August MLB (8/31/11)

By Paul Bessire

Wednesday, August 31 at 8:40 PM ET
Did August fly by for everyone else? While much of my/our time has been focused on the new products and content (as well as videos!) for football, not to mention preparing for the upcoming basketball and hockey seasons, baseball has been rolling along at the same successful levels that we have seen since our last major engine update in late May (early June for run-lines). In this blog, we will cover all of those things: first, a look at our upcoming update and product schedule; second, a review of August MLB performance; and, lastly, a reminder of an app that can help you dominate your fantasy football drafts (in addition to the our projections).

Update/Product Schedule
With football nearing and other sports (maybe, in the NBA's case) coming up soon, here is our expected schedule for updated content and new product/sport addition:

  • Mondays - Fantasy football projections were just updated a few hours ago. Following the last NFL preseason games, we will publish our (next and) final fantasy football projections on Monday, September 5th. College football Power Rankings will be updated on Monday as well (as they will every week during the season). Generally, I will write and publish blogs on Mondays and I do intend to chime in weekly, but not all blogs will be as long/thorough as last season. Material covered in previous blogs from last season as well as the TrendFinder will be used to maintain records and relate strategies/expectations.
  • Tuesdays - Like we did this Tuesday with the college football picks, we will publish NFL Week 1 picks (Predictalator and Paul's Analysis) and fantasy projections next Tuesday, September 6th at noon ET. Going forward, NFL Power Rankings and NFL Playoff Probabilities will be updated on Tuesdays too.
  • Wednesdays at 8:00 PM ET (football) - Every Wednesday at 8:00 PM ET during the football season (including next Wednesday with college football), we will publish all college football and NFL picks, fantasy projections, NFL boxscores and additional analysis. Pick Availability Alerts will be sent out at 8:00 when the picks are published. As seen today with the Miami @ Maryland game, those emails will be sent when picks are updated due to roster changes, suspensions, injuries, etc. Please use the Customizable Predictalator and Play Analyzer to account for line changes (noting the "last updated" time and date of such data).
  • College Basketball and NBA Picks - Our intent is to launch full season and weekly packages for both college basketball and the NBA when those seasons are set to begin. Obviously, this is contingent on the NBA resolving its current labor dispute, but we will be prepared. Watch for college basketball picks in the next couple of months.
  • NHL Picks - We have decided to take the same approach with NHL selections in 2011-12 as we did with college and pro basketball last season. While an engine has been built, we will use the first few months of the regular season to test the product and get acquainted with the NHL market. Then, soon after the Super Bowl, we intend to launch daily NHL selections leading up to and including the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As excited as we are and many of you may be for the hockey season, this is in everyone's best interest.


August MLB Performance Review:
As mentioned above, August (which technically concludes with tonight's games), has been a third strong month for us - profitable in just about every respect. The first week to ten days of the month were not as successful as we had consistently seen over June and July (that will happen simply due to randomness - especially in a sport with 2430 regular season games), but pick performance rebounded in the last few weeks and the numbers again look strong. Even in many of the ML games where luck broke against us, the run-lines have still come in successfully. Since our major RL update in June, those picks have been 58.2% accurate (303-217) and +$844. Here is a recap of the highlights for August (all dollar amounts are based on recommendations for a normal $50 player):


  • 58%, +$40 (11-8) "Normal" or better plays in August
  • 52%, +$299 (108-98) Return for all playable Money-Line plays in August
  • 56%, +$327 (162-130) Return for all playable Over/Under plays in August
  • 62%, +$528 (125-77) Return for all playable Run-Line plays in August


And here are the results since our last major updates in May (O/U, ML) and June (RL):

  • 66%, +$751 (39-20) "Normal" or better plays in June, July and August
  • 54%, +$1291 Return for all playable Money-Line plays in June, July and August
  • 56%, +$557 Return for all playable Over/Under plays in June, July and August
  • 58%, +$894 (178-140) Return for all playable Run-Line plays in June, July and August


As a reminder, the September MLB picks package is currently available in the Shop.

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