Houston Astros 43-25. They lead the AL West by 10 games. This is an amazing start.
They are still 7.5 games behind the New York Yankees, the best record in the American League.
The Astros and Yankees start the series on Thursday. This is a fight between the leaders of the division, but it is difficult to see both teams on an equal footing.
The Yankees are 51-18, an absolutely incredible record as we head into the middle of the season. The Yankees have 130 favorites over the Astros. at BetMGM, and perhaps those are not short enough odds. It doesn’t look like anyone has been beating the Yankees lately. They are on pace with 120 wins. The 1906 Chicago Cubs and 2001 Seattle Mariners share the single-season record with 116 wins.
Obviously, the Yankees treated the players well too. Covers.com tracks how much money a team would make for a hypothetical player who bets $100 on each game and the Yankees would make a profit of $1,414 for that player. That’s the highest rating in baseball, which is impressive considering the Yankees tend to take advantage and are often forced to score large numbers of balls. But they just keep winning no matter the odds.
Maybe the Astros can slow the Yankees down. They’re a good team, with Frambert Valdez and his 2.78 ERA on the mound on Thursday. But it’s really hard to bet against the Yankees this season. The players lost a lot of money if they tried.
Here’s a first look at Thursday’s sports betting table:
College World Series has a big game
Oklahoma has a place in the final series of the College World Series. Ole Miss nearly joined them, but they failed to tie Wednesday’s game against Arkansas despite loading bases in the ninth inning. Arkansas won by setting up a winner-take-all game on Thursday. The winner meets Oklahoma for the CWS Championship. Arkansas is the slight favorite to take down Ole Miss again and move forward.
The WNBA has four games.
There is a set of four WNBA games if you don’t like baseball. Best Game – Washington Mystics on Seattle Storm. Storm is the favorite with 2.5 points.
MLB has 10 games
The biggest game of the 10 in MLB other than the Astros-Yankees is the final game of the NL Central decider between St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers. The teams tied for first place, Milwaukee won Game 1, and then St. Louis won the next two games. The Brewers have a slight -115 favorite in the final game, which has big implications in the standings.
What’s the best bet?
It’s okay to take the Yankees, especially when they win almost every night. But when a Major League Baseball team wins 73.9% of the time, you can keep putting your money into it until it cools off. Let’s go with the Yankees to keep playing against the Astros.