9/29/2008 12 Noon EST
by The Team at SportsInsights.com
We will be winding the MLB Edition of Sports MarketWatch during the playoffs and will be ready to launch the NBA Edition of Sports MarketWatch near the end of the month.
Welcome to this week's edition of the Sports MarketWatch – MLB Edition, 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!
The staff at SportsInsights.com speaks directly with the line managers at some of the sports betting industry’s largest sportsbooks about which games the public is chasing and the Sharps are pounding. We’ll take a look at what’s in store for upcoming games.
Sports Marketplace – MLB Edition
MarketWatch had a positive day for a second Monday in a row -- earning a profit based on a split -- with two underdog selections. Today is a light day as most playoff teams get ready for the first round of games to begin. There is a single game being played today, and the White Sox need to win to force a 163rd playoff game against Minnesota. These are very exciting times for baseball fans -- and emotions that run high can create opportunity.
2008 MLB Games to Watch: 17-35, 32.7%, -13.28 units
Sports MarketWatch – MLB Games to Watch
Detroit Tigers +210 over Chicago White Sox
The Public is favoring the Chicago White Sox because they would seem to have all of the motivation. A win today forces an exciting playoff game against the Twins for the AL Central Division title -- and the remaining MLB playoff spot. Including all bets (spread, teasers and parlays), about 60% of bets are landing on the White Sox. This betting pressure is adding value to the big underdog Detroit Tigers. The line opened at Detroit +185 at CRIS but you can currently get +210 at some sports exchanges.
Some fans may think that with everything at stake, the White Sox will steamroll the Tigers today. We would note however, that athletes are professionals and play to win. Just ask the Mets and other playoff contenders over this past week! We believe there is value going with a good solid veteran in Detroit starter Freddie Garcia -- who is motivated to show that he can still pitch after his shoulder injury. Before this injury, Garcia's lifetime ERA was below 4.00. This is one of those plays that makes your stomach rumble. This means there must be some value.
Games to Watch (17-35, -13.28 units)
It should be another exciting weekend 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.