30 Results for month: 04/2015

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 4/30/15

The big fight is finally here. It's Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao on Saturday evening, and one thing that'a already certain is that this will be the most heavily bet event in boxing history. The city is packed to capacity, and the casino drop this weekend should be enormous. This is as high-roller as it gets, and while there's never any guarantee ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 4/29/15

I'm pretty much old school as far as tradition goes in Major League Baseball. But I've always also prided myself on having an open mind and being flexible, and after being on the NL bandwagon as far as the DH is concerned for four decades, I've had a gradual change of heart. Let me make it clear that this has nothing to do with the unfortunate injury to ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 4/28/15

Random observations on the diamond today. The Blue Jays have some real issues in the bullpen, and without some kind of remedy this team might well end up right where they are right now, which is the AL East cellar. Manager John Gibbons is going to find himself on the hot seat soon if he's not there already, and GM Alex Anthopoulos might not be far ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 4/27/15

This is strictly the fan in me speaking. Understand that the analyst portion of me exercises patience and is not as prone to knee-jerk reactions as the fan portion. So there's a split personality of sorts in play here, and if you wish to call this my irrational half speaking out, so be it. I'm a Red Sox fan. I stopped being frustrated in the fall of ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 4/26/15

A day off from the commentary, that will return on Monday. Meanwhile, a quick summary of the MLB season to date as far as my plays are concerned. Record to date is +7.16, so it's a reasonable start to the season. I'll also mention that this is with what is a ridiculous imbalance on close results. Saturday was a great example. I won comfortably with the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 4/25/15

The headlines have the Angels trading Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers. I guess that's correct technically, but the truth is the Halos are literally giving the troubled outfielder away. In return for saving a small percentage of Hamilton's remaining salary, the Angels are receiving nothing in return. No prospect, no fringe Quad-A organizational guy, ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 4/24/15

Chances are it wouldn't have made a difference. But I don't think Padres skipper Bud Black gave his team its best chance to win yesterday. San Diego was down one run in the ninth at Colorado, with the tying run on base and one out. Will Venable struck out against John Axford, who was trying to close out the win for the Rockies. That meant Alexi Amarista or ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 4/23/15

Mark Melancon is still officially the closer for the Pirates, but that might not be for much longer. Melanin's velocity has declined alarmingly and there has to be major concern as to whether there might be something wrong with the veteran righty. Tony Watson got the final six outs last night as the Pirates held off the Cubs. Speaking of closers, Joakim ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 4/22/15

Another rough start for Bud Norris on Tuesday night as the Orioles were blown out in Toronto. Norris explained away his poor spring training results by saying he was working on some things, but it's clear something is amiss there. Buck Showalter is likely going to have to consider moving Kevin Gausman into the rotation while hoping Norris can figure things ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 4/21/15

The Cleveland Indians were one of the hot pre-season picks to make a serious playoff run and perhaps grab the AL Central title in the process. So far, not so good for the Tribe. It's early, and the top of the Indians rotation looks solid as a rock. But the bullpen has some issues. Closer Cody Allen has not looked good and he had a total blowup last night as ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 4/20/15

Sorry for being a bit tardy, but a computer issue that's far beyond my limited technical comprehension has occurred. Hopefully that will be resolved shortly and things will be back to normal. Meanwhile, here's my free play for Monday with a very brief commentary. (51) NY RANGERS  at  (52) PITTSBURGH PENGUINS Take: (51) NY RANGERS -120 Full ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 4/19/15

I'm skipping the commentary portion today, but have the Saturday recap and the Sunday free play. Saturday's baseball resulted in a 2-2 split, with the White Sox and Indians winning, while the Braves and Padres lost. Each of the two losers were extra innings, so it was obviously a frustrating what could have been kind of a day. Nevertheless, a small ... More