The Rays look like a serious contender vs. the odds at Internet gambling companies. Rarely does a team go into Boston and sweep a four-game series but that is exactly what Tampa Bay did.
Online gambling odds did not list Tampa Bay as the favorite to win the World Series before the season began. The New York Yankees had that role (and they still do) while Boston was the second choice. Tampa Bay was considered a darkhorse but they now have the look of a contender. With a pitching staff that is deep and talented, the Rays have been great. Matt Garza has started the season at 3-0 and he leads the American League with a 0.75 ERA. "If he keeps this up, I think he's going to win the Cy Young," B.J. Upton said. "He's been unbelievable. Never looked flustered, never got out of control, kept his composure." If Garza can give the Rays great outings they are going to be very tough to handle because the rest of the staff is also very good. James Shields is considered a top starter and David Price is coming into his own while all Jeff Niemann does is win. And the Rays now have a closer in Rafael Soriano. This is looking a lot like the Tampa Bay team that went to the World Series two years ago.
A year ago the Rays did not start well and took themselves out of the race in April. That is not the case this time. In fact, Tampa looks even better than they did in 2008 when they went to the World Series. "This is what we worked all spring for," Upton said, "We kept pounding and pounding and pounding and here it is and we're doing it. We've done exactly what we've wanted to do."
If you want to find a contender to bet at Internet gambling companies then look for a team that wins on the road. Anytime can win at home but the championship teams win on the road. Tampa Bay won their first seven road games this season. That is the mark of a team that can win it all. "We're playing well on the road," says manager Joe Maddon. Take a good look at the Rays as you make your online gambling baseball wagers. You may find that they are a team you want to follow all season.