Yankees Have Multiple Options in Left Field

Baseball bet has the New York Yankees as the favorite to repeat as World Series Champs this season even though New York does not have a marquee player in left field.

New York does have some options though and most people believe that they can get by and still win in baseball betting with a mediocre leftfielder.

Baseball bet had the Yankees signing Marcus Thames to a minor league contract on Monday.  Thames is expected to compete with Randy Winn and Brett Gardner for playing time in left field. Thames was in Detroit for the last six seasons. He hit .252 with 13 homers and 36 RBIs last year. He will get almost a million from the Yankees if he makes the roster and he has another $900,000 in performance bonuses.  The Yankees outfield is looking at lot like Detroit’s from last year since Curtis Granderson will be the starting centerfielder.  Thames may get some time in left field since Randy Winn is notorious for being a poor hitter from the right side. In fact, Winn hit .292 from the left side last year and .158 from the right as baseball bet stats showed.  The Yankees even built it into Winn’s contract that he would get performance bonuses for plate appearances against left-handed pitching. Winn hit .262 overall with two home runs and 51 RBIs for San Francisco last baseball betting season.

New York is a 2.5 to 1 baseball bet favorite to win this year’s World Series. The Yankees still are considered to have one of the best hitters in the game in Alex Rodriguez to go along with a powerful lineup. The Yankees pitching is also well respected in baseball betting with CC Sabathia and A. J. Burnett.  It also doesn’t hurt that New York has the best closer in the history of the game in Mariano Rivera and a Hall of Fame shortstop in Derek Jeter.  What also could help the Yankees in baseball bet results is that the Red Sox actually look weaker this season. In fact, the two main challengers for the Yankees, the Red Sox and the Angels don’t look as strong as they did last year. That is reflected in baseball bet odds as the Red Sox are 5.5 to 1 in baseball betting while the Angels are 14-1.  The second choice behind New York to win the World Series is actually Philadelphia at 5-1 in baseball bet lines.