A look back at the development of baseball


When people think of baseball they tend to think of a similar picture: a large stadium that smells vaguely of grass and beer, long summer afternoons that turn into summer nights without much fanfare (or anyone noticing), and the cracking sound of the bat as it hits the ball. Or perhaps, they think of the more parochial version of the sport, with children playing in the field while their parents and teachers sit on the sidelines, idly chatting and watching the game. In either scenario, or even in any other, there is one constant: baseball itself. However, the game didn’t always quite look the way it does nowadays. In fact, a look back over the history of baseball will show a sport quite different to the one we all picture today.

Perhaps most surprising of all is the fact that this all-American past-time was actually invented in England. One of the earliest references to baseball was made by Jane Austen in her 1817 novel Northanger Abbey. To be a bit more precise, but that point baseball as we know it hadn’t yet been invented and the game was only a cousin of baseball, most likely similar to the sport of rounders, named so because it’s the goal of the hitter to round the bases.

American baseball is nearly impossible to trace any earlier than the 1840s. As most folk sports, so called because they were played by majority of the people of any given country, baseball had a long folk history before being codified. Even though Abner Doubleday is credited with the invention of baseball there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to substantiate this rumour, but the fact that the myth was propagated by Major League Baseball meant that it caught on dramatically. Although he was instrumental in its standardization, he was not responsible for its creation.

The Knickerbocker Rules were a set of club rules that the Knickerbocker club in New York City created so its members could play a game called ‘base ball’. These are the rules most commonly (and accurately) associated with the early development of the game.

In these early days, the late 1840s and early 1850s, baseball was still very a leisure past-time and one enjoyed at a local level. It wasn’t for another half-century before the big leagues were formed that gave rise to some of the major teams we still have today and some of the baseball legends, as well as other annexe aspects of the games, such as sports betting on sites like BetDSI or other famous sportsbook bettors.

But despite its almost now mythic and almost mythical origins it seems that baseball is most definitely here to stay for quite some time. So whether you’re the type who enjoy watching the professionals or the children in the village park, get out there and enjoy the summer baseball season!


The most important tips for placing a (successful) bet!

  1. Know the sport.

You want to have fun and make some money but you also need to remember important that you don’t get involved into things too quickly. If you’re in it to have some fun then don’t pay much mind to what’s happening. If you’re trying to make money then an intricate understanding of what is going on down on the pitch is going to be vital knowledge. Watch a few race or bouts or games or matches etc prior to starting your betting career so as to familiarise yourself with the sport.

  1. Know what’s going on off the pitch and outside the stadium

In most sports there’s a lot going on outside of the gaze of the public: administrative changes, managers getting hired and fired, hasty line-up changes, injuries, and even the mental and emotional state of players. A rough time in a colleague’s personal life can mean their spirit isn’t in their job, and it’s no different for athlete’s just because they have a markedly different job than the average person. Having as much information as you can prior to placing a bet on the game de jure will make all the difference in the end. While remembering to respect athlete’s private lives try to find out what’s been going on in the lives of the athletes, the teams, and any management. Where possible, see if you can’t talk to former athletes and to get information about what affects game-play straight from the horse’s mouth. Never a bad idea to have detailed information when money is at stake.

3.Understand how odds work and why they are there.

Often the novice gambler places small bets with big pay-offs. While this is undeniably rewarding and exciting if you win, it’s vital to keep in mind that the odds aren’t that way on a whim. If something pays out one thousand to one, it’s extremely likely you’re not going to win that bet. If the money you’re investing in the bet is minimal and you don’t mind in essence throwing that money away, go right ahead, but it’s a very unsound gambling strategy.  

  1. Location, Location, Location

It’s the rule when you’re buying a house and it’s the rule when you’re placing a bet! Never underestimate location when talking about a sporting event. Owing to changes in humidity or temperature or things like altitude as well can put a visiting team at a great disadvantage. These changes, even if seemingly minute on the surface, can have huge impacts on the performance of players–mentally and emotionally as well as physically. Factors like this aren’t usually discussed much in the media, so you may have to do a bit of research, but if it gives you the edge when you bet it will be well worth it!

  1. Sometimes (but not all the time) go with your instincts

We all have our systems, but ultimately it is still a gamble. A literal gamble. Risk and uncertainty are inevitable traits to gambling. In fact, that’s what attracts so many people to sports betting as a whole. Most people–quite likely everyone who bets–prefers to win than to lose. Being methodically and approaching betting from a professional point of view is your best chance of making money. At the end of the day though, if all things are equal and it’s exceedingly difficult to make a call, then sometimes you’ll just have to go with your gut (but don’t make a habit of it!)


Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks – UT Arlington Mavericks Preview


The UT Arlington Mavericks get together with the No.2-seeded Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks in the third round of the SBC tournament at Lakefront Arena. The game starts at 4:30 pm ET on Saturday, Mar. 12 and will air on ES3.

The Warhawks beat Georgia State 91-78 the last time they played. Majok Deng led all scorers with 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting. The Mavericks, meanwhile, are coming off a 72-63 win over Texas State in the 2. Drew Charles led the game in scoring with 22 points on 7-for-13 shooting.

The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. Louisiana-Monroe is among the nation’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 28th in OR% at 32.9%. Meanwhile, UT Arlington ranks 15th in the nation at corralling defensive rebounds with a DR% of 73.8%.

The Warhawks have won both contests against the Mavericks this season, including a 64-61 victory in their last matchup. Nick Coppola was a standout player in the game, producing 19 points, one rebound, six assists, three steals, and four three-pointers.

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Louisiana-Monroe and UT Arlington hold winning records against the Sun Belt Conference this season. The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks sit at 15-5 SU and the UT Arlington Mavericks have a 14-7 record.

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks have a defensive rating of 102.5 (ranked 51st), while the UT Arlington Mavericks have an offensive rating of 108.8 (ranked 107th).

UT Arlington has an average field goal percentage of 42.5%. Louisiana-Monroe is a winning 7-4 when opponents have a similar or higher field goal percentage.

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks rank higher based on their field goal percentage (77th) than their effective field goal percentage (121st). The UT Arlington Mavericks rank higher based on their effective field goal percentage (214th) than their field goal percentage (255th).

The UT Arlington Mavericks rank 13th in assists per game, making an average of 17.1. The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks are among the worst in the country with 14.1 assists per game (ranked 125th).

The UT Arlington Mavericks are the best rebounding team in the nation with 43.9 rebounds per game. The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks rank 125th, rebounding 37.0 times per game.

UT Arlington ranks third in offensive rebounding, placing it among the best in the nation. Louisiana-Monroe ranks a poor 143rd in defensive rebounds.

The UT Arlington defense has forced an average TO% of 20.6% this season (ranked 14th). In games where it gives up a TO% of 21% or greater, Louisiana-Monroe has a subpar 3-5 record.


Kansas Jayhawks – Iowa State Cyclones


The Kansas Jayhawks (0-3) are seeking to put an end to a six-game losing streak as they take on the Iowa State Cyclones (1-2). The game will air Saturday, Oct 3 at 12:00 p.m. ET on FSN.

In its last game before the bye, Iowa State lost to Toledo 30-23. D’vario Montgomery had a huge game in the loss, pulling in four receptions for 97 yards and one TD. Sam B. Richardson also had a great game with 269 yards and a TD through the air. Kansas also fell short, losing to Rutgers 27-14. Montell Cozart had a quality performance through the air for the Jayhawks, connecting on 13 of 18 pass attempts for 193 yards. Tyler Patrick put up 70 receiving yards on three catches.

The Jayhawks are a 14-point underdog against the Cyclones and the Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is currently not available.

With a 1-2 record for both Straight Up (SU) and Against The Spread (ATS), the Cyclones will look to improve as they head into Week 5. The passing game could be a priority for Iowa State’s offense against a weak Jayhawks pass defense that ranks 113th in the country with 288 passing yards allowed per game. Crossing over to the defensive side of the ball, the Cyclones look to have a distinct advantage in certain spots. The Jayhawks will need to stop Iowa State’s defense from getting to their quarterbacks in order to be successful in this game. The Cyclones rank 16th in the nation in sacks with three per game. The Cyclones hope to continue the trend of torching Kansas’s defense during the second quarter, when they allow 13.7 points per game.

As for their opponent, the Jayhawks head into Week 5 with records of 1-2 ATS and 0-3 SU. The Cyclones might be leery of ball security against the Jayhawks. They rank fourth in the country in fumbles recovered with 1.3 per game.

Predictions: SU Winner – Iowa State, ATS Winner – Iowa State


Kansas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games.

Kansas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas’s last 6 games.

Kansas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road.

Kansas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Kansas’s last 13 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas’s last 5 games when playing Iowa State.

Kansas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Iowa State.

Kansas is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Iowa State.

Kansas is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Iowa State.

Kansas is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Iowa State.

Iowa State is 1-1 SU when leading at the half this season.

Since the start of last season, Kansas is 1-6 SU against Big 12 opponents, while Iowa State is winless (0-7 SU) against in-conference foes.

Iowa State also seems to have an advantage in the passing game when comparing just conference rankings. Its offensive passing attack (ranked seventh in the Big 12) will face the eighth-ranked pass defense of Kansas, while its seventh-ranked pass defense will look to limit the eighth-ranked passing game of the Jayhawks.

When looking into conference ranks, Kansas seems to have the overall advantage in the running game. Its fifth-ranked rushing attack will face the 10th-ranked run defense of Iowa State, while its fifth-ranked run defense will look to contain the 10th-ranked rushing game of the Cyclones.


MLB Cy Young Favorites and Dark Horse Picks


MLB Cy Young Favorites and Dark Horses

Odds to win the National League Cy Young Award and the American League Cy Young Award are on the board at the online sportsbook. Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals are the two favorites to win the award in the NL while Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros is a slight favorite to win the award in the AL.  There are a number of dark horse candidates in both leagues that could steal away the award with a big second half.

Here is a look at the odds, favorites and dark horses.


2015 NL Cy Young Award Odds

Zack Greinke 6-5

Max Scherzer 2-1

Gerrit Cole 3-1

Michael Wacha 10-1

A.J. Burnett 12-1

Shelby Miller 18-1

Clayton Kershaw 20-1

Johnny Cueto 20-1

Madison Bumgarner 20-1

James Shields 25-1

Matt Harvey 25-1

Jake Arrieta 30-1

Jordan Zimmermann 40-1

Lance Lynn 40-1

Francisco Liriano 50-1


NL Cy Young Favorites and Dark Horses

Free MLB Picks Courtesy of BangtheBook.com

The race in the National League looks to be a great one with Greinke and Scherzer the clear favorites right now.  Greinke hasn’t allowed a run since June 13 and has an ERA of 1.39.  Scherzer has 150 strikeouts and a no-hitter but he has allowed four runs in four starts this season while Greinke has had just one bad start this season.  Scherzer does lead the league in WAR and even though Greinke has better overall numbers, Scherzer is right with Greinke as nearly a co-favorite.

Don’t forget about Clayton Kershaw as he could easily turn it on the second half and dominate opponents.  He has won the Cy Young award in the past and is the reigning MVP so he can’t be discounted.  Gerritt Cole is also worth a look as the Pirates are surging but at odds of 3-1 he doesn’t have the value of a normal dark horse.


2015 AL Cy Young Odds

Dallas Keuchel 9-5

Sonny Gray 2-1

Chris Sale 3-1

Felix Hernandez 7-1

Chris Archer 7-1

David Price 10-1

Scott Kazmir 40-1

Yovani Gallardo 60-1


AL Cy Young Favorites and Dark Horses

The race in the American League is also a good one as no one has run away with the award.  Keuchel is a slight favorite and he did start the All-Star game but Sale has outstanding numbers while Gray leads the American League in ERA.  The problem for Sale and Gray is that they both play on teams out of contention right now. Sale leads all AL Pitchers in WAR and he leads the league in strikeouts per nine innings.  Gray has outstanding numbers but the A’s are in last place and rarely does a pitcher from a last place team win the Cy Young.

There are three dark horse candidates worth considering in Hernandez, Archer and Price.  If the Mariners, Rays or Tigers make a second half surge into contention and their ace pitcher leads the way then a case could be made for that pitcher winning the Cy Young.  Each of the three has value with baseball betting odds of 7-1, 7-1 and 10-1.