The Tampa Bay Rays could be on the verge of shocking the baseball world Thursday night. A DraftKings Rays odds boost could make that pay off for New Jersey bettors.
Although the odds are long, the action is tempting.
If Tampa Bay avoids being shut down by Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole in Game 5 of the American League Division Series, DraftKings Sportsbook will be on the hook to pay out handsomely.
Details on the DraftKings Rays odds boost for Game 5
The special promotion is pretty simple. If the Rays beat the Astros on Thursday night to advance to the American League Championship Series, DraftKings will multiply bettors’ winnings.
In order to be eligible for the 3x odds boost, bettors must complete the following steps:
- Register for or log in at DraftKings and make a deposit.
- Opt-in to the odds boost.
- Place a bet on the Rays’ moneyline (currently sitting at +245) of no more than $25.
If Tampa Bay wins the game, all eligible bettors will have their winnings tripled. For example, if you bet $10 at +250, you would win as though you had bet $10 at +750.
To maintain eligibility for the promotion, entrants may not hedge their bets by putting money down on the Astros in other ways. For the night, bettors will have to be Rays fans to win this bet.
As always, bettors must be at least 21 years of age and physically located within New Jersey’s borders. The boost is tempting because Cole mastered Tampa Bay earlier in this series.
Cole shut down the Rays on the whole in Game 2
Cole was dealing in his Game 2 start on Oct. 5, accumulating 15 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings. The Rays did get four hits off and drew one walk from Cole but failed to score until after he left the game in the 3-1 loss.
Facing elimination in games 3 and 4, Tampa Bay’s bats came alive, however. Doing that a third consecutive time, and this time on the road, will take a mammoth effort.
Cole led all MLB pitchers in strikeouts during the regular season. He was among the league leaders in innings pitched as well, on the mound for 212 1/3 over 33 starts.
A key for Tampa Bay will be repeating their previous performance at home against another feared Astros starter, Justin Verlander. The Rays pounced on Verlander early, plating three runs in their first at-bat.
Avisaíl García and Tommy Pham were the heroes for the Rays in that game, going a combined 7-for-10 with a home run. They went 2-for-8 with three strikeouts against Cole in Game 2, however.
Being too aggressive could play right into Cole’s strikeout happy plans, but there isn’t another choice. Tampa Bay has to risk strikeouts to force Cole to offer hittable pitches.
The Rays come into this game with a lot of momentum. New Jersey bettors who take DraftKings up on this offer can take solace in that.
If they can get to Cole early and limit Houston’s potent offense, the DraftKings Rays odds boost could represent a great payoff for NJ sports betting fans.
And if that happens, DraftKings might finish the night all wet.