|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Baseball betting Thursday will include a contender against a sportsbetting cellar dweller in an American League west division matchup from Oakland. Baseball betting has seen the Texas Rangers become one of the biggest surprises in all of sportsbook betting as they are a strong wild card contender.
General manager Nolan Ryan and field manager Ron Washington have done an outstanding job of turning around the baseball betting fortunes of the Rangers. For many years the Rangers had the sportsbook betting reputation of having a strong offensive lineup and a weak pitching staff but this baseball betting season has seen a team with greater balance as they ranked 11th in all of baseball for both run production and staff earned run average.
The Rangers have played close to break even against the baseball betting board on the road this year and they went over the total in just 16 out of 46 road games. Overall the Rangers have been one of the most profitable teams in baseball betting this season and they got the cash in 11 out of 15 games from July 19 through August 3. Michael Young has led the lineup with an average of .324 with 17 home runs and 48 runs batted in. Ian Kinsler hit 23 home runs and 63 runs batted in with a .242 average. Hank Blalock had similar numbers to Kinsler as he was hitting .248 with 20 home runs and 50 runs batted in. Reliever Frank Francisco has been a contributing factor to Texas’ baseball betting improvement as he had 15 saves and a 2.15 earned run average.
The scheduled probable starters for this baseball betting matchup are right hander Tommy Hunter of Texas and right hander Trevor Cahill of the Athletics. Hunter has been the far better baseball betting commodity this year. Hunter was 3-2 with a 2.63 earned run average. In his last 3 games he went 2-1 with a 3.00 earned run average. Cahill was 6-10 with a 5.01 earned run average. In his last 3 starts he was 1-2 with a 6.75 earned run average. He allowed 23 home run in 120.1 innings of work.
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.