Vegas Now Offers NFL Draft Props
Bettors have been able to wager on the NFL Draft at Sportsbook Review’s top online gaming sites for years, but not in Las Vegas. The books in Sin City are now allowed to offer draft props, with this year’s event running from April 27-29 in Philadelphia. An unidentified sportsbook in Nevada petitioned the Nevada Gaming Board to give it the ability to take bets on the draft under a regulation regarding “other events” that take place off the field, and the petition was approved for all books.
The Nevada books had received approval to take bets on the Heisman Trophy in each of the past three years and the past two seasons on baseball’s major awards like Cy Young and MVP. There will be a limit of NFL Draft options offered. Teddy & Paul already recommend one prop: ‘over’ 2.5 running backs taken in the first round. Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, and Christian McCaffrey are all projected to be first-round selections.
Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
Tuesday is the first meeting of the season between these AL East rivals, both of whom reached last year’s playoffs. Boston gives lefty Drew Pomeranz his first start of the year; he began the season on the DL dealing with a left forearm issue that he pitched through in 2016. Pomeranz started last season with San Diego and had a sub-3.00 ERA – things weren’t as good after he was traded to the Red Sox. Boston’s Fenway Park is not kind to soft-throwing lefties like Pomeranz. He was 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA at Fenway last year. He allowed 2.6 homers per nine innings. In all other ballparks, Pomeranz had an ERA of 2.71 and allowed .88 homers per nine innings.
Baltimore goes with young right-hander Dylan Bundy, once one of the top pitching prospects in the game. Injuries hurt his development in 2012-13 and those were basically lost years. In 2016, Bundy was 10-6 with a 4.02 ERA in 14 starts and 22 relief appearances. Bundy has the stuff to be an ace and is working with former big-league pitcher Roger McDowell now for the first time. Bundy struggled this spring but dominated the Blue Jays in his first start, allowing one run and four hits while striking out eight in seven innings of a victory.
Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels
This could be a letdown game for the Halos. On Sunday, they entered the bottom of the ninth inning trailing the Seattle Mariners 9-3 but scored seven runs for one of the most unlikely victories in team history. Future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols had been just 4-for-27 on the season with three RBIs entering the bottom of the ninth but was 2-for-2 with a homer and three knocked in to lead the comeback. The Angels go with young lefty Tyler Skaggs in this one. He missed all of 2015 following Tommy John surgery and was 3-4 with a 4.17 ERA in 10 starts last year. Skaggs was knocked around in his 2017 debut, allowing five runs and five hits over 5.1 innings in a loss at Oakland.
Texas is 2-4 and a bit of a mess. The bullpen, especially closer Sam Dyson, has been a disaster. The Rangers start lefty ace Cole Hamels and the team is 37-16 in his starts since acquiring him from the Phillies. Hamels allowed four runs in six innings in his first start vs. the Indians, and tired the first nine batters he faced. He has made five starts against the Angels and is 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA. He has a career 3.36 ERA when pitching on five days of rest.