8/5/11 5:00 PM EST
By The Team at SportsInsights.com
Welcome to the MLB Edition of Sports Marketwatch, where the Team at Sports Insights gives sports fans unprecedented insight into the sports betting 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!
The staff at Sports Insights analyzes the MLB marketplace to identify which games the public is chasing and which ones the sharps are pounding. Let’s take a look at what game we are highlighting tonight.
Sports Marketplace – MLB Edition
Recapping Last Week
Chien-Ming Wang struggled in his return to the mound, surrendering four first-inning runs to the Mets. Conversely, Dillon Gee was solid for New York giving up two earned runs in 6.2 innings in the Mets’ 8-5 win over the Nationals and Marketwatch.
2011 MLB Games to Watch: 9-9, 50%, +1.09 units
Kansas City Royals +100 over Detroit Tigers
In this week’s matchup, the visiting Tigers send right-hander Rick Porcello (11-6, 4.50 ERA) to the mound in the opening game of a three game set in Kansas City. Despite these mediocre numbers, Porcello was scorching hot during the month of July, going 5-0 with a 3.06 ERA, while allowing an opponents batting average of just .240.
The Royals counter with right-handed veteran Felipe Paulino. The 27-year old fireballer (average fastball clocking in at 95 mph) has been quietly efficient this season with a 4.20 ERA and nearly one strikeout per inning, but poor run support has contributed to his 1-8 record.
The Tigers opened as -120 favorites at CRIS and are currently receiving 78% of moneyline bets. Despite being favored, the line has dropped from -120 to -110, indicating sharp money has taken the Royals.
The lopsided betting percentages make this game a candidate to be one of today’s MLB Square Plays, which are +17.1 units on the season.
In addition, the Tigers currently sit atop the AL Central standings with a 59-52 record while the Royals once again find themselves playing the role of cellar dweller with a 48-63 mark.
On the season Detroit is 6-3 against Kansas City and have won five of their past six meetings.
Games to Watch (9-9, +1.09 units)
Kansas City Royals +100 (SIA)
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 next week with the new edition of the Sports Marketwatch – MLB Edition.
Enjoy the games!
The Team at SportsInsights.com