07/30/2012 - (Sportsbook Betting Lines) - David Price tries to become the majors' first 15-game winner on Monday when the Tampa Bay Rays open a three-game set with the Oakland Athletics at the Coliseum.
Price has been magnificent of late and has won his last three starts, his last six decisions and has just one loss in his previous 10 assignments (8-1). His most recent win came on Wednesday in Baltimore, as he held the Orioles to a run and seven hits in seven innings.
He also struck out 10 batters without issuing a walk.
"At the end of the day, it's always about starting pitching," Tampa manager Joe Maddon said after that start. "I thought David was really sharp tonight."
Price beat the A's back on May 4 and is 2-1 in five starts against them with a 3.62 ERA.
The left-hander will try to become just the latest Rays hurler to throw a gem, as Tampa enters this series on the heels of back-to-back shutouts over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, including a 2-0 win on Sunday to capture the series.
In fact Tampa pitchers have surrendered just 18 runs over the last 10 games. However, the Rays have been held to three runs or less in seven of their last eight contests.
The series win in Anaheim got the Rays to within two games of the Angels for the second wild card spot. They can get even closer this week, as the A's sit a half-game in front of the Halos for the first wild card.
"They have the best starting pitching in the American League and their bullpen is one of the best, as well," Price said. "They throw well, play good defense, and they've got some guys who are stepping up in that lineup right now."
Oakland is 18-4 this month after taking two of three in both Toronto and Baltimore, and are just one win shy of clinching the best July in franchise history.
"The way we've been playing, it looks like we've got a chance to win every game," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said after Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Orioles. "But boy, any time during the season you can go on the road and take four out of six from two very good teams, we'll take it."
Getting the call for Melvin's club tonight will be rookie right-hander A.J. Griffin, who has won his last three starts. Griffin beat the Blue Jays on Wednesday, as he scattered three hits over six scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.25.
He has gone six innings in each of his six career starts, and hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of them.
Oakland took two of three from the Rays earlier in the year.
<< Orioles try to close in on Yankees
(Sportsbook Betting Lines) - The New York Yankees will try to bounce back from a disappointing weekend and extend their lead atop the American League East standings on Monday when they begin a three-game set with the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium.
<< Rams sign Long to extension
St. Louis, MO (Sportsbook Betting Lines) - The St. Louis Rams signed defensive end Chris Long to a four-year contract extension Sunday. Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed. Long, who the Rams selected with the second overall pick in th
<< Ciriaco, Red Sox top Yankees in 10 innings
Bronx, NY (Sportsbook Betting Lines) - Pedro Ciriaco's RBI single in the top of the 10th inning proved to be the game winner as the Boston Red Sox escaped with a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees in the rubber match of a three-game series at Yank
<< Feldman, Rangers blank White Sox
Arlington, TX (Sportsbook Betting Lines) - Scott Feldman is making the most out of his latest opportunity. The 29-year-old right-hander spun eight scoreless innings, helping the Texas Rangers snap a five-game losing streak to the Chicago White
Giants try to bounce back versus Mets >>
(Sportsbook Betting Lines) - The San Francisco Giants only have themselves to blame for losing grip on the National League West lead. Tonight, they hope to bounce back versus the New York Mets in the opener of a four-game series at AT&T Park. The
Dodgers aim to keep momentum rolling in opener with D'Backs >>
(Sportsbook Betting Lines) - The Los Angeles Dodgers head back home to begin a nine-game residency tonight, starting with the first of three straight games versus the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers completed a huge three-game sweep
Estrada eyes first win against Astros >>
(Sportsbook Betting Lines) - Right-hander Marco Estrada takes his 18th shot at a first win of 2012 tonight when his Milwaukee Brewers host the Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game series at Miller Park. A 29-year-old Mexican, Estrada has made
Seattle resumes homestand with Blue Jays in town >>
(Sportsbook Betting Lines) - The 2012 season is pretty much a wash for the Seattle Mariners, but they're beginning to get their act together. The Mariners will continue their homestand at Safeco Field tonight with the first of three straight games versus
NFL betting action is back! At MySportsbook, all of the pro football odds are posted for the NFC North. Check out how we see the four teams in this cloudy division stacking up this year in the chase for the playoffs! Green Bay Packers (+125) - With QB Aaron Rodgers leading the offense and DC Dom Capers working his magic on defense, the Packers are a real force to be reckoned with.
Virtually nothing changed on this offense for Green Bay from last year to this year, save for the addition of rookie OT Brian Bulaga to the bunch. Expect more huge numbers from the Pack, and a relatively favorable schedule should get them over the hump and into the playoffs once again this season. My NFL Betting Predictions: 11-5, 1st place in NFC North Minnesota Vikings (+130) - There are still too many unknowns about the Vikes this year. There is a huge difference between QB Brett Favre and either Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels under center. Plus, is Favre comes back, is he really going to be able to keep his pick total under double digits again? Depth at running back looked like it might have been an issue with RB Chester Taylor fleeing in free agency, but drafting RB Toby Gerhart should pick up the difference. This defense is still suitable, but with a first place schedule, making the playoffs is going to be very tough regardless of whether #4 comes back or not.
There is a huge difference between QB Brett Favre and either Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels under center. Plus, is Favre comes back, is he really going to be able to keep his pick total under double digits again? Depth at running back looked like it might have been an issue with RB Chester Taylor fleeing in free agency, but drafting RB Toby Gerhart should pick up the difference. This defense is still suitable, but with a first place schedule, making the playoffs is going to be very tough regardless of whether #4 comes back or not. Play this weekly NFL Football Contestto see if you can win.
Chicago Bears (+350) - The Bears are probably a bit of an overhyped team once again this year.No, we don't think it is plausible for QB Jay Cutler to have as bad of a season as he did last year, and we do think the additions of RB Chester Taylor and DE Julius Peppers are going to help immensely, but there's still something in the water in the Windy City that we aren't so sure about. Maybe Chicago finds its way to .500... but then again, maybe it doesn't. If Favre comes back, Cutler might be the worst quarterback in this division this year.
Detroit Lions (+1500) - The Lions are probably once again going to be the whipping boys for the rest of the teams in the NFC North, but they aren't just going to roll over and die once again. There is some real talent amassing on this team offensively, as the combination of QB Matt Stafford, RB Jahvid Best, WR Calvin Johnson, and TE Brandon Pettigrew should put a bunch of points on the board if the offensive line can even remotely hold up. The questions really lie on defense, where it feels like DT Ndamukong Suh is going to be trying to stop opposing teams all by himself. This year should show some marked improvement in the Motor City.
The Patriots will make NFL betting fans a lot of money this season, get in early and enjoy the cash.
Teams that should be in: Stanford
Oregon and USC get their tickets punched after taking care of business this weekend. Yes, the Trojans' computer numbers aren't great, but there's no way the third-place team in this league is getting nixed. Grudgingly, I added Arizona after consultation with our Bracketologist. I don't know that Arizona will lose its last three (including a Pac-10 quarterfinal game), and even if the Cats do, I still can't see how they'd be left out, given the overall profile. That said, it bears watching, as three more L's would leave them at 18-12 (9-9) and on a 6-11 skid entering the Dance. It would be nice to see the Wildcats get at least one W in the Bay Area next week, as Cincinnati (albeit without Armein Kirkland and with a worse profile) was axed after a similar slide last season. I just couldn't rationalize having some of the other teams as locks and not having Arizona in that category -- there just aren't enough good teams behind the Cats to threaten their spot, it seems. Stanford has its fate in its own hands with the Arizona schools coming to the Farm to close out the regular season next weekend.
Should be in:
Stanford [17-10 (9-7), RPI: 40, SOS: 21] No shame in not getting a win in L.A., but that makes the home game against Arizona State a must-win ahead of what could be an intriguing meeting with Arizona should the Cats lose at Cal. Getting to 11 Pac-10 wins would make Selection Sunday much more comfortable, but 10's probably more than enough this season. The Cardinal have nonconference wins over Texas Tech and at Virginia to lean on, although they also lost badly to Air Force and Santa Clara at home.
|Southeastern Conference odds|
|Work left to do: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Mississippi State
It looks more and more possible that no one from the SEC West will make the NCAAs. How weird is that? Tennessee and Vandy move into the locks category after more good work this weekend. Kentucky stays there, although it would be smart for the Cats to handle Georgia at home Wednesday ahead of a trip to the Swamp. Could a disaster scenario (two more L's and a first-round SEC tourney exit) somehow dislodge the Cats despite their incredible computer numbers? Still unlikely, but not worth chancing it.
Work left to do:
Alabama [19-9 (6-8), RPI: 43, SOS: 47] The tough L at Tennessee was understandable, and even created some hope. Unfortunately, that hope was dashed by a home loss to Auburn, which leaves the Tide in some real trouble. There's still no signature win on the profile (no, Kentucky doesn't count), and the computer profile is weakening rapidly. The Tide conceivably could beat Ole Miss and win at Miss. State to get to 8-8 and clinch at least a share of the West crown, but that's probably not enough right now. The Tide will need to do some work in the SEC tourney.
Georgia [16-10 (8-6), RPI: 52, SOS: 23] This is the team with the best chance to make it from this section right now. The Bulldogs rebounded from a terrible performance at Ole Miss to beat down Miss. State. Now they are at Kentucky (king of the RPI 51-100 win) and home to Tennessee. That would be worth a lot of computer points to get both (which is doable), as both teams are in the top 11 in RPI. Finishing at least 9-7 is an absolute must, and I would feel much better about the Dawgs' chances if they got both to get to 10 SEC wins. They also beat Gonzaga, but lost to ACC bubblers Georgia Tech and Clemson.
Mississippi [18-10 (7-7), RPI: 63, SOS: 79] Like everyone else in this division, Ole Miss gacked up a chance to stake a claim, losing by double figures at South Carolina. Even 9-7 likely is not nearly enough with a nonconference profile devoid of anything notable.
Mississippi State [16-11 (7-7), RPI: 66, SOS: 37] With a chance to get in the mix, these Bulldogs were leashed by their Georgia counterparts. Could they get to 9-7? I guess -- although winning at Arkansas, then beating Alabama is no lock -- but would that mean all that much for a team with this overall profile? Probably not. There's nothing of note (on the good side) in the nonconference profile.
For more College Basketball betting lines go to MySportsbook.com
Additional sports lines can be found at: www.Sportsbooks.com