31 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/31/14 MLB (Opening Day)

Spring is here and baseball is officially underway. Luckily, Buffalo66 will be providing handicapping videos throughout the baseball season. He took a look at his baseball swing chart and isolated a couple of plays.

Daily Picks - 3/31/14 MLB:
Rays -1.5
Twins/White Sox OVER 7.5

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30 March 2014

Roundtable: 2014 MLB Win Totals - American League

By Pauly
Los Angeles, CA

Ready for some baseball? The season kicked off in Australia of all places. But just before the rest of the season begins, I assembled a panel of baseball die-hards to discuss this season's win totals. This year's roundtable included Joe Speaker, Derek, StB, and yours truly.

Check out what we had to say about 2014 National League Win Totals, which I posted earlier today.

And here's our take on the American League win totals...

Can the Ghost of Kirk help the Tigers run the table?

FYI... these are the original opening lines from the LVH in Las Vegas.

2014 AMERICAN LEAGUE - WIN TOTALS

DETROIT TIGERS 89.5

Derek: OVER. The Tigers will win the AL Central easily. This team is one of the AL favorites and I expect them to deliver by crushing the competition in the Central division. Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter in the game.

JoeSpeaker: OVER. They ride the staff, plus Cabrera, plus a middling division to an easy 95 and then Justin Verlander gets to throw to a 30-inch plate in the playoffs.

StB: OVER. The Tigers have the best rotation in the AL, if not MLB. Losing Fielder may hurt but pitching wins championships. Some of the best breweries in the Midwest are in Michigan. Thankfully, Comerica serves a bunch of Bells, Founders, and New Holland.

Pauly: UNDER. Without Fielder and Fister, they'll struggle to win 90. Yeah, I'm fading the public here it seems.


OAKLAND A's 89

Derek: OVER. How can you bet against the A's? This team always finds a way to win with a small payroll. They might not finish in first place this year but I expect them to make the playoffs once again. My only knock on this team....Scott Kazmir, really?

JoeSpeaker: UNDER. I'm such a jinx. Talking with an Angels fan colleague and I uttered the following sentence, "I have a bad feeling the A's are due for some bad luck this year." Before I finished the sentence, Jerrod Parker went down for the season and A.J. Griffin had to rest his gopher-ball throwing  arm for three weeks. That's bad news for what was a strength a month ago. That starting pitching depth will be sorely tested now, with concerns over Griffin and Scott Kazmir's history. The offense will be better (Reddick and Norris should put up better numbers), but the A's will miss the playoffs this year. Even 20 games with the Astros won't get 'em there.

StB: OVER. The AL West should be exciting and extremely competitive. The A's will survive the fight.

Pauly: UNDER. Billy Beane must be smoking the rope again. Rock the Kazmir, rock the Kazmir.


BOSTON RED SOX 87.5

Derek: UNDER. I expect the Red Sox to regress and miss the playoffs. Or at least that is what I'm praying for. Is Big Papi juicing again?

JoeSpeaker: OVER. Blah, blah, blah. Over. Series contenders once again. Johnny Gomes rules. Would dearly love to see Grady Sizemore be good again, even if it is in red socks.

StB: UNDER. Work with people in Boston. They are annoying. The beer is just okay. Narragansett is like Pabst. Too hipster for me.

Pauly: UNDER. Big Papi back on the sauce. Plus, it's time to fade all of New England. The Sox won't even win the AL East. They're playing second fiddle to Tampa.


LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM 87.5

Derek: UNDER. Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton got old fast. Mike Trout is on my fanatasy team!! I had the #2 pick too. Miguel Cabrera went #1 in my league.

JoeSpeaker: OVER. It's happening. I'm gonna throw up. It all comes together for Mike Scoscia's Angel's this year (wretch). Getting Skaggs and Santiago will pay off in the second half of the season, while their offense keeps them afloat in the first half (puke). Even though Pujols and Hamilton won't perform to their contracts, they'll be good enough (gruck). They'll win the division if they can avoid their slow starts of the past two years (blurgh). And even I can appreciate Trout.

StB: UNDER. Everyone can't win over 85 games in that division, even with the Astros. Good beer though.

Pauly: UNDER. Fade teams with bloated payrolls. When did the Angels turn into a west coast version of the Yankees?


TAMPA RAYS 87.5

Derek: OVER. This team has a big decision to make this year. Trade David Price or keep him? I expect them to trade him come July. Either way, they'll make the playoffs.

JoeSpeaker: OVER. Always bet on Maddon. And a ridiculous starting rotation.

StB: OVER. The Rays still seem to be competitive. Supposedly they have a good beer bar in the stadium but finding what they may pour there seems to be impossible. If they have Cigar City, I'd give them couple more wins.

Pauly: OVER. I love the Rays to win the AL East. Florida is one of the most corrupt states in the union and you have to watch your back down in the swamp. I have no idea how that fits in with win totals, but I think David Price stays and the Rays go deep.


TEXAS RANGERS 86.5

Derek: OVER. They made a big trade for Prince Fielder to help them fight off the A's. Smart move because it should get them a first place finish in the AL West.

JoeSpeaker: UNDER. Gosh. I thought the Rangers were going to be awesome this year. Now they're all hurt. Beltre, Choo and Fielder will keep them interesting and Ron Washington will still bunt in the first inning. 

StB: OVER. I expect them to contend with the A's, and at the very least make the playoffs. I wouldn't mind getting my mitts on some Saint Arnold either.

Pauly: UNDER. I smell a huge bust with Fielder. The Rangers will barely keep their heads above the .500 line.


NEW YORK YANKEES 85.5

Derek: OVER. Robinson Cano left the Yanks for the Mariners and a $240mil contract. That hurts but luckily they have deep pockets and signed Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Masahiro Tanaka to big contracts.They're bullpen is suspect this year since Mariano Rivera retired. So are their situations at 2B and 3B but I can't see the Yanks missing the playoffs two years in a row. They need Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira to have bounce back years. I think the Yanks will shock the world and win the AL East and send Jeter off into the sunset with a World Series win over Don Mattingly's Dodgers. And the best part about that is ARoid is suspended and won't be on the team.

JoeSpeaker: UNDER. What to think about the Yanks? Will they score enough runs (no)? Will Tanaka be the savior (maybe)? Will Jacoby Ellsbury be jumped by a bunch of guys named Murph (definitely)? I'm taking the under due to too many question marks (on the team and in this forecast).

StB: UNDER. More attention will be spend on Jeter than winning ball games. Beer here is terrible. They think that Miller is a craft brewer.

Pauly: UNDER. Fade the Yanks. End of an era. No more Mo Rivera. It's now time for the BRONX BUMS. Jeter's last year is going to be a shit show. Unless... Jeter really is in the Illuminati, then Dick Cheney helps rig the World Series and Jeter rides off into the sunset with one more ring.


SEATTLE MARINERS 80.5

Derek: UNDER: Let's see how long before Cano demands a trade. What's the OVER/UNDER on that?

JoeSpeaker: UNDER. C'mon. Every time expectations rise for this team, they poop themselves. Yes, they have Cano and Felix. And more holes than my Saturday pair of underwear.

StB: UNDER. They spent a lot of money in the offseason. Sucks to be in such a tough division. They are maybe the third best team? Maybe? At least they have great beer. I could spend a happy weekend series here.

 Pauly: OVER. Did you know the Mariner's hit the second most HRs in the big leagues? I had no idea until I listened to the Betting Dork podcast. Man, you now add Cano to that roster. The Ms will surprise some folks, especially the Angels and the Rangers. And King Felix? You've all seen The Wire. "The KING stays the KING."


CLEVELAND INDIANS 80

Derek: OVER. Terry Francona is a great manager but I see the Indians taking a step back this year after making the playoffs last year.

StB: OVER. Cleveland will have another good year. They may not challenge Detroit for the division but they will bring the pain to some teams. Plus, they have a great selection of brews from the Midwest. Word is they rotate some of the selections to appeal to fans of the visiting team. I like that.

Pauly: OVER. I'm getting a flashback from Major League when those die-hard working class fans make jokes like "They still suck." But... (insert Lee Corso voice)...  "Not so fast, my friend!" The 2014 version of the Tribe will actually surge past the .500 mark and win in the mid-80s.


TORONTO BLUE JAYS OF CANADA 79.5

Derek: UNDER. The Blue Jays will have a massive fire sale come July. Jose Reyes to the Yanks?

JoeSpeaker: OVER. Fluke last year or the beginning of a Tribe renaissance? I'm going with the latter. Great leadership. Fun team. Genuine stars like Kipnis and Santana. Lots of games vs. White Sox and Twins.

StB: UNDER. I hear the craft beer choice blows. Nothing else to say, eh?

Pauly: UNDER. Remember last winter when everyone went nuts because the Blue Jays made all those insane offseason moves? How did that work out? Same shit, different year.


KANSAS CITY ROYALS 79.5

Derek: OVER. KC won 86 games last year. I expect them to leap frog Cleveland and finish in 2nd place in the AL Central.

JoeSpeaker: OVER. Another team that is always on the rise. Lots of talent here. Can they put it all together? I'll peg them for a .500 season, just pipping the over.

StB: UNDER. They were a pleasant surprise last year but I can't see them doing it again. Even though they have some good breweries in the area (Boulevard and Tall Grass) they don't get much inside the stadium. Maybe that changes with the Belgians coming to town.

Pauly: OVER. Lorde is their savior. She wrote that song Royals, which took the world by storm. She's not American and has no clue about K.C.'s baseball squad. But according to my pal Mattazuma, the Kiwi girl say a photo with George Brett (sporting Royals uniform) and was inspired to use the name in a song. How cool would it Lorde's song helped resurrect an ancient franchise once considered one of the most prestigious in all of professional sports? It's time for K.C. to finally rise up out of the ashes. When will every Royals' fan start wearing their hair like Lorde? Stringy, unkempt and frazzled like she just had a nooner. Oh, and the Royals will win at least 80 games. Maybe even as many as last year.


BALTIMORE ORIOLES 78

Derek: OVER. I like the late free agent signings of Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz but the competition is stiff in the AL East. Adam Jones and the Orioles will miss the playoffs.

JoeSpeaker: OVER. No miraculous out-performance of their Pythagorean Runs Scored numbers last year, which was no surprise, but additions of Cruz and Jimenez should put the O's back in the race. Pitching is thin, but Dylan Bundy is lurking.

StB: OVER. They have always offered a good selection of beer here. Plus I hear they play some baseball in the background.

Pauly: OVER. I almost said push. This is a good number. I can see them hovering around the 80-81 win mark. If the Yankees actually have a decent season, then it will come at the cost of the Os. But the Yanks will be dreadful this year, which means the Os will not be the doormat of the AL East.


CHICAGO WHITE SOX 77

Derek: UNDER. The Sox lost 99 games last year. Chris Sale is a stud and watch out for Jose Abreu at 1B. He's the latest Cuban sensation. But the rest of the team stinks.

JoeSpeaker: UNDER. Fire up the Hawk Harrelson schadenfreude machine. I would love a supercut of his sad calls of loses/opposing home runs. get on it, internet.

StB: UNDER. Boring team in a big stadium. Like the Yankees, they don't know what craft beer is.

Pauly: UNDER. No love for the Chisox. They won't lose 100 games this year, but how about 90? Bring back the softball uniforms.


MINNESOTA TWINS 71.5

Derek: UNDER. The Twins lost 96 games last year. I expect a repeat performance.

StB: UNDER. Target Field is a nice place to visit. They have a good selection up there too. MN beer is up and coming. Too bad you can't say the same about the baseball team.

Pauly: UNDER. Expect another winter of discontent for Twins' nation.


HOUSTON ASTROS 63.5

Derek: UNDER. Houston will lose 100 games this year. Take that to the bank.

JoeSpeaker: UNDER. These poor shits.

StB: OVER. Hey, even a blind squirrel finds a nut. The real interesting part is if this team is good in 2015 or 16 as that is what they seem to be building to. They should have a good beer selection to satisfy their fans but word is that its just okay.

Pauly: OVER. The Astros will NOT lose 100 games this year. No joke. I'm serious. The Astros can legitimately win more games than the Twins, so at least 65 wins is doable.

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Check out our roundtable for 2014 National League Win Totals.

Roundtable participants: Derek, StB, JoeSpeaker, and Pauly.

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Roundtable: 2014 MLB Win Totals - National League

By Pauly
Los Angeles, CA

Spring is a time of rebirth and hope. It also coincides with the start of the baseball season when everyone has a positive outlook. Of course, the grind of a 162-games season and a crappy team can make your summer unbearable. That's why wagering on win totals can make things a little interesting.

I assembled a panel of our baseball fanatics (primarily A's, Brewers, and Yankees fans) for a roundtable discussion on MLB win totals. This year's roundtable includes Joe Speaker, Derek, StB, and yours truly.

Check out what we had to say about 2014 American League Win Totals.

And here's our take on the National League...

"Magic Johnson said I'm special...."

FYI... these win totals were the original "opening lines" at the LVH in Las Vegas...

2014 NATIONAL LEAGUE - WIN TOTALS

LOS ANGELES DODGERS 93.5

Derek: OVER. Don Mattingly and the Dodgers win the NL West easily. The only thing that will stop this team is injuries. Kershaw is a stud and they have a deep starting rotation. On paper, the Dodgers should steamroll through the season and make a World Series appearance. I picked them to be a bust last year, but they're too loaded now not to crush the competition. Can Yasiel Puig duplicate last year's success? This should be an exciting team to watch this year.

JoeSpeaker: OVER. This division sucks. Everybody hates them, a fact the team will embrace, and they will delight in rolling over everyone and twirling their hipster, handlebar mustaches. They'll get Kemp and Billingsley back and run away and hide from the rest of the NL with 104 wins. This will really piss off my mother. 

StB: UNDER. I simply don't believe they are the best team in Major League Baseball. The Cardinals or Tigers are. Yes, the Dodgers lineup looks impressive, borderline scary. But I don't see Puig doing what he did last year. Their beer selection is blah but they do have Fireman's, which I think is underrated. 

Pauly: UNDER. Wisdom of the Ocelot suggests you fade Big Market teams when it comes to any futures (Super Bowl, NBA title, MLB win totals) because the true numbers are slightly off. Bookies adjusted the numbers due to the legion of die-hard fans who push the total higher than they should. That translates into me fading the Dodgers, Yankees, and Red Sox totals. Besides... Golden Boy Kershaw is already on the DL.


ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 91.5

Derek: OVER. Boy, was I wrong about the Cards last year. I thought they were going to stink it up in 2013. I expect them to win the NL Central this year with all the young talent they have.

JoeSpeaker: OVER. I'm so jealous of this team and the abundance of talent they seem to bring up every darn year. Will the league adjust to Wacha and Miller? Will they avoid a sophomore slump? Bourjos a breakout candidate.

StB: OVER.  If any team can go over a 91 wins, it's the Cards. Thank God they don't just sell Bud in the stadium. Toss in the brews in the park -- Schlafly, O'Fallon, and now Goose Island -- its an okay place to visit. 

Pauly: UNDER. Am I the only one who thinks the Cards won't win 90 games?  Yes, they're teaming with youthful exuberance, but they also lack experience. Alas, I don't want to look bad and I feel pressured to take the OVER, but the Cardinals should be lumped in with those overvalued big market teams with an extremely fanatic and loyal fanbase that pushes the number slightly higher than it should be.


WASHINGTON NATIONALS 87.5

Derek: OVER. The Nats should win the NL East. They have a very strong starting rotation with Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, and Doug Fister. Bryce Harper just might explode this year after suffering through injuries last season.

JoeSpeaker: OVER. I took the over on these dum dums last year and they underperformed. But I'm stupid enough to try them again.

StB: UNDER. Aren't the Nats always up here? Don't they usually go under? At least they have a good selection of beers.

Pauly: OVER. This is their year. Right? I'm banking on the Nationals to run the table. The Natties will defeat the Tigers in the World Series. Added bonus... a championship for the Nationals will further embarrass that shitbag, buffoon Dan Snyder.


ATLANTA BRAVES 87.5

Derek: OVER. This franchise just wins. I can see a second place finish with a Wild Card appearance.

JoeSpeaker: UNDER. Loss of Hudson (via free agencey) and Kris Medlin (Tommy John) will doom them.

StB: UNDER. They overachieved last year. Do they even drink beer down there? If they do, I bet they call it "Coke."

Pauly: UNDER. Chipper retired and Greg Maddux is headed to Cooperstown. This is not your daddy's team that had 4 Aces in the hole. At least Atlanta still has top-notch strip clubs.


SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 85.5

Derek: OVER. If Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum can return to Ace status, this team will hit the over easily. Buster Posey is a stud.

JoeSpeaker: UNDER. Screw this team. Lineup looks solid (BP loves them) and defense is stellar (Panda excepted). And one's gotta like their rotation with Hudson, Cain and Baumgarner, but there's no depth there, so any injuries could prove devastating.

StB: UNDER. I work with people in SF. They seem to only care about the team in September. Thus, I like to see the Giants blow chunks. I am going under here, garlic fries aside. Good beer, though.

Pauly: UNDER. I expect the top dogs (Giants and Dodgers) in the NL West to falter and the underdogs (Padres and Rockies) to rise up and create a NEW WORLD ORDER for baseball's PACIFIC RIM.


PITTSBURGH PIRATES 84.5

Derek: OVER. Andrew McCutchen is the MAN. This franchise is finally on the rise. Not since the Barry Bonds years has there been this much excitement for Pirates' fans.

StB: OVER. Last year I refused to buy into the hype. This year, I will. They may win 85 games. Plus they have some really good beer in their ballpark.

Pauly: UNDER. Last year was a fluke. The Pirates will regress. Andrew McCutchen is strong enough to carry the Pirates for most of the season, but he needs help if they want to go to the Promised Land. The bullpen will fail to replicate their redonkulous performance from last year. Plus, eccentric lefty A.J. Burnett and his pies will be missed.


CINCINNATI REDS 83.5

Derek: OVER. The Reds might miss playoffs this year if the Pirates are for real. Losing Shin Soo Choo and Bronson Arroyo is going to hurt the Reds.

JoeSpeaker: OVER. Tons of talent. Attitude questions. They should be able to weather the Chapman injury. Billy Hamilton should be fun.

StB: OVER. The Reds still seem to be battling for a pennant. Good up and coming breweries in the area too.

Pauly: OVER. If the bullpen doesn't sort itself out, the Reds will be third banana in the NL Central, which is going to cannibalize itself. With that said, it's going to be a fun summer in you live in southern Ohio. Yeah, I'm making an outrageous prediction here, but the Reds(tockings) will be neck-and-neck with St. Louis for the division crown.


ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 80

Derek: OVER. Everybody loves Paul Goldschmidt in Arizona. I smell a third place finish in the NL West finish for the D-Backs after they added Bronson Arroyo, Addison Reed, and Mark Trumbo to the roster.

JoeSpeaker: UNDER. Might have gone for the over before the Corbin injury. Pitching going to be a huge problem for them. Crappy trade for Mark Trumbo looks even worse now

StB: UNDER. They seem to surprise people here and there. I'll go under because no one raves about a great brewery in the desert. 

Pauly: UNDER. I have a positive outlook for the Rockies and Padres, which means someone in the NL West has to be the doormat. No respect for the D-Backs. Remember the pool incident? There's lots of holes in the desert. Maybe they'll bury their own corpses? When will this franchise fold up shop and move to San Jose?


MILWAUKEE BREWERS 79.5

Derek: UNDER. All eyes will be on Ryan Braun. I have Yovani Gallardo and Jim Henderson on my fantasy team. I hope they don't stink... but they probably will.

StB: OVER. My team. Last year, I let the heart rule my prediction and went over. This year…I do the same, even though the major buzz coming out of camp is a dog. Yes, a dog. A stray mutt showed up in camp and won the team over. My prediction? I will be sick of the dog by the All-Star break. Meanwhile, look for a fight to break out when there's a promotion for a dog bobble head or stuffed animal. You are not limited to Miller or Coors at Miller Park. You can get a beer from close to every decent-sized brewery in the state.

Pauly: OVER. I almost said push. This is a great number. Tough division. I smell another 81-81 break-even season. I'm more interested in betting on the sausage races.


SAN DIEGO PADRES 78.5

Derek: UNDER. A lot of people consider the Padres a sleeper team this year. I'm not buying it.

StB: OVER. I think the Padres are a sleeper. That hoppy beer they like in southern Cali will get them at least 80 wins.

Pauly: OVER. How about some California Love? Dodgers are overrated and the Giants are one shoulder injury away from imploding. That means the Padres are in the perfect spot to bust some skulls. They can hold their own in an over-hyped NL West and will play .500 ball.


PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 76

Derek: UNDER. This team got "old and crappy" fast. That Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay euphoria disappeared fast. Real fast. Halladay is retired now and I expect the Phillies to keep falling behind the rest of the NL East. Ryan Howard posted two horrible seasons in a row after lighting the league on fire from 2005-2011. He needs a bounce-back year real bad.

JoeSpeaker: UNDER. I'll take the under if this is "Days Before Jimmy Rollins Chucks a Donut at Ryne Sandberg." I'll take the under on wins, too.

StB: UNDER. What have the Phillies done to get better? Maybe add to the beer available in the concession stands. I am still waiting to get my first taste of some Troegs. I think the Phanatic will be struggling to entertain this year, and may spend more time drinking.

Pauly: UNDER. I have nothing snarky to say. Sixers blow chunks. Eagles just signed Mark Sanchize. What the heck is happening to Philly? It's turning into a really bad M. Night Shyamalan flick.


COLORADO ROCKIES 75.5

Derek: UNDER. This team is in for a long season. I expect Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez to be on the trading block come July. Tulo to the Yanks?

StB: UNDER. When the beer roster is better than the baseball roster, you are in trouble. Do yourself a favor and visit the (Denver) area just for the beer.

Pauly: OVER. Rocky Mountain High! The sports gods were pleased with Colorado's decision to legalize marijuana, so they blessed Denver with a Super Bowl berth. Now it's the Rockies time to soar. Yes, the Rockies are going to blaze their way into the playoffs via the Wild Card. This is no pipe dream, or a half-baked assessment. The Rockies are legit contenders in the most-overrated division in all of baseball.


NEW YORK METS 73.5

Derek: OVER. I like what the Mets did in the offseason by signing Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon. But, I'm kind of shocked they didn't make a play for Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz. The Mets blew it, while the Orioles swooped in and snagged them on the cheap. Still, I expect the Mets to finish in third place again, even without Matt Harvey who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

StB: UNDER. Mets sucks in that stadium. Beer selection may be okay for a visitor but it seems they sell the locals short.

Pauly: UNDER. The new stadium is jinxed. The Mets need to perform an exorcism by sacrificing a live chicken using candlesticks with the help of two Catholic priests and 300 voodoo priestesses.


MIAMI MARLINS 69.5

Derek: OVER. This team will NOT lose 100 games like they did last year. You will want to watch this team whenever Jose Fernandez pitches.

StB: UNDER. I wonder if management tries to win every year. How they won a couple of World Series is mind boggling.

Pauly: UNDER. I smell a 100 losses this year. I feel bad for the players and fans. It sucks when ownership doesn't give a rat's ass about your future and use your fandom as a tax write off. Time for the masses to lead a revolution. Maybe Cuban exiles will help form OCCUPY MARLINS?


CHICAGO CUBS 68.5

Derek: UNDER. The Cubs might lose a 100 games this year.

StB: UNDER. This team is terrible, yet not as bad as the beer selection. When you pour Old Style and boast about it, then you are may be deranged. This organization still thinks it is 1972. With all the great breweries in the city and suburbs, they stick with swill that probably comes straight from the urinals. It wouldn't be that difficult to get some Half Acre, Metropolitan, or Revolution.

Pauly: OVER. The Cubbies will fade 100 losses... barely. But that's about it. Jay Cutler still sucks.

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Check out our roundtable for 2014 American League Win Totals.

Roundtable participants: Derek, StB, JoeSpeaker, and Pauly.

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Daily Picks Video: 3/30/14 March Madness Elite 8 and MLB

Baseball is here and it's still March Madness. The second half of the Elite 8 games conclude this afternoon and it's the start of the baseball season. Buffalo66 isolated some plays for us...

Daily Picks - 3/30/14 Elite 8:
Kentucky/Michigan UNDER 140

Daily Picks - 3/30/14 MLB:
L.A. Dodogers ML

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29 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/29/14 March Madness Elite 8

Only two games on the schedule for the Elite 8. Buffalo66 took a look at his swing chart and found one play.

Daily Picks - 3/29/14 Elite 8:
Dayton/Florida OVER 133.5

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28 March 2014

Daily Pcks Video: 3/28/14 March Madness Sweet 16

The second half of Sweet 16 games continues. Buffalo66 found two plays from the four games on tonight's schedule.

Daily Picks - 3/28/14:
Tennessee/Michigan OVER 137
Iowa State -1.5

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27 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/27/14 March Madness Sweet 16

We've reached the Sweet 16. Buffalo66 punched all four games today into his spreadsheet. And this is what he found...

Daily Picks - 3/27/14 March Madness:
Baylor/Wisconsin OVER 136.5

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24 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/24/14 NIT

March Madness is on a short break, but there's plenty of NIT action! Biffalo66 found a couple of games of interest.

Daily Picks - 3/24/14 NIT:
Georgetown/Florida St. UNDER 137.5
Parlay Penn St. ML/California ML

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23 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/23/13 March Madness and NIT

Full slate of games. Both March Madness and NIT. Buffalo66 isolated a few plays.

Daily Picks 3/23 - March Madness:
Mercer/Tennessee OVER 131.5
Parlay Kansas ML/Wichita St. ML/Virginia ML

Daily Picks 3/23 - NIT:
Southern Miss/Missouri UNDER 143.5

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22 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/22/14 March Madness

It was a great Friday. Not only did Duke lose, but Buffalo66 selections went 3-0.

It's Saturday and the Round of 32 begins. Buffalo66 isolated a couple of plays using his spreadsheet...

Daily Picks - 3/22/14 College Hoops:
St. Louis +9
UConn/Villanova OVER 134


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21 March 2014

Daily Picks: 3/21/14 March Madness

Rough opening day, but it's a dawn of a new day! Buffalo66 isolated three plays out of the 16 games on Friday's schedule.

Daily Picks - 3/21/14 College Hoops:
Iowa State -8.5
Nebraska/Baylor OVER 131.5
Oklahoma St./Gonzaga OVER 140

For more details, check out the handicapping video...


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20 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/20/14 March Madness

It's time for March Madness! Buffalo66 crunched the numbers and found a few plays...

Daily Picks - 3/20/14 MARCH MADNESS:
Oregon -5.5
American/Wisconsin OVER 121.5
Parlay Oklahoma ML/Texas ML


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19 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/19/14 College Basketball - NIT and NCAA Play-In

More postseason action with NIT and NCAA play-in games. Buffalo66 isolated a couple of big swings on his chart...

Daily Pics - 3/19/14 College Hoops:
Texas Southern +3.5
Illinois -3.5

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18 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/18/14 College Baketball -- NIT and NCAA Play-In

It's officially the college hoops postseason. The NIT started and the play-in games for the NCAA tournament kick off tonight. Buffalo66 isolated a single side...

Daily Picks -- 3/18/14 College Hoops:
NC State +3.5

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15 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/15/14 College Basketball

Saturday conference tourney action. Buffalo66 found a few games of note.

Daily Picks - 3/15/14 College Hoops:
Iowa State -2
Parlay Florida ML/Michigan ML

For more details, check out Buff66's handicapping video...


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14 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/14/14 College Basketball

College hoops all day and night. The heart of the conference tournaments. Buffalo66 isolated a couple of plays.

Daily Picks - 3/14/14 College Hoops:
Northwestern/Michigan St. OVER 122
Parlay Providence ML/UCLA ML

For more details, check out the handicapping video by Buff66:


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13 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/13/14 College Basketball

Conference tourney time. Here's a few games of note from Buffalo66...

Daily Picks Video - 3/13/14 College Hoops:
NC State ML
Providence/St. John's OVER 137.5

For more details, check out the handicapping video:

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12 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/12/14 College Basketball

It's conference tournament time. Buffalo66 breaks down some of the action...

Daily Picks - 3/12/14 College Hoops:
Parlay Auburn ML/Georgia Tech ML
Virginia Tech/Miami OVER 116



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11 March 2014

BBVS #4: Introduction to Bankroll Management

Buffalo66 posted a new episode in his on-going series about sportsbetting. Episode #4 covers an Introduction to Bankroll Management. Whether it's sportsbetting, poker, or stock investing... you have to practice bankroll management. Last summer, Buffalo66 wrote an article about Simple Bankroll Management, which is something you should check out in addition to every video in this series.

Watch the fourth installment...


If you missed the earlier episodes...
BBVS #1: Is Sportsbetting Beatable?
BBVS #2: Profit Is the Goal
BBVS #3: Why You Need A Model
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08 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/8/14 College Basketball

Last big Saturday of action before conference tournaments next weekend and March madness is two weeks.

Daily Picks - 3/8/14 College Hoops:
Georgia Tech -8
Utah +5
UCLA -10
Parlay Texas ML/Texas A&M ML
*** Still looking at lines for Providence and UNC

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07 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/7/14 College Basketball

Sparse action on Friday. However, Buffalo66 isolated a couple of games using his swing chart, including a huge Ivy League matchup.

Daily Picks - 3/7/14 College Hoops:
Houston +3
Harvard/Yale OVER 127

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06 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/6/14 College Basketball

It's Thursday. Full slate of games. Buffalo66 isolated a few plays:

Daily Picks - 3/6/14 College Hoops:
Villanova/Xavier OVER 138.5
Parlay Villanova ML/UCLA ML

For more details, watch the handicapping video:


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05 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/5/14 College Basketball

Another great day of college action. Buffalo66 took a look at the last two games on the schedule.

Daily Picks - 3/5/14 College Hoops:
San Diego St. -3
Arizona/Oregon St. UNDER 135.5

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04 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/4/14 College Basketball

Tuesday night hoops action. Buffalo66 has the goods. He isolated a couple of money-line parlays...

Daily Picks - 3/4/14 College Hoops:
Parlay: Michigan ML/Florida St. ML
Parlay: Clemson ML/Providence ML

More details in the handicapping video:


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03 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/3/14 College Basketball

Monday night action. Buffalo66 found a couple of games of note.

Daily Picks - 3/3/14 College Hoops:
Xavier -2
Kansas State +8.5

Watch the handicapping video for more details:


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02 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/2/14 College Basketball

It's Sunday. Time for some college action. Buffalo66 found a couple of games of note using his spread model.

Daily Picks - 3/2 College Hoops:
New Mexico -6
Ohio State -3
Parlay Wisconsin ML/Clemson ML

For more details, watch the handicapping video here, plus a min-rant on SSAC14:


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01 March 2014

Daily Picks Video: 3/1/14 College Basketball

Heavy flow. Buffalo66 found four games of note using his model.

Daily Picks - 3/1/14 College Hoops:
Syracuse +4
Kentucky -10
Houston +3
Cal/Arizona St. OVER 141

For more details, watch Buff66's handicapping video...


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