|Written by Michelle Allan|
Bet on the MLBBaseball betting Thursday will include a National League sportsbook betting mathcup of a first place team against one that is trying to avoid the basement. Baseball betting fans have seen the Arizona Diamondbacks be one of the biggest sportsbook betting money losers while the Philadelphia Phillies have been profitable.
The scheduled probable starting pitchers for this baseball betting matchup are left hander Doug Davis of the Diamondbacks and right hander Joe Blanton of the Phillies. This looks to be an even sportsbook betting matchup. Davis had a baseball betting record of 7-10 but with a solid 3.59 earned run average. In his last 3 baseball betting appearances Davis went 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA. Davis is 2-1 lifetime against the Phillies with a 3.13 ERA. Blanton had a baseball betting record of 7-6 with a 3.88 earned run average. In his last 3 baseball betting appearances he went 0-2 but had a nice 2.61 ERA.
Although the D-backs had a baseball betting road record of 26-31 they were actually slightly profitable since they are always large underdogs with a big price. Just 22 out of those 57 away games went over the baseball betting total. Arizona ranked in the middle of the pack for staff earned run average at 4.26 but their lineup ranked in the bottom third of the majors for run production. Mark Reynolds has had a strong season for the D-backs this year as he was hitting .283 with 38 home runs and 83 runs batted in.
The Phillies were 30-29 at home which means they were losing money since they are a consistently large chalk that lays a lot of money as a host. From August 11 through August 18 the Phillies got the cash in 6 out of 7 games. Philadelphia ranked 3rd overall in run production and 12th in staff earned run average. Ryan Howard led a trio of powerful hitters with 30 home runs. Jayson Werth had 25 homers and Chase Utley had 24. Closer Brad Lidge had a bizarre 7.21 ERA to go with 23 saves, (and 8 blown saves). Without an effective closer the Phillies will struggle to repeat as world champs.
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.