Handicapper Micah Roberts is backing the Mets (-138) over the Braves as one of his best bets largely because of Jacob deGrom, the +275 favorite to win the NL Cy Young Award.
Mike Trout’s wife is expecting their first child in August, and the Angels center fielder has said he isn’t sure if he’ll play the entire 60-game season.
Las Vegas sportsbooks have generally shortened the futures odds of long shots and lengthened the odds of favorites because of the small sample size of 60 games.
The consensus opinion of 10 Las Vegas oddsmakers is that the NBA will be the first major U.S. sports league to play a game, with the consensus over-under date July 1.
The Yankees have the highest total at the Westgate with 102½ and the Dodgers have 101½, followed by the Astros (94½), Twins (91½) and Braves (90½).
After Houston added the right-hander to its stacked rotation with All-Stars Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the Westgate made the Astros a 2-1 favorite to win the title.
Bob Hamman, founder of Dallas-based SCA Promotions, reached a deal in 1989 to cover a $1 million donation to Little League Baseball if Ryan, then 42, pitched a no-hitter.