Sports gambling online anticipation continues to spread for a playoff run by the 2008 American League champions as they won 13 out of their first 18 sports gambling matchups. Tampa Bay caught the entire sports gambling online world by surprise with that 2008 pennant run that ended with a World Series loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Last year Tampa Bay slipped back to 84-78 and most handicappers wrote them off as unable to compete with big dollar American League East Division rivals New York and Boston.
Tampa Bay’s fast start out of the gate for the 2010 sports gambling online season has demonstrated that they are a team that is not going away and should be in the thick of the race all season. The Rays held a slight lead over the New York Yankees while Boston was struggling with a losing record.
In fact Tampa Bay made a huge statement by sweeping the Red Sox in a four game series with the baseball odds at Boston’s Fenway Park. It was a reality check for both teams and an indicator that Tampa Bay continues to offer excellent board value.
The Rays have proven to be one of the better balanced sports gambling online teams in baseball so far as they ranked 2nd in the major leagues for run production while ranking 6th overall for staff earned run average. Tampa Bay was a break even 4-4 at home while going a spectacular 9-1 on the road.
Left fielder Carl Crawford was a major reason for Tampa Bay’s sports gambling online success. Crawford led the Rays in hitting with a .319 average and a slugging percentage of .536. He had 7 doubles, 2 home runs, and 12 runs batted in.
Third baseman Evan Longoria was another significant sports gambling online asset as he led the Rays in on base percentage at .397 and had 5 doubles, 3 home runs, and 13 runs batted in with 15 runs scored.
Starting pitcher Matt Garza was proving to be an ace with a record of 3-1 and a 2.17 earned run average with 25 strikeouts in 29 innings of work.