is number 10 on our list.

9. Yogi Berra -Yankees, Mets (1946-1965) – Widely-known as one of the most quoted personalities of our time, by presidents and coaches. Berra's fame will always be as a dugout philosopher with his utterances that created the phrase--"Yogi-isms". But Berra’s numbers precede him as one of the most popular catchers in the game nobody knows. Perhaps, one of the hardest working players the Yankees have ever had, Berra helped build the Bronx Dynasty, winning 10 World Series and 14 American League pennants from 1947 to '63. He was also an 18-time All-Star, three-time MVP, and for seven consecutive seasons finished in the top five in MVP voting. For that, the now 86-year old will remain one of baseball's endearing characters, and sits at number nine on our list.

8. Barry Bonds -Pirates, Giants (1986-2007)-Although Bonds reputation has been irreversibly damaged by allegations of performance-enhancing drug use and a related criminal investigation. His dominance in the 2000s is hard to dismiss. Bonds' seven MVPs are more than twice as many as any other player, his 73 homers in 2001 is the single-season record, and his 762 career homers surpassed Aaron. The now 46-year old All Star reached base an unbelievable 61 percent of his at-bats in 2004 and from 2001- to 2004 he turned in an uncanny .809 slugging average and posted a monster single-season OPS of 1.422, setting a new major league record. Steroids have stained his career while possibly costing his place in Cooperstown, but he still makes it in at number eight.

7. Ricky Henderson -Athletics, Yankees, Blue Jays, Padres, Angels, Mets, Mariners, Red Sox, Dodgers (1979-2003)- Ala Willie Mays Hayes, the now 52-year old Henderson was beyond a doubt, the game’s best leadoff hitter and base-stealer, setting the single-season record with 130 steals, but kept running after 939 all the way to 1,406. The 1990 MVP also drew more unintentional walks (2,129) than any other player, and scored more runs than anyone, breaking the oldest offensive record by surpassing Ty Cobb's 2,246 and raising the bar to 2,295. No player in baseball got on base as often, got around the bases faster, and got home as often as the 2009 Hall of Famer, earning him number seven on our list of baseball’s 10 greatest living players.


6. Sandy Koufax-Dodgers (1955-1966) - The youngest player ever elected to the Hall of Fame, Koufax had the best year of his career and then abruptly retired at the age of 30. With an overall record of 165–87, a 2.76 ERA, 2,396 strikeouts, 137 complete games, and 40 shutouts, he led the NL in ERA in his final five seasons--three times at 1.88 or less. He was the first pitcher to average fewer than seven hits allowed per nine innings pitched and to strike out more than nine batters (9.28) per nine innings pitched in his career. The "Left Hand of God, also became the second  pitcher in baseball history to have two games with 18 or more strikeouts, and threw no-hitters in four successive seasons, including a perfect game in 1965. While other legendary hurlers may have won more or pitched longer, the now 75-year old 1972 Hall of Famer makes it in at number six on our list for simply doing it better.

5. Willie Mays -Giants, Mets (1951-1973)-No one played with more fervor for the game than 1979 Hall of Famer Mays. The now 80-year old 24 time All-Star center fielder totaled 3,283 hits, 660 home runs and 338 stolen bases, and he is one of only three right-handed hitters with more than 2,000 runs. Mays is one of five NL players to have eight consecutive 100-RBI seasons, while also winning a record-tying 12 Gold Gloves highlighted by the most famous catch in World Series history, in Game 1 of the 1954 championship. The charismatic Mays, is the greatest all-around player of all time, and that is what the “The Say Hey Kid,” comes in at number five on our list of baseball’s 10 greatest living players

4. Stan Musial-Cardinals (1941-1963)-The oldest living player on our list at 90 years of age, "Stan the Man" retired from baseball having set 29 National League records, 17 major-league records and nine All-Star Game records. While many have been surpassed, Musial was voted a record 24-time All-Star (tied with Mays), and is widely considered to be one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. The three time MVP compiled 3,630 hits (ranking fourth all-time), while racking up 475 home runs during his career, en route to winning three World Series championship titles. For that, Musial was a first-ballot inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969 and is currently the longest tenured living Hall of Famer and number four on our list.

3. Frank Robinson-Reds, Orioles, Angels, Indians (1956-1976)- The only player to win league MVP honors in both the National and American Leagues, perhaps Robinson’s days in the dugout as baseball’s first black manager overshadow what the 1982 Hall of Famer did on the diamond. The now 75-year old tallied 586 home runs--fourth-most when he retired –while ranking in the top 10 in runs scored and was a winner of the ALs triple crown  with a .316 average, 49 homers and 122 RBIs in 1966. Robinson also was a member of two teams that won the World Series (the 1966 and 1970 Baltimore Orioles), and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, by 43rd President George W. Bush. It’s no question why Robinson lands at number three on our list.

2. Tom Seaver -Mets, Reds, White Sox, Red Sox (1967-1986)-The “Franchise” as he was known, compiled 311 wins, 3,640 strikeouts, 61 shutouts and a 2.86 earned run average during his  20-year career, and was inducted into Cooperstown in 1992 with the highest percentage ever recorded --98.8 percent. Truly, a testament to a pitching great that emerged as hitters took over the game. The now 66-year old right-hander won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1967 and three NL CY Young Awards as the league's best pitcher in 1963, ’73, and ’75. Seaver is the Mets' all-time leader in wins, and inspired a current generation of pitchers with his drop and drive delivery.  He is considered by many baseball experts to be one of the best starting pitchers of all time and that’s why he appears second on our list.

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1. Mike Schmidt-Phillies (1972-1989)- Voted National League MVP three times, and an  All-Star 12 times, the 1995 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee hit more home runs than any player in the 1980s, including four in one game on April 17, 1976--a feat accomplished only 15 times in the history of baseball.  Schmidt retired having collected 548 homers while driving in 1,595 runs-- two of the many Phillies career records he holds-- en route to three MVPs and a Word Series title in 1980. He is clearly the best at his position, winning 10 Gold Gloves, including nine consecutive during his 17-year stint at third base with Philadelphia. With an unprecedented combination of power at the plate and consistent defense, The Sporting News named Schmidt Player of the Decade for the 1980s, and now he reappears as number one on our list in 2011.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Detroit Tigers vs Baltimore Orioles Picks and Betting Spreads


Detroit Tigers (2-3) vs. Baltimore Orioles (4-1)

MLB Moneyline: Orioles -145 / Tigers +135 / O/U 9.5 runs

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The Orioles lost their first game of the season last night to the Tigers and many jumped on the Baltimore bandwagon after their 4-0 start, but should they? While their pitching has been stellar their offense only ranks 19th in the Majors in runs scored and 24th in team batting average. Conversely the Tigers have had pitching issues and they lead the league in wild pitches (6), but they got a solid outing last night in their win in the 2nd game in this 3-game series.

Baltimore is in first place in the AL East and after this game they host Tampa Bay and then in their next series face the Yankees in New York. The season is very young and even after a hot start we may see if the Orioles are a legit contender after those 2 series’.

Last night the Tigers beat the Orioles 7-3.

The Tigers have the league’s 28th ranked team ERA and tonight off-season acquisition Brad Penny (0-1 16.62 ERA) will take the mound. He was rocked in his first outing of the season giving up 7 hits and 8 earned runs in only 4 innings of work. Chris Tillman (0-0 0.00 ERA) is making the start for Baltimore and in his first start he pitched great giving up 0 hits and 0 runs in 6 innings and got a no-decision in a 3-1 Orioles win.

Last season Tillman went 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 2 starts against the Tigers holding them to a .091 batting average.

Penny is 1-0 with an ERA of 7.71 ERA in 2 career starts against Baltimore.

With the offensive problems the Orioles are having they may have to rely on their pitching, which ranks 1st in the Majors in team ERA and 1st in opponents’ batting average.

Baltimore’s big additions to their offense have not panned out with Vladimir Guerrero (.200) and David Lee (.222) struggling, even though Lee went deep for the first time in the loss last night. Lee has had success against Penny is his career going 6/16 off him with 3 doubles.

Detroit’s pitching has not only struggled, but their leadoff and 2nd slot hitters in Austin Jackson (.150) and Will Rhymes (.143) have cold bats and they need to get on base since slugger Miguel Cabrera (.368 3 HR 6 RBI) has began the season on fire.

This season the Tigers have an O/U record of 4-1 and the Orioles are at 1-4.

The Tigers are only 2-7 in their last 11 games as an underdog and the Orioles are 7-1 in their last 8 games as a favorite. 

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

MLB World Series Betting Futures

MLB World Series Betting Futures

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The MLB regular season begins in only a few months and the Phillies have the best odds and with the staff they will have it is easy to see why.

Philadelphia Phillies 2/1 – The Phillies have defending Cy Young winner Roy Halladay and in the off-season added the most coveted free agent in ex Cy Young winner Cliff Lee. Their staff will be awesome if they can stay healthy and their offense, which scored the 2nd most runs in the NL last season, will be formidable.

Boston Red Sox 4/1 – The Red Sox shored up their bullpen in the off-season, but the big moves they made was on offense. Boston signed free agent OF Carl Crawford and traded for 1B Adrian Gonzalez, who should put up some great power numbers after playing in San Diego’s pitching park for the last few years. There are issues in Beantown heading into the season, as they lost 3B Adrian Beltre and the pitching staff, especially the starting rotation, has to bounce back from a sub-par season.

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New York Yankees 6/1 – The Yankees missed out on signing Cliff Lee and unlike the last few season they have not made any big moves. They did re-sign closer Mariano Rivera and SS Derek Jeter and brought in C Russell Martin and closer and now set-up-man Rafael Soriano. New York may not be done spending, as they will likely pick up another big free agent or two.

San Francisco Giants 15/1 – The Defending champion Giants have not made much noise in the off-season and, once again, they will rely on their great pitching staff to take them to the playoffs. They did add SS Miguel Tejada to add some power to the lineup, but they will only go as far as pitchers Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Brian Wilson carry them.

St. Louis Cardinals 16/1 – Superstar Albert Pujols is looking for a new deal and that may be a distraction this season. In the off-season they signed OF-1B Lance Berkman and RHP Jake Westbrook, but their offense still needs some help. Their pitching was solid last season with the 5th lowest team ERA and they could use some more bullpen help and maybe another starter.

Texas Rangers 20/1 – Last season’s Cinderella team made a World Series run last season, but they have some questions coming into this season. Can they get by without Ace Cliff Lee? Can free agent acquisition Adrian Beltre put up numbers like he did last season in Boston? Can they find someone to put up stats that departing DH DH Vladimir Guerrero did last season? The Rangers are talented, but those are some big questions.

Atlanta Braves 20/1 – How will the Braves play now that long time manager Bobby Cox is no longer in the dugout? 2B Dan Uggla was a good pickup and they have the pitching, but the offense is an issue. Chipper Jones will come back for one more year he will have to help a Braves’ offense that only ranked 13th in the Majors last season in runs scored.

Minnesota Twins 20/1 – The Twins are still trying to re-sign P Carl Pavano and if he leaves it will be a big blow to the staff. Minnesota has to stay healthy to make a post season run, which they could not do last season.

Here are the odds as of January 25th at Sportsbook.com to win the World Series.

Philadelphia Phillies 2/1
Boston Red Sox 4/1
New York Yankees 6/1
San Francisco Giants 15/1
St Louis Cardinals 16/1
Texas Rangers 20/1
Atlanta Braves 20/1
Minnesota Twins 20/1
Chicago White Sox 25/1
Detroit Tigers 25/1
Los Angeles Angels 25/1
Cincinnati Reds 25/1
Colorado Rockies 30/1
Milwaukee Brewers 30/1
Tampa Bay Rays 30/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 30/1
Chicago Cubs 30/1
Florida Marlins 35/1
Oakland Athletics 50/1
New York Mets 60/1
Toronto Blue Jays 60/1
Baltimore Orioles 100/1
San Diego Padres 100/1
Houston Astros 100/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1
Kansas City Royals 100/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 100/1
Cleveland Indians 100/1
Washington Nationals 100/1

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