Remember me Username/Password Help

      

MLB odds – Don’t count on a Philly repeat

Posted by T.J. Kendrick on 4/24/2012 11:06:10 AM

Follow the link for up-to-date baseball betting and coverage.

Major League BaseballWith spring training underway and World Baseball Classic betting knocking on the door, those who bet sports know it’s time to explore the 2009 MLB sports betting odds. After the usual flurry of offseason activity, many different squads look poised for deep playoff runs. Only a handful can make it, so which teams make for the best bets?




MLB sports betting: The rich get richer in the offseason

  • Phillies unlikely to repeat
  • Yankees broke the bank
  • Rays offer great value

MLB odds to win the World Series

  • ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS +1000
  • ATLANTA BRAVES +1000
  • BALTIMORE ORIOLES +8500
  • BOSTON RED SOX +470
  • CHICAGO CUBS +450
  • CHICAGO WHITE SOX +2000
  • CINCINNATI REDS +7500
  • CLEVELAND INDIANS +750
  • COLORADO ROCKIES +7500
  • DETROIT TIGERS +1900
  • FLORIDA MARLINS +4000
  • HOUSTON ASTROS +7500
  • KANSAS CITY ROYALS +6500
  • LOS ANGELES ANGELS +875
  • LOS ANGELES DODGERS +1500
  • MILWAUKEE BREWERS +4000
  • MINNESOTA TWINS +2000
  • NEW YORK METS +550
  • NEW YORK YANKEES +350
  • OAKLAND ATHLETICS +3000
  • PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES +3000
  • PITTSBURGH PIRATES +7500
  • SAN DIEGO PADRES +7600
  • SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS +5000
  • SEATTLE MARINERS +8000
  • ST. LOUIS CARDINALS +1500
  • TAMPA BAY RAYS +900
  • TEXAS RANGERS +6000
  • TORONTO BLUE JAYS +3000
  • WASHINGTON NATIONALS +7500

Naturally, MLB betting fans will look to the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies (+1000) first in MLB odds this season. They’re likely to remain a contender and win their usual 85-95 games but a repeat is unlikely this year. Philly will still bop with the best of ’em – newcomer Raul Ibanez will more than replace Pat Burrell – but those who bet baseball should remember that Chase Utley may take a while to find his stroke after offseason hip surgery. Cole Hamels anchors the pitching staff and is my pick to win the NL Cy Young this season, but the rotation is shaky after that…perhaps too shaky for MLB odds and another World Series.

The best contenders: the Cubs and Yankees. The only thing stopping Chicago from reaching the World Series, it seems, is “the curse.” It consistently fields great hitting lineups and churns out quality arms, so it should win the NL Central again. The Yankees…well, if you weren’t living under a rock this offseason, you know what the Steinbrenners’ wallets did for that roster. Even if Teixeira, Sabathia and Burnett are busts, the Yanks will improve.

Ultimately, picking the top three teams in the AL East at the sportsbook will make you rich all year in the MLB odds. The Red Sox should push the Yankees hard this year; Jason Bay should continue his torrid hitting and something tells me John Smoltz will be very special. But beware of setbacks after career years in 2008 from Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis.

The young, exciting Rays should compete hard again in a division that may feature three 90-game winners in the MLB odds. With David Price ready to become an ace starter, Tampa could reach the World Series just as easily as Boston and New York and offers much better value at +1500.

The other big offseason spender, the New York Mets, should make things interesting in the NL this year. More than anything else, the vastly improved bullpen, now featuring K-Rod and J.J. Putz, could lead them to a division crown. They’ll be consistently good MLB odds choices.

Some other important factors to consider when you bet on MLB odds this year:

THE PERENIALLY “PRETTY GOOD” TEAMS

The Angels and White Sox are always competitive. But can they recover from the losses of K-Rod and Javier Vazquez, respectively? Bobby Abreu should help L.A. and Cuban import Dayan Viciedo is a name to remember.

YOUNG GUNS BOUNCE BACK

What happened to Arizona and Cleveland last year? Online betting players should expect them to bounce back – especially Arizona, which has better pitching than the Indians. Considering how much value the D-Backs and Tribe offer at the sportsbook, you can’t forget about them.

SURPRISE TEAMS

Atlanta and Houston could surprise. The Royals, too? Nah…not this year, at least.

THE MANNY FACTOR

Whichever team gets Manny Ramirez will significantly increase its World Series odds; the Dodgers and Mets, both of whom have been linked to ManRam, would cement their status as contenders if they landed him. Why not play the hunch and bet on their current MLB odds before they get Manny?

MEDIOCRE TEAM, GOOD MATCHUPS

Betting on the MLB odds obviously isn’t always about picking contenders for the World Series; what about lesser-hyped teams that can help you in the day-to-day grind? The slugging Rockies and Rangers are always good bets at home when they’re not facing ace starters. San Francisco and Toronto can help you when superstars Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay, who are virtually loss-proof, take the mound.

For more MLB betting odds and MLB betting analysis, bookmark the betting edge at betonline.com.

T.J. Kendrick is the biggest baseball nut and a brilliant MLB handicapper. His love of the game borders on obsession, and he takes every chance he gets to make excellent predictions, frequently contributing to industry handicapping sites as well as betonline.com. Thoughts or questions?


Did you enjoy this article?

Email this to a friend Print it

Archives

Twitter


↑ Back to page content
Media Logos

At BetOnline, our company’s guiding principle is to establish long-lasting, positive relationships with our customers. BetOnline is perfect for those who like to stay on top of all the latest sports & horse racing odds or play a few games in the online casino. We have built our reputation on giving our clients nothing but high-quality service and once you have worked with us, you will realize why we are regarded as a leader.

From our customer service to our cutting-edge technology, enticing contests and dedication to putting the best product out on the marketplace, BetOnline is always striving to improve and we take the wants and needs of our customers very seriously. We are always looking for suggestions to make our product better, and client input allows us to build a relationship that will last for a lifetime.

Trust is tough to create and it is even tougher to maintain, which is why we always keep the lines of communication open with our clients at BetOnline, and the best part is that it will not cost you a dime.

Head over to our world-famous sportsbook, where you will find live lines for all major sporting events, but that is not all because at BetOnline, you will also find the Betting Edge, which is a constant stream of advice from people that spend countless hours looking over trends and statistics, so you don’t have to. You get an honest and educated opinion for people that truly love sports, and we are always updating the section to keep you up on what’s happening in current in the world of sports.

The racebook is another fantastic section at BetOnline, as you can get a headstart on the Triple Crown season by reading over our articles to give you an idea of the winning horses. We don’t just focus on the Triple Crown at BetOnline; you can find information on races all year around and that will help you out when it comes time to watch the major thoroughbred horse races.

You can also check out our casino, where you can play the latest games powered by the latest technology. From poker to card games, slots and everything in between, we have you covered at BetOnline.

We have contests and promotions galore as BetOnline is all about what our clients want, so check it out and if you have any inquiries, never hesitate to get in touch with us. Betonline because your can!


↑ Back to top