Sports gambling odds handicappers are again expecting big things from the Rays for the 2010 sports gambling season as a wild card berth is considered possible this year. Tampa Bay is just two years removed from one of the biggest upset seasons ever with the sports gambling odds as they won the 2008 American League Championship before losing the World Series to the Philadelphia Phillies but not before impressing the entire sports gambling world with their exceptional board value and resiliency.
Manager Jo Maddon is confident that the Rays can get back into sports betting playoff contention for 2010. Last year Tampa Bay finished 84-78 which was good for a third place finish in the American League East Division.
While it was not the same height of success with the sports gambling odds that they enjoyed in 2008 it was still the first time ever that Tampa Bay had back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history. The sports gambling odds will be stacked against the Rays as they play in the tough American League East Division.
The defending World Series Champion New York Yankees and perennial contender Boston Red Sox will be the favorites to beat the sports gambling odds and make the playoffs this year. But Maddon likes his chances with the sports gambling odds as he will field a lineup that has five All-Stars and a talented pitching staff.
Maddon said he is confident in Tampa Bay’s ability to beat the sports gambling odds despite playing in the high rent district. “Our division is always going to be in a constant state of getting better,” said Maddon.
“There is nothing we can do about that. I’m always more concerned about what we’re doing and how we’re getting better as opposed to these other teams.” Maddon will stress the little things and fundamentals to close the gap with the sports gambling odds.
“We won 84 games last year. We won 97 the year before that. If you look at the games we lost, there are easily 10 games we could have won,” said Maddon. This may be the final run for the Rays as ownership says they are over budget and may have to make cuts after the season.