Once again Thursday finds a number of series-ending games before the start of another weekend, with a few new series popping up to give sports fans a bit of diversity when betting on sports at one of the top sportsbooks reviewed on our website. Undoubtedly, the most talked about series heading into the weekend consists of a rematch between the two NL Championship contenders, the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants, who head into a four-game series starting tonight featuring a solid pitching duel between Cliff Lee (10-7, 3.41 ERA) and Madison Bumgarner (6-10, 3.80 ERA). Though we’ve set out lines for this match-up and broken down the details in our featured game of the day, it’s worth reiterating that this series and this opening game should make for some of the best online sportsbook betting over the next few days, as the sell-out crowds, great pitching, and exciting atmosphere of two playoff contenders dueling is what baseball season is all about.
In other key match-ups today, the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers finish off their three-game series in Detroit today, with the Tigers winning Game 2 last night 5-4 on a strong outing from newly acquired Doug Fister (7 innings, 2 earned runs). Alexi Ogando vs. Brad Penny should make for another solid pitching match-up this afternoon, so be sure to check the lines in one of the best sportsbooks and get into the exciting action sure to be had for this battle between AL West and AL Central leaders. Next up, find another potential wager on the match-up at U.S. Cellular Field between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox, with the Yankees looking to build on an 18-7 laugher to gain their first four-game sweep in Chicago in 35 years. No doubt it’ll likely be a better showing tonight for the ChiSox with Phillip Humber (8-7, 3.44 ERA) on the mound against Ivan Nova (9-4, 4.01), although Humber has gone 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in his last 3 starts and hasn’t pitched in two weeks. With the Yanks on the verge of a seventh consecutive win, and the Sox looming on a sixth consecutive loss and looking punchless without slugger Paul Konerko in the lineup, New York with the -120 moneyline looks like a decent bet to pursue today. Find another interesting match-up with Boston vs. Cleveland today (Erik Bedard vs. Justin Masterson) as Bedard gets his first start for his new club, while Masterson faces his old team who he’s gone 2-0 with a 1.25 ERA against in three previous starts.
Onto further National League match-ups scheduled today and worth a look at the betting lines, the Florida Marlins host the St. Louis Cardinals as Kyle Lohse faces Clay Hensley with the moneyline at -110 for either team. With Florida hot on winning eight of their last ten games, we’ll expect a good pitching match-up to give the edge to the Marlins at home, and a low scoring game worthy of a look at the under wager on total runs at 8.5. Elsewhere the Pittsburgh Pirates will try to get back to even .500 ball after suffering setbacks for the past week, taking on the Chicago Cubs tonight at home. Looking to bounce back in the final game of this series to avoid a 7-game losing streak, we’ll look for another tight game to decide tonight’s match-up, taking sides with the under total runs mark of 8 runs (+100). Make sure to check out each of the 10 options for online sports betting on Major League Baseball today at one of the best sportsbooks reviewed on our website, and look forward to plenty of great action to come heading into a weekend filled with new series across the league.