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Euro 2024 Odds and Futures Winner

by Will Rogers

Sunday, Apr 28, 2024

The 17th UEFA European Championship will run from June 14-July 14 at stadiums across Germany. The usual suspects like: England, France, Germany and Spain are expected to contend for the title. With the first games fast approaching, let's get caught up on the current odds. I've also included my long-shot pick to win the entire tournament. Group FuturesGroup AGermany -225Switzerland +500Hungary +600Scotland +800Group BSpain -145Italy +275Croatia +450Albania +2200Group CEngland -250Denmark +400Serbia +800Slovenia +1200Group DFrance -200Netherlands +300Austria +800Poland +1100Group EBelgium -285Ukraine +600Romania +700Slovakia +950Group FPortugal -250Turkey +400Czech Republic +700Georgia +1800Germany: A Safe Bet Win Group A All six group favorites should certainly advance. Most, perhaps all, will finish on top of their foursome. Group B is the undisputed "Group Of Death," as Spain, Italy and Croatia all rank in the top 10 in the world. Poor Albania has no chance. Playing on their home soil, Germany at -225 looks like a fairly safe bet to win Group A. Odds To Win Euro 2024England: +300 France: +340 Germany: +600 Spain: +700 Portugal: +800 Belgium: +1400 Italy: +1600 Netherlands: +1600 Denmark: +3500 Croatia: +4000 Turkey: +5000 Switzerland: +6500 Serbia: +8000 Austria: +8000 Scotland: +8000 Hungary: +8000 Ukraine: +10000 Poland: +10000 Czech Republic: +15000 Romania: +20000 Slovenia: +20000 Albania: +25000 Georgia: +50000 Slovakia: +50000 Rogers' Euro Cup WinnerBelgium +1400 (Draft Kings) and +1614 (Pinnacle)Since finishing third at the World Cup in 2018, Belgium has underachieved in international events. That could be partly why this year's team is flying under the radar. The defense may not be as stingy, but the Red Devils are still loaded with world-class attackers. Remember, Belgium is ranked #3 in the world in the Fifa rankings. Only Argentina and France rank higher. Importantly, as the biggest favorite to win its group, Belgium also has an easy path to the knockout round.  Assuming they win Group E, the Red Devils will face a third-placed team from either Group A, B, C or D. Following the group winner route, a potential meeting with the Group D winner or Group F runner-up (Turkey, Georgia/Greece, Portugal, Czech Republic) in the quarter-finals awaits. It'll get harder from there but by that time, Belgium is already in the semis. At +1400 or better, I think Belgium has a real chance at shocking the world. 

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UFC 301 Preview and Picks

by Will Rogers

Sunday, Apr 28, 2024

Pantoja vs. Erceg will take place on May 4, 2024, at the Farmasi Arena, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It may not be as star-studded as UFC 300 but it promises to still be an exciting event. Let's take a closer look at this week's two biggest matches. The Main EventPantoja -205Erceg +170Total: 3.5 over -125 Flyweight champion Alexandre "The Cannibal" Pantoja has won five straight fights and is 27-5 for his career. Steve "Astro Boy" Erceg is off 11 straight victories and is 12-1 for his career, 3-0 in the UFC. Erceg's record is certainly impressive but he hasn't been fighting top level competition. With recent wins against Royval (twice) and Moreno, Pantoja has been taking on some of the best in the division. This will be his second title defense. Pantoja is from Brazil. So, this fight is in his own backyard. Erceg is from Australia. While he recently delivered an impressive knockout, many are questioning how the relatively unknown Erceg, the #10 contender, even got a title shot. Pantoja is extremely tough and he's a great grappler. However, Erceg may have the advantage when the fighters are on their feet. Erceg had this to say: "Yeah, I just think I'm going to pick him apart. That being said, it’s not like I'm going to be able to stay on the outside the whole time. I fully expect him to find ways to get to the grappling, that sort of thing. But I’m no chump there. I’m also a black belt. Before people started calling me a knockout guy cause I had one knockout I was a ‘grappler’ in the UFC so I’m fully confident in my skills on the ground and in the grapple and I think I separate myself with the striking technique."Prediction: Pantoja's grappling and his experience probably tip the scales in his favor. Erceg seems to be the real deal though and an upset wouldn't totally surprise. I'm not touching this one but am excited to watch what should be an exciting and closer than expected battle. The Co-Main Event Jonathan Martinez-162Jose Aldo +136Total 2.5 over -315, under +230Jose "Junior" Aldo is in familiar territory. After all, the decorated veteran, making his return from a brief UFC retirement, is known as "The King of Rio." Aldo has had a few boxing matches since last fighting in the Octagon. Aldo (31-8) is a legend and has fought the best of the best. He's also 37 years old and his last UFC fight was a (decision) loss to Merab Dvalishvili in August 2022. Prior to that, he'd won three straight. However, those three victories were preceded by three straight losses. So, he's only 3-4 since a loss to Volkanovski  in May of 2019. Jonathan "Dragon" Martinez, 30 years old, has a 19-4 record. Off six straight victories, he hasn't lost a fight since March of 2021.  Known for being a leg kick specialist, Aldo will get a taste of his own medicine. Martinez is also known for his dangerous leg kicks. In fact, he's ended two of his last three fights by leg-kick TKO. Aldo was quoted as saying: “He’s a very tough opponent, and I think he has what, two wins by leg kicks? I’m a specialist at what I do, and you’re always going to face people that do the same thing that you do, but that’s what I’m known for, my leg kicks."Prediction: Aldo probably isn't what he used to be but beating the Brazllian legend on the scorecards in Rio won't be easy. Martinez knows a stoppage avoids worrying about the judges. At a huge underdog return, take a look at the under 2.5 rounds. 

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April Starting Pitching NL Overachievers

by Nelly's Sports

Sunday, Apr 28, 2024

April Starting Pitching NL Overachievers With most starters now having completed five starts in the 2024 season the data to work with is becoming a bit more meaningful. There are a few pitchers that stand out as overachievers in the first month of the season and these four National League starters may be overpriced in upcoming outings.  Aaron Nola – Philadelphia Phillies The Phillies are 5-0 in the last five starts for Nola, who looks to regain his form as an upper level National League starter after mixed results the past three seasons. Nola has just an 8.2 K/9 this season however, his lowest since his rookie season in 2015. He is also on pace to have his highest BB/9 since 2020 and he has already allowed seven home runs this season. Nolas has had a favorable path in April facing Washington, St. Louis, Colorado, and the White Sox in four of his five starts. Nola can still compile wins with a strong Phillies lineup behind him, but his 2024 season looks more likely to resemble his mediocre 2021 and 2023 seasons than his peak season in 2018.  Michael King – San Diego Padres King made occasional spot starts for the Yankees, who he pitched for from 2019-2023 but he was primarily a reliever. San Diego has given him five starts this season and he has produced good strikeout counts and owns a 4.11 ERA. His FIP is 5.67 and he has walked 18 while allowing seven home runs in just over 30 innings, however. Most of his success came in one start where he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning. He has only made one home start this season as his numbers could improve slightly with more Petco Park innings, but King doesn’t look like a long term answer in the San Diego rotation.  Andrew Abbott – Cincinnati Reds A second round pick in 2021, Abbott turned in a nice 2023 season with a 3.87 ERA and a 9.9 K/9 in 109 innings, making 21 starts last season for the Reds. He has a 2.60 ERA so far in five starts in 2024 but his FIP is 4.42 and he has continued to battle command issues with a career 3.6 BB/9. His K/9 has also slipped to 6.5 this season in his first five starts. Abbott has a groundball rate below 33 percent, yet he has allowed only three home runs. A factor has been facing the White Sox for his best start of the season while also pitching in a favorable pitching venue in Seattle for his best road start of the season. Abbott is still only 24 and may have a bright future, but he has not pitched as well as a quick glance at his numbers might suggest, and he will be a home run risk in his home starts.  Jordan Hicks – San Francisco Giants  A dynamic reliever in recent seasons, Hicks has been converted to a starter this season by the Giants. Hicks made eight starts early in the 2022 season for St. Louis before being turned back into a reliever and San Francisco may ultimately come to that conclusion as well. On the surface everything looks great as Hicks has a 1.59 ERA in six starts, but he has just a 7.1 K/9 and so far, he has benefited from a .225 BABIP while allowing only one home run in 34 innings. His career numbers feature a very low home run rate but making four of his last five starts at Oracle Park has helped his early season statistics. Hicks has also faced a favorable draw in his six starts but is likely to face the Phillies and Dodgers in early May. 

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April Starting Pitching AL Overachievers

by Nelly's Sports

Sunday, Apr 28, 2024

April Starting Pitching AL Overachievers With most starters now making five starts in the 2024 season the data to work with is becoming a bit more meaningful. There are a few pitchers that stand out as overachievers in the first month of the season and these four American League starters may be worth avoiding in upcoming starting efforts.   Tyler Anderson – Los Angeles Angels Anderson had a terrific 2022 season with the Dodgers but his run across town with the Angels last season was disappointing. So far in 2024 Anderson has delivered a 1.78 ERA in his five starts but he has been an incredibly fortunate starter in the first month. Anderson has a .181 BABIP, more than 100 points below his carer average. He is on pace for his worst K/9 since the abbreviated 2020 season and his FIP of 4.87 towers over his ERA. Anderson started the season with 14 straight shutout innings but he will likely see his season line continue to get worse the more he pitches.  Bryce Miller – Seattle Mariners Miller had some success as a rookie with the Mariners last season posting a 4.32 ERA with a 3.98 FIP in 25 starts. His low walk rate was very appealing but so far in 2024 his BB/9 is nearly double last season’s rate. He has been lucky on balls in play this season with a .182 BABIP and in contrast to last season his FIP is 4.57 this season against his 2.22 ERA. Miller has been a much better pitcher at home in his career and 60% of his starts in 2024 so far have been at home. Miller has still allowed five home runs in five starts despite most of his innings being in a favorable venue in Seattle.  Brady Singer – Kansas City Royals A first round pick in 2018 and a team USA pitcher in the 2023 WBC, Singer is being counted on to be a key piece of the rotation for a rising Royals team. Singer had a 5.52 ERA last season with some tough luck results. This season things have gone his way with a 2.62 ERA but he has a 3.4 BB/9 and won’t likely maintain his current .209 BABIP and 86 percent strand rate. Singer has an over 57 percent groundball rate so far this season, which is well above his career average as well. His early season numbers are also built on four of six starts coming against struggling AL Central offenses, including two strong outings vs. the lowly White Sox.  Jose Berrios – Toronto Blue Jays Berrios had a 5.23 ERA in 2022 with the Blue Jays before turning things around for a respectable campaign last season. While Berrios has enjoyed some positive moments, his career numbers aren’t much better than the league average. So far this season his statistical snapshot is at an All-Star level with a 4-1 record and a 1.23 ERA in his conventional line, but his FIP is 3.84, only a bit below his career average of 4.04. Berrios has a career 1.2 HR/9 but so far in 2024 his HR/9 is just 0.7 and he is off to a great start even with the lowest K/9 of his career, at just 6.9. Three scoreless starts in April will keep the numbers low for Berrios for the foreseeable future but he is likely to gravitate towards near average results the rest of the way. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB and EPL Previews and Odds - 04/28/2024

by Al McMordie

Sunday, Apr 28, 2024

The Sunday sports card features NBA, NHL, MLB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association continues the playoff season with four games. The Philadelphia 76ers host the New York Knicks on ABC at 1:10 p.m. ET as a 4.5-point favorite, with the total set at 209 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Dallas Mavericks play at home against the Los Angeles Clippers on ABC at 3:40 p.m. ET as a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 208.5.The Indiana Pacers are at home against the Milwaukee Bucks on TNT at 7:10 p.m. ET as a 9.5-point favorite with a total of 216.5. The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Phoenix to play the Suns on TNT at 9:40 p.m. ET as a 2-point road favorite with an over/under of 210.5.The National Hockey League playoffs continue with four games. The Colorado Avalanche host the Winnipeg Jets on TNT and truTV at 2:30 p.m. ET as a -166 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Nashville Predators play at home against the Vancouver Canucks on TBS and truTV at 5:10 p.m. ET as a -122 money-line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. The New York Rangers play in Washington against the Capitals on TBS and truTV at 8:10 p.m. ET as a -185 money-line road favorite with a total of 5.5. The Edmonton Oilers are in Los Angeles to play the Kings on TBS and truTV at 10:40 p.m. ET as a -148 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Sunday card in Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. Two MLB games throw out the first pitch at 1:35 p.m. ET. The Baltimore Orioles are at home against the Oakland A’s as a -185 money-line favorite with a total of 8.5. The Atlanta Braves host the Cleveland Guardians as a -175 money-line favorite with an over/under of 9. The Toronto Blue Jays play at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers at 1:37 p.m. ET as a -125 money-line favorite at BetMGM with a total of 8. Three more MLB games start at 1:40 p.m. ET. The Miami Marlins are home against the Washington Nationals as a -142 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The New York Mets host the St. Louis Cardinals as a -122 money-line favorite with a total of 8. The Detroit Tigers play at home against the Kansas City Royals as a -155 money-line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Two MLB games begin at 2:10 p.m. ET. The New York Yankees visit Milwaukee to play the Brewers as a -146 money-line road favorite at BetMGM with a total of 8.5. The Tampa Bay Rays play in Chicago against the White Sox as a -185 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Texas Rangers are at home against the Cincinnati Reds at 2:35 p.m. ET as a -130 money-line favorite with a total of 9. Two MLB games start at 4:05 p.m. ET. The San Francisco Giants host the Pittsburgh Pirates as a -115 money-line favorite at BetMGM with an over/under of 7.5. The Houston Astros battle the Colorado Rockies as the technical road team on ESPN at the Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu in Mexico City, Mexico as a -205 money-line road favorite with a total of 16.5. Three more MLB games throw out the first pitch at 4:07 p.m. ET. The Minnesota Twins are in Los Angeles to play the Angels as a -115 money-line road favorite with an over/under 8. The San Diego Padres play at home against the Philadelphia Phillies as a -135 money-line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Seattle Mariners are at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks as a -135 money-line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN has the Boston Red Sox host the Chicago Cubs at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Red Sox are a -130 money-line favorite with a total of 8.5. Matchweek 35 in the English Premier League continues with three matches. Two matches start at 9:00 a.m. ET. Bournemouth host Brighton and Hove Albion as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 3. Arsenal travel to Tottenham on the USA Network as a -0.5 goal-line road favorite with a total of 3. Manchester City play in Nottingham Forest on the USA Network at 11:30 a.m. ET as a -1.5 goal-come road favorite with an over/under of 3.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB, and EPL Previews and Odds - 04/27/2024

by Big Al Staff

Saturday, Apr 27, 2024

The Saturday sports card features NBA, NHL, MLB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association continues the playoff season with four games. The Orlando Magic host the Cleveland Cavaliers on TNT at 1:00 p.m. ET as a 2-point favorite, with the total set at 201.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to New Orleans to play the Pelicans on TNT at 3:40 p.m. ET as a 1-point road favorite with an over/under of 208.5. The Boston Celtics play in Miami against the Heat on TNT at 6:10 p.m. ET as a 9-point road favorite with a total of 202.5. The Denver Nuggets are in Los Angeles to play the Lakers on ABC at 8:40 p.m. ET as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 217.5. The National Hockey League playoffs continue with four games on TBS and truTV. The Carolina Hurricanes visit New York to play the Islanders at 2:10 p.m. ET as a -185 money-line road favorite with a total of 5.5. The Florida Panthers play in Tampa Bay against the Lightning at 5:10 p.m. ET as a -125 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. The Toronto Maple Leafs play at home against the Boston Bruins at 8:10 p.m. ET as a -115 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Vegas Golden Knights are at home against the Dallas Stars at 10:40 p.m. ET as a -118 money-line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. The Saturday card in Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. The Los Angeles Dodgers are in Toronto to play the Blue Jays at 3:07 p.m. ET as a -148 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. Three more MLB games throw out the first pitch at 4:05 p.m. ET. The Baltimore Orioles host the Oakland A’s as a -180 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8. Two games are featured on Fox regional coverage. The St. Louis Cardinals travel to New York to play the Mets as a -125 money-line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The Texas Rangers play at home against the Cincinnati Reds as a -130 money-line favorite with an over/under of 9. Two more MLB games begin at 4:10 p.m. ET. The Miami Marlins are at home against the Washington Nationals as a -135 money-line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Chicago Cubs play in Boston against the Red Sox as a -115 money-line road favorite at BetMGM with an over/under of 8.5. The Houston Astros battle the Colorado Rockies as the technical road team at the Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu in Mexico City, Mexico at 6:05 p.m. ET as a -218 money-line road favorite with a total of 17. The Detroit Tigers host the Kansas City Royals at 6:10 p.m. ET as a -118 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8. Two more MLB games start at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Tampa Bay Rays play in Chicago against the White Sox as a -238 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. The New York Yankees are in Milwaukee to play the Brewers as a -130 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Atlanta Braves play at home against the Cleveland Guardians at 7:20 p.m. ET as a -185 money-line favorite with a total of 8.5. The San Diego Padres are at home against the Philadelphia Phillies at 8:40 p.m. ET as a -118 money-line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The San Francisco Giants host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 9:05 p.m. ET as a -148 money-line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Los Angeles Angels play at home against the Minnesota Twins at 9:38 p.m. ET as a -125 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Seattle Mariners are at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks on FS1 at 9:40 p.m. ET as a -162 money-line favorite with a total of 7.5.Matchweek 35 of the English Premier League begins with seven matches. Liverpool visits West Ham United on the USA Network at 7:30 a.m. ET as a -1 goal-line road favorite with an over/under of 3.5. Four EPL matches start at 10:00 a.m. ET. Fulham hosts Crystal Palace as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with a total of 2.5. Manchester United plays at home against Burnley as a -1 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 3.5. Newcastle United is at home against Sheffield United as a -2 goal-line favorite with a total of 3.5. Wolverhampton hosts Luton Town on the USA Network as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 3. Brentford plays at Everton on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET in a pick ‘em match with a total of 2.5. Aston Villa plays at Chelsea at 3:00 p.m. ET as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 3.5.

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Five MLB Teams Set To Regress

by Kyle Hunter

Friday, Apr 26, 2024

After a month of the Major League Baseball season, I wanted to take a look at five teams that I think could be good to fade soon because I expect regression.  Kansas City Royals (16-10 Record) The Royals are much better than last year, there is no denying that fact. However, they are 12-5 at home this year and just 4-5 on the road. They are going to have to play on the road quite a bit in the coming weeks. This is a young team and they are going to have some struggles at times. The Royals pitching staff is fourth in the majors in ERA so far this year. That will come down to earth in time. They are 4th in the majors in ERA and 27th in SIERA.  Chicago Cubs (16-9 Record) The Cubs are off to a red hot start. They had a season win total of 83.5, so they were expected to be right around .500. I expect the Cubs to top that season win total, but I think they have too many holes to continue at this pace. The bullpen is still a question mark. The offense is good, but are they as good as they have played thus far? The Cubs are also a public team, so the prices here could get out of control in a hurry. Cleveland Guardians (18-7 Record) I think the Cleveland Guardians are a solid team. They have a lot of upside potential with their bullpen being elite. Still, I think they will regress toward the mean. The Guardians have played the easiest schedule in baseball so far this season. Cleveland has been weak against left handed pitching in the last few years. So far this year, Cleveland is third in weighted on base average against lefties. This has been helped by a really high .341 batting average on balls in play. Cleveland is a good team, but not 18-7 good.  Oakland Athletics (10-16 Record) How can can a team that is 10-16 be due for regression? Oakland had a season win total of 57.5 or so at most books before the season. They have won 38.5% of their games so far this season. Oakland is playing in front of no one at home. At this point, I think them playing at home is a disadvantage if anything. The A’s will have a hard time staying motivated through this crazy season. I think they get worse. New York Yankees (17-9) The Yankees bullpen has a 2.86 ERA, but a 4.06 SIERA. They have won quite a few close games that could have gone either way. The Yankees have played a slightly easier schedule than the MLB average so far. That won’t continue since they play in the extremely competitive AL East. The Yankees are as public of a team as you’ll find and with this early success, their prices will be quite expensive. 

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MLB’s Six Best Bullpens So Far - Are They Actually Good?

by Kyle Hunter

Friday, Apr 26, 2024

We are a month into the MLB season. It is getting far enough into the season now to look at season to date data and compare it to the advanced stats to see what units are actually as good as they appear. Let’s take a look at the top six bullpens in the majors by ERA this year. I’ll also list their FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) and SIERA (Skilled Interactive Earned Run Average). These are two solid predictive advanced statistics. We’ll take a look at the top six team by team.  Detroit Tigers (2.06 ERA, 4.04 FIP, 3.62 SIERA) The Tigers have easily the best bullpen ERA in the majors so far this year, but they are almost exactly middle of the pack in FIP and SIERA. I think Detroit’s bullpen has enough depth that they are better than league average, but they aren’t going to be able to keep up their amazing start either. The Tigers have allowed a batting average on balls in play of only .214, which is not sustainable. Cleveland Guardians (2.24 ERA, 2.60 FIP, 2.85 SIERA) Cleveland is first in both FIP and SIERA, so the advanced statistics are loving this Cleveland bullpen. There are no major signs of regression for Cleveland. Their batting average on balls in play allowed is .274. This Guardians bullpen is legitimately excellent! Clase is dominant and Gaddis has stepped up and been really good this year too.  Seattle Mariners (2.58 ERA, 3.83 FIP, 3.33 SIERA) A low .241 batting average on balls in play suggests some regression is coming for this group. They have also stranded 80% of runners on base. The Mariners bullpen walks too many guys to remain this elite. Speier is very good, but opponents won’t continue hitting only .143 against him.  Minnesota Twins (2.72 ERA, 3.42 FIP, 2.76 SIERA) Minnesota is a top five bullpen according to all the advanced statistics. It has helped them that they have played a relatively easy schedule, but I do think the Twins bullpen is very good. They have a bunch of guys with excellent swing and miss stuff. A consistently good unit! Milwaukee Brewers (2.85 ERA, 3.76 FIP, 3.4 SIERA) Opponents have only a .239 batting average on balls in play which suggests regression to the mean could be coming. However, the Brewers Devin Williams is expected back around the All Star Break, and he is clearly their best relief pitcher. In the interim, the Brewers bullpen likely comes back down to earth. Later in the season, I think they’ll be elite again. New York Yankees (2.86 ERA, 3.91 FIP, 4.06 SIERA) The Yankees bullpen is a decent one. Clay Holmes is an elite reliever. The problem I have with the Yankees bullpen is their depth isn’t great. I don’t trust Luke Weaver to be good on a consistent basis. Victor Gonzalez has a 2.89 ERA and a 5.82 FIP. This bullpen is overrated right now.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and MLB Previews and Odds - 04/26/2024

by Big Al Staff

Friday, Apr 26, 2024

The Friday sports card features NBA, NHL, and MLB action.The National Basketball Association continues the playoff season with three games on ESPN. The Indiana Pacers host the Milwaukee Bucks at 5:40 p.m. ET as a 6-point favorite, with the total set at 221 (all odds from DraftKings). The Dallas Mavericks play at home against the Los Angeles Clippers at 8:10 p.m. ET as a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 210. The Phoenix Suns are at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves as a 4-point favorite with a total of 206.5. The National Hockey League playoffs continue with four games. The New York Rangers travel to Washington to play the Capitals on TNT and truTV at 7:10 p.m. ET as a -175 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. The Nashville Predators host the Vancouver Canucks on TBS at 7:40 p.m. ET as a -115 money-line favorite with a total of 5.5. The Colorado Avalanche play at home against the Winnipeg Jets on TNT and truTV at 10:10 p.m. ET as a -175 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Edmonton Oilers play in Los Angeles against the Kings on TBS at 10:40 p.m. ET as a -130 money-line road favor with a total of 6.5.The Friday card in Major League Baseball has 14 games on its schedule. The Detroit Tigers are at home against the Kansas City Royals at 1:10 p.m. ET as a -120 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Baltimore Orioles host the Oakland A’s at 7:05 p.m. ET as a -285 money-line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Los Angeles Dodgers are in Toronto to play the Blue Jays at 7:07 p.m. ET as a -122 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 9. Three MLB games throw out the first pitch at 7:10 p.m. ET. The New York Mets play at home against the St. Louis Cardinals on Apple TV+ as a -130 money-line favorite with a total of 8. The Miami Marlins are at home against the Washington Nationals as a -170 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Boston Red Sox host the Chicago Cubs as a -110 money-line favorite with a total of 8. The Atlanta Braves play at home against the Cleveland Guardians at 7:20 p.m. ET as a -218 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Tampa Bay Rays visit Chicago to play the White Sox on Apple TV+ at 7:40 p.m. ET as a -230 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. Two MLB games start at 8:05 p.m. ET. The Texas Rangers are at home against the Cincinnati Reds as a -170 money-line favorite with an over/under of 9. The New York Yankees play in Milwaukee to play the Brewers as a -130 money-line road favorite with a total of 8.5. The Minnesota Twins are in Los Angeles to play the Angels at 9:38 p.m. ET as a -115 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8. Two MLB games begin at 9:40 p.m. ET. The Philadelphia Phillies travel to San Diego to play the Padres as a -110 money-line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The Arizona Diamondbacks play in Seattle against the Mariners as a -135 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 7. The San Francisco Giants host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 10:15 p.m. ET as a -148 money-line favorite with a total of 8.5.

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The Benefits of Using a Sports Handicapper

by Al McMordie

Thursday, Apr 25, 2024

In the fast-paced and exhilarating world of sports betting, maximizing your chances of success requires more than just luck. It demands strategic insights, meticulous analysis, and informed decision-making. This is where sports handicappers step in, offering a wealth of expertise and resources to help bettors navigate the complexities of the betting landscape.  Let's delve into the compelling reasons why utilizing a sports handicapper can elevate your betting game and unlock greater potential for success.1. Professional Expertise and AnalysisProfessional handicappers dedicate countless hours to researching and analyzing sports data, enabling them to make informed betting decisions with a higher degree of accuracy. Unlike the average bettor, who goes with his heart, handicappers possess a deep understanding of their chosen sport, allowing them to identify valuable betting opportunities that may go unnoticed by others, even when going against their home team. Discipline is key. By leveraging their expertise and analysis, bettors can gain access to insights that can significantly enhance their chances of making profitable wagers.2. Increased Winning PercentageOne of the most compelling reasons to use a sports handicapper is the potential for a higher winning percentage. Most will boost their stats.  Handicappers employ sophisticated analysis techniques and statistical models to evaluate key factors such as player performance, team dynamics, and historical trends. This comprehensive approach to handicapping can lead to more accurate predictions and ultimately, greater success in the world of sports betting. Not just visitors and home team advantages. 3. Transparency and AccountabilityReputable handicappers provide transparency and accountability, allowing bettors to track their performance and make informed decisions about which handicappers to follow. With access to verified track records and performance metrics, bettors can assess the credibility and reliability of different handicappers before making their selections. This level of transparency ensures that bettors can trust the recommendations and insights provided by their chosen handicapper. Facts. 4. Access to Expert Picks and RecommendationsSubscribing to a reputable sports handicapping service grants bettors access to expert analysis, picks, and recommendations that can significantly improve their overall betting performance. Handicappers leverage their time, resources, and expertise to conduct in-depth research and identify high-value betting opportunities. By following the recommendations of professional handicappers, bettors can gain an edge in the highly competitive world of sports betting and increase their chances to make profitable wagers. Remember,  you are paying for a service in most cases.  There is a cost, so use and compare until you find your favored handicapper. 5. Potential for Financial Gain and Improved Decision-MakingSports handicapping offers the potential for consistent and regular income for bettors who can capitalize on the expert analysis and recommendations provided by professional handicappers. Beyond financial gains, utilizing a sports handicapper can also enhance bettors' understanding of the sports betting landscape and improve their decision-making skills. By learning from the insights and strategies of experienced handicappers, bettors can develop a deeper understanding of betting dynamics and make more informed decisions in the future. Once again, looking at players, couches, and injuries. Everything is calculated.In conclusion, the benefits of using a sports handicapper are undeniable. From professional expertise and increased winning percentages to transparency and access to expert picks, handicappers offer a valuable resource for bettors looking to elevate their betting game. By leveraging the insights and recommendations provided by professional handicappers, bettors can unlock greater potential for success and take their sports betting experience to new heights.With all this NBA playoff excitement, BetAnySports.eu stands out as a premier brand for sports bettors, offering an enticing promotion to elevate the postseason betting experience. Currently, BetAnySports.eu is providing an exclusive offer of 30% extra cash for NBA playoffs betting. With a commitment to providing unparalleled value and excitement, BetAnySports.eu continues to be a top choice for sports enthusiasts. If you are seeking to enhance your betting experience during the NBA playoffs. Use this link: https://aff.betanysports.eu/big-al/

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Revisiting Stanley Cup Futures Odds

by Sean Murphy

Thursday, Apr 25, 2024

We're almost a week into the NHL Playoffs with every series having completed at least two games. As you would expect, we've seen some considerable shifts in Stanley Cup futures odds. Here's a look at some of the biggest moves and what to make of them as the opening round continues.Vegas Golden Knights: 8-1The Golden Knights entered their opening round series with the Dallas Stars as considerable underdogs. Not only did they steal home ice advantage with a victory in the opener but they went on to win Game 2 as well, taking a 2-0 series strangle-hold as the series moves to Las Vegas for Game 3 on Saturday. Note that the Knights have been terrific at home this season going 27-14. Looking ahead, the Knights would match up with the winner of the Winnipeg Jets and Colorado Avalanche series next round. The Knights would undoubtedly be underdogs in that series as well but given the current wave the defending champions are riding (five wins in last six games) it might not be in your best interest to line up against them.Vancouver Canucks: 21-1The Canucks got some tough news following their 4-2 series-opening win over the Predators as they lost starting goaltender Thatcher Demko for an indefinite period of time with a lower body injury. That combined with the Canucks Game 2 defeat sent their Stanley Cup odds tumbling. I haven't been all that high on the Canucks all season but did cash a ticket with them in Game 1 against Nashville. At this point, Demko's status is critical as backup Casey DeSmith while serviceable simply isn't on the same level. Of course, it's important to remember the Golden Knights rode backup Adin Hill to a Stanley Cup victory last year while the Penguins lost starter Matt Murray during one of their Cup runs opening the door for Marc-Andre Fleury. DeSmith isn't Hill or Fleury though and I'm not counting on the Canucks to survive this round (or potentially next against the Oilers or Kings). Colorado Avalanche: 10-1The Avalanche were going to see their Stanley Cup odds take a major tumble were it not for their impressive 5-2 victory in Game 2 in Winnipeg. All of Colorado's defensive warts were on full display in Game 1 as they allowed seven goals in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicated. Use caution when betting the Avs to go all the way at a not-so-favorable price as the Jets have proven to be road warriors this season, going 25-16 on the highway including a 7-0 rout in their last stop in Denver. Colorado can score with the best of them but still has major concerns between the pipes. Looking ahead to a potential second round matchup, neither the Jets or Avalanche present lightweight challenges. New York Rangers: 7.5-1I would give strong consideration to betting the Blueshirts at this price, not to mention at nearly 4-1 to win the Eastern Conference. New York is off to a 2-0 start to its series with Washington but neither victory came in landslide fashion as some were expecting. As a result, the Rangers odds have been tempered somewhat as their opening round series shifts to Washington for Game 3. Of course, the impressive nature of the Hurricanes and the Panthers also serves to hold New York's Stanley Cup prospects in check. I have been high on the Rangers all season and didn't see anything in the first two games that would lead me to stay away from them moving forward. If anything I came away encouraged by some of their secondary scorers chipping in, most notably Alexis Lafreniere who is quietly enjoying a breakout campaign. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB and EPL Previews and Odds - 04/25/2024

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, Apr 25, 2024

The Thursday sports card features NBA, NHL, MLB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association continues the playoff season with three games. The Orlando Magic host the Cleveland Cavaliers on NBA TV at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Cavaliers took a 2-0 lead in this best-of-seven series after their 96-86 victory at home against the Magic as a 5.5-point favorite on Monday. Orlando is a 2-point favorite, with the total set at 198.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Philadelphia 76ers play at home against the New York Knicks on TNT and truTV at 7:40 p.m. ET. The Knicks have a 2-0 lead in this series after their 104-101 victory against the 76ers as a 5-point favorite on Monday. Philadelphia is a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 205.5. The Denver Nuggets travel to Los Angeles to play the Lakers on TNT and truTV at 10:10 p.m. ET. The Nuggets took a 2-0 series lead after their 101-99 victory at home against the Lakers as a 7-point favorite on Monday. Denver is a 1-point road favorite with a total of 215.The National Hockey League playoffs continue with two games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are at home against the Florida Panthers on TBS at 7:10 p.m. ET as a -115 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Carolina Hurricanes play in New York to play the Islanders on ESPN2 as a -162 money-line road favorite with a total of 5.5. The Thursday card in Major League Baseball has 10 games on its schedule. The Milwaukee Brewers are in Pittsburgh to play the Pirates at 12:35 p.m. ET as a -125 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 7. Three more MLB games throw out the first pitch at 1:10 p.m. ET. The Minnesota Twins host the Chicago White Sox at 1:10 p.m. ET as a -250 money-line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Boston Red Sox visit Cleveland to play the Guardians. The Philadelphia Phillies play in Cincinnati against the Reds as a -162 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8. The Kansas City Royals play at home against the Toronto Blue Jays at 2:10 p.m. ET as a -120 money-line favorite with a total of 8. The Houston Astros play in Chicago against the Cubs at 2:20 p.m. ET as a -130 money-line road favorite. The Seattle Mariners are in Texas to play the Rangers at 2:35 p.m. ET as a -122 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 9. The San Diego Padres travel to Colorado to play the Rockies at 3:10 p.m. ET as a -155 money-line road favorite with a total of 10.5. The Los Angeles Dodgers play in Washington to play the Nationals at 4:05 p.m. ET as a -192 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The New York Yankees are at home against the Oakland A’s at 7:05 p.m. ET as a -258 money-line favorite with a total of 8.Matchweek 34 in the English Premier League concludes with one match at 3:00 p.m. ET. Manchester City is at Brighton and Hove Albion on the USA Network at 3 p.m. ET as a -1.5 goal-line road favorite with an over/under of 3.

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