Could Andrew Benintendi become a vehicle for betting success as a member of the New York Yankees? He certainly was Tuesday.
The 28-year-old outfielder swiped a bag against the Seattle Mariners that proved to be quite profitable for some. Benny had 10-to-1 odds on DraftKings Sportsbook to steal a base, and when it cashed, it granted some bettors a profitable payout. In fact, it proved to be the second-most profitable bet of all Major League Baseball wagers Tuesday.
It also raised an intriguing question: Should you throw a little cash on Benny’s legs on a regular basis?
Benintendi only has seven steals on the season, but three have come in his 12 games with the Yankees. Yankees manager Aaron Boone appears to want to utilize his new outfielder’s speed with regularity. In a small sample size, Benny has successfully stolen a bag in 25% of his games with the Yankees and attempted a steal in 33% of games.
His recent uptick in attempts combined with a .380 on-base percentage this season bodes well for the bet to cash with regularity. The best part of the bet is that the odds are so long, well, at least currently, that Benintendi only needs to cash 20% of the time for bettors to come out far ahead. It’s fair to think oddsmakers could adjust should Benintendi run rampant.
Benintendi is not going to lead the league in steals, but if he continues to present long odds it can be a low-risk, high-reward play.