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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MLB Odds: Hendricks, Darvish Duel in NLCS Game 3

The Los Angeles Dodgers are two wins away from reaching their first World Series since 1988. They won the first two games of the National League Championship Series at home, and today, the Dodgers visit Wrigley Field for Game 3 against the Chicago Cubs, beginning at 9 PM ET on TBS. The Cubs are -117 and the Dodgers are -103 on the moneyline.

Los Angeles will give Yu Darvish (3.83 FIP) the nod tonight. Darvish arrived in Chavez Ravine at the trade deadline, and posted a 3.38 FIP in his nine regular-season starts for LA. Then the former two-time Pacific League MVP in Japan held the Arizona Diamondbacks to one run on two hits in five innings of work, helping the Dodgers complete the sweep of Arizona in the NLDS.

Chicago will turn to Kyle Hendricks (3.88 FIP) in a virtual must-win for the defending World Series champions. But the story for the Cubs remains their bullpen, which took the loss in each of the first two games in Los Angeles. Chicago’s relievers finished the regular season ranked No. 13 in the majors with a 4.08 FIP, and No. 17 since the All-Star break at 4.36 FIP.

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MLB Odds: Dodgers-Cubs in NLCS Game 3

After dropping the first two games of the NLCS at Chavez Ravine, the Chicago Cubs come back to Wrigley Field for Game 3 tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers. First pitch is at 9 PM ET on TBS.

Kyle Hendricks (3.88 FIP) will take the hill for the Cubs, while Yu Darvish (3.83 FIP) will respond for LA. But the onus for Chicago is on their bullpen, which has been suspect all season; it was the Cubs relievers who took the loss in Games 1 and 2. The Dodgers’ bullpen led the National League this year at 3.55 FIP.

NHL Odds: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals on Tuesday

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals, two of the top teams in this young NHL season, clash on Tuesday a 7 PM ET. Both teams will bring offensively-gifted lineups to the ice, which should translate into a high-scoring affair.

So far in 2017-18, the Toronto Maple Leafs have paced the league, going 4-1-0 and lead all other teams in goals scored with 26. Centre, Auston Matthews, is once again leading the Leafs offensively in just his second full season; he's tallied an impressive five goals and three assists over the first five games of the season. That performance has helped the Leafs reach an NHL-best 30.8% power play percentage.

Equally impressive has been the offense of the Washington Capitals. While looking at the leader board for the league's top offensive players, you’ll find a collection of Capitals. RW Alex Ovechkin has been the hottest goal scorer in the NHL thus far, breaking out with nine goals in just six games. With him is fellow Cap Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has tallied 11 helpers, and leads the league in points. When these two squads take the ice on Tuesday, get ready to see skill in the highest degree.

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NHL Odds: Capitals Welcome Leafs in Early-Season Matchup

Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs touch down in DC this Tuesday (7 PM ET on TSN) as one of the hottest teams in the NHL. They've tallied a ridiculous 26 goals through only five games played; that's more than five goals scored per game on average. They'll be up against an equally potent Washington Capitals team.

The Caps have been nearly as impressive as the Leafs so far in 2017-18. They've lit the lamp 22 times through six games and have the league's top scorer, Alex Ovechkin (9 goals), in their lineup. Stanley Cup futures odds for these two offensive juggernauts are +900 for the Leafs and +1200 for the Capitals.

MLB Odds: Cubs Host Dodgers in NLCS Game 3

The Los Angeles Dodgers got the National League Championship Series off to a rocking start, winning Game 1 at home against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. On Tuesday, they’ll take on the Cubs in Chicago for Game 3.

The Dodgers will have Yu Darvish (1-0, 1,80 ERA) on the hill and last time he was on the mound, he clinched a sweep for the Dodgers in the NLDS on the road in Arizona. Darvish allowed a run on two hits over five innings of work, striking out seven with no walks. Since Darvish spent most of his career in Texas, he has never faced the Cubs before. He was 6-4 in 15 road starts this season with a 2.44 ERA.

The Cubs counter with Kyle Hendricks (1-0, 3.27 ERA), who took a no-decision in Game 5’s 9-8 win in Washington in the NLDS. Over four innings, Hendricks gave up four runs on nine hits, and struck out seven with a pair of walks. Hendricks also gave up two homers to Washington; he’s 2-1 in three career starts against the Dodgers, with an ERA of 3.15.

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MLB Odds: Dodgers, Cubs Meet for Game 3

Game 3 of the National League Championship Series takes place on Tuesday, with the Chicago Cubs hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kyle Hendricks (1-0, 3.27 ERA) will be the starter for the Cubs, and Yu Darvish (1-0, 1.80 ERA) gets the ball for the Dodgers. Game 1 took place Saturday night in Los Angeles, with the Dodgers winning 5-2. Coming into this series, the Dodgers had won four of six meetings with the Cubs during the regular season, which included a sweep of three games at home in Los Angeles. The Cubs won two of three at home in Chicago.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Politics Odds: Trump vs. Tillerson

Things are getting a little hot under the collar at the White House. Reports surfaced this week that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking privately with other officials in July, called Donald Trump a “moron.” Trump responded by telling Forbes that the two should compare IQ tests. Who would win this showdown? Tillerson is the slight –120 favorite at press time.

Trump has yet to publicly reveal his IQ, but he’s previously claimed it’s “much higher” than previous US Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. The 45th POTUS has a Bachelor of Science degree from Wharton, the business school of the Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania. There’s also no official record of Tillerson’s IQ; he has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

This IQ battle is one of four Trump betting lines available at press time. In other action, you can bet on whether John Kelly will be Trump’s Chief of Staff on January 1, 2018; Yes is the favorite at –220. Trump’s Republican Party is a +120 underdog to win the 2020 US presidential election, and No is a –1200 favorite for whether Twitter will suspend the @realdonaldtrump account in 2017.

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Politics Odds: Trump, Tillerson in IQ Battle

Is Donald Trump a “moron,” as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly said in July? Trump says the two should compare IQ scores; at press time, Tillerson is a –120 favorite to come out ahead, with Trump paying out at even money.

Both gentlemen hold Bachelor of Science degrees – Trump went to Wharton, and Tillerson is a Texas Longhorn. Neither has publicly revealed his IQ. Trump is six years older than Tillerson at 71, and average IQ scores tend to decrease over time. MENSA has offered to officiate an IQ test between the two.

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NFL Odds: Steelers Visit Undefeated Chiefs

You know things are going wrong for the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2 SU, 2-3 ATS) when their own fans start booing them. But after a humbling loss to Jacksonville, the Steelers will be on the road this Sunday to face the Kansas City Chiefs (5-0 SU and ATS), kicking off at 4:25 PM ET on CBS. The Chiefs are 5-point favorites on the NFL odds board at press time after opening at –4.5.

The Steelers are still one of the better teams in the NFL on paper, despite a rare bad performance by QB Ben Roethlisberger; he threw five interceptions in last week’s 30-9 loss to the Jaguars (+8 away). However, Roethlisberger will be hoping for the return of RT Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) to the offensive line. Gilbert’s status for Sunday remains unclear after missing the past three games.

Kansas City has some issues up front with both center Mitch Morse (foot) and RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (knee) on the sidelines, and Pro Bowl TE Travis Kelce has been diagnosed with a concussion from last week’s 42-34 win over the Houston Texans (+3 at home). Otherwise, the Chiefs have been the correct NFL pick every week thus far.

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NFL Odds: Chiefs Put Streak on the Line Versus Steelers

The Kansas City Chiefs (5-0 SU and ATS) have been flawless as an NFL pick thus far. Their chances of remaining undefeated in Week 6 look good; after opening at –4.5, Kansas City is a 5-point home chalk for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2 SU, 2-3 ATS), beginning at 4:25 PM ET on CBS.

The Steelers are coming off an embarrassing 30-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars as 8-point home favorites, but they might catch a break this week: Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has been diagnosed with a concussion and might not be cleared for Sunday.

MLB Odds: Cubs Can Close out Nats at Wrigley

The Chicago Cubs are one win away from returning to the National League Championship Series. The Cubs (–103 at home) beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Monday to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five NLDS; Game 4 is Tuesday at Wrigley Field, beginning at 5:38 PM ET on TBS.

Former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta (4.16 FIP) is expected to pitch for Chicago. This has been Arrieta’s worst season since joining the Cubs in 2013, and his supporters finished the regular season down 4.71 betting units on a team record of 16-14, including just one quality start in his last five games.

The Nationals respond with Tanner Roark (4.13 FIP), who’s pitched roughly as well as Arrieta this year, but at a relative bargain price for bettors. Roark has the same 16-14 team record, but with less chalk to carry, his red ink has been limited to 1.66 units. Comparing the two pitchers by ERA might lead casual fans astray; Roark’s 4.67 ERA is much higher than Arrieta’s 3.53, but Roark has also allowed an unfortunate .300 BABIP (Batting Average on Balls in Play), while Arrieta’s .279 BABIP is closer to normal for that stat.

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MLB Odds: Can Arrieta Find His Groove in Game 4?

Jake Arrieta (4.16 FIP) hasn’t enjoyed the best season of his career, but he can take the Chicago Cubs back to the National League Championship Series with a win Tuesday over Tanner Roark (4.13 FIP) and the Washington Nationals. First pitch from Wrigley Field is at 5:38 PM ET on TBS.

The Cubs took a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five NLDS on Monday with a 2-1 win over the Nationals (–117 away). Arrieta had just one quality start over his last five regular-season games; Roark has pitched only one inning since September 27, and that was in relief.

Friday, October 6, 2017

MLS Odds: Red Bulls-Whitecaps in Potential Playoff Preview

The Vancouver Whitecaps (15W, 10L, 6T) are the top team in the Western Conference, but they’re sizeable underdogs for Saturday’s match against the No. 6 team in the East, the New York Red Bulls (12W, 12L, 7T). The opening touch at Red Bull Arena is scheduled for 5 PM ET; New York are –165 favorites at press time, with Vancouver at +475 and the draw pegged at +285.

Vancouver has already qualified for the MLS playoffs, which begin October 25, but they’re still fighting for a spot in the Conference Semi-Finals. The Red Bulls (plus-14 goal differential) are skidding toward the postseason with four losses and five draws in their last nine matches, while the Whitecaps (plus-5) have six wins, a loss and two draws over the same span.

Saturday will be the first and only time these two clubs play during the regular season – although they could very well end up meeting in the playoffs. When they played earlier this year in the CONCACAF Champions League, Vancouver easily won the two-match series 3-1 on aggregate and advanced to the semi-finals, where they were eliminated by Tigres UANL of the Mexican leagues.

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MLS Odds: Skidding Red Bulls Host Whitecaps

The New York Red Bulls (12W, 12L, 7T) haven’t won a match since August 15, but they’re –165 favorites this Saturday against the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps (15W, 10L, 6T), beginning at 5 PM ET. Vancouver is a +475 underdog with the draw priced at +285.

The Whitecaps have six wins, a loss and two draws in their last nine games, while New York has just four losses and five draws. This is their only meeting of the MLS regular season; Vancouver dominated their CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final, winning 3-1 on aggregate before falling to Tigres UANL in the semis.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

MLB Odds: Chris Sale Takes Mound for Red Sox in Game 1

This Sunday, Manager John Farrell, announced that his Ace, Chris Sale, would start Game 1 on the road for the Boston Red Sox (+135) against the Houston Astros. The MLB leader in strikeouts (308) will make his first postseason appearance on Thursday (4:08 PM ET on FOX).

Although Houston (-165) hasn’t announced its starter yet, rest assured that we’ll see either fellow lefty Dallas Keuchel or the unbeatable righthander Justin Verlander. Both pitchers have Cy Young awards on their resume, and have been on fire of late. Keuchel has surrendered a total of four runs over his previous three starts (18 innings pitched) while Verlander has been basically unhittable since joining the Astros. He’s won all six games that he started as an Astro, and has given up only four runs in blue and orange. No matter who Houston sends to the mound this Thursday, the Red Sox will be in tough.

In the 2017 regular season, Houston took the season series four games to three. October baseball is an entirely different story, however. The winner will be determined by who is able to carry momentum into each game and who will capitalize on the other’s mistakes. It’s finally here - playoff baseball.

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MLB Odds: Boston heads to Houston for Game 1

Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox will visit Minute Maid Park to take on the Houston Astros in Game 1 in the best-of-five series. Sale is coming off of a Cy Young-caliber year, which saw him strike out a Major League and career-best 308 batters, while holding opponents to a 2.90 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.

Sale will be up against a Houston Astros team that ranked first in the MLB in runs scored, hits, and placed second in homeruns. Led by second baseman José Altuve, the Astros’ potent offense will attempt to break through against one of the league’s toughest pitchers. Don’t miss any of the action this Thursday (4:08 PM ET on FOX).

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

MLB Odds: Yankees Host Twins in Wild-Card Showdown

After missing out on winning the American League East, the New York Yankees will host the Minnesota Twins in the Wild Card game on Tuesday.

Minnesota’s Ervin Santana (16-8, 3.28 ERA) threw five scoreless innings in his last outing, but took a no-decision in a 5-2 loss in Cleveland. Santana lost his lone start against the Yankees in 2017, allowing two runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings, with three strikeouts and a walk. The Twins fell 2-1 in New York on September 18. Santana was 10-3 in 17 road starts with a 2.71 ERA in 2017.

New York’s Luis Severino (14-6, 2.98 ERA) won his last start, a 6-1 victory at home against Tampa Bay. Over six innings, he allowed a run on four hits, struck out nine and walked one. Severino lasted just three innings in his only start against the Twins this season, scattering three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and a walk. This season, Severino was 8-5 in 16 home starts with a 3.71 ERA.

The Yankees won four of six meetings against the Twins this season, losing two of three in Minnesota, but they swept three games at home. Five of the six went under the posted total.

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MLB Odds: Twins Head to New York in Wild Card Game

The Minnesota Twins rallied late to make it to the Wild Card game and on Tuesday, they’ll take on the New York Yankees on the road.

The Twins will go with Ervin Santana (16-8, 3.28 ERA) who lost his lone start against the Yankees in September. New York will counter with Luis Severino (14-6, 2.98 ERA). Severino had a no-decision in his lone start against the Twins, who have lost four of six to the Yankees this season – including all three in New York. The winner will take on the Cleveland Indians.

MLB Odds: Twins-Yankees in AL Wild Card Game

The New York Yankees (91-71, –1.00 betting units) aren’t your garden-variety Wild Card team. The Yankees are one of the very best teams in baseball, and they’re healthy –235 favourites to beat the Minnesota Twins (85-77, +11.48 units) in Tuesday night’s AL Wild Card Game. ESPN has the coverage starting at 8 PM ET.

New York finished the regular season with a run differential of plus-198, second only to Cleveland’s plus-254 in the majors. Blessed with incredible talent in all facets of the game, the Yankees will send ace Luis Severino (3.07 FIP) to the mound on Tuesday. Severino has New York up 4.95 units this year on a team record of 20-11, with the Over also checking in at 20-11.

The Twins squeaked into the second AL Wild Card spot with a run differential of plus-27. That’s the lowest of any playoff team this year. Minnesota has Top-10 hitting and mediocre-to-poor pitching, and they’ll be going with nominal No. 1 starter Ervin Santana (4.46 FIP) for this matchup. Santana has earned 4.07 units for Twins supporters on a record of 19-14; the Under is 19-12-2 in his 33 starts, thanks in part to a forgivingly low .245 BABIP.

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MLB Odds: Yankees Favored in AL Wild Card Game

After a strong regular season, the New York Yankees (91-71, –1.00 betting units) opened as –235 home favourites for Tuesday’s AL Wild Card Game against the Minnesota Twins (85-77, +11.48 units). First pitch is at 8 PM ET on ESPN.

Luis Severino (3.07 FIP) is projected to take the mound for the Yankees opposite Ervin Santana (4.46 FIP) in a battle of No. 1 starters. New York has won 13 of Severino’s last 15 starts; the Twins are 9-8 in their last 17 games behind Santana, including a 2-1 loss to the Yankees (–158 at home) on September 18.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Formula 1 Odds: Hamilton Favored at Malaysian Grand Prix

Things weren’t looking so good for Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes team earlier this summer.  But Hamilton has opened up a big 28-point lead in the World Drivers’ Championship standings with three consecutive wins, and at press time, he’s a –120 favorite to make it four straight at Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix. Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel is second at +175, followed by Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas at +600.

Vettel has enjoyed great success in past trips to Malaysia, winning four times – three with Red Bull Racing, and once more for Ferrari in 2015. Hamilton has only the one victory in 2014, but he should have the advantage this time, thanks to the superior performance of Mercedes on straightaways. Sepang International Circuit features two very long straights separated by a hairpin turn.

Ferrari has used their advantages in cornering to stay competitive this year, and Vettel took an early lead in the Drivers’ standings with three victories and three second-place finishes in the first six races. But Vettel’s only win since then was July 30 in Hungary, and at the last race in Singapore, he and teammate Kimi Raikkonen (+2200) collided on the first lap, allowing Hamilton to win handily.

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Formula 1 Odds: Malaysian Grand Prix Looks Good for Hamilton

After three straight victories on the F1 circuit, Lewis Hamilton is in first place in the Driver’s standings, and he’s –120 to win again for Mercedes at Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix. Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel is second in the Drivers’ standings and second on the odds list at +175.

While Vettel has won this race four times to Hamilton’s lone triumph in 2014, Mercedes figures to have the advantage this year, thanks to the unusually long straightaways at Sepang International Circuit. Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas is the third favorite at +600; Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen is a distant +2200.

NFL Odds: Bears-Packers on Thursday Night Football

The NFL’s longest-standing rivalry continues Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, CBS) when the Chicago Bears meet the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. These two teams have played each other 194 times since 1921, and it’s all even at 94-94-6 heading into their latest showdown. However, the Packers have won six of the last seven games, and they’re 7.5-point favorites at press time with a total of 45.5. 

Green Bay (2-1 SU, 1-2 ATS) is one of the better teams in the NFL, and arguably the most popular, but the Packers haven’t covered since Week 1, and they needed overtime to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-24 last Sunday as 8-point home favourites. The Packers lost yet another offensive lineman in that game: RT Kyle Murphy (foot) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

The Bears (1-2 SU, 2-1 ATS) got their first win of 2017 last Sunday in another overtime thriller, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-17 as 7.5-point home dogs. But they’re also growing perilously thin on the offensive line; center Hroniss Grasu (hand) left the game early and remains iffy for Thursday, as does RG Josh Sitton (ribs). Safety Quintin Demps is out indefinitely as well with a broken forearm.

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NFL Odds: Quarterbacks in Peril for Bears-Packers Matchup

Thursday’s game at Lambeau Field (8:25 PM ET, CBS) between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers could turn into an ugly one for the quarterbacks. Both teams have major questions on the offensive line heading into this battle of ancient rivals.

The 1-2 Bears are 7.5-point underdogs at press time, but if they can get center Hroniss Grasu (hand) and RG Josh Sitton (ribs) healthy in time, they could have the advantage over Green Bay; the 2-1 Packers are running out of tackles after putting RT Kyle Murphy (foot) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

MLB Odds: Last Spot in the NL Wildcard Race Up for Grabs

It’s hard to believe that in the last week of the MLB’s regular season, two of three teams in the National League will lose their grips on a postseason berth. The Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers are all vying for one spot: the final wildcard position in the NL.

At press time, the Rockies have a slim 1.5 game lead over the Brew Crew, and also lead the Cards by 2.5 games. None of the three teams have played well enough to separate themselves from the pack. Over the last 10 games, Colorado and St. Louis are 4-6, and Milwaukee is 5-5. Instead of a race, you could call this battle a crawl.

With a 1.5-game lead, the Rockies have the edge. In their final five games of the season, they’ll finish their series with the Miami Marlins and face the unstable Los Angeles Dodgers, who may look to rest players in the final series of the season. The Cards, on the other hand, are tasked with the Chicago Cubs before heading home to take on, none other than, the Brewers. Before visiting St. Louis, the Brewers will face the woeful Cincinnati Reds. Breaking down the respective schedules tells us that the Rockies have the easiest road to a playoff berth. They’re currently +4000 to win the World Series.

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MLB Odds: NL Wildcard Up in the Air

Looking for a playoff atmosphere before the playoffs? Look no further than the battle between the Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, who each have their sights set on the final playoff spot in the NL. While the Rockies have a 1.5 and 2.5 game lead over Milwaukee and St. Louis respectively, they haven’t been playing great baseball of late, going 4-6 in their last 10 games.

The final series of the season matches the Brewers against the Cardinals in St. Louis. If Colorado continues to falter, the winner of that three-game set could capture the final wildcard spot, making for a thrilling finish to the regular season.

Monday, September 25, 2017

MLB Odds: Red Sox, Blue Jays Go Head-To-Head in Boston

The Boston Red Sox are trying to lock up the top spot in the American League East, but the Toronto Blue Jays would like to throw a wrench in their rivals’ plans. They’ll meet on Tuesday at 7:10 PM ET in Boston in the second of a three-game series.

JA Happ (9-11, 3.64 ERA) was unlucky to take a loss in his last outing when Toronto fell 1-0 at home to the Kansas City Royals. Over 6.2 innings, he allowed a run on seven hits, struck out six and walked two. The 34-year-old is 1-0 in three starts against the Red Sox this season, posting a 2.16 ERA. He’s also 5-4 in 11 road starts with a 3.95 ERA.

Chris Sale (17-7, 2.75 ERA) dominated in Baltimore in his last start. He scattered four hits over eight innings, striking out 13 with no walks. The Red Sox won 9-0. Sale, who reached the 300-strikeout mark, is 2-0 in three starts against Toronto this year. He hasn’t allowed a run in 22.0 innings against the Blue Jays. The 28-year-old is 7-2 in 12 home starts with a 2.81 ERA.

Going into this series, the Red Sox had won seven of their last 10 meetings with the Blue Jays.

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MLB Odds: Postseason-Bound Red Sox Host Toronto Blue Jays

The Boston Red Sox are going to the playoffs, but for now, they’re trying to lock up the American League East title. They’ll try to get one step closer when they host the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Chris Sale (17-7, 2.75 ERA) reached the 300-strikeout mark with 13 strikeouts in his last start against Baltimore. He hasn’t allowed a single run in 22.0 innings against the Blue Jays this season. Toronto will counter with JA Happ, who has allowed just one run in four of his last five starts. This will likely be Happ’s final start of the season for the Blue Jays.

MLB Odds: Sale Aims to Dominate Blue Jays at Home - Chris Sale (17-7, 2.75 ERA) of the Boston Red Sox hasn’t allowed a run against the Toronto Blue Jays in three starts this season, spanning 22.0 innings of work. He’ll try to keep that going on Tuesday when the Blue Jays visit Boston. JA Happ will be on the mound for Toronto.

MLB Odds: Jays Play Out the String in Boston

The Toronto Blue Jays (73-83, –20.12 betting units) finish up their 2017 regular season on the road this week, starting with a three-game series at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox (91-64, +9.12 units). Game 2 of this series is Tuesday at 7:10 PM ET on Sportsnet and NESN.

JA Happ (3.92 FIP) is scheduled to pitch for Toronto against fellow southpaw and AL Cy Young contender Chris Sale (2.22 FIP). It’s been an unfortunate season for Happ, who has the Under at 15-7-2 in his 24 starts after receiving just 3.67 runs of support per game, leaving him 7.06 units in the red on a team record of 10-14. Sale is up 5.98 units on a record of 22-9, allowing just seven earned runs in his last five starts combined.

While the Jays have been victimized by injuries this year, the Red Sox come into this series almost completely healthy. They expect to have 3B Eduardo Nunez (.798 OPS with two teams) back in action sometime this week; Nunez has been out since September 10 with a PCL injury, but ran the bases Sunday and hopes to return in time to help Boston clinch the AL East division.

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MLB Odds: Last Dance for Jays at Fenway

With just one week left in the 2017 regular season, the Toronto Blue Jays (73-83, –20.12 betting units) will play out the string on the road, starting with a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox (91-64, +9.12 units). Game 2 is Tuesday at 7:10 PM ET on Sportsnet and NESN.

Two southpaws are expected to take the mound when JA Happ (3.92 FIP) throws for Toronto against AL Cy Young contender Chris Sale (2.22 FIP). The Jays are only 10-14 behind Happ after providing him with just 3.67 runs per game in support, leaving the Under at 15-7-2.

Politics Odds: US Senate Specials f. Kid Rock (w. Caitlyn Jenner)

Anything can happen in American politics – including Kid Rock running for Senate. The rap-rock musician and former husband to Pamela Anderson is an unabashed supporter of Donald Trump, and he’s voiced his interest in running as a Republican in 2018 for his native state of Michigan. Will he do it? No is the –180 favorite, with Yes priced at +150.

Kid Rock is definitely playing up his interest. He even had “Kid Rock for US Senate” T-shirts on sale during last week’s venue-opening concert at the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. However, a poll released Wednesday shows him trailing Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) by 18 points in a potential head-to-head matchup. If Mr. Rock (birth name: Robert Richie) does decide to run, he’s a +450 underdog to unseat the three-term incumbent.

Also pondering a Senate run: Caitlyn Jenner. The former gold-medal Olympic decathlete (as Bruce Jenner), who’s also a staunch Republican, has floated the idea of running in California, where she maintains a residence in Malibu. However, Jenner hasn’t had much to say about a possible campaign in recent weeks, and she’s listed at +240 to make a run for Senate in 2018.

Politics Odds: US Senate Specials f. Kid Rock (w. Caitlyn Jenner)

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Politics Odds: Will Kid Rock Run for Senate? And Will He Win?

Is Kid Rock serious about running for US Senate in 2018? He’s milking a potential run for all its worth, selling “Kid Rock for US Senate” T-shirts at his concerts. But at press time, Kid Rock (born Robert Richie) is a +150 underdog to mount an official campaign.

If Kid Rock does run in his native state of Michigan, he’ll be hard-pressed to defeat the three-term incumbent, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D). Recent polls have Stabenow ahead by 18 points in a possible one-on-one showdown. That leaves Kid Rock as a +450 underdog to win a Senate seat in 2018.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

MLB Odds: NL’s Top Teams and Their Odds to Win it All

A month ago, this wouldn’t have been worthy of conversation. In mid-August, the Dodgers were dominating the Major Leagues and were on pace to set a new record for wins in a single season (116). Fast forward a month, and Los Angeles has crashed back to earth, hard. They suffered a streak that saw them lose 16 out of 17 games. As fast as the Dodgers sank, the Washington Nationals climbed. Over that same period, the Nats went 12-5 and narrowed the Dodgers’ NL lead to only four games.

Now with two weeks remaining in the season, the Dodgers (96-53) lead the Nats (90-59) by six games. The final 12 games of the season will prove whether the Dodgers are truly back to form. They’re still favored to win the World Series at +300, but will be challenged by a schedule that takes them to Colorado to face a hot Rockies team. Washington, conversely, is +800 to win it all and have an easy schedule to finish the season. Momentum will be key heading into October, so be sure to watch the final two weeks closely, as it may tell how each team will do entering the postseason.

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MLB Odds: Nationals and Dodgers NL Favorites

The Los Angeles Dodgers are +300 favorites to win the World Series. However, those odds may lean too heavily on their past performance. The last month saw LA lose 16 of 17 games and squander an enormous lead in the National League. Luckily, the Dodgers (96-53) dominated early in the season, and maintain a six-game advantage over the Washington Nationals (90-59).

Washington (+250 to win the pennant) was only four games behind the NL leaders in mid-September, but following two series losses, including one against the Dodgers, they’ll need to play impressive ball if they hope to capture home field advantage throughout the postseason.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Player won the jackpot on A Night With Cleo slot machine

A lucky casino Player from Texas Triggers Massive Payday on A Night With Cleo slot game.

When random jackpots hit, they make headlines. On Saturday, September 16, a Bovada Casino player was playing the right slot at the right time, managing to scoop up a $283,675 win.

It was Joe P. from Pasadena, Texas. He was playing A Night With Cleo slot at Bovada Casino.  The game is a 5-reel slot with a tantalizing Double Up feature. After failing to line up matching icons on the reels, Joe P. triggered the jackpot, turning what seemed like a loss into the win of a lifetime.

A Night With Cleo slot machine game  is one of those slot games that always has a big jackpot on the line. Lots of people play it, so the jackpot builds faster than most slots. It was back up to $9,000 the Monday after the big win, and continues to get bigger all the time.

Read here the review of A Night with Cleo slot machine. You can also check my Youtube video playing the game.

 Caesars Triumph slot machine game

New Tri Card Poker with Smarter Design

A classic casino game has been refreshed and is now being released at online casinos. Tri Card Poker is immensely popular because of the speed of gameplay. You put down your Ante, get three cards, and then choose to raise or fold. If you raise and beat the dealer’s qualifying hand, you win. It’s a quick and easy way to get in a few rounds of poker.

New Tri Card Poker with Smarter Design

 Caesars Triumph slot machine game

Since there are no opponents, you’re against a dealer, who follows a set of rules. To commit to the round, the dealer needs a qualifying hand, which is a minimum threshold that the dealer must meet in order to play the round. You wouldn't raise on a Jack high, and neither should the dealer. But the dealer does go in on a hand with a Queen or better in Tri Card Poker.

Without seeing any of the dealer’s cards, each round you’ll choose between two actions: Fold or Raise. These two options lead to four scenarios.

Scenario No. 1

You fold, forfeit your Ante and end the round.

Scenario No. 2

You Raise, the dealer qualifies, and you beat the dealer, winning a payout for your Ante bet and Raise bet.

Scenario No. 3

You Raise, the dealer doesn't qualify. You get paid for your Ante bet, and your Raise bet is returned as a push.

Scenario No. 4

You Raise, and end up tying the dealer. Your bet is returned as a push.

If you’ve already played Tri Card Poker, or Three Card Poker, you’ll appreciate that the new version has the same rules as the classic game. The upgrades are all about design and function, including a new, simple and intuitive user interface. Playing older versions of Tri Card Poker on your phone can be challenging. The buttons are often small, the win chart is hard to read, and the screen doesn’t adapt to the different stages of the round. This new version has rectified these issues. It has a responsive design that’s ideal for desktop, mobile, and tablet. A swipe upward makes the game full screen. There’s no longer a bar with chip denominations needlessly taking up space at the bottom of the screen. It’s just smart design for players who expect more out their table game experience.

Find out for yourself how superior this new version is by testing it out at your favorite online casino.