Baseball betting fans around the world always seem to have an opinion about the Boston Red Sox.
The Sox are easily among the most polarizing teams in baseball betting and along with the Yankees are truly bet on baseball royalty. But after falling short of the ultimate baseball betting prize last season, a World Series win, the Sox will have something to prove in 2009.
Baseball betting season will open this year for the first time in many years without Manny Ramirez in a Red Sox uniform. And don’t bet on baseball fans not noticing. There is still much talk in the baseball betting world that the loss of Manny’s bat and run production is what cost the Red Sox a second consecutive baseball betting championship last year.
But there’s still plenty of fire power in this offense and without or without Manny it’s one of the best. People who bet on baseball agree that leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury is one of the best in the game. MVP Dustin Pedroia will have to repeat his big numbers from last baseball betting season to help ease the loss of Manny. Anchoring the batting attack will be, as usual, Big Papi who is a 40 HR threat every baseball betting season. Mike Lowell’s production has dropped off in recent seasons and he may not last the entire baseball season in the starting lineup. But with run producing machines Kevin Youkilis and Jason Bay this is one of the most efficient lineups in baseball betting for scoring runs.
As good as the baseball betting batting lineup is, the pitching staff is what really catches your eye. If you bet on baseball you’re not likely to find many pitching staffs outside more complete than this one. Anchored by perennial 20-win threat Josh Beckett, the starting rotation and bull pen are both as good as they get in baseball betting. In fact, last year Beckett wasn’t even the best pitcher on the team as Dice-K put in a Cy Young worthy season with 18-3 record and a 2.90 ERA in the 2008 season. And he’ll likely be the number three pitcher in the 2009 baseball betting season!
The number two spot will go to John Lester with new acquisition Brad Penny and the grizzled knuckle-baller Tim Wakefield filling out the rest of the staff. Papelbon should be up to his old tricks as the closer and John Smoltz will be an invaluable pick up. Expect the Sox should win the AL East in the 2009 baseball betting season.
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