Justin Verlander: +125
You know what's great about SportsInteraction.com? If you want odds on something, like say who'll win the AL Cy Young award, they'll come up with something in a heartbeat. So we're now handicapping which junior circuit pitcher will walk away with the honor at season's end. In a normal season, Justin Verlander (10-3, 2.38 ERA) would be a shoe in but there are a number of candidates nipping at his heels.
Josh Beckett: +250
To quote LL Cool J, "Don't call it a comeback" for Red Sox hurler Josh Beckett (6-2, 1.89 ERA). How about a marvelous bounce back then? Beckett played through injuries last year but it resulted in his career worst campaign. Now healthy again, J-Beck is reminding bettors why the Sox traded away Hanley Ramirez to get him. The former World Series MVP has been particularly effective against the Yanks, with a 3-0 record and a 0.90 ERA in three starts against the Bombers.
Jered Weaver: +350
Total bettors know all about Weaver's dominance on the diamond. The under has hit in seven of his last eight starts, and that's with oddsmakers throwing out a few 6.5-run totals too. The lanky righty sports a spiffy 0.92 WHIP and a 4-1 strikeout to walk ratio.
James Shields: +650
You got to like the value here on Shields. He plays in baseball's most followed division and if the Rays win the AL East crown or even nab the Wildcard, Shields will get a boatload of credit for the accomplishment. Don't forget, baseball writers, new and old school, both love a pitcher who can finish a game and Shields has six complete games already.
Felix Hernandez: +800
You can't count out the reigning AL Cy Young winner but King Felix (8-6, 3.19 ERA) has some serious catching up to do. He'll probably have to produce better numbers than last season for him to take the honor in succession. It seems like the competition is much deeper then time around.
CC Sabathia: +800
CC (10-4, 3.25 ERA) is always in the mix for the Cy Young but it'll be tough for him to finish ahead of the pack this time around. Wins is normally the category he leads the majors in but Verlander and Weaver are on pace with the Yankees' ace hurler.
Michael Pineda: +800
Pineda's numbers are on par with the other big names on this list but you've got to wonder if the rookie's arm won't tire or even if the Mariners won't start limiting his innings pitched in the second half of the season.
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Posted by Ponch 5 years ago
Posted by Ponch
5 years ago
"Pineda has some nice value."
Here it is! Dave's very first comp selection for the brand new college football season. This line has a chance to go down off a key number, so grab it now if you're able!
I'm usually a little hesitant to back new head coaches out of the gate, but I think there's enough in play here to support a play on Southern Mississippi. Jay Hopson has done well at the FCS level, and he was formerly an assistant here at Southern Miss. I also like the fact that the new OC is Shannon Dawson, who had that job at Kentucky last season. He got fired, so there's two ways to read the situation. One is that he wasn't any good, the other is that he didn't have the personnel. But one thing for sure is that you know Dawson is going to be all-in to do some damage to the program that dumped him. That's a nice intangible. USM has the best QB in CUSA in Nick Mullens, and while the offense did lose a few important pieces, I expect the Golden Eagles to still be very productive on offense. We'll see on the defense. I don't think it's necessarily down from last year, but it probably isn't any better either.
Kentucky is already having some problems.The Wildcats are already down two projected defensive starters. For a team that lost seven of its eight leading tacklers from 2015, this is a potentially big hit. I think the Wildcats could have an improved offense. Eddie Gran is the new OC and he did some great work at Cincinnati. Drew Barker was unimpressive in two starts last season, but he was a pretty highly recruited QB and I suspect he'll do a better job this season. The strength of the Kentucky team will be its running game, especially with what is a very experienced OL to open holes.
This game looks like a tossup to me. I have these two teams very close in all three sets of power ratings I utilize. It's an important game for both teams. Southern Miss is an upwardly mobile program that would love to knock off an SEC opponent on the road. Kentucky hasn't been to even a minor bowl since 2010, and if Mark Stoops wants to stay off the hot seat, he needs an invite this season. That makes this almost a must win Week One game for the Wildcats. But I don't see them being a full TD better than the Golden Eagles, and with the early attrition on defense, I see the visitors having a legit shot here. I'll take the touchdown with Southern Mississippi.
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