11 games are slated for today’s Major League Baseball action, and with little else on the sports betting docket today, we’re taking a look at all the action at one or a number of the best online sports betting sites reviewed here, in the hopes of catching some good betting lines and making a little bit of cash on a slower-than-usual day of sports. With only around 50 games left for each team in the season, the end of the 2011 MLB season is rapidly approaching, and as such the playoff race becomes more and more intense on a daily basis, and sports betting on baseball becomes even more accurate to predict winners, as surging teams tend to stay on hot streaks, and pretenders begin a regression back towards the average as their high hopes begin to falter, and wins against major competition becomes more difficult. Such is the case with teams like the Seattle Mariners and the Pittsburgh Pirates, both of whom found themselves near or at the top of their respective divisions a month ago, and now look very much set towards a sub .500 finish and a lot of heading scratching. Meanwhile, teams like the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox continue to tear up the competition regardless of opposition, and have already made their claims as the proper picks for World Series contenders this year. With a host of solid sports betting options available today, take a look at some of the best match-up we call out, and check into one of the top sportsbooks for your best stab at the games getting underway this evening.
Starting with the games in the American League today, a number of lopsided series pop-up, as the Boston Red Sox take their momentum from winning the weekend series against New York to the Minnesota Twins’ doorstep, with Tim Wakefield once again trying for win #200 on his career. Boston looks like a prime bet over the next week in their six-game road series, getting the struggling Twins for 3 games and the offensively-challenged Seattle Mariners for the next 3. Though Scott Baker has been brilliant for the Twins at home, Minnesota’s recent woes, losing 4 straight and 7 of 8, will be tough to overcome against a surging Red Sox squad that can score runs anywhere in the batting order. Next up for sports betting on AL games today, the Chicago White Sox face the Baltimore Orioles, with the good money backing John Danks (4-9, 3.90 ERA) against Jeremy Guthrie (5-15, 4.34 ERA). The White Sox swept through Minnesota over the weekend on outstanding pitching, and against another faltering offensive team in the Orioles, target the White Sox for a win tonight as well. Check out a couple other betting lines available for AL ball tonight as well, as the Texas Rangers host the Seattle Mariners, and the Tampa Bay Rays bring in the Kansas City Royals for favorable home series.
Over in the National League today, San Francisco tries to get its footing back under it as they host the flailing Pittsburgh Pirates, as the Giants have gone 2-8 in their last 10, and the Pirates have lost 10 straight. Something has to give tonight, but with Ryan Vogelsong (9-1, 2.19 ERA) pitching at home, we’ll back him over Charlie Morton (8-6, 3.80 ERA) and Pittsburgh to get the win at AT&T Park. Check out match-ups including the Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers (our featured NL match-up of the day), the Florida Marlins hosting the Atlanta Braves (Derek Lowe vs. Brad Hand), and San Diego vs. the New York Mets facing off, with the Padres trying to capitalize on the Mets losing Jose Reyes and Daniel Murphy for the series, and likely a lot longer (especially in Murphy’s case). Round out betting options with the Colorado Rockies at Cincinnati Reds, as well as the Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs, and you’ll have a number of good-looking wagers to peruse this afternoon at one of the top sportsbooks reviewed here before the games get underway tonight.