While 2010 has been an amazing year for the Tampa Bay Rays many skeptics in Baseball from the start of the season considered this to be the last chance for the Rays to be contenders for the World Series trophy. Those skeptics got their concerns answered on Wednesday when Tampa Bay Rays owner Stu Sternberg spoke to the St. Petersburg Times. The end result was that no matter happens this season, World Series or not, the Tampa Bay Rays will look completely different next season.
The Tampa Bay Rays for years were the bottom feeders of the American League year after year and grabbing up top picks in the MLB draft season after season. Finally all those year of being a bottom feeder caught up to the progression of a Franchise when the ..click here to read more
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MLB Betting – Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees
Brandon Morrow (10-6) vs. Ivan Nova (1-0)
Morrow vs. Yankees Hitting
This will be Morrow’s final start of the season; the Blue Jays know their postseason chances are zilch and are looking to preserve the arm of one of their most promising young pitchers. Morrow has exceeded expectations in 2010, winning in the double-digits and, in limited action, being near the top of the AL in strikeouts. He’s been absolutely spectacular in the month of August, going 2-0 in four starts, not allowing more than two runs in any of them. He has more than 9 K’s in three of those outings. I’m betting he’ll want to finish his season in similar fashion.
However, three of Morrow’s last 10 starts have come against the Yankees, and while he hasn’t lost any of them he ..click here to read more
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The betting experts know that the writing is on the wall for the Boston Red Sox. This series with the Tampa Bay Rays will pretty much determine if the Sox make the playoffs or not. Right now, the Red Sox are five and half games out of the AL East lead and out of the AL wild card berth. They are the only team considered to be in striking distance of the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays for that wild card spot.
The Rays need to start putting some distance between themselves and the New York Yankees if they want to win the AL East, or distance between themselves and the Red Sox if they want to lock up the wild card should they lose the AL East. In other words, if the Rays can sweep the Red ..click here to read more
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So much has gone wrong for the Red Sox this season that betting people are left wondering how the Sox season would have looked if they could have stayed healthy. While the sports fans in Boston are starting to turn towards NFL betting and NCAA football betting, Red Sox Nation is caught up in a battle for the AL East pennant or the AL Wild Card berth with the same two teams; the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays.
The Red Sox are five and a half games out of the AL East lead and out of the AL Wild Card spot, chasing the Yankees and Rays for both. At this point, it looks like the Yankees and the Rays have the AL East and AL Wild Card tied up. Whoever does not win the AL East will ..click here to read more
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It’s never easy in sports to repeat as champion, but as July 1st quickly approaches, it appears as though the MLB betting reigning champion New York Yankees are on their way to making a second consecutive world title run. With the best record in the majors through 62 games, New York has paced the tight American League East, and is currently two-and-a-half games up on the division rival Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. Though the 20-17 mark they have recorded on the road must improve, their 25-10 home mark is also the best in the American League, and with a veteran laden team that has only improved as the season progresses over the past couple of years, New York is well on it’s way to another postseason berth, and possibly another championship run.
The main obstacles in the Yankees’ way may reside in their own division, where despite ..click here to read more
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It’s that time of year again where we look at the upcoming 2010 Major League Baseball season. Throughout the next couple of days I will preview every division in Major League Baseball then ending my blog series previewing the 2010 MLB Season by looking at the teams I see entering the playoffs this year and who will be World Champions when it’s all said & done. In this edition of my blog I will preview the AL East division.
1. New York Yankees
I know it’s the homer pick to go for the New York Yankees as the top team in the AL East division this year. But how can you not say they are a favorite to win the AL East this season? This is literally the same exact team that won the championship in 2009 (minus Johnny Damon, ..click here to read more
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My beloved Boston Red Sox came to terms with Adrian Beltre on a 1 year/$9 million deal, with a player option for 2011 for $5 million. While that news is not surprising (or important enough to break through as one of the top stories on ESPN.com’s front page…), it is significant to Red Sox fans, Yankees fans, Mike Lowell fans, and fans who think that money is wasted in Major League Baseball.
First, let me make the case for why this is a good deal: (Stop laughing. I can do this…) Beltre is only 30 years old, so he should be in his theoretical prime after an already lengthy career which started very young. He is one of the best fielding third basemen in all of baseball. (And, after last year’s injury, hopefully he wears a cup now, so he could be even better!) So ..click here to read more
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