Giancarlo Stanton Is Officially A Superstar

When Mike Stanton made his MLB debut at just 20 years of age back in 2010, there were plenty of people intrigued by his future. The 6’6″ athlete already had the size and athleticism to help him stand out above the rest. He has been pretty solid throughout his career, but 2014 will be the year many remember him officially becoming a superstar in baseball.

Things have certainly changed since 2010, as Mike became Giancarlo, Miami went from contending to rebuilding and he became a more complete player. Despite playing in one of the most spacious ballparks in baseball, he has a very good chance of finishing with 40 home runs or more and around 120 RBI when the season is over. Throw in a batting average around .300, and he is a true fantasy baseball superstar.

It was a tough blow to Stanton when Miami decided to go into full rebuilding mode. All of a sudden, Stanton became one of the oldest regulars on the team at just 24 years of age. He has taken on a leadership role and done very well with it, and that could lead to some MVP discussion in the National League.

Mike Trout has emerged as the guy many people consider to be the best overall player in baseball. Statistically, that is probably still true, but Stanton is slowly closing in on him. Even though Stanton is a little bit older, it has just taken him longer to get to his peak performance. He will always have the edge in power, but his focus on being more well-rounded that has helped out quite a bit.

The superstar word gets thrown around quite a bit, but many agree that Stanton is officially there right now. It will be exciting to see what the future holds for the outfielder as he continues to settle in as a leader on Miami. Imagine if the Pirates pursued him a little harder last season?

Charlie Morton, Marlon Byrd lead Pirates past Brewers 7-1

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Marlon Byrd made quite the impression in his first career game in a Pirates’ uniform as the right fielder blasted a three-run home run in the seventh inning during Wednesday night’s 7-1 beating of the Brewers. Similar to Kora the right fielder made this presence known early to set the tone for the rest of the game.

Byrd struck out twice, but delivered the big home run which made up for it all.

Charlie Morton pitched well once again, allowing one earned run in six and two-thirds innings pitched.

 

ESPN is pretty spot-on in terms of specifications.

Betting Favorites For The World Series

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It may feel like we only just got through with All Star Weekend, but the reality is that MLB pennant races are beginning to take shape. In the NL East, the Atlanta Braves appear to be running away with the race, but a quick look at the MLB website will show you that outside of this one division, there are no teams who can safely be called playoff guarantees (with the possible exception of the Detroit Tigers, who boast a 7-game lead over the 2nd place Cleveland Indians in the AL Central).

However, tight races don’t mean that we can’t start to look at who seems poised to contend for a World Series. Here’s a look at the five teams that the Betfair sports betting site has listed with the best odds to win the title in November.

5. Pittsburgh Pirates (Between 9/1 and 10/1 odds)
In actuality, this 5th spot is a tie, in terms of odds, between the Pirates, Red Sox, Cardinals and Rangers, but because the Pirates have the best record of that bunch we’ve given the nod to them, and why not? The Pirates boast arguably the best starting pitching in the MLB (with two starters posting sub-3.00 ERA and not a single starter above 4.00), and have amassed a 90+ win pace in one of baseball’s toughest divisions. This team could well be in the mix.

4. Cleveland Indians (9/1 odds)
The Indians are hiding under the radar a bit by virtue of trailing Detroit by seven games in the AL Central. Nonetheless, the Indians seem poised to contend for a Wild Card position, and have the talent to win a few playoff series. The team is 5th in runs scored, but will needs its pitching – both starters and relief – to pick it up a bit if it’s to seriously contend.

3. Atlanta Braves (7/1 odds)
The Braves have the best winning percentage in the MLB, and have flat out dominated the NL East. 8th in the league in runs scored and 1st in ERA qualify them for best-team-in-baseball status.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (6/1 odds)
The Dodgers may not have as commanding a lead as the Braves, but they’re unquestionably the hottest team in baseball, with a scintillating 25-4 record since the All Star break. Credit rookie phenom Yasiel Puig, ace starter Clayton Kershaw, or whomever else you want – this team seems unlikely to lose games these days, let alone entire series.

1. Detroit Tigers (6/1 odds)
ESPN lists Detroit as being 1st in the league in both quality starts and batting average. Miguel Cabrera is without a doubt the deadliest hitter in the league (and it’s not close), and Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez have pitched every bit as well as Justin Verlander. This team is simply loaded, and justifiably atop the betting odds charts.

How can the Pirates improve against lefties? – Bucs Dugout

How can the Pirates improve against lefties? – Bucs Dugout.

Pirates second half primer – Bucs Dugout

Pirates second half primer – Bucs Dugout.

Pedro Alvarez hits 6 home runs in Home Run Derby

Pedro Alvarez may not have advanced out of the opening round of the 2013 Home Run Derby, but he did make a little bit of history. Alvarez hit six home runs, the most of any Pirates’ player in history.

Alvarez was one home run away from possibly advancing in the Home Run Derby, but fell short. He did, however, hit more home runs than Prince Fielder and Robinson Cano. Not too shabby.

Pirates sweep Angeles; win 10-9 in series finale

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Pittsburgh scored three in the ninth to tie the score and dropped four in the 10th to seal the deal against the Angels, winning 10-9 on Sunday afternoon.

Pedro Alvarez once again launched a bomb early in the contest to give the Pirates the early 1-0 lead and he came through in the 10th with a double as well.

Mark Melancon picked up the victory in relief.

Pittsburgh heads to Seattle for a pair.

Tips for betting on baseball

Do you like to dabble in sports betting? A lot do, and money can certainly be made with the process, but for those who are looking to just get into the act, there is one sport that may be easier to win money: baseball.

Baseball is America’s pastime and it’s also America’s pastime for sports gambling. But you have to know what and when to place your bet. Here are a couple pointers:

Know who’s hot

Sometimes betters go on history. For example, the Yankees have most the most MLB championships in the league and they have been good since Derek Jeter came into the league so they should easily slide by the Kansas City Royals.

Not so fast.

That misconception causes a lot of mistakes and loses money as a result. Know who’s hot this year, not just what team is historically better than the other.

This is a new year and betting should have a fresh update every year.

Bet on the home team

17 teams have better than .500 home records this year; three teams are .500 and the rest are under .500.

What does this mean? Statistically, betting on the home team is the best option if you are on the fence. It happens more often than not.

Know the starters

Pitching wins games. Pitching wins you money.

Bet on the pitcher who has had a couple good starts in a row. Chances are: he’s going to do it again.

Best place to bet on baseball and other sports

We all have an interest in sports and some of us feel confident about gambling on the sport they love. But where do you do it?

There are many options out there but I would recommend a place that gives you free money after placing one order.

Check out bonus bets for William Hill they reward you for signing up using the promotion code which is perfect for anybody who wants a taste of sports betting.

Good luck!