Thursday: Washington Nationals -205. Hate laying so much chalk but we have some great variables here. This line should actually be closer to -300. It's TOUGH on a road team the next day after going into extra innings and losing. Furthermore, Alec Asher is not a quality MLB pitcher. His numbers were crap last year so he dabbled in PED's and got busted. He's coming off a 50 game suspension and will be rusty as he's only thrown a few innings at low level minor league ball and 4 innings 5 days ago at AAA. Lastly, the guy misses his spots as evidenced by giving up 22 dingers in only 153 minor league innings last year. In his short MLB stint last season, he was beat up pretty good. Washington wins big here. - 9/8
In the 1988 Seoul Games, the Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson won the 100-meter race, and also set a world record in the same. But later in a drug test, he was found to have taken steroids in order to win the race. Though he said he had used the steroids only during training, and only because he wanted to keep up with his opponents, he was disqualified from the race. He was also stripped of his medal as well as his world record honors, and the medal was given to the second place holder – Carl Lewis. He also admitted later that he had used steroids when he made a world record in 1987. This resulted in his previous record being taken away from him as well.
In January 2004, Major League Baseball announced a new drug policy which originally included random, offseason testing and 10-day suspensions for first-time offenders, 30-days for second-time offenders, 60-days for third-time offenders, and one year for fourth-time offenders, all without pay, in an effort to curtail performance-enhancing drug use (PED) in professional baseball. This policy strengthened baseball's pre-existing ban on controlled substances , including steroids, which has been in effect since 1991.  The policy was to be reviewed in 2008, but under pressure from the . Congress , on November 15, 2005, players and owners agreed to tougher penalties; a 50-game suspension for a first offense, a 100-game suspension for a second, and a lifetime ban for a third.