Orioles face long odds in the eyes of online bookies

March 31, 2011|By Matt Vensel

The Orioles improved their roster in the offseason with the acquisitions of Vladimir Guerrero, Mark Reynolds, Derrek Lee and J.J. Hardy and experienced their first spring training camp under new manager Buck Showalter. But the Orioles are still longshots in the eyes of online bookmakers.

BetUS.com gave the Orioles 100/1 odds to win the World Series in 2011. Only the Pirates and the Royals have worse odds. The sports gambling website gave the Orioles 40/1 odds to win the American League.

Bodog.com and SportsBetting.com each have the Orioles on the board with 75/1 odds to win the World Series and 35/1 odds to win the AL pennant. Sportsbook.com gave the Orioles 80/1 and 30/1 odds, respectively.

What does this mean to non-gamblers? Bookies aren't feeling the Orioles, and they're usually pretty good at prognosticating. But as Herman Edwards said in his famous post-game rant with the Jets, "You play to win the game. Hello? You play to win the game. You don't play it to just play it." So we'll see how things shake out.

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