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  1. #91
    MLB
    Dunkel

    Monday, April 5



  2. #92
    MLB
    Armadillo's Write-Up

    Monday, April 5


    Not a lot to go on for the first 7-10 days, but we’ll do what we can. Once the season gets rolling, we’ll be posting what I think is the most relevant information for each game. There will be a lot of information, once teams get couple weeks under their belts.

    NL games
    Pirates (1-2) @ Reds (2-1)

    Brubaker allowed one run in 5.1 IP in his one start vs Cincinnati. He was 1-3, 4.94 in 11 games (9 starts) as a rookie LY.

    — Pirates scored total of four runs their last two games.
    — Under is 2-1 in their games.

    DeLeon is making his 5th MLB start, first since 2016; he pitched once in relief vs Pittsburgh, walking both batters he faced.

    — Reds won two of three games, scoring 27 runs.
    — All three of their games went over.

    Cardinals (1-2) @ Marlins (1-2)
    Ponce de Leon is 2-7, 3.78 in 33 career games (20 starts); he threw six shutout innings in his one against Miami.

    — Cardinals lost two of three games, giving up 27 runs.
    — Over is 3-0 in St Louis games this year.

    Rogers was 1-2, 6.11 in seven starts as a rookie LY; he hasn’t pitched against St Louis.

    — Marlins lost two of three games vs Tampa Bay.
    — Over is 2-1 in Miami games.

    Mets (0-0) @ Phillies (3-0)
    deGrom is 8-1, 2.38 in 17 starts vs Philly; he is 3-0, 2.95 in eight starts here.

    This is the Mets’ season opener.

    Moore made two starts in 2019, didn’t pitch LY; he is 0-2, 6.75 in three starts against the Mets.

    — Phillies won first three games, outscoring Atlanta 9-3.
    — All three of their games stayed under.

    Brewers (1-2) @ Cubs (2-1)
    Anderson is 1-1, 2.66 in four starts vs Chicago, 2-3, 7.81 in seven starts at Wrigley.

    — Milwaukee lost 2 of 3 vs Minnesota, scoring two runs the last two days.
    — Two of their three games went over the total.

    Williams is 3-3, 3.09 in nine games (8 starts) vs Milwaukee.

    — Cubs beat Pittsburgh two of three to start the season.
    — Under is 2-1 in their games.

    Giants (1-2) @ Padres (3-1)
    DeSclafani is making his Giants’ debut; he is 1-0, 2.25 in four starts vs San Diego, 0-0, 1.50 in two starts at Petco.

    — Giants lost two of three games in Seattle.
    — Two of their three games went over the total.

    Morejon is 2-2, 6.26 in 14 MLB games (6 starts); he is 1-0, 4.50 in three games (2 starts) vs San Francisco.

    — San Diego won three of its first four games.
    — Three of their four games stayed under.

    American League
    Twins (1-1) @ Tigers (2-1)

    Shoemaker is 4-1, 0.68 in six starts vs Detroit, 1-0, 0.00 in one start here.

    — Twins won two of three games in Milwaukee.
    — Two of their three games went over the total.

    Urena is making his Detroit debut; he hasn’t pitched against the Twins.

    — Detroit won two of its first three games.
    — Tigers scored 11 runs in their first three games (under 2-1)

    Blue Jays (2-1) @ Rangers (1-2)
    Former Met Matz makes his Toronto debut here; he’s never faced Texas.

    — Toronto won two of three in the Bronx, giving up 8 runs.
    — Under is 3-0 in their games.

    Foltynewicz is making his Texas debut; he is 3-0, 3.91 in five games (4 starts) vs Toronto.

    — Rangers lost two of three in KC, despite scoring 21 runs.
    — Over is 2-0-1 in their games so far.

    Royals (2-1) @ Indians (1-2)
    Duffy is 4-12, 5.11 in 23 games (19 starts) vs Cleveland.

    — Royals won two of first three games, scoring 28 runs.
    — Over is 2-0-1 in their games so far.

    Allen started four games for San Diego in 2019, his only MLB starts. He hasn’t pitched against the Royals.

    — Indians lost two of their first three games.
    — Two of their first three games stayed under.

    Orioles (3-0) @ Bronx (1-2)
    Lopez is 1-1, 6.23 in three starts vs New York, 0-0, 5.14 in one start here.

    — Orioles swept Boston, outscoring Red Sox 18-5.
    — Under is 2-1 in their games.

    Montgomery is 2-1, 2.92 in seven starts vs Baltimore.

    — New York lost two of first three games, to Toronto.
    — Under is 3-0 in their games.

    Rays (2-1) @ Red Sox (1-2)
    Wacha allowed one run in five IP in his one start vs Boston.

    — Rays won two of three games in Miami, had yesterday off.
    — Over is 2-1 in their games.

    Pivetta is 21-30, 5.40 in 91 MLB games (73 starts); he’s never faced the Rays.

    — Boston got swept by the Orioles, outscored 18-5.
    — Under is 2-1 in their games.

    Astros (4-0) @ Angels (3-1)
    Garcia allowed four runs in 12.1 IP in five games (1 start) LY. He gave up one run in 4.1 IP in his one game against the Angels.

    — Houston won its first four games, all by 4+ runs.
    — Astros scored 35 runs in four games (over 4-0)

    Quintana is 3-1, 2.53 in seven starts vs Houston.

    — Angels won three of first four games, scoring 24 runs.
    — Over is 2-2 in their first four games.

    White Sox (1-3) @ Mariners (2-1)
    Rodon is 2-0, 1.89 in three starts vs Seattle, 0-0, 1.29 in one start here.

    — White Sox lost three of first four games.
    — Chicago allowed 20 runs in last three games (over 2-2)

    Sheffield allowed six runs in 4.1 IP in his one start vs Chicago.

    — Seattle won two of three from the Giants, had yesterday off.
    — Two of their three games went over the total.

    Interleague game
    Dodgers (3-1) @ A’s (0-4)

    May is 5-4, 2.98 in 26 MLB games (14 starts); he allowed two runs in five IP in his one start vs Oakland.

    — Dodgers won three of four games in Colorado.
    — Over is 2-2 in their first four games.

    Montas allowed five runs in four IP in his one start vs LA.

    — Oakland lost its first four games, all by 4+ runs.
    — A’s first four games went over the total.

  3. #93
    MLB

    Monday, April 5


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    Trend Report
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    Minnesota @ Detroit
    Minnesota
    Minnesota is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Minnesota is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Detroit
    Detroit
    Detroit is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games

    Atlanta @ Washington
    Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games on the road
    Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games at home

    Toronto @ Texas
    Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
    Texas
    Texas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

    Kansas City @ Cleveland
    Kansas City
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games on the road
    Kansas City is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
    Cleveland
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
    Cleveland is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home

    Baltimore @ NY Yankees
    Baltimore
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Baltimore's last 6 games when playing NY Yankees
    Baltimore is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    NY Yankees
    NY Yankees is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Baltimore
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees's last 5 games

    Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati
    Pittsburgh
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
    Pittsburgh is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
    Cincinnati
    Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
    Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh

    St. Louis @ Miami
    St. Louis
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of St. Louis's last 8 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games
    Miami
    Miami is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Miami's last 13 games when playing at home against St. Louis

    NY Mets @ Philadelphia
    NY Mets
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets's last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Mets's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
    Philadelphia
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games at home

    Tampa Bay @ Boston
    Tampa Bay
    Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
    Tampa Bay is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Boston
    Boston
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay

    Milwaukee @ Chi Cubs
    Milwaukee
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 19 of Milwaukee's last 25 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
    Chi Cubs
    Chi Cubs is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Milwaukee
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games at home

    Houston @ LA Angels
    Houston
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games when playing LA Angels
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston's last 8 games when playing on the road against LA Angels
    LA Angels
    LA Angels is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Angels's last 5 games when playing Houston

    LA Dodgers @ Oakland
    LA Dodgers
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of LA Dodgers's last 8 games when playing on the road against Oakland
    LA Dodgers is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    Oakland
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games
    Oakland is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers

    San Francisco @ San Diego
    San Francisco
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Francisco's last 7 games
    San Diego
    San Diego is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing San Francisco
    San Diego is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against San Francisco

    Chi White Sox @ Seattle
    Chi White Sox
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi White Sox's last 7 games when playing Seattle
    Chi White Sox is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Seattle's last 7 games when playing Chi White Sox
    Seattle is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home


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  4. #94
    Tuesday’s 6-pack
    Active leaders in most sacrifice flies, career:
    115— Albert Pujols
    89— Evan Longoria
    86— Miguel Cabrera
    71— Yadier Molina
    67— Ryan Zimmerman
    62— Kurt Suzuki

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 554,522
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.”
    Steve Martin

    Tuesday’s quiz
    Where did Scott Drew coach, before going to Baylor?

    Monday’s quiz
    Dusty Baker was manager of the Cincinnati Reds, last time they won a playoff game.

    Sunday’s quiz
    2017 was the last time two #1-seeds faced off for the national championship.

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    Tuesday’s Den: Nobody asked me, but……..

    We’re doing a survey this week; you know how the guy who wins the Masters picks the menu for the champions’ dinner the next year? He can choose anything he likes.

    If you won the Masters, what food would you serve at the champions’ dinner?

    E-mail me at ffib13@gmail.com or text me, if you know my cell number. We’ll post the results later on this week.

    13) Baylor 86, Gonzaga 70:
    — Game was 11-1 early on; Gonzaga never threatened to win.
    — Baylor led its two Final Four games by 25-10 points at halftime.

    — Baylor shot 10-23 on the arc, scored 1.26 ppp.
    — Great season ends for Gonzaga; they lost in finals twice in last four tournaments.

    12) 18 years ago, Scott Drew went to Waco to clean up an unspeakable mess; the previous coach had been fired after a Baylor player murdered another player, and the coach tried to frame the dead player as a drug dealer to cover up NCAA rules violations.

    Not good.

    Drew was advised not to take the Baylor job, that it was too big a mess, but by his fifth year in Waco, Baylor was 21-11, and in the NCAA Tournament. Two years later, he was in the Elite 8. Now he is a national champion.

    One of the great re-building jobs ever, for sure.

    11) Jets traded QB Sam Darnold to Carolina for three draft picks; a 2nd/4th/6th round pick, with two of those picks coming in 2022.

    Darnold was 13-25 as the Jets’ starting QB, but the franchise has been a mess; plus, he had mononucleosis at the start of last season. He is still only 23 years old, six months younger than Joe Burrow, the QB Panthers’ OC Joe Brady mentored at LSU.

    What do the Panthers do with Teddy Bridgewater? He has $10M of his $17M salary for next season fully guaranteed, which makes it harder to trade him.

    10) North Carolina hired alum/assistant coach Hubert Davis as its new basketball coach. Davis had been a Carolina assistant for nine years; he was working on ESPN before that. He played in the NBA for 12 years, has never been a head coach.

    UNC’s dilemma here here is that they seem to be obsessed with hiring alums to coach their basketball team, but a list of Tar Heel alums who are qualified to be an ACC head coach isn’t real long. Not sure this is an entry level position.

    9) Texas Tech replaced the departed Chris Beard with assistant Mark Adams, a defensive wizard who is a Tech alum (Beard is a Texas alum). We’ll see if Tech remains as active in the transfer portal as they were under Beard.

    8) Central Michigan picked a weird time to fire its coach Keno Davis; when you’ve been at a mid-major for nine years and have never made the NCAA’s, you’re on thin ice, but this seemed late, with recruiting/poaching already underway.

    Chippewas were 23-12 two years ago, but went 10-24 in MAC games the last two years- they haven’t been in the NCAA’s since 2003, when they had future NBA big man Chris Kaman.

    7) Padres’ SS Fernando Tatis Jr subluxated his left shoulder while batting Monday night; they’ll examine him again today, but he appears headed to the IL. Subluxation is a partial dislocation of the shoulder.

    22-year old Tatis signed a 14-year, $340M deal this winter; they need him healthy.

    6) Last year was the first time EVER in the major leagues that #2 hitters in the lineup hit more home runs (332) than #3 hitters in the lineup (289).

    5) Last year was first time ever the Mets led the major leagues in batting average, but they were 13th in runs scored, which obviously is more important.

    4) Major League Baseball is moving this July’s All-Star Game to Denver; should make for quite the Home Run Derby.

    3) Indiana hired alum Dane Fife as an associate coach to new head coach Mike Woodson; Fife spent the last ten years working for Tom Izzo at Michigan State.

    2) Aaron Rodgers is hosting Jeopardy! this week and next; he was a contestant in a celebrity tournament a few years ago, now he is taking a shot at hosting it. How weird would it be if he retired from the NFL to replace Alex Trebek as the show’s next permanent host?

    1) Was talking the other day about guys discussing futures bets on the NFL; the Darnold trade is a good example of how wagering on stuff this long before the season starts has the potential for disaster.

    Jets are almost sure to have a rookie QB starting now; as I type this, the only two QB’s on their depth chart are James Morgan (FIU) and Mike White (Western Kentucky). New coach Robert Saleh comes to the Jets from San Francisco; would they trade for Jimmy Garoppolo?

    Don’t forget to answer our survey question:

    If you won the Masters, what food would you serve at the champions’ dinner?

  5. #95
    901ATLANTA -902 WASHINGTON
    ATLANTA is 418-204 SU (193.6 Units) as a road underdog of +100 to +150 since 1996.

    903ST LOUIS -904 MIAMI
    ST LOUIS are 871-803 SU (65.8 Units) vs. NL teams scoring 4.5 or more runs/game on the season since 1996.

    905PITTSBURGH -906 CINCINNATI
    CINCINNATI is 330-354 SU (-96.2 Units) vs. NL teams allowing 4.0 or less runs/game on the season since 1996.

    907NY METS -908 PHILADELPHIA
    PHILADELPHIA is 33-34 SU (-4.4 Units) as an underdog of +100 to +150 in the last 3 seasons.

    909MILWAUKEE -910 CHICAGO CUBS
    MILWAUKEE is 2-13 SU (-13.8 Units) vs. NL teams scoring 4 or less runs/game on the season over the last 2 seasons.

    911ARIZONA -912 COLORADO
    COLORADO is 18-32 SU (-17.2 Units) after scoring 2 runs or less in the last 3 seasons.

    913SAN FRANCISCO -914 SAN DIEGO
    SAN DIEGO is 119-202 SU (-103.2 Units) in home games as a favorite of -150 or more since 1996.

    915MINNESOTA -916 DETROIT
    MINNESOTA is 1-13 SU (-13.2 Units) in road games vs. an AL team with an on base percentage .330 or worse over the last 2 seasons.

    917HOUSTON -918 LA ANGELS
    HOUSTON is 27-9 SU (17.1 Units) when playing with a day off in the last 3 seasons.

    919BALTIMORE -920 NY YANKEES
    NY YANKEES are 28-11 SU (20.1 Units) vs. teams outscoring opp by 1 or more runs/game on the season in the last 3 seasons.

  6. #96
    MLB
    Weather Report

    Tuesday, April 6



  7. #97
    MLB
    Dunkel

    Tuesday, April 6



  8. #98
    MLB
    Armadillo's Write-Up

    Tuesday, April 6


    Not a lot to go on for the first 7-10 days, but we’ll do what we can. Once the season gets rolling, we’ll be posting what I think is the most relevant information for each game. There will be a lot of information, once teams get couple weeks under their belts.

    NL games
    Braves (0-3) @ Nationals (0-0)

    Smyly allowed two runs in eight IP in two games (1 start) vs Washington.

    — Atlanta scored three runs total in their first three games.

    Scherzer is 10-9, 3.95 in 25 games (23 starts) vs Atlanta.

    — This is Washington’s season opener.

    Pirates (1-3) @ Reds (3-1)
    Cahill is on his 7th team the last six years; he is 0-2, 3.95 in 15 games (2 starts) vs Cincinnati. Overall, he’s started 225 MLB games (85-94, 4.20)

    — Pirates scored total of seven runs in losing their last three games.
    — Last three Pittsburgh games stayed under.

    Miley is 2-3, 2.98 in ten starts vs Pittsburgh.

    — Reds won three of four games, scoring 32 runs.
    — Three of their four games went over.

    Cardinals (2-2) @ Marlins (1-3)
    Gant is making his first start since 2018; he is 2-1, 2.89 in seven games (2 starts) vs Miami.

    — Cardinals split their first four games, giving up 28 runs.
    — Over is 3-1 in St Louis games this year.

    — Alcantara blanked Tampa Bay for six IP in his first ’21 start.
    — He allowed four runs (one earned) in five IP, in his one start vs St Louis.

    — Marlins lost three of their first four games, all at home.
    — Over is 2-2 in Miami games.

    Mets (0-1) @ Phillies (4-0)
    Stroman is 2-1, 3.66 in five games (3 starts) vs Philly; he is 1-0, 2.45 in two games (1 start) here.

    Mets blew a 2-0 8th inning lead in their season opener yesterday.

    Chase Anderson is 2-3, 4.58 in eight starts against the Mets.

    — Phillies won first four games, opponents Atlanta 14-6.
    — Three of their four games stayed under the total.

    Brewers (1-3) @ Cubs (3-1)
    Peralta allowed 7 runs in 11.2 IP in six games (1 start) vs Chicago.

    — Milwaukee lost its last three games, scoring total of five runs.
    — Over is 2-2 in Brewer games.

    Alzolay is 2-2, 4.54 in 10 MLB games (6 starts); he allowed one run in an inning, in his one appearance vs Milwaukee.

    — Cubs won three of their first four games.
    — Under is 3-1 in their games.

    Diamondbacks (1-3) @ Rockies (1-3)
    Weaver is 1-2, 7.40 in six games (5 starts) vs Colorado, 1-1, 7.62 in four games (3 starts) in Denver.

    — Arizona lost three of its first four games.
    — Diamondbacks scored total of five runs in their last three games.
    — Arizona’s last three games stayed under the total.

    — Marquez allowed one run in four IP (92 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 4-5, 4.24 in 16 starts vs Arizona.

    — Colorado lost three of its first four games.
    — Three of their four games went over the total.

    Giants (2-2) @ Padres (3-2)
    — Sanchez is 34-33, 3.98 in 150 career games (96 starts).
    — He threw seven shutout innings in his one start vs San Diego.

    — Giants split their first four games, all on the road.
    — Over is 2-2 in their games.

    — Darvish allowed four runs in 4.2 IP (93 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — Darvish is 2-2, 6.26 in 14 MLB games (6 starts); he is 1-0, 4.50 in three games (2 starts) vs San Francisco.

    — San Diego won three of its first five games.
    — Four of their five games stayed under.
    — SS Tatis got hurt last night, won’t play here.

    American League
    Twins (3-1) @ Tigers (2-2)

    Happ is 3-2, 5.14 in 11 starts vs Detroit, 1-1, 4.84 in six starts here.

    — Twins won three of their first four games.
    — Minnesota scored 23 runs the last two games.
    — Three of their four games went over the total.

    Mize was 0-3, 6.99 in seven starts as a rookie LY; he is 0-1, 8.39 in three starts against the Twins.

    — Detroit split its first four games.
    — Over is 2-2 in those games.

    Blue Jays (3-1) @ Rangers (1-3)
    Roark is 0-4, 3.91 in four starts vs Texas.

    — Toronto won three of first four games, giving up 10 runs.
    — Under is 4-0 in their games.

    Dunning was 2-0, 3.97 in 7 starts as a rookie for Chicago LY. He hasn’t pitched against the Blue Jays.

    — Rangers lost three of first four games, giving up 34 runs.
    — Over is 2-1-1 in their games so far.

    Orioles (3-1) @ Bronx (2-2)
    Kramer was 1-1, 4.82 in four starts as a rookie LY; he is 1-0, 1.64 in two starts vs New York.

    — Orioles won three of their first four games.
    — Under is 3-1 in their games.

    — Cole allowed two runs in 5.1 IP (97 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — Cole is 2-1, 1.65 in five starts vs Baltimore.

    — New York split its first four games.
    — Under is 4-0 in their games this season.

    Rays (2-2) @ Red Sox (1-3)
    — Glasnow blanked Miami for six innings (77 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 2-1, 4.68 in six starts vs Boston, 1-1, 5.71 in three starts at Fenway.

    — Rays split their first four games, all on the road.
    — Over is 3-1 in their games.

    Perez is 2-5, 5.63 in 13 games (11 starts) vs Tampa Bay.

    — Boston lost three of its first four games.
    — Under is 2-2 in their games this season.

    Astros (4-1) @ Angels (4-1)
    — Greinke blanked Oakland for six innings (82 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 6-5, 3.98 in 15 against the Angels, 6-3, 3.05 in 13 starts here.

    — Houston won four of its first five games.
    — Astros scored 40 runs in five games (over 5-0)

    Canning is 0-0, 6.35 in three starts vs Houston.

    — Angels won four of their first five games, scoring 31 runs.
    — Over is 3-2 in their first five games, all at home.

    White Sox (2-3) @ Mariners (2-2)
    — Giolito allowed two runs in 5.1 IP (87 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He allowed five runs in 4.1 IP in his one start vs Seattle.

    — White Sox lost three of their first five games.
    — Under is 3-2 in their first five games.
    — Chicago won its last 16 games vs lefty starters.

    Paxton is 2-0, 3.09 in four starts vs Chicago.

    — Seattle split its first four games, all at home.
    — Mariners scored seven runs in their last three games.
    — Over is 2-2 in their games.

    Interleague game
    Dodgers (4-1) @ A’s (0-5)

    — Kershaw allowed six runs in 5.2 IP (77 PT) in his first ’21 start, at Denver.
    — He is 0-0, 1.35 in four starts vs Oakland.

    — Dodgers won four of their first five games.
    — LA scored 31 runs in its last four games.
    — Over is 3-2 in their first five games.

    — Bassitt gave up three runs in 5.1 IP in his first ’21 start.
    — He has never pitched against the Dodgers.

    — Oakland lost its first five games, all by 4+ runs.
    — A’s first five games went over the total.

  9. #99
    MLB

    Tuesday, April 6


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    Trend Report
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    Minnesota @ Detroit
    Minnesota
    Minnesota is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Minnesota is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Detroit
    Detroit
    Detroit is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    Detroit is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Minnesota

    Atlanta @ Washington
    Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games on the road
    Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games at home

    Houston @ LA Angels
    Houston
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games when playing LA Angels
    Houston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    LA Angels
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Angels's last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
    LA Angels is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston

    Baltimore @ NY Yankees
    Baltimore
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Baltimore's last 7 games when playing NY Yankees
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore's last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees
    NY Yankees
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees's last 5 games
    NY Yankees is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Baltimore

    Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati
    Pittsburgh
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing Cincinnati
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
    Cincinnati
    Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
    Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh

    St. Louis @ Miami
    St. Louis
    St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing Miami
    Miami
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games when playing St. Louis
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Miami's last 10 games

    NY Mets @ Philadelphia
    NY Mets
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Mets's last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets's last 6 games
    Philadelphia
    Philadelphia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
    Philadelphia is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against NY Mets

    Tampa Bay @ Boston
    Tampa Bay
    Tampa Bay is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Boston
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games when playing on the road against Boston
    Boston
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 8 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay

    Milwaukee @ Chi Cubs
    Milwaukee
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Milwaukee's last 13 games
    Chi Cubs
    Chi Cubs is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Milwaukee
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games at home

    Toronto @ Texas
    Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Toronto's last 8 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games
    Texas
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas's last 9 games when playing at home against Toronto
    Texas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

    Arizona @ Colorado
    Arizona
    Arizona is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Colorado
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games on the road
    Colorado
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games when playing Arizona
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado's last 7 games

    LA Dodgers @ Oakland
    LA Dodgers
    LA Dodgers is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    LA Dodgers is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    Oakland
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games at home

    San Francisco @ San Diego
    San Francisco
    San Francisco is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco's last 6 games on the road
    San Diego
    San Diego is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against San Francisco
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Diego's last 5 games

    Chi White Sox @ Seattle
    Chi White Sox
    Chi White Sox is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi White Sox's last 8 games when playing Seattle
    Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Seattle's last 8 games when playing Chi White Sox
    Seattle is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing Chi White Sox


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  10. #100
    Wednesday’s 6-pack
    Since 2000, colleges with most defensive backs taken in NFL Draft:
    32— Ohio State
    25— Alabama, LSU
    24— Florida, Miami, Virginia Tech
    20— Florida State
    19— Clemson, USC, Notre Dame
    18— Georgia, Texas

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 556,307
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “I don’t think I’d need to give up football to do it. They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay. That gives me 178 days to do ‘Jeopardy!’ So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work. It would be a dream job for sure, and I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job. That’s how I went into it. I want an opportunity to be in the mix.”
    Aaron Rodgers, who is looking for a second job

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Who was the host of Jeopardy!, before Alex Trebek?

    Tuesday’s quiz
    Scott Drew coached Valparaiso for a year, before going to Baylor. He replaced his dad Homer Drew at Valpo and when he left, his dad went back and coached there some more, then was replaced by his other son, Bryce Drew.

    Monday’s quiz
    Dusty Baker was manager of the Cincinnati Reds, last time they won a playoff game.

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    Wednesday’s Den: Mid-week musings……..

    We’re doing a survey this week; you know how the guy who wins the Masters picks the menu for the champions’ dinner the next year? He can choose anything he likes.

    If you won the Masters, what food would you serve at the champions’ dinner?

    E-mail me at ffib13@gmail.com or text me, if you know my cell number. We’ll post the results later on this week.

    13) Once a week, I order take-out food from an Olive Garden restaurant near my house; I order by phone, pay with a credit card, drive there, text them with what number parking space I’m in, and they bring my food out. It is a tremendous service and not very expensive.

    So this week it is nice out, so I’m sitting there in my car with the window open, waiting for my food, and this woman in a car two spaces away is on her phone, cursing her kids out. Loudly.

    “You bleeping kids!!! You better bleeping do what I said, or I’m calling your bleeping father to knock the bleep out of you!!!” She wasn’t happy.

    I had to put my COVID mask on to hide my laughing. Luckily the guy came out with my food and I was on my way. Hope the kids enjoyed their dinner.

    12) How would you like to be Deshaun Watson’s agent? Couple of months ago, it probably was a great gig; 25-year old QB, what could go wrong? Lets say he plays 12 more years in the NFL, at $25M a year, which is probably conservative; that’s $300M in salary for the next 12 years.

    Agent’s take is 3%, so that’s $9M for the agent. For representing one guy; these top agents have dozens of clients, so they’re cleaning up, but if Watson’s career blows up because of his current legal problems, that could be $9M or so down the drain. No bueno.

    11) Dodgers 5, A’s 1
    — Oakland is now 0-6, which isn’t good.
    — All four of their losses were by 4+ runs. A loss is a loss, but still…….
    — Last time the A’s were 0-6, their sixth loss was against Boston, whose starting pitcher that day was………Babe Ruth.

    10) The new extra inning format was designed to prevent games from going deep into the night, but Tuesday we had these two scores:
    — Red Sox 6, Rays 5 (12)
    — Arizona 10, Colorado 8 (13)

    Ryan McMahon hit three homers and a double for Colorado, and they still lost.

    9) Today is the day Jay Bruce finds out if he is staying in the Bronx this season, or moving on to another big league team. He homered Tuesday, making his case to stay, but when the Rangers traded 2B Roughned Odor to Bronx, it seemed to pave the way for Bruce to leave town— you figure DJ Lemahieu moves to 1B, and Odor plays 2B.

    If there was a DH in the National League, Bruce wouldn’t have to worry about employment, but not sure how many openings there are right now for guys with his skill set.

    8) Texas-El Paso basketball coach Rodney Terry quit to be an assistant coach at Texas; he is the second head coach to quit, in order to join Chris Beard’s Longhorn staff. Terry was at UTEP for three years, going 29-27 the last two years, 16-18 in C-USA games- he was head coach at Fresno State for seven years before that.

    7) Baylor Bears were the first team since UCLA in 1968 (with Lew Alcindor), to win both the national semifinal and final by 15+ points. Very impressive.

    6) San Jose State hired former Colorado State/Nebraska coach Tim Miles, who has his work cut out with the Spartans, and that’s being kind.

    My records go back to 1997; San Jose State hasn’t had a winning record in conference play once in that time- they went 17-16 one year, but were 5-11 in the WAC.

    Coach Miles has a great podcast which will probably get put on hold now; he’s a pleasant guy and we wish him luck. What he needs more than luck are some new recruits.

    5) Warriors 122, Bucks 121:

    — Golden State wins for only 2nd time in last nine games.
    — Bucks played without their star, Giannis Antetokounmpo
    — Steph Curry scored 41 points; he is great fun to watch.

    4) Padres’ SS Fernando Tatis has slight tearing in his labrum, but there is no damage to his rotator cuff; the Padres say he doesn’t require surgery. He is on the IL, will be tested in ten days or so; it is his non-throwing shoulder, but he hurt it while batting, so its hard to imagine this injury just goes away without some kind of surgery or extended rest.

    3) Nationals 6, Braves 5:
    — Juan Soto walked it off with a 9th inning single.
    — Max Scherzer gave up homers in 1st, 2nd, 3rd innings, for first time in his 378 career starts.
    — Braves are already 0-4.
    — Nationals were playing their opener, after they put ten players on the IL.

    2) Chicago Bears’ coach Matt Nagy will be calling plays again this fall, which may mean he was given the “make the playoffs or else” ultimatum. If he’s going to get fired, it might as well be his fault. Andy Dalton is Chicago’s new QB, which should be interesting.

    1) As you probably already know, I’m a big LA Rams fan; had NFL Network on this week and the talking heads on their morning show all agreed that they’d rather have Sam Darnold on their team than Jared Goff. Seriously? Let’s examine the facts.

    Darnold: three years, 13-25 record. No playoff games. 45 TD’s, 39 INT’s
    Goff: five years, 42-27 record, 3-3 playoffs. 107 TD, 55 INT’s. Won an NFC title.

    Goff is in Detroit now, but wake up people, he’s a pretty good QB.
    — Won a playoff game in Seattle 12 days after his broken thumb was operated on
    — Won an NFC title game 34-31 in New Orleans
    — Beat Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes 54-51 in a Monday night game.

    Yeah, he’s had better coaching than Darnold, and Goff’s contract is a burden on the salary cap, but he’s won big games for the last four years. Its about time people who supposedly know the sport acknowledge that.

  11. #101
    951PITTSBURGH -952 CINCINNATI
    PITTSBURGH is 49-59 SU (-24.9 Units) vs. NL teams scoring 4.5 or more runs/game on the season in the last 3 seasons.

    953MILWAUKEE -954 CHICAGO CUBS
    MILWAUKEE is 5-20 SU (-18.8 Units) vs. an NL team with an on base percentage .315 or worse over the last 2 seasons.

    955ATLANTA -956 WASHINGTON
    WASHINGTON is 132-107 SU (14.3 Units) in all games in the last 3 seasons.

    959ST LOUIS -960 MIAMI
    MIAMI is 118-85 SU (24.5 Units) in home games in day games since 1996.

    961SAN FRANCISCO -962 SAN DIEGO
    SAN DIEGO is 119-202 SU (-103.2 Units) in home games as a favorite of -150 or more since 1996.

    963ARIZONA -964 COLORADO
    COLORADO is 433-539 SU (-159.9 Units) at home with a money line of -100 to -150 since 1996.

    965MINNESOTA -966 DETROIT
    MINNESOTA is 2-13 SU (-12.2 Units) in road games vs. an AL team with an on base percentage .330 or worse over the last 2 seasons.

    967TAMPA BAY -968 BOSTON
    TAMPA BAY is 626-647 SU (-176.3 Units) in road games with a team slugging percentage .400 or worse on the season (AL) since 1996.

    969KANSAS CITY -970 CLEVELAND
    CLEVELAND is 271-389 SU (-156.9 Units) in home games after having lost 2 of their last 3 games since 1996.

    971TORONTO -972 TEXAS
    TEXAS are 3-11 SU (-11 Units) vs. AL teams scoring 4.4 or less runs/game on the season over the last 2 seasons.

  12. #102
    MLB
    Weather Report

    Wednesday, April 7



  13. #103
    MLB
    Dunkel

    Wednesday, April 7



  14. #104
    MLB
    Armadillo's Write-Up

    Wednesday, April 7


    NL games
    Atlanta (0-4) @ Washington (1-0)

    — Fried allowed two runs in five IP (94 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 1-2, 5.09 in six games (5 starts) vs Washington.

    — 2nd game will be a bullpen game

    — Braves lost their first four games.
    — Atlanta is 0-4 on the road.
    — Under is 3-1 in their games.
    — scored run in first inning: 1-4
    — record in first 5 innings: 0-3-1

    — Strasburg is 14-12, 4.07 in 34 starts vs Atlanta.

    — Fedde is 0-1, 12.56 in four games (3 starts) vs Atlanta.

    — Washington won its season opener yesterday.
    — Nationals are 1-0 at home
    — Over 1-0
    — scored run in first inning: 0-1
    — record in first 5 innings: 0-0-1

    Pittsburgh (1-4) @ Cincinnati (4-1)
    — Kuhl gave up two runs in three IP (63 PT) in his first start.
    — He is 2-2, 3.19 in seven starts vs Cincinnati, 0-2, 4.60 in three starts here.

    — Pirates lost four of their first five games.
    — Pittsburgh is 1-4 on the road.
    — Under 3-2
    — scored run in first inning: 1-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 1-3-1

    — Castillo gave up 10 runs in 3.1 IP (73 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 4-3, 2.64 in ten starts vs Pittsburgh.

    — Cincinnati won its last four games.
    — Reds are 4-1 at home.
    — Over 4-0-1
    — scored run in first inning: 2-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 3-1-1

    Milwaukee (2-3) @ Cubs (3-2)
    — Woodruff allowed three runs in four IP (78 PT) in his first start.
    — He is 0-1, 4.65 in eight games (6 starts) vs Chicago, 0-1, 4.76 in four games (2 starts) here.

    — Brewers lost three of last four games.
    — Milwaukee split its two road games.
    — Under 3-2
    — scored run in first inning: 1-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 1-3-1

    — Hendricks allowed three runs in three IP (63 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 9-6, 2.84 in 23 starts vs Milwaukee.

    — Cubs won three of first five games.
    — Chicago is 3-2 at home.
    — Last four games stayed under the total.
    — scored run in first inning: 2-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 3-2

    Mets (1-1) @ Philadelphia (4-1)
    — Peterson allowed five runs in two IP in his one start vs Philly.

    — Mets split their first two games.
    — Mets are 1-1 on the road.
    — Over 2-0
    — scored run in first inning: 0-2
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-0

    — Nola allowed two runs in 6.2 IP in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 8-2, 3.30 in 16 starts against the Mets.

    — Phillies won four of their first five games.
    — Phillies are 4-1 at home.
    — Under 3-2
    — scored run in first inning: 2-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 3-2

    San Francisco (2-3) @ San Diego (4-2)
    — Gausman allowed one run in 6.2 IP (90 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He allowed three runs in 5.1 IP in two games (1 start) vs San Diego.

    — Giants lost three of their first five games.
    — Giants are 2-3 on the road.
    — Last three games stayed under
    — scored run in first inning: 1-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-2-1

    — Snell threw 4.2 shutout innings (86 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He’s never pitched against San Francisco.

    — Padres won four of their first six games.
    — San Diego is 4-2 at home.
    — Last five games stayed under
    — scored run in first inning: 1-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-3-1

    St Louis (3-2) @ Miami (1-4)
    — Flaherty gave up six runs in 4.1 IP (94 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 0-2, 5.25 in two starts vs Miami.

    — Cardinals won three of first five games.
    — St Louis is 3-2 on the road.
    — Over 3-2
    — scored run in first inning: 2-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-3

    — Lopez blanked the Rays for five IP (77 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He allowed two runs in seven IP in his one start vs St Louis.

    — Marlins lost four of first five games.
    — Miami is 1-4 at home.
    — under 3-2
    — scored run in first inning: 2-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 1-1-3

    Arizona (1-3) @ Colorado (1-3)
    — Bumgarner gave up six runs in four IP (91 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 17-8, 3.20 in 36 starts vs Colorado, 6-6, 4.56 in 17 starts here.

    — Arizona lost for first five games, all on road.
    — home/away
    — under 3-2
    — scored run in first inning: 2-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-3

    — Senzatela allowed seven runs in 3.1 IP (70 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 2-6, 6.19 in 13 games (9 starts) vs Arizona.

    — Colorado lost for first five games, all at home.
    — home/away
    — over 4-1
    — scored run in first inning: 0-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 3-2

    AL games
    Kansas City (3-1) @ Cleveland (1-3)

    — Junis is 3-7, 6.38 in 14 games (13 starts) vs Cleveland, 2-3, 4.19 in 7 starts here.

    — Royals won three of their first four games.
    — Royals are 1-0 on the road.
    — over 2-1-1
    — scores run in first inning: 1-4
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-2

    — Bieber allowed three runs in six IP (95 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 4-0, 3.70 in seven starts against the Royals.

    — Cleveland lost three of their first four games.
    — Indians are 0-1 at home.
    — under 3-1
    — scores run in first inning: 1-4
    — record in first 5 innings: 0-4

    Minnesota (3-2) @ Detroit (3-2)
    — Maeda gave up two runs in 4.1 IP (88 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 1-2, 4.88 in four starts vs Detroit, 0-2, 5.25 in two starts here.

    — Twins won three of their first five games.
    — Minnesota is 3-2 on the road.
    — over 3-2
    — scores run in first inning: 2-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 3-1-1

    — Boyd blanked the Indians for 5.2 IP (92 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 8-7, 4.60 in 21 starts vs Minnesota.

    — Detroit won three of their first five games.
    — Detroit is 3-2 at home.
    — under 3-2
    — scored run in first inning: 1-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 4-1

    Tampa Bay (2-3) @ Boston (2-3)
    — Yarbrough blanked Miami for 5.2 IP (65 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 3-2, 5.64 in 11 games (5 starts) vs Boston.

    — Tampa Bay lost its last three games.
    — Rays are 2-3 on the road.
    — Last four games went over
    — scored run in first inning: 0-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 1-1-3

    — Eovaldi allowed one run in 5.1 IP (89 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 2-5, 5.48 in 10 games (8 starts) vs Tampa Bay.

    — Boston lost three of its first five games.
    — Boston is 2-3 at home.
    — Last three games went over
    — scored run in first inning: 1-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 1-3-1

    Toronto (3-2) @ Texas (2-3)
    — Ryu allowed two runs in 5.2 IP (92 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He has never pitched against Texas.

    — Toronto won three of their first five games.
    — Toronto is 3-2 on the road.
    — under 4-1
    — scored run in first inning: 2-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-3

    — Gibson gave up five runs in 0.1 IP in his first start last week.
    — He is 4-1, 4.61 in nine starts vs Toronto.

    — Texas lost three of their first five games.
    — Texas is 1-1 at home.
    — over 3-1-1
    — scored run in first inning: 3-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 3-2

    White Sox (3-3) @ Seattle (2-3)
    — Keuchel allowed six runs in four IP (69 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 9-8, 3.25 in 20 games (19 starts) vs Seattle.

    — Chicago split its first six games.
    — White Sox are 3-3 on the road.
    — over/under 3-3
    — scored run in first inning: 1-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 4-1-1

    — Dunn is 4-1, 4.13 in 14 MLB starts the last two years.
    — He’s never pitched against the White Sox.

    — Seattle lost three of its first five games.
    — Seattle is 2-3 at home.
    — over 3-2
    — scored run in first inning: 0-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-3

    Baltimore (3-2) @ Bronx (3-2)
    — Means banked Boston for seven IP in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 1-2, 7.17 in seven games (4 starts) vs New York.

    — Orioles won three of their first five games.
    — Baltimore is 3-2 on road.
    — under 3-2
    — scored run in first inning: 1-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-2-1

    — Taillon is making his first start since 2019, when he started 7 games.
    — He’s never pitched against the Orioles.

    — New York won three of their last four games.
    — New York is 3-2 at home.
    — under 4-1
    — scored run in first inning: 0-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 4-1

    Interleague game
    Dodgers (5-1) @ Oakland (0-6)

    — Bauer allowed four wins in 6.2 IP (96 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 1-4, 3.72 in eight starts vs Oakland.

    — Dodgers won their last five games.
    — Dodgers are 5-1 on the road.
    — over 4-2
    — scored run in first inning: 2-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 4-2

    — Luzardo gave up five runs in five IP (92 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He allowed three runs in three IP in a relief stint vs LA.

    — A’s lost their first six games, all by 4+ runs.
    — Oakland is already 0-6 at home.
    — over 5-1
    — scores run in first inning: 3-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 0-6

  15. #105
    MLB

    Wednesday, April 7


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    Trend Report
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    Atlanta @ Washington
    Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Atlanta's last 8 games when playing Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games on the road
    Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 8 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games at home

    Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati
    Pittsburgh
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games when playing Cincinnati
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Pittsburgh's last 13 games
    Cincinnati
    Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
    Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh

    Tampa Bay @ Boston
    Tampa Bay
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing Boston
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games when playing on the road against Boston
    Boston
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 9 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

    Kansas City @ Cleveland
    Kansas City
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games on the road
    Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
    Cleveland
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Cleveland's last 13 games when playing at home against Kansas City
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing Kansas City

    Minnesota @ Detroit
    Minnesota
    Minnesota is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
    Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Detroit
    Detroit is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota

    Toronto @ Texas
    Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
    Texas
    Texas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

    Milwaukee @ Chi Cubs
    Milwaukee
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 5 games on the road
    Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
    Chi Cubs
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs's last 8 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games

    Atlanta @ Washington
    Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Atlanta's last 8 games when playing Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games on the road
    Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 8 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games at home

    LA Dodgers @ Oakland
    LA Dodgers
    LA Dodgers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    LA Dodgers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    Oakland
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oakland's last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 6 games at home

    NY Mets @ Philadelphia
    NY Mets
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets's last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets's last 5 games on the road
    Philadelphia
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 7 games when playing NY Mets
    Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

    St. Louis @ Miami
    St. Louis
    St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Miami
    St. Louis is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami
    Miami
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games when playing St. Louis
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Miami's last 11 games

    San Francisco @ San Diego
    San Francisco
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Francisco's last 6 games when playing on the road against San Diego
    San Francisco is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    San Diego
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Diego's last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Diego's last 5 games

    Chi White Sox @ Seattle
    Chi White Sox
    Chi White Sox is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    Chi White Sox is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Seattle
    Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Seattle's last 9 games when playing Chi White Sox
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games at home

    Baltimore @ NY Yankees
    Baltimore
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Baltimore's last 8 games when playing NY Yankees
    The total has gone OVER in 17 of Baltimore's last 23 games when playing NY Yankees
    NY Yankees
    NY Yankees is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Baltimore
    NY Yankees is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Baltimore

    Arizona @ Colorado
    Arizona
    Arizona is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Colorado
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games when playing Colorado
    Colorado
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado's last 6 games when playing Arizona
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games when playing at home against Arizona


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  16. #106
    Thursday’s 6-pack
    Odds to win The Masters:

    19-2— Bryson Dechambeau, Dustin Johnson
    11-1— Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas
    12-1— Jon Rahm
    19-1— Rory McIlroy
    22-1— Patrick Cantlay
    25-1— Xander Schauffele

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 556,307
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “Winning helps, and losing doesn’t.”
    Bill Parcells

    Thursday’s quiz
    What comedian played Lady Gaga’s father in A Star is Born?

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Art Fleming was the host of Jeopardy!, before Alex Trebek.

    Tuesday’s quiz
    Scott Drew coached Valparaiso for a year, before going to Baylor. He replaced his dad Homer Drew at Valpo and when he left, his dad went back and coached there some more, then was replaced by his other son, Bryce Drew.

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    Thursday’s Den: Doing some thinking out loud……..

    13) Arizona Wildcats finally fired basketball coach Sean Miller, who spent 12 years in Tucson, going 150-68 in Pac-12 games, 13-8 in NCAA tourney games, but 0-3 in Elite 8 games, last of which was in 2015. Things were not headed in an upward direction, though.

    Miller’s program wound up getting overwhelmed by problems with the NCAA:
    — Academic fraud.
    — Impermissible benefits.
    — Bribery.

    Not good. Where does Arizona turn from here? There are four candidates who played ball for the Wildcats; one of these guys is likely to get the nod:

    Luke Walton, Damon Stoudamire, Josh Pastner. Miles Simon

    12) One of the amusing parts of these job searches is that guys at other schools wind up getting their contracts extended, so they won’t consider bolting town for greener pa$ture$.

    — Cal-Santa Barbara gave Joe Pasternack a 5-year contract extension.
    — Maryland’s Mark Turgeon also got a 5-year extension.

    11) Its hard to win at gambling:
    — A’s 4, Dodgers 3 (10)— A’s were 0-6, looked terrible, so of course they win the game when Trevor Bauer starts against them. Go figure.
    — Rangers 2, Blue Jays 1— Kyle Gibson didn’t get out of the first inning in his first start; he blanked Toronto for six innings here, which makes no sense.

    10) I’m not a big fan of the new extra inning system, where the inning starts with a guy on 2nd base, but seeing how the A’s are 7-0 in extra innings this year and last, maybe I should be.

    9) Braves were 0-4, then they swept a twinbill in Washington Wednesday; Huascar Ynoa tossed five shutout innings for Atlanta in the nightcap.

    8) If one of the pitchers on your fantasy team is pitching and you see Jerry Layne is umping the plate, the next couple of hours might be fun. His strike zone is……..wide.

    7) Cardinals’ pitcher Génesis Cabrera wears number 92; he is the first major leaguer EVER to wear #92 in a regular season game.

    6) Mariners 8, White Sox 4— Seattle pitcher Justin Dunn allowed only one hit in 4.2 IP, but he also walked eight guys— he threw 48 strikes, 45 balls, allowed three runs.

    Here are some of the better survey answers we got on the question:
    What would you serve if you hosted The Masters champions’ dinner?

    5) Pete from Rome (NY, not Italy)— Baked lasagna or baked ziti. Messy, but good.

    4) Mr Dodger has an extensive menu:
    — Appetizer: Buffalo chicken wings, Waldorf salad.
    — Entree: New York strip steak
    — Vegetable: green beans Almondine
    — Dessert: New York cheesecake
    — Wines from the Fingerlakes Region, craft beer from the Albany area.

    3) G-squared— 16-ounce New York strip steak, with baked potatoes. Vegetatians can go back to the fairway and graze. ��

    2) Billy C— Surf and turf!!!

    1) Hoosier Mike:
    — Home Run frozen pizza
    — Pistachio pudding
    — Fillet steak
    — Mashed potatoes
    — String beans/carrots mixed
    — Hot bread rolls
    — Ben and Jerry’s ice cream

    0) Armadillo:
    — pasta and meatballs
    — cheesecake for dessert

  17. #107
    901MIAMI -902 NY METS
    MIAMI is 24-8 SU (15.2 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.

    903CHICAGO CUBS -904 PITTSBURGH
    PITTSBURGH is 18-4 SU (13.3 Units) with a team slugging percentage .400 or worse on the season (NL) over the last 2 seasons.

    903CHICAGO CUBS -904 PITTSBURGH
    DEREK SHELTON is 18-4 SU (13.6 Units) with a team slugging percentage .400 or worse on the season (NL) (Coach of PITTSBURGH)

    905ARIZONA -906 COLORADO
    COLORADO is 433-540 SU (-161 Units) at home with a money line of -100 to -150 since 1996.

    907MILWAUKEE -908 ST LOUIS
    MILWAUKEE is 6-20 SU (-17.8 Units) vs. an NL team with an on base percentage .315 or worse over the last 2 seasons.

    909BOSTON -910 BALTIMORE
    BALTIMORE is 16-5 SU (10.5 Units) in day games over the last 2 seasons.

    911SEATTLE -912 MINNESOTA
    MINNESOTA is 9-20 SU (-13.4 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.

    913KANSAS CITY -914 CHI WHITE SOX
    CHI WHITE SOX is 11-3 SU (9 Units) vs. AL teams allowing 4.9 or more runs/game on the season over the last 2 seasons.

    915LA ANGELS -916 TORONTO
    TORONTO is 6-16 SU (-13.1 Units) vs. a team with a good bullpen whose ERA is 3.45 or better in the last 3 seasons.

    917OAKLAND -918 HOUSTON
    HOUSTON is 27-9 SU (17.1 Units) when playing with a day off in the last 3 seasons.

  18. #108
    MLB
    Dunkel

    Thursday, April 8



  19. #109
    MLB
    Weather Report

    Thursday, April 8



  20. #110
    MLB
    Armadillo's Write-Up

    Thursday, April 8


    NL games
    Miami (1-5) @ Mets (1-2)

    — Marlins haven’t announced a starting pitcher.

    — Marlins lost five of first six games.
    — This is their road opener.
    — under 3-2-1
    — scored run in first inning: 2-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 1-1-4

    — Walker is making his Mets’ debut here.
    — He allowed 7 runs (3 earned) in 3.2 IP, in his one start vs Miami.

    — Mets lost two of their first three games.
    — This is the Mets home opener.
    — Over 3-0
    — scored run in first inning: 0-3
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-1

    Cubs (3-3) @ Pittsburgh (1-5)
    — Arrieta allowed one run in six IP (84 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 13-6, 2.87 in 24 starts vs Pittsburgh.

    — Cubs split their first six games.
    — This is Chicago’s road opener.
    — Last five games stayed under the total.
    — scored run in first inning: 2-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 3-2-1

    — TAnderson allowed three runs in five IP (91 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 2-1, 4.32 in four starts vs Chicago.

    — Pirates lost five of their first six games- they were outscored 25-5 the last two days.
    — This is Pittsburgh’s home opener.
    — Under 3-3
    — scored run in first inning: 1-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 1-4-1

    Arizona (2-4) @ Colorado (2-4)
    — Kelly allowed three runs in 94 PT in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 1-2, 7.64 in three starts vs Colorado, 1-1, 7.71 in two starts here.

    — Arizona lost four of first six games, all on road.
    — Arizona is 2-4 on the road.
    — under 4-2
    — scored run in first inning: 2-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-4

    — Gray allowed one run in five IP (82 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 4-5, 5.34 in 12 starts vs Arizona.

    — Colorado lost four of its last five games, all at home.
    — Rockies are 2-4 at home.
    — over 4-2
    — scored run in first inning: 1-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 4-2

    Milwaukee (3-3) @ St Louis (4-2)
    — Burnes allowed one run in 6.1 IP (87 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 1-2, 6.41 in seven games (4 starts) vs St Louis, 1-1, 5.40 in four games (1 start) here.

    — Brewers split their first six games.
    — Milwaukee won two of its three road games.
    — Under 4-2
    — scored run in first inning: 1-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 1-3-2

    — Wainwright allowed six runs in 2.2 IP (56 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 18-11, 2.50 in 44 games (37 starts) vs Milwaukee.

    — Cardinals won four of first six games.
    — This is the St Louis home opener.
    — Over 3-2-1
    — scored run in first inning: 2-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-3-1

    AL games
    Boston (3-3) @ Baltimore (4-2)

    — Rodriguez is 9-5, 3.24 in 19 games (17 starts) vs Baltimore, 5-2, 2.60 in nine starts at Camden Yards.

    — Boston won its last three games, after an 0-3 start.
    — This is Boston’s road opener.
    — Last four games went over
    — scored run in first inning: 1-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-3-1

    — Harvey allowed two runs in 4.2 IP (86 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 0-0, 1.69 in two starts vs Boston (10.2 IP).

    — Orioles won four of their first six games.
    — This is Baltimore’s home opener.
    — under 3-3
    — scored run in first inning: 1-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 3-2-1

    Kansas City (3-2) @ White Sox (3-4)
    — Keller allowed six runs in 1.1 IP (51 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 4-3, 3.20 in 12 games (9 starts) vs Chicago, 1-2, 5.04 in five starts here.

    — Royals won three of their first five games.
    — Royals are 1-1 on the road.
    — over 2-2-1
    — scores run in first inning: 1-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 3-2

    — Lynn allowed two runs in 4.2 IP (99 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 4-2, 4.36 in nine starts vs Kansas City.

    — Chicago lost four of its first seven games.
    — This is White Sox home opener.
    — over/under 4-3 over
    — scored run in first inning: 1-7
    — record in first 5 innings: 5-1-1

    Seattle (3-3) @ Minnesota (4-2)
    — Gonzales allowed five runs in six IP (99 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He allowed six runs in five IP, in his one start vs Minnesota.

    — Seattle split its first six games.
    — This is Seattle’s road opener.
    — over 4-2
    — scored run in first inning: 0-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-4

    — Berrios blanked Milwaukee for six IP (84 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 1-2, 4.02 in five starts vs Seattle.

    — Twins won four of their first six games.
    — This is Minnesota’s home opener.
    — over 3-3
    — scores run in first inning: 2-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 3-2-1

    Angels (4-2) @ Texas (3-3)
    — Canning is 0-2, 6.00 in three starts vs Texas; he allowed four runs (1 earned) in 3.2 IP in his one start here LY.

    — Angels won four of their first six games.
    — This is Angels’ road opener.
    — over/under 3-3
    — scored run in first inning: 2-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 1-3-2

    — Stripling allowed three runs in 3.1 IP (77 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 1-2, 3.33 in five games (3 starts) against the Angels.

    — Texas split their first six games.
    — Texas is 2-1 at home.
    — over 3-2-1
    — scored run in first inning: 3-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 4-2

    Oakland (1-6) @ Houston (5-1)
    — Irvin gave up four runs in 4.1 IP (82 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — That was his only appearance against the Astros.

    — A’s lost six of their first seven games.
    — This is Oakland’s road opener.
    — over 5-2
    — scores run in first inning: 3-7
    — record in first 5 innings: 0-6-1

    — Javier allowed two runs in 3.2 IP (73 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 0-2, 6.94 in three starts vs Oakland.

    — Astros won five of their first six games.
    — This is Houston’s home opener.
    — over 5-1
    — scored run in first inning: 3-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 4-1-1

  21. #111
    MLB

    Thursday, April 8


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    Miami @ NY Mets
    Miami
    Miami is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing NY Mets
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games on the road
    NY Mets
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets's last 5 games
    NY Mets is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games when playing at home against Miami

    Chi Cubs @ Pittsburgh
    Chi Cubs
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home

    Boston @ Baltimore
    Boston
    Boston is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 11 of Boston's last 13 games
    Baltimore
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Baltimore's last 5 games at home
    Baltimore is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Boston

    Arizona @ Colorado
    Arizona
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games when playing Colorado
    Arizona is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Colorado
    Colorado
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games when playing at home against Arizona
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games when playing Arizona

    Kansas City @ Chi White Sox
    Kansas City
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games on the road
    Chi White Sox
    Chi White Sox is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
    Chi White Sox is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City

    Seattle @ Minnesota
    Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle's last 5 games when playing Minnesota
    Seattle is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing at home against Seattle

    Milwaukee @ St. Louis
    Milwaukee
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing St. Louis
    St. Louis
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games when playing Milwaukee

    LA Angels @ Toronto
    LA Angels
    LA Angels is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Toronto
    LA Angels is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games
    Toronto is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

    Oakland @ Houston
    Oakland
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing Houston
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games on the road
    Houston
    Houston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Houston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Oakland


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  22. #112
    Friday’s 6-pack
    Updated odds to win The Masters:

    4-1— Justin Rose
    15-2— Jordan Spieth
    12-1— Patrick Reed, Jon Rahm
    14-1— Justin Thomas
    16-1— Hideki Matsuyama
    18-1— Webb Simpson

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 556,529
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “There’s more talent around the league than there’s ever been. From a talent standpoint, the league is in a good space. But as pure basketball lovers — who love competition at the highest level — I think they gotta catch up in that department………They soft as hell……”
    Draymond Green

    Friday’s quiz
    NBA’s Rockets were an expansion team in 1967; where did they play their first four seasons, before moving to Houston?

    Thursday’s quiz
    Andrew Dice Clay played Lady Gaga’s father in A Star is Born.

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Art Fleming was the host of Jeopardy!, before Alex Trebek.

    ************************************************** ****

    Friday’s Den: Random stuff with weekend here……..

    13a) Least shocking story of the month: After two seasons with Oklahoma State, assistant coach Cannen Cunningham and the program have mutually agreed to part ways.

    Cannen Cunningham is Cade Cunningham’s brother; hiring Cannen and paying him a quarter million bucks is how Oklahoma State landed the best recruit in the country (Cade) last year. Now he is going to go help manage his younger brother’s career in the NBA. Go figure.

    Where does the NCAA draw the line on stuff like this: can a recruit’s mother be hired as a secretary and be paid a six-figure salary? Could a sibling be hired as a personal trainer, at $125K a year? What is legal and what isn’t? Inquiring minds would like to know.

    13) Early Thursday morning I’m sound asleep when I hear these very loud noises just outside my bedroom window. Some kind of machinery, lot of people talking. Awesome.

    Turns out the nice lady across the street was getting her driveway resurfaced. At 8:06am.

    Three trucks, some kind of a steamroller, and 4-5 guys chopping away at the old driveway, before the new surface could get put down. Lot of loud noises, not a lot of sleep.

    They finished around 3:00 in the afternoon. Driveway looks nice; just wish they had done it later in the day.

    12) Wednesday, Washington Nationals intentionally walked Freddie Freeman in both the first and second inning of their 7-6 loss to the Braves. I wondered how often that happens.

    So I asked the great researcher Doug Kern on Twitter; turns out the last time that happened was in 2009, when Detroit walked Albert Pujols intentionally in both the 1st/2nd innings.

    11) Hello friends, must be quite a week for Jim Nantz; college basketball national title game on Monday night, then off to Augusta for The Masters all weekend. Pretty good week.

    I am told his backyard has a par-3 hole in it, but when is the guy ever home? He does NFL in the fall, golf in spring/summer, college basketball all winter. Its good to be him.

    10) Mets 3, Marlins 2— Mets had bases loaded, two outs in 2-2 game, bottom of 9th, Miami pitcher throws a strike, Michael Conforto sticks his elbow out, lets the ball hit it and the Mets walk off with a controversial win.

    None of the umpires had the onions to say Conforto let the ball hit him; Mets’ TV guys Keith Hernandez/Ron Darling even said he did. Play isn’t reviewable, which is embarrassing. Rule needs to be changed.

    9) White Sox 6, Royals 0— Complete game for Lance Lynn, on 111 pitches. First CG of the young season; Chicago’s bullpen has been dismal so far- Tony LaRussa had to be glad to see this.

    8) Shohei Ohtani won’t make his next start Sunday against Toronto; he has a blister on his pitching hand. Ohtani went 1-5 as the Angels’ DH Thursday night; he is hitting .280.

    7) In 1969, when MLB first went to divisional play, they also added four expansion teams that year- Padres, Royals, Expos, Seattle Pilots. All four expansion teams won their first game that season. Expos are the Washington Nationals now; Pilots are the Milwaukee Brewers.

    6) Rory Mcilroy shot +4 (76) in the first round of The Masters Thursday; not only that, on the 7th hole, he hit a shot that struck his dad on the leg. Not good.

    5) Read Thursday that actor Don Johnson is re-booting his old TV show Nash Bridges for a run on USA Network, not sure if it is one movie or if it’ll be a series again. Nash Bridges ran on CBS from 1996-2001; Johnson played a San Francisco cop whose partner was played by Cheech Marin, who is also returning for the re-boot.

    4) G-League’s Erie BayHawks are moving to Birmingham, AL next season.

    3) Arizona State has already poached transfers this spring from Toledo, Boston College, Robert Morris; the kid from Toledo is Marreon Jackson- he scored 18.1 ppg, grabbed 6.1 rpg and dished out 5.9 assists/game. He is expected to be a big help for the Sun Devils, who had four players transfer out of Tempe after the season.

    2) UCLA basketball coach Mick Cronin parlayed his Bruins’ run to the Final Four into a two-year contract extension.

    1) Thursday would’ve been Catfish Hunter’s 75th birthday; he passed away in 1999, at age 53.

    James Augustus Hunter was my boyhood hero; on his rookie baseball card, in 1965, they spelled his name wrong on the back (Tim, not Jim) and when 5-year old me saw that, I adopted him as my favorite player, prompting strange looks from my dad. In 1965, not many kids in upstate New York rooted for the Kansas City A’s.

    Catfish Hunter won 233 career games, nine of them in the postseason; he threw a perfect game in 1968, and knocked in three of the four runs the A’s scored that game. He won five World Series rings and won inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

  23. #113
    951COLORADO -952 SAN FRANCISCO
    COLORADO is 203-221 SU (-82.8 Units) in road games vs. a bad bullpen that blows 38% or more of their save opportunities since 1996.

    953WASHINGTON -954 LA DODGERS
    WASHINGTON is 4-13 SU (-15.1 Units) in road games vs. a team with a bad bullpen whose ERA is 4.70 or worse over the last 2 seasons.

    955PHILADELPHIA -956 ATLANTA
    ATLANTA is 8-1 SU (6.9 Units) after batting .225 or worse over a 5 game span over the last 2 seasons.

    957CINCINNATI -958 ARIZONA
    ARIZONA is 34-21 SU (15.9 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record in the last 3 seasons.

    959NY YANKEES -960 TAMPA BAY
    NY YANKEES are 79-48 SU (26.2 Units) against division opponents in the last 3 seasons.

    961LA ANGELS -962 TORONTO
    TORONTO is 6-17 SU (-14.7 Units) vs. a team with a good bullpen whose ERA is 3.45 or better in the last 3 seasons.

    963DETROIT -964 CLEVELAND
    CLEVELAND is 21-7 SU (14.1 Units) vs. AL teams scoring 3.9 or less runs/game on the season in the last 3 seasons.

    965OAKLAND -966 HOUSTON
    OAKLAND is 82-97 SU (-24.7 Units) in road games after scoring 4 runs or less 4 straight games since 1996.

    967SAN DIEGO -968 TEXAS
    TEXAS are 44-27 SU (14.3 Units) after having won 2 of their last 3 games in the last 3 seasons.

  24. #114
    MLB
    Weather Report

    Friday, April 9



  25. #115
    MLB
    Dunkel

    Friday, April 9



  26. #116
    MLB
    Armadillo's Write-Up

    Friday, April 9


    NL games
    Washington (1-2) @ Dodgers (5-2)

    — Ross is making his first start since 2019. He is 21-19, 4.29 in 78 games (57 starts).
    — Ross is 0-2, 7.02 in four games (2 starts) vs Los Angeles.

    — Washington lost two of its first three games.
    — This is the Nationals’ road opener.
    — Over 2-1
    — scored run in first inning: 1-3
    — record in first 5 innings: 0-1-2

    — Buehler allowed two runs in six IP in his first ’21 start (90 PT)
    — He is 0-1, 3.38 in three games (2 starts) vs Washington.

    — Dodgers won five of their last six games.
    — This is the Dodgers’ home opener.
    — Under is 3-1 in their last four games.
    — scored run in first inning: 3-7
    — record in first 5 innings: 4-2-1

    Colorado (3-4) @ San Francisco (3-3)
    — Gomber allowed three runs in three IP (73 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 7-4, 3.70 in 44 MLB games (16 starts), none vs SF.

    — Colorado lost four of its last six games, all at home.
    — This is the Rockies’ road opener.
    — Under 3-1 last four games.
    — scored run in first inning: 2-7
    — record in first 5 innings: 5-2

    — Cueto allowed three runs in 5.2 IP (105 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 9-4, 3.18 in 18 starts vs Colorado.

    — Giants split their first six games.
    — This is the Giants’ home opener.
    — Last four games stayed under
    — scored run in first inning: 0-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 3-2-1

    Philadelphia (5-1) @ Atlanta (2-4)
    — Wheeler allowed no runs, one hit in seven IP in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 7-5, 3.54 in 17 starts against the Braves, 1-3, 5.76 in five starts here.

    — Phillies won five of their first six games.
    — This is the Phillies’ road opener.
    — Last three games went over.
    — scored run in first inning: 3-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 4-2

    — Morton three runs in five IP (76 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 2-4, 6.08 in eight starts vs Philadelphia.

    — Braves lost four of their first six games.
    — This is Atlanta’s home opener.
    — Under is 4-2 in their games.
    — scored run in first inning: 2-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 1-3-2

    Cincinnati (5-1) @ Arizona (2-5)
    — Mahle allowed two runs in five IP (84 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He allowed five runs in 4.1 IP in his one start vs Arizona.

    — Cincinnati won its last five games, scoring 51 runs.
    — This is the Reds’ road opener.
    — Over 5-0-1
    — scored run in first inning: 3-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 4-1-1

    — Kelly allowed three runs in 94 PT in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 1-2, 7.64 in three starts vs Colorado, 1-1, 7.71 in two starts here.

    — Arizona lost five of first seven games, all on road.
    — This is Arizona’s home opener.
    — under 5-1 last six games
    — scored run in first inning: 2-7
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-5

    AL games
    Bronx (3-3) @ Tampa Bay (2-4)

    — Kluber allowed two runs in four IP (74 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 5-2, 2.67 in 10 starts vs Tampa Bay, 2-1, 4.35 in five starts here.

    — New York split its first six games, all at home.
    — This is New York’s road opener.
    — under 5-1
    — scored run in first inning: 0-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 4-2

    — Hill allowed four runs in four IP (71 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 1-2, 4.79 in 11 games (3 starts) vs New York.

    — Tampa Bay lost last four games, all on road.
    — This is the Rays’ home opener.
    — Last five games went over
    — scored run in first inning: 0-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 1-2-3

    Angels (5-2) @ Toronto (3-4)
    — Heaney allowed seven runs in three IP (70 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 1-1, 9.00 in three starts vs Toronto.

    — Angels won five of their first seven games.
    — Yesterday was Angels’ road opener (1-0).
    — over 4-3
    — scored run in first inning: 3-7
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-3-2

    — Zeuch blanked New York for four IP (63 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 2-2, 3.32 in nine MLB games (5 starts).

    — Toronto lost its last three games.
    — Toronto lost home opener yesterday.
    — under 5-2
    — scored run in first inning: 3-7
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-5
    — For now, Blue Jays are playing home games in Dunedin, FL

    Detroit (3-3) @ Cleveland (2-3)
    — Teheran allowed one run in five IP (90 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 1-1, 5.59 in two starts vs Cleveland.

    — Detroit lost three of their last four games.
    — This is Detroit’s road opener.
    — under 4-2
    — scored run in first inning: 3-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 5-1

    — Plesac allowed two runs in six IP (94 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 2-1, 1.14 in four starts against the Indians.

    — Cleveland lost three of their first five games.
    — This is the Indians’ home opener.
    — under 4-1
    — scores run in first inning: 1-5
    — record in first 5 innings: 0-5

    Oakland (1-7) @ Houston (6-1)
    — Manaea allowed five runs in 4.2 IP (101 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 3-6, 3.66 in 14 starts against the Astros.

    — A’s lost seven of their first eight games.
    — All seven of their losses are by 4+ runs.
    — over 5-3
    — scores run in first inning: 3-8
    — record in first 5 innings: 0-7-1

    — McCullers allowed one run in five IP (95 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 6-2, 3.83 in ten starts vs Oakland.

    — Astros won six of their first seven games.
    — Yesterday was Houston’s home opener (1-0).
    — over 5-2
    — scored run in first inning: 3-7
    — record in first 5 innings: 5-1-1

    Interleague games
    San Diego (4-3) @ Texas (3-3)

    — Musgrove blanked Arizona for IP (78 PT) in his first ’21 start.
    — He is 1-3, 4.76 in seven games (5 starts) vs Texas.

    — Padres lost three of their last four games.
    — This is San Diego’s road opener.
    — Last six games stayed under
    — scored run in first inning: 1-7
    — record in first 5 innings: 2-4-1

    — Arihara allowed three runs in five IP (73 PT) in his first MLB start.

    — Texas won three of its first four games.
    — Texas is 2-1 at home.
    — over 3-2-1
    — scored run in first inning: 3-6
    — record in first 5 innings: 4-2

  27. #117
    MLB

    Friday, April 9


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    Trend Report
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    NY Yankees @ Tampa Bay
    NY Yankees
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of NY Yankees's last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees's last 5 games on the road
    Tampa Bay
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
    Tampa Bay is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against NY Yankees

    Washington @ LA Dodgers
    Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 9 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers
    LA Dodgers
    LA Dodgers is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers's last 5 games

    Colorado @ San Francisco
    Colorado
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games
    Colorado is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    San Francisco
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Francisco's last 5 games
    San Francisco is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home

    LA Angels @ Toronto
    LA Angels
    LA Angels is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Toronto
    LA Angels is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    Toronto
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Angels
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing LA Angels

    Detroit @ Cleveland
    Detroit
    Detroit is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Detroit's last 9 games
    Cleveland
    Cleveland is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Detroit
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games

    Philadelphia @ Atlanta
    Philadelphia
    Philadelphia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Atlanta
    Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games at home

    San Diego @ Texas
    San Diego
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Diego's last 5 games
    San Diego is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Texas
    Texas
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas's last 5 games when playing San Diego
    Texas is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

    Oakland @ Houston
    Oakland
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oakland's last 7 games when playing Houston
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of Oakland's last 14 games
    Houston
    Houston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Houston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Oakland

    Cincinnati @ Arizona
    Cincinnati
    Cincinnati is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    Arizona
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona's last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
    Arizona is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home


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  28. #118
    Saturday’s 6-pack
    Updated odds to win The Masters:

    4-1— Jordan Spieth
    6-1— Justin Rose, Justin Thomas
    8-1— Will Zalatoris
    12-1— Tony Finau, Brian Harman
    16-1— Hideki Matsuyama, Xander Shauffele
    18-1— Marc Leishman

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 556,529
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “That was the one thing I didn’t want to break, the superstition of it. I didn’t want to have to go use the bathroom in the middle of a start.”
    San Diego’s Joe Musgrove, who apparently drank 12 bottles of water during his no-hitter

    Saturday’s quiz
    Joe Musgrove is a life-long Padres’ fan who wears #44 to honor which former San Diego pitcher?

    Friday’s quiz
    NBA’s Rockets were an expansion team in 1967; they played their first four seasons in San Diego, before moving to Houston.

    Thursday’s quiz
    Andrew Dice Clay played Lady Gaga’s father in A Star is Born.

    ************************************************** ********

    Saturday’s Den: Doing some thinking out loud……..

    13) Padres 3, Texas 0:
    — Joe Musgrove threw a no-hitter for San Diego.
    — Padres have played 8,206 games; this was their first no-hitter.
    — San Diego has thrown 30 one-hitters, been no-hit 10 times themselves.
    — Only Texas baserunner was a hit batsman.
    — Musgrove grew up in San Diego, is a lifelong Padre fan.

    12) Way back when, July 21, 1970; Padres were playing the Mets at home. San Diego’s 2nd year in the major leagues. Clay Kirby was throwing a no-hitter through 8 innings, but San Diego still trailed 1-0; they pinch-hit for Kirby in the bottom of the 8th (future Toronto manager Cito Gaston was the pinch-hitter).

    The relief pitcher gave up two runs in the top of the 9th, Padres lost 3-0, but 51 years later, they finally get their first no-hitter.

    11) Victor Caratini was San Diego’s catcher last night.

    Last season, there were two no-hitters in the major leagues, Lucas Giolito for the White Sox, Alec Mills for the Cubs.

    Catcher for Alec Mills’ no-hitter? Victor Caratini.

    10) Seattle got four outs from newly acquired P James Paxton this season, before his arm blew out and now he needs Tommy John surgery and is out for the next year-plus.

    9) 41-year old Rich Hill pitches for Tampa Bay: he’s had an interesting career:

    2005-08— 18-17, 4.37 in 64 games (54 starts) for the Cubs.
    2009— 3-3, 7.80 in 14 games (13 starts) for Baltimore
    2010-12— allowed four runs in 31.2 total IP in relief, for Boston.
    2013— allowed 30 runs in 38.2 IP in 63 relief stints for Cleveland.

    2014— faced four batters for the Angels, didn’t get any of them out
    2014— allowed one run in 5.1 IP in 14 relief stints for Bronx.
    2015— 2-1, 1.55 in four starts for Boston
    2016— 9-3, 2.25 in 14 starts for the A’s

    2016-19— 30-16, 3.16 in 68 starts for the Dodgers
    2020— 2-2, 3.03 in eight starts for Minnesota.
    2021— Now he pitches for Tampa Bay. Quite a career.

    8) Tejay Antone is a relief pitcher for the Reds; his father played football at Oklahoma, was on the Sooners’ 1975 national title team.

    7) Cincinnati Bearcats fired basketball coach John Brannen Friday; this season a lot of players complained about the coach, some of them transferred and when you go 12-11 at a school that is used to winning, people aren’t very loyal.

    Brannen went 32-21 in two years at Cincinnati, after going 81-51 in four years at Northern Kentucky.

    I read a fairly long article about the situation, which didn’t name any specific complaints that the players had, other than Brannen had rules about what players could/couldn’t wear at team functions— stuff like that appears to have turned the players against him.

    This season was probably lot harder on the players than we realize— they were basically alone all the time, even when they ate. Tensions ran high; apparently at Cincinnati, they boiled over.

    6) Clippers’ defensive stalwart Patrick Beverley broke a bone in his left hand, had surgery on it, is out a minimum of 3-4 weeks.

    5) Duncan Robinson is in his third year in the NBA, scoring 13.1 ppg for Miami; he’s scored 12.2 ppg in his pro career, is a career 42.5% shooter behind the arc. Not bad for a kid who played his freshman year of college at Division III Williams College.

    He transferred from Williams to Michigan after one year; this almost never happens. D-3 basketball is good quality, but there is generally a huge gap in size/athletic ability between those levels. Kids in Division III are paying to go to college, plus they play ball.

    Robinson actually scores more now than he did in college; he scored 9.3 ppg in three years at Michigan. Shooting is at a premium in the NBA, especially 6-7 guys who can shoot.

    4) Hawks 120, Bulls 108:
    — Chicago’s Zach LaVine scored 39 points in first half, but Chicago’s whole team was outscored 67-42 in the second half.
    — Much-improved Atlanta has spurted since hiring Nate McMillan as its coach; they’re 28-25 and are the #5-seed in the East.

    3) Dodgers 1, Nationals 0— Justin Turner’s 6th-inning homer was the only run, as LA won its home opener, and got its World Series rings, which are very large.

    2) Angels 7, Toronto 1— Shohei Ohtani knocked in four runs for the 6-2 Angels.

    1) A’s 6, Houston 2— Sean Manaea pitched six stellar innings, as Oakland got a much-needed win. Lowrie, Olson, Canha homered for the A’s.

  29. #119
    901MIAMI -902 NY METS
    NY METS are 8-18 SU (-13.8 Units) vs. poor power teams - averaging 0.9 or less HR's/game in the last 3 seasons.

    903MILWAUKEE -904 ST LOUIS
    MILWAUKEE is 12-29 SU (-20.6 Units) vs. an NL team with a team batting average of .250 or worse over the last 2 seasons.

    905COLORADO -906 SAN FRANCISCO
    COLORADO is 203-221 SU (-82.8 Units) in road games vs. a bad bullpen that blows 38% or more of their save opportunities since 1996.

    907CHICAGO CUBS -908 PITTSBURGH
    PITTSBURGH is 18-5 SU (12.2 Units) with a team slugging percentage .400 or worse on the season (NL) over the last 2 seasons.

    907CHICAGO CUBS -908 PITTSBURGH
    DEREK SHELTON is 18-5 SU (12.5 Units) with a team slugging percentage .400 or worse on the season (NL) (Coach of PITTSBURGH)

    909PHILADELPHIA -910 ATLANTA
    ATLANTA is 101-83 SU (32.4 Units) in home games vs. excellent defensive catchers - allowing <=0.35 SB's/game since 1996.

    911CINCINNATI -912 ARIZONA
    ARIZONA is 34-21 SU (15.9 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record in the last 3 seasons.

    913WASHINGTON -914 LA DODGERS
    WASHINGTON is 4-13 SU (-15.1 Units) in road games vs. a team with a bad bullpen whose ERA is 4.70 or worse over the last 2 seasons.

    915NY YANKEES -916 TAMPA BAY
    NY YANKEES are 79-48 SU (26.2 Units) against division opponents in the last 3 seasons.

    917SEATTLE -918 MINNESOTA
    MINNESOTA is 15-3 SU (11.7 Units) in home games after having won 2 of their last 3 games over the last 2 seasons.

  30. #120
    MLB
    Dunkel

    Saturday, April 10



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