30 Results for month: 04/2014

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 4/30/14

Just a heads up I'll be skipping the editorial portion of the daily blog till next Monday, as I'm on a semi-vacation this week. That means I'm not doing any of my usual daily radio. But, of course, there are basically no days off for the serious sports bettor, so the free plays will be posted as usual, albeit with analysis that's a bit on the brief side for ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 4/29/14

If you watched the Monday night extra inning clash between the Brewers and Cardinals, you probably already made Mike Matheny's decision to sacrifice bunt a whopping favorite to be the topic of today's blog. Congratulations and go cash your ticket. I'm really proud of myself for not breaking out every profanity available on Twitter when Matheny successf... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 4/28/14

Where is Gregory Polanco? That's a question lots of Pittsburgh Pirates fans are asking right now, and with good reason. The Bucs are off a terrific 2013 season, and hopes coming into the new campaign were literally the highest they've been in two decades. Make no mistake, the 2014 season has a long way to go, and the Pirates are not by any means dead in the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 4/27/14

Every bettor I know can remember in great detail the epic bad beats they've suffered through, and no amount of time seems to ever dull the memory. For whatever reason, you'll rarely hear the typical sports player waxing poetic about the ones he or she flat out stole. I pretty much fit that bill myself. I can rattle off virtually everything that happened at ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 4/26/14

I don't know if Bud Black shoots pool or not. But he sure manages the Padres with the acumen of a great pocket billiards player. That is, he's always thinking about not just the next shot, but he's setting up higher percentage opportunities down the road. A great example of Black's managerial mastery was on display Thursday night as the Padres won a ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 4/25/14

It doesn't matter whether or not I know the rules as far as instant replay challenges in Major League Baseball are concerned. It doesn't matter if the players comprehend all the details either. It's only their job to make the plays, not call them. But it's probably important for the managers to know what's going on, and it's obviously incumbent upon the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 4/24/14

Everyone who enjoys a good laugh got one last night if they happened to be watching the Michael Pineda Show at Fenway Park. Pineda will be facing a lengthy suspension following his expulsion from last night's Yankees/Red Sox game. The impressive to date comeback for Pineda is going on hold thanks to the "discovery" of a foreign substance on the right ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 4/23/14

The daily grind of trying to pick winners doesn't mean I'm not a fan. It gets even better when I get to cheer for someone and get paid off in the process, although it's strictly coincidence when it happens. But exactly that happened Tuesday night as the Padres won in extras at Milwaukee. Chase Headley snapped the deadlock with a massive blast in the top of ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 4/22/14

Growing up in New England, I was fortunate enough to attend several Patriot's Day Red Sox games at Fenway Park. I can't give you an exact number of times I was at the Fens for the annual holiday game, but it was definitely double figures. However, I never had much interest in distance running and while I appreciated the historical significance of the Boston ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 4/21/14

I get it. The replay decisions in MLB thus far have been taking a bit too long. Maybe it's the fact that I'm getting older and am not in a rush for anything to happen fast at this point, but an extra minute out of my life to wait for a decision on a close play is not the most aggravating thing on the planet. I understand that this is the short attention ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 4/20/14

"Lot of debate on people liking certain sports over the other. How about people dig what they dig and shut the hell up?" That was my favorite tweet of the entire day on Saturday from one of the guys I follow, in this case my friend @WesReynolds1. Wes hit the nail right on the head. I can't tell you many people have looked at me like I have some kind of ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 4/19/14

Mike Redmond has no blanking idea what he's doing and I don't know how he's the manager of a Major League Baseball team. Sorry if that seems harsh, but I would consider the maneuvering he did in what turned out to be a Marlins win on Friday night to be among the worst strategic decisions I've ever seen in any sport. And I'll add at any level, including ... More