|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Baseball betting Friday includes an American League sports betting matchup between a contender and a bottom feeder from Seattle as the Mariners host the Indians. Baseball betting continues to go well for the Mariners while the Indians have been one of the biggest losers in all of sports betting and continue to gush red ink.
The Cleveland Indians have been in the midst of one of the worst baseball betting stretches for any team this season. From June 15 through July 21 the Indians went on a sports betting slump in which they went 8-21. The Indians main baseball betting weakness is their pitching staff, which ranked 30th overall in earned run average at a staggering 5.28.
The Indians have a decent baseball betting lineup, however, which ranked 8th overall in run production. Asdrubal Cabrera has led the Cleveland lineup with a .301 average and 45 runs scored. Victor Martinez and Shin-Soo Choo have supplied the baseball betting power as Martinez has 14 home runs while Choo has 13.
The Seattle Mariners are about as opposite of a baseball betting commodity as you can find from the Indians. Seattle has one of the weakest lineups in all of baseball betting as they ranked 28th overall in run production but the Mariners were a strong 3rd overall in pitching with a staff earned run average of 3.72.
The Mariners have also been something of an under team at home with just 17 out of their first 43 home games going over the baseball betting total. Russell Branyan has been one of the few bright spots in the lineup as he was hitting .275 with 23 home runs and 52 runs batted in.
The scheduled probable starting pitchers for this matchup are left hander Aaron Laffey of the Indians and left hander Eric Bedard of the Mariners.
Laffey is 3-2 with a 4.27 earned run average. In his last 3 starts, however, he was lit up with a 7.04 earned run average. He has a 4.57 earned run average for his career against the Mariners.
Bedard is 5-2 with a 2.70 earned run average. In his last 3 starts he had no decisions and a 3.77 earned run average.
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.