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July Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers

CE Manager 13 hours, 50 minutes ago
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Fireworks and the MLB All-Star game signal the month of July.  It also signifies the start of the 2nd half of the MLB campaign.  The key to each and every team’s fortune lies on the pitching staff.  Can they sustain or will they unravel like a cheap suit?  Stay tuned.  What we do know is certain pitchers love hurling this time of the season while others tend to get lit up like a roman candle on the 4th of July.

Listed below are hurlers that have enjoyed a two-to-one or better success ratio in team-starts over the course of the last three seasons during the month of April. On the flip side, we've also listed pitchers that struggle in April, winning 33% percent or less of their team-start efforts. To qualify pitchers must have made a minimum of 10 starts, with at least one start each April over the last three years. And for your convenience alongside each record we break down each pitcher’s greatest success or greatest failure rate either home (H) or away (A) within his good or bad month.

Note: * designates a categorical repeat appearance by this pitcher, maintaining status quo from last season’s April list. 

 

GOOD MONTH PITCHERS:

 

Chen, Wei-Yin • 10-3 / 5-1 H

 

The Orioles Chen is having another solid season as his 2.90 ERA indicates he's just not gotten a lot run support which is explains his 3-4 record. Very good life on a low to mid 90's fastball and if the Baltimore bats stay hot, the wins will come for Chen.

 

Colon, Bartolo • 11-5 / 5-0 A

 

Hard to believe the rolly-polly 42-year old right-hander is still around in the big leagues and still throwing 80 percent fastballs at his age. Though he still has a winning record, Colon 's ERA is almost five and opposing teams are hitting .282 against him. Let's see if he has a typical July for him as his numbers are beginning to slip.

 

Fister, Doug • 12-3 / 5-1 H

 

Started the season poorly, got injured and is working his way back. You know Fister is on his game when there are a lot of ground ball outs or lazy fly balls. Has to keep top of hand on top of the ball to get the sinking action he needs. 

 

Hellickson, Jeremy • 8-4 / 4-1 A

 

Really nothing more than a back of the rotation pitcher with ordinary stuff. Hellickson can put together two or three quality starts than get hit like a stalled car on the tracks with a train coming. Not sure he will have same success this month going from Tampa Bay to Arizona.

 

Hernandez, Felix • 11-5 / 5-2 A

 

After a sensational first two months, King Felix saw his ERA jump from 1.91 in late May to 3.24 on June 22. He only had 21 strikeouts in that five starts stretch and allowed nine or more fly balls on three different occasions, very unusual for Hernandez. Still opposing hitters are only batting .204 against and chances are he will return to being the King. 

 

*Hudson, Tim • 11-4 / 7-1 A

 

Another elder statesman who turns 39 this month, Hudson enjoyed a long and great career. No question he's at the end of the line with opposing hitters batting .291 against vs. .251 lifetime but still capable of quality starts and keeping San Francisco in games when he takes the ball.

 

*Kershaw, Clayton • 13-4 / 7-2 A

 

As July commences, Kershaw will be working a three-game losing for the first time in his career. Nothing physically wrong with the three-time Cy Young winner, just pitching into bad luck and making a mistake or two a game which we are not used to seeing. However, there is no doubt he could be unbeatable this month like in the past. 

 

Liriano Francisco • 10-5 / 5-2 H

 

Despite a below .500 record, the Pirates lefty has held opposing hitters to .189 and his WHIP is 1.01. All Liriano needs is a few more runs from his Pittsburgh teammates and his three-pitch arsenal will start adding up to more victories.

 

Lohse, Kyle • 12-5 / 8-1 H

 

The Milwaukee right-hander season has mirrored that of his Brewers teammates with a 4-9 record and 6.28 ERA. Besides allowing well over a hit an inning, Lohse has given up almost as many home runs as walks permitted (19 vs.20) this campaign. No sure Lohse will duplicate past success. 

 

*Porcello, Rick • 9-4 / 6-1 H

 

Almost every off-season signing has backfired for Boston including bringing in Porcello. His sorry 4-8 record is well-deserved as his 5.54 ERA indicates. Enemy hitters are getting great cuts and knocking him around for a .286 batting average. Like Lohse, Porcello has one of the worst ERA's among hurlers with 10 or more starts. Can he turn it around?

 

Price, David • 12-4 / 7-1 A

 

Though he does not win every time, it has to make any manager very comfortable to be handing the ball to Price every five games. Expertly commands two and four-seam fastballs and can strikeout anybody with his a couple of hard-breaking curves or changeups. Has almost a 5-to-1 K/W ratio and fun to watch as a maestro. 

 

Samardzija, Jeff • 10-5 / 5-2 H

 

After a strong season a year ago, has returned to prior form of most of his career on the other side of Chicago. He's not fooling anybody with a .286 BA allowed and he's on pace to surrender 27 homers. Needs big July to help the White Sox. 

 

Scherzer, Max • 11-4 / 6-2 H

 

The best pitcher in baseball in 2015 thus far with a minuscule 1.79 ERA and WHIP you need reading glasses to find at 0.79. In 110 1/3 innings he fanned 130 and walked 14 (not a misprint), with one hit batter that prevented perfect game. Walks around the mound like he's king of the jungle... and he is.  

 

*Tillman, Chris • 10-5 / 5-1

 

It has not been an easy campaign for the Baltimore hurler with a losing record, with an ERA over 5.50 the first three months of the season and a wayward WHIP of 1.51. The top four hitters on the opposing teams lineup card have .375 OBP against Tillman. He will have to regain confidence to match past numbers this month.

 

 

Volquez, Edinson • 10-5 / 6-2 A

 

Having a good year with the defending AL champion Royals at 8-4 with a 3.18 ERA and doing splendid work controlling lefty batters who are at just .210 against Volquez. Should continue with another stellar July.

 

 

BAD MONTH PITCHERS:

 

Hammel, Jason • 2-11 / 0-4 H

 

Not many pitchers actively want to pitch in Wrigley Field and for the Chicago Cubs, but Hammel is a rare exception. The Greenville, SC native might have stunk it up for other teams with a below .500 record and 4.46 ERA, but Hammel is 5-3 with 2.92 ERA on the north side of Chi-Town this season. Will his turnaround continue?

 

Haren, Dan • 3-8 / 0-6 A

 

Having a much stronger year than anticipated with a 3.38 ERA and WHIP of 1.01. Haren was about ready to retire but decided to give one more shot, but has not won in four starts with poor run support and not being as effective as he was the first two months. On a lousy team without Giancarlo Stanton, Haren might be in line for another miserable month. 

 

Keuchel, Dallas • 4-10 / 1-4 H

 

Be all appearances, the Astros ace might be doing a 180-degree turn based on previous July's. Now extremely confident in his abilities, the Houston lefty has a .194 BA conceded and a WHIP under one (0.96). Why opposing managers even have a left-handed bat in the lineup is a mystery since they are hitting a feeble .136 against Keuchel. 

 

*Norris, Bud • 2-11 / 1-6 A

 

Though Baltimore has blossomed to take over first place in the AL East, Norris has not been a part of their turnaround. The right-hander's ERA is 'down' to around 7.00 and his WHIP of 1.61 explains how hittable he's been, plus walking other batters. Looks like ‘Play Against’ material until further notice. 

 

Strasburg, Stephen • 5-12 / 2-8 H

 

Strasburg was a wreck, but maybe the time on the DL has straightened out his arm, body and head. In his last two starts of June, Strasburg had 15 strikeouts and just eight hits allowed in 12 innings. Do not imagine baseball bettors are willing to compare him to teammate Scherzer yet, and will take a wait and see attitude on the 26-year old.

By: Marc Lawrence

Be sure to get Marc's Sunday baseball picks found here!

July 4th Independence Day!

CE Manager 22 hours, 57 minutes ago
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Now that we've had a look at how the Cappers did this weekend, and another shout out goes to Ben Burns for the strong week (14-7). With things kicking off early let’s get it started!

First game to note today would be in the Motor City, with the Tigers hosting the Blue Jays at 1:08 PM ET . David Price take the mound to duel knuckleballer R.A Dickey. The Cappers like this game with 10* Picks already on the board! Get them here:

The Coach's 10* Ace Off - Will Rogers

10* Daytime Dominator - Larry Ness

10* Fireworks MLB Top Game - Marc Lawrence

Looking for a little something different to wager on this Independence Day? Why not look north of the boarder, our Cappers have their CFL Picks locked and loaded. Headlined by Will Rogers who has starts the year 4-0.  Get all CFL Picks and advice here.

Did you also know the Copa America final is tonight? As Chile and Argentina face off in this year’s final match. Soccer Authority has a July 4th Blowout and Expert Will Rogers gives us his take with the 10* Coach’s Clinic.

As always, take it to the books,

Covers-Team

Who's The Hottest?!

CE Manager Jul 3, 2015
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Don’t be mistaken this is not a competition of looks, rather we will be looking at all the Covers Experts and determining who’s performing the best on a weekly basis. This marks our 8th edition of ‘Who’s the Hottest?!’ Has someone taken down last week's champ - Matt Fargo? Find out below!

Props to our boy Ben Burns who once again takes over as top capper for this week. Capped off by a nice 2-0 Thursday, Burns ends the week with a 12-6 record with +$3,140 earned. There is no better time to hop on board with an MLB Subscription. Proving he can win week in and week out, Burns going into July 4th Weekend on FIRE! After hitting the under in the SEA @ SD game, and picking Cinci on Wednesday night, Burns followed it up nailing the under in the TEX/BAL under and the A's straight up Thursday.

Want to win now? Be sure to take a look at Burns' 10* National League Favorite, as well as the 10* American League Favorite. Not in the mood for MLB? That’s ok! Burns is ready to get off on the right foot this year in CFL. Get his first big winner of the 15 season here!

Huge shout out goes to last week’s winner Matt Fargo, who has opened the WNBA season with a blistering 11-2 record! Do yourself a favor and grab Fargo's WNBA full season for only $149! Great value on a proven winner!

Have a Great July 4th Weekend, and as always, take it to the books!

Covers-Team

July Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers

CE Manager Jul 2, 2015
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Fireworks and the MLB All-Star game signal the month of July.  It also signifies the start of the 2nd half of the MLB campaign.  The key to each and every team’s fortune lies on the pitching staff.  Can they sustain or will they unravel like a cheap suit?  Stay tuned.  What we do know is certain pitchers love hurling this time of the season while others tend to get lit up like a roman candle on the 4th of July.

Listed below are hurlers that have enjoyed a two-to-one or better success ratio in team-starts over the course of the last three seasons during the month of April. On the flip side, we've also listed pitchers that struggle in April, winning 33% percent or less of their team-start efforts. To qualify pitchers must have made a minimum of 10 starts, with at least one start each April over the last three years. And for your convenience alongside each record we break down each pitcher’s greatest success or greatest failure rate either home (H) or away (A) within his good or bad month.

Note: * designates a categorical repeat appearance by this pitcher, maintaining status quo from last season’s April list. 

 

GOOD MONTH PITCHERS:

 

Chen, Wei-Yin • 10-3 / 5-1 H

 

The Orioles Chen is having another solid season as his 2.90 ERA indicates he's just not gotten a lot run support which is explains his 3-4 record. Very good life on a low to mid 90's fastball and if the Baltimore bats stay hot, the wins will come for Chen.

 

Colon, Bartolo • 11-5 / 5-0 A

 

Hard to believe the rolly-polly 42-year old right-hander is still around in the big leagues and still throwing 80 percent fastballs at his age. Though he still has a winning record, Colon 's ERA is almost five and opposing teams are hitting .282 against him. Let's see if he has a typical July for him as his numbers are beginning to slip.

 

Fister, Doug • 12-3 / 5-1 H

 

Started the season poorly, got injured and is working his way back. You know Fister is on his game when there are a lot of ground ball outs or lazy fly balls. Has to keep top of hand on top of the ball to get the sinking action he needs. 

 

Hellickson, Jeremy • 8-4 / 4-1 A

 

Really nothing more than a back of the rotation pitcher with ordinary stuff. Hellickson can put together two or three quality starts than get hit like a stalled car on the tracks with a train coming. Not sure he will have same success this month going from Tampa Bay to Arizona.

 

Hernandez, Felix • 11-5 / 5-2 A

 

After a sensational first two months, King Felix saw his ERA jump from 1.91 in late May to 3.24 on June 22. He only had 21 strikeouts in that five starts stretch and allowed nine or more fly balls on three different occasions, very unusual for Hernandez. Still opposing hitters are only batting .204 against and chances are he will return to being the King. 

 

*Hudson, Tim • 11-4 / 7-1 A

 

Another elder statesman who turns 39 this month, Hudson enjoyed a long and great career. No question he's at the end of the line with opposing hitters batting .291 against vs. .251 lifetime but still capable of quality starts and keeping San Francisco in games when he takes the ball.

 

*Kershaw, Clayton • 13-4 / 7-2 A

 

As July commences, Kershaw will be working a three-game losing for the first time in his career. Nothing physically wrong with the three-time Cy Young winner, just pitching into bad luck and making a mistake or two a game which we are not used to seeing. However, there is no doubt he could be unbeatable this month like in the past. 

 

Liriano Francisco • 10-5 / 5-2 H

 

Despite a below .500 record, the Pirates lefty has held opposing hitters to .189 and his WHIP is 1.01. All Liriano needs is a few more runs from his Pittsburgh teammates and his three-pitch arsenal will start adding up to more victories.

 

Lohse, Kyle • 12-5 / 8-1 H

 

The Milwaukee right-hander season has mirrored that of his Brewers teammates with a 4-9 record and 6.28 ERA. Besides allowing well over a hit an inning, Lohse has given up almost as many home runs as walks permitted (19 vs.20) this campaign. No sure Lohse will duplicate past success. 

 

*Porcello, Rick • 9-4 / 6-1 H

 

Almost every off-season signing has backfired for Boston including bringing in Porcello. His sorry 4-8 record is well-deserved as his 5.54 ERA indicates. Enemy hitters are getting great cuts and knocking him around for a .286 batting average. Like Lohse, Porcello has one of the worst ERA's among hurlers with 10 or more starts. Can he turn it around?

 

Price, David • 12-4 / 7-1 A

 

Though he does not win every time, it has to make any manager very comfortable to be handing the ball to Price every five games. Expertly commands two and four-seam fastballs and can strikeout anybody with his a couple of hard-breaking curves or changeups. Has almost a 5-to-1 K/W ratio and fun to watch as a maestro. 

 

Samardzija, Jeff • 10-5 / 5-2 H

 

After a strong season a year ago, has returned to prior form of most of his career on the other side of Chicago. He's not fooling anybody with a .286 BA allowed and he's on pace to surrender 27 homers. Needs big July to help the White Sox. 

 

Scherzer, Max • 11-4 / 6-2 H

 

The best pitcher in baseball in 2015 thus far with a minuscule 1.79 ERA and WHIP you need reading glasses to find at 0.79. In 110 1/3 innings he fanned 130 and walked 14 (not a misprint), with one hit batter that prevented perfect game. Walks around the mound like he's king of the jungle... and he is.  

 

*Tillman, Chris • 10-5 / 5-1

 

It has not been an easy campaign for the Baltimore hurler with a losing record, with an ERA over 5.50 the first three months of the season and a wayward WHIP of 1.51. The top four hitters on the opposing teams lineup card have .375 OBP against Tillman. He will have to regain confidence to match past numbers this month.

 

 

Volquez, Edinson • 10-5 / 6-2 A

 

Having a good year with the defending AL champion Royals at 8-4 with a 3.18 ERA and doing splendid work controlling lefty batters who are at just .210 against Volquez. Should continue with another stellar July.

 

 

BAD MONTH PITCHERS:

 

Hammel, Jason • 2-11 / 0-4 H

 

Not many pitchers actively want to pitch in Wrigley Field and for the Chicago Cubs, but Hammel is a rare exception. The Greenville, SC native might have stunk it up for other teams with a below .500 record and 4.46 ERA, but Hammel is 5-3 with 2.92 ERA on the north side of Chi-Town this season. Will his turnaround continue?

 

Haren, Dan • 3-8 / 0-6 A

 

Having a much stronger year than anticipated with a 3.38 ERA and WHIP of 1.01. Haren was about ready to retire but decided to give one more shot, but has not won in four starts with poor run support and not being as effective as he was the first two months. On a lousy team without Giancarlo Stanton, Haren might be in line for another miserable month. 

 

Keuchel, Dallas • 4-10 / 1-4 H

 

Be all appearances, the Astros ace might be doing a 180-degree turn based on previous July's. Now extremely confident in his abilities, the Houston lefty has a .194 BA conceded and a WHIP under one (0.96). Why opposing managers even have a left-handed bat in the lineup is a mystery since they are hitting a feeble .136 against Keuchel. 

 

*Norris, Bud • 2-11 / 1-6 A

 

Though Baltimore has blossomed to take over first place in the AL East, Norris has not been a part of their turnaround. The right-hander's ERA is 'down' to around 7.00 and his WHIP of 1.61 explains how hittable he's been, plus walking other batters. Looks like ‘Play Against’ material until further notice. 

 

Strasburg, Stephen • 5-12 / 2-8 H

 

Strasburg was a wreck, but maybe the time on the DL has straightened out his arm, body and head. In his last two starts of June, Strasburg had 15 strikeouts and just eight hits allowed in 12 innings. Do not imagine baseball bettors are willing to compare him to teammate Scherzer yet, and will take a wait and see attitude on the 26-year old.

By: Marc Lawrence

If you had to win today in MLB

CE Manager Jul 2, 2015
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Hypothetically, let's say, you had to win today no matter what. So who would you take? This is common ground with many bettors; those who teeter on the edge of losing their bankrolls on a daily basis. Find out what today's 'guaranteed winners' are and how to improve your bankroll management.

Firstly, let's have a look at today's schedule of early games:

Cleveland vs. Tampa Bay at 12:10 PM ET (+126 & 6.5)

San Francisco vs. Miami at 12:10 PM ET (-150 & 6.5)

Pittsburgh vs. Detroit at 1:08 PM ET (+113 & 8)

Chi. Cubs vs. NY Mets at 1:10 PM ET (-115 & 6.5)

Not often do you see many 6.5 totals in the regular season, let alone 3 of the first 4 games on the day. There's also a late game with a 6.5 total,  Washington vs. Atlanta at 7:10 PM ET (+174). So let's start there and try to identify some value on these run totals. Looking at the starting pitchers in these 6.5 total games, several have yet to start a game this season! That is alarming to say the least. So here's a recap of these pitchers with their 2015 debuts:

Matt Moore (L) for Tampa Bay

Matt Cain (R) for San Francisco

Jose Fernandez (R) for Miami

Manuel Banuelos (L) for Atlanta

These pitchers are involved in 3 of the 4 games with 6.5 totals. Only the Chi. Cubs vs. NY Mets game is featuring pitchers with starts under their belt. Without overthinking the process, leaning on the Over 6.5 in those three games and the Under 6.5 in the Cubs/Mets game would be a rational decision based on situational handicapping. Lucky for us we have some Expert Handicappers to rely on in these situations and to back up our theory. Put your bankroll at ease, eliminate your bankroll management issues and find out which side of the total they are playing on with these respective matchups with their 'guaranteed winners':

Cleveland vs. Tampa Bay (total): Rogers' 10* Coach's Clinic - Very Early Start

San Francisco vs. Miami (total): Schule's 10* MLB Total Recall TERMINATOR - *EARLY START*

Chi. Cubs vs. NY Mets (total): Merril's *DAYTIME* MLB $$$ MAKER

Washington vs. Atlanta (total): Merril's 10* MLB GRAND SLAM

 

Remember, you'll only ever pay when you win here at Covers Expert. Take advantage of our 'guarantee' and if you don't win, you don't pay. It's as simple as that.

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Best of luck with your bets and as always, 'Take it to the Books!'

 

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