10/6/2008 4PM EST
by The Team at SportsInsights.com
We will be winding the MLB Edition of Sports MarketWatch during the playoffs and will be ready to launch the NBA Edition of Sports MarketWatch near the end of the month.
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Sports MarketWatch – MLB Edition, 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!
The staff at SportsInsights.com speaks directly with the line managers at some of the sports betting industry’s largest sportsbooks about which games the public is chasing and the Sharps are pounding. We’ll take a look at what’s in store for upcoming games.
Sports Marketplace – MLB Edition
There are only two MLB playoff games today. With so few games, MarketWatch will focus on the games with some enhanced coverage. We’ll look at SportsInsights’ betting statistics as well as other baseball statistics. In the early playoff game (Chisox vs. Tampa Bay), the public’s bets are mixed. The most popular money-line bet and less popular “spread” or “run-line bet” — both have more bets landing on the White Sox. Parlay bets are landing on Tampa Bay, however. As our readers know, we like taking the “plus odds” on an underdog. However, we don’t think that the odds at TB +120 make up for the better starter and better offense for the home-team White Sox. We’ll lay off this game.
2008 MLB Games to Watch: 17-36, 32.1%, -14.28 units
Sports MarketWatch – MLB Games to Watch
LA Angels +130 over Boston Red Sox
The Public likes the Red Sox in this match-up. Almost 6 out of 10 moneyline bets are taking the Bosox and a huge 80% of “spread bets” are on the Red Sox. Sixty percent of parlay bets are on the Red Sox. Boston has stud pitcher Jon Lester going tonight at home. The Angels counter with veteran John Lackey. Both pitchers had good seasons, winning more than 70% of the games they started. Lester’s stats glitter a bit more with his 3.21 ERA.
However, with the “plus odds” on the Angels, we’ll “bet against the public” and take the Angels and their veteran starter, John Lackey.
LA Angels +130
Games to Watch (17-36, -14.28 units)
It should be another exciting weekend 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!