As mentioned regularly here, we're not that much into gambling, mainly because we find watching sports stressful enough without our parents' rent check riding on it, but thankfully our pals at Oddjack has a stronger taste for vice than we do. And he has unearthed a useful tidbit today, one we've always wondered why more people don't pay attention to.
Namely, the trends of individual umpires and their affect on big games like tonight's World Series matchup. Namely, the strike zone of home plate umpires. Tonight's umpire is Jerry Layne, whose, according to a gambling site, "strike zone is inconsistent, and his hot temper has a tendency to turn a bad situation into a disaster." (Ozzie Guillen alert!)
There's also some good info about Game 6 home plate umpire Angel Hernandez. Hell, the umpires have pretty much been the story every game this postseason, so why shouldn't we approach the games that way?
These Men Could Ruin Your Life [Oddjack]