A ray of hope. . .from Las Vegas

Admit it. Your gut says the Yankees should be overwhelming favorites tonight.

But Las Vegas doesn't necessarily agree. The most recent money line has the Yankees at -170 -- a strong favorite, no doubt, but not as strong as I would have thought. In Game 1, Sabathia was a larger favorite to beat Cliff Lee (-173) than he is in Game 4 to beat Blanton. What does this mean? Maybe nothing. But it does suggest that Vegas is a tad more optimistic about the Phillies' chances than many of the experts. And Vegas tends to be a more accurate barometer than public sentiment.

Just some food for thought.