Thursday, May 3, 2007

The Son of Avarice and the Father of Despair

Park effects from the gambler's point of view:’s Ballpark Breakdown series investigates how a team’s home stadium affects your wagers.

When most of us talk about Petco Park, we talk about how much it favors the pitchers. looks at it slightly differently:

Oddsmakers have tried to combat the ballpark’s low-scoring games, but they can only set totals so low . . .San Diego has played under in seven of 11 home games so far this season despite seeing the lowest home totals in baseball. The Padres are on pace for their fourth straight season of playing under since moving to Petco.

My favorite thing about all of this:'s home page is obviously aping ESPN's.