Saturday, March 30, 2019

Red Sox By The Numbers: E-Rod to the Rescue

Mitch Moreland saved the Red Sox last night from a second straight loss as a big favorite. The Red Sox are big favorites once again as Eduardo Rodriguez gets the ball for the Red Sox. Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi struggled in their first two starts and this might be the perfect time for E-Rod to step up and get off to a great start and finally have his break out season.

 The current Mariners roster has 85 plate appearances against Rodriguez with a slash line of .244/.298/.436 Edwin Encarnacion has faced Eduardo the most with 18 plate appearances. He has a slash line of .267/.389/.533 Encarnacion is a matchup nightmare for this Sox pitching staff. Dee Gordon has had the most success against Rodriguez with 5 hits in 9 at bats with a homer.

Mike Leake takes the ball for the Mariners and the current Red Sox roster has 142 plate appearances against him with a slash line of .271/.317/.383 Mitch Moreland has faced Leake the most with 21 plate appearances. Moreland is hitting .300 with a homer.

Several Red Sox players have hit Leake well including Xander Bogaerts at .417, Rafael Devers .375, Brock Holt .364

The Red Sox are -155 favorites on the moneyline and are +100 on the runline at -105. The over/under is 8.5

If you have bet $100 on the Red Sox to win the last two games you would be 1-1 and down $88. If you bet $100 on the Red Sox on the runline you would be 0-2 and down $200 Both Red Sox games this season have also gone over on the over/under run total.

We have told you the last two nights to stay away from betting on the Red Sox. We hope you have listened and instead took advantage of our other Baseball Best Bets which are on fire right now.

Tonight seems like a perfect night to bet on the Red Sox on the runline. Take the Red Sox at +100 -1.5 tonight. Look for the Sox to have a big night at the plate.

Today in Red Sox History

On this date in 1978, The Boston Red Sox acquire pitcher Dennis Eckersley and catcher Fred Kendall from the Cleveland Indians for pitchers Rick Wise and Mike Paxton, catcher Bo Diaz and infielder Ted Cox. Eckersley will win 20 games this year.

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Red Sox By The Numbers: Stranger Danger

Opening Day was not kind to the Red Sox but baseball is an every day sport and this is a very good thing for the Red Sox as they are back in action tonight and once again they are favored.

The Red Sox will throw Nathan Eovaldi and the Mariners will counter with Yusei Kikuchi. The Red Sox are -137 favorites on the moneyline and +120 on the runline 1.5 runs. The over/under for the game is 8

If you bet $100 on the Red Sox on every game so far this season (we know they have only played once) you would down $100 when picking the Sox to win outright and down another $100 on the runline. We will keep that running tab for you all season long.

Yesterday we told you to stay away from the game in terms of better. We will never advise you to bet against the Red Sox, we will only advise you when to bet on them. This is another game where think you should stay away.

Eovaldi has faced 8 guys on the current Mariners roster with Jay Bruce leading the way with 10 plate appearances. Bruce is the only one on the Mariners with a homer against Eovaldi. Tim Beckham, who was the star last night, has hit Eovaldi the best with 3 hits in 7 plate appearances and only striking out once. Yusei Kikuchi. has never faced the Red Sox or anyone on their roster. Does that advantage go to the pitcher or hitter? We will have to see but most hitters prefer a pitcher they have seen before. Tonight could be a challenging night for the Red Sox offense.

On this date in 2002 Rickey Henderson is added to the Boston Red Sox Opening Day roster as his contract is purchased from Triple-A Pawtucket. Henderson, who joined the exclusive 3000 hit club on the final day of last season, will begin his 24th year in the majors appearing with his eighth different club.

Best Bets:

We went 2-0 on our Best Bets yesterday and if you bet $100 on both you would be up $230 right now. We have three best bets tonight.

The Dodgers hit 8 homers yesterday and they are bound to come back down to earth today. Robbie Ray gets the start for the Diamondbacks and he has done well against the majority of their lineup. Ross Stripling goes for the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks roster has hit him pretty good especially David Peralta. The Diamondbacks are big underdogs which really excites us. Take the Diamondbacks on the moneyline at +155 

The Marlins are horrible and the Rockies are underrated. Trevor Richards gets the ball for the Marlins and Daniel Murphy, Mark Reynolds and Trevor Story have hit him hard. The Rockies are favored of course so take them on the runline at +110 -1.5 

Charlie Morton faces his old team tonight as the Rays host the Astros. Gerrit Cole gets the ball but he has been hit hard by some of the Rays in particular Tommy Pham. The Rays are underdogs tonight. We like them to win. Take the Rays on the moneyline at +130

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Red Sox By The Numbers: Beware of Edwin

The Red Sox open the season in Seattle with Chris Sale getting the start against the Mariners Marco Gonzales and as expected the Sox are pretty big favorites tonight. They will be favorites almost all the time when Sale is on the hill.

The odds have the Sox as -188 favorites on the moneyline are just -110 when giving the Mariner 1.5 runs on the runline. The over/under for runs scored tonight is 7 Chris Sale has dominated the current Mariners roster with the exception of Edwin Encarnacion. In 23 plate appearances against Sale, Encarnacion has slugged .316/.453/.632 for an OPS of 1.066 with 2 homers and 4 runs batted in. The rest of the Mariners rosters has just 7 hits in 69 plate appearances with 0 homers, 0 runs batted in and they have struck out 29 times.

There is very little history when it comes to Marco Gonzales and the current Red Sox roster. Only 23 plate appearances total and nobody on the Red Sox roster has more than 3 plate appearances against him. Mitch Moreland has a homer in the 3 plate appearances and Jackie Bradley Jr. is 2-2 with 2 singles.

We will never advise you to bet against the Red Sox. We will only advise you when to bet on the Red Sox and when to stay away. This is one those games we think you should stay away from when it comes to betting.

Today will be the ninth time the Red Sox have opened the season as the defending World Champions. They are 4-4 on Opening Day as the defending champs. Here is a list of their Opening Day results as the champs:

 1904: Lost on the road to the Yankees 8-2

 1913: Lost at home to the Athletics 10-9

 1916: Won at home against the Athletics 2-1

 1917: Won on the road against the Yankees 10-3

 1919: Won on the road against the Yankees 10-0

 2005: Lost on the road to the Yankees 9-2

 2008: Won against the Athletics in Japan 6-5 in 10 innings

 2014: Lost on the road against the Orioles 2-1

On this date in 1907 Popular outfielder Chick Stahl, who replaced Jimmy Collins as manager of the Boston Americans at the end of last season, commits suicide while travelling with the team in West Baden Springs, Indiana. After breakfast he returns to his room and drinks four ounces of carbolic acid. He leaves a note: "Boys, I just couldn't help it. It drove me to it." Cy Young reluctantly agrees to start the season as Boston's manager, but there will be three others during the year. We went into more detail about this bizarre story here

Best Bets 

The Mets are 37-12 on Opening Day since 1969. That is just mind boggling. They play Washington today with the best pitching matchup of the day as Jacob deGrom takes on Max Scherzer. deGrom owns this Nationals roster, The current Nationals roster has had 217 plate appearances against deGrom and have combined slash line of .157/.194/.235

Scherzer has been awful against the current Mets roster but not as dominant as deGrom has been against the Nats roster. Michael Conforto of the Mets also seems to love facing Max. Conforto has faced him 26 times and has gone deep 4 times. Take the Mets on the moneyline at +113

Bryce Harper makes his debut for the Phillies today and he has to be excited that he gets to face Julio Teheran. Harper has owned Julio over their careers. They have faced each other 52 times and Harper has gone deep 8 times with 19 runs batted in. He has .450 average against Teheran and slugging 1.125. It could be a great day for Bryce in Philly. Take the Phillies -1.5 on the runline at +120

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Carlos Cortes Back in Columbia?

The Columbia Fireflies have yet to finalize their roster but there is speculation that former Gamecock, Carlos Cortes, could start the season in the town where his college career ended.

2019 will be the first full pro season for Cortes who was drafted last June by the Mets in the third round. Cortes appeared in 47 games last year with the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Short Season Single A affiliate of the Mets. Cortes slugged .264/.338/.382 in those games with 4 homers and 24 runs batted in.

Cortes is listed as the Mets 19th best prospect and is viewed as a defensive liability with no real position. He only played second base last season in Brooklyn and in 165 chances he made 7 errors.

Cortes knows he will have to hit in order to get to the majors  The Mets are committed to developing him at second base but scouts have speculated that his body frame and lack of range and quickness would make him an ideal catcher. The Mets have yet to work him out at catcher.

Cortes went 1-2 with the Mets in Spring Training.

Here is Carlos homering last year in college for the South Carolina Gamecocks

Friday, March 22, 2019

Win a Free Copy of Out of the Park Baseball 20

Today is a huge day as Out of the Park Baseball 20 is officially released. As many of you know, this blog loves Out of the Park Baseball. We use it for our Red Sox Replay Seasons and all the other historical projects we have done and written about.

Brad Cook and Markus Heinsohn have been really good to us over the years and once again have sent us two copies of the game and we are going to give one of them away.

So how can you win yourself a copy of this year's historic edition of Out of the Park Baseball? It is real simple and it's going to cater to those of you who are fans of the history of baseball and baseball simulation games. We run another blog called Retro Baseball which strictly is about historical simulations using Out of the Park Baseball. Currently we are simulation the 1964 season. We recently launched the blog and not many people know about it. So the contest is real simple, we are going do a random drawing of everyone who follows the Retro Baseball Twitter page and the Retro Baseball Facebook page.  How easy is that? We will do the random drawing at some point this weekend. Good luck to everyone. We need to get back to playing Out of the Park Baseball 20 now.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

2019: The Year of Rafael Devers?

Is 2019 the year of Rafael Devers? Keith Law thinks so. In Keith Law's MLB breakout players for 2019 article, Devers is on top of the list. Here is what Keith wrote about Devers:

 I've long boosted Devers as a prospect, ranking him in my top 10 prospects in all of baseball multiple times, even arguing that the Red Sox were right to keep him and trade Yoan Moncada in the Chris Sale deal. Devers has enormous raw power and has always had a solid idea of the strike zone, posting high contact rates throughout the minors even though he was always young for where he played, and has shown adequate walk rates so far in the majors, although I think there's a lot more patience to come there. He also had a flukishly low .281 BABIP given how much hard contact he made last year; his Barrel rates -- a Statcast-derived stat based on a batted ball's exit velocity and launch angle --- were right there with those of Gleyber Torres and George Springer, who both hit over .300 on balls in play.

 Devers will play this entire season at 22, so he's already got a year-plus of major league experience at an age when college draft picks are just entering their first full year of pro ball. I might be a year early on this one -- I've had that happen a lot before -- but I believe in Devers' swing and approach enough to lead with him this year.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Red Sox Daily

The Red Sox open their season on March 28th in Seattle. We will be doing a Red Sox Daily feature on our blog previewing every Red Sox game this season. Here is what we will look at before each game:

Against All Odds

Phil Collins approves and so do all our readers who like to gamble. We will use Cappertek to give you all the Vegas odds on the upcoming Red Sox game including moneyline, runline and the over/under on the run total. We will also keep a running tally on how much money you would be making or losing if you bet on the Sox every game or if you bet against the Sox every day.

Fantasy Sox

For our readers who like to play in daily fantasy leagues using DraftKings, we will be breaking down the fantasy values for key Red Sox players


We will look at how the current roster of Red Sox players has done in their career against that day's starting pitcher. We will also look at how that day's Red Sox starting pitcher has done against the player's in the opposing lineup for that day.

Projected Final Score

We will go to the computer and let you know what Cappertek's Projection Machine says what will happen in that day's game. It won't always be good news and it won't always be right. We will trach how accurate the machine is as we go through the season.

Around the Majors

We will go around the majors and preview some matchups to look for and also give you our pick of the night.

Monday, March 18, 2019

2019 Calloway's Bracket Challenge

March Madness is finally here which means it is time for the 2019 Calloway's Bracket Challenge. Make sure you visit our good friends over Calloway's Sports Bar and Grill. They are located off of Augusta Road in West Columbia

This year's bracket challenge will be run through ESPN and just like last year there is a $20 entry fee. Our defending champion is Ben Simmons.

Joining the contest is easy. Simply pay your entry fee below and once your payment goes through you will be directed to another site that has the link to the contest and the password. If you have any issues at all please send an email


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Finally! Gamecocks to Honor Earl Bass

Gamecock baseball has a rich and storied tradition but when you look around Founders Park you only see one number retired. The guy who has had his number retired in connection with Gamecock baseball, has decided his #1 needs some company out on the left field wall.

The Gamecocks announced today that they will retire the #13 in honor of Gamecock great Earl Bass. Bass is considered the greatest pitcher in Gamecock history. His number will be retired prior to the May 4th game against Vanderbilt. The only bad news is that Bass won't be there to see it, he died a little over a year ago.

Bass deserved to have his number retired a long time ago and let's hope that this is the first of many who will be getting honored by Gamecock baseball. Bobby Richardson, the Father of Gamecock baseball needs to have his number retired next. Let's get that done while he is still with us. Jackie Bradley Jr., Kip Bouknight and Michael Roth should also have their numbers retired. Let's hope this is the start of many special ceremonies at Founders Park.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Could This Be The Year of Christian Walker?

2018 was a huge year for Gamecocks in Major League Baseball. Whit Merrifield led all of baseball in hits last year leading to a nice contract extension where he will be making just over $16 million over the next four years. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Steve Pearce won a World Series ring with the Red Sox and they weren't just along for the ride as JBJ won the ALCS MVP and Pearce won the World Series MVP.

What about the guy who hit the most important home run in Gamecock history? Well 2019 might be Christian Walker's year to finally shine. Walker has been bouncing in between the minor leagues and the majors for the last four seasons with two different organizations. Since 2014 he has appeared in just 61 games with 99 plate appearances. The potential good news for Walker started in the offseason when the Diamondbacks traded away Paul Goldschmidt opening up first base for Walker. That good news was brief though as the Diamondbacks decided to move their All Star third baseman, Jake Lamb, over to first base.

That news didn't completely shut the door on Walker though as Lamb has struggled mightily to hit left handed pitching. Lamb hit just .160 off lefties last year with a slugging percentage of just .292. While Walker has had limited success in his brief stints in the majors, five of his six career homers have come off of lefthanders.

Walker knows this could finally be his chance to make a club out of spring training especially since he is out of options. The Diamondbacks would have to expose him on waivers if they decided to send him down to the minors and there is a good chance another organization who needs a first baseman would pick him up.

Walker is doing his part this spring as he is 6 for his first 9 with a homer and two doubles. Look for the Diamondbacks to platoon Walker at first with Jake Lamb this season. This is the exact same way the Red Sox plan on using Pearce as he will platoon with Mitch Moreland at first base.