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Red Sox have already shot down a couple of Cole Hamels trade proposals from the Phillies
2014-11-17

The Phillies are officially buying into the idea of a rebuild and Hamels represents an efficient way for them to restock their minor league system quickly. But, as expected, GM Ruben Amaro wants at least three top prospects for his ace. The Red Sox are already actively assessing top-tier free agent starters including Jon Lester and it may prove more prudent for them to overpay by one or two years and a few million as opposed to giving up a handful of talented young players for starting pitching.

Hamels, who turns 31 in December, is entering the third year of a six-year, $144 million contract extension signed in July 2012. The Phillies still owe him $96 million. The lefty turned in the best season of his career despite starting the season on the disabled list, finishing with a 2.46 ERA and a 198/59 K/BB ratio over 204 2/3 innings.


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RANK UPDATES ON GALA CASINOS ACQUISITION (Update)
2012-09-19

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On 12 May 2012 Rank announced that it had conditionally agreed to acquire Gala Casinos from Gala Coral Group Limited for a total cash consideration of GBP 205 million

The acquisition was conditional upon the approval of Rank shareholders (which was obtained at a general meeting of Rank held on 26 July 2012) and upon receipt of UK merger control clearance by 19 September 2012.

On 20 August 2012 the Office of Fair Trading announced that it had referred the acquisition agreement to the UK Competition Commission, and that as a result the agreement will not become unconditional by the 19 September 2012 deadline.

The company now advises that due to these factors the agreement relating to the acquisition will cease to be formally binding on the parties at midnight on Wednesday 19 September 2012.

The update concludes: "Rank and Gala Coral Group are nevertheless continuing to assist the Competition Commission with its inquiry and are continuing their discussions in relation to appropriate amendments to the acquisition terms in the light of the reference to the Competition Commission. A further announcement will be made in due course."



MLB: Josh Johnson: Worth your betting dollar
2010-07-27

One pitcher has dominated the National League like no other over the course of the last three months and his name is not Tim Lince BMW Motorcyles Rental in Costa Rica cum, Roy Halladay, or Ubaldo Jimenez. Rather, it is Josh Johnson, who has rather quietly emerged from the shadow of those other aces to become one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. He is on a roll like no other of late, and oddsmakers are having trouble gauging just how good he has been when setting their prices. For instance, for Tuesday’s game against Matt Cain and the Giants, bettors at Sportsbook.com can back Johnson’s Marlins at around even money.

The Marlins have climbed back over .500 by going 13-6 since Independence Day. Some of the credit during that surge has to go to Johnson, who is 3-0 in his starts during the surge. However, his complete domination traces back to long beyond that.

Johnson (10-3, 1.61 ERA) has not allowed more than two runs in his last 13 starts, going 7-2 with a 0.79 ERA. The last pitcher to put together such a streak for 14 outings in a row was Houston's Mike Scott in 1986.

In addition, Johnson has allowed one run over his last 28 innings on the road.

Perhaps the biggest signs of how much command a pitcher has had can be shown in his strikeouts and WHIP numbers. When looking at Johnson’s numbers during that stretch, he has struck out 94 hitters in 91-1/3 innings with a WHIP of 0.876. He has also enjoyed 18 straight “quality starts”.

Although Johnson has never beaten the San Francisco Giants, he's never faced them when he's been pitching this well. As the league’s ERA leader, he looks to earn his first victory over the Giants when the Marlins continue a four-game series Tuesday night at AT&T Park.

The right-hander is 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA in four career starts against the Giants (56-44), although the Marlins (50-49) supported him with a total of five runs in those outings.

As an illustration of just how much trouble the oddsmakers are having with Johnson, most pitchers on a run like his would command prices in the -200 or higher range. For tonight, he is listed at just -120, thanks in part to San Francisco’s recent success as well as Matt Cain’s prowess.

The Giants had a four-game win streak snapped with a 4-3 loss Monday. San Francisco fell 3 1/2 games behind first-place San Diego in the NL West. Overall, they have gone 15-4 since July 5th, slightly better than Florida.

Johnson will get his first look at promising Giants rookie Buster Posey, who is batting .461 during a 19-game hitting streak. Posey - whose 39 hits this month lead the majors - is three games shy of matching Hall of Famer Willie McCovey's San Francisco rookie record set in 1959.

Cain has generally been in a good rhythm against Florida, going 3-0 with a 2.83 ERA in six starts. He has won his last two starts after the Giants had dropped his prior five appearances.

Ironically, it is Johnson’s dominance that leads to a powerful StatFox Super Situation indicating that he may be ready to fall finally on Tuesday:

• Play Against - Road favorites with a money line of -110 or higher (FLORIDA) - with an on base percentage of .300 or worse over their last 15 games, with a hot starting pitcher- ERA less than 2.50 over his last 5 starts. (36-17 over the last 5 seasons.) (67.9%, +25.6 units. Rating = 3*)

For as much as the Marlins have been winning, they have been doing it more with pitching.

However, that said, Johnson still might prove to be the difference, based primarily on the price and the value which comes with a pitcher of his command:

• JOHNSON is 17-7 (+10.6 Units) against the money line when the money line is +125 to -125 over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record) The average score was JOHNSON 5.3, OPPONENT 3.2 - (Rating = 1*)

First pitch for this highly intriguing contest is set for 10:15 PM ET, or 7:15 PM on the left coast. The total is posted at a paltry 6.5. Even still, the StatFox Game Estimator shows a 3.3-2.9 projected win by the Giants, low enough to still take the game UNDER.


MLB: MLB Top Weekend Power Trends 4/9-4/11
2010-04-09

Perhaps not coincidentally, Major League Baseball plays its first full weekend of baseball while the NBA concludes its regular sea video poker son weekend schedule over the next three days. Obviously it’s too early to know a whole lot about the teams after just a single series, but I’m sure if you ask the managers of every one of the 30 baseball teams, they’d like their clubs to start putting it in gear as soon as possible. With that in mind, it seems strange to think that only one team remains unbeaten, San Francisco, and one winless, Houston, headed into the first weekend. Meanwhile, expected contenders like Boston, Seattle, and the two teams from Los Angeles all looked flat against their first opponents. Let’s take a look at what this first weekend holds in store while also revealing a Top StatFox Power Trend from each series that you’ll want to keep in mind.

The best series in the American League this weekend puts the Yankees in Tampa to face the Rays in a battle of the last two league champions. New York is fresh off another big series versus a division rival in which it took two out of three from the Red Sox in Boston. The Yankees took five out of nine series meetings at “the Trop” last season. The Rays are also 2-1 after their first series, knocking off Baltimore in the first two games of the set while scoring four runs in each contest. Elsewhere in the A.L., expected top contenders will meet in the Central and West divisions as well. In Chicago, the Twins pay a visit, and as you’ll see below, will be trying to combat a recent pattern of struggles on the road versus left-handed starters. The Sox will be throwing John Danks in the series opener on Friday, as well as Mark Buehrle on Sunday, both southpaws. In Texas, the Rangers and Mariners will go head-to-head for three games, with each team trying to rebound from a series loss to open the season.

In the National League, baseball’s only remaining unbeaten team, the Giants, put their streak on the line against what is expected to be one of the league better teams in 2010, the Braves. Atlanta got off to a strong start by taking two of three from the Cubs, including a 16-run outburst on opening day. San Francisco meanwhile, swept the opening series in Houston by doing it both offensively and defensively, outscoring the Astros 18-6 in three games. In Milwaukee, the Brewers and Cardinals will renew their rivalry with three games, two to be televised nationally. Both clubs took two of three in their first season series, with Milwaukee knocking off Colorado and St. Louis turning back Cincinnati. Elsewhere, two-time defending N.L. champ Philadelphia will be in Houston, in a series to be highlighted by a stellar Sunday pitching matchup between Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt.

As we’ll try to do throughout the rest of the baseball season, here is this weekend’s list of Top StatFox Power Trends that you will want to consider as you build your baseball betting lineup for the weekend.

SAN DIEGO at COLORADO
COLORADO is 32-8 (+17.0 Units) against the money line as a favorite of -150 or more over the last 2 seasons. The average score was COLORADO 6.6, OPPONENT 4.3 - (Rating = 1*)

ATLANTA at SAN FRANCISCO
ATLANTA is 27-16 (+14.8 Units) against the money line in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons. The average score was ATLANTA 5.3, OPPONENT 3.7 - (Rating = 1*)

CHICAGO CUBS at CINCINNATI
CHICAGO CUBS are 8-29 (-19.6 Units) against the money line as an underdog of +100 to +150 over the last 2 seasons. The average score was CHICAGO CUBS 3.3, OPPONENT 5.1 - (Rating = 3*)

WASHINGTON at NY METS
WASHINGTON is 24-57 (-22.3 Units) against the money line as a road underdog of +125 to +175 over the last 3 seasons. The average score was WASHINGTON 4.1, OPPONENT 5.3 - (Rating = 1*)

LA DODGERS at FLORIDA
GONZALEZ is 45-29 OVER (+15.2 Units) in April games as the manager of FLORIDA. The average score was FLORIDA 5.1, OPPONENT 5.1 - (Rating = 1*)

PHILADELPHIA at HOUSTON
PHILADELPHIA is 10-0 OVER (+10.2 Units) in road games in April games over the last 2 seasons. The average score was PHILADELPHIA 7.2, OPPONENT 5.0 - (Rating = 3*)

ST LOUIS at MILWAUKEE
ST LOUIS is 36-19 (+13.7 Units) against the money line in April games over the last 3 seasons. The average score was ST LOUIS 5.2, OPPONENT 3.8 - (Rating = 0*)

PITTSBURGH at ARIZONA
PITTSBURGH is 22-58 (-25.1 Units) against the money line in road games over the last 2 seasons. The average score was PITTSBURGH 3.5, OPPONENT 5.2 - (Rating = 1*)

CLEVELAND at DETROIT
DETROIT is 68-80 (-29.1 Units) against the money line against division opponents over the last 3 seasons. The average score was DETROIT 4.6, OPPONENT 5.1 - (Rating = 1*)

TORONTO at BALTIMORE
BALTIMORE is 47-100 (-35.6 Units) against the money line against division opponents over the last 3 seasons. The average score was BALTIMORE 4.4, OPPONENT 5.9 - (Rating = 0*)

NY YANKEES at TAMPA BAY
TAMPA BAY is 13-1 (+12.3 Units) against the money line in home games when playing against a top-level team (Win Pct. > 62%) over the last 3 seasons. The average score was TAMPA BAY 6.6, OPPONENT 3.3 - (Rating = 2*)

SEATTLE at TEXAS
SEATTLE is 38-23 UNDER (+11.7 Units) as an underdog of +100 to +150 over the last 2 seasons. The average score was SEATTLE 3.7, OPPONENT 4.5 - (Rating = 0*)

BOSTON at KANSAS CITY
BOSTON is 28-4 (+22.8 Units) against the money line vs. AL teams allowing 5.2 or more runs/game on the season over the last 2 seasons. The average score was BOSTON 7.0, OPPONENT 3.8 - (Rating = 4*)

MINNESOTA at CHI WHITE SOX
MINNESOTA is 20-41 (-22.3 Units) against the money line in road games against left-handed starters over the last 3 seasons. The average score was MINNESOTA 4.7, OPPONENT 5.4 - (Rating = 1*)

OAKLAND at LA ANGELS
OAKLAND is 52-30 UNDER (+17.3 Units) as a road underdog of +100 to +150 over the last 3 seasons. The average score was OAKLAND 3.8, OPPONENT 4.6 - (Rating = 1*)


MLB: Top MLB Weekend Power Trends 8/7-8/9
2009-08-07

The stretch run continues in Major League Baseball with another full set of action this weekend. As the contenders continue to be separated from the pretenders, there are a number of series’ that loom large for some teams’ postseason prospects. In fact, this might be one of the most impactful weekends we’ve seen in awhile in baseball. Read on as we take a look at all of the key matchups, then reveal our weekly list of Top StatFox Power Trends to consider in your wagering over the next few days.

In the N.L. East Division, Philadelphia is comfortably ahead of both the Marlins and Braves. Unfortunately for those chasing teams, they will be on the road taking on the league’s best two clubs. Florida visits the Phillies, and while on the surface it would seem to be an ideal situation for the Marlins to make up ground in a hurry, don’t forget that the defending champs swept a series in Miami just a few weeks back. In two of those games, the Fish were shut out. Philly’s 25-15 divisional record is a big reason they sport a 7-game lead in the standings. The Braves meanwhile will be in Los Angeles taking on the Dodgers, who continue to boast the N.L.’s best record. Both teams seem to be spinning their wheels at this point in the season though, with identical 5-7 marks in their last 12 games.

In the N.L. Central, the division leading Cubs & Cardinals are both on the road, while chasers Milwaukee and Houston will be going head-to-head. Chicago faces the toughest test, playing in Colorado. However, the Cubbies own an 11-4 edge in the head-to-head series over the last three seasons. The Cardinals meanwhile, are in Pittsburgh for a 3-game set. The Pirates have lost five in a row and 10 of their last 12, but did take two-of-three from St. Louis at home back in May. The Brewers/Astros series will be an interesting one in that both teams remain within 5-games of the top spot in the division. Houston has cooled since its mid-season surge, going just 3-9 in its L12 games. Milwaukee meanwhile, comes off a series win in Los Angeles to get back to .500. This begins a critical stretch of 22 straight games against teams with losing records for the Brew Crew. If they hope to repeat their postseason appearance of 2008, they need to make hay now.

In the American League, most eyes will be fixed on New York, where the Yankees and Boston will be continuing a key 4-game set. Entering play on Thursday, New York held a slim 1-1/2 game lead in the East Divison, but boosted that by a game by whipping the Red Sox, 13-6. The win was important for the Yankees not only in the divisional picture, but also because of the fact that it snapped an 8-game losing streak to the Sox this season. New York boasts a 36-17 record at home in 2009, while Boston slipped to 27-28 on the road with Thursday’s loss.

The other two divisions in the Junior Circuit boast big series’ as well. In Detroit, it could be last gasp time for the Twins, as they head into the Motor City chasing 4-1/2 games in the standings. Minnesota has played some of its best ball in divisional games this year though, going 21-14 overall and 6-2 against the Central-leading Tigers. In the West, the Rangers face the same exact scenario as the Twins in terms of standings and home/road dichotomy. They are also chasing 4-1/2 games and headed to the home of the club they are chasing, the Angels. Like Minnesota, Texas also owns a huge edge in divisional record, as the Rangers are 22-12 vs. West foes, while the Angels are just 14-17. They’ll need that pattern to continue if they hope to pick up valuable ground. In the head-to-head series, Texas owns a 7-2 mark this season.

It should be an exciting weekend in Major League Baseball, one filled with fabulous wagering opportunities. Be sure to visit the Game Matchups page daily for the latest key game info, and also don’t neglect the following Top StatFox Power Trends as you build your daily wagering cards.

FLORIDA at PHILADELPHIA
FLORIDA is 11-6 (+10.5 Units) against the money line in road games vs. teams outscoring opp by 0.5 or more runs/game in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons. The average score was FLORIDA 4.9, OPPONENT 3.7 - (Rating = 1*)

ST LOUIS at PITTSBURGH
PITTSBURGH is 9-34 (-20.9 Units) against the money line vs. NL teams allowing 4.3 or less runs/game in the second half of the season over the last 3 seasons. The average score was PITTSBURGH 3.7, OPPONENT 5.8 - (Rating = 1*)

ARIZONA at WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON is 24-54 (-28.0 Units) against the money line vs. an NL team with a team batting average of .255 or worse over the last 2 seasons. The average score was WASHINGTON 4.1, OPPONENT 5.2 - (Rating = 1*)

MILWAUKEE at HOUSTON
MILWAUKEE is 21-31 (-14.1 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a losing record this season. The average score was MILWAUKEE 4.6, OPPONENT 5.4 - (Rating = 1*)

CHICAGO CUBS at COLORADO
COLORADO is 81-52 (+23.5 Units) against the money line vs. an NL team with an on base percentage .325 or worse in the second half of the season over the last 3 seasons. The average score was COLORADO 5.3, OPPONENT 4.5 - (Rating = 1*)

NY METS at SAN DIEGO
SAN DIEGO is 11-28 (-17.5 Units) against the money line vs. teams whose hitters strike out 6 or less times/game over the last 2 seasons. The average score was SAN DIEGO 3.8, OPPONENT 5.6 - (Rating = 1*)

ATLANTA at LA DODGERS
ATLANTA is 21-36 (-17.9 Units) against the money line in road games vs. an overused bullpen that pitches more than 3.2 innings per game over the last 2 seasons. The average score was ATLANTA 4.4, OPPONENT 4.4 - (Rating = 1*)

CINCINNATI at SAN FRANCISCO
CINCINNATI is 3-15 (-11.7 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season. The average score was CINCINNATI 3.4, OPPONENT 5.5 - (Rating = 1*)

BOSTON at NY YANKEES
BOSTON is 18-30 (-18.9 Units) against the money line when playing against a good team (Win Pct. 54% to 62%) in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons. The average score was BOSTON 4.4, OPPONENT 4.9 - (Rating = 2*)

BALTIMORE at TORONTO
BALTIMORE is 34-72 (-32.6 Units) against the money line vs. a good bullpen whose WHIP is 1.350 or better over the last 2 seasons. The average score was BALTIMORE 4.3, OPPONENT 5.7 - (Rating = 1*)

MINNESOTA at DETROIT
MINNESOTA is 62-40 (+16.5 Units) against the money line vs. an average bullpen whose ERA is 3.75 to 4.50 over the last 2 seasons. The average score was MINNESOTA 5.0, OPPONENT 4.2 - (Rating = 1*)

CLEVELAND at CHI WHITE SOX
CHI WHITE SOX are 76-50 (+22.1 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons. The average score was CHI WHITE SOX 5.3, OPPONENT 4.3 - (Rating = 1*)

OAKLAND at KANSAS CITY
KANSAS CITY is 15-4 (+10.6 Units) against the money line in home games when playing against a bad team (Win Pct. 38% to 46%) in the second half of the season over the last 3 seasons. The average score was KANSAS CITY 5.3, OPPONENT 3.6 - (Rating = 0*)

TEXAS at LA ANGELS
LA ANGELS are 27-13 (+13.9 Units) against the money line vs. a good bullpen whose WHIP is 1.350 or better this season. The average score was LA ANGELS 5.7, OPPONENT 4.9 - (Rating = 2*)

TAMPA BAY at SEATTLE
TAMPA BAY is 18-6 UNDER (+11.0 Units) in road games vs. an AL team with an on base percentage .330 or worse in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons. The average score was TAMPA BAY 3.8, OPPONENT 4.4 - (Rating = 1*)