It was nice to see a prop bet on runs batted in, a category that is overshadowed by home runs and batting average.
St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols heads the list at 2-1 and should take over as the best all-around hitter in the National League now that Vladimir Guerrero has headed over to the AL’s Anaheim Angels.
But we have never been ones to back favorites, especially at such low odds. We’re so sorry Uncle Albert, but there are others at better prices fully capable driving home the most runs.
Preston Wilson (6-1): The former Florida Marlins outfielder had a career season hitting around Larry Walker and Todd Helton at the launching pad known as Coors Field. You know some member of the Rockies is going to knock in 140 in that yard. We certainly like Wilson’s chances better than say A-Rod at 5-2.
Richie Sexson (25-1): The first season in Arizona for the Milwaukee Brewers slugger who should hit behind consistent 300-hitter, 25-homer and 100 RBI man Luis Gonzalez. If Luis stays healthy, Sexson should have some fun in the desert. The 25-1 odds are most inviting for the big first baseman with 50 HR potential.
Manny Ramirez (9-1): It’s all a matter of attitude with Manny, but he’s a hitting machine on a team loaded with offensive firepower. With Nomar Garciaparra batting in front of Manny, along with the emergence of slugger David Ortiz, pencil Ramirez in for at least 130. We’re looking at 150 to contend for top honors.
Magglio Ordonez (10-1): Just a natural hitter along the lines of Seattle’s ageless Edgar Martinez, except Mags packs more punch. If Frank Thomas picks up where he left off last year and Carlos Lee has his back, Ordonez could put up career stats for the White Sox.
Shawn Green (60-1): Definitely a longshot, but worth a
wager at this price. Still possessing one of the sweetest swings in baseball,
Green should bounce back from a somewhat disappointing 2003. Moving to first
base may keep him in the lineup. He’s plenty capable of 40 homers and 130 RBI,
which at 60-1 isn’t too shabby.