Browsing Posts published in July, 2012

With training camp going at full steam, now might be a good time to wade through all the hype and review just what the Jets have been up to this off-season, what’s in store for them on opening weekend and some Week 1 NFL odds.

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The Baltimore Orioles would like to be taken seriously as an American League East contender and while they’ve fooled many pundits this season, one team they’re not fooling is the New York Yankees. As the O’s get set to visit Yankee Stadium for a three-game set, the Bronx Bombers know that they’re hosting Junior.

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The New Jersey Devils have lost a lot this offseason, including star center Zach Parise and two assistant coaches in Larry Robinson and Adam Oates. And while the subtractions have outweighed the additions so far, the Devils did make a move that can definitely be considered a positive and means they could still have value as part of our NHL picks for the upcoming season.

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The Jets, who will be playing at home in MetLife Stadium, are favored in the NFL odds for their Week 1 meeting with division rival Buffalo.

Some big things have happened for each of these teams during the offseason…

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Octagon passed this event on to me and it’s for a great cause, so I had to post it. Check the banner below, but all proceeds will benefit Solving Kids’ Cancer & Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative.

Training camp’s approaching and the Bills are hoping to be one of the surprise teams this season. The NFL odds may not be in their favor considering the New England Patriots are in their division, but could some shrewd offseason moves bring Buffalo back to relevance?

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Days after finding out that Brett Garnder would need elbow surgery, the Yankees completed a trade for Ichiro Suzuki. To land the 38-year-old Suzuki, the Yankees dealt prospects, D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar, both of whom aren’t ranked among the team’s best players. The Yankees will be responsible for roughly $2 million of Ichiro’s remaining $6 million contract. 

Make no mistake about it–Ichiro isn’t the same player that he used to be. Ichiro has posted a line of .262/.288/.353 this season which is a far cry from his career averages (.322/.366/.418). However, Ichiro has played very well on the road, posting a more respectable line of .297/.314/.402. It’s clear that Safeco Field has plagued his production, so hopefully a change of scenery will help boost his numbers. Ichiro is still a top defensive player and has a great arm, so he’ll provide depth at all outfield spots.

Last night, Ichiro started in right field, which may be a sign of things to come, but with the incumbent Nick Swisher already in place, Ichiro may start in left field. However, the Yankee left field platoon of Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones has been excellent, so don’t expect Ichiro to earn playing time based on name value. At this stage of his career, Ichiro is no longer a top of the order, everyday player. Ichiro will provide depth at all outfield spots and will give the Yankees a talented bat at the bottom of their order. Ichiro hasn’t played in the post-season since 2001, but don’t expect any rust from the future Hall of Famer. 

In essence, Ichiro will provide some great outfield depth. With Brett Garnder sidelined, the Yankees needed a multi-dimensional outfielder that could spell all positions. Great players always have the ability to unlock their talents and perhaps Ichiro will feel re-motivated in New York. Ultimately, this move is very, very low risk for the Yankees and could pay off handsomely if ‘Road Ichiro’ shows up. 

Have no fear Yankees fans. Not every team is perfect. We’ll come right back and take care of the Mariners this week and you shouldn’t have any qualms about taking them with your free MLB picks.

Every dog has their day. We don’t know if New York just felt bad in general for Oakland or wasn’t really trying, but whatever the case may be we did lose four straight to the Athletics. All four games were decided by one run so it’s not like our boys were completely outmatched.

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Incarcerated Bob, aka IBN, has a very strong following on Twitter. With over 33,000 followers, Bob claims to be in the ‘#1 Underground *Breaking Sports News*’ outlet. In addition, Bob wrote a blogspot article, boasting why he is a credible source. While almost every media member does not feel the need to write about his/her legitmacy, Bob feels the need to constantly defend himself and block users that do not agree with his opinions. Given Bob’s assertions that he is better than the main stream media (ESPN and WFAN are often cited), I decided to track Bob’s accuracy (with screen shots). Bob boasted that 90 percent of his stories are confirmed days later by MSM outlets. With 90 percent as my baseline, let’s see how accurate Bob has been over the last month…

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It’s been a rough offseason for New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello as he’s watched his best player sign with another team in free agency, listened to pundits criticize him for failing to do more and watched odds makers drop the Devils odds of returning to the Stanley Cup final next season making them a long shot in the NHL picks. And even through all of that, Lamoriello did get a big piece of good news: he’s been elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

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