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April MLB Overnight Results are in, with updated results on short put trades.

April results are now behind us in MLB and here is the monthly tally:

Overnight Sides: with additional stats  (April)
20-22   + .13 (.003% ROI)
Advantage to closing line
+6.90 per game over closing line  31-8-3 (79.48%)
Top to Bottom swing to date 5.48 (+2.98/-2.50)

A few things to note:

The top to bottom swing in April was very small. Wagering on 42 games in April produced only a top to bottom swing of 5.48 units.

In addition, we broke about even with the overnight sides. But the takeaway is we beat the closing line 79.48% of the time. As long as we keep this up I suspect we will like the final tally at the end of the season. We beat the closing line by 6.90 on average per game.

The first two days of May we had 4 plays and went 2-2 for +.15 Units. The big stat is we beat the closing line in all 4 by a wide margin…. +17.75 per game!!!

In May I had my first regular-season total that lost, but these will be picking up and have been solid year in and year out. So expect more of these as we progress into the MLB season.

Monday afternoon I sent out 4 overnight MLB Side plays for today.

Moving on to my trading that I added to subscribers for no additional cost. I use Slack to send out most of my trades that I make during the trading day. I provide both my entry price and my exit price.

The best performer of all of these has been my 2-day short put sales. I typically place these on Thursday morning shortly after the market opens and they expire the next day after the close.

Since posting these I have had 302 trades with 284 winners and 18 losers. This is a 94.04% win rate. The profit factor on these trades is 3.83%


As you can see the drawdowns have been minimal.

Other categories of trades I make are Income trades consisting mostly of CEF’s that have a reasonable return and are below NAV, Mean Reversion Trades, and shorting puts in stocks I would not mind owning at a lower price.

The latter so far has been the riskiest. I manage the later trades selling calls if I happen to get the put exercised.

In addition to sending out my trades, each morning I have pre-market comments before the market opens. Here is this mornings:

All in all there is a lot of value in RickJ’s Handicapping Picks

At only 49.00 per month, you get all the sports plays I make, in addition to my stock and option trades.

All of my records on all sports are kept current on Slack and updated daily. 100% transparency like I have been doing the last 20 years. Time certainly goes by quickly. It seems like just yesterday I started this site. And now here we are almost 20 years later.

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MLB Day 1 results for RickJ’s Handicapping Picks

I am again putting out my special for MLB. If you sign on the first week of the season and stay until the end of the season, I will refund 50% of your subscription fee if I do not have a winning MLB season.

I have done this for 4 years now and the first 3 seasons were winners and last season I refunded 50%. Overall since I started this we are on the plus side for MLB.

The first day of the season started out well with 4 overnight plays going 3-1 for +2.05 Units.

Today I have two overnights pending.

You can sign up by simply going to my website and using the PayPal drop-down menu. All subscriptions have a 3-day free trial.

And of course, you will get all other sport plays I handicap that is active during your subscription period.

I will update here on the progress of the MLB Season to date Stats. I am very optimistic that a good season is coming this year. Last year we were plagued with a shortened season and many pitching changes. This year should bring us back to business as usual.

Hope to see you join us for some MLB Fun!!!



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Over an 8 year period:

1 unit plays


121-95 56.02% with a 7.64% ROI


48-28 63.15% 22.63 ROI


8 years beginning 2007

103-65 61.3% 18.75%ROI

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33-21 61.11% 18.33% ROI



Letter From a Long Time Follower

“Rick,I am still amazed how you do it. I have followed you almost from the beginning not only from your posting on your website but also you time at 2+2 forums.

I have noticed a continuous improvement year to year in your methods. But the more remarkable thing to me is your persistence in educating and putting out your picks. Almost every site I am familiar with has gone by the wayside. Yet yours keeps getting stronger and stronger.

I have to ask “Where do you get your focus and energy” to keep this up?

You have taught me a lot over the years and I have gone from a “punter” to a reasonable handicapper. Whereas before I was a typical undisciplined sports bettor I am now very aware of the necessity of a disciplined approach. It has done wonders.

In addition, you’re going from a free site to a subscription based site was long overdue. I appreciate your keeping the membership fee low and not trying to “milk” money out of the sports bettors. I know there are many that would pay substantially more to follow your site.

But that goes hand in hand with your persona that you have established in the sports betting world. You most likely do not know it but your name “RickJ” is very well-respected as one of the leading handicappers in sports betting. In addition, your reputation for integrity is as high.

There are very few real things out there but you are definitely the real thing.

Again thank you for all you have done over the years.”

My Response:

It’s hard for me to respond to that as humble a person as I am:) But it’s emails like this that I get from time to time that help keep me motivated.

I have always said in the past that I approach sports handicapping the way crossword puzzle addicts approach their morning routine. I can not think of anything more challenging than trying to figure out EV on sports games.

As far as the subscription cost I have mentioned before my goal was to defer my expenses that keep rising every year as I get more advanced in my techniques. I look at subscribers as partners in this handicapping endeavor rather than customers. Subscribers help me defer my costs and allow me to justify keeping my expensive hobby going.

Thanks for the mail. It’s nice to know I am appreciated!

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