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2013 MLB Betting: Cardinals And Athletics Highlight Saturday

Written by Gaby Varji   
Friday, 28 June 2013 08:28

2013 Baseball Free PicksThe St. Louis Cardinals struggled with one American League West Division team, the Texas Rangers, last weekend. Will they similarly struggle against Oakland this weekend?

Game 1: St. Louis Cardinals @ Oakland Athletics – Saturday, June 29

When making your next play at any of the premier sports betting sites on the market, it is prudent to realize that while St. Louis did indeed struggle with Texas last weekend, the Cardinals have their ace on the hill – and in the hole – in this contest. Adam Wainwright has been magnificent for the Redbirds in 2013, bouncing back so much better than many expected after injuries plagued him in 2012. Wainwright’s command of his pitches, especially his breaking stuff, make him a hard pitcher to figure out. Oakland will be confident entering this contest, but Wainwright should be up to the challenge and ready to fend off the Athletics in what should be a terrific ballgame in California. Oakland starter Jarrod Parker is good, and he’ll keep Oakland close, but Wainwright performs at a generally higher level. Take the Cardinals in this one.


MLB Betting Pick: St. Louis

Game 2: Arizona Diamondbacks @ Atlanta Braves – Saturday, June 29

In bet online reviews, you will be able see that the two starting pitchers in this game are not inspiring a whole lot of confidence. Sportsbook lines will gravitate to the team that can swing the sticks in this contest. Ian Kennedy, the starting pitcher for Arizona, and Atlanta starter Tim Hudson have struggled to find their comfort zone all season long. The sense here is that Atlanta, playing at home, will feel just a little more comfortable and will find the hitting environment (the backdrop, to be more precise) to its liking. Take the Braves in what appears to be a slugfest.

MLB Betting Pick: Atlanta

Game 3: Kansas City Royals @ Minnesota Twins – Saturday, June 29

A pay per head bookie service that takes business on this game will strongly lean to Kansas City. James Shields has been a terrific starting pitcher for the Royals this season, and that’s one reason to take Kansas City. However, the bigger reason to choose the Royals here is that Minnesota will be sending out a pitcher who is coming off an injury and will be making his first start of 2013. Here are ESPN’s game notes on Kyle Gibson of the Twins: “The Twins will not have a hard cap on Gibson's innings in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. "Every guy is a little different, and there's been different numbers from 130 (innings) to 140," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Some people have said 150. I think what we want to do is let him go out and pitch and we'll monitor the situation. That's the best way to go about this thing." Gibson will make his major league debut Saturday against Kansas City … Earlier reports in the offseason had Twins sources pegging
Gibson's innings limit at 130 to 150 innings. However, it sounds like that could now be increased by 20 to 30 innings more. Still, the Twins have said they want to limit his workload this season, so there's a risk he's shut down or moved to the bullpen earlier rather than later in the second half of the season - especially if the Twins fall out of the pennant race.”

Take Kansas City and Shields over Minnesota and Gibson.

MLB Betting Pick: Kansas City

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