Online baseball betting handicappers believe that everything is in place for Boston to get back into the post season and potentially be the dominant baseball betting online commodity in the American League.
The Houston Astros will host the Boston Red Sox in interleague exhibition action for Wednesday night with a starting time of 8:05 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this matchup so be sure and open your account today.
Boston has added Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to their lineup for a highly productive off season that has them back into powerhouse contender status after taking a step back last year with a baseball wagering record of 89-73 as they finished in 3rd place in the American League East Division behind the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, two teams who are expected to slip back in 2011.
Boston failed to make the playoffs for the first time in four seasons last year. Gonzalez was the star of the San Diego Padres and hit .298 with 33 home runs and 101 runs batted in last year to power the Padres near miss in the National League West Division race.
Gonzalez is considered a perfect fit for Boston’s Fenway Park which has fans highly optimistic about a big year in Beantown. Crawford arrives from the rival Rays where he hit .307 with 19 home runs and 90 runs batted in last year. Boston is expecting dramatic improvement on their pitching staff that ranked 21st in the major leagues for earned run average last year.
Houston has taken a couple of steps back since their surprising 86 win season of 2008 that had caused fans to have high hopes for their future in the National League Central Division. Houston is not considered to be a betting baseball contender this year and has a young pitching staff that needs seasoning.
The Astros further have the complication of being up for sale which has tied the hands of management to improve the team on the field.
Houston was a +8000 long shot at Sports-Gambling to win the World Series while Boston was a +300 online baseball betting favorite to win the 2011 Fall Classic.