|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Bet on the MLBBaseball betting Monday will feature an outstanding sportsbook betting matchup of division leaders as the Los Angeles Dodgers host the St. Louis Cardinals. Baseball betting handicappers have seen the Cardinals with the hot sportsbook betting hand as of late while the Dodgers have cooled off considerably.
From July 26 through August 15 the Los Angeles Dodgers went into their worst baseball betting stretch of the season as they went 7-13 against the sportsbook betting board. Although the Dodgers still led the National League west division by a comfortable margin both the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies were within striking distance to make for a strong baseball betting race to the finish the rest of the way.
The Dodgers still had the second best staff earned run average in baseball betting but their lineup was in a slump with run production as they wasted some good pitching efforts with a lack of support from the hitters. The Dodgers were still one of the most profitable teams on the baseball betting board and a solid wager at home. Andre Ethier led the lineup with a .275 average with 23 home runs and 76 runs batted in.
The St. Louis Cardinals won 13 out of 17 games from July 27 through August 15 to re-take control of the National League central division. The Cardinals have been slightly above break even against the baseball betting board in road action this year and have been led by a pitching staff that was ranked fourth best for earned run average. Albert Pujols was having one of the most phenomenal seasons in all of baseball betting as he was hitting .326 with 38 home runs and 103 runs batted in. Reliever Ryan Franklin had 29 saves and a 1.17 earned run average to become one of the best closers in all of baseball betting.
The scheduled probable starters for this matchup are right hander Chris Carpenter for the Cardinals and Charlie Haeger for the Dodgers. Carpenter has been outstanding this year with a 12-3 mark and a 2.27 earned run average. Haeger will make his first appearance of 2009 in this one.
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.