Baseball Odds Houston Astros Preview

Baseball odds fans had to be surprised by the relative success of the Houston Astros last season.

Nothing about this team is all that flashy and not many of the teams’ baseball betting odds players stand out. But during the 2008 baseball odds season the Astros quietly amassed an 86-75 record and it will look to do even better in the 2009 baseball betting odds season.

Baseball odds makers aren’t giving the team much of a chance of dethroning the Chicago Cubs for the baseball odds division title, but a wild card berth in the baseball betting odds post season would hardly be out of the realm of possibility. The team’s strength is evenly spread in the field and on the mound and on paper this is one of the better rosters in baseball odds competition.

On the mound the Astros have one of the premier pitchers in all of baseball odds competition in Roy Oswalt. Oswalt is coming off another stellar year with a 17-10 record and a 3.54 ERA. He’s followed in the rotation by Wandy Rodriguez and Brain Beuhler, both quality pitchers and future 15 game winners. The wild card in the rotation is former all star Mike Hampton, who if properly recovered from injury could be difference maker in the baseball odds for this team. If he could get ten wins, that would catapult the Astros into an immediate baseball odds playoff contender. In the pen Jose Valverde was a revelation last year with 44 saves and he’ll be a big part of any baseball betting odds success this team might have.

At the plate this team also boasts several big time hitters. One of the premier sluggers in the baseball odds, Lance Berkman has been one of the most consistent hitters in the majors and is one of the few players in baseball odds competition that can hit for both power and average. He’ll be sandwiched in the line up by Carlos Lee and Miguel Tejada, which will provide plenty of protection from baseball odds opposing pitchers. Hunter Pence came on strong in the 2008 baseball odds action and is on the verge of becoming an all star caliber player.

One of the better teams in the NL baseball odds the Astros have a chance to play in the post season. The Cubs are simply a better team and seem to have the division title locked up, but the Astros should be competing for a baseball odds playoff berth.

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