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2005 World Series Betting Odds - Bet Chicago white Sox Vs. Houston Astros

Beating the Los Angeles Angels in the ALCS, the Sox and White Sox fans will begin to start thinking about their next World Series opponent, which will be the Houston Astros. The Astros defeated the St. Louis Cardnals 4 games to 2 to win the NLCS division. A team that hasn't won a World Series in 88 years, and one that has never triumphed in baseball's fall classic, will begin trying to end their curses Saturday night.

So the Chicago White Sox are back in the World Series for the first time since 1917. Now, of course, the objective is to win the World Series for the first time since the Wilson Administration. Chicago White Sox fans have not seen their Sox win a pennant since 1959 or play in a World Series since 1917. The Sox went 23-19 this year and i believe have a good chance of being the next World Series Champions.

The annual seven-game series will open at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago Saturday evening. The Sox will enjoy the home-field advantage because the American League team won the All-Star Game this past summer at the Detroit Tigers' Comerica Park. That means that if the series goes seven games, four will be played in Chicago.

The White Sox opened a minus-120 favorite Thursday at Skytowercasino.com to win the best-of-seven World Series, meaning bettors risk $1.20 for each $1 they're trying to win on Chicago. The Houston Astros opened at even money.

In Game 1 Saturday, Contreras and the White Sox are favored by minus-135 against Clemens and the Astros. The over/under in Game 1 is listed at 7 or 7 1/2 runs in Las Vegas, an indication that oddsmakers expect a low-scoring World Series.

President George W. Bush will open the 2005 World Series in Chicago by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. President Bush works has been working on his delivery, in anticipation of his Game 1 start. "My fellow Americans, I am proud to announce to you that, as your president, I will put my reputation and my arm on the line for Game 1
of the World Series," Bush said in a televised press conference this morning. "I have heard people say that I cannot do this at my age, or that the president's job is not to pitch in the World Series, or even that they don't think I still have my high heat. My friends,
I aim to prove them all wrong this Saturday in Chicago."

White House officials say that Bush has been preparing for his Game 1 start by working out with Secret Service agents, as well as with pitching coaches from the Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals, who are familiar with the batters from Chicago and Houston.

Security at U. S. Cellular Field has been beefed up in anticipation of Bush's major-league pitching debut, and many other preparations have been made for the historic occasion.

Despite the promise of fair play, odds-makers readjusted the betting line for the World Series opener upon hearing the president's announcement. The new odds are seven to two in favor of the Houston Astros, Bush's hometown team, with a nine-run point spread.

World Series Betting and Handicapping Tips

The listless Houston offense also plays to Chicago's strengths. Like the Angels (whom the White Sox held to only 11 runs in five games in the ALCS), the Astros have little power, don't strike out much and hit the ball in the air quite often. The White Sox, of course, have a tremendous defensive outfield unit, and that means Aaron Rowand, Scott Podsednik and Jermaine Dye would be hawking down lots of fly balls when they oppose Houston in the World Series. In order to score runs, the Astros, who do a good job of putting the ball in play, need a weak defense in the field.

That's certainly not Chicago, according to Baseball Prospectus defensive efficiency ratings, which track how often a defense converts a ball in play into an out, the White Sox have the second-best team defense in all of baseball.

There's also playing environment to be considered. The Sox have a lineup that skews heavily right-handed (among regulars, only Podsednik and catcher A.J. Pierzynski bat from the left side), and Minute Maid Park - the hypothetical location for games three, four and five of the World Series is a great environment for right-handed batters, particularly for those with power. In the White Sox's case, 161 of their 200 homers this season averaged 80.5 percent, were courtesy of players batting from the right side. Guys like Paul Konerko, Tadahito Iguchi, Joe Crede, Juan Uribe and Dye might find the Juice Box to be a park well suited to their skills.

You should consider all of these World Series Baseball Handicapping Tips before placing a baseball bet.

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