Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Caution: Free MLB Pick Tonight

We needed caution tape all over this post. We have a Free MLB Pick for you tonight, and they haven't exactly been hitting home runs lately. 

Play at your own risk:

Orioles/Angels OVER 10 runs 

Good luck and don't say we didn't warn you!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Our Full 2009 NFL Mock Draft

Our ten-part installment on the 2009 NFL Draft is complete, and here it is in it's entirity. Of course, these links are all available on the right hand side of the page, but we realize some of you are too lazy to check them all out. 

2009 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 30-32

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the tenth and final installment of our 2009 NFL Mock Draft. You can check out the previous nine sections of this 10-part series by clicking the links on the upper right hand side of the page. 

Some trades have been made and some drug tests have been failed, but overall, we think we're at least in the ballpark on a good majority of these picks. 

Now, to finish this thing out... 

30. Titans: Robert Ayers, LB, Tennessee

Ayers has been shooting up draft boards and is the player in our mock draft that we see as most likely to go way before we have him selected. Still, the Titans executives who surely read Stock Lemon are giddy about Ayers being available late in the first round. Ayers could either be a 3-4 linebacker or a 4-3 end and will make an impact at either position. He's got what every NFL scout loves in the draft--upside. Some think he has the potential to be the best defensive player in the draft, and the Titans don't mind stealing the in-state product at No. 30. 

31. Cardinals: Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut

The Cardinals are looking for some backfield help, and while the top two running backs are long gone, Donald Brown could make a case for being in the top group of RBs. Brown is a hard worker, and while he might not have the exact measurements NFL teams rave about, he uses his small size to his advantage as a shifty and elusive back. If the Cards don't take him here, he won't last long in the second round. 

32. Steelers: Max Unger, C, Oregon

This is one of the best drafts in a long time in terms of interior lineman, particularly at the center position. Unger heads up a talented group big bodies that will be selected in the second and third round. Unger can simply do it all, including play left tackle as he sometimes did at Oregon. The Steelers have been successful by taking advantage of late first round picks, and this selection will be no exception. 

And with that, we conclude our 2009 NFL Mock Draft. Make sure to check back and see how we did once the real NFL Draft is in the books!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Nuggets Give Us 4-0 NBA Playoff Record

The Nuggets came through again in their series against the Hornets, this time winning by a count of 108 to 93, covering the -6 1/2 spread. 

Our Free NBA Picks, as the title proclaims, are now 4-0 in the playoffs, and 12-5 in 2009 (71%). 

Maybe we should stick to basketball...

One Free NHL Pick Tonight, Too

Wow. We have two Free MLB Picks, a Free NBA Pick, and a Free NHL Pick--all in one night!

Here's the hockey pick:

Capitals -130 over the Rangers

Good luck and hopefully we can dominate all three sports!

A Free NBA Pick For Tonight

We have a Free NBA Pick tonight, which is good news, since the picks are 3-0 in the playoffs and 11-5 overall in 2009 (which is 69%!). 

We are riding the Nuggets for game two against the Hornets, just as we did in game one. 

Nuggets -6 1/2 over the Hornets

Good luck!

Free MLB Picks Look to Rebound

We'll take it as a bad sign that we have so many plays this early, but nevertheless, here are two more Free MLB Picks for today. 

Braves -1 1/2 over the Nationals

Blue Jays -1 1/2 over the Rangers

Marlins... just kidding

We're betting on the Braves after betting them yesterday, hoping that they don't pull a Marlins on us and lose again. It's already make or break time for this year's system, so play these things with caution. We don't trust them too much at the moment. 

That said, good luck if you do play them!

2009 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 27-29

It's the second-to-last day of our 2009 NFL Mock Draft as we apporach the real 2009 NFL Draft, and we have three more picks for you as we put the finishing touches on this thing. To see all the previous 26 picks, check out the upper right hand side of the page for the links. 

27. Colts: James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State

We're not too high on Laurinaitis, but he's a solid young player who can help fill a need in Indy. There's some talk of Laurinaitis going a little higher than this, but we think he'll land with the Colts and give them a decent value pick at 27. He had a good college career and can play in multiple defensive schemes, but he doesn't really excel at any particular area, which is why he's available at this point. 

28. Bills: Eben Britton, T, Arizona

This pick is somewhat of a wild card, but at the end of the day we feel like the Bills will fill the draft pick they received in a trade with the position that they traded to receive the draft pick--if that makes any sense. Britton is the next best available tackle on the board after some pretty good ones have already been taking, but he might just end up as another Bills reach. The Bills addressed the defensive line with the 11th pick, and our guess is that they go with the other line late in the first. 

29. Giants: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina

The Giants need a receiver and Nicks needs a team--perfect fit. Nicks is the sixth wide out off of the board, which in reality might be a little high, but there are some talented pass catchers in this draft. The Giants will love Nicks' hands and his physical play, resembling some guy the G-Men used to have before he shot himself in the leg. 

Like we said, we'll have the last three picks of our 2009 NFL Mock Draft tomorrow, completing the first round of this year's crapshoot. 

Be sure to check back for the grand finale!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

We Officially Hate the Marlins

It's early, but already it's time we re-evaluate the Free MLB Picks system. 

The Marlins lost again to the Pirates today, the second day in-a-row that we had them as a Free MLB Pick. 

No wonder nobody likes the Marlins.

Adding a Free MLB Pick

As promised, we do have another Free MLB Pick for today, though its another moneyline. 

Braves -120 over the Nationals

The juice isn't so bad in this one, so the moneyline will do just fine. 

Good luck!

Let's Try This Again

We swear there is value on the Marlins in Pittsburgh, so we're playing the money line again. 

Marlins -140 over the Pirates

We might even have another Free MLB Pick coming, so stay tuned and good luck!

2009 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 24-26

The NFL Draft is growing closer and closer, but for now, you'll have to settle for our 2009 NFL Mock Draft. 

We're in the mid-twenties now in our third-to-last set of three picks, and these three are all about the pass catchers. 

24. Falcons: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

The Falcons have a few other needs, namely on the defensive line, but tight end is a glaring need as well and with the best tight end in the draft still available, Pettigrew should be the pick here. He's got great hands and, better yet, he can block. He's truly a complete tight end and an athletic freak, so the Falcons shouldn't need too much time to make this pick. 

25. Dolphins: Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers

Several teams late in the first round are looking at Britt, but we think the Dolphins will pull the trigger before the other teams get a chance. Of course, there are a few other similarly talented WRs that the Dolphins could go for, but we think the Phins will Phall (lame) for Britt and his tremendous size and skill set. 

26. Ravens: Darius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

The Ravens are one of those teams that could be looking at Britt, but they'll take Heyward-Bey at this point, and might even feel like he's more talented than the previous pick. Heyward-Bey isn't the best receiver in the draft, but some wild-card projections have him going as high as seventh overall, before any of his peers. He's a fast riser and, well, a fast runner--probably the quickest pass catcher in the draft. 

That's all for today, folks. But be sure to check out the final installments of our 2009 NFL Mock Draft tomorrow and Thursday, with a recap and some other draft analysis on Friday. Of course, make sure you also check out the first 23 picks, located conveniently on the upper right hand side of this site. 

Monday, April 20, 2009

Time For a Free MLB Pick

There actually aren't very many MLB games today, yet we have our third Free MLB Pick this season. 

The Picks are 1-1 so far after we bet the Cubs runline and they won... by one. 


Anyway, we have a moneyline pick today since the juice is so low. 

Florida Marlins -125 over the Pirates

Good luck!

Detroit Lions Unveil New Logo

Okay, that's a cheap shot. 

The good news for the Lions is that they can improve on that 0-16 mark by adding some pieces in the upcoming NFL Draft. 

Check out both of their picks in our own 2009 NFL Mock Draft. 

2009 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 21-23

As we enter the final week before the 2009 NFL Draft, we're about to put our finishing touches on our own 2009 NFL Mock Draft. 

You can check out the previous 20 picks by clicking the appropriate link in the upper right hand column of this site. 

Today, we're giving out our next three picks, which includes a couple of big playmakers. Take it away Philly. 

21. Eagles: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia 

The best running back in the draft, and possibly one of the best players in a few years, finally gets selected with the twenty-first pick. Moreno is the second RB picked in our mock draft, but we really feel that he is the best option in the backfield. Not only that, but Moreno is really a complete back, with the ability to catch balls out of the backfield similar to the way the Eagles typically use their running backs. Philly will get a difference maker and eventually their future starting running back late in the draft, a tremendous value for pick 21. With the moves Philly has already made (and some other trades they might make around draft day), they could be going deep into the playoffs yet again in 2009. 

22. Vikings: Percy Harvin, WR, Florida

Sticking with the SEC, the Vikings search for a true No. 1 wideout continues with the selection of Harvin. Harvin played a key role on the National Champion Gators team, but we're not sure if his skills will translate in the NFL. In Minnesota, he might be hindered by the lack of a real quarterback, but he certainly has the athleticism and skill set capable of being a breakout receiver someday. 

23. Patriots: Clay Matthews, LB, USC

The Patriots will be looking linebacker here, and Matthews is a dependable defender who should fit in nicely in New England. He's a safer pick than most in this draft, but he doesn't have as much potential as some others in our view. Matthews will mark the third USC linebacker chosen in the first 23 picks, and time will tell where he stacks up against his higher-picked college teammates. 

We'll keep on mocking through the week leading up to the NFL Draft, so be sure to check back as we round out the first 32 picks. 

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Nuggets Make it 3-0

Our Free NBA Picks are catching fire at just the right time. 

The Nuggets beat the Hornets 113-84 in game one of their playoff series, covering the -6 spread and giving us a 3-0 NBA playoff record. 

Overall, our Free NBA Picks have won four straight and are 11-5 in 2009 (69%). 

Be sure to add us to your RSS feed and follow us on twitter to make sure you get these picks while they're hot!

Lakers Improve Free NBA Playoff Picks to 2-0

The Lakers squeaked out a cover against the Jazz in game one of their playoff series today, winning 113-100 to cover the -12 spread. 

More importanly, LA gives us a 2-0 record in the postseason thus far, and 10-5 in 2009 (67%). 

We'll hope to stay hot later tonight when the Nuggets take on the Hornets. 

Keep following our hot Free NBA Picks and go Nuggets!

Two Free NBA Playoff Picks

When we said we wanted to play more NBA games, we meant it, but that doesn't mean we're ever going to a force a pick that doesn't have value. 

We just wanted to clear that up, because today we have two Free NBA Picks. 

Lakers -12 over the Jazz

Nuggets -6 over Hornets

As you can see, we like both home favorites today in the West. Our Free NBA Picks are 9-5 in 2009 (64%), and 1-0 in the playoffs! Woo hoo!

Good luck!

2009 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 17-20

We continue to work hard during the weekend, as for the second day in a row, we're revealing the next four picks in our 2009 NFL Mock Draft, rather than just three. So go ahead, check out the other installments of our mock draft on the upper right-hand side of our site, and then check out these next four picks. 

In this edition, it's all about reaching, baby. 

17. Jets: Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State

The reaching begins with the Jets selection of Freeman. We don't think Freeman will be a bad quarterback in the league, but this pick is the definition of drafting for need. The Jets don't have a legitimate quarterback, and Freeman is available to fill that void. The Jets could make a move out of this pick to try and get one of the top two quarterbacks, but we think they'll end up sticking around and taking the player that falls to them (and would likely fall to them if they picked 15-20 spots from now). 

18. Broncos: Brian Cushing, LB, USC

Let the reaching continue! Though some might say that us calling this pick a reach is reaching on our part. A lot of people really like Cushing for his leadership and consistent play, but we're not sure his skills will translate at the NFL level. The Broncos are banking on those skills translating as they look to re-tool their defense for the 3-4. Cushing is a relatively safe pick and probably will do alright in the NFL, but we don't see a whole lot of potential or upside (terms that draft experts love to use). Depending on how much the Broncos like him, they could look at Cushing with their earlier pick in the first round--which would definitely be a reach. Either way, except defense out of the Broncos with both the 12th and 18th picks in the draft. 

19. Buccanneers: Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss

Jerry is a reach here in the draft because his position isn't all that great in this particular draft. There are about five legitimate defensive tackles available this year, and team's will be reaching for most of them. Jerry fits into the 4-3 front in Tampa, who need another inside man on the defensive side of the ball and have been said to be targeting Jerry. Jerry is a high effort guy, but he doesn't have the talent you might except from pick No. 19. 

20. Lions: Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss

Alright, this one actually isn't a reach. The only reason it might qualify as such is because it gives us back-to-back Ole Miss players selected in the draft, which is just plain crazy. Ole Miss isn't exactly known for producing NFL talent, but Oher definitely has what it takes to be a dominant left tackle in the league. The Lions will be lucky if he falls to them, as he's been mentioned as high as the top 10. If the Lions end up getting their quarterback (that one is a reach) and a left tackle for years to come, this could be a very good draft for the 0-16 club. 

We hope you enjoyed all eight of this weekend's picks, and we hope you'll stay with us throughout the week as we put the finishing touches on our 2009 NFL Mock Draft. 

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Mavericks Cover in Playoff Win!

Our Free NBA Picks used to be our bread and butter here at Stock Lemon. For some reason, we didn't have the same amount of plays this year as we did last season, when we hit 67% of our 60 plays. 

Needless to say, we should really get back to our bread and butter. 

The Mavericks covered the +4 spread and won straight up in game one of their series against the Spurs, 105-97. 

The Mavs win gives us a 9-5 Free NBA Pick record in 2009, which is 64%. We have plenty of ground to make up if we want to catch last season's 60 games, so stay with us throughout the NBA playoffs and we'll see how close we can get. 

Special Edition of The Lemmy Channel

Everybody's favorite program is back for a special edition. This week on The Lemmy Channel, our friends at The Bucky Channel linked to our 2009 NFL Mock Draft to see what we had to say on their hometown Packers pick. 

Rather than use this space to re-hash what we said in this post, we thought we'd alert you to a cool little game they're playing over at The Bucky Channel called Bucks Survivor

It's an obvious take on the hit show, Survivor, but in TBC's version they allow their readers to vote off members of the Milwaukee Bucks. The team is split into two "tribes," with immunity granted to one player on that week's losing tribe. You don't have to be a Bucks fan to vote off your least favorite players of the team, so go ahead and check them out and follow the hit game that is sweeping the nation. 

While you're over there, be sure to leave a comment urging The Bucky Channel to join twitter. Here's what they said last month about the social networking craze:

Twitter sucks so much, it's a stupid trend that is pointless and stupid and doesn't contribute anything beneficial to society and is a waste of time and will fade out within six months and is not worth the trouble to either update or check out people's Twitters. How people are making money off of something so stupid blows my brains and now I must move on before I quit doing The Bucky Channel right this very moment, that is how much I hate Twitter.
And, of course, be sure to follow Lemmy's twitter account if you aren't already.

It's NBA Playoff Time!

The dogs are barking in the first day of the 2009 NBA Playoffs, and we hear them loud and clear. That said, we have one dog for tonight. 

Mavericks +4 over the Spurs

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs are hot, and with the Spurs playing without Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Co. might be in trouble during this series. Certainly, this game can catch them off guard. 

Our Free NBA Picks are 8-5 in 2009, which is 62%. We hope to maintain that solid percentage as we actually start playing a good chunk of games. 

Good luck and remember to make Stock Lemon your home for the 2009 NBA Playoffs!

2009 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 13-16

Everybody's mocking for the weekend! Or at least, we are, continuing our 2009 NFL Mock Draft. Not only are we working for the weekend, but we're putting in overtime. Instead of giving out the regular three picks, we're giving you our next four selections in this special Saturday edition of our mock draft. 

13. Redskins: Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU

The run on defensive ends continues with the Redskins scooping up Jackson, making him the third DE/OLB (depending on the formation) selected in-a-row. Don't tell Jackson he's the third best of the three, though. He's climbing the boards for teams that use a 3-4, but he's been playing in the 4-3 and will be a beast in either system. 

14. Saints: Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State

The first reach of the draft comes when the Saints take Beanie as the first running back off the board, though he isn't the best one in the draft. New Orleans really likes him to shore up the backfield, and Wells does fit the Saints offense very... well. Still, the Saints will try to trade down to get him if Beanie really is their guy, otherwise they might be inclined to improve on their terrible defense for once. 

15. Texans: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State

Back-t0-back picks for THE Ohio State University, with Jenkins too talented for the Texans to pass on. He's not the fastest corner, but he's certainly one of the more physical and is always willing to make the tackle. Jenkins could easily be off the board by now, as early on with the ninth pick, but the Texans won't mind if he's still available when they're on the clock. 

16. Chargers: Rey Maualuga, LB, USC

We like the Chargers keeping Maualuga in state and bolstering an already solid defense in the process. Plain and simple: Maualuga causes headaches--and not just to the people trying to spell his name. The California native can make an immediate impact for the Bolts, who will be healthy and playing in a suddenly much easier division. We're expecting good things out of the Chargers this year, and this pick is the first of many more to come. 

Be sure to check out the first 12 picks on the upper right-hand side of this page. We'll continue to work through the weekend to hammer out the next few picks of our mock draft tomorrow. Keep checking back for the updates and we'll keep 'em coming!

Friday, April 17, 2009

2009 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 10-12

The mock madness continues today with picks 10-12. Be sure to check out the rest of the mock draft by clicking the links on the upper right hand side of this page. 

And off we go... 

10. 49ers: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri 

The 49ers would have loved for one of the quarterbacks to fall to the tenth spot, but they'll settle for one of the top two quarterback targets in this draft. Maclin brings speed--and lots of it. He should give San Fran the offensive spark they've been looking for in the passing game, regardless of who they have throwing him the ball.

11. Bills: Everette Brown, DE, Florida State

The Bills need some help on the defensive line, and Brown is considered by most to be the second best end in the draft (and the best still available at this pick), and he's shooting fast up the draft board. Brown's quickness and versatility will make him a lot of money next weekend, and for good reason. He can probably play linebacker in a 3-4, but in Buffalo he'll stick to where he's most comfortable as an end in the 4-3. 

12. Broncos: Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State

The men in charge in Denver would have loved to see Brown fall to them at 12, but Maybin is a heck of a consolation prize. Maybin came out of nowhere and had a huge season for the Nittany Lions when he finally got the playing time and opportunity to display his talent. Maybin is also a candidate for a linebacker role in the Broncos 3-4 defense. Some think the Broncos might be able to snatch up maybe at pick 18, but we don't think they'll take that chance. 

Keep checking back for more of our first full mock draft. 20 picks to go! 

We Should Bet on the NHL More Often

So far, so good in the NHL. 

Our first Free NHL Pick of the entire year came in the first round of the NHL playoffs this year. And our first pick of the entire year was a winner.

The Ducks beat the Sharks, 2-0, going way under the 5 1/2 goal mark. By doing so, the Sharks and Ducks gave us our first Free NHL Pick victory in our first NHL game. 

This system is still extremely experimental, but hey, it's hit with 100% accuracy thus far, so why not ride out this experiment?

More picks will follow, so stay tuned. 

Thursday, April 16, 2009

2009 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 7-9

The mocking continues! Check out picks 1-3 and 4-6 in their respective posts. Today, if you haven't guessed already, it's time to mock picks 7-9. 

7. Raiders: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

The Raiders need receivers, and there are a couple of good ones available at pick number seven. They can't go wrong with either of the top two, but in our opinion Crabtree is the best option, foot injury and all. We think the chances of this Raider becoming a Raider at the next level are pretty good. 

8. Jaguars: Mark Sanchez, QB, USC

It wouldn't be earth shattering if the Jags picked up the WR that the Raiders passed on, but it will be extremelly hard to pass up on Sanchez when they have an aging and relatively average quarterback. Some feel that Sanchez is the best quarterback in the draft, which might be true, and it's not even a certainty that he'll be available at this spot. This could end up being a steal if he falls to the eighth pick.

9. Packers: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

With the switch to a new defensive scheme in the 3-4, the Packers needs are obvious. Whether or not they draft for need remains to be seen. They've been known to take the best player available (or at least who they think is the best player available) over needs, but in this case their needs are too pressing to pass on. That being said, Raji very well could be the best available player on their board--failed drug test or not. His footwork is excellent and he's quite nimble for such a huge mass of a man. He should help the Packers tremendously in their switch to the 3-4, as he can contribute right away if need be. The Packers also need to work on their offensive line and then adding more 3-4 personnel, particularly at linebacker. 

How About a Free NHL Pick?

We realize that, yes, there are hockey fans out there. We have a rough NHL playoff system that we're going to try out for the playoffs, but be warned--we haven't bet on hockey all year. 

We just thought we'd try this out, so if it works, great. Play with extreme caution, though. We're putting a very small amount on these games. 

That being said, here's tonight's pick:

Ducks/Sharks UNDER 5 1/2 goals 

Hopefully we have some success with this, so that we can take it all the way to the Stanley Cup and actually watch the NHL like we used to in the good old days. 

Good luck!

Going Out With A Thunderous Bang

We closed out the NBA regular season yesterday with a Free NBA Pick, and as can happen on the last day of the year, it wasn't even close--in a good way. 

The Thunder destroyed the Clippers in LA last night, 126-85, in a game in which the Clippers were actually favored by a point and a half. The Thunder improve our Free NBA Picks to 8-5 in 2009, which is a small sampling, but still 62% is 62%. 

Of course, we will be all over the NBA playoffs, offering more Free NBA Picks, so make sure to check back soon!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

2009 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 4-6

Yesterday, we unveiled our first three picks in our 2009 NFL Mock Draft, and today, since you've all been behaving lately, we're dishing out our next three picks. 

4. Seahawks: Eugene Monroe, T, Virginia

The quarterback position will be tempting for the Seahawks, depending on how the draft unfolds, but they have an opportunity to secure the tackle position by grabbing a player that many feel is the best of the top three or four tackles. 

5. Browns: Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas

Orakpo has sky-rocketed up the draft boards, and his explosiveness and athletic ability are good reasons why. Some fear he's simply a workout warrior, but his numbers at Texas indicated otherwise. This kid can play. 

6. Bengals: Andre Smith, T, Alabama

This seems like too perfect of a fit. A player who has done nothing but raise character questions during the pre-draft months seems destined for those infamous Bengal stripes. Despite the issues Smith has had, we think he'll make an excellent pro, worthy of being the third tackle in the first six picks in the draft. We told you we liked the top three tackles. 

Keep on checking back and we'll keep the 2009 NFL Mock Draft coming. The next three picks will likely be up tomorrow. 

The Final Free NBA Pick of the Regular Season

Our Free NBA Picks are 7-5 in 2009, for a modest 58% mark, and we have one more pick to close out the regular season. 

In our last pick, we incorrectly bet against the might Thunder. Tonight, we're looking to make amends. 

Thunder +1 1/2 over the Clippers

The last day of the NBA regular season is always a weird one for cappers. The best teams are benching their players while many other teams are playing in meaningless games. This qualifies as a meaningless game--but make no mistake about it, these teams want to end the year on a high note. 

The young Thunder should be able to get it done tonight. Otherwise, we're done betting Thunder games for the rest of the season. What a bold statement!

Anyway, good luck, and be sure to follow us for more Free NBA Picks throughout the 2009 NBA Playoffs!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

2009 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 1-3

As promised, we'll be conducting our first ever full first round mock draft, beginning today. Given how much things change over the course of the pre-NFL Draft weeks, we don't advise you take any of these picks and bet on them. 

When the NFL Draft rolls around, we'll offer some insight on who might go where and what odds are worth taking, but for now, this is merely for the fun and entertainment of it. 

So, without further ado, here are the first two picks of our 2009 NFL Mock Draft. 

1. Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

While there are questions as to whether or not Stafford is worthy of the No. 1 overall pick, the strong-armed kid can do some good in Detroit. Taking one of the premiere tackles might make more sense here, but we think the Lions will go for a new face of the franchise in Stafford. If anyone needs a new face of the franchise, it's the 0-16 Lions. 

2. St. Louis Rams: Jason Smith, T, Baylor

The main beneficiary of Detroit's decision to go with Stafford is the Rams, who are picking second for the second year in-a-row. With a need at left tackle, Jason Smith can step right in and fill the void. There are a number of other solid tackle prospects out there, but Jason Smith will likely be the first off the board.

3. Kansas City Chiefs: Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest

In our opinion, Curry is the best player in the draft and the absolute safest pick. Curry, along with any of the top three offensive tackles, should be around ten years from now still dominating at his position.

We'll have picks 4-6 for you most likely tomorrow, so make sure to check back and continue to do so as we unveil the rest of our first ever full NFL Mock Draft. 

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Our Free MLB Picks Are Undefeated!

Our Free MLB Picks are 1-0 to start the young season, and we're looking to build off what is now a 7-2 record in our last nine games. 

Cubs -1 1/2 over the Brewers

Carlos Zambrano makes a habit out of feasting on the Brewers (no earned runs in two games in Milwaukee last season), and he should help the Cubs avenge a walk off loss last night. 

Good luck!

Friday, April 10, 2009

A Friday Free NBA Pick

Our Free NBA Picks are 7-4 (64%) in 2009, and we have our first play in about two weeks. 

Bobcats -3 over the Thunder

Good luck!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Jose Canseco Follows Us, You Can(seco) Too!

This twitter sensation continues to grow like Jose Canseco's arms, and we're right in the thick of it. 

Be sure to be like Jose Canseco and many others and start following Stock Lemon on twitter!

Our Free Picks for all sports are automatically updated on twitter, much like an RSS feed, so what are you waiting for? Follow us to victory!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Cash Shark is a Card Shark

Many of you probably remember The Cash Shark, once a regular contributor to Stock Lemon, once a blogger before being bought out by Stock Lemon, so on and so forth. 

Well, he checked in to tell us that he's been playing quite a bit of online poker lately, and might re-emerge onto the blogging scene and allow everyone to follow his poker experiences. 

We'll keep you posted if he gets back to us!

Free Picks Are 7-1 In Last Two Weeks

Our Free Picks remain hot, hot, hot. The last eight picks that we've made our 7-1 overall, including four straight and spanning three different sports. 

Here's the breakdown of how our picks have done:

Free NCAA Basketball Picks: 5-1
Free NBA Picks: 1-0
Free MLB Picks: 1-0

Like we said, our picks have been hot. Hopefully, we'll have more MLB and NBA picks to supplement that nice run from the NCAA Tournament. Our only loss in the last eight was a NIT pick that wasn't technically even a Free NCAA Basketball Pick, as we indicated when we posted it, but we've included it here. 

And, like we said last post, if you've been making some cash by following our picks, don't hesitate to drop us a little bonus by using the donate button on the right side of the page. So long as you have a PayPal account, you can help stimulate this rough economy by donating some of that spare change we just won you. Of course, don't expect us to do the same if our picks start going sour. 

Regardless, our picks will remian free, no matter how much success (our failure) we might have at any give time. Thanks for your continued support of Stock Lemon.

Free MLB Picks Off To A Great Start

One down, plenty more to go for our Free MLB Picks. 

The Cardinals beat the Pirates 9-3 to cover the runline, giving us our first win in our first game of the season. Albert Pujols homered and the Cardinals took care of the Pirates a day after losing the opener. 

We should have a good number of Free MLB Picks this year thanks to some tweaking we made to the system last summer, when the picks were 63%. 

Stay with us as we continue to provide you free picks... for free. Free, unless you want to donate to our cause on the right hand side of the page. 

What? Can't spare a few bucks? You can if you just bet the Cardinals!

Already Our First Free MLB Pick

We didn't expect to have a Free MLB Pick so soon, but already we have value on a game. 

Cardinals -1 1/2 over the Pirates

Our Free MLB Sytem went 63% (15-9) in the summer of 2008, and we hope to have some success with the system this season as well. 

Thanks for opening your MLB season here at Stock Lemon!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Don't Mock Us: 2009 NFL Mock Draft Central

The NFL Draft is the next big event on the sports calendar, and don't worry, we'll have you covered. For the first time in Stock Lemon history, we'll have a full first round mock draft, released a few picks at a time. 

When the April 25 draft nears, we'll have more analysis and information on player propositions in addition to our mock draft. 

Stay tuned. 

North Carolina Gets It Done

The North Carolina Tar Heels closed out the NCAA Tournament with another cover, making them perfect against the spread this tourney. 

With an 89-72 win over Michigan State, North Carolina covered the -7 1/2 spread and gave us our fourth straight Free NCAA Basketball Pick win. 

While our Picks didn't go perfect like UNC, we had a pretty good run this month, going 13-6 for a 68% March. 

Though the Free NCAA Basketball Picks are done for, we'll have some more Free NBA Picks in the coming days and throughout the playoffs, and, oh yes, Free MLB Picks. 

Keep checking back for more updates on all kinds of sports. 

Free National Championship Pick

After all of that, we've reached the NCAA Basketball National Championship, the conclusion to April Madness. 

Though we once again feel like a square for doing so, we will ride another favorite in our Free NCAA Basketball Picks system. 

North Carolina -7 1/2 over Michigan St. 

Yes, it's essentially a home game for Michigan State, but still. Expect to see a similar pose from Tyler Hansbrough, complete with a dejected Raymar Morgan in the background. North Carolina is just too good. 

Good luck and thanks for supporting Stock Lemon through another NCAA Tournament!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

2-0 Day Yesterday!

Another good day for our Free NCAA Basketball Picks yesterday, as both of our Final Four selections covered. 

Michigan State and UConn went well over the o/u of 135 in State's 82-73 victory while North Carolina covered the -7 spread in an 83-69 victory over Villanova. 

We should have a pick on the National Championship tomorrow, so come on back!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Free Final Four Picks

The Final Four is finally here, as are a couple of Free NCAA Basketball Picks from our trusty system. 

UConn/Michigan State OVER 135

North Carolina -7 over Villanova

North Carolina shows up as a system play but we are very hesitant to play it. Villanova should be getting a little more love from the bookies, but there is still value on North Carolina.

Good luck!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Free NIT Championship Pick

First and foremost, be advised that this is a pretty strong lean, but if it weren't the NIT Championship, the enormous event that it is, it probably would fall just short of being and actual Free NCAA Basketball Pick in our system. 

There is still some good value in this one though, worthy of a small play. 

Baylor -3 1/2 over Penn St. 

It's tough to bet against the NITtany Lions, but Baylor is the hotter team at the moment and should bring home the title. 

Good luck if you choose to play this one. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

No Picks Today, But...

We couldn't sit by and let another day with no picks put a damper on things, so we thought we would just post a picture of some random girl to hold everyone over until one of our systems in any sport shows some value. 

But instead of a random girl, why not post another picture of Jenn Sterger, famous Stock Lemon fan? Since she is such a big fan of us, we thought we'd return the favor and post a picture of her that we can't believe we haven't exposed the Stock Lemon faithful to quite yet. 

Enjoy, and there should be some decent picks coming this weekend.

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