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MLB Betting: Weekend Preview For Games On Saturday, August 24

Written by Matt Stevens   
Thursday, 22 August 2013 13:45

2013 Baseball OddsThere are some really close pitching matchups on tap for this Saturday in the big leagues, and then there are also some matchups that look lopsided. Let’s take a look at each of them.

Game 1: Washington Nationals @ Kansas City Royals – Saturday, August 24

When surveying the most trusted sports betting sites on the scene, it is prudent to remember that while Washington starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has been very strong for the Nationals this season, he’s only part of a team and is therefore limited by what his hitters do. Zimmermann’s ERA remains solid at 3.37, but the Nationals have lost five of the last seven games in which Zimmermann has pitched. Kansas City starter Bruce Chen has started only seven games for the Royals this year, so his sample size in terms of innings pitched is far lower than what Zimmermann – a starter since the beginning of April – can offer. Yet, Chen does have a snappy 2.20 ERA. He pitched poorly this past Sunday against the Detroit Tigers, but then again, he gave up run-scoring hits to Miguel Cabrera.

A lot of pitchers have done that this season… and a lot of pitchers will continue to do that as well. Chen does own what seems to be a slight advantage in the overall pitching matchup. The fact that Washington has been so anemic at home plate this season augurs well for the Royals here. Go with Kansas City on its home field this Saturday evening.


My Pick: Kansas City

Game 2: Milwaukee Brewers @ Cincinnati Reds – Saturday, August 24

In BSN Sports reviews, you will be able see that the Reds should be a hefty favorite in this game. Bronson Arroyo is the starting pitcher for Cincinnati, while Wily Peralta gets the call for Milwaukee. Arroyo has steadily outpaced Peralta throughout the 2013 season. The veteran and former member of the Boston Red Sox does not have overwhelming stuff, but he’s a consummate professional. Sportsbook lines will gravitate to the Reds not only because Arroyo knows how to locate his fastball and change speeds – the skills every pitcher must be able to possess (except, perhaps, for knuckleballing specialists) – but because Peralta is not in Arroyo’s league. The Brewers’ starting pitching has been very average, to put it charitably, and it’s hard to see how Peralta will fare well in The Great American Ballpark, which is a hitter-friendly yard. Take Cincinnati in this spot, as the Reds try to shore up their lead over Arizona in the battle for the National League’s final wild card berth.

My Pick: Cincinnati

Game 3: Colorado Rockies @ Miami Marlins – Saturday, August 24

A pay per head bookie service that takes business on this game will slightly lean to the Marlins. Yes, Miami’s hitting is horrible, but Colorado is sending starter Jeff Manship to the hill in this game. Manship has a 7.80 ERA in three starts. Yes, he might be unfamiliar to Miami hitters, thereby giving the Marlins problems. However, he doesn’t seem to deserve the benefit of the doubt at this point. Go with Miami.

My Pick: Miami

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