It’s been a while since the New York Yankees made a World Series and you need to go back nine years since they captured one, but both the sports betting public and fans alike are having a difficult time seeing anyone beating them this year.
The Yankees had the best record in the entire regular season at 103-59 and swept the Minnesota Twins 3-0 in their American League Divisional Series.
It won’t be a straight path to the World Series however as the Yanks face the Los Angeles Angels, who were 97-65 in the regular season and also had an ALDS sweep, taking down the Boston Red Sox 3-0.
Online sports book have the Yankees as the odds-on faves to win the World Series at -125 while the Angels are +350 to win it all.
Game 1 of the American League Championship Series goes on Friday and the series price on the Pinstripes is -180 while it is +160 for the Angels.
CC Sabathia will start for the home team Yanks, who are -170 faves in Game 1, and John Lackey will do the same for the Angels, who are +155 with a Total of 8.5.
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In the Angels’ last nine visits to Yankee Stadium, there have been 7 Overs and 2 Unders.
The Yanks broke open the bank for Sabathia in the offseason and he has paid dividends.
In CC’s last 20 home starts, New York has gone 15-5 straight up and in his last eight home starts, the Bronx Bombers are 8-0 SU.
Sabathia’s last eight home starts have also produced 7 Unders.
Lackey has not been particularly strong in the month of October when it comes to wins and losses.
In his last eight outings in that month, the Angels have gone 2-6 SU.
He has taken his fair share of Unders in that month however, as his last 11 October outings have yielded 10 Unders and a single Over.
Sabathia is a southpaw and in the Angels’ last 12 games against lefties, they are 10-2 SU and in their last 10 against LHPs, they have posted 9 Unders and an Over.
Lackey is a right-hander and the Yanks have been almost as impressive in their last 10 against righties going 8-2 SU with 7 Unders, 2 Overs and a Push on the Total to boot.
After seeing the Boston Red Sox capture a couple of World Series titles the past few seasons, you know Yankees fans are pining for another championship.
So far, the early sports betting action at online sportsbooks has the Yankees seeing almost 80% of the volume in Game 1.
We’ll find out if they can keep rolling starting this coming Friday.