The past few weeks while working on a new project, I have had the opportunity to do some traveling to some of the states that now offer sports gambling.
I think it’s absolutely wonderful that more and more states are getting sports betting. I sat in several new sportsbooks and spoke with many bettors and employees alike. Both asked me if I can write about a few items.
Obviously, some of the personnel in these books are new to sports gambling. Many are not yet familiar with some of the words us gamblers use. Be patient guys, it will take a bit of time. For you gamblers out there that are new to betting in sports books, please have the rotation number of the teams you want to bet and your money ready to lay down. And check your ticket before leaving the window.
This should be fun for the customer. By all means, cheer, root, and enjoy yourselves. But, please be considerate of others in the book.
With the AL and NL Championship Series’ going strong, I took some time to visit one of my favorite sports books and talk to one of the most respected people in our industry. I went down to the SuperBook at the Westgate and chatted with Jay Kornegay. The book set current odds to win the World Series at: Nationals 2-1, Yankees +225, Astros 7-5, Cardinals 25-1.
Jay, who is the SuperBook’s Executive VP of Race and Sports, informed me that they are looking good on everyone except New York. If the Yankees win it all, they would break even, which still isn’t the worst. If any of the other three remaining teams take the Fall Classic, it means a solid win for the SuperBook.
Kornegay went on to tell me that they have had solid action throughout the postseason, with five-figure bets on each team. But, they have the most tickets written on New York by far, followed by Houston, St. Louis, and then Washington.
As of deadline, we are awaiting the outcome of both Tuesday matchups, Game 4 of the NLCS and Game 3 of the ALCS. There are no confirmed starters beyond Tuesday just yet and we don’t know if the Cardinals-Nationals series will go any further.
We are left with just Games 4 and 5 of the Astros-Yankees series. It looks like Wednesday’s matchup will be Zack Greinke and Masahiro Tanaka. While Thursday’s is most likely Justin Verlander and James Paxton. As you know, anything can change.
Here is this week’s Best Bet:
Astros at Yankees: Let’s talk pitchers. Masahiro Tanaka has a 2-0 record with a 0.82 ERA this postseason and an overall, 5-2 record and a 1.32 ERA in seven career postseason starts. The Japanese native has faced Houston three times this season, going 1-0 and allowing just three runs in 18.0 IP against them.
Zack Greinke has an 0-2 record with an 8.38 ERA in the 2019 playoffs. The former Kansas City Royals first-round pick owns a lifetime playoff mark of 3-6 with a 4.58 ERA. As a member of both the Diamondbacks and the Astros, the right-hander had three starts vs. New York this year, going 0-1 and yielding six runs in 18.2 IP against them.
The Astros have not had the same success on the road as they have at home, donning a 47-36 mark this season. They are 1-5 the last six games played in New York and 5-11 the last 16 overall road playoffs games.
New York will be a ‘dog here. Anytime you can get a team that is 59-24 and average over 5.52 RPG at home, as an underdog, you must side with them. YANKEES
Last week: 0-1