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MLB Betting – Young Pitchers At Opposite Spectrums Clash in Tampa Bay

Written by Gaby Varji   
Thursday, 29 July 2010 06:01

Baseball Betting OddsThose who bet on NCAA football know what’s it like to have to deal with a young and talented player: do you play him a lot or ease him in?  Detroit may have rushed Rick Porcello, while Tampa Bay is proving to be right in their slow approach with David Price.  The two former first-round picks will face off on Thursday afternoon.

Tigers Rays Betting – Thursday, July 27, 12:10 PM ET

Porcello (4-8, 5.55) took his first loss in his second start after a stint in the minor leagues, allowing three runs on five hits over six innings as the Tigers fell 3-2 at home to Toronto.  After striking out six with no walks in a no-decision against Cleveland, Porcello failed to whiff a single Toronto batter while walking four, and that’s the way the season has gone for the 21-year-old.  Porcello was a winner in his lone start against the Rays last year, but even those who are betting NFL odds know that it’s risky to take a young pitcher dealing with confidence issues on the road, and Porcello is 1-4 in six starts away from Detroit with a 7.55 ERA.

Price (13-5, 2.90) took the win in a 6-3 victory in Cleveland, giving up three runs on three hits over seven innings, striking out five with four walks.  That’s been a running theme throughout Price’s career as he sometimes struggles with his control, but he’s also learning when to buckle down and make the pitches he needs to make, as shown by his start in the All-Star game.  He’s returning home to Tropicana Field, which is very comfortable for Price, who is 6-1 in eight starts there with a 2.04 ERA.  Price has faced the Tigers three times in his career, making one start, and he’s 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA in 10.0 innings of work against Detroit.

MLB betting odds should have the Rays as the favorite at home, as you have no idea what you’re going to get when it comes to Porcello.  Price was roughed up in New York in his first start after the All-Star break, and he was beaten around a bit early by the Indians, but he settled and shut them down for the remainder of the game.  That has to be encouraging to the Rays as it shows that Price is strong enough to bounce back from poor outings. Porcello is going to have to show that he can do that as well, and he may be a lesson to teams wanting to throw their pitchers right into the fire, much like Cincinnati is doing with Mike Leake right now.  Take the Rays in your best online sportsbook on Thursday.

 
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