As players reported to spring training camps, the first betting lines on the number of individual team wins during the 2012 Major League season were released by the Atlantis Casino in Reno, Nev. You can see the full list here, but the National League Central participants opened as follows:
Chicago Cubs 73.5 wins
Cincinnati Reds 86.5 (-120o)
Houston Astros 62.5
Milwaukee Brewers 84.5 – initially 82.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 73.5 (-120u)
St. Louis Cardinals 87.5 (-120u)
Note the change for the Milwaukee Brewers, as Friday’s announcement that Ryan Braun will not be required to serve a suspension to start the season is taken into account. Those 50 games that the Hebrew Hammer will not miss translate into two additional wins for the 2012 Brew Crew, say Atlantis.
The numbers in the parentheses can be interpreted like this. Those wishing to bet on the over for the Reds or the under for the Pirates or Cardinals will have to risk more – $120 – to win $100.
The 87.5 wins for the C