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Vegas Odds to win the N.L. Central in 2009

With spring training underway, the boys of summer are getting ready to embark on another long season in route to the World Series. Big moves have been made throughout the league but perhaps none more so than the NL Central. Also check out the latest odds to win the N.L. Pennant.


Chicago Cubs -160 (97-64)

After another postseason filled with utter disappointment, the Cubs were forced to do some major retooling during the offseason. Chicago picked up Aaron Miles from the Cardinals, a bright young star who pretty much carried St. Louis on his back into the playoffs last season. Aaron Heilman was acquired in a trade with the Mariners along with former Marlins closer Kevin Gregg who could possibly close out games for Kerry Wood who was lost to free agency. The biggest acquisition was Milton Bradley who will make a nice addition to Aramis Ramirez and Derreck Lee. So, while the Cubs lost some big names like Felix Pie and Mark DeRosa, the team improved overall and could make another run at the NL Central crown.
Cincinnati Reds +600 (74-88)

The Reds may have lost multi-talented utility-man Ryan Freel but they did fill several gaps with nice acquisitions. After struggling through many seasons with David Ross and Jason LaRue at the plate, it will be refreshing for Cincinnati to have a true catcher in Ramon Hernandez who can really put up numbers. Jay Bruce shined after being called up from the minors in 2008, driving in 21 homers with a decent average of .254. Hernandez should fit it well with Bruce as well as solid hitters Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto. The Reds can definitely put up numbers but will surely miss Adam Dunn by mid-season.
Houston Astros +1500 (86-75)

The Astros are trying to get back to the prominence that saw them competing in the World Series a few years ago. Houston added some nice role players to the lineup with back-end starter Clay Hensley and backup catcher Toby Hall, yet they suffered a crucial blow with the loss of Ty “Wiggy” Wiggington at third. It may be up to Ramon Vasquez to hold down third base at least for the start of the season. The Astros should be solid behind the arm of Roy Oswalt and his 129-64 career record as well as Jose Valverde who garnered 44 saves in 2008. However, with Carlos Lee a year older and Miguel Tejada’s career in question, Houston just could end up at the bottom of the division.
Milwaukee Brewers +500 (90-72)

To say the Brewers had a rough offseason would be a great understatement. This team made a nice run last season in the playoffs, only to lose their two best starters Ben Sheets and C.C. Sabathia to the free agency market. Despite the hardships, Milwaukee did re-up with slugger Prince Fielder and bring in the veteran arm of Trevor Hoffman to close out the ninth. Fielder and Ryan Braun will need another all-star season from Corey Hart if they want to play with Cards and Cubs in the Central. With the subtraction of Sabathia and Sheets, Manny Parra and Yovanni Gallardo will need to step it up as starting pitchers as well.
Pittsburgh Pirates +2000 (67-95)

Rumor has it that Pittsburgh is struggling to make ends meet and its shows by the lack of offseason moves. Other than adding Eric Hinske and Ramon Vasquez, the Pirates didn’t do much to increase their chances of making noise in the NL Central. Although they lost Ronny Paulino to the Phillies, that loss should not be as significant when considering Ryan Doumit’s breakout season in 2008. The addition of Hinske could help Doumit tremendously and also encourage Brandon Moss and Craig Monroe to swing their bats a little harder. The batting lineup has potential but starters Paul Maholm and Tom Gorzelanny will need to pitch around .500 or better to get the Pirates a division title.
St. Louis Cardinals +500 (86-76)

It was a quiet offseason for St. Louis as the team did not sign that top-notch pitcher they needed. In addition, they also lost Aaron Miles to Cubs. Instead, the team will rely on veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright and Albert Pujols to right the ship and hopefully lead the Cardinals back to the promise land. Coming off an NL MVP season, Pujols just may be the key to helping St. Louis clinch the division. A batting average of .357 and 37 jacks last season is hard to argue with. Unfortunately, no one knows what role Wainwright will play as he could be starting the game or closing out. When considering that Joel Piniero and Kyle Lohse are mediocre at best, the Cards have what just could be the most suspect rotation in the majors.
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Betting Odds to win the National League East

Spring training has begun and that means the 2009 MLB betting season is right around the corner. As you would expect, it was a busy offseason in the NL East as teams were forced to make some major moves to compete with the World Champion Phillies. The betting odds have been released and here is a preview of how things may unfold in the East.
Atlanta Braves +450 (72-90)

Even with the offseason acquisition of strong-armed starter Derek Lowe, the Braves could have a hard time competing in the NL East this season. Jair Jurrjens made a tremendous impact last season but 2009 could be all about the play of Javier Vasquez, a trade that wasn’t the team’s first option but one that could certainly help. No sweat in losing young Brent Lillibridge as Chipper Jones could move over to short and the Braves remain solid with Brian McCann who can make some noise behind the plate. At the same time, this lineup just doesn’t have the consistency needed to keep up with the Mets and Phillies. At this point, Atlanta should just be happy they play in the same division as the Nationals.
Florida Marlins +600 (84-77)

The Marlins lost four good players in the off-season to sign a future infield starter in Emilio Bonifacio and get back a reliever on the rise with Leo Nunez. The trade between Marlins and Royals sent Mike Jacobs to Kansas City and Florida’s power hitting went along with him. Although the trade weakened the Marlins on offense, it helped the bullpen tremendously as Nunez was 4-1 last season with a 2.98 ERA. Florida put emphasis on relief pitching by offsetting the loss of Kevin Gregg with the addition of Scott Proctor. With Gregg gone as closer, Nunez, Burke Badenhop, Matt Lindstrom and Eulogio De La Cruz will all likely get a shot a filling the position. As far as batting goes, Hanley Ramirez will have to push his 33 homers up to around 40 this season if the Marlins want to compete in the East.


New York Mets +120 (89-73)

The Mets are looking to make an impact and ascend to the top of the NL East. The team got rid of some dead weight by shedding Endy Chavez and Mike Carp but their most strategic moves came on the defensive end. With the addition of Francisco Rodriguez and J.J.Putz, the Mets have what is easily one of the best bullpens in the league. These two will backup a rotation that is strong from the 1-4 spot. New York was able to re-sign Oliver Perez who makes a nice compliment to Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey who stepped up his game last season with a 3.72 ERA. Throw in Pedro Feliciano and Sean Green and you have a relief team that should be able to make some noise in the East. Let’s just hope the Mets don’t experience another post-season choke.
Philadelphia Phillies +150 (92-70)

The Phillies suffered a huge blow after losing lefty slugger Pat Burrell to the Tampa Bay Rays. Fortunately, they were able to soften the blow by adding both Raul Ibanez and Ronny Paulino to the roster. The World Series champs will pretty much bring back the same MLB lineup to the plate in 2009 with the exception of Ibanez. Aside from sluggers like Rollins and Howard, expect Jayson Werth to add some pop at bat as his 24 homers last season was quite impressive. We all know the Phillies can hit, but it is somewhat of a surprise that no serious moves were made to stretch a bullpen that isn’t all that deep. The offense looks good but a Phillies repeat will be very difficult.


Washington Nationals +4000 (59-102)

Washington fans will be happy to know that the Nationals made several significant moves during the offseason. Losing Emilio Bonifacio may hurt a few years down the line but the additions of Scott Olsen, Jose Castillo, Josh Willingham and Adam Dunn especially, should help the lowly Nats immediately. Willingham and Dunn can aid all-star Christian Guzman and add some power to what has been a lackluster lineup for years. Surprisingly, the Nationals didn’t address their issues at pitcher which is cause for concern. Although Scott Olsen and Daniel Cabrera show signs of promise at starting pitcher, not resigning Chad Cordero could hurt the Nats during the late innings.
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4 weeks to go: March Madness Field of 65 Projections

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2009 NCAA Tournament Field of 65 Predictions

Who is in? Who is out?

Believe it or not March Madness for 2009 starts in 4 weeks. Take a look at the list of teams who most likely have locked up a bid for the 2009 NCAA Tournament and the teams who may be on the out side looking in.


A.L. East 2009 Futures Betting Odds

The race in the AL East is sure to heat up this year as teams in the division have made some significant moves. Can the Red Sox make it back to the World Series? Did the Yankees buy another championship? This preview will give you some insight on the upcoming season. Check out the latest odds to win the A.L. Pennant.


Baltimore Orioles +4000 (68-93)

After eleven consecutive losing seasons, Orioles fans were hoping the long rebuilding process would finally show some results. While Baltimore failed to sign hometown hero Mark Teixeria, the team did make some moves that could possibly get them out of the basement in the AL East. The O’s suffered a major loss with the deduction of Ramon Hernandez and Daniel Cabrera but got a little something back with the addition of Ty Wigginton and Felix Pie. The fact that Baltimore stepped up and signed rising start Nick Markakis to a six-year deal shows that the team is getting the idea of what it takes to keep talented players around. Though young and seemingly financially strapped, a small few believe the Orioles could be this year’s Tampa Bay Rays.

Boston Red Sox +200 (95-67)

Despite losing out on the Mark Teixeira sweepstakes to the rival New York Yankees, the Red Sox made enough moves during the offseason to put them back in contention for a long playoff run. With Kevin Cash being the only major loss, the nucleus of this team remains solid and the additions make them even more dangerous. The Sox enhanced their dynamic pitching core by adding Brad Penny and John Smoltz to the roster of Becket, Lester and Matsuzaka. Though not a huge free agency splash, Rocco Baldelli should make a nice backup in the batting lineup, especially when considering how J.D. Drew is so prone to injury.

New York Yankees -140 (89-73)

The Yankees went out and spent some major dough this offseason, signing on two powerful arms and a dominant slugger to hopefully get them back in the playoffs. The additions of C.C. Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett just may be enough to get the team past the Red Sox. The Yanks will take the loss of Wilson Betemit with Jeter moving over to short and an outfield stacked with the likes of Nick Swisher, Johnny Damon and Xavier Nady. Though stocked from 1 thru 3 in the pitching department, New York may struggle a bit as the last two spots are up for grabs.

Tampa Bay Rays +350 (97-65)

The Rays were the feel-good story of 2008 but getting back to the promise land might be a difficult task, mainly because the Yanks and Sox are going to be so good. Tampa Bay loss Edwin Jackson and Johnny Gomes but made up for it by snagging slugger Pat Burrell and young left-handed hitter Matt Joyce. The Rays kept their pitching core intact and is absolutely deadly on offense with Burrell, Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena and B.J. Upton in the lineup. A division titled isn’t promised by this young team should definitely make things interesting in the AL East.
Toronto Blue Jays +1500 (86-76)

The Blue Jays had a stagnant offseason at best, adding Matt Clement and Mike Maroth to a rotation that is in major need of some talent. Although they are decent players, these just aren’t the guys. On top of that, Toronto lost AJ Burnett to the Yankees and he is sure to make them pay for it throughout the season. Other than all-star Alex Rios and the aging Vernon Wells, the batting lineup is pretty average and lacks the power needed to keep pace with the big boys in the division. The bright side is that Toronto has two shut-down relievers in the bullpen with B.J. Ryan and Scott Downs who may be able to close things out if the offense can hold late leads.
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2010 College Football BCS Champ Betting Odds


Florida Gators are +225 betting odds to repeat in 2010 as BCS Champions

2010 BCS Champ Odds

The 2009-2010 College football betting season is already underway months before we can dream of a real game kicking off. has released their 2009-2010 College Football BCS Championship Odds. The defending BCS Champion Florida Gators are listed at +225 odds. A $100 bet on the Gators will pay out $225 if they repeat as BCS champions. Check out the rest of the 2010 BCS Championship Team Odds:

Alabama +2500
Arizona +10000
Arizona State +15000
Arkansas +12500
Auburn +15000
Boise St +9000
Boston College +10000
BYU +20000
California +5500
Cincinnati +9000
Clemson +5000
Colorado +7500
Florida +225
Florida State +2500
Georgia +5000
Georgia Tech +5000
Illinois +10000
Iowa +7000
Kansas +10000
Kansas State +17500
Kentucky +12500
Louisville +15000
LSU +2000
Maryland +17500
Miami Florida +3000
Michigan +12500
Michigan State +10000
Mississippi +6000
Missouri +9000
Nebraska +6000
North Carolina +5000
Notre Dame +4000
Ohio State +800
Oklahoma +500
Oklahoma State +5000
Oregon +3000
Oregon State +17500
Penn State +4000
Pittsburgh +6000
Rutgers +15000
South Carolina +9000
South Florida +10000
TCU +10000
Tennessee +9000
Texas +800
Texas A&M +15000
Texas Tech +6000
UCLA +15000
USC +500
Virginia Tech +2000
Wake Forest +8000
West Virginia +5000
Wisconsin +5000

Each money line payout value is based on a $100 bet.

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NFL Team betting odds for 2010 Super Bowl in Miami, FL

2010 Super Bowl Odds

The Steelers won what may go down as the most exciting Super Bowl ever. But can they repeat in 2009-2010 season? 10-1 betting odds say they can! has already introduced football betting odds for the 2010 Super Bowl. Check to see where your favorite NFL team falls on the odds board for next season.

Believe or not, these are the NFL team betting odds to win the 2010 Super Bowl to be played in Miami, FL on February 7, 2010:

Arizona Cardinals     +3000

Atlanta Falcons       +3000

Baltimore Ravens      +1200

Buffalo Bills         +4000

Carolina Panthers     +1200

Chicago Bears         +4000

Cincinnati Bengals    +6000

Cleveland Browns      +6000

Dallas Cowboys        +1000

Denver Broncos        +3000

Detroit Lions         +10000

Green Bay Packers     +2500

Houston Texans        +4000

Indianapolis Colts    +1000

Jacksonville Jaguars  +3000

Kansas City Chiefs    +10000

Miami Dolphins        +4000

Minnesota Vikings     +2500

New England Patriots  +800

New Orleans Saints    +2500

New York Giants       +1000

New York Jets         +3000

Oakland Raiders       +10000

Philadelphia Eagles   +1200

Pittsburgh Steelers   +1000

Saint Louis Rams      +10000

San Diego Chargers    +1200

San Francisco 49ers   +6000

Seattle Seahawks      +5000

Tampa Bay Buccanneers +3000

Tennessee Titans      +1200

Washington Redskins   +4000

Team payouts are based on a $100 bet

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