|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Monday, 06 April 2009 08:13|
Baseball betting fans will have their choice of what many considered to be the best team in the NL last year against a team that finished strong against the baseball odds. The probable starters for this baseball betting matchup are right hander Carlos Zambrano for the Cubs and right hander Roy Oswalt for the Astros.
The Cubs are one of the most popular teams in baseball betting and this often makes for the possibility of a gambler having to make consistent overlays with them but in 2008 it didn’t seem to matter as Chicago had a 97-64 record and a healthy profit in the bank.
Chicago again broke the hearts of their baseball betting backers in the playoffs, however, as they came up flat and lame against the Los Angeles Dodgers, losing in a 3-game sweep. The Cubs are still the baseball betting favorite to win the central and are a strong contender for World Series duty as well.
Chicago had one of the strongest lineups in baseball betting last year and ranked 2nd in overall offensive production. Left fielder Alfonso Soriano led Chicago with 29 home runs and is expected to have the big year for 2009. Zambrano was 14-6 on the hill last year with a 3.91 earned run average.
The Houston Astros had an incredibly strong finish to their 2008 season as they were a virtual cash cow against the baseball odds from late August through the end of the campaign.
First baseman Lance Berkman was a big reason for the improved baseball betting fortunes of Houston as he finished with a .312 average, 29 home runs and 106 RBI. Oswalt was the main man on the mound for Houston during the 2008 baseball betting season with a record of 17-10 and a 3.45 earned run average.
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