At many betting shops, the Cardinal opened the season with 25-1 chances of winning the World Championship, finishing seventh on average among all MLB teams in rates.
Now, with the regular season getting down to the nitty-gritty and the cards well advanced in the National League’s central division, the odds of winning the series have been lowered in the St. Louis area’s three legal sportsbooks. As of Friday afternoon, numbers ranged between 20-1 at East St. The Dodgers were the all-time favourite (DraftKings had the best price, +360), followed by the Astros, Mets, Yankees and then Redbirds.
The odds of winning the cards to win the NL logo fluctuated quite a bit among the region books. They were 9-1 at Argosy and DraftKings, while the number at FanDuel was 8½-1. Dodgers was the all-time favorite (DraftKings had the best rate, +170), followed by the Mets, then the Braves and then the Cards.
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An interesting bet about Albert Pujos’ pursuit of 700 home runs this season has been surfacing in some books, with odds posted on whether he will hit the main target or fall short.
On August 24, when he was shy of seven despite the latest hotline, the website SportsBetting.ag (Not licensed in Missouri or Illinois) It would have probably hit 700 in a 9-1 fat percentage. Betting he wouldn’t get there was the top candidate at the time, at -2000 (the $2000 had to be risked to try and win the $100).
The script has changed quite a bit now, as he entered Friday’s game and was just three minutes away from hitting the target with 18 points remaining.
Some area books are now available, but bets must be made before the Cardinals game begins. On Thursday afternoon, DraftKings had a ‘yes’ at 700 at -165 (required risk $165 to win $100) with a ‘no’ at +130 (profit $130 vs risk $100). At FanDuel, “yes” was -201 and “no” was +168. After Pujols went homeless Thursday night for the third game in a row, the price as of Friday afternoon at FanDuel dropped to -188 for him to 700 and to +152 because he didn’t get there. Pujols’ odds were not published at the time in DraftKings or Argosy.
No goldmine is betting on Goldschmidt
Argosy had odds available, however, in the National League MVP and Cardinal Paul Goldschmidt was the overwhelming Favorite – huge -3335. This means that a successful $100 bet will yield a small profit of $3. His teammate Nolan Arenado was the second candidate, and the gap was huge. Arenado was at +3500, so a $100 bet on him would pay off $3500 if he won.
At DraftKings, Goldschmidt was at -2500 – and a winning $100 bet there was worth an impressive $4. Arenado was there +3500 as well. FanDuel’s NL odds for MVP have not yet been published.
Missouri plays FCS Abilene Christian on Saturday, and as of Friday afternoon, there was no streak available for this football game in the district books.
However, WynnBet posted a streak that favored Mizzou by 31 points, with an over/under of 56 degrees. This book is legal in nine states, the closest to St. Louis being Indiana and Tennessee.
We got off to a rough start last week, going from 1-3 in our picks and losing five units based on our ranking of the picks (it can range from one • to five •••••).
There were some bad defeats, as we had over 64.5 points in the Tennessee-Pittsburgh game. 41 points were scored in the first half, but Pete’s QB was injured and didn’t come back after the break. Then its reserves faltered for most of the fourth quarter. Scoring slowed down and did not reach the total despite going into the match in overtime.
We also had over 52s in the Chargers-Raiders game on Sunday and although the teams walked up and down the field, three interceptions by Derek Carr of Vegas kept the total well below even though both teams averaged 5.5 yards. At least for every game.
But it was too late. If you don’t have the guts – or more importantly, allocate the appropriate funding – to take on such situations, you won’t have a commercial bet. This kind of situation appears frequently, and there are a long The way to go in football season.
It’s time to recover (the odds are the most favorable that were available on Friday afternoon among the three sports bets in the area):
Mississippi, Louisiana, 5 p.m. Saturday: QB Will Rogers, who threw four passes from TD last week against Arizona, is leading the Bulldogs powerful pass attack that should feed on the LSU minor who gave 7.9 yards per pass to Florida State recently. The MSU team totaled over 27.5 points (DraftKings, FanDuel). ••
Fresno, Southern California, 9:30 p.m. Saturday: The Trojans turned on the offensive under new coach Lincoln Riley, passing 500 yards in each of their games and averaging 53 points on each outing. She was particularly strong in the first half, averaging 33 points in the time. USC’s defense isn’t nearly as aggressive as attacking, as it gave up 441 yards and four TDs last week to Stanford. Now Fresno brings a powerful attack in this match, led by Detective QB Jake Haener. We’re looking for fireworks here, especially early on. More than 36.5 for the first half (Argosy). ••• Also, more than 72 for the whole game (DraftKings) ••
dolphins At Ravens, Sunday noon: Miami knocked out New England last week, but the Bates are far from reputable. In addition, dolphins were in the house. Now they go out on the road to a rigorous test against a solid defense and on the other side will have to deal with QB Lamar Jackson, who is focused on a public contract. Crows – 3.5 (all three books) ••