First inning bets: In Palms of my hand

Apr 8, 2008 7:00 PM

Between the Lines by Mark Mayer | It’s great to see 10:35 a.m. baseball from Pittsburgh on a bright sunny day when just one inning can win money.

That’s what the Palms Casino Resort has devised for baseball bettors this season. A simple YES or NO as to whether either team in a particular matchup will score in the opening inning can result in winning or losing money.

So for those who want an instant rush and not have to deal with five-inning and the regular nine-inning wait (if not extras), then this daily prop is for you.

As GamingToday went to press, seven games on Monday’s card were contested. In five of the seven, either one or both teams scored at least a run. If bettors took no, they won with the Cubs-Pirates game in Pittsburgh and the Cardinals-Astros matchup in Houston. Interesting, the Cubs won 10-8 in 12 innings after blowing a 7-0 lead. But, no first inning runs!

For the most part, if bettors wager that runs will be scored in the opening inning, the money varies from underdog to favorite. In the Phillies-Reds game in Cincinnati, it was +105 that a run would be scored. In Monday night’s Braves-Rockies matchup in Colorado, the price was -125 that there would be a first-inning run scored.

There is also a prop at the Palms involving which team will score first in the matchup.

In the Philadelphia-Cincinnati game, the Phils scored three in the top of the first at a price of -160. The home team scored first in just one of the seven games, that coming in New York where the Yankees tallied two in the last of the first against Tampa Bay. So if you had the Yanks, there was a double reward – a -125 win for scoring before the Rays and a -125 for scoring in the first inning.

Props are a dime a dozen and that’s a good thing.