Baseball Betting Buffet



With The Greek Sportsbook offering a money line, runs line and total on every Major League Baseball game, that's 2,430 regular season baseball games, you wouldn't think there'd be any need to expand the sports betting menu beyond those appetizers.

Think again.

Recognizing that baseball bettors have an almost insatiable hunger for "America's Pastime," The Greek Sportsbook has added a few more betting dishes to tempt even the most discriminating of diamond gourmets.

"Chicks dig the long ball," decreed a line from a commercial so it's no surprise that one of the most popular baseball betting propositions is which player will hit the most home runs this season. New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who led the American League with 48 last year, opened as the +450 favorite (bet $100 to win $450). Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who hit 47 homers in 2005, is held at odds of +700 while Albert Pujols, Mark Teixeira and Ryan Howard each are offered at +800. Andruw Jones, who led the Majors with 51 round-trippers last season, is listed at +1200, the same price as Barry Bonds.

Speaking of Bonds, The Greek Sportsbook has a prop on what the count will be when the San Francisco slugger passes Babe Ruth with career home run No. 715. Interestingly, a full count of 3-2 is the +500 favorite.

The Greek Sportsbook also is offering player-to-player betting matchups for more base hits, home runs, RBIs, runs scored, stolen bases and pitching victories.

Of the 21 different baseball betting props in the hits category, one of the more intriguing pits Cleveland teammates Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner, +16 1/2 hits, as a slight -110 underdogs (bet $110 to win $100) against Philadelphia teammates Jimmy Rollins and Bobby Abreu, -16 1/2 hits, as the -120 favorites.

There are 13 matchups in the home run category, including New York's Alex Rodriguez, -2 1/2 homers, as a narrow -110 underdog to St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols, +2 1/2, at -120.

The aforementioned Pujols also is the subject of an RBI matchup and three head-to-head run competitions. Pujols, who drove in 117 runs last year, gets 10 1/2 RBI and is a -130 favorite over +100 David Ortiz, -10 1/2. Ortiz had 148 RBI in 2005.

In addition to the high-profile Pujols-Ortiz showdown, The Greek Sportsbook has 14 other player matchups in the RBI category.

Pujols, -168, repays Ortiz with 10 runs in one of 22 runs scored matchups. Take back +138 on Ortiz, plus 10 runs.

Jose Reyes of the Mets gives away one stolen base but still is a -125 favorite to swipe more bases than the White Sox's Scott Posednik, +1 theft, -105.

There are 24 pitching matchups, including a confrontation between ace right handers Curt Schilling of the Red Sox and John Smoltz of the Braves. If you like Schilling you get one win and lay -110. Smoltz backers will have to give a away a victory and lay -120.

Another good betting matchup pits Houston No. 1 starter Roy Oswalt, + 1/2 a victory, as a -130 favorite over Minnesota ace Johan Santana, - 1/2 a win, at even money.

Other individual betting options include which player will hit the first home run of the season on each team. For example, sluggers Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz are +300 co-favorites to hit the initial homer of 2006 for the Red Sox.

Betting propositions on teams include 13 season matchups. Among the most compelling, the Yankees are -200 to have an advantage over the Red Sox, the +160 underdog, at the conclusion of their 19-game regular season series.

There also are more than 100 baseball betting matchups between teams involving regular season victories. For example, lay -115 either way on whether the neighboring Angels, -2 1/2 wins, or the Dodgers, +2 1/2 wins, are the kings of LA. Other regional rivalries include the A's and the Giants, the Mets and the Yankees, the Astros and Rangers, and Florida residents, the Marlins and Devil Rays.

The Greek Sportsbook also has betting lines on which manager will be first to resign or be fired in each league. Boston's Terry Francona and Texas' Buck Showalter share the +500 favorite's role in the American League while Arizona skipper Bob Melvin is the +500 choice to get the first pink slip in the National League.

There's a proposition on whether Cal Ripkin Jr., -500, or Tony Gwynn, +300, will receive more votes from the Baseball Writers of America on the 2007 Hall of Fame ballot.

Another Hall of Fame prop asks bettors whether or not Mark McGwire will be joining Ripkin and Gwynn at Cooperstown next year. "No" opened as the -300 favorite while "Yes" was listed as a +240 underdog.

What's more, The Greek Sportsbook has or will have betting lines posted on dozens of individual series each week, as well as a proposition on total victories for a variety of teams each month.