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MLB Betting: Orioles Prepared For AL Wild Card Elimination Game At Texas

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Friday, 05 October 2012 07:19

Baltimore Orioles @ Texas Rangers PicksThe Baltimore Orioles understand very well what kind of game to expect when they play the Texas Rangers in a one-game elimination contest to begin the postseason on Friday. As far as performing in the clutch, a close game will suit the O’s just fine. Baltimore is 29-9 in one-run games this season, the best record in MLB history among teams with at least 20 such games played. The Orioles expect Friday’s American League Wild Card game to be very tight, and that will suit them just fine after spending the last month playing in sports betting contests that had playoff-like atmospheres. Join Now to Bet on this Game!

Baltimore Orioles @ Texas Rangers
Friday October 5, 2012 – 8:30 PM ET

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

MLB Sportsbook
Line: Texas – 120

The Rangers will need to rebound from a tough collapse that saw them blow a 13-game lead in the AL West to the Oakland Athletics and concede the division with a 12-5 loss on the final day of the regular season.

The Texas bats will need to move forward quick and put the past where it belongs, but that could sometimes be easier said than done.

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MLB Betting Preview: Baltimore Orioles

Leading the way for Baltimore will be Chris Davis, who had hit a home run in six-straight games prior to Wednesday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, which tied the longest single-season streak in franchise history. Davis had a batting average over .440 during a career-high 11-game hit streak that also came to an end in the season finale, in which he finished with three strikeouts. The Orioles are going to need Davis’ offense to keep up with a talented Texas team that has put up some big online betting numbers this year. Baltimore has yet to name its starter for this game,

MLB Betting Preview: Texas Rangers

Josh Hamilton’s three errors in Wednesday’s loss to the Athletics was the perfect symbol for how the Rangers’ season has come apart, as the All-Star had just one error in more than 993 innings of work in centerfield the previous three seasons combined. Texas has no problem generating offense with a solid lineup from one through nine, but there seems to be a problem when the stakes are the highest dating back to the past two World Series’. The Rangers will turn to Yu Darvish to start this game after a strong finish to the regular season. Texas won five of the final six Betonline games that Darvish started, and he lowered his ERA from 4.31 to 3.90 over that span.

MLB Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

For whatever reason the Orioles have been excellent in close games all year while the Rangers have been labeled as underachievers when the stakes are the highest over the past two seasons. Darvish has never started against Baltimore before, but the Baltimore offense has been hot of late and will have done its research heading in to the most important game of the season. For all of the latest MLB news and odds, be sure to check out the best online betting sites.

MLB Betting Pick: Baltimore Orioles + 110

 
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