|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Sunday, 19 April 2009 11:44|
Baseball betting odds will be posted on two top AL contenders as the White Sox and Rays hook up in MLB betting action from Tampa. Baseball betting odds handicappers have a lot to consider when evaluating the MLB betting value of these teams.
The scheduled probable starters for this baseball betting odds matchup are right hander Gavin Floyd for Chicago and left hander Scott Kazmir for Tampa Bay. Floyd split his first two MLB betting starts and had a rather large 6.00 earned run average while Kazmir has gotten off to a nice start against the baseball betting odds with a 2-0 record and 2.84 earned run average. Kazmir has also excelled against the baseball betting odds versus the White Sox with a 3-1 career record along with a 3.54 earned run average.
The White Sox beat the baseball betting odds in 4 out of their first 7 games with five of those games going under the total. Chicago's pitching staff was operating at or near the top 10 in the majors while the offense has been inconsistent. Carlos Quentin has gotten off to a great start against the baseball betting odds for the White Sox as he was hitting .333 with a .469 on base percentage and a slugging percentage of .875. Quentin had 4 home runs in the first week of action! Paul Konerko was hitting .346 with 3 doubles and 2 home runs.
The Tampa Bay Rays also won 4 out of their first 7 games but their offense was far more effective against the baseball betting odds than Chicago's. Tampa Bay was ranked 4th in the majors for hitting while the pitching staff was middle of the road. Evan Longoria was off to a spectacular start in the first week of play against the baseball betting odds as he was hitting .481 with a phenomenal slugging percentage of 1.185 based on 4 doubles and 5 home runs along with 10 runs batted in! The big question this year for Tampa Bay is whether they can maintain their board value now that they are no longer a surprise team.
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