Picks for Wednesday June 30, 2010

30 06 2010

5- Star Picks for Wednesday June 30, 2010

Philadelphia Phillies

Minnesota Twins

Los Angeles Angels/ Texas Rangers OVER 9.5

Colorado Rockies

Toronto Blue Jays

Doggin’ it Pick

Washington Nationals

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Picks for Tuesday June 29, 2010

29 06 2010

5- Star Picks for Tuesday June 29, 2010

St. Louis Cardinals

Minnesota Twins

Milwaukee Brewers

Baltimore Orioles

Toronto Blue Jays

Doggin’ it Pick

Philadelphia Phillies

Washington Nationals

(sometimes you have to take a look at the desperate teams who are in need of a win)





Five Changes That Should Be Made in the MLB: #3

28 06 2010

3.  Divisional Re-Allignment

Yeah, you’re reading that right.  It may be time to really shake up the MLB if a salary cap is not put in place.  It’s getting tiresome seeing the same teams all the time battling for divisional supremacy.  Teams such as the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Angels, Braves, Cardinals, and Phillies just to name a few are backed by owners that have money to dispense at any given time to better their team which then leaves the rest of the league with unsuccessful attempts of clawing their way out of their hole because their owners have to pinch every penny due to a lack of revenue caused by diminishing fan support.

So, if the MLB doesn’t want to implement a salary cap, then maybe it’s time for a little shake-up in the make up of each division to help balance the playing field.

Here’s how the suggested re-allignment would work.

American League and National League East:

Take the Yankees,Mets, Red Sox, Phillies and Braves and put them in the American League East.  The Blue Jays, Rays and Orioles would move to the National League East to join the Nationals and Marlins.

American League and National League Central:

These are the tricky divisions considering that the American League Central has sent three different teams to the post-season over the past 5 years (Tigers, Twins and White Sox)

Keep the Twins, White Sox, and Tigers in the American League and shift Milwaukee, and St. Louis in.  The Royals and Indians would join the Reds, Cubs and Pirates in the National League.

American League and National League West:

In this situation, we could just give California its own division with the Padres, Giants, Athletics, Angels and Dodgers, but, that wouldn’t really be fair to teams other than the Halos and Dodgers.  So, here’s how it could be re-alligned.

The American League West would bring in the Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants, and keep the Athletics and Rangers from the A.L, and would also inherit the Astros as the odd team out from the Central’s restructuring.

In the National League, the Dodgers and Rockies would be joined by the Angels and Mariners.

After the dust settles, this is how the standings would appear.

American League

East

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves

Central

Chicago White Sox

Minnesota Twins

Detroit Tigers

St. Louis Cardinals

Milwaukee Brewers

West

San Diego Padres

Arizona Diamondbacks

Texas Rangers

Houston Astros

Oakland Athletics


National League

East

Toronto Blue Jays

Tampa Bay Rays

Washington Nationals

Florida Marlins

Baltimore Orioles

Central

Kansas City Royals

Cleveland Indians

Cincinnati Reds

Chicago Cubs

Pittsburgh Pirates

West

Los Angeles Dodgers

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Colorado Rockies

Seattle Mariners


Now, there are thousands of possibilities, and factors to consider, but this is just one way of adjusting the standings.  If there’s no salary cap being talked about, or considered, then this is one of the best solutions to help generate more revenue towards the MLB and organizations with financial troubles.

With a divisional re-allignment, this would now take all the teams who have the big bucks and stick them in divisions where the playing level is no-longer lopsided.  Another solution is to put the Red Sox, Yankees, Phillies, Angels and Cardinals in their own division and watch them beat the hell out of each other, but that wouldn’t be fair… or would it?





Picks for Monday June 28,2010

28 06 2010

5- Star Picks for Monday June 28, 2010

Toronto Blue Jays

Colorado Rockies

Washington Nationals

Chicago White Sox

Minnesota Twins

Doggin’ it Pick

Slovakia

Philadelphia Phillies





Picks for Sunday June 27, 2010

27 06 2010

5- Star Picks for Sunday June 27, 2010

Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals/ Baltimore Orioles OVER 9.5

Germany

Argentina

Toronto Blue Jays/ Philadelphia Phillies OVER 9.5

Doggin’ it Pick

Pittsburgh Pirates





Picks for Saturday June 26, 2010

26 06 2010

5- Star Picks x 2 for Saturday June 26, 2010

Washington Nationals

Tampa Bay Rays

Texas Rangers

USA

Florida Marlins

Boston Red Sox

St. Louis Cardinals

Cleveland Indians/ Cincinnati Reds OVER 8.5

Uruguay

Milwaukee Brewers

Doggin’ it Pick

Minnesota Twins





2010 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 Picks

25 06 2010

Uruguay vs. South Korea:

Uruguay 2-1 in extra time


USA vs. Ghana:

Revenge factor involved in this one.  Ghana sent the Americans packing in 2006 so expect Landon “Captain America” Donovan to lead the stars and stripes to a victory.  Ghana is a very young team, so I think their inexperience will come into play early.  The Americans need a lot more from Tim Howard in goal.  He can’t be shaky,  and he has to control his rebounds.

USA 2-0


Germany vs. England

Count on another early exit for Rooney and his boys.  Germany’s Miroslav Klose will be back, and so will their goal scoring touch.  Rooney’s temper will eventually cost him and England the game.

Germany 3-1


Argentina vs. Mexico

Sorry, but this one’s too easy.  Messi hasn’t scored a goal yet, and that should be Mexico’s biggest fear right now.  Eventually the Argentinian superstar has to wake up, and this will probably be the game he does.

I sort of feel for Mexico in this game.  It’s going to get ugly fast.

Argentina 4-0


Netherlands vs. Slovakia

I feel as if this is a trap game.  As I’ve said, the Netherlands are the San Jose Sharks of the World Cup tournament.

Slovakia did oust the defending champs Italy, so does that mean their 15 minutes of fame has come to an end?

Nope.

Slovakia with the 2-1 upset


Brazil vs. Chile

Here’s the trend of the year:  Since the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Brazil has won the title following a European team’s win.  (1990- Germany, 1994- Brazil, 1998- France, 2002- Brazil, 2006- Italy, 2010- ?)

That is all.

Brazil 2-0


Paraguay vs. Japan

Paraguay ran away with Group F, and I can’t see Japan stacking up in this match.  A key fact that many seem to overlook, including myself, is that Paraguay did beat Argentina and Brazil in order to qualify for the tournament, and then stunned the Italians with a 1-1 draw in the opening match.

Paraguay 2-1 in extra time


Spain vs. Portugal

So will it be the David Villa show, or the Cristiano Ronaldo show?  Hmm.  I say neither.  Maybe Torres will finally run wild and show why he’s Liverpool’s superstar?  Again, probably not.  I think XAVI and Puyol have great games, and lead Spain to the next round.  Remember, Spain has dominated Portugal in the past, and I like the trend to continue.

Stat Pack:

Spain is 15-5 and 12 draws against Portugal, and have popped 71 goals compared to 37 by Portugal.

Spain 3-2