At the top of the week, fans of online sports betting turn their full attention to Major League Baseball, which kicks off a new round of series to bring the action back into regular play within each respective league, National and American. While it’s been a exciting time getting to wager on all the Interleague series taking place over the past few weeks, getting back into the normal ebb and flow of games will most certainly make betting on sports easier, as more trends and more statistics are available on each of the match-ups set to play out, and there’s less chance of a completely random situation playing out between teams that have faced off against each other consistently in the past. So, with focus squarely on Major League Baseball today, let’s take a look at the top wagering options, at one of the top reviewed online sportsbooks found at the Betonline sportsbook.
The top West Coast series of the day finds the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants rivalry heating up in the Bay Area tonight, in a 3-game spread between two NL West foes. With the Giants now sitting just 3 games back of the West-leading Dodgers, there’s no doubt that there will be a huge emphasis on this series for both teams, with SF getting the chance to tie the Dodgers at the top of the division if they can somehow manage a home sweep of visiting Los Angeles. To start off Game 1, watch out for an interesting pitching match-up between SF’s Barry Zito (5-5, 4.35 ERA) and LA’s Nate Eovaldi (0-3, 2.35), as Zito tries to recover from a continuing spiral of poor performances (17 runs allowed over 14 1/3 innings of work in his last 3 starts). The rookie Eovaldi on the other hand has been spectacular thus far in his rookie season, giving up more than 2 runs in a start just once in 5 outings this season. However, he’s winless due to the fact that he’s never received more than 2 runs of support in 5 starts, which could change as the Dodgers try to get back on track against a familiar foe in Zito. With both teams struggling for form, expect a tough call on the betting lines here tonight, but an opportunity to back the rookie Eovaldi to pick up his first win of his career as Zito doesn’t look ready to bounce back at any time in the near future.
Heading into other top match-ups on the day, look for a solid series in AL play as the Texas Rangers get set to host the Detroit Tigers at the Ballpark in Arlington, with Rick Porcello (4-5, 4.95 ERA) trying to improve his form against a tough batting line-up, while rookie Justin Grimm (1-0, 4.50 ERA) will get another spot start replacing the injured Derek Holland. While Texas’ bats are red-hot as of late, be on the lookout for another Rangers victory at home, with a good option on Texas to cover the spread at 1 ½ runs getting +115 odds. Another favorable match-up to check out lies in New York with the Yankees hosting the Cleveland Indians, who have finally lost their grip on the AL Central division after falling back to earth due to their mediocre batting. It seemed only a matter of time before the Indians where overthrown of their division lead, having the same run differential (-42) on the season as the Kansas City Royals, and in tonight’s match-up runs may be hard to come by at Yankee Stadium, as they’ll face Hiroki Kuroda (6-7, 3.57 ERA) who looks to bounce back of a recent rough start against Atlanta. The Yankees are heavy -183 favorites on the money line, but the bet we like here is the under wager on the total runs line, standing at 9 ½. Both pitchers have performed well against the opposition over the past few years, so expect Game 1 to be a little subdued in the runs department to start the series off. Make sure to spot a number of other worthwhile MLB wagers today, as intriguing match-ups like the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox, the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Florida Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates get underway, and make sure to check out all the betting lines at one of the best online sports betting destinations like the one at Betonline.com!