Last week’s Monday night football game between the Jaguars and Titans was probably the worst prime time game we’ll see all season, but it still rated higher in the final Nielson ratings than Game 3 of the ALCS between the Rangers and Yankees.
I bring this up because ratings are a huge topic in the baseball world right now. They’re sagging, stale and getting beat by reality TV shows regularly. Now baseball enters the World Series without an East Coast team playing.
Just how bad will the ratings for this year’s World Series be with a Northern California team playing a Texas team? Will there be any interest east of the Mississippi?
Las Vegas Hilton Super Book Executive Director Jay Kornegay still likes the Series even though a portion of the east may tune out.
“This series really intrigues me,” says Kornegay who opened the Rangers a slight -125 favorite to beat the Giants in the best of 7. “How could you not get excited for possibly seeing Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee match up twice or seeing Josh Hamilton mash the ball along with Validmir Guerrero’s ugly, but effective swing? I’m very excited, but I’m not sure the entire country is.”
It’s widely known, or accepted, that east coast baseball fans are some of most passionate about their teams, but where is the support for the game itself? Out West, we may not be as crazy as eastern fans for individual teams, enjoying the games in all regions. In Las Vegas, we especially love the games just because we can bet where our passion is reserved for teams bet that day.
“Out West, and in the Midwest, the fans are going to love it and I think the series will generate some good betting interest here because of the way each has gotten here,” Kornegay said. “The two teams in it just knocked off the two World Series teams from last year.
“I think were going to see a series kind of like what we saw with the Giants and Phillies where the bullpens will play a huge role,” Kornegay added. “The Giants look to have an edge in that area, but the Rangers bats are much better. The series price reflects those bats and seeing Cliff Lee at least twice on the mound.”
Kornegay opened Wednesday’s Game 1 with Lee a small -120 favorite on the road facing Lincecum.
I don’t know what it is about the Giants I like, but I think it has to do with some similarities between them and the 1988 Dodgers. They also won by having good pitching from the starters through the bullpen, timely hitting and a different star nightly. It’s small ball and team orientated with no one player being the focal point.
Just like the ‘88 Dodgers, the Giants have no big bopper or anyone with 100 RBI’s on the season. But, they do have a stud starter. L.A. had the Bulldog, the Giants have the Freak.
I’ll take the Giants in 7.