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Drew’s Morning Dish – Fri., April 5

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Drew’s Morning Dish – Fri., April 5

Posted on 05 April 2013 by Drew Forrester

In case you missed it, I picked the Orioles and Dodgers to go to the World Series during this past Monday’s edition of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction.

A few of you sent me emails filled with jabs, jeers and LOL’s.

Well, as the great Steve Perry of Journey once sang, “Who’s Laughing Now?”

Wait, that was who “Who’s Crying Now?”

Same difference.  You get the point.

See you in October, baby.

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Now we’re finding out the truth about Auburn football.  It basically looked like this: A bunch of players consistently failing drug tests for synthetic marijuana, to go along with paying the players and changing grades to make sure they remained academically eligble.

One of the dead giveaways came when Auburn school officials reviewed the Basket Weaving 101 final exam of star running back Michael Dyer.

He evidently needed 55 minutes to complete the 4-question test and do you know what he got on it?

Ketchup.

There is some good news though.  The grad student who wound up later taking the test for Dyer got 4-out-of-4 and Dyer was allowed to continue his football career at Auburn.

Whew…that was close.

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Amidst all of the discussion about Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice, I’m stunned no one has mentioned this and it’s the first thing that came to my mind when I watched the video.

Big ups to the kids on that Rutgers team for not slugging that idiot.

Seriously.

Those kids showed TREMENDOUS restraint.

Actually, they’re not kids.

They’re adults.

And, despite his position as their coach, what happened in that video – and countless other times at practice – was cause for a fist-fight if I’ve ever seen one.  Usually, when one adult shoves another adult or throws a basketball at another adult, someone gets punched.

If your coach makes you do 50 push-ups or run the steps, you mutter “a-hole” under your breath and off you to go start the push-ups or hit the steps.

But when that Mike-Rice-sort-of-aggressiveness takes over and the coach goes completely out of his mind, anything goes at that point.

Here’s a “Morning Dish Golf Clap” for those kids at Rutgers who didn’t haul off and knock that’s clown teeth out.

They’re the winners in this one.

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Brendon Ayanbadejo hinted that one of the reasons the Ravens let him go was his position on gay rights.

I understand.

It’s never easy to get fired.

You wind up saying something about the boss’s niece that you shouldn’t or you yell, “You’re a lousy softball player!” to the guy taking over for you.

You say anything you can to remind people that there’s no way you got fired just because they have someone coming along that might do your job a hair better than you.

You come up with a wild story about being released in part because you think gay people should be allowed to marry — “because there’s no way I got fired for my production.”

Brendon knows why he was released.

He’s 37 years old and he makes too much money.

Done.

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Admit it.

It’s kind of a dreary morning when you wake up eager to check and see how bad the Astros lost and you buzz through the scores only to find out they had an off-day.

They should have to play every single day or night.

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I can’t believe people in Baltimore actually took to Twitter on Thursday and snickered, laughed and giggled when Brian Roberts came up lame in the top of the 9th inning with some sort of leg injury.

You know the rules:  You NEVER, EVER, EVER laugh at someone when they get hurt.  NEVER.  It’s just not cool.

Unless he plays for the Flyers.  Then it’s fine.

In fact, it’s recommended.

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Every Friday on the show, I play a bunch of small clips of various Bruce Springsteen songs coming back from commercial break.

I call it “Friday with the Boss”.

I also play a full song at the beginning of the show in place of my traditional show-starter, “Raised on the Radio” by The Rayvns.

This morning, I started with “Land of Hope and Dreams” by Springsteen.

It’s opening day in Baltimore.  Our baseball team is good once again.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a ticket to this afternoon’s game, you’ll be sitting in Camden Yards — Baltimore’s own version of “Land and Hope and Dreams”.

Have fun.

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And finally, for the last two weeks or so, I’ve been trying to buy Masters practice round tickets from various sources on the internet.  I’m going down to Augusta Monday night and will hang out at the greatest course in America on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Anyway – scammers are EVERYWHERE on the internet, as you all probably know.

Some of them are sort of obvious…like one guy who was selling Thursday tickets for $200 each “just to get rid of them”.

Yeah, sure.

Some of the scammers are much more “professional” about it and you have to really be paying attention or you’ll get hoodwinked.

I saw one ad, though, that didn’t take much investigating to know, for sure, it was definitely a scam.

“FOUR LOWER RESERVE SEATS TO THE MASTERS TUESDAY PRACTICE ROUND! GREAT PRICE FOR THE BEST SEATS AT THE COURSE!”

What a shame.  I was looking for something in the upper deck.

 

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction 2013 MLB Predictions

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction 2013 MLB Predictions

Posted on 01 April 2013 by Luke Jones

With the Orioles scheduled to begin the 2013 season on Tuesday, The D&L Window Tinting offered its Major League Baseball predictions on Monday morning.

For a full breakdown of the National League from Drew Forrester and Luke Jones, click HERE. To hear their American League picks, MLB awards, and World Series predictions, click HERE.

LUKE JONES

AL East
Tampa Bay 91-71
*Toronto 90-72
Baltimore 85-77
New York 85-77
Boston 77-85

AL Central
Detroit
Chicago
Kansas City
Cleveland
Minnesota

AL West
Los Angeles
*Oakland
Texas
Seattle
Houston

NL East
Washington
*Atlanta
Philadelphia
New York
Miami

NL Central
Cincinnati
St. Louis
Pittsburgh
Milwaukee
Chicago

NL West
Los Angeles
*San Francisco
Arizona
Colorado
San Diego

* = Wild Card berth

AL MVP: OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles
NL MVP: OF Matt Kemp, Los Angeles
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander, Detroit
NL Cy Young: Stephen Strasburg, Washington
AL Rookie of the Year: OF Wil Myers, Tampa Bay
NL Rookie of the Year: OF Oscar Taveras, St. Louis

ALCS: Detroit over Los Angeles
NLCS: Washington over Los Angeles
World Series: Washington over Detroit, 4-3

See Drew Forrester’s predictions on the next page >>>>>

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Orioles’ World Series odds improve to 30/1

Posted on 29 March 2013 by WNST Staff

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

 

Below are updated World Series, Pennant, and Divisional Chances plus updated Regular Season Win Totals for every team.  Below that

are some of the more interesting player stats. The full list (in alphabetical order by team) of close to 500 player stats is below my signature.

 

Odds to win the 2013 World Series (Teams whose odds are shorter are in blue, teams whose odds are longer are in red and teams whose odds stayed the same are in black)

                  Odds on 2/20/13           Current Odds

Washington Nationals                17/2                              7/1

Detroit Tigers                            8/1                                8/1

Toronto Blue Jays                     7/1                                8/1

Los Angeles Angels                  9/1                                9/1

Los Angeles Dodgers                17/2                              9/1

Cincinnati Reds                         14/1                              12/1

San Francisco Giants                14/1                              12/1

Atlanta Braves                           14/1                              16/1

Philadelphia Phillies                   18/1                              16/1

Tampa Bay Rays                       25/1                              16/1

Texas Rangers                          14/1                              16/1

New York Yankees                    14/1                              20/1

St. Louis Cardinals                    20/1                              20/1

Baltimore Orioles                       40/1                              30/1

Boston Red Sox                       30/1                              30/1

Oakland Athletics                      33/1                              30/1

Chicago White Sox                    40/1                              40/1

Kansas City Royals                   50/1                              50/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    40/1                              50/1

Arizona Diamondbacks              50/1                              60/1

Cleveland Indians                      75/1                              66/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      50/1                              66/1

Chicago Cubs                           75/1                              75/1

San Diego Padres                     75/1                              75/1

Minnesota Twins                        100/1                            100/1

New York Mets                          100/1                            100/1

Seattle Mariners                        75/1                              100/1

Colorado Rockies                     100/1                            150/1

Miami Marlins                            100/1                            200/1

Houston Astros                         200/1                            250/1

 

Odds to win the 2013 AL Pennant (Teams whose odds are shorter are in blue, teams whose odds are longer are in red and teams whose odds stayed the same are in black)

                  Odds on 2/20/13           Current Odds

Toronto Blue Jays                     15/4                              15/4

Detroit Tigers                            4/1                                17/4

Los Angeles Angels                  9/2                                9/2

Texas Rangers                          13/2                              15/2

Tampa Bay Rays                       12/1                              8/1

New York Yankees                    13/2                              9/1

Boston Red Sox                       14/1                              14/1

Baltimore Orioles                       20/1                              16/1

Oakland Athletics                      16/1                              16/1

Chicago White Sox                    20/1                              20/1

Kansas City Royals                   25/1                              28/1

Cleveland Indians                      40/1                              30/1

Minnesota Twins                        50/1                              50/1

Seattle Mariners                        40/1                              50/1

Houston Astros                         100/1                            125/1

 

Odds to win the 2013 NL Pennant (Teams whose odds are shorter are in blue, teams whose odds are longer are in red and teams whose odds stayed the same are in black)

                  Odds on 2/20/13           Current Odds

Washington Nationals                15/4                              7/2

Los Angeles Dodgers                4/1                                4/1

Cincinnati Reds                         6/1                                6/1

San Francisco Giants                7/1                                13/2

Atlanta Braves                           7/1                                7/1

Philadelphia Phillies                   17/2                              7/1

St. Louis Cardinals                    9/1                                10/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    18/1                              22/1

Arizona Diamondbacks              25/1                              25/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      25/1                              33/1

Chicago Cubs                           40/1                              40/1

New York Mets                          40/1                              40/1

San Diego Padres                     40/1                              40/1

Colorado Rockies                     50/1                              60/1

Miami Marlins                            50/1                              75/1

 

Odds to Win the 2013 AL East (Teams whose odds are shorter are in blue, teams whose odds are longer are in red and teams whose odds stayed the same are in black)

                  Odds on 2/20/13           Current Odds   

Toronto Blue Jays                     8/5                                8/5

Tampa Bay Rays                       7/2                                5/2

New York Yankees                    9/4                                15/4

Boston Red Sox                       5/1                                11/2

Baltimore Orioles                       9/1                                13/2

 

Odds to Win the 2013 AL Central (Teams whose odds are shorter are in blue, teams whose odds are longer are in red and teams whose odds stayed the same are in black)      

                  Odds on 2/20/13           Current Odds   

Detroit Tigers                            4/11                              2/5

Chicago White Sox                    6/1                                6/1

Kansas City Royals                   13/2                              6/1

Cleveland Indians                      10/1                              8/1

Minnesota Twins                        15/1                              15/1

 

Odds to Win the 2013 AL West (Teams whose odds are shorter are in blue, teams whose odds are longer are in red and teams whose odds stayed the same are in black)

                  Odds on 2/20/13           Current Odds   

Los Angles Angels                    2/3                                2/3

Texas Rangers                          9/4                                9/4

Oakland Athletics                      5/1                                5/1

Seattle Mariners                        15/1                              15/1

Houston Astros                         50/1                              50/1

 

Odds to Win the 2013 NL East  (Teams whose odds are shorter are in blue, teams whose odds are longer are in red and teams whose odds stayed the same are in black)

                  Odds on 2/20/13           Current Odds   

Washington Nationals                10/11                            5/6

Atlanta Braves                           9/4                                12/5

Philadelphia Phillies                   3/1                                3/1

New York Mets                          15/1                              15/1

Miami Marlins                            50/1                              40/1

 

Odds to Win the 2013 NL Central (Teams whose odds are shorter are in blue, teams whose odds are longer are in red and teams whose odds stayed the same are in black)      

                  Odds on 2/20/13           Current Odds   

Cincinnati Reds                         4/5                                2/3

St. Louis Cardinals                    2/1                                5/2

Milwaukee Brewers                    13/2                              13/2

Pittsburgh Pirates                      10/1                              10/1

Chicago Cubs                           20/1                              20/1

 

Odds to Win the 2013 NL West (Teams whose odds are shorter are in blue, teams whose odds are longer are in red and teams whose odds stayed the same are in black)

                  Odds on 2/20/13           Current Odds   

Los Angeles Dodgers                5/6                                5/6

San Francisco Giants                7/4                                8/5

Arizona Diamondbacks              13/2                              13/2

San Diego Padres                     15/1                              14/1

Colorado Rockies                     22/1                              25/1

 

MLB Regular Season Win Totals (Teams in blue have more wins projected, teams in red have less wins projected and teams in black stayed the same)

                  Win Totals on 2/20/13    Current Win Totals

Arizona Diamondbacks              81.5                              81.5

Atlanta Braves                           88.5                              87.5

Baltimore Orioles                       78.5                              78.5

Boston Red Sox                       82.5                              82.5

Chicago Cubs                           72.5                              73.5

Chicago White Sox                    80.5                              81.5

Cincinnati Reds                         91.5                              91.5

Cleveland Indians                      76.5                              78.5

Colorado Rockies                     70.5                              71.5

Detroit Tigers                            92.5                              92.5

Houston Astros                         59.5                              59.5

Kansas City Royals                   78.5                              78.5

Los Angeles Angels                  92.5                              91.5

Los Angeles Dodgers                91.5                              90.5

Miami Marlins                            63.5                              63.5

Milwaukee Brewers                    81.5                              80.5

Minnesota Twins                        67.5                              68.5

New York Mets                          74.5                              74.5

New York Yankees                    88.5                              84.5

Oakland Athletics                      83.5                              84.5

Philadelphia Phillies                   83.5                              84.5

Pittsburgh Pirates                      77.5                              77.5

San Diego Padres                     74.5                              74.5

San Francisco Giants                87.5                              87.5
Seattle Mariners                        77.5                              77.5

St. Louis Cardinals                    85.5                              86.5

Tampa Bay Rays                       86.5                              87.5

Texas Rangers                          86.5                              86.5

Toronto Blue Jays                     87.5                              88.5

Washington Nationals                92.5                              92.5

 

2013 MLB Player Props

Mike Trout – BA in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   .305

 

Mike Trout – Total HR’s in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   27 ½

 

Mike Trout – Total RBI’s in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   75 ½

 

Mike Trout – Total Stolen Bases in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   45 ½

 

Bryce Harper – BA in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   .295

Bryce Harper – Total HR’s in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   27 ½

 

Bryce Harper – Total RBI’s in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   85 ½

 

Bryce Harper – Total Stolen Bases in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   22 ½

 

Miguel Cabrera – BA in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   .325

 

Miguel Cabrera – Total HR’s in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   37 ½

 

Miguel Cabrera – Total RBI’s in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   127 ½

 

Josh Hamilton – BA in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   .295

 

Josh Hamilton – Total HR’s in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   31 ½

 

Josh Hamilton – Total RBI’s in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   115 ½

 

Giancarlo Stanton – Total BA in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   .285

 

Giancarlo Stanton - Total HR’s in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   41 ½

 

Giancarlo Stanton - Total RBI’s in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   104

 

Justin Upton – BA in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   .285

 

Justin Upton – Total HR’s in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   27 ½

 

B.J. Upton - Total HR’s in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   22 ½

 

B.J. Upton – Total Stolen Bases in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   35 ½

 

Manny Machado – Total HR’s in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   19 ½

 

Will Middlebrooks – Total HR’s in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   25 ½

 

Anthony Rizzo – Total HR’s in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   25 ½

     

Yoenis Cespedes – BA in the 2013 Regular Season      

Over/Under                   .290

 

Yoenis Cespedes – Total HR’s in the 2013 Regular Season      

Over/Under                   26½

 

Yoenis Cespedes – Total RBI’s in the 2013 Regular Season     

Over/Under                   92½

 

Justin Verlander – Total Wins in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   17 ½

 

Justin Verlander – Total Strikeouts in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   235

 

Justin Verlander – ERA in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   2.75

 

Stephen Strasburg – Total Wins in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   15 ½

 

Stephen Strasburg – Total Strikeouts in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   235 ½

 

Stephen Strasburg – ERA in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   2.90

Clayton Kershaw – Total Wins in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   16 ½

 

Clayton Kershaw – ERA in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   2.70

 

Clayton Kershaw – Total Strikeouts in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   233 ½

 

Roy Halladay – Total Wins in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   13.5

 

Roy Halladay – ERA in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   3.50

 

Roy Halladay – Total Strikeouts in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   175 ½

 

Felix Hernandez – Total Wins in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   14 ½

 

Felix Hernandez – Total Strikeouts in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   224 ½

 

Felix Hernandez – ERA in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                   3.09

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Bovada sets Orioles win total at 78.5

Posted on 20 February 2013 by WNST Staff

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

 

2013 World Baseball Classic – Odds to Win     

USA                                         5/2

Dominican Republic                   13/4

Japan                                        7/2

Venezuela                                 15/2

Korea                                        10/1

Cuba                                         16/1

Canada                                     18/1

Mexico                                      20/1

Puerto Rico                               20/1

Chinese Tapei                            25/1

China                                        33/1

Netherlands                               33/1

Australia                                   66/1

Italy                                          100/1

Brazil                                        100/1

Spain                                        200/1

 

Odds to win the 2013 World Series     

Toronto Blue Jays                      7/1

Detroit Tigers                             8/1

Los Angeles Dodgers                 17/2

Washington Nationals                17/2

Los Angeles Angels                   9/1

Atlanta Braves                           14/1

Cincinnati Reds                         14/1

New York Yankees                    14/1

San Francisco Giants                 14/1

Texas Rangers                          14/1

Philadelphia Phillies                   18/1

St. Louis Cardinals                     20/1

Tampa Bay Rays                       25/1

Boston Red Sox                        30/1

Oakland Athletics                      33/1

Baltimore Orioles                       40/1

Chicago White Sox                    40/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    40/1

Arizona Diamondbacks               50/1

Kansas City Royals                   50/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      50/1

Chicago Cubs                            75/1

Cleveland Indians                       75/1

San Diego Padres                      75/1

Seattle Mariners                        75/1

Colorado Rockies                       100/1

Miami Marlins                            100/1

Minnesota Twins                        100/1

New York Mets                          100/1

Houston Astros                          200/1

 

Odds to win the 2013 AL Pennant       

Toronto Blue Jays                      15/4

Detroit Tigers                             4/1

Los Angeles Angels                   9/2

New York Yankees                    13/2

Texas Rangers                          13/2

Tampa Bay Rays                       12/1

Boston Red Sox                        14/1

Oakland Athletics                      16/1

Baltimore Orioles                       20/1

Chicago White Sox                    20/1

Kansas City Royals                   25/1

Cleveland Indians                       40/1

Seattle Mariners                        40/1

Minnesota Twins                        50/1

Houston Astros                          100/1

 

Odds to win the 2013 NL Pennant       

Washington Nationals                15/4

Los Angeles Dodgers                 4/1

Cincinnati Reds                         6/1

Atlanta Braves                           7/1

San Francisco Giants                 7/1

Philadelphia Phillies                   17/2

St. Louis Cardinals                     9/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    18/1

Arizona Diamondbacks               25/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      25/1

Chicago Cubs                            40/1

New York Mets                          40/1

San Diego Padres                      40/1

Colorado Rockies                       50/1

Miami Marlins                            50/1

 

MLB Regular Season Win Totals

Arizona Diamondbacks               81.5

Atlanta Braves                           88.5

Baltimore Orioles                       78.5

Boston Red Sox                        82.5

Chicago Cubs                            72.5

Chicago White Sox                    80.5

Cincinnati Reds                         91.5

Cleveland Indians                       76.5

Colorado Rockies                       70.5

Detroit Tigers                             92.5

Houston Astros                          59.5

Kansas City Royals                   78.5

Los Angeles Angels                   92.5

Los Angeles Dodgers                 91.5

Miami Marlins                            63.5

Milwaukee Brewers                    81.5

Minnesota Twins                        67.5

New York Mets                          74.5

New York Yankees                    88.5

Oakland Athletics                      83.5

Philadelphia Phillies                   83.5

Pittsburgh Pirates                      77.5

San Diego Padres                      74.5

San Francisco Giants                 87.5
Seattle Mariners                        77.5

St. Louis Cardinals                     85.5

Tampa Bay Rays                       86.5

Texas Rangers                          86.5

Toronto Blue Jays                      87.5

Washington Nationals                92.5

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Bovada gives Birds 25/1 odds to win 2013 World Series

Posted on 29 October 2012 by WNST Staff

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

 

Odds to win the 2013 World Series

Detroit Tigers                                         6/1

New York Yankees                                7/1

San Francisco Giants                             10/1

Texas Rangers                                      12/1

Washington Nationals                            12/1

Los Angeles Angels                               12/1

Philadelphia Phillies                               14/1

St. Louis Cardinals                                 14/1

Cincinnati Reds                                     14/1

Atlanta Braves                                       14/1

Los Angeles Dodgers                             18/1

Tampa Bay Rays                                   20/1

Boston Red Sox                                    22/1

Arizona Diamondbacks                           25/1

Baltimore Orioles                                   25/1

Milwaukee Brewers                                25/1

Oakland Athletics                                  25/1

Chicago White Sox                                28/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                                  30/1

Toronto Blue Jays                                  35/1

Seattle Mariners                                    40/1

Miami Marlins                                        40/1

New York Mets                                      40/1

San Diego Padres                                  60/1

Minnesota Twins                                    66/1

Chicago Cubs                                        75/1

Cleveland Indians                                   75/1

Colorado Rockies                                   75/1

Kansas City Royals                               75/1

Houston Astros                                      150/1

 

 

 

NBA Odds

 

“The huge trade with James Harden going to Houston no doubt will improve the Rockets but maybe not to the extent some people expect and in turn their win total jumped up by 3 from 30.5 to 33.5 , while the Thunder were less impacted dropping slightly from 59.5 to 58.5. Our Championship odds have not changed too much over the course of the last few weeks but some trendy teams seem to be the Nuggets whom we lowered from 66-1 to 33-1 and the 76ers have taken quite a bit forcing us to move them down from 50-1 to 33-1.”

-Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv

 

2012-2013 Regular Season – Total Points Per Game – James Harden (HOU)

Over/Under                                21.5

 

2012-2013 Regular Season – Total Points Per Game – Kevin Martin (OKC)

Over/Under                                14.5

 

2012-2013 NBA Regular Season Wins – Houston Rockets        

Over/Under                                33.5

 

2012-2013 NBA Regular Season Wins – Oklahoma City Thunder

Over/Under                                58.5

 

***First odds for all of these are the current odds, any changes are to the right of the current ones. This is for the Championship and Conference odds. Teams in blue have shorter odds, teams in red have longer odds, and teams in black are unchanged. The Divisional odds are new. 

 

Odds to win 2013 NBA Championship

                                                Current                        On 10/9/12

Miami Heat                                9/4                                11/5

Los Angeles Lakers                   11/4                              5/2

Oklahoma City Thunder              9/2                               

San Antonio Spurs                     12/1                              18/1

Boston Celtics                           14/1                              18/1

Chicago Bulls                            18/1                              14/1

Los Angeles Clippers                 25/1                             

Brooklyn Nets                            28/1                              30/1

Indiana Pacers                           30/1                              35/1

Denver Nuggets                         33/1                              66/1

Philadelphia 76ers                      33/1                              50/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     35/1                 

New York Knicks                       35/1

Dallas Mavericks                        40/1                              33/1

Atlanta Hawks                           75/1

Minnesota Timberwolves             100/1                            75/1

Utah Jazz                                  100/1

Portland Trailblazers                   125/1                            100/1

Golden State Warriors                150/1                            125/1

Houston Rockets                       150/1                            75/1

Milwaukee Bucks                       150/1                            125/1

Orlando Magic                           150/1                           

Cleveland Cavaliers                    200/1

New Orleans Hornets                 200/1                            150/1

Phoenix Suns                            200/1                            150/1

Detroit Pistons                           250/1                            200/1

Sacramento Kings                     250/1                            200/1

Toronto Raptors                         250/1                            200/1

Washington Wizards                  250/1                            200/1

Charlotte Bobcats                      500/1


Odds to win the 2012 – 2013 NBA Eastern Conference

Current                        On 10/9/12

Miami Heat                                4/7                                5/8

Boston Celtics                           7/1                                8/1

Chicago Bulls                            15/2                              11/2

Brooklyn Nets                            12/1

Indiana Pacers                           14/1

New York Knicks                       16/1                              14/1

Philadelphia 76ers                      16/1                              18/1

Atlanta Hawks                           35/1                             

Milwaukee Bucks                       66/1                              60/1

Orlando Magic                           75/1                              60/1

Cleveland Cavaliers                    100/1                           

Detroit Pistons                           125/1                            100/1

Toronto Raptors                         125/1                            100/1

Washington Wizards                  125/1                            100/1

Charlotte Bobcats                      200/1

 

Odds to win the 2013 NBA Western Conference

Current                        On 10/9/12

Los Angeles Lakers                   13/10                           

Oklahoma City Thunder              9/5

San Antonio Spurs                     6/1                                17/2

Los Angeles Clippers                 11/1                              12/1

Denver Nuggets                         15/1                              33/1

Dallas Mavericks                        18/1                              16/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     18/1                              16/1

Minnesota Timberwolves             45/1                              40/1

Utah Jazz                                  45/1                             

Portland Trailblazers                   66/1                              60/1

Golden State Warriors                66/1                              60/1

Houston Rockets                       75/1                              40/1

New Orleans Hornets                 100/1                           

Phoenix Sun                              100/1                            75/1

Sacramento Kings                     100/1

 

Odds to Win the 2012 – 2013 Atlantic Division 

Boston Celtics                           11/10

Brooklyn Nets                            17/4

New York Knicks                       7/2

Philadelphia 76ers                      7/2

Toronto Raptors                         50/1

 

Odds to Win the 2012 – 2013 Central Division  

Chicago Bulls                            10/11

Indiana Pacers                           10/11

Milwaukee Bucks                       22/1

Cleveland Cavaliers                    50/1

Detroit Pistons                           50/1 

Odds to Win the 2012 – 2013 Southeast Division          

Miami Heat                                1/25

Atlanta Hawks                           10/1

Orlando Magic                           50/1

Washington Wizards                  50/1

Charlotte Bobcats                      150/1

 

Odds to Win the 2012 – 2013 Northwest Division

Oklahoma City Thunder              1/9

Denver Nuggets                         6/1

Minnesota Timberwolves             30/1

Utah Jazz                                  30/1

Portland Trailblazers                   40/1

 

Odds to Win the 2012 – 2013 Pacific Division

Los Angeles Lakers                   2/7

Los Angeles Clippers                 3/1

Golden State Warriors                30/1

Phoenix Suns                            75/1

Sacramento Kings                     75/1

 

Odds to Win the 2012 – 2013 Southwest Division         

San Antonio Spurs                     4/7

Memphis Grizzlies                     3/1

Dallas Mavericks                        7/2

Houston Rockets                       25/1

New Orleans Hornets                 50/1

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10 Sports Limericks

Posted on 25 October 2012 by Thyrl Nelson

This week the Ravens are stammering,

The Texans just gave them a hammering.

You knew they were done,

When they threw out the run.

And now fans want to fire Cam Cameron

 

The Tigers had visions of grandeur,

And threw out an ace in Verlander.

But for being the best,

Maybe had too much rest.

And in Game 1 got beat by a Panda

 

There once was a QB named Cam,

Who wanted to be Superman.

But when things don’t work out,

He always starts to pout.

So now people are calling him Sham.

 

 

The Bounty-Gate thing was malicious,

Inspiring hits that were vicious.

But the players suspended,

Had their punishments ended.

And now have beef with two commishes.

 

 

There once was a Jag named Maurice,

Who called the Bears quarterback weak.

He should laugh at himself,

Because he’s now on the shelf.

With a little foot that he just tweaked.

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Bring Out Your Dead

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Bring Out Your Dead

Posted on 24 October 2012 by Thyrl Nelson

Inspired by the scene in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” where the body cart is being pushed through the city during the plague as the mortician cries “Bring Out Your Dead”. As one man ambitiously tries to deliver a not quite dead elderly man to the cart hilarity ensues. Here’s a look at who’s being (or has been) written off for dead in the sports world, and what the final prognosis might be.

“I’m Not Dead Yet” – Despite reports to the contrary these guys are not dead yet, but may have one foot in the proverbial grave and another on a banana peel.

 

Cam Newton – Superman has become the Super-Sulker but he’s not dead yet, not by a long shot. Still there are plenty of reasons to be concerned. Newton’s post-loss body language has been unbearable. We can all appreciate that the kid wants to win, but he’ll have to do some growing up before he can become a leader of men. Cam took everyone (including himself) to task in the wake of the Panthers most recent defeat, but mostly seemed to point fingers at his offensive coordinator. Newton is looking for a game plan that authors blowouts but will sooner or later have to learn that life in the NFL doesn’t work that way. In 3 of his 5 losses this season, Cam has had the ball in his hands with a chance to win the game in the final 5 minutes. If he intends to be the star he’s being cast as, he’ll need to get comfortable in those situations. It’d also help if Newton stopped shaking off teammates’ efforts to celebrate TDs with him while clearing out space to do his ridiculous Superman dance.

 

 

Cam Cameron – Sticking with Cams, reports of the demise of Cam Cameron might be a byproduct of Ravens fans wishes more than anything else. In the wake of the Ravens most recent disappointment against the Houston Texans however, another long and introspective look at this offense might be long overdue. Cameron was “under fire” by owner Steve Bisciotti last season and managed to survive. There’s no reason to believe the Ravens will make a change before seasons end, but in the event that it doesn’t end in the Super Bowl, this season could very likely be Cameron’s last.

 

Maurice Jones-Drew – Remember MJD calling out Jay Cutler a couple of seasons ago for surrendering during the playoffs due to an MCL injury that didn’t look that serious on TV and didn’t require surgery. Last week in a game the Jaguars lost in overtime to a less than spectacular Oakland Raiders squad, MJD watched from the sidelines while nursing a foot injury that didn’t look that serious on TV and that apparently won’t require surgery. This on the heels of his extended and controversial holdout from training camp while trying to earn a new contract or force a trade won’t buy Jones-Drew much empathy as he watches from the sidelines for the next couple of weeks at least.

 

Lance Armstrong – Maybe the Lance Armstrong fiasco will give us a long overdue chance to examine ourselves. He lorded over a sport that was rampant with doping and drug use, and while he adamantly proclaimed being above it throughout his once storied and undeniably dominant career. Now having given up the fight and having been stripped of all of his career accolades Armstrong also finds that those who rode his coattails to success and fortune aren’t set to stand by him in the hard times. It’s still impossible to ignore all of the good that Armstrong has done in his career, and it seems only a matter of time before he’ll inevitably bounce back in the court of public opinion…but it doesn’t look like it’ll be terribly easy, or any time soon for that matter.

 

Dirk Nowitzki – Just as the world was ready to close the book on the legacy of Dirk Nowitzki he surprised everyone and cemented that legacy by winning an NBA championship. He backed it up however by showing up for a lockout shortened NBA season the following year out of shape, and now looks ready to miss at least the first few weeks of this season as he recovers from ankle surgery. It may now be safe to close the book on Nowitzki’s NBA legacy. It appears he got that title just in the nick of time.

 

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Bovada gives O’s longest odds of playoff teams to win World Series

Posted on 04 October 2012 by WNST Staff

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

 

NFL Odds

Odds to win the 2013 Super Bowl XLVII (Teams in blue have shorter odds, teams in red have longer odds, teams in black stayed the same)         

                                                Last Week        Current

Houston Texans                         5/1                    9/2

San Francisco 49ers                  6/1                    11/2

Atlanta Falcons                         8/1                    7/1

New England Patriots                 17/2                  7/1

Baltimore Ravens                       9/1                    17/2

Green Bay Packers                    17/2                  9/1

Chicago Bears                           22/1                  15/1

Denver Broncos                         20/1                  20/1

Philadelphia Eagles                    22/1                  20/1

San Diego Chargers                   25/1                  20/1

New York Giants                        18/1                  22/1

Arizona Cardinals                       28/1                  25/1

Pittsburgh Steelers                    20/1                  25/1

Dallas Cowboys                         25/1                  35/1

Cincinnati Bengals                     50/1                  50/1

Minnesota Vikings                     75/1                  50/1

Seattle Seahawks                      30/1                  66/1

Washington Redskins                100/1                75/1

New York Jets                           35/1                  100/1

Buffalo Bills                               50/1                  100/1

Detroit Lions                              50/1                  100/1

New Orleans Saints                   66/1                  100/1

Carolina Panthers                      100/1                150/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers             150/1                200/1

Indianapolis Colts                       200/1                200/1

St. Louis Rams                          300/1                200/1

Kansas City Chiefs                    100/1                250/1

Oakland Raiders                        100/1                250/1

Tennessee Titans                       150/1                300/1

Miami Dolphins                          200/1                300/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                   250/1                500/1

Cleveland Browns                       750/1                1000/1

 

Divisional Odds

Odds to Win the 2013 AFC East Division         

New England Patriots                 1/5

Buffalo Bills                               7/1

New York Jets                           9/1

Miami Dolphins                          18/1

 

Odds to Win the 2013 AFC North Division       

Baltimore Ravens                       4/7

Pittsburgh Steelers                    3/1

Cincinnati Bengals                     7/2

Cleveland Browns                       200/1

 

Odds to Win the 2013 NFC East Division         

Philadelphia Eagles                    6/5

New York Giants                        9/4

Dallas Cowboys                         3/1

Washington Redskins                17/2

 

Odds to Win the 2013 NFC North Division       

Green Bay Packers                    2/3

Chicago Bears                           7/4

Minnesota Vikings                     7/1

Detroit Lions                              18/1

 

Odds to Win the 2013 NFC South Division       

Atlanta Falcons                         1/20

New Orleans Saints                   15/1

Carolina Panthers                      15/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers             20/1

 

Odds to Win the 2013 AFC West Division        

San Diego Chargers                   1/1

Denver Broncos                         6/5

Kansas City Chiefs                    10/1

Oakland Raiders                        12/1

 

Odds to Win the 2013 NFC West Division        

San Francisco 49ers                  4/9

Arizona Cardinals                       11/4

Seattle Seahawks                      15/2

St. Louis Rams                          18/1

 

Miscellaneous Props

WEEK 5 SPECIALS – Who will win the 2012 NFL Regular Season MVP?        

Matt Ryan (ATL) QB                               9/2

Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB                         5/1

Tom Brady (NE) QB                               5/1

Peyton Manning (DEN) QB                     7/1

Eli Manning (NYG) QB                           10/1

Jay Cutler (CHI) QB                                15/1

Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB                   18/1

Arian Foster (HOU) RB                           20/1

Drew Brees (NO) QB                              20/1

Joe Flacco (BAL) QB                             20/1

LeSean McCoy (PHI) RB                        20/1

Matt Schaub (HOU) QB                          20/1

Michael Vick (PHI) QB                           25/1

Marshawn Lynch (SEA) RB                    30/1

Philip Rivers (SD) QB                             35/1

Christian Ponder (MIN) QB                      40/1

Alex Smith (SF) QB                               40/1

Kevin Kolb (ARI) QB                               40/1

A.J. Green (CIN) WR                              50/1

Jamaal Charles (KC) RB                         50/1

Robert Griffin III (WSH) QB                      50/1

Tony Romo (DAL) QB                             50/1

Cam Newton (CAR) QB                          100/1

Tim Tebow (NYJ) QB                              250/1

 

Team Props

WEEK 5 SPECIALS – New Orleans Saints – Regular Season Wins       

Over/Under                    6

 

WEEK 5 SPECIALS – Who will lose first?        

Arizona Cardinals                       10/13

Atlanta Falcons                         2/1

Houston Texans                         3/1

 

WEEK 5 SPECIALS – How many Special Team TD’s will the Detroit Lions give up from Week 5-17 in the 2012 NFL Regular Season?                    

Over                              1½ (+110)

Under                            1½  (-140)

 

WEEK 5 SPECIALS – How many Offensive Yards will the New York Jets have Week 5?

Over/Under                    320½

 

Player Props

WEEK 5 SPECIALS – Will Drew Brees Have a TD Pass in all 16 games in the 2012 Regular Season?            

Yes                  +150    

No                    -200    

 

WEEK 5 SPECIALS – Will Drew Brees throw a TD Pass in more than 56 consecutive games breaking Joe Dimaggio’s hit streak record?            

Yes                  +110    

No                    -150    

 

WEEK 5 SPECIALS – Who will have more Passing Yards Week 5?                 

Tom Brady (NE) QB                   -150    

Peyton Manning (DEN) QB         +120    

 

WEEK 5 SPECIALS – Who will have more TD Passes Week 5?                       

Tom Brady (NE) QB                   -130     

Peyton Manning (DEN) QB         EVEN  

 

WEEK 5 SPECIALS – Who will have more Interceptions Week 5?                  

Tom Brady (NE) QB                   -225    

Peyton Manning (DEN) QB         +185

 

WEEK 5 SPECIALS – Will Aaron Rodgers be the most sacked QB in the 2012 Regular Season?                    

Yes                  +250    

No                    -400    

 

WEEK 5 SPECIALS – Will Mark Sanchez be benched in the game?               

Yes                  EVEN  

No                    -140     

 

WEEK 5 SPECIALS – How many times will Mark Sanchez be sacked Week 5?          

Over                              3 (-130)

Under                            3 (EVEN)

 

WEEK 5 SPECIALS – Rashard Mendenhall – Total Rushing Yards Week 5?                 

Over/Under                    60½

 

 

College Football Odds

SPECIALS – Who will be drafted higher in the 2013 NFL Draft?     

Geno Smith                   -140

Matt Barkley                  EVEN

 

SPECIALS – Will Geno Smith throw an Interception vs. Texas?        

Yes                               -150     (2/3)     

No                                +110     (11/10)

 

SPECIALS – What will Geno Smith have more of vs. Texas?          

TD Passes                    +140     (7/5)

Incompletions                 -175     (4/7)

 

 

MLB Odds

Odds to win the 2012 World Series

Cincinnati Reds                         5/1

New York Yankees                    5/1

Washington Nationals                5/1

Detroit Tigers                             6/1

Texas Rangers                          7/1

Oakland Athletics                      15/2

San Francisco Giants                 15/2

Atlanta Braves                           12/1

Baltimore Orioles                       15/1

St. Louis Cardinals                     15/1

 

Odds to win the 2012 AL Pennant       

New York Yankees                    9/4

Detroit Tigers                             11/4

Texas Rangers                          13/4

Oakland Athletics                      7/2

Baltimore Orioles                       7/1

 

Odds to win the 2012 NL Pennant       

Cincinnati Reds                         2/1

Washington Nationals                9/4

San Francisco Giants                 3/1

Atlanta Braves                           13/2

St. Louis Cardinals                     7/1

 

Wild Card Matchups (Note: No lines have been set yet in AL Wildcard Game as the Orioles haven’t announced their pitcher yet)

St. Louis Cardinals      +145

Atlanta Braves              -165

Total                            6.5

           

Who will record more strikeouts?

Kyle Lohse (R)               +240     (12/5)

Kris Medlen (R)               -300    (1/3)   

 

Total Strikeouts – Kyle Lohse (R)

Over/Under                    4½

 

Total Strikeouts – Kris Medlen (R)           

Over/Under                    6

 

Total Hits, Runs and RBI’s – Jason Heyward (ATL)           

Over/Under                    2

 

Total Hits, Runs and RBI’s – Chipper Jones (ATL) 

Over/Under                    2

 

Will Jason Heyward (ATL) hit a home run?          

Yes                  +400     (4/1)

No                     -600     (1/5)

 

Will Chipper Jones (ATL) hit a home run?

Yes                  +425     (17/4)

No                     -625     (4/25)

 

Will Brian McCann (ATL) hit a home run?

Yes                  +450     (9/2)

No                     -650     (2/13)

 

Will Carlos Beltran (STL) hit a home run?

Yes                  +350     (7/2)

No                     -500     (1/5)

 

Will Matt Holliday (STL) hit a home run? 

Yes                  +400     (4/1)

No                     -600     (1/6)

 

Will Allen Craig (STL) hit a home run?     

Yes                  +375     (15/4)

No                     -550     (11/2)

 

 

NHL Lockout Odds

Will Replacement Players be used at any point in the 2012-2013 NHL Season?

Yes                  15/1

 

Will the NHL cancel the 2012-13 Winter Classic?

Yes                  1/1

No                    4/7

 

Will the NHL Cancel the 2012 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC?

Yes                  4/7

No                    1/1

 

Will Pat LaFontaine be part of a group that buys the New York Islanders before the 2013-2014 Season?

Yes                  3/1

No                    1/5

 

Will the Edmonton Oilers and the city of Edmonton come to an agreement for a new arena in 2012?

Yes                  3/2

No                    1/2

 

Will the Edmonton Oilers move to the city of Seattle before the 2013-2014 Season?

Yes                  10/1

 

Will a player who played in the NHL last Season lead the KHL in Scoring?

Yes                  3/2

No                    1/2

 

Will a player who played in the NHL last Season lead the AHL in Scoring?

Yes                  2/1

No                    1/3

 

Will NHL Players Play at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi Russia?

Yes                  1/3

No                    2/1

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Bovada gives Orioles updated 18/1 odds to win World Series

Posted on 14 September 2012 by WNST Staff

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

 

Odds to win the 2012 World Series

Texas Rangers                          9/2

Cincinnati Reds                         13/2

Washington Nationals                7/1

New York Yankees                    7/1

San Francisco Giants                 9/1

Atlanta Braves                           14/1

Detroit Tigers                             14/1

Los Angeles Angels                   15/1

Oakland Athletics                      16/1

Chicago White Sox                    16/1

Baltimore Orioles                       18/1

Tampa Bay Rays                       18/1

Los Angeles Dodgers                 20/1

Philadelphia Phillies                   20/1

St. Louis Cardinals                     22/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    40/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      66/1

Arizona Diamondbacks               90/1

 

Odds to win the 2012 AL Pennant

Texas Rangers                          9/4      

New York Yankees                    7/2

Detroit Tigers                             13/2

Chicago White Sox                    15/2

Los Angeles Angels                   15/2

Oakland Athletics                      8/1

Baltimore Orioles                       17/2

Tampa Bay Rays                       17/2

 

Odds to win the 2012 NL Pennant

Cincinnati Reds                         9/4

Washington Nationals                11/4

San Francisco Giants                 9/2

Atlanta Braves                           15/2

St. Louis Cardinals                     10/1

Los Angeles Dodgers                 10/1

Philadelphia Phillies                   12/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    25/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      30/1

Arizona Diamondbacks               60/1

 

Playoff Chances

MLB Special – Will the Baltimore Orioles make the playoffs in 2012?         

Yes                  -110

No                    -110

 

MLB Special – Will the Chicago White Sox make the playoffs in 2012?      

Yes                   -150     (2/3)

No                    +120     (6/5)

 

MLB Special – Will the Detroit Tigers make the playoffs in 2012?   

Yes                  +110     (11/10)

No                     -150     (2/3)

 

MLB Special – Will the Los Angeles Angels make the playoffs in 2012?     

Yes                  +250     (5/2)

No                     -325     (4/13)

 

MLB Special – Will the Los Angeles Dodgers make the playoffs in 2012?   

Yes                  +400     (4/1)

No                     -600     (1/6)

 

MLB Special – Will the Milwaukee Brewers make the playoffs in 2012?      

Yes                  +600     (6/1)

No                    -1000    (1/10)

 

MLB Special – Will the New York Yankees make the playoffs in 2012?      

Yes                   -800     (1/8)

No                    +500     (5/1)

 

MLB Special – Will the Oakland A’s make the playoffs in 2012?    

Yes                   -800     (1/8)

No                    +500     (5/1)

 

MLB Special – Will the Philadelphia Phillies make the playoffs in 2012?     

Yes                  +350     (7/2)

No                     -500     (1/5)

 

MLB Special – Will the St. Louis Cardinals make the playoffs in 2012?      

Yes                   -150     (2/3)

No                    +120     (6/5)

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Forget the Home Field Advantage: An AL Team Will Win the World Series

Posted on 11 July 2012 by Big Chee

Wretched. Sucky. Lopsided. These are just some of the adjectives I stumbled upon on Twitter this morning that described last night’s All Star Game, an 8-0 blowout victory for the National League. Right out of the gate, Justin Verlander, arguably the best pitcher in the American League, surrendered 5 runs to give the National League a comfortable lead. From there, the American League had no answer for Cain, Gonzalez, Strasburg, Kershaw, Dickey, Hamels (you get the picture), and Melky Cabrera’s two run homer turned the game from a solid lead to a drubbing.

Speaking of Twitter, baseball fans on social media seem to be crying foul over the home field advantage the NL will earn once again in the World Series. I was not one of them, and I still believe that there is nothing wrong with adding a little competitive spirit to the Mid-Summer classic, I explained in my last blog on WNST.net.

However, in this 2012 season, let’s not spend too much time on this argument, because, quite frankly, it does not matter. This year, the American League’s individual teams are far superior to the National League, and it’s not even close. That can be evidenced by the fact that the American League went 142-110 (.563 win %) over the National League in interleague play this year, and the AL team with the best record (NY Yankees) swept the team in the NL with the best record (Washington Nationals.) Don’t get it twisted, I am well aware that the Texas Rangers have been victims of the American League losing two years in a row in the ASG, and if the Rangers had been home Game 7 last year, the results very well could have been different. However, one exhibition game in July cannot change the fact that there are five teams in the American League that are better than all in the National League,  even if it was a beat down. Here are the five teams that would beat the National League pennant winner in 2012, even if the game is held in the Nation’s Capital.

1.)       The New York Yankees

The Yankees are defying the post steroid era notion that achieving greatness is all about pitching. The 7yr/$161 Million Dollar Ace CC Sabathia has been solid, but his 3.45 ERA is far from spectacular. Ivan Nova might lead the staff with 10 wins, but his 3.92 ERA is even higher than Sabathia’s. Phil Hughes has been up and down all season, Andy Pettite is on the 60 Day DL and Hiroki Kuroda is simply an innings eater. Not to mention Michael Pineda’s season ending injury before the season even started, as well as the legend Mariano Rivera’s freak accident while shagging fly balls that put the rest of his career in jeopardy. This season could have been lost for the Yankees. However, they have the best winning percentage in baseball at the break, leading the Orioles by 7 games in the AL East.

In post steroid era ball where players in their 30s are supposed to be tailing off and fading into the sunset, the Yankee veterans only continue to shine. They lead the majors with 134 home runs as a team.  Derek Jeter at 38 years old is tied for 1st in hits in the American League with Miguel Cabrera. Nick Swisher is on pace for over 100 RBIs. Eric Chavez has shown flashes of the player he was in his prime in Oakland, his versatility and personality has been great for the clubhouse. Andruw Jones has been punishing left handed pitchers as of late. And let’s not forget that Robinson Cano and Mark Texiera’s important defensive ability. All Star Curtis Granderson continues to be worth the investment when they snatched him from Detroit before last season, he has 24 HRs at the break. This lineup is loaded 1-9 and even superb National League starters like Clayton Kershaw and Steven Strasburg cannot find relief in this lineup.

2.)       Texas Rangers

You may be wondering: How can the Texas Rangers be on this list when they have lost the World Series the past two years in a row without the home field advantage? Or you may be curious how the Rangers will fare after two integral pieces of their 2011 postseason out of the conversation this year. I’m talking their #1 last year, CJ Wilson, who left for Los Angeles and their preseason #2 starter Derek Holland who has been less than mediocre in 2012, spotting a 5.05 ERA at the break.

Production at the plate has been key for another successful season thus far in Arlington for the Texas Rangers, who sport the 2nd best record in baseball at 52-34, leading the Angels by 4 games in the West. You can make an argument that despite his recent cool-off from his historic April, Josh Hamilton had a MVP 1st half, batting .308, leading baseball in both HRs (27) and RBIs (75). Ian Kinsler leads the majors with 63 runs scored. Fellow All-Stars Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli are key contributors to the Rangers leading the majors in team average (.280), runs (443), hits (844) and RBIs (430).

The pitching staff inevitably will have to play a big part in this team’s success just like 2011, and there are new names that will do so. Despite a somewhat slow start by Yu Darvish, the $100 million man from Japan made the All-Star Team and continues to improve and adjust to the American game. Fellow All-Star Matt Harrison has been even better with an 11-4 record and 3.10 ERA. Roy Oswalt adds a veteran presence, even if he has been up and down. If the lineup just continues business as usual in dominating opposing pitching staffs, this should lessen the pressure of this staff to carry them to a World Series victory.

3.)       Los Angeles Angels

The Angels seem to get lost in the conversation for World Series favorites at the All-Star break, due to the fact that if the season ended today, they would face the Baltimore Orioles in a one game playoff for the wildcard draw in the postseason. They are 48-38, four games back of Texas in the AL West, probably short of the lofty expectations this team faced to start the 2012 season. The Angels made the biggest splash at MLB’s Winter Meetings, signing preseason favorite AL MVP Albert Pujols to a 10 year/$254 million dollar deal. In addition, they snatched up former Texas Ranger and Cy Young contender CJ Wilson to form a 1-2 punch with Jered Weaver that could be the best in the game.  While the Angels are getting slowly but surely getting back on track, their start to 2012 was not exactly a smooth ride. Pujols went 92 at-bats in the month of April without hitting a home run. Weaver & Wilson have been rock solid, middle of the rotation guys Dan Haren and Ervin Santana have been extremely disappointing with 4.86 and 5.75 ERAs, respectively.

I have not even mentioned Mike Trout, the best position player in the American League not named Josh Hamilton. The All-Star Game last night gave Trout national exposure. The baby faced 20 year old not only leads the American League in batting average at .341, but he gets himself in position to score more than anyone in the AL as well with 26 steals at the break. Mark Trumbo will continue his power surge and build off his 22 home runs. Torii Hunter is continuing to prove how valuable of a veteran he is on this roster in the #2 spot in the lineup as well as his defensive ability in the outfield. Manager Mike Scoscia has the experience and savvy to keep this team rolling in the 2nd half and in the playoffs. It would be shocking if the AL West does not produce two of the four teams in the Final 4 of the American League playoffs.

4.)       Detroit Tigers

Fittingly, the Tigers are mentioned right after the Angels, another team that failed to live up to expectations after they partook in an active offseason. Prince Fielder signed with Detroit for 9 years, $214 million making him the second biggest FA signing behind Pujols.  Ace Justin Verlander was the starter in the American League All Star Game. Yet this team is only 44-42 at the break and in 3rd place in the worst division in the American League, the Central.

Again, there is too much talent on this team for this to continue. Let’s start with the pitching staff. Don’t overthink Verlander’s meltdown last night in the first inning. He’s in contention for another Cy Young, as he leads the league with strikeouts at 128 and is 4th in the majors with a 2.58 ERA. Max Scherzer, 8-5, has been much improved and rookie Drew Smyly has hit the All Star break in stride, winning his last two starts and holding a 4-3 record into the break.

At the plate, Miguel Cabrera is certainly in the running along with Hamilton and Trout for AL MVP. He is hitting .324 and is tied in first with Jeter for hits with 111 , is 2nd in the AL behind Hamilton with 71 RBIs Right below the young phenom in batting average is Austin Jackson of Detroit, hitting .332. Prince Fielder has not been atop the league as far as statistics go, but his presence at the plate will be a huge factor in determining where the Tigers go in the 2nd half.

Finally, let’s not also forget their manager Jim Leyland. This guy has been in the game long enough and had plenty of success throughout his entire career to not let this slow start get his guys unraveled. His cool demeanor will allow for his players to bring it all together making a run to the World Series in 2012.

5.)       Chicago White Sox

However, the AL Central leading Chicago White Sox are my choice for the 5th team that would win the World Series against an NL team because they are better than any of the NL teams that will be in the World Series. Now hear me out on this one:

A good portion of this article has been in regards to the strength of the lineups of each of these teams. When you take a look at the White Sox, their lineup is certainly potent enough to compete at the next level. And just like the Yankees, the veterans are getting it done on the South Side. Let’s start with the resurgent Adam Dunn. Whatever it was that Dunn did in the offseason to get this mojo back after his disastrous 2011 campaign, it has turned him into a comeback player of the year candidate. He leads the American League in walks and is 2nd in HR with 25. How about Alex Rios? He is third in the AL in hits for the first place White Sox. Still think Team Captain Paul Konerko is not a Hall of Famer? He just made is 6th All Star Game and is 3rd in the AL in average at .329. Finally, if you’ve never heard of Alejando De Aza, it’s ok. But get to know him now: he’s 5th in the AL in runs scored and chipped in 15 SBs.

Speaking of guys one might not ever heard of, let’s move onto the pitching staff and ace Chris Sale. Sale has been so spectacular this season that he could have easily been selected to start last night’s All Star Game and who knows? Maybe it would have been worth watching All this 23 year old has done is spot a 2.19 ERA, .95 WHIP (both 2nd in the AL) along with 10 wins. Let’s not forget another member of the White Sox who could be mentioned as Comeback Player of the Year in Jake Peavy. He leads the team with 108 K’s, and just made his 3rd All Star appearance. Also, keep an eye on Jose Quintana in the 2nd half. In 8 starts he is 4-1 with a 2.04 ERA.

Even if you are just a casual baseball fan, you probably could have guessed the first four teams on this list.  As far as the fifth position, there are plenty of teams that can receive consideration. The Tampa Bay Rays starting rotation features All Star David Price which led the MLB last year in ERA. The Boston Red Sox started 2012 slow, but are slowly creeping into the Wild Card conversation and getting healthy. Let’s not forget about the great things that the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians have done this year! If those two teams acquire some big name pitching at the deadline, they could certainly be considered for a shot at the World Series.

So there you have it. There are the five teams that will beat the Dodgers, Nationals, Giants, Braves, Pirates or whoever the National League crowns champions and earns home field advantage in the World Series. Let the debate begin…

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