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What would Stantons $325 million deal mean for Harper?

Im more into 12-year deals for young players, he said that afternoon, perfectly straight-faced.

Boras never mentioned any one player by name, but the insinuation was obvious. He was talking about Bryce Harper, and doing so in contract terms never before realized by any professional baseball player.

Never realized, that is, until right now. The Miami Marlins appear on the verge of a 13-year, $325 million contract extension with Giancarlo Stanton. And if the thought of that many years and that much money guaranteed to one player doesnt blow your mind, consider what this development might mean for the Washington Nationals and their own young, star outfielder.

Yes, if youve ever wondered what it might cost to keep Harper in a curly W cap for the rest of his career, you just got a pretty good idea.

Stanton may not be the perfect comparison for Harper, but hes as close as anybody else in the game at this moment. Indeed, look at what Harper has done in his first three big-league seasons vs. what Stanton did in his first three years with the Marlins, and there are some striking similarities.

Stantons batting average through three seasons (ages 20-22): .270. His on-base percentage: .350.

Harpers batting average through three seasons (ages 19-21): .272. His on-base percentage: .351.

Stanton did hit for considerably more power than Harper, out-homering him 93 to 55 and out-slugging him .553 to .465. But weve certainly seen Harpers massive power potential on display, and consensus opinion is that hell continue to develop into one of the best power hitters in the game, right alongside Stanton.

Combine that with Harpers young age hes slated to become eligible for free agency in November 2018, right after he turns 26 and its not hard to figure out what kind of contract terms he could be looking at in the not-so-distant future.

Much of the focus on the Nationals so far this offseason has been on the dilemma they face trying to lock up any or all of their key players who will be free agents one year from now: Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister.

But it needs to be pointed out plenty more key players will be approaching free agency shortly after those three. Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen and Wilson Ramos are eligible after the 2016 season. Harper will be eligible after the 2018 season. Anthony Rendon will follow after the 2019 season.

Thats a long way off, but those days will arrive before you know it. Or, more specifically, the day in which long-term extension talks begin to come up will arrive much before you know it.

The Nationals are in no hurry to secure Harpers career-long employment just yet. They need to see him continue to develop and keep himself healthy and on the field before they can reasonably commit to him for the long haul.

But when that day comes, be prepared to hear Stantons soon-to-be-announced deal brought up for comparison. And as much as your mind was blown upon first hearing the words 13-year, $325 million contract over the weekend, imagine your reaction when you first hear the numbers likely to be attached to Bryce Harpers name a couple of winters from now.

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MLB: Record pace of MLB Totals less than 7 runs

In handicapping the MLB action last week, it occurred to meÖthere are a lot more games with posted totals of less than 7 runs nowadays than Iíve ever picked up on before. If youíve been active this baseball season, you know that scoring is down overall, but is the frequency of the real low totaled games in proportion, or an overreaction by oddsmakers? Either way, are there any specific trends or betting systems that we can take advantage of when analyzing these games? Letís take a look.

To start off with, Iím pleased to say that my hunch was correctÖAND HOW! So far this season, in games played through Monday, August 2nd, there have been 65 such games with totals posted at 6 or 6.5. Over the course of the prior five seasons combined, there were only 57 games meeting that low total criteria. I would categorize this as an unusual phenomena.

So why are the totals so low? To me, the answer is several-fold. For one,as mentioned before, scoring and home run hitting are down all across baseball. Also, right now, there are 11 different regular starting pitchers that boast a WHIP of 1.100 or less. Last season there were only seven, and in 2008, there were just five. In other words, there are a lot more ďacesĒ around this season to slow opposing lineups. Thirdly, the Padres pitching staff has been dominant in itself, and this yearís list of 65 games with totals of 7 or less includes 25 games at Petco park, home of the Padres. Finally, I believe bettors have forced the hand of oddsmakers to drop their totals more often than they have wanted to. In fact, in 22 of the 65 games, the posted opening total was 7 runs or higher, and dropped below that threshold only after bettors forced oddsmakers to make a bold move downward.

So, now that we have an understanding of how many games are meeting our low total criteria, is there anything specific we can lean on to gain an advantage against the oddsmakers when it comes to betting these totals? Take a look at some of these trends/systems:

ē Of the 57 games between 2005-2009 with closing totals of 6 or 6.5, 29 went UNDER and 28 went OVER.

ē Of the 65 games this season with totals of less than 7 runs, 36 have gone OVER the total, while 27 have gone UNDER, with two pushes. That means the OVER has won at a rate of 57% on hese games in 2010.

ē The average score of these low totaled games in 2010 has been HOME TEAM 4.1, ROAD TEAM 3.4, with the 7.5 combined runs surpassing the average posted number by more than one run per game.

ē Interleague play was a boon for bettors playing the OVER, as that side of these low totaled games converted on 10 of 13 opportunities, for 77%.

ē Of the 51 remaining games qualifying this season that were not Interleague, only six were American League games. The results on those were split, three OVERís, three UNDERís. The N.L. games were 23 OVERís, 21 UNDERís, one push.

ē Of the 65 games in 2010 with closing totals of less than 7 runs, 15 were day games and the results were six OVERís, seven UNDERís, two pushes. Thus, on night games, the OVERís were much more prevalent, with a record of 30-20, for 60%.

ē Interestingly, in the five seasons prior to 2010, not one of our low totaled games have come during the playoffs, when pitching is supposedly at its best.

In terms of ballparks, here are the total records in 2010, noted Over-Under-Push (Over %)

ANGEL STADIUM OF ANAHEIM (Angels): 0-1-0 (0%)

AT&T PARK (Giants): 3-6-0 (33%)

BUSCH STADIUM (Cardinals): 1-0-0 (100%)

CITI FIELD (NY Mets): 1-1-0 (50%)

CITIZENS BANK PARK (Phillies): 0-1-0 (0%)

DODGER STADIUM (Dodgers): 4-2-0 (67%)

MINUTE MAID PARK (Astros): 2-2-0 (50%)

NATIONALS PARK (Nationals): 2-0-0 (100%)

PETCO PARK (Padres): 16-7-2 (70%)

SAFECO FIELD (Mariners): 4-3-0 (57%)

SUN LIFE STADIUM (Marlins): 0-1-0 (0%)

TROPICANA FIELD (Rays): 0-1-0 (0%)

TURNER FIELD (Braves): 0-2-0 (0%)

U.S. CELLULAR FIELD (White Sox): 1-0-0 (100%)

WRIGLEY FIELD (Cubs): 2-0-0 (100%)

Of course, the most interesting trend on that list finds 70% of games at Petco Park with totals of less than 7 runs going OVER. It seems you canít discount the fact that San Diego is still a first place team and capable of scoring runs itself. In fact, in those 25 games, the Padres averaged 4.9 runs per game themselves. Furthermore, in the games the Padres played on the road with totals of 6 or 6.5, they are 2-1 OVER. One of the things to watch for moving forward is whether or not the frequency of San Diego games meeting our low total criteria declines, since the additions of Ryan Ludwick & Miguel Tejada to the Padresí lineup should result in increased run production.

The bottom line of all the analysis is this: Donít judge a book by its cover when it comes to low totaled games. The pitching may look dominant, or the ball park imposing on the hitters, but seven runs is not a heck of a lot to generate in a baseball game. In fact, when you consider that both teams just have to produce three runs each to force these games over (since their canít be a 3-3 tie), the chances for OVERís are even greater. Like anything else, oddsmakers are counting on bettors to side with the more common information, and in most cases, all signs are pointing to low scoring games. Naturally, thatís when the opposite occurs, and bookmakers rake in the profits.

MLB: Top MLB Weekend Power Trends 8/14-8/16

Iíve been talking about August being the month where the contenders separate themselves from the pretenders in baseball. Well, in 2009, that has certainly proved true, as only one of the divisions sees a second place team closer than 4-1/2 games to the lead, and the only real tight races right now are for the league wildcard spots. St. Louis and the Yankees in particular have really stepped it up and now enjoy nice cushions in their respective divisions. Of course, those teams, as well as the rest of the league will be in action this weekend as we reach the midway point of the month. Read on as we take a look at some of the key seriesí and offer up our regular feature highlighting some of the Top StatFox Power Trends for you to consider in your wagering.

In the National League, the East Division takes center stage this weekend with the top three teams involved in influential matchups. The division-leading Phillies will go head-to-head with one of the teams trying to track them down, the Braves. Both clubs come in on winning streaks, the Philliesí being three games, and the Braves having won five straight. In fact, Atlanta is playing some of its best baseball of the year right now and is fortunate to have this opportunity to cut into a 5-game deficit by taking on the defending champs head-to-head. Overall in 2009, the Braves own a 7-2 edge in the series, including a sweep at home at the end of June. Philly remains the best road team in baseball though, at 35-19 and comes in off a sweep in Chicago over the Cubs.

The other team still in the hunt in the N.L. East is Florida, who will have its sights set on both the division lead and wildcard lead over the next few days as it hosts current wildcard front runner Colorado. The Marlins trail by 3-games in that race and get their only chance to welcome the Rockies to Miami now. Florida took two of three in Colorado back in May. Both clubs are playing well in this series too, with the Rockies having won 10 of their last 14 games, and the Fish on a run of 6-1 in their last seven. During that seven-game stretch, Florida is scoring 7.6 runs per game while batting .330.

In the American League, there is really only one series of note, but it is a big one, as Boston travels to Texas. Those are the top two teams in the wildcard race and are separated by a mere Ĺ game. Unlike the teams focused on in the Senior Circuit, these clubs are scuffling a bit. The Red Sox are 3-7 in their last 10 games while Texas has only split its last 10. Making matters worse for the BoSox, they have gone 0-9 in the second half of this season on the road against teams with a winning record. At the same time, this is one of the bigger seriesí for the Rangers all year, and they have a 7-1 record vs. good teams (54%-62% winning percentage) in the second half to fall back on.

Those seriesí figure to have the most impact on the standings this weekend, but there are 12 other matchups available from a betting perspective, so be sure to visit the GAME MATCHUPS page each day for the latest key info. In the meantime, feast on these Top StatFox Power Trends that will be in play over the next few days.

PITTSBURGH is 9-26 (-16.6 Units) against the money line vs. an NL team with an on base percentage .325 or worse this season. The average score was PITTSBURGH 2.8, OPPONENT 4.9 - (Rating = 2*)

WASHINGTON is 3-16 (-12.3 Units) against the money line in road games vs. NL teams scoring 4.3 or less runs/game in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons. The average score was WASHINGTON 3.4, OPPONENT 4.9 - (Rating = 1*)

FLORIDA is 20-37 (-17.6 Units) against the money line in home games vs. a good bullpen that converts on 75%+ of their save opportunities over the last 3 seasons. The average score was FLORIDA 3.8, OPPONENT 5.8 - (Rating = 1*)

SAN FRANCISCO is 49-33 (+18.9 Units) against the money line vs. teams averaging 2.75 or less extra base hits per game over the last 2 seasons. The average score was SAN FRANCISCO 4.2, OPPONENT 3.5 - (Rating = 1*)

ATLANTA is 7-20 (-15.7 Units) against the money line in home games when playing against a good team (Win Pct. 54% to 62%) in the second half of the last 3 seasons. The average score was ATLANTA 3.6, OPPONENT 6.0 - (Rating = 2*)

MILWAUKEE is 23-35 (-17.1 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a losing record this season. The average score was MILWAUKEE 4.8, OPPONENT 5.5 - (Rating = 2*)

ST LOUIS is 14-3 (+9.9 Units) against the money line vs. teams outscored by opp by 0.5 or more runs/game on the season this season. The average score was ST LOUIS 6.3, OPPONENT 3.4 - (Rating = 1*)

LA DODGERS are 16-3 (+12.7 Units) against the money line when playing against a bad team (Win Pct. 38% to 46%) this season. The average score was LA DODGERS 6.0, OPPONENT 3.3 - (Rating = 2*)

LA ANGELS are 14-0 OVER (+14.1 Units) vs. good fielding teams - averaging <=0.6 errors/game in the second half of this season. The average score was LA ANGELS 8.3, OPPONENT 6.0 - (Rating = 6*)

DETROIT is 33-42 (-18.5 Units) against the money line vs teams who strand 6.9 or less runners on base per game in the second half of the season over the last 3 seasons. The average score was DETROIT 4.9, OPPONENT 5.4 - (Rating = 1*)

TORONTO is 16-25 (-13.3 Units) against the money line vs. teams whose hitters strike out 7 or more times/game this season. The average score was TORONTO 4.8, OPPONENT 4.6 - (Rating = 1*)

BOSTON is 0-9 (-10.3 Units) against the money line in road games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of this season. The average score was BOSTON 2.2, OPPONENT 5.3 - (Rating = 2*)

CLEVELAND is 14-5 (+11.2 Units) against the money line in road games when playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the last 2 seasons. The average score was CLEVELAND 5.5, OPPONENT 4.7 - (Rating = 1*)

OAKLAND is 2-11 (-10.2 Units) against the money line when playing against a marginal winning team (Win Pct. 51% to 54%) this season. The average score was OAKLAND 4.2, OPPONENT 6.0 - (Rating = 1*)

NY YANKEES are 20-6 (+12.2 Units) against the money line vs. AL teams allowing 4.7 or less runs/game in the second half of this season. The average score was NY YANKEES 5.9, OPPONENT 4.1 - (Rating = 1*)