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Current Odds To Win The 2014 MLB Divisions: Betting The Longshots The Only Value Left

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Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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Well its another banner prognostication period for me.  Last time we checked on the Divisions, I had the Rays, Angels, Royals, Nationals, Dodgers and Pirates as the best value plays.

I wasn’t expecting Tampa to trade David Price at that point, so I will lose that wager.  I also lost the Bucs value pick, even though they were better odds for the most part of the 3 weeks until the losing streak started.

Overall, the Royals jumped from +800 to just +125 as they skyrocketed up the Division – and now have amassed a 2 game lead over Detroit.

The Dodgers actually had some value 3 weeks ago at -225.  Hope you put some cabbage on them, because now they are -800.

The same can be said for Baltimore, pole-vaulting from +160 – all the way to -900.  They are the biggest favorite in any AL Division.

Washington has played great baseball in the last 21 days, opening up a 6 game lead in the NL East.  They blitzed from -190, to now being -1600.  That odd is not worth wagering anymore..

Los Angeles (on AL Side) have taken over the lead in the AL West by a half game on Oakland, and are still a +125 underdog, to the A’s -150 mark.

It was still good enough to venture from +175 to +125 now, and make me a 4 – 2 prediction selector for the last 3 weeks in duration.  Let’s have it this time around.  If I don’t feel a team has a chance at the Division, i will leave them off the lists.

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.18, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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Photo: Ann Heisenfelt, AP

Jason Vargas threw 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 walks and 1 run, helping the Royals pad their first place lead by beating Minnesota, 6-4.

Nick Markakis went 3-5 with a homer and 2 RBI, helping the first place Orioles top the White Sox, 8-2.

Jerome Williams pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 3 hits and 1 run in the Phillies 4-1 victory over Seattle.

Jason Heyward went 3-4 with a homer and 2 RBI, helping the Braves top the Pirates, 7-3.

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.17, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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DUSTIN BRADFORD/GETTY IMAGES

Michael Cuddyer hit for the cycle, going 4-5 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI in the Rockies 10-5 win over the Reds. He also got a hit and a run scored in the first game of the double header, which the Rockies walked off 10-9 winners.

Jose Altuve went 4-5 with a grand slam as the Astros thrashed the Red Sox, 8-1.

Jake Arrieta threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 9 strikeouts. He would not get the decision but the Cubs would top the Mets, 2-1.

Nick Tepesch threw 7 strong innings against a red hot Angels team, letting up just 2 runs. He didn’t get the decision but the Rangers took it walk off style 3-2.

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.16, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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David Price won his home Detroit debut with 8 innings of 3 hit, 1 run ball, earning the decision over King Felix and the Mariners, 4-2.

David Ortiz doubled and hit a pair of homers (including career shot number 400 with Boston) and drove in 6 runs, leading the Red Sox to a 10-7 victory over Houston.

Yovani Gallardo came out on top in a pitchers duel for the Brewers, going 8 innings and allowing 1 run to top the Brewers 3-2.

Michael Morse got on base 4 times including two doubles and a triple, scoring once and driving in another in the Giants dramatic 6-5 come from behind win over the Phillies.

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.15, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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Kole Calhoun inched the Angels closer to first place by going 3-4 with a single, a double and a homer, driving in 3 to win 5-4 in Texas.

Cody Asche got a pair of hits including a game tying 8th inning homer that set up the Phillies 5-3 defeat of the Giants in 10 innings.

Corey Kluber pitched into the 8th innings, finishing with 7 2/3 frames, 1 run, 10 strikeouts and 2 walks. The bullpen would blow his lead but the Indians would beat Baltimore, 2-1.

Johnny Cueto pitched 8 innings, allowing just 2 runs in Coors Field, earning the 3-2 victory for the Reds over Colorado.

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.14, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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AP Photo

Max Scherzer threw 8 shutout innings, letting up just 3 hits and struck out 14 Pirates en route to a 5-2 Detroit victory.

Dustin Pedroia went 3-5 with a double, 2 runs scored and 2 runs batted in as the Red Sox came from behind to beat the Astros, 9-4.

Stephen Strasburg pitched 7 strong innings, allowing one unearned run, striking out 8 Met batters and earning the 4-1 decision for the Nationals.

Adeiny Hechavarria hit an RBI triple in the 6th and a game tying RBI single with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, setting up Miami’s dramatic 5-4 walk off win against Arizona.

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.13, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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Charlie Riedel, AP

Jason Vargas kept the Royals in first place with a complete game, 3 hit, no walk shutout of the A’s, 3-0.

Kendrys Morales reached base 3 times and his first inning 2 run homer provided all the offense in Seattle’s 2-0 win over Toronto.

Justin Masterson pitched 7 shutout innings, letting up 3 hits and no walks, earning the 5-2 decision for the Cardinals in Miami.

Jedd Gyorko went 4-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored as the Padres continued their winning ways, 5-3 over Colorado.

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.12’14 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher+Hitter MVP’s ) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Josh Donaldson kick started a dormant A’s offense by getting 3 hits including 2 homers, driving in 4 and scoring 3, crushing Kansas City 11-3.

Chris Sale threw 8 dominating 4 hit shutout innings, walking just 2 and striking out 12. The White Sox bullpen blew the lead but came back to beat the Giants, 3-2.

Carl Crawford got on base 4 times including a double and scored, helping the Dodgers top the Braves 4-2.

Jarred Cosart pitched 7 shutout innings against the Cardinals and earned the 3-0 win in Miami.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 11) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

 

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AP Photo

Drew Smyly pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and struck out 9, earning the 7-0 Rays win in Texas.

Robinson Cano homered, doubled, walked, scored a pair and drove in 2 as the Mariners demolished Toronto, 11-1.

Yovani Gallardo threw 7 strong innings, letting up a single run, 6 hits and no walks, and got the 3-1 decision for the Brewers over the Cubs.

Travis Snider homered twice and doubled, scoring 3 runs while driving in 4 as the Pirates took an 11-6 slugfest against the Tigers.

They owned baseball on Aug 11, 2014.

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Odds To Win The 2014 MLB World Series Currently + Best/Worst Value Bets

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Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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Another week has passed – and it is time to get serious in our World Series picks.

To start off, I have eliminated 12 teams from the chance to win a World Series.  These clubs include: BOS/CWS/MIN/TEX/HOU/MIA/PHI/NYM/COL/SD/ARI/CHC.

Having said this, the Rays season also may be 10 seconds from a toetag.  We will see how they fare this week.

Last weeks selections I was 3 – 1 – 1 for the best odds to wager on.  The Cardinals moved up slightly, and the Nats made a big move up the list thanks to a Braves 8 game losing streak.

I also won with the Dodgers going from +700 to +600.  The only odd I lost was an Angels club going from +1000 – +1000

On the worst odds bets last week I went 3 – 1 – 1. I had the Rays plummeting quickly as my top selection, and I was right on the money, and they plunged from +5000 – to now +10000.  I also pegged the Braves bad road trip, and Yankees fall from grace on the value.

The only odd I lost was the A’s going from +400 to now +375. For the record, I still hate the value, and would surely peg the Dodgers as the #1 team (ranked wise) to win the World Series.

LA holds a 3.5 Games lead on the Giants, who are free-falling.  The Dodger Blue club will also beat up NL West cupcakes of the Padres, Rockies and D’Backs.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 10) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

 

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Darren Hauck / Associated Press

Clayton Kershaw pitched 8 brilliant innings allowing just 1 run, got a hit, drove in a run, scored a run and saved another run with a remarkable defensive play, doing it all in the Dodgers 5-1 victory in Milwaukee.

Phil Hughes pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 1 run and striking out 7, leading the Twins to a 6-1 win in Oakland.

Chase Utley reached base 4 times with a triple and a homer helping the Phillies erase a 6-1 deficit and top the Mets, 7-6.

Melky Cabrera got on base 8 times, driving in a run in the Blue Jays 6-5 19 inning marathon triumph over the Tigers.

They owned baseball on Aug 10, 2014.

 

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 09) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

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JAMIE SQUIRE/GETTY IMAGES

James Shields threw a complete game 4 hit shutout of the Giants, earning the 5-0 decision and helping the Royals inch closer to first place.

Mike Trout reached base 4 times in the 19 inning marathon game, including a game tying homer in the 8th inning, helping the Angels survive 5-4.

Mike Fiers pitched 8 dominating innings, letting up just 3 hits and 1 run, while beating the Dodgers, 4-1 in Milwaukee.

David Peralta doubled and crushed a grand slam, leading a dynamic attack as the Diamondbacks blew out the Rockies 14-4.

They owned baseball on Aug 09, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 08) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

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MIKE STOBE/GETTY IMAGES

Carlos Beltran clobbered a grand slam and added an RBI single, driving in 5 and scoring 2 as the Yankees topped the Indians in a wild 10-6 game.

Hisashi Iwakuma threw 7 innings, allowing just 1 run while striking out 7 White Sox, earning the Mariners 4-1 win.

David Peralta doubled, tripled, walked, stole a base, drove in a run and scored a pair, leading Arizona to a rare victory, 5-3 over the Rockies.

Nathan Eovaldi threw 8 shutout innings, letting up 5 hits and 1 walk as the Marlins snuck past the Reds, 2-1.

They owned baseball on Aug 08, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 07) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

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Ezra Shaw, Getty Images

Jon Lester threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, striking out 8 Twins batters along the way for the 3-0 victory in Oakland.

Edinson Volquez pitched no hit ball into the 5th and finished with 7 shutout 1 hit innings, earning the 7-2 decision for the Pirates over the Marlins.

Dustin Ackley reached base 3 times, homered and drove in 4 runs as the Mariners thrashed the White Sox, 13-3.

Javier Baez continued to dazzle in his big league introduction. He went 3-4 with a pair of homers and 4 RBI in the Cubs 6-2 win in Colorado.

They owned baseball on Aug 07, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 06) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

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Jim Mone – AP Photo

Seth Smith got on base 3 times including a double and a go ahead 10th inning home run that proved to be the game winner, leading the Padres to a 5-4 win in Minnesota.

Dan Haren retired the first 16 hitters he faced. He pitched into the 8th inning and finished with 7 1/3 innings of 3 hit, 1 run ball, earning the 2-1 decision for the Dodgers over the Angels.

Jose Bautista singled, doubled and homered, giving the Blue Jays a critical 5-1 victory over Baltimore.

Drew Hutchison came within one out of a complete game, allowing one hit on a solo homer, striking out 8 and walking 1 as he dominated Baltimore 5-1 in Toronto.

They owned baseball on Aug 06, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 05) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

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Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Colby Lewis pitched a complete game 6 hit shutout, striking out 7 and walking just 1 as the Rangers cruised to a 16-0 blow out of the White Sox.

Billy Butler went 4-5, with a double and a 3 run homer, helping the Royals clobber the Diamondbacks, 12-2.

Johnny Cueto threw his fourth complete game of the season, allowing just 5 hits and 2 runs and earning his 13th win of the season as the Reds topped the Indians, 9-2.

Juan Uribe hit a 3 run homer and then scored the winning run in the bottom of the 9th, giving the Dodgers a 5-4 victory against their freeway rival Angels.

They owned baseball on Aug 05, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 04) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

 

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Andrew Nelles – AP

 

Tyler Flowers went 3-3 with 3 RBI and missed the cycle by a double in the White Sox rain shortened 5-3 victory over Texas.

Pablo Sandoval went 3-5 with a pair of 2 out RBI doubles. One tied the game and the other put the Giants ahead of the Mets for good in the 9th inning and led to the 4-3 final.

Garrett Richards threw a complete game, 5 hit shutout, striking out 9 Dodgers and giving the Angels the 5-0 win.

Santiago Casilla threw a perfect 9th to save the game for the Giants over the Mets, 4-3. (I couldn’t give it to Hudson!)

They owned baseball on Aug 04, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 03) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

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JOE ROBBINS/GETTY IMAGES

 

David Murphy reached base 4 times, doubled, made two terrific catches and hit a 2 run bottom of the 9th homer to tie the game and set up Cleveland’s 4-3 walk off win in the 12th against Texas.

Chris Tillman threw 7 shutout innings, letting up 4 hits and walking none, helping the Orioles take a tense 1-0 game against Seattle.

Hunter Pence went 3-5 with a pair of homers and a double, driving in 4 runs and helping the Giants crush the Mets, 9-0.

Madison Bumgarner threw a complete game 2 hit shutout, walking just 1 while striking out 10 Mets and as the Giants took the 9-0 laugher.

They owned baseball on Aug 03, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 02) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

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Pat Sullivan – AP

Brett Oberholtzer went 7 innings, allowing 6 hits, 2 runs and walking only 1 Blue Jays batter to get the 8-2 decision for Houston.

Ben Zobrist went 4-5 with a double, a stolen base, a run scored and an RBI in the Rays 10-3 win over the Angels.

Jacob deGrom pitched scoreless ball for the Mets into the 8th, finishing with 7 1/3 innings, 4 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts and getting the 4-2 victory against the Giants.

Josh Harrison got on base 4 times, missing the cycle by a triple, and scored 3 of the Pirates runs as they won 8-3 in Arizona.

They owned baseball on Aug 02, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 1st) – Updated Yearly #WOB Totals For 2014

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FRANK FRANKLIN II/AP

 

Ryan Vogelsong threw a complete game, facing the minimum into the 8th inning. He finished allowing 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and earning the 5-1 decision over the Mets.

Jordy Mercer reached base 3 times including a go ahead RBI double in the 9th, helping the Pirates come from behind to take the 9-4 final in Arizona.

Justin Verlander threw 8 strong innings, allowing just 2 runs and walking no Rockies batter as the Tigers prevailed 4-2.

David Murphy went 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and two RBI as the Indians cruised to a 12-2 win over Texas.

They owned baseball on Aug 01, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 31st) – Updated Yearly #WOB Totals For 2014

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David J. Phillip – AP

Nolan Reimold homered twice including a go ahead 9th inning shot that gave the Blue Jays a 6-5 win in Houston.

Ben Revere got 4 hits, scored 2, drove in one and stole a base, helping the Phillies top the Nationals, 10-4.

Yordano Ventura pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 1 earned run and struckout 7, getting the 6-3 decision for the Royals over the Twins, 6-3.

Clayton Kershaw threw a complete game, letting up a single run, struck out 9 and walked no Atlanta batters and earned the 2-1 victory for the Dodgers.

They owned baseball on July 31, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 30th) – Updated Yearly #WOB Totals For 2014

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Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Matt Kemp reached base 4 times including a homer and a walk off single in the 10th, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the Braves.

Nick Castellanos went 2-4 with a homer and 4 RBI in Detroit’s 7-2 win over the White Sox.

Zack Greinke dominated the Braves with an 8 innings, 1 run 13 strikeout performance. The bullpen blew his chance for a decision but the Dodgers walked off 3-2 winners.

Corey Kluber pitched a complete game 3 hit no walk shutout, striking out 8 as the Indians squeaked past the Mariners, 2-0.

They owned baseball on July 30, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 29th) – Updated Yearly #WOB Totals For 2014

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Cole Hamels pitched 8 shutout innings, striking out 8 and walking none, beating the Mets, 6-0, in what could be his final start as a Philadelphia Phillie.

Matt Kemp went 3-4 with a pair of homers in what could be HIS final day as a Dodger, helping them to an 8-4 victory over the Braves.

Alex Cobb threw 8 strong innings, allowing just 3 hits, 1 run, striking out 12 and got the 5-1 decision for the surging Rays over the Brewers.

Brett Gardner continued his hot hitting with a 4-5 performance, smacking a homer and a pair of doubles and helping the Yankees hold on in a 12-11 slugfest in Texas.

They owned baseball on July 29, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 28th) – Updated Yearly #WOB Totals For 2014

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Melky Cabrera reached base three times including 2 homers, 3 runs and 5 RBI, leading the Blue Jays in a 14-1 demolishing of the Red Sox.

Jake Odorizzi pitched 7 innings allowing 3 hits, 1 run and no walks, earning the decision for the Rays 2-1 over the Brewers.

Adeiny Hechavarria went 2-4 including an RBI triple that tied the game in the 9th and scored the walk off run in the Marlins wild comeback 7-6 win over the Nationals.

Vance Worley threw a 4 hit shutout over the Giants and got the 5-0 victory for the Pirates.

They owned baseball on July 28, 2014.

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