MLB Betting Week of Sept. 10 Recap at Bovada
Baseball can be a funny game. The Philadelphia Phillies had won seven games in a row, gotten back over .500 and surged into the National League wild-card race entering a four-game series last weekend at Houston, easily the worst team in baseball. It should have been a lock series victory for the Phils.
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But Houston won three of the four games, dealing a big blow to the Phillies' playoff hopes. In addition, one of the book's biggest wins of any MLB game this season came on the Astros' 5-0 victory on Saturday. Behind what had been a red-hot Kyle Kendrick, Philadelphia closed as a -179 favorite for that game and took a little more than 98 percent of the action. It was even more lopsided on the Phillies at minus-1.5 runs (-120), with more than 99 percent of the lean on Philadelphia.
The Phillies had shot to 12/1 to win the NL pennant and +350 to make the postseason (no at -500) but their chances are now longer with several teams to climb over for that second wild-card spot. Philadelphia did have one game last week that was a big win for players, its 3-1 victory over Miami on Wednesday. Behind Cliff Lee, the Phillies closed as -171 favorites and took nearly 74 percent of the action. At minus-1.5 runs (-125), Philadelphia took more than 90 percent of the action.
Bettors' top win was the Los Angeles Angels' 6-0 victory over Oakland on Thursday to salvage a game in that four-game series. With ace Jered Weaver on the mound, L.A. closed as a -144 favorite and took more than 74 percent of the action. At minus-1.5 runs (+145), the Halos took almost 93 percent.
The Angels also were responsible for bettors' top series result of the week as they took two of three at Kansas City over the weekend as a -175 favorite. The top series win for the book was Boston (-105) winning two of three at Toronto (-125).
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After struggling for weeks, the New York Yankees have won back-to-back series to reclaim the lead in the American League East and their home series opener vs. Toronto on Tuesday will have live play-by-play betting at the book.
New York opened as a big -220 favorite for the opener as it welcomes back veteran left-hander Andy Pettitte. The 40-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since suffering a broken ankle on June 27. The Yankees are hoping to get him four starts before the end of the regular season so Pettitte (3-3, 3.22) is in rhythm for the playoffs. His 19 postseason wins are the most in MLB history. The Yankee pitching staff could use the boost as it has a 4.56 ERA in September, the highest of any month.
Pettitte will be opposed by Ricky Romero, who brings a rather amazing streak into the game. The Jays' lefty has lost 13 straight games, tying a franchise record. Toronto also has lost the past six times he has started vs. the Yankees; three of the losses in his current skid are against New York.
Also available for live betting Tuesday, and Wednesday, is Rangers at Angels. Texas is a playoff lock but trying to hold off Oakland for the AL West title, while the Halos must start winning now to grab a wild-card spot. L.A. had been reposted at -325 to miss the playoffs and +250 to make it before that weekend series in K.C. The Rangers, 9/2 World Series favorites, lead the majors in batting average and runs scored, while the Angels are second and fourth, respectively.
Texas has won eight of its past nine series and starts Ryan Dempster opposite Jered Weaver in Tuesday's opener, with the Angels as slight -135 favorites. Dempster has won his past five starts, with a 1.91 ERA, while Weaver is 2-1 with a 5.94 ERA vs. Texas this year. Los Angeles has won seven of 13 matchups with the Rangers in 2012.
The other live betting game available Wednesday outside of Rangers-Angels is Phillies-Mets. Check back Thursday for a weekend live betting preview at the book.
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