Predictem MLB Archives – July 2010 Through December 2010

Sad News: Baseball lost one of it’s all-time greats today as Bob Feller passed away at age 92. He came along long before many of us were even a thought, however, those that saw him pitch say he was one of the greatest to ever take the hill. Rest in peace Bob. - 12/15

Free Agent Signings: The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 1B Lyle Overbay to a 1 year deal. The STL Cards have signed backup C Gerald Laird to a 1 year contract. DH Hideki Matsui has signed a one year deal with the Oakland A’s. - 12/14

Cliff Lee Sweepstakes: And the winner is… The Philadelphia Phillies? This move came out of left field (no pun intended). Lee, Hamels, Halladay? Needless to say, the Phils will be the heavy favorite to represent in the 2011 World Series. - 12/13

Trade: Orioles acquired SS J.J. Hardy, IF Brendan Harris and cash from the Twins for P’s Brett Jacobson and James Hoey. - 12/9

Signings: The Seattle Mariners have signed C Miguel Olivo to a two year deal. He will start and be backed up by Adam Moore. Speaking of the Mariners, former M Ryan Rowland-Smith has signed with the Houston Astros. The KC Royals have signed OF Melky Cabrera to a o8r 7 years which will keep him a Rock through 2020. - 11/30

Stalemate: The NYY have reportedly offered SS Derek Jeter a 3 year deal worth approx. 15 million a year. Jeter’s camp is asking for a 5 year deal worth over 20 mill a season. It’s unlikely, but one has to wonder if there’s a possibility that Jeter may be lacing them up for another team. - 11/29

WTF? The LA Dodgers have signed SS Jose Uribe to a 3 year deal worth over 7 mill per season. Dude only hit .248 last season. Not a real bright deal by Dodger brass. - 11/29

AL MVP: Congratulations to Rangers OF Josh Hamilton who nailed down the coveted award. - 11/23

Rookie of the Year Award: Giants C Buster Posey was given the N.L. award and Rangers CL Neftali Feliz won the A.L. award. - 11/15

Fly, Fly Away… Seattle Mariners Announcer Davie Niehaus passed away due to a heart attack. Niehas will go down as one of the best MLB announcers EVER. Rest in peace David. Thanks for the memories!

Morgan Not Renewed: ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball will be sounding a bit different from here on out. The network has decided not to renew the contract of Joe Morgan. Jon Miller’s contract is also expiring but it is not yet known whether he’ll be in the box for the 2011 season. - 11/9

American League Gold Glove Winners: Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Evan Longoria, Ichiro Suzuki, Carl Crawford, Franklin Gutierrez, Joe Mauer and Mark Buehrle. - 11/9

Baseball Loses One of it’s Finest: Former Big Red Machine and Detroit Tigers Manager Sparky Anderson died today due to complications from dimentia. Some of you younger fellas didn’t get the pleasure to watch this guy in action, but lemme tell ya, he was one of the BEST. Rest in Peace Spark and THANKS for the memories! Sparky was 76. - 11/4

Monday World Series Game 5 Pick: Texas Rangers -172. - 11/1

Sunday World Series Game 4: Passing! I’d LOVE to back the Giants but can’t bring myself to pick a rookie pitcher in a World Series game. Enjoy some football today instead! - 10/31

Saturday World Series Game 3 Pick: Texas Rangers -160. - 10/30

Thursday World Series Game 2: Passing. - 10/28

Wednesday World Series Game 1 Pick: Rangers -131. 10/27

Saturday NLCS Pick: SF Giants/Philadelphia Phillies UNDER 7. - 10/23

Friday ALCS Pick; Texas/NYY OVER 9 runs. - 10/22

Thursday NLCS: Passing! Halladay vs Lincecum in a MLB playoff game? That’s like trying to pick between a Ferrari or a Lamborghini! - 10/21

Wednesday NLCS Pick: SF Giants -102 (Find these special reduced odds at 5Dimes) - 10/20

Tuesday MLB Playoffs Prediction: Texas/NYY OVER 10 runs. I foresee some dingers tonight! - 10/19

Monday ALCS Pick: Texas Rangers at -111. - 10/18

Sunday NLCS Pick: Giants/Phillies UNDER 7 runs. - 10/17

Saturday: Passing again. Can’t find any clear advantage on either game!

Friday ALCS Pick: Passing. This is a REALLY tough game to handicap. There is no clear edge here, so we’re not going to force a play. - 10/15

Tuesday Major League Baseball Playoff Pick: Texas +106. - 10/12

Monday MLB Playoffs Pick: San Francisco Giants +133 - 10/11

Sunday Play: Phillies -130 - 10/10

Friday MLB Playoff Picks: Atlanta Braves +127. - 10/8

Friday Pick: Cleveland Indians/Chicago White Sox UNDER 8 runs. - 10/1

Thursday Play: Seattle Mariners +104. - 9/30

Wednesday Pick: Texas Rangers -148. - 9/29

Tuesday Play: Seattle Mariners -133. - 9/28

Monday: Cubs +118. - 9/27

Sunday Play: A’s at ? (No odds posted at time of print) - 9/26

Saturday MLB Prediction: White Sox at -130. - 9/25

Friday Play: Houston Astros at -114. - 9/24

Thursday MLB Play: SF/Chi UNDER 12.5 runs - 9/23

Wednesday: We’re really sorry, but we’re passing today. We got jammed up with football prep and didn’t have the proper time to cap baseball games. - 9/22

Tuesday MLB Pick: SF/Chi UNDER 8.5 runs - 9/21

Monday Baseball Play: Baltimore +133. - 9/20

Sunday Pick: Detroit Tigers +136. - 9/19

Saturday Baseball Prediction: Pittsburgh Pirates at -115. - 9/18

Friday Play: Take the Grand Pepperoni UNDER 122 runs. (all MLB scored combined). This wager can be found at Intertops. - 9/17

Thursday Major League Baseball Pick: Los Angeles Angels/Cleveland Indians UNDER 8 runs! - 9/16

Wednesday MLB Play: Minnesota Twins -109. 9/15

Tuesday: PASSING. - 9/14

Monday Baseball Pick: Baltimore Orioles at -137. - 9/13

Shut Down: Marlins SP Josh Johnson will be shut down for the rest of the season with shoulder inflammation and a back strain. - 9/13

Sunday: Passing. - 9/12

Hanging Them Up: Boston Red Sox cornerman Mike Lowell has stated that this will be his last year and he’ll retire at season’s end. - 9/11

Saturday MLB Play: San Francisco Giants -105. - 9/11

Friday Baseball Pick: Astros -107. - 9/10

Thursday: PASSING. - 9/9

Wednesday Play: Toronto Bluejays at -133. - 9/8

Tuesday Pick: Seattle/Oakland UNDER 7 runs. - 9/7

Monday Play: Oakland A’s -177. - 9/6

Sunday Prediction: Detroit Tigers at -130. - 9/5

Saturday: PASSING. - 9/4

Friday Major League Baseball Play: KC Royals at -168. - 9/3

Thursday Play: Phillies at +108. - 9/2

Wednesday Baseball Picks: Seattle Mariners at -123! - 9/1

Tuesday Analysis and Prediction: NY Mets vs. Atlanta Braves - 8/31

Monday Play: Washington Nationals +146. Added Chicago Cubs at -156 (at 7:38PM EST) - 8/30

Betting Advice: Top 5 World Series Contenders in 2010 - Jeff Hochman gives his picks on who he thinks will contend to win the fall classic. - 8/29

Sunday Pick: Detroit/Toronto OVER 9.5 (+100) - 8/29

Saturday Prediction: Atlanta Braves at -170. Good luck! - 8/28

Friday Play: Seattle Mariners +113. - 8/27

Thursday MLB Pick: Twins +150. - 8/26

Wednesday MLB Selection: Tampa Bay Rays at -107. - 8/25

Tuesday MLB Pick: LA Angels -105. - 8/24

Monday Play: Toronto Bluejays -123. - 8/23

Heart Warming News: Vin Scully announced that he’ll be back with the Dodgers in 2011. The legendary announcer is 82 years old and has held the position since 1950. The 2011 season will be his 62nd. You might hate L.A., but you gotta love Vin! - 8/22

Sunday Game Prediction: Take the Milwaukee Brewers at +123. - 8/22

Saturday Game Prediction: Houston Astros/Florida Marlins UNDER 8 runs. - 8/21

Friday MLB Play: Reds at +102. - 8/20

Thursday MLB: Take the Texas Rangers at -160. - 8/19

Wednesday MLB Prediction: Take the Oakland A’s at -130 to beat Toronto! - 8/18

Tuesday MLB Play: Take the OVER 9 runs in the Brewers/Cardinals game. Both starting pitchers are VERY suspect in recent starts and we’re anticipating 12 runs being scored in this game. - 8/17

Monday Pick: Take the Baltimore Orioles at -130. Bergesen has been dealing as of late only allowing 4 earned runs over his last 23 innings. The Orioles seemed to have a renewed interest in winning since Showalter took over. Mariners P Fister is a decent pitcher but has really struggled on the road, as have the M’s winning only 17 times away from Safeco while dropping 40. Great value with the O’s tonight at -130! - 8/16

Mets Closer Injured: NYM closer Francisco Rodriguez reportedly has a torn thumb ligament that will require surgery and end his 2010 season. - 8/16

Sunday MLB: Passing. - 8/15

Saturday Picks: Today’s play is the San Diego Padres at -115. I’m really surprised that they’re not favored by more as there’s quite a few really strong reasons to take them today. For starters, Mat Latos is absolutely on fire allowing only 6 earned runs in his last 50.2 IP. He excels in day games. His daytime stats? 1.70 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and opposing hitters are only hitting .155 in the daylight against him. Furthermore, the guy apparently loves pitching at AT&T Park as his early appearance there this year resulted in a ONE HITTER! On the flip side of the coin, Giants starter Bumgarner has been in a bit of a decline lately and he pitches worse at home than he does on the road. His home numbers are a mediocre 4.82 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and he allows a .274 avg. to opposing hitters. I also like the fact that his day-game numbers are much worse than his night-time starts. The Padres have won 5 games in a row while the Giants are 4-6 in their last 10. As with any game, any team can win on any given day, but this play looks as solid as any. Good luck! - 8/14

Friday MLB Play: It’s a mystery to us why the Angels are favored tonight. This is a horrible matchup for Angels SP Scott Kazmir. The Jays are loaded with big bats and Kazmir has absolute stunk at home this year as evidenced by his home ERA of 7.28, WHIP of 1.62 and opposing hitters drilling him for a .303 average. In case your wondering, his 5 inning 13 earned run performance a couple starts ago was a road game and don’t even factor into these poor numbers. Great value tonight with Toronto at +112. - 8/13

Trade Announcement: The SF Giants have acquired power-hitting cannon-armed Jose Guillen from the KC Royals for cash and a player to be named later. This is an odd move as OF Pat Burrell is hitting really well right now. - 8/13

Thursday MLB Pick: Take the Baltimore Orioles at +119 tonight. Believe it or not, Baltimore is heating up. They’ve won 4 in a row but that isn’t the reason for this play. Indians starter Gomez might have some nice numbers in his 3 starts, but it’s all been via “dumb luck”. This kid isn’t a good pitcher. Wrong team favored. - 8/12

Wednesday Prediction: Take the Orioles/Indians to go UNDER 9 runs. Both pitchers are hitting very well and both offenses are questionable. - 8/11

Tuesday Prediction: Tampa Bay Rays at +103 to beat the Detroit Tigers. - 8/10

Monday Play: Seattle Mariners at -103. -8/9

Sunday Betting Prediction: Seattle Mariners at -145. - 8/8

Saturday Selection: Arizona Diamondbacks at +115. - 8/7

Friday MLB Play: Arizona Diamondbacks +102. - 8/6

Thursday Play: Texas Rangers at +106 - 8/5

Sad News: Braves SP Kris Medlen was having a good year. He’s been diagnosed with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm. It’s very likely that the injury will require Tommy John surgery ending his season and probably half fo the 2011 season as well. In other injury news, Red Sox 1B Kevin Youkalis will miss the rest of the 2010 season with a torn muscle in his right thumb. - 8/5

Wednesday MLB Picks: Giants +173, Astros +210, Bluejays +172, Orioles +132. - 8/4

Tuesday Selection: Baltimore Orioles -110. - 8/3

Monday: Minnesota Twins +108. - 8/2

Sunday: We’re passing today. We’ve stunk lately and need to regroup. - 8/1

Satuday Plays: Cubbies at +148 and Mariners at +101. - 7/31

MLB Trades: Houston traded Lance Berkman to the NYY in exchange for RP Mark Melancon and IF Jimmy Paredes. Arizona traded C Chris Snyder and SS Pedro Cinaco to Pittsburgh for IF Bobby Crosby, OF Ryan Church and RP D.J. Carrasco. In a three way trade, St. Louis traded OF Ryan Ludwick to SD. The Padres sent RHP Corey Kluber to Cleveland and LHP Nick Greenweed to St. Louis. Clev. sends SP Jake Westbrook to STL. If anymore trades break, they’ll be posted here Sunday morning. - 7/31

Friday MLB Pick: Oakland A’s at -120. - 7/30

Thursday Game Prediction: Giants at -152. - 7/29

Oswalt Traded to Phils: The Houston Astros have sent P Roy Oswalt to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for P J.A. Happ, OF Anthony Gose and SS Jonathan Villar. - 7/29

Young Hurler Goes on DL: Nats P Stephen Strasburg was placed on the disabled list with inflammation of the shoulder. - 7/29

Trades: The LA Dodgers have acquired speedy OF Scott Podsednik from the KC Royals in exchange for 2 minor leaguers. The Detroit Tigers have acquired long-time SS/3B Jhonny Peralta from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for 19-year old LHP Giovanni Soto. - 7/28

Hot Commodity: The Rays, White Sox and Tigers are said to all be in the running for the services of slugger Adam Dunn. - 7/28

Wednesday Pick: Los Angeles Angels -111. (NO ACTION; JOEL PINIERO SCRATCHED DUE TO MUSCLE STRAIN DURING WARMUPS) - 7/28

Tuesday Selection: Marlins/Giants UNDER 6.5. - 7/27

Monday Pick: Mariners/White Sox UNDER 6.5 runs. - 7/26

Trade Announcement: The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded ace P Dan Haren to the Los Angeles Angels for Joe Saunders, 2 minor league players and a player to be named later. - 7/26

Tiger Star Sidelined: Detroit OF Magglio Ordonez will miss 6-8 weeks with a fractured right ankle. - 7/26

Sunday Play: Seattle Mariners +128 - 7/25

Saturday Prediction: San Francisco Giants -110 - 7/24

Friday Pick: Oakland A’s at -135 - 7/23

Thursday Picks: Angels at +159 and Pirates at +147 - 7/22

Moyer Done? Phillies 47 year old starting P Jamie Moyer is likely done for the season as an examination revealed that he has a sprain of the ulnar collataral ligament and a strain of the pronator tendon. - 7/22

Wednesday Prediction: Chicago/Seattle UNDER 6.5 runs. - 7/21

What is Oswalt “Werth”? The Philadelphia Phillies are actively looking to dump OF Jason Werth in hopes of freeing up loot to be able to afford a trade for Astros P Roy Oswalt. - 7/20

Tuesday Pick: Florida Marlins +103 - 7/20

Sweet Lou: Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella has announced that he’ll retire at the end of the 2010 MLB season. - 7/20

Pads Extend Contract: SD Manager Bud Black has been rewareded with an extension through 2013. A sharp move by the Padres locking in a guy that’s lead them to a very successful 2010 campaign. - 7/20

Monday Play: San Francisco Giants at -102 - 7/19

Sunday Prediction: Arizona Diamondbacks +125 - 7/18

Saturday Selection: Oakland A’s at -119 - 7/17

Friday Pick: KC Royals at -145. Gio Gonzalez has had some control issues in his last few stars. Great value for a GREAT pitcher at home. - 7/16

Monday Play: Philadelphia Phillies +118 - 7/15

Trade: The Atlanta Braves have traded SS Yunel Escobar and LHP JoJo Reyes to the Toronto Bluejays for SS Alex Gonzalez, LHP Tim Collins and INF Tyler Pastronicky. - 7/14

George Steinbrenner Dead at Age 80: He passed away this morning after suffering a heart attack. - 7/13

Sunday MLB Pick: A’s -110 - 7/11

Saturday Prediction: Chicago White Sox -188 - 7/10

Sox Lose Peavy for Season: The Chicago White Sox have shut down Jake Peavy for the rest of the season due to his detatched lat muscle. (OUCH!) - 7/9

Yankees Fail to Acquire Cliff Lee: The Mariners appear to have used the Yankees to leverage a better deal from the Texas Rangers. The team traded stud starting P Cliff Lee, reliever Mark Lowe, and loot to the Rangers for heavy hitting prospect Justin Smoak and minor leaguers Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke and Matt Lawson. - 7/9

Friday Selection: Seattle Mariners -102 (NO ACTION: Cliff Lee was traded today) - 7/9

Thursday Play: Pittsburgh Pirates at +180 - 7/8

Wednesday Pick: Florida Marlins -115 - 7/7

Tuesday Play: Indians/Rangers UNDER 9.5 - 7/6

Monday Selection: Chicago White Sox -151 - 7/5

Sunday Pick: Chicago Cubs at -125 - 7/4

Saturday Play: Reds -125 - 7/3

Friday Selection: Rays/Twins UNDER 8 runs (Price/Baker) - 7/2

Thursday Play: Cleveland +117 - 7/1

He Gawn: The D-Backs have fired Skipper A.J. Hinch. General
Manger Josh Byrnes was also dismissed. The team was 31-48 under their
guidance. Kirk Gibson takes over as the Diamondbacks new
Manager. - 7/1