If you still believe in the Yankees to win the series, you can get them at 15-to-1, but you won’t even find the most loyal Yankee fan taking those odds. The writing appears to be on the wall.
The Yankees can’t hit and the only player who was during the playoffs – Derek Jeter (.333) – is gone.
Robinson Cano (.063), Curtis Granderson (.115), Nick Swisher (.154), Russell Martin (.192) and Alex Rodriguez (.130) have been awful throughout the postseason and the bad streaks have fed off each other.
It’s hard to feel sorry for such an unlikable guy like Rodriguez, but I find myself rooting for him each at-bat to do anything – even just hit a grounder, but he still has no postseason extra base hit and 12 strikeouts in 23 at-bats.
We haven’t seen this type of futility out of the Yankees during their entire run that started in 1995 with Buck Showalter before handing the team over on a silver platter to Joe Torre. But this may be one of the final signs Yankees baseball is on the decline.
First, there was the unofficial release of Jorge Posada, then the freak accident that ended Mariano Rivera’s season and now Jeter out with a broken ankle.
Baseball is better with the Yankees being the evil empire to root against, but it’s no fun watching the pinstripes getting kicked around to this degree, knowing this could be the end of an era, kind of like the 1964 World Series before the Yankees went into an 11-year tailspin as another Yankee great, Mickey Mantle, was winding down his career.
William Hill and LVH sport books have been offering daily props on all the postseason games and one of the coolest ones is whether or not triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera will hit a home run. Remember Paul O’Neill telling Kramer on Seinfeld, “No, that’s not good. It’s hard to hit home runs.” Well that’s exactly what’s happened daily with Cabrera as he’s gone seven postseason games without going deep. Cabrera’s price on “NO” has ranged from -300 to -390.
It’s going to happen sooner than later though, so you may want to crack at the “YES.” He’s hit five home runs against the Yankees this season. Over his career he’s hit four home runs off of Phil Hughes and two each off of C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte.
By the way, O’Neill did hit a home run that day in the episode, but not the two requested of him by Kramer. The official scorer ruled an error – giving him a triple – on what would have been an inside-the-park homer.
NBA Season Wins
The LVH Super Book got the ball rolling early two weeks ago by releasing their season win totals for everyone to chew on, but now a few others have popped up that may present some opportunities at middling or getting a better desired price.
The South Point and Cantor Gaming sports books have them all posted and are ready for action. The middle opportunities may not be as great as the NFL season win totals since we’re talking about an 82-game season compared to 16, but when those final two weeks come around in the NBA, most teams will be pretty close to what was expected.
Team USA has a critical match Tuesday against Guatemala that could have major implications on whether or not the Stars and Stripes will be a participant in the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament held in Brazil.
The USA has qualified for every World Cup since 1990 after a 30 year drought. Not even England can say they have qualified for as many because they missed out on the 1994 World Cup. In Las Vegas, the sports books are hoping the USA makes it because business is good.
The World Cup offers a spike in business during the slow months of June and July that is a noticeable void when comparing year over year numbers in the other three years without it.
We may not be all-in with support across America with those willing to spend an afternoon watching soccer like they do in every other country, but there has been a major transformation over the past few Cups where the patriotism has become infectious.
The LVH Super Book posted odds on all of Tuesday’s qualifiers with the USA a -1.5 (+105) favorite over Guatemala. In other key matches, Spain is -1 (-135) over France and Mexico is -2 ((-120) over El Salvador.
Micah Roberts is a former Las Vegas race and sports book director, and longtime motorsports columnist and sports analyst at GamingToday. Contact Micah at [email protected].