Baseball often gets overshadowed by football in sports betting media once September rolls around. With both the Yankees and Mets in the thick of championship chatter, VSiN won’t let that happen!
Here’s the latest investment news from the diamond exchange:
Yankees: Even with Sunday’s loss as a big favorite in Toronto, the Bronx Bombers are up about 19.5 betting units this season. That’s quite an accomplishment considering how high-priced the team is on a daily basis. Last season, the Yankees dropped 9.5 units despite finishing 100-62.
Oddsmakers and sharps overestimated the impact of injuries on a very deep 2019 roster. Great play from projected backups helped the Bombers coast past their regular-season win total of 96¹/₂ . That victory for backers became official last Thursday in Detroit. Given the sense of urgency to earn home-field advantage through the playoffs, the Yankees might top their projection by double digits.
Futures markets still believe the Houston Astros are the better bet to win the American League. Acquiring Zack Greinke just before the trade deadline locked in that perception. Entering the new week, Houston was even money to win the AL, followed by the Yankees at 2/1, Minnesota 5/1, Oakland 12/1, Tampa Bay 15/1 and Cleveland 20/1. Boston is the only other team still listed, at 2,5000/1.
For winning the Fall Classic, both Houston (2/1) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (+225) rate ahead of the Yankees (4/1). Also prominent on the world championship radar are Atlanta (17/2), Minnesota (10/1), St. Louis (14/1) and Washington (14/1).
Mets: A valiant, months-long effort to rally for a wild-card spot still has a chance. It’s going to take two more quality weeks to earn a playoff berth and top a preseason market projection of 85¹/₂ victories.
The Mets didn’t take full advantage of playing 19 of 25 games at home in a recent schedule stretch that ended Sunday night. Series sweeps at the hands of Atlanta and the Chicago Cubs in late August dug quite a hole. Still some daylight showing amidst three-game road series this week at non-contenders Colorado and Cincinnati.
Ya gotta believe-rs can still take shots on the futures board. The Mets are 35/1 to win the NL. That would mean earning a wild-card spot … winning that wild-card game (probably on the road) … winning a best-of-five series versus the Dodgers … and then winning a best-of-seven against another divisional champ. True odds for that sequence are longer than the board is showing.
For the World Series, the Mets are 75/1. Tack on a best-of-seven win over probably the Astros or Yankees for that. Bettors dreaming the blue and orange dream would be better served waiting for the playoffs and rolling over their bankrolls round-by-round.
Game-by-game Mets supporters are down a handful of betting units for the season. It would take a very strong finish to land in the black.
VSiN will have much more on postseason betting strategies as the playoffs approach.