One of my fav pasttimes is taking a baseball team down 3-2 in a best of 7 series in Game 6 at home. I did so with Houston in their Game 6 (-134) vs New York down 3-2. This series has been crazy and there’s no way its not destined to go 7 and be an instant classic.
Reds (-142) @ 18
9, 8.5, 8.5, 9, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 9.5, 9.5, 9, 9, 11, 9, 8. I think I got them all. If I was a father I would insert the obligatory “They threw out the 11 from the Ukrainian judge” bad dad joke (BDJ). These are over/unders for today. I can honestly say I have never seen anything like this, not even a 7.5 in the bunch. In order…
First thought, it’s Memorial Day, a lot of folks home with time to gamble. Heavier action than usual, “life’s too short for unders,” jack the lines and exploit.
Second thought, it’s Memorial Day, usually a day off, bullpens will be tired from the weekend, Vegas is accounting for this.
Third thought, see if there is a Memorial Day phenomenon. Last 2 years there were some heavy game totals but 2016 total was 121, 2015 total 124.
Fourth thought, well let’s put in a wager.
Total Runs Scored MLB Under 140.5 +100
Happy Memorial Day. Get better, Tiger. (30-for-30 Title “Struggles on the Backside”)
Over gets smushed thanks to our friends in Houston and Toronto. 154 if my math is right. The real lame part is Unders beat Overs 9-6 on the day. But the overs were over the rainbow. Not sure if that tells us anything interesting. Also Update on Tiger blowing a 0.00. Maybe he’s not in so rough shape. BDJ, BOOM!
This is a category that has always interested me. Today’s entry…
Yankees vs Royals Under 9 (-118)
Pineda vs Vargas
To be fair, the Royals’ bats have shown recent signs of life, the Yankees have routinely proven an ability to mash, and Jason Vargas has been pitching light-years beyond his career norms. Still, this number seems high, and America agrees with 83% taking the Under (according to pregame.com). Hypothetical 100 bucks AGAINST the expected. 1 hundo on Over 9 (+107).
18 Total Runs. Over hit before game’s halfway point. Hmm indeed.
My results on these have declined over the past few years. Who knew that spending markedly less time on something could result in inferior results?
10 Braves Over 74.5
9 Cubs under 96.5
8 Rangers Over 85.5
7 Yankees Under 82.5
6 Tigers Under 82.5
5 Mariners Under 85.5
4 Rockies Under 80.5
3 Reds Under 69.5
2 Nationals Over 90.5
1 Phillies Under 72.5
Homer pick to start but a lot of Unders this year. NL is woefully unbalanced so it’s hard to identify a pure .500 team. If there’s true separation by June, we could really see things diverge in the 2nd half of the season. Reds and Phillies should be the two worst teams along with San Diego and I have no idea how the Rockies total is at 80.5. In the AL, the Yankees need several things to go right to hit their over. I think the Tigers and Mariners are sending out the two oldest lineups in baseball without the rotation to really cover as backup.
Division Winner Guesses:
AL East – Boston
AL Central – Cleveland
AL West – Houston
NL East – Washington
NL Central – Chicago
NL West – San Francisco
Some thoughts looking at these numbers. I’ve noted before that seeing heavy juice on a line can affect your decision making. You try to come up with reasons on why to believe something. Case in point last year with the Orioles. Their line was somewhere between -170 and -180 on the under. They were a trendy pick to lose a bunch of games, but they played beyond expectations. Would I have felt so confident in them if they weren’t sitting at -173 or whatever on the under? I doubt it. Anyway let’s have a look.
Padres Under 66.5 – Not breaking new ground here. Several have noted that, on paper, they have the worst rotation in baseball. I am a fan of both Austin Hedges and Will Myers, but this lineup will consistently be littered with mediocrity. And if the lineup is bad the rotation is horrific. No starter is projected to have a sub 4.00 era in the pitchiest of pitcher’s parks. Jered Weavers fastball was so slow the other day MLB pitch tracker listed it as a changeup. (True)
Tigers Under 82.5 – Some of the Detroit blurbs are either hilarious or massively depressing according to viewpoint. “None of their options are attractive,” “got roughed up again,” “need to turn it around.” Reports note that in regards to position battles, one player fails while his teammate competitor “hasn’t exactly been great himself.” Anibal Sanchez has apparently worked on his mechanics and is looking like he may rebound which is a point against us.
Phillies Over 72.5 – Lot of young talent on Philadelphia. Plus you know you are generally not backing the trendy money when you are gambling on Philadelphia succeeding in anything.
Indians Over 93.5 – Well we have already gambled on Philadelphia doing well, let’s toss Cleveland in. Last year as I routinely kicked myself for taking that damn Baltimore Under the theme that kept coming back for me was how good their bullpen was. I am slightly nervous that Andrew Miller may be wearing down a bit. Even if that is the case this unit should be strong enough to carry this team. Hopefully a fully healthy year for Brantley.
Brewers Over 68.5 – The lineup by itself is certainly legitimate enough to clear this number. The issue will be how many games the pitching gives back. Craig Counsell seems like he’s due for some success.
Cubs Under 96.5 – To win this many games there has to be a minimum number of question marks. You could make the argument that the entire OF is one giant one. Jason Heyward is an enigma, Jon Jay is a far cry from Dexter Fowler, and when he isnt tearing ligaments Kyle Schwarber has played all of 40 games in LF. Wade Davis may be fine but is coming off injury. Hammel gone, Lackey ancient. Too many questions for me.
Royals Under 75.5 – As has been reported on quite a bit, the Royals have quite a few key players heading to free agency next year. Hosmer, Moustakas, Cain, Escobar…this is betting on the Royals selling at the trade deadline even if they’re in a spot that isn’t horrible.
Mets Over 87.5 – No reasoning necessary.
Angels Under 79.5 – My only offseason note for the Angels was to observe they had signed Ryan LaMarre to a major league contract, specifically 50k over the minimum. That’s all I got.
Yankees Under 82.5 – Sure.
Actual numbers first. Lines with heavy juice noted.
Blue Jays 85.5
Braves 74.5 (over -156)
Brewers 68.5 (over -161)
Cardinals 83.5 (over -152)
Cubs 96.5 (under -133)
D’backs 77.5 (over -139)
Marlins 76.5 (under -126)
Mets 87.5 (over -130)
Nationals 90.5 (over -130)
Padres 66.5 (under -142)
Rangers 85.5 (under -125)
Red Sox 92.5 (under -140)
Royals 75.5 (over -148)
Tigers 82.5 (under -126)
White Sox 68.5 (over -140)
Chargers +3.5 (-115)
Good note here from oddssharks’ Jon Campbell:
If you picked all five Thursday Night games correctly this season, taking the underdogs straight up while laying the points with the faves, you’d be up $517.97 on $100 bets rather than $454.55 if you were to simply play the spread. It’s a significant difference.
The San Diego Chargers are 3-point home underdogs against the Denver Broncos in Week 6. If you like the Chargers, the payout is +150 on the moneyline rather than the standard -110 if you take the field goal
Lou and I like the Chargers tonight as teams this year who are 2 point to 3.5 point underdogs have covered nearly 60% of the time this year.
I’ll have a look at the ML later and I might put that in a parlay with the Dodgers +140. Nationals’ Manager Dusty Baker has lost his last 9 postseason “must win” games.
Lou and I are back with another podcast! We discuss the MLB Playoffs, some NFL Season props like Division/Conference winners and the MVP race, and we talk about who we like in next weeks’ games.