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Despite wins, Orioles still facing longest odds in AL East

Posted on 01 August 2012 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV).

Quote from Bovada.lv Sportsbook Manager, Kevin Bradley

“With the trade deadline passing Tuesday in Major League Baseball teams are stocking up on talent for their playoff runs. The biggest winners after the trade deadline were the Los Angeles Angles that moved form 10/1* to 15/2, the Los Angeles Dodgers moving from 22/1* to 14/1 and finally the San Francisco Giants that moved form 15/1* to 12/1.”

*Odds taken from 1 week before the trade deadline for comparison purposes

Odds to win the 2012 World Series     

New York Yankees                    19/4

Texas Rangers                          5/1

Los Angeles Angels                   15/2

Washington Nationals                9/1

Cincinnati Reds                         10/1

Detroit Tigers                             10/1

San Francisco Giants                 12/1

Atlanta Braves                           14/1

Los Angeles Dodgers                 14/1

Chicago White Sox                    20/1

St. Louis Cardinals                     22/1

Boston Red Sox                        25/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      25/1

Tampa Bay Rays                       25/1

Oakland Athletics                      35/1

Arizona Diamondbacks               45/1

Toronto Blue Jays                      45/1

Baltimore Orioles                       55/1

Cleveland Indians                       75/1

Philadelphia Phillies                   75/1

Miami Marlins                            90/1

New York Mets                          100/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    225/1

Minnesota Twins                        500/1

Seattle Mariners                        500/1

Kansas City Royals                   600/1

Chicago Cubs                            750/1

San Diego Padres                      750/1

Colorado Rockies                       1000/1

Houston Astros                          1000/1

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Orioles still face long odds to win AL East

Posted on 10 July 2012 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV).

Odds to win the 2012 World Series      

New York Yankees                    9/2

Texas Rangers                          5/1

San Francisco Giants                11/1

Washington Nationals                11/1

Los Angeles Angels                  11/1

Detroit Tigers                            14/1

Cincinnati Reds                         14/1

Los Angeles Dodgers                16/1

Atlanta Braves                           16/1

Chicago White Sox                    18/1

Tampa Bay Rays                       18/1

St. Louis Cardinals                    20/1

Boston Red Sox                       22/1

Philadelphia Phillies                   30/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      30/1

Toronto Blue Jays                     35/1

Miami Marlins                            35/1

Arizona Diamondbacks              35/1

New York Mets                          40/1

Cleveland Indians                      45/1

Baltimore Orioles                       50/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    60/1

Oakland Athletics                      100/1

Kansas City Royals                   150/1

Colorado Rockies                     300/1

Minnesota Twins                        300/1

Chicago Cubs                           500/1

Houston Astros                         500/1

San Diego Padres                     500/1

Seattle Mariners                        500/1

Odds to win the 2012 AL Pennant        

New York Yankees                    5/2

Texas Rangers                          5/2

Los Angeles Angels                  6/1

Detroit Tigers                            15/2

Chicago White Sox                    10/1

Tampa Bay Rays                       10/1

Boston Red Sox                       11/1

Toronto Blue Jays                     18/1

Cleveland Indians                      20/1

Baltimore Orioles                       22/1

Oakland Athletics                      50/1

Kansas City Royals                   80/1

Minnesota Twins                        150/1

Seattle Mariners                        250/1

Odds to win the 2012 NL Pennant        

Washington Nationals                9/2

San Francisco Giants                9/2

Cincinnati Reds                         11/2

Los Angeles Dodgers                7/1

Atlanta Braves                           7/1

St. Louis Cardinals                    8/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      12/1

Arizona Diamondbacks              14/1

Philadelphia Phillies                   14/1

Miami Marlins                            16/1

New York Mets                          16/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    30/1

Colorado Rockies                     150/1

Houston Astros                         150/1

Chicago Cubs                           200/1

San Diego Padres                     200/1

 

Odds to win the 2012 AL East

New York Yankees                    1/3

Tampa Bay Rays                       7/1

Boston Red Sox                       15/2

Baltimore Orioles                       10/1

Toronto Blue Jays                     10/1

Odds to win the 2012 AL Central         

Chicago White Sox                    6/5

Detroit Tigers                            6/5

Cleveland Indians                      7/2

 

Odds to win the 2012 AL West 

Texas Rangers                          1/ 4

Los Angeles Angels                  3/1

Odds to win the 2012 NL East

Washington Nationals                4/5

Atlanta Braves                           9/4

New York Mets                          15/2

Miami Marlins                            12/1

Philadelphia Phillies                   12/1

Odds to win the 2012 NL Central         

Cincinnati Reds                         1/1

St. Louis Cardinals                    2/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      5/2

Milwaukee Brewers                    16/1

Odds to win the 2012 NL West 

San Francisco Giants                10/11

Los Angeles Dodgers                8/5

Arizona Diamondbacks              4/1

AL MVP – Odds to Win

Mike Trout (LAA)                       2/1

Robinson Cano (NYY)               5/2

Josh Hamilton (TEX)                  4/1

Miguel Cabrera (DET)                6/1

Jose Bautista (TOR)                  9/1

Mark Trumbo (LAA)                   14/1

David Ortiz (BOS)                      15/1

Prince Fielder (DET)                  15/1

Adrian Beltre (TEX)                    18/1

NL MVP – Odds to Win

Andrew McCutchen (PIT)            4/1

David Wright (NYM)                   9/2

Joey Votto (CIN)                       9/2

Ryan Braun (MIL)                       13/2

Carlos Beltran (STL)                   13/2

Matt Kemp (LAD)                      13/2

R.A. Dickey (NYM)                    7/1

Carlos Gonzalez (COL)               10/1

Melky Cabrera (SF)                    15/1

Bryce Harper (WAS)                  18/1

AL Cy Young – Odds to Win    

Jered Weaver (LAA)                   5/2

Justin Verlander (DET)               3/1

Chris Sale (CWS)                       3/1

David Price (TB)                        5/1

C.C. Sabathia (NYY)                  11/2

C.J. Wilson (LAA)                      10/1

Matt Harrison (TEX)                   12/1

Fernando Rodney (TB)               20/1

Yu Darvish (TEX)                       20/1

Jake Peavy (CWS)                    20/1

NL Cy Young – Odds to Win    

R.A. Dickey (NYM)                    13/10

Johnny Cueto (CIN)                   4/1

Gio Gonzalez (WAS)                  11/2

James McDonald (PIT)              11/2

Matt Cain (SF)                           11/2

Stephen Strasburg (WAS)          15/2

Cole Hamels (PHI)                     10/1

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O’ What An Exciting Time To Be A Bmore Sports Fan

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O’ What An Exciting Time To Be A Bmore Sports Fan

Posted on 06 July 2012 by melissarubin

Hey hon, how ‘bout dem O’s? It’s been 14 years since we said it and actually meant it! It is still crazy to think that the All Star Break is almost here and the O’s still matter. While we hoped they would play better than last year and a .500 season would have made us happy, they’ve gone above and beyond our expectations. The O’s are currently second place in the AL East, just 5.5 games behind Yankees.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think that the O’s and Ravens have ever been relevant at the same time.

Baseball is a marathon and we’re at the halfway point. We need to be careful not to hit the wall, we’ve still got a long way to go. While it is fun to be in the most competitive division in the American League, it can suck when we’re fighting to stay alive. The Yankees are in our way, they are good at getting in our way and it is annoying. So far the Red Sox have been quiet, but I fear that they will start making some noise after the break.

Right now it is truly “Christmas in July” and it is an awesome time to be a Baltimore sports fan. Sports radio hosts and callers are still talking about the O’s and sports writers/bloggers are still writing about them.

We’re a few weeks away from Ravens training camp and so far all has been quiet on the purple front. It is weird that we’re not hearing a lot of buzz about the Ravens (well not yet). While I’m a baseball fan, football is my game of choice and part of me misses the football talk, but on the flip side I’m enjoying and relishing the baseball chatter.

The O’s are still hot and are constantly being tested, but in Buck I trust and I am holding out hope that they will stay relevant and keep the fight alive.

The Ravens, well the Ravens always matter in this town and soon the talk to shift to them, we’ll be chirping about Ray Rice’s contract, Ed Reed’s attendance at training camp and which linebacker shows the most promise in filling in for Terrell Suggs.

O’ it is awesome, I love that I can count down to training camp and enjoy the black and orange at the same time!

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O’s Revival Feels Like An Old Boyfriend

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O’s Revival Feels Like An Old Boyfriend

Posted on 28 June 2012 by melissarubin

Well hello O’s. It is hard to believe that it is June 28 and you STILL matter. Per usual, I just hoped for a season that was better than last year and so far you’re making it happen. Right now you’re in 2nd place in the AL East, 5 games behind the Yankees.

Don’t get me wrong, I still tread lightly and tiptoe around the fact that you could tank at any time. Like last night, I watched you play the Angels and I wanted to scream! You stunk, what the hell happened to you?

Despite the rough patches, I enjoy hearing the buzz about you this season. It is fun  seeing your fans wear t-shirts and baseball caps with your name or the old school bird on them. I haven’t seen that much orange and black in forever.

I love your competitive spirit and your ability to stay in the game (pun intended). You’ve had slumps (and seem to going through another one this week), but you’ve managed to get out of them. Every time I question your ability to stay in the hunt, you prove me wrong.

Your revival this season feels like I’m back with an old boyfriend, figuratively speaking of course. There is something familiar and comfortable about watching you this season. It reminds me of a happy time, a time long ago when we hung out and had fun, before things unraveled and our relationship spiraled out of control and we stopped seeing each other.

I missed you. Sure I have my boys in purple, but our relationship goes way back, we started long before the purple boys came into my life. I like hanging out with you again, it is fun and exciting and I’m not ready to let go just yet. Remember what it was like to matter and how it felt to chase something instead of fighting your way out of the toilet.

I know you have the drive and determination to do this, well at least most of the time, I had doubts watching you last night!

This time I want our relationship to last, I don’t want a summer fling and while I may be chasing a pie in the sky dream, that’s exactly it, a dream, something I won’t give up on. I saw it once in my lifetime and I won’t let the dream die.

There will be bumps in the road, but you are strong and resilient and I have faith that you can keep going for a while longer. It would be awesome if you gave me something you haven’t given me in a long time…a post season! (a girl can dream…)

ORIOLES MAGIC, continue to make it happen. I’m hungry for it and I know you are too.

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Waiting the hardest part in determining Orioles’ trade deadline fate

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Waiting the hardest part in determining Orioles’ trade deadline fate

Posted on 21 June 2012 by Luke Jones

No one around here is used to the feeling.

With the Orioles hovering right around 10 games above .500 in late June for the first time in seven years, the question has been asked for several weeks and becomes louder with the Fourth of July just around the corner.

Should they be buyers at the trade deadline to not only aid in their push to produce their first winning season since 1997 but also augment the dream of postseason baseball in Baltimore?

We all know the realities.

Entering the season with few expectations, the Orioles continue to play over their heads – statistically speaking, anyway – despite injuries leaving them with one true starting outfielder and a rotation with only two consistent starting pitchers on which to depend. On paper, Baltimore doesn’t pass the eyeball test of a club that’s supposed to be in contention or even entertaining the thoughts of buying at the deadline.

But they’re still right there, creating a difficult but enjoyable decision.

A shallow farm system has few attractive pieces beyond blue-chip prospects Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado. The possibility of dealing the likes of Chris Tillman or Xavier Avery or even lesser talents makes for fun discussion on talk radio and message boards, but opposing teams aren’t parting with impact players without trying to improve in their own right — even down the road. Second-tier prospects still have value, but there isn’t much in the system to really get other clubs salivating beyond Bundy, Machado, or infielder Jonathan Schoop.

To make matters worse, the introduction of a second wild card in each league this year has predictably increased the number of teams believing they have a chance to play in October if they can add a talented player or two for the final two months of the season. Entering Thursday, only seven major league teams were more than six games behind the second wild card spot in their respective leagues.

As strange as it sounds considering the second wild card gives teams like the Orioles a greater chance to taste the postseason, it could also work to the club’s disadvantage in trying to make trades.

The deadline is more than a month away, but it’s all but certain to be a seller’s market with fewer teams considering themselves out of the race and ready to dangle valuable commodities. Contending teams with deep farm systems and a willingness to add payroll will see the best potential deals at their disposal.

So, where does this leave the Orioles?

In order to acquire any notable commodities at the deadline, the Orioles will likely need to take on expensive contracts or two-month rentals. They’re not trading Bundy or Machado and would have to receive something special to part with Schoop. The playoff possibility in 2012 isn’t strong enough to justify selling off their top prospects and turning blind eyes toward the next few years when it seems like the Orioles finally have components of a solid-to-good team on which to build with a potential ace and an impact shortstop in the not-too-distant future.

As dissatisfying as it might sound to fans after waiting the last 14 years for a winning product in Baltimore, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette should allow the next four weeks to play out before deciding to do anything of note.

Some have argued the Orioles will fall out of the race by late July if they don’t try to add players now, but doesn’t that simply support the idea that they’re not ready to be true contenders? There isn’t a single player in baseball the club might add who would be dynamic enough to prevent the potential struggles that would cause them to fall out of contention over a month’s time.

The Orioles have done it for 2 1/2 months, so it isn’t unreasonable to ask for another month of solid play before making a decision to try to pull the trigger.

But let’s pretend the Orioles can remain where they are and stand roughly 10 games above .500 on July 20.

Then, you have to try to make a trade or two to better your club.

After 14 years of disappointment, standing pat would be a tough decision to defend and would send a deflating message to a fan base the Orioles are trying to rebuild after dramatic atrophy over the last decade. At the same time, even the most optimistic supporters of these 2012 Orioles would have a difficult time convincing anyone they’re serious World Series contenders, so some restraint is in order when trying to wheel and deal.

As the roster – and its current performance level — stands now and assuming an early-July return by right fielder Nick Markakis, I can’t envision the Orioles staying in the thick of the race for six months without the addition of at least two starting pitchers and a left fielder. Considering the current state of the farm system and keeping 2013 and beyond in mind, that just isn’t happening.

But some improvement could come from within.

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Your Monday Reality Check-What a difference a week makes?

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Your Monday Reality Check-What a difference a week makes?

Posted on 11 June 2012 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you’re not familiar with WNST.net MLB analyst Allen McCallum. Allen was once the Ballpark Reporter at WNST, covering the Baltimore Orioles on a daily basis. He’s remained with us in the years since then, appearing once a week in studio (currently with Thyrl Nelson on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”) to talk Major League Baseball and Baltimore Orioles.

Allen is a really good dude, but is decidedly un-American in my book. You see, Allen doesn’t like football. I don’t understand it either, trust me. I have every reason to believe he celebrates the 4th of July and enjoys a good slice of Apple Pie, but he loves baseball and just doesn’t care about our national pastime.

Despite this obvious flaw, I’ve maintained a level of friendship and (as much as is possible for someone who I have to imagine may be a communist) respect for Allen. I don’t dislike him, I just don’t understand how someone like him can exist in this country. You see, football is our beautiful game. It’s a game fathers play in the backyard with sons. Baseball is okay when there aren’t real sports to watch, but is clearly inferior to football in every way.

I’m kidding. Well I’m kidding a LITTLE bit anyway.

The reason my lede is about our resident purveyor of Orange Kool-Aid is because Allen likes to make a point during the course of baseball season that is relevant to both sports. As Birds fans have a tendency to freak out over the results of a couple of games (or one game…or a couple of innings…or a single at-bat), Allen likes to send out a reminder that “this isn’t football. There’s 162 games to be played.”

It hasn’t always been good news in Charm City that the O’s have to play 162 games, but the point he makes is relevant. During Ravens season we tend to overreact to one particular game, but we do that knowing that one game reflects roughly six percent of the season. While a NFL team can certainly recover from a stretch of two or three bad games, a bad streak can quickly spiral into killing a quarter of a football season. At the same time, a bad streak of three or four games during baseball season does not even represent the same six percent of the season that one football game represents.

Let me try to step away from math for a second. A single football game is more significant than a single baseball game. But you already knew that.

Seven days ago (which as I type this would have been June 4), there was reason for great concern amongst Baltimore baseball fans. After getting off to a 27-14 start, the Birds were mired in a streak that saw them drop 10 of 13 games. Sitting at 30-24, the Birds had appeared to already be well into their annual “June swoon” and seemed destined to find themselves on their way to the cellar of the AL East.

But something funny happened in the six games that followed. Instead of continuing their free fall, the Birds stabilized. They won two of three against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, then returned home to take two dramatic extra inning contests against the Philadelphia Phillies at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in front of thousands of stunned supporters who had made their way down I-95 from The City of Brotherly Love.

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MobTown Sport Beat Pop Quiz

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MobTown Sport Beat Pop Quiz

Posted on 21 May 2012 by Thyrl Nelson

Today was Pop Quiz day on the MobTown Sports Beat. Some of it we got to, others not so much. Thanks to all who sent their feedback by email and on Twitter. For the record, here are today’s Pop Quiz questions and my answers. You can add yours below.

Question 1: True or False – The Orioles are a legitimate contender.

 

True – It may be inexplicable, but for now at least, the Orioles are legitimate. Twenty five percent of the season is in the books and at 12 games above .500 the Orioles have to be accounted for in the impending pennant races. Elsewhere in the division it seems that no one is poised to run away, and with the impending returns of guys like Zach Britton, Nolan Reimold and (dare I say) Brian Roberts these O’s might still have their best baseball ahead of them.

 

The fact that they’re 12 games above .500 can be tough to explain, but with 120 games remaining on the season there’s certainly no reason to think that they can’t play .500 baseball from here out and finish the season with 87 wins. With another wildcard in the picture this season, 87 wins looks pretty close to that 5th AL playoff berth,

 

 

Question 2: True of False – Josh Hamilton will win the AL Triple Crown in 2012.

 

False – Hamilton has 18 HR (Adam Jones and Adam Dunn are next with 14), 47 RBI (Miguel Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion are next with 34) and is batting .389 (with Paul Konerko chasing in second at .367) and he is in a contract year, which makes things interesting. As Hamilton was on his tremendous hot streak last week a couple of things stood out. The first was the question of why pitchers continue to pitch to him, as Hamilton’s aggressiveness early in the count is well documented it’d stand to reason that pitchers would stay off of the plate, especially early in his at bats. Like it or not, Hamilton is going to have to accept some walks as the season continues or his other stats will come back to Earth in a hurry. Some might argue that over the last week or so they already have.

 

The other interesting thing about Hamilton’s tear, especially the Baltimore chapter was that each of the 6 homers that Hamilton hit in that 4-game set with the Orioles was a 2-run shot with Elvis Andrus on base. Surely if that trend continues the RBI opportunities will be plentiful and with big and fearsome hitters surrounding him in the lineup pitchers will still have to go after Hamilton more than they’d like this season.

 

Hamilton’s batting average lead is especially interesting as this would seem the toughest to maintain all season, but the fact that his nearest pursuers in the AL are Konerko, Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Austin Jackson, there’s actually a reason to believe he could hang onto that leg of the triple crown. Hamilton’s propensity for injury more than anything would seem to be the biggest reason to doubt that he could pull it off this year.

 

 

Question 3: True or False – Orioles vs. Nationals is becoming a great rivalry.

 False – But don’t let that detract from the fun and excitement of the last 3 days. We’ll see if one or both of these contenders has what it takes to remain in the hunt. Safe money says that at least one should, thereby providing MASN subscribers with some brand of interesting and meaningful baseball as the summers wears on. For now, there’s room for both. It’s also probably worth mentioning that interleague play has been over with long before the real thick of the pennant race comes around for anyone, and MLB has done a great job at making sure the end of the season is heavy with divisional match-ups. Next year though, with 15 teams per league and interleague play happening throughout the season, maybe we could look forward to an important O’s/Nats September series. Until then though…false, false, false.

 

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Hammel Hopes To Continue Early Success Against Alvarez, Jays

Posted on 14 April 2012 by WNST Staff

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Bovada Sets Orioles Win Total At 69.5, Second Longest Odds to Win World Series

Posted on 14 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Odds to win the 2012 World Series     

Philadelphia Phillies                   11/2

New York Yankees                    13/2

Los Angeles Angels                   7/1

Detroit Tigers                             8/1

Texas Rangers                          10/1

Boston Red Sox                        10/1

San Francisco Giants                 15/1

Tampa Bay Rays                       18/1

Miami Marlins                            20/1

Cincinnati Reds                         20/1

Atlanta Braves                           22/1

St. Louis Cardinals                     25/1

Arizona Diamondbacks               28/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    28/1

Washington Nationals                30/1

Los Angeles Dodgers                 40/1

Toronto Blue Jays                      40/1

Chicago Cubs                            40/1

Colorado Rockies                       40/1

Cleveland Indians                       60/1

Chicago White Sox                    65/1

Minnesota Twins                        75/1

Kansas City Royals                   80/1

New York Mets                          80/1

Oakland Athletics                      80/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      100/1

San Diego Padres                      100/1

Seattle Mariners                        100/1

Baltimore Orioles                       150/1

Houston Astros                          200/1

Odds to win the 2012 AL Pennant       

New York Yankees                    13/4

Los Angeles Angels                   7/2

Detroit Tigers                             4/1

Boston Red Sox                        11/2

Texas Rangers                          11/2

Tampa Bay Rays                       9/1

Toronto Blue Jays                      22/1

Cleveland Indians                       28/1

Chicago White Sox                    35/1

Kansas City Royals                   40/1

Oakland Athletics                      40/1

Minnesota Twins                        40/1

Seattle Mariners                        60/1

Baltimore Orioles                       75/1

 

Odds to win the 2012 NL Pennant       

Philadelphia Phillies                   9/4

San Francisco Giants                 7/1

Atlanta Braves                           9/1

Cincinnati Reds                         9/1

Miami Marlins                            9/1

St. Louis Cardinals                     11/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    14/1

Washington Nationals                15/1

Arizona Diamondbacks               14/1

Colorado Rockies                       18/1

Los Angeles Dodgers                 18/1

Chicago Cubs                            22/1

New York Mets                          40/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      40/1

San Diego Padres                      50/1

Houston Astros                          100/1

Odds to win the 2012 AL East

New York Yankees                    2/3

Boston Red Sox                        3/1

Tampa Bay Rays                       9/2

Toronto Blue Jays                      12/1

Baltimore Orioles                       100/1

 

Odds to win the 2012 AL Central         

Detroit Tigers                             1/4

Cleveland Indians                       10/1

Kansas City Royals                   12/1

Chicago White Sox                    12/1

Minnesota Twins                        16/1

 

Odds to win the 2012 AL West

Los Angeles Angels                   4/5

Texas Rangers                          1/1

Oakland Athletics                      30/1

Seattle Mariners                        45/1

 

Odds to win the 2012 NL East

Philadelphia Phillies                   1/2

Miami Marlins                            11/2

Atlanta Braves                           6/1

Washington Nationals                8/1

New York Mets                          50/1

 

Odds to win the 2012 NL Central         

Cincinnati Reds                         7/5

St. Louis Cardinals                     2/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    11/4

Chicago Cubs                            18/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      30/1

Houston Astros                          100/1

 

Odds to win the 2012 NL West

San Francisco Giants                 5/4

Arizona Diamondbacks               2/1

Los Angeles Dodgers                 11/2

Colorado Rockies                       7/1

San Diego Padres                      15/1

Over/Under Regular Season Win Totals

Arizona Diamondbacks               86½

Atlanta Braves                           86½

Baltimore Orioles                       69½

Boston Red Sox                        90½

Chicago Cubs                            73½

Chicago White Sox                    75½

Cincinnati Reds                         87½

Cleveland Indians                       78½

Colorado Rockies                       80½

Detroit Tigers                             91½

Miami Marlins                            85½

Houston Astros                          63½

Kansas City Royals                   78½

Los Angeles Angels                   91½

Los Angeles Dodgers                 80½

Milwaukee Brewers                    85½

Minnesota Twins                        72½

New York Mets                          73½

New York Yankees                    93½

Oakland Athletics                      72½

Philadelphia Phillies                   93½

Pittsburgh Pirates                      72½

San Diego Padres                      73½

San Francisco Giants                 87½

Seattle Mariners                        71½

St. Louis Cardinals                     85½

Tampa Bay Rays                       86½

Texas Rangers                          91½

Toronto Blue Jays                      81½

Washington Nationals                83½
courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

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Your Monday Reality Check-Now We’ve Officially Gone From Full Throttle to Neutral

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Your Monday Reality Check-Now We’ve Officially Gone From Full Throttle to Neutral

Posted on 06 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

As the confetti dropped Sunday night at LucasOil Stadium in Indianapolis to punctuate the New York Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI win over the New England Patriots, a harsh reality set in throughout Charm City.

While the Baltimore Ravens were eliminated some 14 days earlier, the immediate hangover effect of an AFC Championship Game loss lingered into Super Bowl week. The significance of the Super Bowl even without the Ravens’ involvement prevented the malaise of the football offseason from setting in too quickly.

It’s here now though, and it absolutely stings.

Just as we’ve finally had enough time to get over the Ravens’ heartbreaking defeat in Foxborough, we’ve been forced to accept the fact that there really isn’t anything on the sporting horizon that we can deflect our purple energy towards. After working ourselves into a frenzy over the course of the last two months, we have basically no choice but to sit on our collective hands for the better part of the next seven months while we wait for John Harbaugh’s team to take the field once more for real.

Sure, we’ll all drink some beer and tell our favorite Earl Weaver stories on Opening Day. Most of us will throw down a few shekels on the Kentucky Derby winner on Preakness Saturday in May. We’ll be gripped to any rumors related to the Purple Birds.

The moments of excitement will be fleeting and there will certainly be no outlet for us to channel any level of sporting fervor.

Here’s the rundown on the “Reality” of the situation:

-Much of the country will immediately shift their focus to College Basketball season. In past years, an exciting University of Maryland has provided a level of excitement after football season concluded. Barring a miracle it won’t be the case this season, as the Terps sit at 3-5 in ACC play with no significant victory and none likely to come. This was to be expected in Mark Turgeon’s first season but it won’t help anyone in the area shake themselves awake from an “end of football season coma.”

One small shining light is Loyola University basketball, as the Greyhounds find themselves tied with Iona for first place in the MAAC at 11-2. This year’s team is the best Jimmy Patsos has ever had, and has a legitimate shot at the NCAA Tournament. The only cloud for the Hounds’ chances is that the Gaels certainly have more overall talent. It doesn’t mean Loyola couldn’t figure a way to a MAAC Tournament title, it’s just reality.

Coppin State entered Monday with a respectable 7-3 MEAC record and a legitimate crop of talent. Morgan State’s season has been mired by a mid-season suspension of head coach Todd Bozeman and has lead to a disappointing 3-6 conference record entering Monday. The Eagles have a semi-realistic chance of winning the MEAC Tournament, the Bears can’t be completely ruled out but have struggled.

Towson and UMBC have basketball teams. One has a first year coach (the Tigers’ Pat Skerry), one has a coach who might be in his last season (the Retrievers’ Randy Monroe). Neither are even a little good.

Before I leave the topic, the University of Maryland women (who provided us a pleasant distraction with their 2006 NCAA Championship run) have a nice team again under Brenda Frese. They’re not liking a team that could make a Final Four run, but they weren’t supposed to be that year either.

-Other fans across the country will turn their attention to the NHL and NBA. With no team in either sport (and no arena for hope of a team relocating here in either sport) Baltimore isn’t afforded the opportunity to shift attention to such areas.

A handful of sports fans in Baltimore are interested in the Washington Capitals, who have made the NHL Playoffs in each of the last four seasons. After firing coach Bruce Boudreau earlier this season, the Caps find themselves sitting on the outside looking in at the playoff picture now under Dale Hunter and aren’t likely to make a run longer than last season’s advance to the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

There are less than a handful of Washington Wizards fans in Baltimore, which might be good news because the Wizards are unthinkably terrible.

-College Lacrosse season gets underway in the next 10 days, and both Johns Hopkins and Maryland find themselves in the Top 10 of preseason polls. A run to the Final Four from either the Blue Jays or Terrapins would be pleasant, but with the National Semifinals and Finals back in Foxborough Memorial Day weekend is not likely to register the same way for any local sports fan.

-That of course brings us to baseball. The Baltimore Orioles play their first Spring Training games on March 5. They’ll hope to avoid being mathematically eliminated from the AL East race before their first game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards April 6. There’s no guarantee they’ll succeed.

That’s where we are. It’s a harsh reality, but it’s reality. I don’t write this to try to depress anyone. The good news (for you) is that you won’t have to talk about it for four hours a day. I’m not afforded the same opportunity. And it’s not as if I’m really telling you anything you didn’t know, I just felt as though Monday was the day everything sunk in.

We’ll still be here for you however…if for no other reason than to pass the time.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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