KC a royal pain for chalk bettors
Most of the favorites actually came through with a win Wednesday night, but leave it to the Royals to deliver the only big upset.
Kansas City faced the Astros and ace Roy Oswalt as a +160 underdog. Oswalt did his job with six solid innings and turned things over to the bullpen with a 2-1 lead. In the ninth inning David DeJesus drove in the tying run off Houston closer Jose Valverde to steal away money from any bettors that took the favored Astros.
The Royals kept pouring it on in extra innings with a solo homer by Brayan Pena in the tenth, but Houston showed some life again by tying it in the bottom of the tenth off Joakim Soria. After dodging that bullet Houston took another one in the 11th as Miguel Olivio cracked another solo shot. That finally ended it and ‘dog bettors pocketed a tidy profit off the Royals 4-3 win.
Mets truly offensive
Who needs Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes? The Mets didn’t last night as they blasted the Cardinals 11-0 as a -105 favorite. David Wright increased his NL leading average to .356 after going 4-4 and Fernando Tatis filled in for the injured trio with three RBI.
After an 11 run outburst Wednesday night look for the runs to dry up for both the Mets and the Cardinals in Thursday night’s matchup. Big name aces clash with the Mets sending Johan Santana to the hill and Chris Carpenter getting the star for St. Louis. With Santana struggling a little bit lately, going 1-3 in his last four starts, the Cardinals are a -120 road favorite at Bovada
Also on the Thursday night slate the Dodgers finish off their series with the White Sox with Chad Billingsley on the hill.
Billingsley goes for his NL-leading 10th win of the season, while young gun Clayton Richard looks to lead Chicago to the upset. Over at [custom:geo-link] the Dodgers are a -160 favorite.
Smoltz returns as a Red Sox
One game bettors may want to have a good look at Thursday night is John Smoltz’s season debut for the Red Sox versus Washington. Even though the 42-year-old veteran hasn’t thrown a pitch in the Majors in months the Sox are still a -135 road favorite at Bovada
If Smoltz can still bring it like he used to he could fill bettors pockets the rest of the season. But, if he struggles he could be the pitcher everyone will want to bet against since he’ll usually be favored pitching in front of the Sox heavy lineup.