2015 MLB Player Props

The Major League Baseball 2015 regular season starts in just over one month. Odds makers have just released an array of different props that can be bet on for the season.

Bookmakers have released MLB World Series futures, divisional odds and win total, but now there are player specific props to wager on as well.

One prop bet that is always the most popular is the player who will hit the most home runs. Last season that player was Nelson Cruz in the American League with 50 and Giancarlo Stanton with 37 led the National League.

Stanton this season is the favorite at +600 to lead the majors in home runs. According to Bovada and betonline, Stanton is +600, Jose Abreu is +800 and Chris Carter is +1800.

A number of other key statistical offensive categories are available to make future bets on.

The league leader for hits has an over/under of 213.5.

Last season just one player Jose Altuve had 200 or more hits with 225. Odds makers such as topbet and sportsbook.com have Altuve leading the majors in hits but with just 195.

The batting average leader in the league is set at .341 for the over/under. Altuve led the league in batting average last season as well as in hits. He finished at .341, with Victor Martinez at .335 in second and Michael Brantley at .327 in third.

The number of home runs has an over/under of 43.5. No individual hitter is expected to hit over 41 home runs this season. Since 2001, the number of homes has continually dropped.

The most RBIs are set at 124.5 for the over/under. Last season the top RBI man was Adrian Gonzalez for the Los Angeles Dodgers with 116 and just 12 hit the 100 RBI mark. Both Stanton and Miguel Cabrera are expected to have 104 RBIs in the season making them co-favorites in that category.

The leader in stolen bases for this season has an over/under of 63.5. Dee Gordon of Miami and Billy Hamilton of Cincinnati will be the top two in stolen bases. Gordon led the league last season with 64 stolen bases, while Hamilton tied Altuve for second at 56.

From hitting to pitching, the league leader for wins is set at 21.5. Last season the most wins were 21 by Clayton Kershaw, while Johnny Cueto and Adam Wainwright recorded 20 apiece. Just one pitcher in the last five seasons, Justin Verlander in 2011 with 24, has won 22 or more games.

The most saves in the league is set at 47.5. Fernando Rodney last season led the league with 48 saves. Five top relievers in the league are predicted to record only 35 saves this season, which is astronomically low. After all, in 11 of the last 14 seasons, at least one pitcher has had 48 or more saves.

MLB Win Projections for 2015

Can the Royals duplicate their success of last year?

Can you believe teams have already reported for spring training in Florida and Arizona? Seems like the season just ended doesn’t it? Here are you season total win total projections from our friends at Bovada.

Arizona Diamondbacks – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      71½ (-115)

Under                                   71½ (-115)

Despite the changes, I like the UNDER.

Atlanta Braves – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      73½ (-115)

Under                                   73½ (-115)

The Braves always seem to find a way to succeed. Take the OVER.

Baltimore Orioles – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      82½ (-115)

Under                                   82½ (-115)

I think they take a step back but go with the OVER.

Boston Red Sox – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      86½ (-115)

Under                                   86½ (-115)

The BoSox have upgraded in all the right places. Take the OVER.

Chicago Cubs – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      82½ (-115)

Under                                   82½ (-115)

Will the Cubs be better? Yes, but I’m not ready for over .500 so take the UNDER.

Chicago White Sox – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      81½ (-115)

Under                                   81½ (-115)

I’m just not convinced this team is ready for recovery yet. Take the UNDER.

Cincinnati Reds – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      77½ (-115)

Under                                   77½ (-115)

Take the UNDER as the Reds are still reshuffling the deck.

Cleveland Indians – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      83½ (-115)

Under                                   83½ (-115)

Take the OVER. I like the direction of the Indians.

Colorado Rockies – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      71½ (-115)

Under                                   71½ (-115)

I don’t see much to be positive about here. Take the UNDER.

Detroit Tigers – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      84½ (-115)

Under                                   84½ (-115)

It’s really hard to see them doing as well as recent years with injuries and pitching losses. Take the UNDER.

Houston Astros – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      74½ (-115)

Under                                   74½ (-115)

Arrow up on the Astros. I like the OVER.

Kansas City Royals – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      79½ (-115)

Under                                   79½ (-115)

Can they repeat last year’s success? I say no. Take the OVER.

Los Angeles Angels – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      89½ (-115)

Under                                   89½ (-115)

Take the OVER. Big year coming from the Halos.

LA Dodgers
Can the Dodgers get over the hump and get to the World Series?

Los Angeles Dodgers – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      92½ (-115)

Under                                   92½ (-115)

It’s a big number but I’ll take the OVER.

Miami Marlins – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      81½ (-115)

Under                                   81½ (-115)

I really like the OVER here as new additions boost the Marlins.

Milwaukee Brewers – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      78½ (-115)

Under                                   78½ (-115)

Take the UNDER in a super-competitive NL Central.

Minnesota Twins – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      70½ (-115)

Under                                   70½ (-115)

Managerial change brings instability. Take the UNDER.

New York Mets – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      81½ (-115)

Under                                   81½ (-115)

What reason have they given me to be excited? Take the UNDER.

New York Yankees – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      81½ (-115)

Under                                   81½ (-115)

If A-Rod can contribute without being a problem, I like the OVER.

Oakland Athletics – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      80½ (-115)

Under                                   80½ (-115)

They stumbled to the finish last year and it continues in 2015. Take the UNDER.

Philadelphia Phillies – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      68½ (-115)

Under                                   68½ (-115)

Can they really be this bad? Yes, take the UNDER.

Pittsburgh Pirates – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      83½ (-115)

Under                                   83½ (-115)

Playoffs for two straight years in Pittsburgh and things look as good this season. Take the OVER.

San Diego Padres – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      85½ (-115)

Under                                   85½ (-115)

Fantastic additions but I’m still going UNDER.

San Francisco Giants – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      84½ (-115)

Under                                   84½ (-115)

The defending champs have some offense to replace but I still like the OVER.

Seattle Mariners – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      86½ (-115)

Under                                   86½ (-115)

Could the Mariners be the cream of the crop in the AL? Maybe and I’m taking the OVER.

St. Louis Cardinals – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      88½ (-115)

Under                                   88½ (-115)

This number is really close for me. I’ll take the UNDER but barely.

Tampa Bay Rays – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      78½ (-115)

Under                                   78½ (-115)

I just don’t see this team improving much. Take the UNDER.

Texas Rangers – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      77½ (-115)

Under                                   77½ (-115)

With Profar likely out for the season I’ll take the UNDER.

Toronto Blue Jays – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      82½ (-115)

Under                                   82½ (-115)

Lots of excitement in Canada about this team and rightfully so. I’ll take the OVER.

Washington Nationals – Total Regular Season Wins in 2015

Over                                      92½ (-115)

Under                                   92½ (-115)

I see no reason why this shouldn’t be a World Series team. Take the OVER.

Washington Nationals Top World Series Futures Heading to Spring Training

Spring Training will start soon across South Florida and the desert southwest, even though it is the dead of winter in the majority of the U.S. A number of teams will start reporting this week to their spring training facilities with the pitchers and catchers reporting first.

In just a few short weeks, the teams will be ready to start their spring training schedules and prepare for the 2015 season.

According to one online report, many of the Major League Baseball’s 30 teams will have pitchers and catchers reporting starting today February 12 and all camps are open officially starting February 20.

The upcoming season could see big changes for teams, as the offseason was busy with a number of trades and big free agent signings.

According to Bovada and sportsbook.com, the team with the best odds to win the World Series is the Washington Nationals. The Nationals hit the jackpot this past offseason when they signed Max Scherzer to a $200 million seven-year deal. When Scherzer is added to a staff that is considered by most one of the league’s best, many teams will dread three- and four-game series with Washington.
One of big surprises on the futures board for the World Series is the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs made significant changes during the offseason, including signing Joe Maddon to manage the club. However, the club is 16 to 1 and in front of teams such as Kansas City, Baltimore, the Yankees and Detroit and that is a big stretch.

According to topbet and betonline, the Cubs have been cellar dwellers the last two seasons and next to last the two seasons prior to that.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are second on the list due to their strong starting rotation that compares with that of Washington. When the Dodgers and Nationals meet, the over under could be low as 1 or 2. Just kidding, but that just underscores the strength the two pitching staffs have.

The season is long, injuries are always a play away and these odds will be adjusted up and down like a yo-yo between now and October.

2015 World Series Odds

Washington Nationals 6 to 1
Los Angeles Dodgers 13 to 2
Los Angeles Angels 10 to 1
St. Louis Cardinals 12 to 1
Boston Red Sox 14 to 1
Seattle Mariners 14 to 1
Chicago White Sox 15 to 1
San Francisco Giants 15 to 1
Chicago Cubs 16 to 1
San Diego Padres 18 to 1
Detroit Tigers 20 to 1

New Futures for 2014 World Series Champion Released

New World Series odds have been released by bookmakers with some early season surprises. The San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers have all made substantial movement over the first two weeks of the season.

The Brewers and Giants have seen their odds shortened on Bovada and betonline line, while Cincinnati’s odds have tumbled on sportsbook.com and topbet.

Cincinnati opened the season with a price of 14 to 1 to win the World Series. If you believe the Reds will still win the series, now is when a wager should be made.

The Reds have started 4-8 but are much better than the record indicates. The team has a good starting rotation, strong bullpen and good closer, who is out injured now by is due back in May.

Mat Latos has had an arm injury which hurts the Reds’ starting rotation, but Homer Bailey the ace is capable of lowering his abnormally high earned run average and get back on track.

Robert Stephenson is a rookie currently in Double-A ball and cannot be expected to replace Latos, but his strong arm could help him until experience steps in.

Milwaukee has been the surprise of baseball with their 10-2 start. The Brewers opened at 60 to 1 odds, but sportsbooks have shortened the price a great deal to their current 20 to 1, thanks to strong pitching from both the starters and relievers. Offensively, the batting order has proved to be dangerous. However, two weeks does not make a season as they have 150 games left to play.

Offensively with Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez, the team can produce a number of runs. Milwaukee also has five strong starting pitchers and if they remain healthy, the club could contend in the very strong National League Central.

The San Francisco Giants are also making their move up the odds board, shortening their odds for winning the Fall Classic.

The Giants have another strong starting rotation, but might have the most underrated team in the league. Offensively the Giants are strong with Hunter Pence, Michael Morse and Brandon Belt. On the mound, the talent is not what it has been when the Giants won World Series nevertheless it is stronger than many clubs are.

The Giants started the season at 20 to 1, but have shortened that in just two weeks to 16 to 1. That number could become even shorter if the team continues to win games at the rate they have started.

NEW ODDS 2014 World Series Champions

Los Angeles Dodgers 5 to 1

Detroit Tigers 7 to 1

St. Louis Cardinals 7 to 1

Washington Nationals 8 to 1

Tampa Bay Rays 14 to 1

Boston Red Sox 14 to 1

Oakland A’s 14 to 1

Los Angeles Angels 16 to 1

New York Yankees 16 to 1

Atlanta Braves 16 to 1

Pitching Props Available on Sportsbooks Online

Pitchers and catchers have already arrived at spring training and many online betting sites have released a number of props for pitchers.

It is not easy trying to predict pitchers. Much of that is due to so many factors involved that are out of their control. Nevertheless, even though it is impossible to predict run support or injuries for a pitcher, there is some good value in the props for pitchers on Bovada, topbet, betonline and sportsbook.com.

Any Pitcher: Total Wins 21 OVER -135, UNDER +110

During the past few season a resurgence in pitching across the major leagues has taken place. However, that has not translated necessarily into more wins by an individual pitcher.

Since the beginning of the 2009 season, just one time has a pitcher recorded more than 21 victories. That took place in 2011 when Detroit’s Justin Verlander recorded 24.

One six occasions there have been pitchers that have won 21 games during that same span including last year when Detroit’s Max Scherzer recorded 21. Based upon those recent trends and nothing else the UNDER is a better play.

Number of Strikeouts: 249.5 OVER -105 UNDER -105

Only four times over the last five seasons, has the OVER on this be hit by pitchers. One of those times was last season when Yu Darvish for the Texas Rangers recorded 277 strikeouts. That was the most in any season since the 290 Randy Johnson recorded in 2004. By taking the OVER in this prop, the bettor is counting on Darvish to be healthy all season.

There is also Verlander who has recorded 2 seasons with 250 or more Ks, Scherzer who had 240 Ks during last season and Stephen Strasburg who has averaged 194 over the last two seasons while throwing for less than 184 innings each season.

Darvish will likely surpass 250 strikeouts if he can remain healthy, but the better value is with the UNDER.

Individual Wins Totals Regular Season

David Price – Win total 15

Price has pitched nearly perfect ball or subpar for the past four seasons when taking into consideration wins. He has hit 19 or more wins on two occasions and below 13 on two occasion.

The southpaw is a very talented pitcher as a Cy Young award is testament to that. However, triceps problems have nagged him. Last season he made only 27 starts. A stint of two weeks on the DL or a trade will make it tough for the talented pitcher to reach 16 wins. The value here sits on the UNDER.

James Shields: Win total 13.5

Shields has started 31 or more games for seven consecutive seasons and in his past four seasons has recorded 13 or more wins each year.

Last season he had 13 wins despite his teammates giving him less than 4 runs of support a game. Shields tied Clayton Kershaw for most quality starts in the league, which is six innings of pitching and three or less earned runs allowed.

Kansas City is expected to contend for the playoffs this season and that means Shields should have value on the OVER.

Updated Futures for 2014 World Series, Division, Total Wins and Home Runs

The Major League Baseball’s regular season is just over a month away. Many of the biggest free agents are signed, including Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz with the Baltimore Orioles, in just the past week.

Spring training has started and therefore, online sites across the Internet such as Bovada and topbet are updating their futures boards for the 2014 MLB season.

Despite the fact, the Orioles added the strong arm of Jimenez and the powerful bat of Cruz, Baltimore’s price has lengthened to 40 to 1 today from 30 to 1 at the end of January.

AL East rivals the Tampa Bay Rays saw their odds shortened on betonline and sportsbook.com to 12 to 1 from 16 to 1.

Two teams in the AL West, the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers, also had their odds shortened to 15 to 1 from 18 to 1. They are at that number with the Oakland Athletics the defending champs of the division, whose price went from 16 to 1 to 15 to 1.

Some teams also had their odds adjusted for their division, while not having their prices changed for the World Series.

On Bovada, the Los Angeles Dodgers have World Series odds at 5 to 1, which make them the favorite. To win the NL West they are 5 to 14, which was slightly shortened from last month’s 1 to 3.

The Detroit Tigers are second on the futures board to win the World Series sitting at 7 to 1. That price did not move on topbet, but the price for them winning the AL Central moved to 4 to 11 from 1 to 3.

In win totals on betonline, the Kansas Royals total increased to 82 from 79.5, while the Cleveland Indians jumped a ½ game to 80.5 from 80.

In addition, the odds for the home run title for 2014 were updated, with several adjustments worth looking at.

Chris Davis the Orioles slugger is now tied with Miguel Cabrera at 7 to 1. Davis moved from 12 to 1 to his current 7 to 1 odds. Davis is the defending champ in home runs as he swatted 53 last season to lead the Majors.

A big mover on the home run boards was Jose Abreu. His odds shorten from 100 to 1 to 40 to 1. Abreu has great power, but some other sports sites have him only hitting 24 round trippers for the season.

He could be a risky bet at the current 40 to 1 price as he is coming from a foreign pro league into MLB.

Three left-handed batters are emerging as possible good plays. Mark Teixeira, who actually hits from both sides, but will do his damage for the left hitting to the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium is healthy once again and still young enough that he could put together a good season. He is sitting on 75 to 1 and the potential for a nice profit is attractive.

Joey Votto the Cincinnati first baseman is 100 to 1 and has exceptional profit potential. Look for him to have a strong season at the plate.

Jay Bruce, a teammate of Votto, is sitting at 30 to 1 after previously being 25 to 1. He has not yet shown the power his impressive scouting reports have forecasted.

Win Totals, Division Odds and Player Props Futures for MLB Released

The winter is nearing an end and that means baseball is not far away. Bookmakers have posted their win totals for the 2014 MLB season with the Los Angeles Dodgers given the top spot.

The time is quickly approaching for the pitchers and catchers of each Major League baseball team to report to spring training in Arizona and Florida.

Baseball will start to become part of the conversation, predictions will start to be made and money will start to be placed on futures boards in Vegas and online at Bovada, topbet, sportsbook.com and betonline.

On Sunday, the first win totals for all 30 Major League Baseball teams were released, as well as division odds and player props.

Most sites have listed the Los Angeles Dodgers at 93.5, giving them the highest win total for the league. With 63.5, the Houston Astros have the dubious title of having the lowest win total futures in MLB.

This season the pitching staff for the Dodgers will be one of the best in the majors. After the team was able to figure out how to win after its first 80 games, they were one of the best teams in baseball, said one analyst from Bovada.

The Dodgers own one of the best starting rotations in the league, an improved bullpen and slugger Matt Kemp is expected  to once again contribute offensively, Los Angeles should be even better this season than last.

After half the season, Los Angeles was able to get Yasiel Puig playing well and they returned from the cellar in the National League West in June to the division title in late September. The Dodgers finished the regular season at 92-70, but lost to St. Louis in the NLCS 4-2.

The Dodgers have the highest payroll in the majors at $216 million, with high expectation of winning the World Series. Many wagering sites agree and have the dodgers at 5 to 1 to take the World Series.

The low win total the Astros were given at 63.5 is still much higher than they the total wins they had last season of 51.

Last season the Astros very low win total consisted of losing the last 15 regular season games. Their All-Star catcher Jason Castro also missed the last 25 games of the season. Houston has an array of talent to display this season and could threaten the OVER in that win total.

The Yankees in the last year that Derek Jeter will be playing have been given a win total of 85.5, which after appearing on the Bovada board was quickly bet up to 86.

The Yankees lost the services of the retired Mariano Rivera, free agent Robinson Cano and the suspended A-Rod. However, they added Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran.

Last season the Yankees were 85-77 and contended until September. The signing of pitcher Masahiro Tanaka should help the team from the start.

Last season the Pittsburgh Pirates reached the post season and ended with a 94-68 regular season record. They lost the NL Central division by three games to the St. Louis Cardinals, but should be strong this season and have been given a win total of 84.5.

Check out the win total for your favorite clubs at sportsbook.com, topbet, Bovada and betonline.

Baseball and College Football on My Docket Today

Fielder's trade to Texas works for both teams but for the Tigers it was much needed.

Major League Baseball’s hot stove was supposed to be rather boring this offseason. Apparently the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers did not get that particular memo. Earlier this week the two recently successful American League teams pulled off a big deal.

The Tigers sent first basement Prince Fielder to the Rangers in exchange for Texas’ second baseman Ian Kinsler.

The move appears to be a good deal for both teams but I believe it’s an outstanding deal for the Tigers in particular. Fielder spent just two seasons in the Motor City and has had productive yet uninspiring statistics.

The knock on Fielder in Detroit has been two horrible playoff performances and a contract that still has seven years and $168 million left on it. By trading Fielder to Texas, Detroit frees up money. They also sent $30 million to the Rangers as part of the deal by the way.

That money can now be used to re-work deals for Miguel Cabrera and possibly allows them to keep Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.

On the field, the Tigers now have some options. General thought has Cabrera moving back to first base and Kinsler of course taking over at second and probably the lead-off spot in the line-up as well.

It also allows Detroit to give one of their top prospects a shot at third base. Nick Castellanos is believed to be ready defensively but there are questions about his hitting in terms of being an everyday player.

For the Rangers, it gives their line-up an immediate upgrade in terms of power. It’s power that has been missing since Josh Hamilton left for Los Angeles. The Ballpark at Arlington should be much more welcoming to Fielder’s home run numbers than Comerica Park which is clearly a pitcher’s ball  park.

Texas is also getting a guy that plays every day and is rarely injured.

For Kinsler’s part, he will make $62 million over the next five years and immediately moves into second base.

Both teams pulled this thing together in about 24 hours and feel as though they are both getting something they want and need. That’s all you can really ask for in a trade.

Will the problems for Winston derail the Seminoles?

Trouble at Florida State?

The Florida State Seminoles are preparing for the Idaho Vandals this week as they continue on a collision course with Alabama for the BCS Title. In the background however is an increasingly large police investigation involving Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston.

A woman in Tallahassee claims she was sexually assaulted by Winston in December of 2012. Winston volunteered a DNA sample feeling he had done nothing wrong. He claims the sex was consensual.

The DNA was a match to DNA found on the accuser’s underwear.

Winston’s lawyers are not at all surprised that the DNA matched. They’ve said all along the sex was consensual and believe that no crime was committed.

Basically this will become a situation that will become “he said, she said” and whether Winston is charged or not is unknown.

In this particular day and age, we must not devalue the claims of the accuser and must not belittle the claims of the accused either. Stories about women hunting down pro and college athletes in efforts to collect their semen and they claim assault and or pregnancy are out there.

This doesn’t seem that simple though. I don’t know what Winston did or didn’t do, but the fact an investigator told the accuser’s family to drop things because the city was a “football town” is disturbing enough.

Let’s hope they get to the truth of the matter sooner rather than later.

Blown Calls in MLB Have Gone Far Enough

Bob Melvin
Bob Melvin
The A's Melvin had every right to be incensed after Hernandez blew yet another call.

Umpires make mistakes just as players on the diamond make mistakes themselves. Players boot ground balls and miss signals on a daily basis and umpires miss balls and strikes as well. In all sports however, instant replay was supposed to eliminate those mistakes by officials but I have argued that instant replay has actually created far more problems for players, officials and fans.

Two nights ago in Cleveland, the men in blue took a simple call and turned it into an absolute fiasco when Adam Rosales of the Oakland A’s hit a deep ball to left-center field. The ball smashed high above the wall and returned to the field of play where it was ruled a double. A’s manager Bob Melvin sought an instant replay as television replays clearly showed the ball carry over the wall and bounce off the stair railing well behind.

Amazingly, umpire Angel Hernandez and his crew ruled the play would stand as a double. Melvin was beside himself as well he should have been. Major League Baseball may be a long season but every game counts. Should the Athletics miss the playoffs by a game, they’d have every reason to be disgusted with Commissioner Bud Selig and MLB in general. The potential home run would have tied the game, but instead Melvin was tossed and the A’s went down to defeat.

Bryce Harper
Harper was in disbelief following an ejection in Pittsburgh last week.

Poor umpiring isn’t just happening on calls either. Last week, the Washington Nationals were in Pittsburgh and in the top of the first, Nats’ star Bryce Harper was ejected by umpire John Hirschbeck for what amounted to “shrugging his shoulders.” Hirschbeck, the third base ump, said Harper went around on a third strike check swing. I thought Harper went around too, but it was Hirschbeck’s over-reaction to Harper’s look down the line was typical of the poor umpiring Major League Baseball has been suffering from.

I can’t help but think the umpires are forgetting their place on the diamond. People pay good, hard-earned money to see baseball players, not baseball umpires. Imagine being a fan who attended that game in Pittsburgh only to see one of the stars thrown out by an overly sensitive umpire. Worse yet, how about you the bettor?

You lay your hard-earned money down on games like these but never in your wildest dreams do you imagine one the top young players in the league being tossed out on his ear. Obviously, when we wager on any sport, we understand there is always a risk of injury, odd weather and certainly ejections but these situations are becoming more and more rampant and they are unnecessary.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark said today that instant replay will never be perfect in baseball but it needs to be fixed. To me, there is the entire problem in a nutshell. If it isn’t going to correct errors 100% of the time then instant replay should not be an option. If players make mistakes then so to can umpires.

I am to the point where I really believe umpires in baseball are desperate to make themselves more a part of the ‘show’ and that isn’t good. Missed calls happen and that will never change but blatantly blown calls are just unacceptable. Veteran umpires like Hernandez and Hirschbeck need to be held accountable and need to be reminded they are not the reason people are there to watch the game.

Cleveland at Detroit – These two Central Division rivals are within a game of each other and open a big spring series in Motown tonight. The Tigers have lost two in a row, but are 7-3 over their last ten while the Indians enter with a 9-1 stretch. Take the Tigers at home tonight with Max Scherzer on the hill.