Today's Sports News
You don't think East Carolina when you think marquee college football programs.
But bettors think East Carolina when they look at betting home teams in the past six NCAA seasons.
The Pirates have 22 ATS home wins since 2006, just three behind national leader Ohio State (25). Other top programs such as UCLA (24) and Oklahoma and Cal (each with 23) top the leader board, according to OddsShark.com's college football odds database.
TCU, Houston, Arkansas and Wisconsin also have covered 22 home point spreads during that timeframe.
Trainer Todd Pletcher won a record 38 races at Saratoga last summer, but got off to a tardy start this year and his seven wins this year so far trail Chad Brown by one.
However, he can make up some ground this afternoon as he sends out rumens in five races including a pair in the $100,000 Birdstone, the featured race on the 10-race card that includes a pair of steeplechase races.
It was a West-Coast trading frenzy this week and teams from Los Angeles and San Francisco were the big movers on the World Series odds menus at most sportsbooks.
The Dodgers were 14/1 this morning after a trio of trades in recent days delivered Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino and Brandon League. They were 22/1 a week ago.
Their city-mates from Anaheim were also active. The Angels traded for the best pitcher available (Zack Greinke) and moved from 10/1 to 15/2 into the third betting choice.
Wednesday’s Saratoga card features a pair of stakes restricted to New York breds as well as a $239,114 Pick 6 carryover, a pool that may easily exceed $1 million by the time the sequence starts with the fifth race at 3:13 ET.
The ten race card includes the $100,000 Fleet Indian for New York bred fillies and mares who will go seven furlongs on the main track and is our featured race of the day.
The following race on the card is the $100,000 John Morrissey, a state bred sprint at 6 ½ furlongs that drew a field of nine.
They may have been swept by the Dodgers over the weekend, but oddsmakers still have faith in the San Francisco Giants, installing them as Monday's biggest baseball favorites.
Madison Bumgarner goes for the San Fran, whose lead atop the NL West evaporated in three days. Jeremy Hefner goes for the Mets, who were sitting as +187 underdogs at press time.
Of note, the Giants are under .500 against right-handed starters (34-36 according to OddsShark.com). The Mets are 1-3 in Hefner's starts in 2012.
Saratoga’s summer meeting is in full swing and Saturday’s 11-race card features a pair of graded stakes, one for talented fillies and mares on the turf, and the other for three-year-olds looking to make it to the Midsummer Derby, the $1 million Travers Stakes (G1) on Aug. 25.
A field of six fillies and mares will line up in the $600,000 Diana (G1) going 1 1/8 miles on the turf.
Ever So Lucky is coming off a visually impressive victory against Alw-2L foes at Delaware Park, drawing clear to win by 7 ½ lengths. His lone poor outing came two back where he was a well beaten tenth in the Blue Grass (G1) in his first start on polytrack. [ Get Michael Dempsey full Saratoga card and daily free horse racing picks when you visit him ]
Saratoga Race 8 The Curlin (Post time 6:22 ET)
2 Ever So Lucky 3-1
4 Reload 5-1
They are the hottest team in baseball, but still whopping +5000 underdogs to win the World Series.
Just how long the Oakland A's remain off bettors' radar remains to be seen but after their seventh straight win Wednesday (by a football score of 16-0 over Toronto), it can't be very long.
Oakland is a +105 underdog, as Tom Milone pitches against Aaron Laffey today with the A's aiming to sweep the injury-depleted Jays.
[ Oakland vs Toronto Matchup Report ]
The Cincinnati Reds look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Diamondbacks arrive at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday.
It's a pitching duel between Mat Latos for the Reds (7-2 on the year) and Ian Kennedy for Arizona (6-8 so far).
The visitors opened as +145 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 8 for those preferring over under wagers.
The Philadelphia Phillies, the preseason favorites to win the World Series, were the worst bet in baseball through the first half.
The Phillies are down $2,390 on the moneyline at the All-Star Break and are the only team to be down more than two grand. They were terrible at home (-$2,030) and as a favorite (-$1,688). Even Roy Halladay has struggled, costing bettors who backed the Phillies in the two-time Cy Young Award winner’s 11 starts $673.