Thursdays are always slow days during the summer for online sports betting, however, with a number of good series wrapping up today in Major League Baseball at least there are some good opportunities to get involved in some exciting match-ups, and hopefully earn a little extra cash before heading into the upcoming weekend. For today, we’re keeping our betting lines short and sweet with a trip to the Bovada Sportsbook, one of the top reviewed online sportsbooks found right here at CR. With 9 games on the docket, including one already underway between the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins, let’s jump into the action before more afternoon games kick off and dry up today’s sports betting offerings!
For the National League wagers set out today at Bovada, once again the top option looks to be in the series concluding game between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals, with the hosting Cards trying to recover from a brutal 15-0 slaughtering last night at the hands of Marco Scutaro, Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants. Tonight won’t get much easier for the league-leading bats of the Cardinals, as Madison Bumgarner (12-6, 3.03 ERA) hits the mound against Adam Wainwright (9-10, 4.03) in what should be an advantage for the young SF pitcher. With the Giants again underdogs tonight at +125 odds to win straight up, we’re taking our first wager on San Fran coming through with 3 straight wins to take the series on the road.
In the next match-up to chase down at Bovada today, we’re re-upping on the Pittsburgh Pirates, who came through with a clutch win last night to deliver a solid sports betting win at WagerWeb sportsbook. Looking to take 3 of 4 as well today in a crucial series, we’re backing Wandy Rodriguez to pick up his 3 straight quality start for his new Pirates team, and outduel Joe Saunders, who has struggled a bit in getting run support on the road this season (1-3 in 9 starts despite a 2.48 ERA). Next, make sure to take a gander over the lines for the Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros match-up, as the Nats seek a 4-game sweep behind Jordan Zimmerman tonight, and check out the odds on the series opener between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs, where Cincinnati will look to set the tone for a favorable stretch of 8 games against the Cubs in their next 11 match-ups.
Switching gears over to action in the American League today, make sure to first catch the odds on the series finale between the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees, with Doug Fister matching up against Hiroki Kuroda. After the Yankees snapped Detroit’s 7-game winning streak last night, and their first defeat at home in over three weeks’ time, be prepared for more offensive fireworks in a series that has already averaged 13.3 runs per game over three games in the four-game set. With the over/under at 8 ½, we’re going to be suckers to take the under wager at -110 odds. Make sure to check out the other AL options including the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays series, the Cleveland Indians hosting the Boston Red Sox, and the Baltimore Orioles up against the Kansas City Royals.
Just a side note for betting on sports today, if you’re itching to get involved with some football wagers the Canadian Football league is hosting one match-up tonight between the Calgary Stampeders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, which no doubt will give football fans a taste of some upcoming action as the NFL preseason heats up this weekend (which, keep in mind, is also available for wagering on right now at Bovada!). There’s plenty more wagers on the horizon for the weekend as well, including UFC/MMA action as UFC 150 gets set to take place on Saturday, NASCAR action from Watkins Glen, and the remainder of the 2012 Olympic Games, which wraps up over the weekend. Enjoy another solid day of sports betting today, and come out a winner at Bovada sportsbook, one of the best online sports betting destinations available to you on the web.