Today is the start of the MLB Preseason Schedule of games with the first game being the Atlanta Brave at the New York Mets who are training in the Florida Grapefruit League. So if you’re interested in MLB betting and baseball betting lines you can catch them a SBGGlobal.com.
Let’s first take a look at a team report of the Atlanta Braves as General Manager Frank Wren has been taking a beating from the local media about what is perceived as his penny pinching approach to signing players. Or should we say non-signings? He didn’t go after high priced free agents and was forced to trade Javier Vazquez after shopping Derek Lowe. Remember the Braves’ owner, Liberty Media, acquired the team as a prudent tax swap, surely not out of love for the game. The team’s salary budget has been reported to be at $90-$93 million, which reflects that same attitude.
The goal for Wren is to field a playoff team every year, and he has no intention, nor motivation for putting extra money into veteran contracts this MLB betting season at the expense of contracts he knows he will have to offer over the next two seasons.
Manager Bobby Cox (career record 2,334-1,847, Atlanta Record 2,058-1,637) entering his 29th season, his 21st with the Braves. He is hoping for a final season without receiving and rocking chair knockouts in opposing stadiums. And hopefully he will have a successful 2010 season and the MLB betting and the baseball betting odds are as successful for all. A couple of interesting candidates for the Brave this season first is Meiky Cabrera who comes to the Braves with the decked stacked against him as he is the name recognized of the acquired in the trade of Right Handed Pitcher Javier Vazquez and will be hard pressed to perform well enough to replace the loss of last season’s pitching ace Vazquez… Also at First Base Troy Glaus who was a All-Star third baseman and now is a newly placed first baseman the Brave are turning him into. He will have three challenges in his new position, reading the ball of the bat which is opposite of what he’s accustomed to, getting his footwork down for double plays and adjusting to some of the erratic throws of the pitching staff. Projected lineup for the Braves 1. CF Nate McLouth, 2. 2B Martin Prado, 3. 3B Chipper Jones, 4. 1B Troy Claus, 5. C Brian McCann, 6. SS Yunel Escobar, 7. LF Jordan Schafer, 8. RF Matt Diaz and 9. A pitcher.
On the day the camp opened in Port St. Lucie, Fla, the principal owner Fred Wilpon toured camp and dismissed reports and rumors that Bernard Madofff Ponzi scheme had affected the team’s ability to spend money on free agents. Wilpon, 73, also stated that his family had no intention of selling the New York Mets franchise. He described himself as tortured this winter over the Met’s 92-loss season in 2009. Despite the Phillies being the favorite from ten east and the Braves, Marlins and Nationals having formidable teams, he remains optimistic about the Mets’ chances in 2010 as all MLB betting and the fanatics of baseball betting lines would agree, by being optimistic. But he says we have to stay healthy to win.
One of the player who will be watched is Daniel Murphy who has played third base, second base, left field, and first base in the past two seasons in the minors and the majors, and now has been tabbed as the Mets’ starting first baseman. Then they have C.Omar Santos whose solid hitting prompted the Mets to trade Ramon Castro to the White Sox during last season. Santos has been elected as the favorite to claim the catchers’ job. However he only has 291 at-bats in his major league career and find it difficult in filling the void. Let’s hope these voids don’t affect the MLB beating and baseball betting lines that the Mets’ fans are seeking.
Manager Jerry Manuel who took over for the fired Willie Randolph midway thru 2008 season is now on the hot seat after last year’s 92-loss season lowered his record to 125-130 as the Mets’ skipper. This being his final year of his guaranteed deal, he has to go for wins and not look back. His projected lineup is 1. SS Jose Reyes, 2. CF Angel Pagan, 3. 3B David Wright, 4. LF Jason Bay, 5. 1B Daniel Murphy, 6. RF Jeff Francoeur, 7. C Rod Barajas, 8. 2B Luis Castillo and 9. a Pitcher. With CF Beltran sidelined due to knee surgery the lineup takes a dramatic hit from No. 5 thru No. 8.
All in all this first matchup of the MLB 2010 Preseason will prove to be very interesting for fans, fanatics, owners, sports writers and those looking to make a few bucks on a 10 cent line for MLB betting and baseball betting odds as seen at SBGGlobal.com. It’s the beginning of the 2010 Major League Baseball season that many have long awaited coming to you from the famous Grapefruit League Spring Training.