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.
The surprising journeyman on the mound who has made the most cash for bettors this season is Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Jordan Lyles, who is 5-1 with a 2.81 ERA.
The Westgate sports book opened Giancarlo Stanton’s total at 39½, and it had soared to 43½ as of Tuesday — two days before all 30 Major League Baseball teams take the field Thursday for Opening Day.
While handicapper Micah Roberts predicts the Astros will repeat as world champions, the Giants, who won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014, are his sleeper pick at 30-1.
Houston furniture store owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale said he’ll refund about $10 million to customers who cashed in on a promotion offering refunds of any mattress purchase of at least $3,000 when the Astros won the World Series.
Facing a liability of about $5 million if the Astros upset the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston furniture store owner Jim McIngvale hedged a promotion through insurance policies and bets on the Astros at Las Vegas sports books.
The Astros are a minus-175 series favorite over the Yankees (plus-155) and a minus-160 favorite in Friday’s Game 1, which pits Dallas Keuchel against Masahiro Tanaka (plus-150).
Rockies rookie Kyle Freeland is baseball’s best under pitcher (14-2-2), and Colorado is the second-best under team (50-35-6).
The Yankees entered Thursday’s series opener against the Astros in a virtual tie for baseball’s best record with Houston and the Orioles, another surprising team.