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Baseball Picks April 27-May 3

This post will house my picks for this week.
April 2012: 35-36 +0.91 units
May 2012: 5-5 +1.37 units
2012: 40-41 +2.28 units
May 3:
Don't get the Yankees line today.
Cubs +140 @ Cincy -1 unit
Yankees -125 @ Royals -1 unit
Cleveland +110 vs. White Sox +1.1 units
May 2:
Decent start to May, would've been fantastic if the Rangers held on to that five-run lead. I like four games today, so I'll play four.
Nationals -119 vs. Arizona +0.84 units
Giants -118 vs. Miami -1 unit
Texas +100 @ Toronto -1 unit
Oakland +170 @ Boston +1.7 units
May 1:
A 1-run and a 2-run beat. Uggh. At least I finished in the black during April.
Texas -143 @ Toronto -1 unit
Dodgers +114 @ Rockies +1.14 units
Oakland +159 @ Boston +1.59 units
April 30:
Arizona +150 @ Miami +1.5 units
Mets -110 @ Houston -1 unit
Dodgers +123 @ Rockies -1 unit
April 29:
Mets -105 @ Rockies +0.95 units
Tigers +180 @ Yankees -1 unit
Cleveland +100 vs. Angels +1 unit
April 27:
Just FYI, I won't be able to pick tomorrow (go…

Final 2012 NFL Mock Draft

Here it is, my final mock. No time for analysis.
1: IND Andrew Luck QB Stanford
2: WAS (from STL) Robert Griffin QB Baylor
3: MIN Matt Kalil OT USC
4: CLE Trent Richardson RB Alabama
5: TB Morris Claiborne CB LSU
6: STL (from WAS) Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
7: JAC Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State
8: MIA Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
9: CAR Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College
10: BUF Mark Barron SS Alabama
11: KC David DeCastro OG Stanford
12: SEA Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
13: ARI Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
14: DAL Michael Brockers DT LSU
15: PHI Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
16: NYJ Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
17: CIN Riley Reiff OT Iowa
18: SD Chandler Jones DE Syracuse
19: CHI Kendall Wright WR Baylor
20: TEN Dontari Poe DT Memphis
21: CIN Dre Kirpatrick CB Alabama
22: CLE Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB Alabama
23: DET Cordy Glenn G/OT Georgia
24: PIT Dont'a Hightower ILB Alabama
25: DEN Jerel Worthy DT MSU
26: HOU Shea McClellin DE Boise State
27: NE Harrison Smith SS…

MLB Power Rankings: Week 3

Here we go again. Yes, sports beside the NFL exist today. Analysis through Wednesday's games.
1: Rangers
2: Nationals
3: Rays
4: Yankees
5: Braves
6: Dodgers
7: Cardinals
8: Tigers
9: White Sox
10: Giants
11: Orioles
12: Blue Jays
13: Mets
14: Diamondbacks
15: Indians
16: Brewers
17: Reds
18: Phillies
19: Red Sox
20: Mariners
21: Rockies
22: A's
23: Angels
24: Marlins
25: Pirates
26: Astros
27: Padres
28: Cubs
29: Twins
30: Royals

That's all for now!

2012 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

Another mock draft! My last one will go up Thursday afternoon in all likelihood.
1: IND Andrew Luck QB Stanford
2: WAS (from STL) Robert Griffin QB Baylor
3: MIN Matt Kalil OT USC
4: CLE Trent Richardson RB Alabama
5: TB Morris Claiborne CB LSU
6: STL Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
7: PHI (projected: from JAC) Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State
8: MIA Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
9: CAR Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College
10: BUF Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
11: KC Riley Reiff OT Iowa
12: NYJ (projected: from SEA) Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
13: ARI Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
14: DAL Mark Barron SS Alabama
15: JAC  (projected: from PHI) Kendall Wright WR Baylor
16: SEA (projected: from NYJ) Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
17: CIN David DeCastro G Stanford
18: SD Chandler Jones DE Syracuse
19: CHI Michael Brockers DT LSU
20: TEN Dontari Poe DT Memphis
21: CIN Dre Kirpatrick CB Alabama
22: CLE Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB Alabama
23: DET Cordy Glenn G/OT Georgia
24: PIT Dont'…

Baseball Picks April 20-26

2012 season:
April: 31-31 +1.22 units
2012: 31-31 +1.22 units
April 26th:
Only 2 picks today cause there are 8 games, and I couldn't find 3 I like. Will do 4 sometime next week to make up.
Nationals -105 @ Padres -1 unit
The Nats are playing good ball right now.
Seattle +180 @ Tigers +1.8 units
My Tigers are in a slump right now, Porcello especially. I feel dirty rooting against the Tigers though.
April 25th:
Back in black again! That's what I call a good day. Just FYI, my final mock draft is going up tomorrow afternoon.
Arizona +110 vs. Philly -1 unit
The Phillies are having major problems right now.
Tampa Bay +100 vs. Angels +1 unit
No Trumbo tonight, and the Angels are overrated in general.
San Fran +121 @ Cincinnati -1 unit
Cincy is terrible right now, and the Giants are underrated
April 24th:
I'm not going to call something my pick of the day again, so that doesn't happen.
Mets +101 vs. Miami +1.01 units
Johan Santana is a boss.
Nats -108 @ Padres +0.93 units
Nats…

2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

Here's the second edition of my mock draft. Might put some commentary up later if I have time.
1: IND Andrew Luck QB Stanford
2: WAS Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
3: MIN Matt Kalil OT USC
4: CLE Trent Richardson RB Alabama
5: TB Morris Claiborne CB LSU
6: STL Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
7: PHI Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
Projected trade: PHI and JAC swap first rounders, JAC receives 2nd (pick 46) and 4th round picks as well.
8: MIA Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
9: CAR Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State
10: BUF Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
11: KC Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College
12: SEA Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
13: ARI Riley Reiff OT Iowa
14: DAL Mark Barron SS Alabama
15: JAC Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
Projected trade: see pick 7.
16: NYJ David DeCastro OG Stanford
17: CIN Dre Kirpatrick CB Alabama
18: SD Chandler Jones DE Syracuse
19: CHI Kendall Wright WR Baylor
20: TEN Dontari Poe DT Memphis
21: CIN Cordy Glenn OG Georgia
22: CLE Courtney Upshaw DE Alaba…

MLB Power Rankings: Week 2

Same deal as last week. Rank the teams from 1 to 30 with as little bias as possible (definitely not an easy task).
1: Rangers LW: 2
18-3 is amazing, even against the struggling Red Sox.
2: Tigers LW: 1
Only fell due to the Rangers looking amazing.
3: Cardinals LW: 3
Quietly skating to a 9-3 record.
4: Nationals LW: 12
Ian Desmond is playing stellar at short.
5: Yankees LW: 4
Somebody get Jeter a long-term contract!
6: Dodgers LW: 11
Not higher than this due to the dearth of games against my bottom 5 teams.
7: Rays LW: 6
Still in a little bit of a rut to start the year.
8: Braves LW: 18
Playing great outside of the first series versus the Mets.
9: Blue Jays LW: 8
A team that should make the playoffs, but probably won't because 4 of the top 12 teams are in their division.
10: Diamondbacks LW: 5
A little too high on the D-backs last week.
11: Mets LW: 14
Mets coming down to earth some, and anyone can contend in the wide-open NL East (where the Phillies are last)!
12: Orioles LW: 19

Baseball Picks April 13-19 Week 2

This post will have my baseball picks this week.
2012: 19-23 -2.76 units
April: 19-23 -2.76 units
April 19th:
Yet another 1-run loss in extras, this time on a bad call. Just fade me. But if I win all 3 of these, I'll be back in the black...
Twins +195 -1 unit
They've won every time this series I didn't pick them.
Dodgers +125 +1.25 units
Let's try this again... best record in the NL *should* be good at +125, right?
Rays +109 +1.09 units
Really couldn't think of a good third pick so I chose this.
April 18th:
I think I'll call the Texas game in the ninth considering the 13 run lead. Picks:
Texas +116 @ Red Sox +1.16 units
Won't mess with a good thing.
Dodgers +160 @ Brewers -1 unit
I'll take the best record in baseball +160.
Mets +120 @ Braves -1 unit
The Mets have the Braves' number so far.
April 17th:
See what happens when I tell you to fade me? Good things. Going against 3 AL East teams today.
Twins +210 @ Yankees -1 unit
Twins beat the Yanks prett…

College Football Power Ratings Review

Last August, before I had this blog, I made pre-season college football power ratings. I have decided to revisit these ratings to see how I did. I'll score it by the following system:
Teams correctly picked in top 25: 1 point
Teams correctly picked in top 10: 2 points
Teams correctly picked within 10 spots: 2 points
Teams correctly picked within 5 spots: 3 points
Teams correctly picked within 3 spots: 4 spots
I'll use the final Sagarin ratings to determine how my ratings did. So here's my preseason ratings with the Sagarin predictor rating in parentheses:
1. South Carolina (13) 1
2. Stanford (5) 12
3. Florida State (19) 1
4. Virginia Tech (27) 0
5. Alabama (2) 12
6. Nebraska (25) 1
7. Oklahoma (4) 12
8. Arizona State (32) 0
9. Texas A&M (12) 12
10. Pittsburgh (68) 0
11. Missouri (16) 6
12. Air Force (57) 0
13. Oregon (7) 3
14. Florida (29) 0
15. Oklahoma State (3) 1
16. Mississippi State (35) 0
17. Northern Illinois (54) 0
18. Georgia (20) 10
19. Arkansas (9) 3
20. No…

MLB Power Rankings: Week 1

Through the games of 4/11. Note that these rankings are my personal opinion.
1: Tigers
2: Rangers
3: Cardinals
4: Yankees
5: Diamondbacks
6: Rays
7: Angels
8: Blue Jays
9: Phillies
10: Reds
11: Dodgers
12: Nationals
13: Brewers
14: Mets
15: Royals
16: Giants
17: Red Sox
18: Braves
19: Orioles
20: Mariners
21: Marlins 
22: Indians
23: Pirates
24: Athletics
25: White Sox
26: Cubs
27: Rockies
28: Astros
29: Twins
30: Padres
That's all!

2012 NFL Mock Draft

No analysis here, just throwing my draft out there.
1. Colts: Andrew Luck QB Stanford
2. Redskins (from Rams): Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
3. Vikings: Matt Kalil OT USC
4. Browns: Trent Richardson RB Alabama
5. Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne CB LSU
6. Rams (from Redskins): Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
7. Chiefs (from Jaguars): Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
8. Dolphins: Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
9. Panthers: Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State
10. Bills: Riley Reiff OT Iowa
11. Jaguars (from Chiefs): Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
12. Seahawks: Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College
13. Cardinals: Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
14. Cowboys: Dontari Poe DT Memphis
15. Eagles: Mark Barron SS Alabama
16. Jets: David DeCastro OG Stanford
17. Bengals (from Raiders): Dre Kirpatrick CB Alabama
18. Chargers: Jonathan Martin OT Stanford
19. Bears: Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
20. Titans: Cordy Glenn OG Georgia
21. Bengals: Kendall Wright WR Baylor
22. Browns (from Falcons): Courtney Upshaw OL…

Baseball Picks April 6-12 Week 1

I'll use this post to post my baseball picks for this week.
2012: 11-10 +1.31 units
April: 11-10 +1.31 units
April 12th:
Phillies +105 vs. Marlins +1.05 units
Diamondbacks -130 @ Padres +0.77 units
Angels -145 @ Twins -1 unit
Don't get why the Phillies are home underdogs to the Ozzie-less Marlins. I'll continue to fade the overrated Padres. The Twins are playing AAA ball, as I saw in person at Camden Yards last week. MLB power ratings coming tomorrow.
April 11th:
Mets +105 vs. Nationals -1 unit
Diamondbacks +105 @ Padres -1 unit
Royals +108 @ Athletics -1 unit
Mets have Santana, who is slightly better than Strasburg, and the Mets are the hotter team. Still not understanding why the Padres are so inflated. Royals over the A's for the same reasons I put yesterday.
April 10th:
Cardinals +100 @ Reds +1 unit
Royals +105 @ Athletics +1.05 units
Pirates +210 @ Dodgers -1 unit
Lohse should work his magic for the Cards again. A's have Cespedes and no one else. Even with …

MLB season predictions

Hi again! I've taken a little hiatus but I'm back. I hope it's not too late for some MLB predictions but here we go...
AL East
1 Yankees 97-65
2 Rays 94-68
3 Blue Jays 89-73
4 Red Sox 82-80
5 Orioles 64-98
Shields, Moore and Price anchor a solid Rays lineup that will keep the AL East race interesting into the last week of the season. Cano will have a monster year, and the Yankees will take the division by a few games. Romero and Joey Bats will lead the Jays in a climb up the standings that will continue for a few years. The Red Sox will have bullpen issues and not gel very well under Bobby Valentine. Finally, Mark Reynolds will have a nice year for the O's but it won't be enough to compete in the toughest division in baseball.
AL Central
1 Tigers 99-63
2 Royals 80-82
3 Twins 75-87
4 Indians 74-88
5 White Sox 70-92
The Tigers will run away with this division as expected. Brennan Boesch will breakout, and the 3-4 combo of Cabrera and Fielder will be deadly. And I hav…