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Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Thursday

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

We have now hit the dog days of August from Major League Baseball as clubs begin to make the stretch run for post season berths with just two months remaining in the regular season. The MLB Network will present national television coverage on a regional basis on Thursday night to satisfy the appetite of betting enthusiasts at 7PM Eastern Time.

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Most of the nation over the MLB Network will get a National League East affair as the Philadelphia Phillies will play the series finale with the first place Washington Nationals. Scheduled starters will be Cole Hamels for the Phillies as he will oppose Ross Detwiler for the Nationals. It will be interesting to see the Phillies mindset here as Philadelphia traded away Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino to signal the club has surrendered away any hopes for a 2012 postseason berth. Hamels enters play with an 11-5 record and ERA of 3.31 but has been hit the past two starts. The Philadelphia lefty allowed eight earned runs total and 14 hits with 10 walks combined in starts against Atlanta and San Francisco working a total of 12 2/3rd innings. Detwiler has pitched much better at home this season with an ERA of just 2.83 and record of 4-1 in eight starts. In his past two home starts he allowed just one earned run in 14 innings pitched against Atlanta and the New York Mets.

In the Washington and Philadelphia area MLB Network viewers will get action from the NL east as Miami will visit the Atlanta Braves to close out their four game series on Thursday. On the hill for the Marlins will be Nathan Eovaldi as he will go head to head with Mike Minor for the Braves. Eovaldi came to the Marlins from the LA Dodgers via a trade. In his first start with the Marlins Eovaldi pitched well by allowing just one earned run and five hits in 5 1/3rd innings in a 4-2 home win against the San Diego Padres. Atlanta left hander Mike Minor has found good form by giving up four runs total over his past three starts working a total of 21 innings.

LA Angels versus Texas Rangers Major League Baseball Betting Preview

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Division rivals clash on ESPN Monday Night Baseball as the LA Angles hit the road to open a four game set with AL West first place club the Texas Rangers. The Angels and Rangers will begin from Texas at 7PM Eastern Time and ESPN will carry this MLB game live over national television.

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The current odds at Oddsmaker has the home club Texas Rangers favored in game one at -144 odds with the return on the underdog LA Angels at +134 odds. The run total is lined at 11 runs. Those wagering on the Texas Rangers on the run line and laying the -1 ½ runs will get back +125 odds. Bettors who choose to take the +1 ½ runs on the side of the LA Angles will have to lay -145 odds. First five inning lines reveal Texas the favorite at -145 odds with the Angels bringing back +125 odds. The run total in this MLB game is set at 6 runs after a full five innings of play.

Monday’s pitching matchup will feature right hander Ervin Santana going for the LA Angels as he goes head to head with Roy Oswalt of the Texas Rangers. Santana is having miserable 2012 campaign as the hurler sits with an ERA of 6 and a record of 4-10. Team record in Santana’s 19 starts this year is just 5-14. Over his past three starts Santana has given up 16 earned runs with 20 hits working just nine innings. In two of those starts Santana has been unable to pitch past the second inning. Owsalt is fit enough to take the mound tonight for Texas after missing his scheduled start a week ago with stiffness in his back. He enters play off two good outings as he allowed just one earned run each in starts against Minnesota and last time out on July 17th to Oakland working 6 1/3rd innings. On the year Oswalt is 3-1 with an ERA of 5.22 after a shaky beginning to his 2012 campaign. The Rangers right hander has pitched better at home with an ERA of 3.44 compared to over eight on the highway.

Chicago White Sox versus Texas Rangers Major League Baseball Betting Preview

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Two first place teams will meet in the Lone Star State as the Chicago White Sox concludes their three game series with the Texas Rangers on Sunday night. The White Sox and Rangers will begin from Texas at 7PM Eastern Time and the MLB package is where you can watch it live nationally.

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The current odds at Oddsmaker have the home club Texas Rangers favored by -150 odds with the return on the road underdog Chicago White Sox lined at +135 odds. The run total is lined at 10 ½ runs. Those who bet the run line on the Texas Rangers and lay the -1 ½ runs will get back +130 odds. Bettors who choose to receive the +1 ½ runs head start with the Chicago White Sox will have to lay -150 odds. First five inning line bettors will find Texas as -145 betting favorite with the White Sox return at +145 odds. The run total after playing five full innings is currently set at 5 ½ runs.

The Chicago White Sox have won all two games leading up to the series final tonight. The defeated Texas 9-5 on Friday night and came in with a 5-2 win last night. In their three game series at home to Texas beginning July 3rd the swept all three games against the Rangers which included a 19-2 win to begin the set. This adds up to five straight victories by the White Sox against the Texas Rangers. The pitching matchup today will feature Gavin Floyd a right hander going for the White Sox as he will oppose right hander Scott Feldman for the Rangers. Floyd carries a season ERA approaching five and Feldman near six. The White Sox are hitting the baseball very well as the club has averaged nearly 6 ½ runs per game over their past seven games. They have played in extremely hot weather during this period aiding their offense as the ball flies off the bat playing in the heat of the summer. Floyd gave up four earned runs and three homers to Texas in his start against them on April 8th. Feldman has given up 13 earned runs in his past 20 innings pitched against the White Sox.

Boston Red Sox versus New York Yankees Major League Baseball Betting Preview

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Old rivals hook up on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball as the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees conclude a three game weekend set from American League East divisional play from Major League Baseball. The Red Sox and Yankees begin from Yankees Stadium at 8PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV will provide the live national coverage.

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The current starters on Sunday Night will feature Felix Doubront a Boston left hander squaring off with Hiroki Kuroda for the New York Yankees. Doubront checks in with a 2012 record of 10-5 with an ERA of 4 ½ runs. He looks to rebound after a poor start on July 23rd as the Red Sox hurler was lit up for six earned runs and eight hits in a 9-1 road defeat to the Texas Rangers. He has a win this season against the Yankees in his lone start this year on July 7th as the Red Sox beat New York 9-5. Doubront worked 6 1/3rd innings and gave up three earned runs and four hits to the Yankees hitters. Hiroki Kuroda makes his 21st start of the year as he takes the mound on Sunday Night Baseball. Kuroda is in his first season with the New York Yankees after spending his Major League Baseball career with the LA Dodgers. The Yankees right hander has a record of 10-7 with an ERA of 3.34 and WHIP of 1.18. After a slow start to the 2012 campaign Kuroda has pitched in much better form to move his ERA near three runs. The Yankees team record in Kuroda’s past six starts is a perfect 6-0. He has had two great outings heading into this start against the Red Sox. In those two games Kuroda allowed a combined just one earned run and seven hits working a total of 14 innings in victories against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 18th and the Seattle Mariners on July 23rd. He faced the Red Sox on July 6th and got bombed for six earned runs and ten hits in a 10-8 win against the Boston. Kuroda threw 5 2/3rd innings plus gave up ten hits in that outing.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Saturday

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The MLB Network and FOX combine for a national televised doubleheader of regional coverage from Major League Baseball on Saturday afternoon and night. The action begins on FOX at 4PM Eastern Time with game two of the doubleheader televised by MLB Network at 8PM Eastern Time.

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On FOX at 4PM Eastern Time the majority of the country will get an American League East showdown as the Boston Red Sox faces the New York Yankees in game two of their series. The scheduled starters will be Jon Lester on the hill for the Red Sox as he will oppose C.C. Sabathia for the Yankees. Lester has been crushed by allowing 17 earned runs in his past two starts working jut 8 innings. He has not got past the fifth inning in his past three appearances. C.C. has allowed four earned runs total over his past three starts.

Others at 4PM Eastern Time will receive an NL Western divisional contest as the San Francisco Giants and LA Dodgers meet in game two of their weekend set. Chad Billingsley will get the start for LA and he goes head to head with the veteran Barry Zito for San Francisco. Billingsley broke a five game losing streak on Monday against the Cardinals.

The nightcap on the MLB Network at 8PM Eastern Time will feature an American League encounter as the Chicago White Sox will face the Texas Rangers. Phil Humber is on the mound for Chicago and Matt Harrison will go for the Rangers. Humber has an ERA over six on the year. He gave up six earned runs and four homers on Sunday in a loss to Detroit. Harrison has allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his past eight starts.

Viewers in the Chicago and Texas markets will get an NL game at 8PM Eastern Time as the Cincinnati Reds visit the Colorado Rockies. Johnny Cueto takes the hill for the Reds and he faces Christian Friedrich for the Rockies. Friedrich has not been good for Colorado as he carries an ERA of nearly six. Team record in Friedrich’s past nine starts is 1-8. Cueto is sharp as the righty has allowed just one earned run in his past two starts working 13 innings.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Friday

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Major League Baseball returns to National Television on Friday night as two games will be regionally covered to satisfy the appetite of betting enthusiasts. The action gets started at 7PM Eastern Time over the MLB Network.

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Most of the nation will be treated to the American League East showdown as the Boston Red Sox visit the New York Yankees to open a three game series. Both teams bullpens should be rested tonight as the Red Sox and Yankees are coming off an off day on Thursday. The scheduled pitching matchup for game one of this series will feature Aaron Cook of the Red Sox on the hill as he will oppose Phil Hughes of the Yankees. Over his past five starts Cook for Boston has allowed just 8 earned runs in 33 1/3rd innings of work. He has one career start against the Yankees and is 0-1 with an ERA of nearly eight runs. Hughes takes the mound for the 20th time this season and has a 9-8 record. He has pitched well of late giving up just 11 earned runs over his past five starts pitching 36 innings. He has one start against the Red Sox this season and is 0-1 with an ERA of over 5 and a WHIP over two. Boston got to Hughes for three earned runs and ten hits over 5 1/3rd innings.

Viewers in New York and Boston will see an American League battle as the Detroit Tigers travel north of the border to face the Toronto Blue Jays. On the mound for the Tigers in the series opener will be Rick Porcello as he faces Carlos Villanueva for the Blue Jays. Villanueva was converted from the bullpen and the right hander has pitched well enough to keep his spot in the Toronto rotation. In four starts Villanueva has given up six earned runs throwing 23 1/3rd innings. Season to date he has an ERA of just 2.86 and opposing hitters bat just .213 against him. Porcello had ridden a roller coaster ride in the 2012 campaign. The veteran right hander is 7-5 in his 19 starts this year with an ERA of 4.40. Batters hit .311 against Porcello this season. He bounced back from a poor outing on July 16th by allowing just one earned run and five hits to the Twins in victory on Saturday.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Thursday

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Major League Baseball betting enthusiasts will be treated to a day night doubleheader of regionally televised baseball over the national airwaves of MLB Network on Thursday night to satisfy the betting appetite.

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The action gets started over the MLB Network at 1:45PM Eastern Time as most of the nation will get game three of the three game set between the St Louis Cardinals and LA Dodgers. On the mound for the Dodgers will be Chris Capuano as he will oppose Jake Westbrook of the Cardinals. Capuano has struggled in his career against St Louis as the LA starter has an ERA over five runs in 14 career starts.

In the St Louis and Los Angeles markets game one of the doubleheader will be an American League east divisional clash as the Tampa Bay Rays face the Baltimore Orioles. James Shield is on the hill for the Rays and he faces Chris Tillman of the Orioles. The Rays have rocked Tillman as the Baltimore right hander as a career ERA of over five runs in five lifetime starts against them.

Game two of the MLB Network doubleheader begins at 8PM Eastern Time as many will get a National League affair as the first place Washington Nationals is visiting the Milwaukee Brewers. Edwin Jackson is on the hill for the Nationals as he faces Yovani Gallardo for Milwaukee. Gallardo has been on the improve of late as the Brewers right hander has allowed six earned runs over his past four starts working a total of 25 1/3rd innings. Jackson looks to rebound after a poor outing on July 21st as the right hander surrendered six earned runs and seven hits with four walks at Arizona in defeat.

Viewers in the Washington and Milwaukee markets will be televised at 8PM Eastern Time the NL matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates at Houston Astros. A.J. Burnett behind his 11-3 seasonal record is on the hill on Thursday for Pittsburgh as he will face the left hander Dallas Keuchel for the home standing Astros. Keuchel has pitched well at home this season as the Houston hurler has an ERA of 1.20 in two starts working 15 innings.

Boston Red Sox versus Texas Rangers Major League Baseball Betting Preview

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The Boston Red Sox will make the trip to the Lone Star State as they battle the Texas Rangers on ESPN Monday Night Baseball. The Red Sox and Rangers get started from Texas at 8PM Eastern Time and ESPN will televise to a national audience.

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The current betting odds listed at Oddsmaker have the Texas Rangers favored by -123 odds with the take back on the road team Boston Red Sox at +113 odds. The run total in this AL game is lined at 10 ½ runs. Those wagering on the Texas Rangers on the run line and laying the -1 ½ runs will get back +145 odds. Bettors taking the +1 ½ runs head start with the Boston Red Sox will lay -165 odds for their wager on the run line. First five inning line players on the side of the Texas Rangers will find odds of -125 odds with the take back on the Boston Red Sox at +105 odds. The run over under after a full five innings of play is now lined at 5 ½ runs.

The pitching matchup on tap for game one of this series will feature left hander Felix Doubront on the hill for the Rangers as he will oppose Scott Feldman from the Rangers. The Red Sox are looking to stem the tide as the club is coming off dropping three straight to the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend as their pitching staff was torched for 28 runs over their past three games. Boston was defeated Sunday 15-7 at home to Toronto. Prior to their series against Toronto the Red Sox were celebrating a walk off ninth inning three run home run by Cody Ross against the White Sox on Thursday. The Red Sox celebration seemed over the top and a little excessive for a regular season game at the time. It was just one game in a 162 game schedule. Doubront is coming off a nice start against the White Sox as he allowed one earned run and four hits over six innings. Feldman has struggled all season with an ERA approaching six runs.

New York Yankees versus Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball Betting Preview

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

The New York Yankees will look to avoid the four game series sweep when they take the field to face the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon Major League Baseball. The Yankees and Athletics will begin from Oakland at 4PM Eastern Time and the MLB Package will deliver the live national television broadcast.

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The current odds posted at Oddsmaker have the road club New York Yankees favored by -180 odds with the take back on the Oakland Athletics at +160 odds. The run over under is lined at 7 ½ runs. Those who wager on the New York Yankees on the run line and lay the -1 ½ runs will get back -115 odds for their bet. Bettors who choose to take the +1 ½ runs on the side of the Oakland Athletics will lay -105 odds for their run line wager. The first five inning line has New York favored by -190 odds with the return on the home underdog Oakland Athletics at +160 odds.

The Oakland Athletics have won all three games in this series on the strength of their pitching staff. New York has scored a total of six runs in this series and all games have been decided by one run. The pitching matchup today has the Yankee ace C.C. Sabathia on the hill as he will oppose veteran Bartolo Colon for the Athletics. Both pitchers sport good recent form. C.C. Sabathia spent 15 days on the disabled list due to a groin strain. In his first game back on July 17th the Yankee left hander allowed no runs over six innings with six strikeouts against the Toronto Blue Jays in a 6-1 home win. Over his past three starts C.C. has allowed three earned runs with 19 strikeouts in 20 2/3rds innings pitched. The veteran right hander Bartolo Colon sports an ERA of just 2.49 over his past three starts in 21 2/3rds innings of work. He has allowed two earned runs or less in five of his past seven starts. Colon’s control has been good this season as the Athletics righty has just 18 walks in 111 1/3rds innings pitched in the 2012 season.

Texas Rangers versus LA Angels Major League Baseball Betting Preview

Friday, July 20th, 2012

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball will be an American League West tilt as the Texas Rangers and LA Angels will meet in the final game of their three game series. The Rangers and Angels will begin from Anaheim at 8PM Eastern Time and ESPN provides the live national television coverage.

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The scheduled starters for Sunday will be Matt Harrison on the hill for the Rangers as he will face Garrett Richards from the Angels. Heading into Friday’s action the Rangers held a seven game lead in the loss column against the LA Angles in the AL West division. As the teams began this three game weekend set at Anaheim the clubs have split their six head to head meetings with each club winning two of three games played at their home park. Matt Harrison has had a very good 2012 campaign as the Texas starter has a record of 12-3 in his 17 starts with an ERA of 2.34 and WHIP of 1.18. The Angels have hit Harrison as the Rangers hurler has an ERA of 4.53 in six career starts. Harrison’s recent form is outstanding as he has allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his past starts. In those seven starts Matt Harrison has given up five earned runs working 52 1/3rd innings. After winning two of three games at Seattle following the All Star break the Rangers split a pair at Oakland. The Angels have had a very difficult schedule since the All Star break as they were sent on the road for series against the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers. The LA Angels went 2-5 on their east coast trip and enter their series with the Rangers losers of three of four games. As they began this home stand the Angels were grasping a one game lead for a wildcard spot in the American League. Two games separate seven teams for both wildcard placements in the AL. Young Garrett Richards is 3-1 this season with an ERA of 3.53. He has a career ERA of 1.59 in two starts against the Rangers. He is coming off a win against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday as he threw seven shutout innings and allowed three hits.