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2011 World Series Odds: Boston Red Sox Favorites

Written by Matt Stevens   
Saturday, 23 April 2011 19:15

Boston Red Sox Favorites to Win the World SeriesRarely a team is favorite off the label so early in the betting season as they are doing this year, the Boston Red Sox in Major League Baseball.

After being beaten by aggressive Rangers in the first round of the baseball betting season (they lost all three games and they scored 26 runs), the diagnosis was that they would be off, but are 16 games and nothing to wake up.

The Red Sox, who began the year as clear favorites to reach the World Series, have the worst ERA pitching in the majors, are placed last in their division and have not won a single game out of Fenway Park.

Of course I only played one tenth of the season and the gap with the Yankees, leading the AL East, is just four and a half games, something a good team could be traced with a solid month. But what is astonishing is how bad they are playing ball in Boston.

Especially because it is difficult to understand that a team which brings together David Ortiz, J. D. Drew and other "hot logs" with the hiring of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford in their line up, is located between the last points of batting average in the majors (it is in place 21 with 239). In fact, all the players mentioned below hit the .300.

Of bats can be salvaged what was done by Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia (.316) and the surprising Jed Lowrie, who in his third year of MLB is hitting .516 with nine RBIs.

Lomita cold. Perhaps most alarming is how pitchers were brought up now. The Red Sox have the worst ERA of the 30 franchises in the majors (5.58).

Flavored numbers of poor performance by Daisuke Matsuzaka, who on April 11 received seven earned runs in just two innings in what was the beating inflicted by the 5-16 Tampa Bay Rays in Boston.

It is the right time for Boston to wake up and may still have hope, for the weekend hit a streak of three straight wins at home against Toronto (allowed just one run per game).

However, on Tuesday became visitors and reappeared playing gaps to be bleached (5-0) by the Oakland Athletics.

Finally, it is a difficult puzzle to accommodate for the manager Terry Francona, who has yet to discover how to order the line-up so that they can take advantage of the few who are taking the ball park.

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