On May 19, the Texas Rangers were 16-23 sitting in fourth-place, 9.5 games back of Houston in the AL West. Their odds to win the World Series were at 500-to-1, second-largest next to the lowly Phillies.
However, a lot has happened since then that has completely changed the complexion of the division as well as the future odds board at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.
After winning seven of their past eight series during a 17-7 run through Sunday’s games, the Rangers have passed both Seattle and the LA Angels in the West and pulled to within 2.5 games of the slumping Astros.
Houston has seen its World Series odds to win drop from 100-1 two weeks ago to 40-1 last week and down to 30-1 this week. The Astros, Angels and Mariners have all had their odds adjusted due to their recent woes and the Rangers surge behind Vegas rookie Joey Gallo.
Seattle was considered one of the favorites to win the AL West and the World Series entering the season, but has dropped 11 of its past 15 games. The Westgate moved the M’s World Series odds the past two weeks from 20-1 up to 50-1.
Westgate Superbook manager Ed Salmons said their moves on Texas were “all performance related” with little action coming from the public during the wild Texas odds rodeo the past three weeks.
The hottest team in baseball has been the Toronto Blue Jays who had won 11 straight through Sunday’s game after sweeping the Red Sox at Fenway Park. They are now only one game behind the Yankees and surprising Tampa Bay for first-place in the AL East.
Before the streak, you could have had Toronto at 40-1 to win the World Series. Now they’re 20-1.
High scoring, totals
The Blue Jays lead the majors, averaging 5.6 runs a game with a +1.1 run differential per game. This comes out to an average of 10.1 runs scored per game, but the totals posted by the sportsbooks have been spot on. Toronto has gone OVER the total in only 32 of 64 games. The best OVER team is, surprisingly, the Atlanta Braves at 40-20-3 while totaling only 8.8 runs per game.
The Westgate and William Hill sportsbooks will have a wide array of props offered for the U.S. Open that tees off Thursday at the Chambers Bay Golf Club at University Place, Washington. The Westgate posted Rory McIlroy as the 7-1 favorite to win the U.S. Open for the second time in his career (2011) with Masters winner Jordan Spieth at 8-1. However, the golfer everyone seems to want to talk about, and also bet the most, is Tiger Woods sitting at 50-1.
Despite last winning a major in the 2008 U.S. Open and coming off a brutal 14-over par performance two weeks ago in the Memorial Tournament, Woods is the Westgate’s largest risk. People just want to believe he can find his game and return to past glory and they want to be part of it if it happens.
The Golden State Warriors figured out a way to get back to their game and took control of the series with a 3-2 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers heading into Thursday’s Game 6 at The Q where the Warriors are 4.5-point road favorites with the total set at 195.
MGM Resorts sportsbooks have the Warriors listed as -1800 favorites with +1000 take back on the Cavs. I bit on the Cavs before Game 1 and also after Game 2 at +500. I’m willing to now submit as I see the writing on the wall.
The cream has risen to the top and despite LeBron James scoring 40 points or more in four of the five games. It’s apparent he can’t do it alone. When the series is over, it would be hard not to vote LeBron as MVP, whether he wins or loses, just because he’s been so much better than anyone else on the floor.
Stephen Curry stepped up in the past two games when the Warriors took control, which will garner him votes, but the most consistent player of all for Golden State has been Andre Iguodala who helped turn the tide when he was inserted into the starting lineup.
Always next year
For those ready to move on, the Westgate has you covered with 2015-16 odds to win the NBA Title. Cleveland is the 9-4 favorite followed by the Warriors and Thunder at 5-1 odds. The Clippers are 10-1 with the Spurs and Bulls both at 12-1.
The Westgate also posted futures on next year’s Stanley Cup odds with the Blackhawks at 5-1 followed by the Rangers and Ducks at 8-1.
College football lines
On Friday, June 26 at 1:30 p.m., the Golden Nugget sportsbook will be releasing spreads on 165 college games of the year giving bettors a crack at the most virgin numbers around.
It’s classic old school Vegas where the Nugget puts their ratings up against the bettors’ smarts where they have no other influences to help them. Even if you don’t plan on betting the games, it’s just a fun sight to watch unfold as several numbers will be rapidly bet.
Bettors get five cracks at the numbers per window visit and then have to go to the end of the line if wanting more. And they do, which makes it entertaining.
Micah Roberts is a former Las Vegas race and sports book director, one of The Linemakers on SportingNews.com , and longtime motorsports columnist and sports analyst at GamingToday. Follow Micah on Twitter @MicahRoberts7 Contact Micah at [email protected].