If Andrew Albers played for the New York Yankees or the Los Angeles Dodgers he would be a national sensation right now. We’ve seen Linsanity in New York and Fernandomania in Los Angeles. Albers plays in Minnesota though so his incredible story won’t get nearly the fanfare that other sensations have.
Albers was selected in the 12th round of the 2004 MLB draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. He opted not to sign with the Brewers and played college ball at the University of Kentucky. The San Diego Padres then drafted Albers in the 10th round of the 2008 MLB draft. From there things got a little rocky for Albers. He missed the entire 2009 season after having Tommy John surgery.
Albers was released and played independent ball in Canada during the 2010 season. After trying out for several MLB teams in the spring of 2011 the Minnesota Twins signed Albers to a minor league contract. After playing the last two years in the Twins minor league system Albers made his major league debut last week on August 6, 2013.
Taking the mound for his first major league start on the road at a Kansas City team that had been playing its best baseball of the season Albers was simply brilliant. He was just two outs away from a complete game shutout throwing 8.1 innings allowing zero runs on just four hits.
It was a great story of a 27-year old journeyman having the dream performance in his major league debut. There’s no way he could top that right? Wrong! On Monday night Albers was even better in his second career start. His pitching line – 9 in, 0 r, 2 h, 0 bb. A complete game shutout in a 3-0 Twins victory.
The Canadian Albers has now thrown 17.1 innings of shutout ball and has allowed just 6 hits.
Albers was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame last year. He would have a ctachy nickname and be a national sensation if he played in one of the mega markets. Instead very few casual fans have even noticed one of the greatest starts to a pitching career in MLB history.
From a betting perspective the fact that Albers is not garnering national attention could be a good thing. If he were the talk of national sports shows and a new media darling there’s no doubt the moneylines on the games he pitched would be come inflated.
Albers pitches for a Minnesota team that is playing good baseball right now and there should be many great opportunities to find value in the line on Twins games over the last month and a half of the season.
Andrew Albers would be the Jeremy Lin of Major League Baseball if he played for the New York Yankees right now. If the hype stays quiet then look to take advantage by taking the Twins when he pitches.