Welcome to the Pennsylvania Sports Betting Overview for Wednesday, June 26. In this column, we’ll set the stage for the day ahead for Keystone State sports bettors and spotlight some potentially advantageous betting opportunities.
With the NBA Finals recently concluded, we’re entering what is often considered a relatively subdued period of the sports betting calendar. Naturally, given that we’ve officially entered summer, Major League Baseball takes center stage in terms of US-based sports. Then, the College World Series comes down to Wednesday night, when Michigan and Vanderbilt battle it out to snap their 1-1 tie and secure the national title. Finally, the rise in temperature also brings the advent of NFL training camps. Pennsylvania sportsbooks have made various futures odds for the upcoming 2019 season for some time. We’ll take a glance at how oddsmakers view the Eagles’ chances of securing an NFC Championship in the coming campaign.
Pennsylvania Sports Betting Industry News
Landmark Eldorado-Caesars Entertainment merger has Pennsylvania connection
The recent announcement of an Eldorado Resorts-Caesars Entertainment merger reportedly valued at $17.3 billion has some connections to Pennsylvania. For one, Caesars already has an existing partnership with the Philadelphia 76ers. That arrangement includes advertisement of Caesars’ “non-sportsbook elements” at the Sixers’ home arena of Wells Fargo Center. Caesars also owns and operates Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack in Chester.
The merger of the two entities will expand the new company’s sports betting reach to seven states overall.
Parx Casino through two days of testing for its online app
Parx Casino is almost at the finish line. Through Tuesday night, it’s two-thirds of the way through the three-day testing phase for its online app. Wednesday will bring its longest period of operation yet: a full 12 hours. If all continues smoothly, it’s full speed ahead for Parx to launch in unrestricted fashion alongside SugarHouse as the two online sports betting options in Pennsylvania. Parx’s platform is supplied by GAN. The gaming solution provider originally linked with Parx last July.
As is the case with SugarHouse’s PlaySugarHouse app, Parx’s mobile offering will be accessible only through desktops and Android devices. Pennsylvania operators remain essentially locked out of the lucrative Apple Store due to the tech giant’s new requirements regarding real money-based gaming apps.
Wednesday’s Best Bets at PA Sportsbooks
NFL Futures For 2019 Season
Philadelphia Eagles NFC Championship
- SugarHouse Casino: Eagles +500
- Parx Casino: Eagles +500
The Eagles scrapped their way through another injury-shortened campaign for Carson Wentz in 2018. Despite making the playoffs at 9-7, Philadelphia saw its run end in New Orleans with a Divisional Round loss. Cinderella story signal-caller Nick Foles flew south to Jacksonville in free agency. However, it could be argued the offseason marks a net gain for Philadelphia.
Jordan Howard and rookie second-round pick Miles Sanders head up a new-look backfield that also has solid holdovers Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood. Then, while mid-season acquisition Golden Tate was allowed to depart in free agency to the Giants, prodigal son DeSean Jackson may pay dividends. Sanders’ fellow second-round pick, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, also brings plenty of promise to a receiving corps already helmed by Alshon Jeffery, Jackson and Nelson Agholor.
The defense’s biggest loss is arguably LB Jordan Hicks. He headed west to Arizona. But the inking of DT Malik Jackson and the re-signing of DE Brandon Graham should keep the front seven fierce and postseason-worthy. Perhaps the most important piece of news coming out of the offseason is Wentz’s clean bill of health following last season’s back problems. The ultra-talented but often fragile quarterback will have plenty of weapons. Tight ends Zach Ertz and the emerging Dallas Goedert round out the aforementioned arsenal of pass catchers.
The Rams, Saints, and Bears, at minimum, should be forces in the NFC this year. Then, the Vikings and division-rival Cowboys also figure to be in the postseason mix. However, at a price of +500, a talent-loaded Eagles squad that should win its division if it remains healthy represents solid value to represent the conference in the Super Bowl come February 2020.
Suggestion: Eagles +500
College World Series, Game 3
Michigan vs. Vanderbilt, 7:00pm EDT
- SugarHouse Moneyline Odds: Vanderbilt -215/ Michigan +163
- Parx Casino Moneyline Odds: Vanderbilt -215/ Michigan +163
After an entertaining first two games featuring some solid pitching overall, the Wolverines and Commodores have their decisive rubber match Wednesday night. At stake, of course, is the national championship of college baseball, with Michigan seeking to end a 57-year drought. They’ll send Karl Kauffmann (12-6, 2.75 ERA, .220 BAA) to the mound Wednesday and will also have Jeff Criswell (7-1, 2.60 ERA, .229 BAA) in relief. On the Vanderbilt side, Mason Hickman (8-0, 2.09 ERA) gets the call following a six-inning scoreless effort versus Louisville last Friday to vault the Commodores into the final round.
With a +163 price, a win against Vandy under their belt, and plenty of confidence after having prevailed in multiple do-or-die scenarios during the CWS, Michigan remains a strong value play. The fact the experienced Kauffmann is on the mound certainly doesn’t hurt their chances, either. There are a couple of risks for the Wolverines coming out of Tuesday’s loss — leadoff man Jordan Nwogu was lost with a pulled quadriceps and coach Erik Bakich was forced to utilize six pitchers overall — but Kauffmann’s experience and talent could go a long way as an equalizer.
The Lean: Michigan +163
Major League Baseball
New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 p.m. EDT
- SugarHouse Odds: Over 10.5 runs (-118)/ Under 10.5 runs (+102)
- Parx Casino Odds: Over 10.5 runs (-121)/ Under 10.5 runs (+100)
The Mets-Phillies hit parade continued Tuesday night. The two clubs combined for 12 runs on 20 hits. That came on the heels of a 20-run tally in Game 1 of the four-game set Monday. Neither starter—Walker Lockett of the Mets and Jake Arrieta of the hometown Phillies—was particularly effective. Then, a member of New York’s questionable bullpen helped facilitate the Over hitting and Philadelphia notching a comeback win. Wilmer Font surrendered three earned runs in the sixth, leading to a 7-5 win for Philly.
Nick Pivetta and Jason Vargas take the hill in Wednesday’s matchup. Both pitchers have the ability to unravel. Pivetta has particularly been in poor form lately. He’s allowed 10 earned runs on 15 hits (including five home runs) over his last two starts. For the season, he’s yielding a .308 average, .377 wOBA, 15 extra-base hits, and a 40.0 percent hard-contact rate at home. Current Mets hitters also own a collective .316/.382/.596 line against Pivetta.
When not threatening reporters, Vargas has actually turned out serviceable performances lately. The veteran southpaw has a 2.72 ERA, .214 BAA, and .261 wOBA allowed over his last seven starts (39.2 innings). However, he’s been much more vulnerable on the road. He’s surrendered a 4.65 ERA, .268 average, and .335 wOBA across 31 away frames. He’ll also be facing a Phillies team that boasts a .298 average and .364 wOBA against southpaws at home.
Finally, the general struggles of the Mets bullpen have to be considered when evaluating the chances of the Over hitting for the third straight night. New York relievers worked another 2.2 frames Tuesday. They also came into the game with a 7.33 ERA and .379 wOBA over the prior week of play.
By The Numbers: The Over is 26-15-5 (63.4 percent) in the Mets’ road games this season; the Over is also 19-15-1 (55.8 percent) in the Phillies’ division games. Four of the eight games between the teams this season have exceeded the 10.5-run total.
The Pick: Over 10.5 runs