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MLB Betting: Can The Yankees Complete Their Push For The Playoffs?

Written by Michael Gordon   
Monday, 09 September 2013 23:21

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox – Saturday, September 14The New York Yankees make their last regular-season visit to Boston this weekend. Will this be the last time Mariano Rivera pitches in Fenway Park, or will the Yanks make the playoffs?

Game 1: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox – Saturday, September 14

When making your next play at any of the premier sports betting sites on the market, it is prudent to realize that pitching matchups acquire a great deal of primacy in the middle of September. If pitcher has been laboring through a long and grueling season without much of any success, can that pitcher really be trusted under pressure? It’s true that from 2007 through 2012, C.C. Sabathia was one of the best pitchers in baseball. With the Milwaukee Brewers and then with the Yankees, Sabathia shouldered a huge workload and could be trusted to win the games the Yankees absolutely had to win. Sabathia’s mind and body were both able to withstand the pressure of performing in New York for baseball’s most storied franchise. Few men in baseball, in either the National or the American League, threw as many pitches as Sabathia did in his prime. The burly lefthander was an elite workhorse who doubled as a stopper. He was an ace who ate up innings. He didn’t just shut down opponents. He usually shut down opponents and took games either into or through the eighth inning. In New York, Sabathia often went eight complete innings to serve as a bridge to Mariano Rivera. He was as dependable as any starter in the sport.

 

Now, it seems that the accumulated workload of the past six years has verily and truly caught up with him. Sabathia has been hammered for much of this season. He’s been conspicuously weak and ineffective since the All-Star break. He has lost at least three miles per hour on his fastball and is no longer threatening to opposing hitters. He should be a sitting duck for the Red Sox, whose own starter, Jon Lester, has been better than Sabathia in 2013. Take Boston here.

MLB Betting Pick: Boston

Game 2: Cincinnati Reds @ Milwaukee Brewers – Saturday, September 14

In bet online reviews, you will be able see that the Reds should be a big favorite in this game. Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey threw a no-hitter earlier this season and possesses electric stuff. He should be able to outpitch Milwaukee starter Johnny Hellweg on Saturday.

Sportsbook lines should be able to account for another larger reality as well: Cincinnati is immersed in a furious three-way chase for the National League Central Division title. The urgency of September baseball is bringing out the best in the Reds, who just swept the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend. Take Cincinnati in this spot.

MLB Betting Pick: Cincinnati

Game 3: Cleveland Indians @ Chicago White Sox – Saturday, September 14

A pay per head bookie service that takes business on this game will strongly lean to the Indians. Cleveland has remained tough in the American League wild card chase and has everything to play for against a Chicago squad that has not been able to figure out the Tribe this season. Cleveland’s mastery of the White Sox should continue this weekend.

MLB Betting Pick: Cleveland

 
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