Baseball wagering excitement continues to build for the Braves, who led the NL East Division at the All Star break to become the favorite with the baseball odds to win the division.
Atlanta will be trying to send out long time manager Bobby Cox with a championship in this, his final year on the job before a well deserved retirement. Cox led the Braves to glory as the most successful team of the 1990’s and has them back in serious contention with a well balanced club that is good on both offense and defense.
Atlanta ranked 10th overall for run production while ranking a strong 5th in the big leagues for staff earned run average. Atlanta was a sensational 30-10 at home to make many gamblers happy and profitable.
Martin Prado led the Atlanta attack with a .329 average and 10 home runs. Tim Hudson led the starting pitching staff with a mark of 9-4 and a 2.30 earned run average. Closer Bill Wagner had 20 saves and a miniscule 1.21 ERA.
The New York Mets have been another pleasant MLB gambling surprise this year as they were 2nd in the NL East and very much in wild card contention as well.
The Mets were one of the biggest disappointments in the game last year as well as a disastrous overlay on the board for gamblers but have turned that around to become one of the most profitable teams on the board in 2010.
Pitching has been the key to the Mets resurgence as they ranked 6th overall for staff earned run average. The offense has continued to struggle, as was the case last year as New York remains weak for home run hitters.
David Wright has been the lone exception on offense with 14 home runs to go with a .314 average. Starter Michael Pelfrey was 10-4 with a 3.58 ERA.
The two-time defending National League champion Philadelphia Phillies were also in the thick of the race and neck and neck for 2nd with the Mets. The Phillies have become such overlays because of their past success that they are among the biggest money losers on the board. Starting pitcher Roy Halladay anchors the staff with a 10-7 mark and a 2.19 ERA.