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MLB Betting: Weekend Preview For Games On Saturday, August 10

Written by Michael Gordon   
Saturday, 10 August 2013 15:09

MLB Betting PicksThe Chicago White Sox will try to win a game. The Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds will try to improve their respective positions in the two leagues’ wild card races.

Game 1: Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox @ – Saturday, August 10

When surveying the most trusted sports betting sites on the scene, it is prudent to remember that the pendulum eventually swings in both directions over the course of the long and meandering Major League Baseball season. Even the worst teams win some games, and long streaks eventually come to an end even though general trends might continue. Sure, the Chicago White Sox are a horrible team, one that will continue to lose a lot of games as this season works its way to the finish line. However, the White Sox are going to win on some occasions. Even a lousy team generally wins at least 60 if not 65 games. At the end of July and the beginning of August, the White Sox went over a week without posting a single victory.

They were roughed up by the three teams in the American League Central Division who have a winning record: the Kansas City Royals, the Cleveland Indians, and the Detroit Tigers. Now, the White Sox get a little bit of a breather against the Minnesota Twins, who have spent much of the past few weeks more than 10 games below the .500 mark. In this tilt, Minnesota starting pitcher Kevin Correia brings a 4.49 ERA to the hill. The White Sox’ feeble offense will have a good chance to find some life in this specific contest against this specific (unreliable) pitcher. If ever there was a time for the White Sox to grab a win, this is it. Take Chicago here.


My Pick: Chicago White Sox

Game 2: Baltimore Orioles @ San Francisco Giants – Saturday, August 10

In bet online reviews, you will be able see that the two starting pitchers in this game are just a part of the larger equation. San Francisco starter Chad Gaudin, in a stretch of 10 appearances (some of them as a reliever) from May 28 through July 31), allowed more than two runs only twice. He kept his ERA under 2.80 the whole time and has done a very admirable job for San Francisco this season. Yet, Gaudin and other starters in the Giants’ rotation have not been able to get their team a win on most occasions. This is the case because San Francisco’s offense has been pitiful this season. The Giants have become a shell of their former selves, plummeting in the standings in much the same way as they did in 2011, the last time the team was defending a World Series championship.

Sportsbook lines will gravitate to the Orioles not because of starter Scott Feldman, who owns a ho-hum 4.10 ERA, but because the O’s are playing for something (the second wild card spot in the American League) while San Francisco has already been reduced to playing out the string. The Orioles can hit a lot better than the Giants; that will tell the tale in central California.

My Pick: Baltimore

Game 3: San Diego Padres @ Cincinnati Reds – Saturday, August 10

A pay per head bookie service that takes business on this game will slightly lean to the Reds. Cincinnati’s bats have struggled in recent weeks, and so have the Reds. Manager Dusty Baker’s team has allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to creep into the picture in the race for the National League’s second and final wild card spot. Cincinnati, on form, does not look like a good pick, but the urgency of the moment should propel the Reds against a light-hitting San Diego team. The starting pitchers – Tyson Ross for San Diego (2.91 ERA) and Tony Cingrani for Cincinnati (3.05 ERA) – are closely matched, so give the edge to the team with more on the line. Choose the Reds in this spot.

My Pick: Cincinnati

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