Sports book gambling expectations were mixed for the Astros prospects in 2010 but with the bad start many online sports gambling handicappers are lining up to bet against Houston. The Astros rank near the bottom of the sports book gambling statistical charts for both run production (30th) and staff earned run average (29th).
To make matters worse the Astros lost all 5 of those games at home.
One of the major sports book gambling factors in Houston’s situation has been Lance Berkman missing from their lineup. The first baseman has been listed as day-to-day with a knee injury and his bat has been sorely missed in the lineup. Houston began the season with a team on base percentage of .232.
Berkman has been consistently over .400 in on base percentage along with being one of the most consistent power hitters in sports book gambling. Last year Berkman hit .274 with a .400 on base percentage. He hit 31 doubles, 25 home runs and had 80 runs batted in while fighting off nagging ailments.
Manager Brad Mills said that Berkman’s return to the lineup, which was looking to be within a week, will improve Houston’s baseball betting prospects.
“You’re talking about a professional hitter, and he’s been a professional hitter for many years,” said Mills. “He would help any lineup that he was in.”
Berkman did say there are no easy solutions to Houston’s sports book gambling woes from the lineup.
“A lot of it depends on where you’re hitting in the lineup and how you’re swinging the bat,” said Berkman. “It’s not just something you say as a team: ‘OK we’re going to walk more.’ It doesn’t work like that.”
The Astros picked up just 5 walks in their first 5 sports book gambling matchups.
Jeff Keppinger was the one bright spot of the offense to start the year as he was hitting .400 with 3 doubles.