No matter what kind of sportsbook software you trust, you have to place at least some limits on your possible enthusiasm for the Detroit Tigers in this game. It’s true that Detroit has been a freight train since the All-Star break, winning eight of ten games and looking every bit like the American League co-favorite (alongside Texas) it was expected to be at the start of the 2012 Major League Baseball season. However, the Tigers are not going to be sending one of their more proven pitchers to the bump in this game north of the border. Jacob Turner, he of the 8.03 earned-run average, will start for Detroit, a fact that can’t give the Tigers too much confidence on Saturday. Turner will be opposed by Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez, who – though hardly spectacular for the Blue Jays this year – has posted a fine 4.61 earned-run average in the American League.
One should respect what Detroit has done the past one and a half weeks, but one should place more emphasis on the nature of the pitching matchup here. Turner is likely to get hit appreciably hard, giving the Blue Jays a needed win in their attempt to move up the ladder in a crowded and contentious American League East Division. At various premier online betting sites in the United States, you’re going to receive favorable odds on Detroit’s chances of making the playoffs, but the percentages are not going to work in the Tigers’ favor on Saturday in Canada.
MLB Betting Pick: Toronto
Game 2: Chicago White Sox @ Texas Rangers – Saturday, July 28
The legal online sports betting calculus in this contest is not complex at all. If you go strictly by the numbers, you really don’t have to sweat out this specific betting choice. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to appreciate that in a survey of 5 dimes reviews, one should clearly go with the homestanding Rangers against the visiting White Sox. Chicago starter Philip Humber has a 6.25 earned-run average, and that number did not get any better after the young man’s most recent start, a mediocre three-inning performance this past Sunday at Detroit in which he was lit up by the red-hot Tigers. Texas, on the other hand, can feel very optimistic about its chances. The two-time defending American League champions are in very good hands with starter Matt Harrison, who owns a gaudy 3.02 earned-run average. Texas will roll in this game. It will shell Humber and get a big outing from Harrison.
MLB Betting Pick: Texas
Game 3: Oakland Athletics @ Baltimore Orioles – Saturday, July 28
When you look at this game, the numbers will suggest that you go with Oakland. Starter Bartolo Colon has a very reasonable 3.97 ERA for the A’s, while Baltimore starter Tommy Hunter has wobbled his way to a 5.71 earned-run average. However, there’s a sense here that an upset will occur on Saturday night in the state of Maryland. Oakland has punched above its weight in recent weeks, sweeping the New York Yankees not just in four games, but four one-run games. The A’s are due for a comedown, and Baltimore will get to Colon in this tussle… enough, at any rate, to win.
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MLB Betting Pick: Baltimore