Let’s say that on a given week the best teams in Major League Baseball all keep their starting pitchers healthy, the players and coaches all get to the spa and the hitters all keep their batting practice going. This week arms start to get fresh, ball players start to feel good and weeks end with teams looking like .500 baseball teams.
But what if some of these teams are also the worst? Maybe they’ve been out for a long time or injured theirStars Players orasing lineup? But what if one of these teams happens to be getting a run or several of wins? The whole team can’t possibly keep on going the way they are, but they might just stay alive by getting a few breaks here and there.
The week ends and the worst team in baseball can’t even practice or play where they are supposed to, because they are too far behind. Maybe this team was as bad as they were supposed to be, but a funny thing happened on the way to the cellar. The team rose up, became competitive, kept working, got some good breaks and came back to earth and joined the league as a bad team the next time out.
Some west coast teams got the jitters in 2005, some mid-major teams in ’06 and every team in the AL West in ’07 has had their fair share of unlucky streaks. That fly ball luck hasn’t helped Detroit, let’s remember that, but the Cardinals and the Tigers didn’t help themselves in the second half of the season either. It will be an uphill battle in 2007 for these otters, but this is certainly a team that can make some noise and surprise others.
Barry Rome is the epitome of a team that should curses be avoided. In 2006, when it looked as though the Cardinals might be able to catch the Red Sox for the AL East, they only won five of their last 26 games. Then they had to travel to pin-stripes and they couldn’t even get out of their own way, losing 11 of their first 13 games. Once again, a curse was avoided and all the Cardinals did was upset the Astros. Barry meanwhile went on to have one of the best years any pitcher has ever had. While the Red Sox will still likely be the favorite in the playoffs, it will be by default. The Cardinals are too good even for the worst team in baseball.
As far as betting on the Bolagila, I like those odds, although the Angels are suspect at times. How about those Yankees? I wager American League rates will be a little high due to the fact they are the home team. The OPS ground fact is that the Yankees have been absolutely great this year. However, they sometimes struggle to put good teams away. They are the best team in baseball at defending their home turf, but they are far from assured of holding their own against the best NL teams.
As far as wagering on the World Series goes, the Mets are the overwhelming favorite to win the Fall Classic. Oddsmakers still have the Dodgers, but they are a better bet than the Yankees in my opinion. The Yankees are the elite team in the AL, but the Mets are the best team in the NL. This series will be a epic battle, but the home team in this case is set to win. streaming into the weekend, the Yankees open at about minus-$1.85 and the Mets at plus-$2.25. For winning a bet on the Mets, you can get a lot in exchange for a small bet, $110 to win just $100. You certainly can’t say enough about these odds.