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Vegas Likes the Rays

From the Associated Press, the annual "Vegas odds on World Series" story. (Still to come: the annual "mayors make silly wager" story.)

Las Vegas sports books favor the Tampa Bay Rays to win the World Series over the Philadelphia Phillies and would owe huge payouts if the American League champions prevail.
Oddsmakers say enough bettors took the Rays early in the year at long-shot prices to force books to adjust lines to encourage bets on the Phillies.
Sean Van Patten at Las Vegas Sports Consultants says the Rays are favored at minus-$1.35, meaning a gambler would need to bet $1.35 to be paid $1 if Tampa Bay wins.
Van Patten puts the Phillies at plus-$1.15, meaning a $1 bet would earn $1.15 if Philadelphia wins.
Las Vegas Hilton race and sports book director Jay Kornegay says before the start of the season the Rays were a 200-1 shot for the title.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 20, 2008; 3:08 PM ET
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One more thought on Garza last night - I think his command of his breaking stuff and his ability to throw curves for strikes was key to his success. Remember his reputation is for his fastball. He generally uses his curveball and slider to get hitters to chase balls out of the zone. I have not watched a rebroadcast (Or gameday's break down of his pitches), but IIRC he stayed away from the curve in the first inning until Drew, and then was pretty effective in throwing it for strikes. He doubled up on it a few times. The Red Sox did not chase and were letting it go, perhaps hoping to catch a change like Pedroia, but because they were taking the breaking stuff he was getting over, they were consistently getting behind. Garza then could finish them off with heat. This jibe with others impressions?

Posted by: PTBNL | October 20, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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