Gambling sports factors have changed as the MLB pennant race begins in earnest as sports book gambling losers decided to cut payroll and play for the future.
The Houston Astros are one such example. Houston had a fire sale of top talent starting with ace starting pitcher Roy Oswalt, who was dealt to Philadelphia. Lance Berkman was sent to the Yankees to give them help at DH.
General manager Ed Wade convinced owner Drayton McLane that it’s time to rebuild and saved the owner $15 million with the moves. That being said the Astros will have likely turned off an already fickle fan base as they have been near the basement of the National League Central and will be even worse now, at least for the immediate future.
The Arizona Diamondbacks did the next best, or worst, thing to folding the franchise as their roster was gutted in the attempt to save money. Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson, their top two starting pitchers, were sent away.
They also shipped off Chad Qualls and Chris Snyder. The good news is that there will be plenty of good seats available for D-back home games for years to come.
The Seattle Mariners were one of the big baseball wagering favorites in the American League for the preseason but they have had a long hard fall to the basement of the American League West.
Most handicappers thought that Seattle really improved over the off season when they acquired starting ace Cliff Lee but that was not the case and Lee was sent to division rival Texas. Unfortunately the Mariners will still have to pay Lee the bulk of his $8 million still due for this season.
The American League Central leading Chicago White Sox wanted to acquire the powerful bat of Adam Dunn but could not seal the deal and instead were stuck with Arizona’s Jackson, who has not had a good year despite a no hitter thrown in June.
While not a disaster the White Sox did not complete their mission although they are still a favorite with the baseball odds to make the playoffs.
Another gambling sports loser at the deadline were the Tampa Bay Rays, who were just 2 games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East. The Rays were unable to improve the roster for the stretch run.