The USA men's basketball team breezes against France 98-71. Ryan Lochte is favorite to add to his Gold Medal collection and the USA Gold Medal Standings.
The highlight of day two Olympic betting is Ryan Lochte in the 200 meter swinning. He is he favorite, but not exactly overwhelming.
Men's 200m Freestyle Gold Medal Winner
451 R.Lochte wins men's 200m freestyle
452 Field wins men's 200m freestyle gold
453 S.Yang wins men's 200m freestyle
454 Field wins men's 200m freestyle gold
455 Y.Agnel wins men's 200m freestyle
456 Field wins men's 200m freestyle gold
Matt Rivers has a premium pick on the San Diego Padres. Screw the Marlins! Florida is done and without Stanton and after trading away Hanley I am just fine taking my chances with a solid enough lefty in Clayton Richard plus this much coin. Florida's only true bat is Jose Reyes and with him hitting from the left side of the plate I'll take my chances with a southpaw any day of the week.
Sure Josh Johnson, when on, can be filthy but the righty hasn't been that all that much this season and with some trade rumors swirling around him I'm sure sure if he is going to be able to put back-to-back quality starts together. I do not fear the guy as I have at times in the past and his team overall is a travesty.
I have never loved the Padres as they are fairly horrible and completely inept at times with the bats. But San Diego at least seems like a team that trying out there unlike Ozzie Guillen's disgraceful Marlins who would end the season right now if they could. This was supposed to be a solid campaign with the new ballpark and stuff and it has been the exact antithesis of such.
Carlos Quentin may need to step up and hit a bomb as we are backing a weak hitting club but in the end I'm going against a bad team in Florida that is laying too much, period!
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Another free pick is from the Canadian Crew. Washington Nationals vs Milwaukee Brewers
Odds: WASH -150/MIL +140, 8.5 o/u
Milwaukee snapped Washington's six-game win streak with an unexpected shutout of baseball's top team. Are their chances of improving their post-break fortunes improved today? Given the weapons they're bringing to the fight, the answer is, "probably not."
This season has been kind of a disappointment for the Brewers after winning the NL Central last season. Since the break they're 5-9 and sit just on top of Chicago and Houston in the standings. Friday's win in Washington snapped a seven game losing streak, but they'll likely have trouble building on that today thanks to an extreme pitching mismatch.
Any questions about the depth and effectiveness of the Brewer bullpen since trading away ace Zack Greinke can be answered by looking at who they're putting on the mound today.
Starting the Brewer rotation is young Mark Roger (0-0, 1.80 ERA). Rogers is straight out of the Triple-A Nashville team and is about as green as they get. He's struggled on the farm and will likely struggle again today. Facing off against a team that's averaging 5.5 runs a game is a good experience for a young pitcher, but his prospects for a win are dim. (Bettors should note that the over has paid off in five of Washington's last ten games.)
The Brew Crew is in serious transition mode and we don't expect the kinks in their new lineup to be ironed out any time soon.
On the mound for the Nationals is Gio Gonzales (13-5, 3.13 ERA). Gonzales has dropped two of his last three starts, but has a very good outing against the Mets earlier this week. In seven innings played he gave up just one run on two hits and put away 11 straight batters. Whatever problems he had last week, when those same Mets scored six runs in three innings on him, seem to have been corrected. Look for Gonzales to keep the struggling Brewers in check today.
With so much uncertainty and transition in their lineup, Milwaukee just isn't a safe pick, especially against the road friendly Nationals.
The Pick: Washington Nationals -150