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St. Louis Mayor Says All Bets Are Off

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in 2013 Fantasy Baseball | 0 comments

Slay Puts an End to the Friendly World Series Wager St. Louis mayor Francis Slay is quick to say that he’s betting at sports bookmaker bwin on this year’s World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Betting on the World Series has been a long standing tradition among mayors.  Boston Mayor Tom Menino was certainly game for a little Fall Classic action, but Slay wanted nothing to do with it. “No mayoral sports bets this post-season. That frees up time of staffers. Plus, it isn’t fair to other mayors,” Slay Tweeted.  I guess there are bigger issues to deal with in St. Louis right about now. But, not everybody in St. Louis is avoiding wagering action.  In fact, one wager has come from a rather unlikely source.  The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, and Christ Church Cathedral...

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Grand Theft

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in 2013 Fantasy Baseball | 0 comments

Is Billy Hamilton a Wise September Call Up? Every now and then, a player comes along that really captures the attention of fantasy baseball players.  Often, that’s because he has put up some gaudy minor league statistics. Billy Hamilton is such a player.  The Cincinnati Reds September call-up made the trip to The Show, because he did one thing really well: steal bases.  Last year, in fact, Hamilton stole 155 bases in just 132 games!  What are the odds that he can do that in the Big Leagues?  Better yet, will his presence even budge the sportsbook MLB odds which are often reflected in Fantasy leagues? The fact is, the 23-year-old has 392 minor league stolen bases to his credit. Reds’ catcher Devin Mesoraco has certainly taken notice. “He’s amazing,” Mesoraco said while shaking his head. “Everybody in the ballpark...

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Ibanez Defies Odds

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in 2013 Fantasy Baseball, Baseball Gallery | 0 comments

When your name is mentioned in the same breath as Ted Williams, you must be doing something right. There’s no surprises out there any more with thousands of websites churning out tips and information daily on how to win your fantasy baseball league.  And, as with fantasy baseball, and life in general, finding a diamond in the rough is what will get your team to the fantasy promised land. One such surprise this year was 41-year-old Raul Ibanez.  Ibanez belted his 29th home run of the season on Saturday night.  That long ball is significant because it tied Ted Williams’ all-time record for most homers by a 41-year-old. I must admit.  I didn’t think Ibanez would have the kind of year that he had in 2013.  Raul hit 19 homers last year for the Yankees plus 3 dramatic homers...

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Speed Kills

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in 2013 Fantasy Baseball, Baseball Gallery, Fantasy Baseball Infielders | 0 comments

Stolen Bases are Over-Rated in Daily Fantasy Baseball Leagues I don’t care what level of baseball you play or coach at, speed kills.  It puts pressure on the defense and forces errors.  It rattles pitchers.  It helps your team move runners along instead of waiting for the long ball. It’s equally true in fantasy baseball.  Pick up an unproven base stealer like Juan Segura or Starling Marte in the draft and you’ll likely be leading that category.  There is no other offensive stat where one player can dominate like the category of stolen bases. Recently, I read a great post at Fantasy Sports Leader (www.fantasysportsleader.com) that talked about stolen bases, especially in daily leagues where the point totals for a stolen base are usually equal to that of a double!  Fair?  Probably not, but you have to play the...

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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Picks – Hitting

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in 2013 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 0 comments

Whether you play in fantasy baseball leagues for money or for fun, you want to pay attention to the waiver wire in your league. Here are some tips to help you find some good hitting waiver wire picks for free fantasy baseball leagues, as well as for fantasy baseball leagues for money. Jed Lowrie – SS, Oakland Athletics Lowrie made his big-league debut with the Red Sox in 2008. Through five seasons, he has yet to play in 100 games, spending time on the disabled list for a range of issues including wrist surgery and mononucleosis. In 2012 with Houston, Lowrie had 14 HR at the break before missing much of the second half with leg injuries.  Through 15 games, Lowrie was hitting .412 with 3 HR, 13 RBI and 14 runs while batting second, third, fourth and fifth...

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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Picks – Pitching

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in 2013 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 1 comment

Whether you play in daily fantasy sports sites for money, or longer leagues for fun, you might want to pay attention to the waiver wire. You may be able to find some good picks for your fantasy baseball team. Here are some picks to consider: Paul Maholm, Atlanta Braves Maholm was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA after winning his first three starts. He struck out 20 in 20 1/3 IP. Maholm, who turns 31 in June, has a career ERA of 4.20 with a record of 69-84. But he had a 2.84 ERA and 1.10 WHIP after the break in 2012 while playing for the Chicago Cubs and the Braves. Maholm has a career 2.54 ERA in ten starts at Turner Field. To find four more waiver wire wonders for your pitching staff, get more AFTER the jump…  Justin...

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