Baseball Yearly Over Unders & NIT Championship

Reds (-115) Brewers 7-6 WON
Reds/Brewers (Over 8) WON
Dodgers (-110) Giants 2-1 WON
Angels (-140) Royals 4-2 WON

Hurley Cashes NIT Championship!
Wichita State (-1.5) Alabama 66-57!
Now 3-1 this week on the college consolation tournaments!
Get on board for The Final Four!



By Jim Hurley:

Okay, so it may not feel like spring-time in many parts of the good old U.S.A. but here's something that'll warm your hearts ... Baseball's Back!

The 2011 Major-League Baseball Season is really getting a jump-start on things with a late March start for a dozen teams - including the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants (and you've never uttered those exact words before in this lifetime) - and then everyone else jumps into the pool on Friday, April 1st as MLB decided not to wait until the day of the NCAA Tournament Championship Game to crank up the start of its season.

Hope you caught our Jim Sez column the other day that offered up predictions - we like the Philadelphia Phillies over the Los Angeles Angels in this year's World Series but, than again, can you find us anyone that's not picking either the Phillies or the Boston Red Sox to win it all this year?

In today's Jim Sez edition we'll present the over/under wins prices with a quick-hitter comment on each of MLB's 30 teams plus there are still lots of College B-Ball goodies on our mind too and we'll offer up an NIT Championship Game Preview too but first this quick reminder:

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have Saturday's NCAA Tournament Final Four & Monday's NCAA Championship Game Winners along with the NIT Championship Game winner and all the NBA action too when you check in with us here online or else at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 - remember that check-in times are after 1 p.m. ET for weeknight games and after 10 a.m. ET on weekends.

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Here's an annual Jim Sez feature - the MLB over/under wins totals with comments included. Note all the figures below (e.g, over/under 115) are based on $100 per-play wagers:

TEAM                         WINS TOTAL            COMMENT

Philadelphia Phillies       97 over/under 115       
The starting rotation is baseball version of overkill but Phils offense must be more productive (25th in LOB last year)

Boston Red Sox           95 over/under 115       
Is this Red Sox lineup now a tad overrated as lefty hackers Crawford and Gonzalez must produce in the clutch

New York Yankees     91.5 over/under 115    
Captain Jeter's gonna get hit #3,000 but is closer Rivera ready to handle heavy work load again?

Atlanta Braves              88 over/under 115       
The post-Bobby Cox Era begins but for the '11 Braves to win they need CF McLouth to be the igniter

San Francisco Giants    88 over/under 115       
The defending champs have beefed up an attack that ranked in lower half in MLB last year

Texas Rangers              87.5 over/under 115    
Defending AL champs will take a step back without LHP Lee but MLB's top-hitting lineup should thrive

Colorado Rockies        87 over 125                
If the Rockies get a full year's worth from SS Tulowitzki than Mile High guys could swipe the NL West

Minnesota Twins          87 over/under 115       
The return of 1B Morneau from concussion woes is great but can Minny LHP Liriano stay healthy for 33 starts

St. Louis Cardinals       86.5 over/under 115    
First baseman Pujols (42 HR, 118 RBI last year) may have to upgrade these gaudy numbers to win NL Central

Cincinnati Reds             85.5 over 120             
The Reds are one of MLB's best defensive teams but if RHP Arroyo is bogged down, it's major trouble

Chicago White Sox       85.5 over/under 115    
Two main keys here: RHP Peavy must get 30-plus starts and bullpen committee has to a plus

Milwaukee Brewers      85.5 over/under 115    
Defensively-challenged team will heap more pressure on new guys RHPs Greinke and Marcum

Tampa Bay Rays          85 under 120               
The Rays waved bye-bye to a batch of regulars but LHP Price could win 20+ and Damon/Ramirez combo will hit

Los Angeles Angels      83.5 over 120             
If 1B Morales makes major comeback from freak leg injury than Halos could be AL's surprise team

Detroit  Tigers               83.5 over/under 115    
The Tigers need 1B Cabrera to stay on straight-and-narrow path plus RHP Porcello in need of bounceback

Oakland A's                 83.5 over/under 115    
Any long-term loss of star hurler bailey could cave in this whole 2011 season for "other" Bay Area squad

Los Angeles Dodgers   82 over/under 115       
The Mattingly Era begins in Tinseltown but nobody's getting excited unless Kershaw/Billingsley tandem wins 40+

Florida Marlins             81.5 over/under 115    
Still wondering how Marlins ace RHP Johnson won only 11 games last year with 2.30 ERA

Chicago Cubs               81.5 under 120            
If 3B Aramis Ramirez stays healthy and SS Starlin Castro stays on the upswing, the Cubs could surprise

New York Mets           77.5 over/under 115    
Here's hoping the bankrupt Mets change ownership before year's end as negative vibes surround Citi Field

Toronto Blue Jays         76.5 over/under 115    
Last year's Jays were supposed to win 70 games and wound up with 85 W's - more of same ahead in 2011?

San Diego Padres         76 under 130               
Last year's biggest overachievers will nosedive if closer Bell (47 saves) goes 4 or 5 days between appearances

Baltimore Orioles          75.5 over/under 115    
Maybe Buck Showalter's anti-Yankee and anti-Red Sox comments will fire up his Birds this year

Houston Astros            73.5 over/under 115    
Last year's Astros ranked near the bottom of all offensive categories and can't see anything changing in '11

Arizona Diamondbacks 72.5 under 120           
The D-Backs went from a 90-win team in 2007 to 65 W's last year and there's no relief in sight

Washington Nationals   72 over/under 115       
No RHP Strasburg (likely for thee year) means no buzz in nation's capital even with new OF Werth on board

Cleveland Indians         71 over/under 115       
No-name lineup won't frighten anyone but Tribe's counting on 1-2 punch of RHPs Carmona and Masterson

Seattle Mariners           70 over/under 115       
The M's have last year's AL Cy Young winner on their side but "King" Felix Hernandez can't pitch every day

Kansas City Royals      69.5 under 130            
Life without RHP Greinke means things going from bad to worse for the woe-be-gone Royals

Pittsburgh Pirates          66.5 over/under 115    
If there's one thing the Bucco fans are looking forward to it's kid 3B Pedro Alvarez (16 dingers in 95 games)



We'll let the NCAA Tournament's Final Four have the stage in the next edition of Jim Sez but right here let's put a wrap on the National Invitation Tournament with a look at the NIT Championship Game on Thursday night:
WICHITA STATE (28-8) vs. ALABAMA (25-11) - 7 p.m. ET, espn2
No doubt that this ranks as a chip-on-the-shoulder game for both hoop programs who felt wrongfully omitted from the 68-team NCAA Tournament field but here's an opportunity to cut down some nets in this "second-tier" tourney and the Wichita State Shockers can only hope to play as well as in Tuesday's resounding 75-44 win against 3-point pup Washington State.

The Shockers - who didn't allow a single three-point basket to be made against 'em (the Cougars shot 0-of-10 from beyond the three-point line) - were buoyed by big man Garrett Stutz (career-high 24 points with 11 rebounds) who played 25 minutes off the pine and simply stole the show. If Stutz can hold his ground against the 'Bama big men here, than Wichita State G Toure Murry (13 points versus Washington State) might just get loosened up from the perimeter.

On the flip side, Alabama F JaMychal Green - who poured in 22 points before fouling out in Tuesday's electric 62-61 non-cover win against 2 ½-point dog Colorado - needs to draw some fouls here on Stutz and Company as it's been noted Green didn't attempt a single free throw in the semifinal win against the CU Buffaloes.

Key strategy here: How patient will Anthony Grant's Crimson Tide be on offense? The SEC guys like to milk clock and work the ball around but may want to fast-break here more against a Wichita State backcourt that may lack for overall "quicks".

NOTE: Catch our NCAA Tournament Final Four Game Previews in the next edition of Jim Sez.


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