Sports BIT: Mariners-Rangers, Rays-Astros & Super Bowl Odds

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On the Monday, July 31 Sports BIT show, Teddy Covers & Pauly Howard take a look at the jumbled AL Wild Card race and two games Monday that are relevant to that in Mariners at Rangers and Rays at Astros. Plus, a Deep Dive why the guys don't like "odds to win the Super Bowl."


Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers

These AL West rivals are still in the wild-card hunt, although more so Seattle than Texas as they open a series. The Mariners got back to .500 on Sunday and sit 3.5 games back of the final wild-card spot. It’s Felix Hernandez on the bump for the M’s. King Felix has been more like Average Felix with a 5-4 record and 4.08 ERA this year. His ERA and FIP of 4.90 are both career worsts. Hernandez held Texas to one run over 7 1/3 innings in a win in Seattle on April 14, but is 7-11 with a 4.28 ERA in 23 career starts in Arlington. The Rangers go with lefty Cole Hamels, who may or may not have been on the trading block -- Monday is the non-waiver deadline. Most believe that he wasn’t available because he’s under team control for next season. Hamels (5-1, 3.97) also has pitched much better since July 1. He is 4-0 with a 2.88 ERA at home this season. Texas did trade catcher Jonathan Lucroy to Colorado on Sunday.

Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros

Houston has no playoff worries as it will win the AL West with the biggest division lead in baseball. So essentially the team can coast. Maybe it has of late as the Astros have trailed by multiple runs in the eighth inning or later in each of their past four games and had blowout losses to the Phillies and Tigers, to bad teams, mixed in there. Houston has lost back-to-back games for the first time since June 12-13. It starts Charlie Morton here. Morton (8-4, 3.83) is throwing heat with an average fastball of 96 mph and striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings. Since the break he has 24 Ks and only 10 hits allowed over 18.2 innings. Tampa, currently 2.5 games out of the AL’s second wild-card spot, goes with Alex Cobb (9-6, 3.46). He uses his curveball more than most pitchers, throwing it 33.4 percent of the time. That’s a career high and third in the majors in 2017.

Downside of Odds to Win Super Bowl

Teddy and Pauly aren’t huge fans of odds to win the Super Bowl. Why not? Because there’s no way to bet against a team to win it all. Obviously only one club will win it, leaving 31 “losers.” Some bettors are locking up their bankroll in July instead of having that money available to use all football season. If you do bet on Super Bowl futures, absolutely shop around for the best price. Teddy has found the Falcons at 10/1 and 16/1 to win it all. The Giants 8/1 at one book and 20/1 at another. Naturally you want the longer odds for a better payout. Go to the SBR bonus page, find some good bonuses at A-rated books and open multiple accounts.

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