Today marks the final day of the season and although most of the drama is over with each race concluded, you still won’t want to miss out on betting the last regular season games of 2012. Here are the matchups and the runlines for today.
Atlanta Braves -1.5 at Pittsburgh Pirates +1.5
The Braves clinched a NL wild card spot weeks ago and will look to finish strong against the fading Pirates, but the pitching matchup favors the Pirates in this one with A.J. Burnett (16-9) going against Ben Sheets (4-4). Take Pittsburgh to cover +1.5.
Philadelphia Phillies +1.5 at Washington Nationals -1.5
The Phillies enjoyed a nice second half, but it wasn’t enough to get them into the postseason. However, the Nationals don’t have much to play for and will likely be resting many of their starters. Take the Phils at +1.5 with Cliff Lee getting the ball today.
Houston Astros +1.5 at Chicago Cubs -1.5
The two worst teams in baseball will finish out their three-game set today at Wrigley Field and that home-field advantage might be enough for the Cubs , but considering the Stros have blanked the Cubbies in each of the first two games, I’d take Houston again to cover +1.5.
Texas Rangers +1.5 at Oakland Athletics -1.5
It all comes down to this. Although both teams have already clinched playoff spots, today’s game between Oakland and Texas will decide who takes home the AL West crown. After taking the first two games of the series, Oakland definitely has the momentum, but look for an inspired effort of out Texas with Ryan Dempster on the mound. I like the Rangers to cover +1.5 today.
New York Mets +1.5 at Miami Marlins -1.5
The Mets and the Marlins both had disappointing seasons, but both want nothing more to finish the season with a win. I like the Mets to cover +1.5 with a more the experienced starter in Jeremy Hefner against Tom Koehler.
Los Angeles Angels -1.5 at Seattle Mariners +1.5
The Angels fell short of the postseason this year, but should easily take care of the Mariners today and cover the -1.5 runline, especially win 20-game winner, Jared Weaver on the hill for LA.
Minnesota Twins +1.5 at Toronto Blue Jays -1.5
The Twins and Blue Jays game today will see a very competitive pitching matchup that will feature Scott Diamond (12-8) for the Twins and Brandon Morrow (9-7) for the Jays. Since Morrow’s last start was a shutout win over the Yankees, I like the Jays in this one to cover -1.5.
Chicago White Sox -1.5 at Cleveland Indians +1.5
The Indians have had the worst second half of any team in baseball, but a late-season collapse by Chicago has left them out in the cold. I like the Indians and young starter David Huff to get the win here and cover +1.5.
Boston Red Sox +1.5 at New York Yankees -1.5
The Yankees are looking to clinch the AL East once again with a win today and I wouldn’t expect anything less. Pick the Yanks to close the door on Boston and on another great regular season by covering -1.5 today.
Colorado Rockies +1.5 at Arizona Diamondbacks -1.5
It’s been an up-and-down season for the D Backs, but one man has been consistently on and that’s Ian Kennedy (15-11), who also happens to be getting the ball today. Look for Arizona to take this one and cover -1.5.
Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays
Chris Tillman (9-2) has been absolutely lights out this season for Baltimore. Look for the O’s to put the cap on their best season in years with a win today over the Rays.
San Francisco Giants at +1.5 Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5
LA may have fallen short of its postseason goals and certainly underachieved with the talent it acquired at the trade deadline, but I like them in this game, guided by Clayton Kershaw (13-9) to pick up the W and cover the -1.5 runline.
San Diego Padres +1.5 at Milwaukee Brewers -1.5
Both of these squads had surprisingly better second halves and showed some promise for next season. This game will feature two young unknowns on the mound, so take Milwaukee at home to cover -1.5.
Detroit Tigers -1.5 at Kansas City Royals +1.5
The Tigers came from behind to win the AL Central in the second half of the season and it appears that Miguel Cabrera will be the first player since 1967 to win the Triple Crown. However, Cabrera will likely sit this game out, and so might some other Tigers, so take the Royals to at least cover +1.5.
Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals
The Reds were the first team in baseball to clinch a playoff berth and the Cardinals were the last, as they locked things up last night with the Dodgers loss. This is a tough one, but I like the Reds with Homer Bailey getting the start and coming off his no-hitter this last weekend.