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Pettitte Strengthens Yankees World Series Betting Odds

Andy Pettitte was a staple in the Yankees rotation back when New York was dominating World Series' back in the mid-nineties. After missing out the past two years on winning a title, the Yankees have lured Pettitte out of retirement and signed the lefty to a one year deal earlier this week.

Pettitte hopes to only improve the Yankees betting odds of winning another championship. New York remains the second choice of sports books even after the Pettitte signing, coming into the season with odds of +450. The only team with lower odds are the Philadelphia Phillies.

Pettitte joins a stacked Yankees rotation. The team spent the off-season strengthening the area of their team that was weakest last year. Over the Winter, the Yankees traded for Michael Pineda, and signed Hiroki Kuroda. Those two signings helped replace AJ Burnett, who was sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a trade.

Pettitte signed a minor league deal with the Yankees, but that is a technicality. The plan is for the lefty to work his way through spring training and then break camp with New York when they prepare for their season opener. The Pettitte signing gives New York depth at a time in baseball when injuries can deplete a staff quickly.

For the first time in several years, it is mostly American League teams that are the betting favorites to win a title. Texas has won two consecutive AL Pennants, and they are loaded up for another run this season. Texas has odds of +800.

Los Angeles made the biggest off season splashes when they signed both of the players that many analysts felt were the top two free agents on the market, CJ Wilson and Albert Pujols. Throw in the fact that the Angels already had Jared Weaver and Dan Haren, and suddenly odds makers have shifted the Angels' odds to +650.

The Boston Red Sox are hoping they get rebound seasons from Jon Lester and Carl Crawford. The Red Sox finished a disappointing third last year in the AL East, but many analysts believe they will be right in the mix this season. Boston has odds of +600 to capture the franchise's third title in recent history.

Detroit has returning MVL and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, and the Tigers picked up a likely 30 home runs and 100 RBI from Prince Fielder, who they signed in the off season. Detroit's betting odds of +650 put them in line with Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and Texas as favorites in the American League.

March 17, 2012
Posted By Vincent Tapoglia III
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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