Rocks become player in West

Jul 31, 2007 12:13 AM

Don’t look now, but the Rocks are just 4½ games behind the first placce Dodgers in the NL West.

Colorado is still well below the national radar screen, but we at GamingToday have been following the Rockies exclusively the past month and have noted the positives and negatives of the season and how they relate to Vegas wagering.

The latest odds at Caesars Palace for Colorado winning the World Series have finally lowered from 85/1 to 75/1. The odds to capture the pennant are still at 40/1, but that now looks to be a much better buy than it was a few weeks ago.

Jeff Francis has not only established himself as the ace, but the young lefty should be considered among the top pitchers in the league. Francis won his sixth straight decision and 10th in his last 11 this past weekend against LA to improve his record to 11-5.

Matt Holliday, Brad Hawpe, Garrett Atkins and Tim Tulowitzki are all in double-digits in homers, while top player Todd Helton has nine and batting .300. CF Ryan Spilborghs has given the Rocks a huge lift, batting .320with 7 HR and 36 RBI in just 122 at-bats. Yes, Coors Field has again become a feared place for visiting teams.

This week, unfortunately, is another road trip. However, the trip starts out in Florida with the struggling Marlins, who are coming off a tough road trip to San Francisco and a home crowd mostly disguised as empty seats.

The Rockies should win 2-of-3 in Florida before heading to Atlanta to take on the Braves. Atlanta may have dealt for Texas 1B Mark Teixiera by that time, which would be very bad news. Still, a 1-2 mark would not be bad heading back home.

Hilton snubs Colorado teams:

The Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook recently released this season’s list of the 91 elite games from Sept. 8 thru Dec. 1. Sadly, Colorado, Air Force and Colorado State combined for just one appearance on the sheet.

That sort of covers the state of college football in Colorado. It’s in a rebuilding state to say the least.

The one matchup on the futures game sheet is the Nov. 23 clash in the Big 12 between the Buffaloes and Nebraska. The visiting Cornhuskers are currently a 3½-point road favorite. Nothing like having a hungry Colorado team as a home conference dog the day after Thanksgiving.

We have had a lot of success betting home conference dogs over the years, particularly with lines above a field goal so the call here to get down your bets now on the Buffs.

Air Force and Colorado State were omitted from the list of 91. The Falcons are in a transition period, starting a new era now that legendary coach Fisher DeBerry has retired.

We were surprised not to see the Colorado State-Colorado on the list. That game had been a staple on that sheet in recent years. Here’s a tidbit for Rams fans. The underdog is 7-0 ATS in the New Mexico series. The two meet Nov. 10 at Albuquerque.