Ok, over the last couple of years I’ve never gotten into a good groove that properly mixes my love of making picks and baseball. We pick our way happily through the football season, throw out some basketball picks, but the long summer drags on with not even the slightest nod to gambling. This, I shouldn’t have to tell you, is a shame. A while back I attempted to use baseball to prove the Greatest Theory of All-Time, which is that if everyone loses in the long run, if you picked against me, you should eventually win. Well, I think I lasted about 50 games and was breaking even. No fun. To try to kick things back off with a slightly different twist, I am going to present the MLB Underdog of the Day. Betting baseball is tricky. The money lines can get a little outrageous. For example, you would have had to lay 260 dollars to win 100 on Halladay opening day. About the same for Cliff Lee. It’s tough to stay ahead of the game that way, so I am going to look underdogs (-105 or better), and I’ll take one every day for 100 theoretical Shrute Bucks and we’ll see how I do.
DAY ONE: Seattle (+138) @ Texas.
Am I insane? Betting against Texas in Texas seems foolish, but shouldn’t this line be a bit higher? It’s influenced by Seattle’s phenom, Michael Pineda, who tore up Spring Training and makes his debut tonight. The Rangers are countering with Alexi Ugando. Texas’ winning streak and Cruz’s homer streak end tonight. For the record, 100 dollars wins me 138.
Apparently there was one coach who didn’t vote for Connecticut as the National Champion. Is the question, why? Or is it why do they have a poll after the tournament? I guess it is so Butler can tell recruits they finished 2nd in the polls in 2011. I’d like to get up in arms about this, because it is the one poll all year where the coaches choices aren’t made public, but I just don’t care. Not after last night. Also, if this is a passive aggressive shot at the sham the tournament turned into this year in some people’s minds…well, I can respect that too. Sometimes even passive aggression has a place.
Quiz of the Day: Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out Characters. Category: Nostalgia. My Score: 12/12.