|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Wednesday, 10 June 2009 12:10|
Baseball betting features a matchup of American League post season contenders to bet on sports with as the Angels meet the Rays in Tampa Bay. Baseball betting fans have seen Tampa Bay pick up its play after a slow start to again become a good value to bet on sports with in baseball.
The scheduled probable starting pitchers for this sports betting matchup are right hander John Lackey for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and right hander Jeff Niemann of the Tampa Bay Rays. Niemann has clearly been the better pitcher to bet on sports with so far this season.
Lackey has a baseball betting record of 1-1 with a 5.13 earned run average. In his last 3 starts he is 0-1 with a 4.22 earned run average. Lackey has one thing going for him, however, and that is a significant record of baseball betting success against Tampa Bay as he has a career mark of 9-1 with a 2.36 earned run average.
Niemann has a baseball betting record of 5-4 with a 3.77 earned run average. In his last 3 starts he is 1-1 with a 1.00 earned run average. He has never faced the Angels in his baseball betting career.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been hovering around the .500 mark for most of the baseball betting season as they trail the Texas Rangers for first place in the American League west. The Angels pitching staff has been a disappointment this year as it ranks 26th in the major leagues for staff earned run average at 4.67. The offense has been decent and ranked 12th in the majors. Torii Hunter leads the lineup with a .314 batting average and 12 home runs.
The Tampa Bay Rays had a slow start to the baseball betting season but have been one of the hottest teams in the majors recently and from May 29 through June 8 they won 6 out of 9 games. The Rays ranked 2nd in hitting as they have one of baseball’s best lineups. Carl Crawford was hitting .326 and Carlos Pena had 17 home runs.
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.