Play Ball! MLB Betting Sneaks Into Spring Spotlight

What with all the Madness of the last month the opening of this 2013 Major League Baseball betting season almost snuck up on us. The Astros, playing their first season in the American League, and Rangers led things off Sunday night and the action really gets rolling Monday.

Among some of this week's more interesting matchups:

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, neither of whom loom as the heavies they usually are, begin their seasons with a three-game series in the Bronx, starting Monday. For all the Sox/Yanks haters out there, of which there are legion, this could be a great season of schadenfreude; both teams are iffy all over the diamond and the competition in the AL East should be stiff.

Last year New York took the season series from Boston by a lopsided 13-5 games margin.

On the MLB futures betting market the Yankees are listed at 7/2 to win the AL East, 12/1 to win the American League and 20/1 to win the World Series, while the Red Sox are getting 6/1 to win the East, 15/1 to win the pennant and 35/1 to win the Series.

Out on the other coast the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants open their season with a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine starting Monday. On one side you've got the Giants and their role players, while on the other you've got the Dodgers and their All-Stars. But the small ball seems to work for San Fran, while LA has yet to prove it's got any chemistry within its high-priced clubhouse.

Last year the Giants took the season series from the Dodgers ten games to eight.

On the futures market San Francisco is listed at 9/5 to win the NL West (again) this season, 6/1 to win the National League (again) and 11/1 to repeat as World Series champs, while LA is getting even-money to win the West, 9/2 to win the pennant and 10/1 to win the Series.

Also Monday the LA Angels and Cincinnati Reds begin a three-game interleague series in Cincy, and the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves begin a three-game set at Turner Field.

Looking ahead to the weekend the Yankees visit Detroit for an AL championship series rematch with the Tigers; the Angels visit Arlington to begin their season-long AL West divisional battle with the Rangers; the Giants host the St. Louis Cardinals for a National League championship series rematch; the Red Sox visit Toronto for three games with the supposed new bullies on the AL East block; and the Reds host the Washington Nationals.



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