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MLB Betting: Teams Try To Finish Strong Before The All-Star Break

Written by Matt Stevens   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 20:27

MLB BettingThe Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on July 16. Teams have just two weeks left in which to make an impression before getting a few days off.

Game 1: Baltimore Orioles @ New York Yankees – Saturday, July 6

When making your next play at any of the premier sports betting sites on the market, it is going to be hard to pick against the Yankees in this tilt. In the middle of the season, with the frail and tenuous months of April and May in the rearview mirror, veteran pitchers generally step up and realize the stakes involved whenever they take the mound. Veteran pitchers are problem solvers, and when the weather gets hot, they keep their cool. Andy Pettitte has been through so many baseball wars for the New York Yankees. He’s not as durable as he once was, and he’s battling the effects of Father Time, but he’s still the kind of pitcher you want to have on the mound in a big game against a divisional rival. Baltimore got the better of the Yankees this past weekend on its home field, making this series in New York that much more important for the Yankees. Expect Pettitte to be able to outduel Baltimore starter Chris Tillman, lifting the Yankees past the Orioles in this important weekend series.

 

My Pick: New York Yankees

Game 2: Oakland Athletics @ Kansas City Royals – Saturday, July 6

In bet online reviews, you will certainly want to lean to the Athletics in this tussle. A pay per head bookie service that takes business on this game will value Oakland’s hitting, which is comprehensively better than Kansas City’s collection of bats. The A’s have relentless hitters who do not get cheated at the plate and are able to hit the ball into the gaps. Kansas City starting pitcher Ervin Santana has enjoyed a great season, but Oakland’s hitters – who are familiar with Santana from his days with the Los Angeles Angels – should be able to take big cuts at the ball and find a comfort zone in Kansas City. Oakland pitcher Dan Straily is not an elite pitcher, but as long as he’s solid, his teammates should provide him enough offense to get the job done. Choose the Athletics in this spot against a relatively impotent bunch of Royals.

My Pick: Oakland

Game 3: Seattle Mariners @ Cincinnati Reds – Saturday, July 6

Sportsbook lines will gravitate to the Reds in this game. Seattle starter Jeremy Bonderman has only six starts this season, and he will enter this game with an ERA of just over four runs. That kind of profile does not inspire a lot of confidence – not on the road, and not against a formidable Cincinnati batting order. The Reds will send starter Bronson Arroyo to the mound. Arroyo has been a very solid and dependable pitcher for Cincinnati over the years. Bettors will be advised to choose the Reds in this spot.

My Pick: Cincinnati

 
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