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ALCS Opening Odds and Preview

ALCS odds reflect the Yankees position in this series of David versus Goliath, but the Texas Rangers are a dangerous underdog with home-field advantage, making them a serious David threat.

New York boasts a powerful combination of hitting and pitching, and this is why sportsbooks have the Rangers vs Yankees odds set at -145 in Game 1 of the series.

It doesn’t mean much that the Rangers have the home crowd for four of the seven games in the ALCS, as the Yankees are 9-0 versus Texas in postseason play. To add more misery, New York is also undefeated in ALCS series when they start on the road.

Perhaps it's time Josh Hamilton, who batted .111 in the ALDS, and Michael Young, who batted .150 in the ALDS, have a breakout game, giving bettors a good reason to consider a home “dog” in the series opener.

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Texas plans on sending lefty C.J. Wilson (15-8, 3.35) to the mound for Game 1. He looked solid with 6 1-3 scoreless innings and allowed just two hits against Tampa Bay in earning the victory in Game 2 of the ALDS. Without some run support, it could be an end to Wilson’s dominance. The Yankees boast some big hitters, including former prominent Rangers Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira.

CC Sabathia (21-7, 3.18 ERA) will counter for the Yankees. Sabathia hopes to find that postseason form that’s eluded him most of his career when he throws out the first pitch for the Yankees, who have made the postseason nine times this decade. Sabathia didn’t show his best stuff against the Twins in the ALDS, giving up four runs over six innings, but he did notch the win.

All stats are usually out the window come the playoffs, but bettors can’t ignore that Sabathia is just 6-4 with a less than spectacular 4.41 ERA in the playoffs. Does this make the +135 underdog Rangers bet more enticing?

Texas is giving Colby Lewis the start in Game 2, and are waiting until the series hits Yankee Stadium for Game 3 on Monday before letting the mighty Cliff Lee take the mound. Tommy Hunter will pitch Game 4. If the Rangers' staff can keep throwing the way they did in the ALDS, they will have a shot.

The pitching had a combined 1.15 ERA against the Rays, the seventh lowest of all time.

Phil Hughes will start for the Yankees in the second game, and they're settling on Andy Pettitte in the third. Hughes and Pettitte were changed around in the rotation to avoid using two lefties in a row against the primarily right-handed hitting of Texas. A.J. Burnett is pencilled in as the Game 4 starter for the Yankees, unless the team gets cold feet and uses Sabathia there instead.

The Rangers have overcome the hurdle of being the last team in the majors to ever win a postseason series, but beating the 27-time World Champion Yankees will be the biggest mountain this club has ever climbed. The opening-pitch is scheduled for 8:05.p.m ET on Friday at the Ballpark in Arlington.

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ALCS CHAMPIONSHIP Odds - SERIES PRICES

New York Yankees (Series Price)    -170
Texas Rangers (Series Price)    +150

ALCS - New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers - Exact Series Result

New York Yankees 4-0    9/1     (+900)
New York Yankees 4-1    4/1     (+400)
New York Yankees 4-2    15/4     (+375)
New York Yankees 4-3    9/2     (+450)
Texas Rangers 4-0        15/1    (+1500)
Texas Rangers 4-1        9/1     (+900)
Texas Rangers 4-2        6/1    (+600)
Texas Rangers 4-3        5/1    (+500)

ALCS - New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers - Total Games Played in Series at Bovada
    
4    6/1    (+600)
5    5/2    (+250)
6    2/1    (+200)
7    2/1    (+200)

ALCS - New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers - Total Games Played in Series

Over Games    O 5½ (-175)
Under Games    U 5½ (+145)

ALCS - New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers - Series Game Spread

New York Yankees    -1½ (+120)
Texas Rangers        +1½ (-150)

ALCS - New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers - Where Will the Series be Decided?
    
Yankee Stadium        +145
Rangers Ballpark, Arlington    -175

ALCS - New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers - Total Runs Scored in Series

Over/Under     47.5

ALCS - New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers - Total Home Runs Scored in Series

Over/Under    14.5

Total Strikeouts in Game 1 - CC Sabathia (NYY)    at Bovada

Over/Under    5.5

Total Strikeouts in Game 1 - C.J. Wilson (TEX)

Over/Under    4.5

Most Hits, Runs and RBI's In Series    

Derek Jeter (NYY)        -120
Ian Kinsler (TEX)        -110

Most Hits, Runs and RBI's In Series    

Alex Rodriguez (NYY)    -120
Michael Young (TEX)    -110

Most Hits, Runs and RBI's In Series

Mark Teixeira (NYY)        EVEN
Vladimir Guerrero (TEX)    -130

Most Hits, Runs and RBI's In Series    

Nick Swisher (NYY)        +110
Josh Hamilton (TEX)        -140

Most Hits, Runs and RBI's In Series    

Robinson Cano (NYY)    -115
Nelson Cruz (TEX)        -115

Total Hits in Series - Alex Rodriguez (NYY) at Bovada

Over/Under    5.5

Total RBI's in Series - Alex Rodriguez (NYY)

Over/Under    2.5

Will Alex Rodriguez (NYY) Hit a Home Run in the Series?

Yes    -200
No    +160

Total Hits in the Series - Derek Jeter (NYY)    

Over/Under    6

Total RBI's in the Series - Derek Jeter (NYY)

Over/Under    2

Total Hits in the Series - Mark Teixeira (NYY)

Over/Under    5

Total RBI's in the Series - Mark Teixeira (NYY)

Over/Under     2.5

Will Mark Teixeira (NYY) Hit a Home Run in the Series?

Yes    -180
No    +150

Total Hits in the Series - Robinson Cano (NYY) at Bovada

Over/Under    6

Total RBI's in the Series - Robinson Cano (NYY)

Over/Under    2.5

Will Robinson Cano (NYY) Hit a Home Run in the Series?

Yes    -135
No    +105

Total Hits in the Series - Nick Swisher (NYY)

Over/Under    6

Total RBI's in the Series - Nick Swisher (NYY)

Over/Under    3.5

Will Nick Swisher (NYY) Hit a Home Run in the Series?

Yes    -175
No    +145

Total Hits in the Series - Josh Hamilton (TEX) at Bovada

Over/Under    6.5

Total RBI's in the Series - Josh Hamilton (TEX)

Over/Under    3.5

Will Josh Hamilton (TEX) Hit a Home Run in the Series?

Yes    -200
No    +160

Total Hits in the Series - Vladimir Guerrero (TEX)

Over/Under    5.5

Total RBI's in the Series - Vladimir Guerrero (TEX)
    
Over/Under    3.5

Will Vladimir Guerrero (TEX) Hit a Home Run in the Series?

Yes    -150
No    +120

Total Hits in the Series - Ian Kinsler (TEX)

Over/Under    4.5

Total RBI's in the Series - Ian Kinsler (TEX)    

Over/Under    2.5

Will Ian Kinsler (TEX) Hit a Home Run in the Series?

Yes    -115
No    -115

Total Hits in the Series - Nelson Cruz (TEX)    

Over/Under    5

Total RBI's in the Series - Nelson Cruz (TEX)

Over/Under    3.5

Will Nelson Cruz (TEX) Hit a Home Run in the Series?

Yes    -200
No    +160

Total Hits in the Series - Michael Young (TEX)

Over/Under    5

Total RBI's in the Series - Michael Young (TEX) at Bovada

Over/Under    2.5

Will Michael Young (TEX) Hit a Home Run in the Series?

Yes    +115
No    -145