8/2/2010 4:40 PM EST
By The Team at SportsInsights.com
Welcome to the 2010 edition of 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 once weekly, around 5PM Eastern Time.
Sports Marketplace – MLB Edition
More bad news for Marketwatch, as our last pick, the Tigers, got shut out at home by Tommy Hunter and the coasting Rangers. Ian Kinsler, Josh Hamilton and David Murphy all went deep in Detroit en route to an 8-0 victory.
2010 MLB Games to Watch: 5-13, 27.8%, -6.38 units
Sports MarketWatch – MLB Games to Watch
San Diego Padres +123 over Los Angeles Dodgers
The Padres have gone from sure-to-fade darlings to trade deadline buyers. Having added Miguel Tejada and Ryan Ludwick to bolster their (formerly smoke and mirrors) lineup, they’ll now turn to the task of holding off a cadre of NL West contenders. The Giants have won 3 games in a row, the Rockies 4 in a row. Joe Torre’s Dodgers were deadline buyers as well, adding Scott Podsednik, Ted Lilly and Octavio Dotel. Still, they’re in a 5-game tailspin and 8 games behind San Diego despite owning the NL West’s best intra-division record at 25-13. Tonight, they’ll send Hiroki Kuroda (8-9, 3.53 ERA) to the mound to face promising young lefty Clayton Richard (8-5, 3.48). Richard’s last start was against these same Dodgers, when he threw six innings of one-run ball to take the win at Petco Park.
Los Angeles opened as -130 favorites and are receiving decent public support at just above 60% of moneyline and runline bets. The line has held steady at some sportsbooks and dropped slightly at others, indicating possible Sharp money on the road-side of this projected low-scoring affair. In addition to a pair of solid Bet System moves on the Under, we’ve seen a Steam Move come through on the Padres from 5Dimes (+19.8 Units Won), our highest performing trigger book to date this season. We’ll happily take the sharp money on the plus-money team. Here comes the turnaround.
San Diego +123 (Matchbook)
Games to Watch (5-13, -6.38 units)
San Diego +123 (Matchbook)
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