As the weekend creeps to a close once again, sports fans find another full plate of Major League Baseball action to highlight the options for betting on sports, with a number of critical series-ending games in play this afternoon. With the playoff picture already taking form across the National and American Leagues as a handful of division-leading teams are starting to run away with the pennant race, the action focuses on the second-place teams vying for one last shot towards challenging division leaders, or simply fighting for the final 2 Wild Card spots available. For today, I’ll focus on the those teams battling for a possible playoff spot, or those looking to hold their place at the top of the division, in the hopes of capitalizing on teams with lots at stake and needing a win. For the sportsbook venture of the day, I’ll head to one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here at WagerWeb Sportsbook, which features easy access to all the day’s top betting lines and allows any sports fan to get their wagers placed with just a few clicks of a button.
Headlining the action for Major League Baseball today, I’ll first turn to the rubber match of the 3-game series between the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels, who fight for possession of first place in the AL West. With a loss last night at home, Texas has slipped to 3-7 in their last 10 games, and stands at just 2 games ahead of the Angels for the division lead. The Angels on the other hand appear to be peaking at just the correct time, going 7-3 in their last 10 and will have Jered Weaver (15-6, 2.03 ERA) on the mound for the closure of this weekend’s pivotal series. He’ll face Colby Lewis (11-9, 4.07 ERA), who comes off his worst start since June 6th, and now leads the American League in home runs given up (30), and with +100 odds on Weaver (perhaps an underdog due to the fact he’s pitching on 3 days’ rest), I’ll back the Angels to pull within 1 game of the AL West lead. Sticking with the West but switching to the National League, catch the Arizona Diamondbacks seeking to extend their winning streak to 6 this afternoon, as they take on the San Diego Padres at home with their best pitching weapon in Ian Kennedy (16-4 3.09 ERA). This should make for a good pitching match-up as Kennedy faces Cory Luebke (5-6, 2.91 ERA), and the under wager on total runs looks to be a good bet with the Dbacks’ pitching staff giving up just 4 runs during their 5-game winning streak. With the San Francisco Giants at home against the Houston Astros and sitting just 3 games back in the NL West race, no doubt Arizona will be intend on picking up a win at home themselves today.
Moving over to the East Coast, the New York Yankees have a solid opportunity to make up ground against the AL East leading Boston Red Sox, who hold a thin 2-game advantage over the 2nd place Yankees with just 29 games to go. New York has 3 games in hand on the Red Sox, and will play a double header today against the Baltimore Orioles while Boston has the day off. Putting out starters Bartolo Colon and Ivan Nova, New York stands a good chance at picking up one or both of their road games today. Looking to the race in the AL Central, the Detroit Tigers seek out their 4th win in a row to improve their red-hot 8-2 stretch in the last 10 games meanwhile sweeping the falling Minnesota Twins on the road at Target Field. Both Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox are also in action today, sitting 6 1/2 and 7 games back of Detroit respectively and desperately trying to keep pace with the Tigers this week. Cleveland looks primed for a victory at home behind Justin Masterson as they face the K.C. Royals, while the White Sox conclude their weekend series with the Seattle Mariners in what should be a low-scoring match-up in Seattle with Gavin Floyd facing Jason Vargas. Catch all these games for online sports betting today at WagerWeb Sportsbook or any one of the best sportsbooks reviewed here, and make sure to also take a gander at the Sunday Night NFL Football match-up between the New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders, as it’s sure to make for an interesting look for online sports betting as well. We’ll catch up with you again on Monday, and make sure to enjoy all the great sports action today and have a great rest of the weekend!