MLB Betting – Twins, White Sox Still Battling For AL Central Supremacy
|Written by Andrew Scofield|
|Thursday, 19 August 2010 00:23|
Those who bet on NCAA football will be watching come November, when rivals are usually battling for bragging rights, or a conference title, or both. This is the case in the American League Central, where Minnesota and Chicago have been going at each other for last couple of months, and the two will conclude their three-game set in Minnesota on Thursday.
White Sox Twins Betting – Thursday, August 19, 8:10 PM ET
Mark Buehrle (11-9, 4.05) did just enough to get a win as the White Sox doubled Detroit 8-4 at home in his last start, allowing three runs on five hits over 6.1 innings, striking out three and walking two. He gave up a homer for the third time in four starts, but Buehrle has been doing a great job of minimizing the damage as of late. The 31-year-old has already lost to Minnesota in 2009, and in 45 outings in his career, including 43 starts, he is 24-17 against them with a 4.08 ERA. The crafty southpaw has even been decent at the Metrodome, going 10-9 in 22 games (20 starts with an ERA of 4.67.
NFL football betting players would compare Carl Pavano (15-7, 3.27) to Drew Brees, who many people thought was done after a shoulder injury. San Diego shipped Brees off to New Orleans, and it’s worked out pretty good for the Saints. Pavano has won six of his last seven starts, and he went 6.1 innings in a 4-3 win over Oakland at home, allowing two runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts and a walk. People forget that Pavano was a driving force behind Florida’s 2003 run to the World Series, but his injury-plagued time with the Yankees is what people remember about the 34-year-old, who has a pair of wins over the Twins this season. Pavano is now 5-2 in seven career starts against the Twins, posting an ERA of 2.66.
MLB betting odds should have the Twins as the favored team at home, where they had beaten the White Sox in seven of their last 10 meetings ahead of Wednesday’s game. We’re going with the home team again as Pavano already got the better of Buerhle on July 17 in Minnesota. Both teams went the distance for their clubs, but the Twins came away with a tight 3-2 victory. Pavano and the Twins have a knack for coming through in clutch situations, and every game against the White Sox is a big one as they try and stretch out their lead atop the Central. Buerhle hasn’t been all that sharp lately, and we expect it to catch up with him on Thursday night.
Online betting pick: Minnesota