MLB online betting handicappers will have their choice of the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers with ALCS baseball wagering action beginning on Friday.
The American League Championship Series is a best of seven matchup with the winner advancing to the World Series. Games 1 and 2 will be in Texas on Friday and Saturday. The series will move to New York’s Yankee Stadium for games 3, 4, and 5 if necessary on Monday, October 18 through Wednesday, October 20.
If games 6 and 7 are needed they will be in Texas on October 22 and 23rd.
Sports-Gambling opened with World Series baseball odds of the Yankees at +200 to win it all and the Rangers at +435. The teams look closer than that price, which is based on public perception and the popularity of the Yankees as a name brand marquee team.
The Yankees are coming off a three game sweep of Minnesota that concluded on October 6, so they will be well rested for this matchup. For the Yankees it all begins with starting pitcher CC Sabathia, who was the top starter in their rotation with a record of 21-7 and a 3.18 earned run average.
He is scheduled to start the first game of this series Friday. The Yankees were a tough home team this year going 52-29 while going 43-38 on the road. The Bronx Bombers were the top scoring team in baseball this year.
The Texas Rangers are coming off a 5 game series win over the Tampa Bay Rays in which the road team beat the baseball lines in each game. Texas was 51-30 at home this year and 39-42 on the road. The Rangers ranked 5th in run production this year.
The Yankees have paid out in 14 out of their last 16 playoff games when favored on the board. When Sabathia pitches and Yankees are favored they are a phenomenal 40-12. Texas has paid out in 7 out of their last 9 games as an underdog and has won 10 out of their last 13 games versus teams with winning records.