Sunday, 24 July 2016

Major League Baseball - Pitching Fantasy Pick for Fan Duel July 25th, 2016

Disclaimer: Probable Starting Pitching Subject to Change
Fan Duel Fantasy Pick: Aaron Sanchez (P) for $9600

Sanchez will face the San Diego Padres at the Rogers Centre

Sanchez is unlikely to have many runs against
  • 10-1 record on the season
  • 1.80 ERA in July
  • Hasn't lost since April 22nd
  • description: "Sanchez has limited the opposition to two runs or less in six straight starts, which matches his career high. In fact, he has surrendered two runs or less in 14 of his 19 starts this season. This will mark his first career outing vs. San Diego."
Home-and-away splits
  • In order to get 12 points for a pitching win, you need the Jays to win with Sanchez being the pitcher of record
  • The Jays are 6 games over .500 at home on the season at 28-22 (+6 in Jays' favor)
  • The Padres are 11 games under .500 on the road this season at 20-31 (+11 in Jays' favor)
  • The home-and-away splits are +17 in Jays' favor and really compute to a Jays' victory here with Sanchez standing a reasonable shot of being the pitcher of record
  • Sanchez strikes out a fair number of batters, 108 strikeouts in 125.1 IP
  • One great stat with the Padres is that no team has struck out more often on the road than San Diego so far in 2016 (487 times or about 12 per game) - this is the optimal team to host when it comes to strikeout totals

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Chris Sale Trade Rumors - Major League Baseball, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox

The Texas Rangers have been giving up a lot of ground in the AL West recently. Entering July 23rd they were just 2.5 games up on the Houston Astros, a lead that was 10 games as of June 23rd. However, if the trade rumors currently circulating are any indication the Rangers will be looking to stay ahead of Houston going forwards.

The last 24 hours have seen the emergence of Chris Sale trade rumors involving the Chicago White Sox and the Rangers. According to a tweet from T.R. Sullivan, a baseball writer that covers Texas, the Rangers are making a "serious effort" to get the left-handed starter. Players mentioned as candidates that could head out of Texas are Jurickson Profar, a 23-year old infielder with decent offensive stats this season, and Joey Gallo, a 22-year old outfielder/third-baseman that's currently on the disabled list.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

The Word "Tennis" Appears in Six Wikileaks Hillary Clinton Emails

Just saying.

No hits for several top tennis players. Searched all of the following:
  1. Roger Federer
  2. Rafael Nadal
  3. Serena Williams
  4. Venus Williams
  5. Pete Sampras
  6. Andre Agassi
  7. Steffi Graf
  8. Andy Roddick
Also searched Wimbledon, US Open, and many other tennis terms. Nothing really hit, so whatever Hillary Clinton does with her time does not appear to have anything to do with tennis (click below to make larger: results of searching the Clinton emails for the phrase "tennis").

Monday, 4 July 2016

Milos Raonic - What Can He Gain at Wimbledon 2016 for Rankings?

Raonic by Xavier Rondon Medina
Milos Raonic, thanks to an epic fourth-round comeback at Wimbledon on Monday, is into the quarterfinals. The draw is surely one he didn't want to give up without a fight as he has a path to the final that avoids Andy Murray as it will go through Sam Querrey and then either Roger Federer or Marin Cilic. Currently Raonic is the third favorite to win the Wimbledon title, behind both Federer and Murray.

For ranking implications, the best Raonic can do at the All England Club this season with the post-tournament updates is 5th. Both Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka are already out and they are vulnerable to a ranking slide. However, in order to get that high up Raonic would need the title. Realistically he can make the semifinals, but he would be in very tough at that point against either Cilic or Federer. He will most likely be the World No. 7 when the rankings update after Wimbledon.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Recent Articles of Mine Around the Web - Tennis, Hockey, Basketball, Baseball

BetSwot: July 4th article

In a recent article, I argued that the Cubs were not a good team to back in baseball ante-post. Oppose them with the Indians and Astros: go to BetSwot to read full article.

Athena Sports: July 3rd article

WNBA recap of the last week focuses on the Atlanta Dream: go to Athena Sports to read it.

Puntersblogs: July 2nd article

Florida Panthers looking good: go to Puntersblogs to read it in full.