9/18/2009 5:00 PM EST
By The Team at SportsInsights.com
Welcome to the 2009 MLB Sports Marketwatch, where the Team at SportsInsights gives sports fans unprecedented insight into the sports marketplace. If you ever wanted to know what was really happening on the sportsbook side, you now have an all-access pass with Sports Marketwatch! Sports MarketWatch will be published twice weekly on Tuesday and Friday, around 5PM Eastern Time.
Sports Marketplace – MLB Edition
Markewatch had another perfect day Tuesday, pushing our season total to +19.7 units. Kansas City jumped all over Detroit starter Jared Washburn, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning en route to an 11-1 victory. David DeJesus, Miguel Olivo and Albert Callaspo powered the Royals’ offense, driving in 10 runs combined. In our second game, Baltimore, and Marketwatch, rode the hot bat of rookie catcher Matt Wieters, who went 3 for 4 with five RBI in the 10-5 win over the slumping Rays.
2009 MLB Games to Watch: 46-44, 51.1%, +19.7 units
Sports MarketWatch – MLB Games to Watch
Texas Rangers +110 over Los Angeles Angels
Texas, losers of four straight and six of their last ten, has seen its Wild Card hopes slowly fade away. Tonight the Rangers send rookie Tommy Hunter (8-3, 3.23 ERA) to the mound. Hunter gave up only one run in a complete game victory over Seattle in his last start. Scott Kazmir (8-8, 5.32 ERA) will get the ball for the Angels as they try to shake off a controversial series in Boston. Kazmir has been a flat-out stud since being acquired from Tampa Bay, posting a 1.86 ERA in three starts for the Angels.
Los Angeles opened as a -115 favorite at Olympic and is receiving solid public backing. The Angels are currently garnering 53% of runline bets, 66% of moneyline bets and 63% of parlay bets, pushing them to a -120 favorite. Marketwatch likes home underdogs receiving plus-money, so we’ll go against the public and take Texas in our first game.
Texas Rangers +110 (SIA)
Detroit Tigers +131 over Minnesota Twins
After losing seven of their last ten games, the Tigers have seen their lead in the AL Central shrink to four games ahead of streaking Minnesota. The Twins, who lost Justin Morneau for the season with a stress fracture in his back, have the opportunity to pull even closer to the Tigers tonight. Detroit will look to Rick Porcello, who is 13-8 with a 4.21 ERA, to stop the bleeding and lead them in the opener of this crucial four-game series. The Twins will counter with Brian Duensing, who is 3-1 with a 3.53 ERA this season. Duensing spent most of the year in the bullpen, but is 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA since becoming a starter.
Minnesota opened as a -135 favorite at Olympic and the line has grown to -140. The public is behind the favorite, with 65% of runline bets, 65% of moneyline bets and 58% of parlay bets backing the Twins. A Steam Move at Pinnacle (+34 units on the season) was triggered on Detroit, so we’re taking the Tigers to round out tonight’s games.
Detroit Tigers +131
Games to Watch (46-44, +19.7 units)
Texas Rangers +110
Detroit Tigers +131
It should be another exciting night in the sports marketplace. Keep Sports MarketWatch picks handy and your browser pointed to SportsInsights.com for the latest real-time updates, using our exclusive Sports Investing tools. We’ll be back Friday with the new edition of the Sports Marketwatch – MLB Edition.
Enjoy the games!
The Team at SportsInsights.com