|Written by Jerry Santiago|
MLB betting Saturday will include a National League sports betting matchup of struggling teams as the New York Mets host the Arizona Diamondbacks. MLB betting handicappers have seen both teams operate in the sports betting red this season and neither team has done much to inspire confidence as of late.
The scheduled probable starting pitchers for this MLB betting matchup are right hander Max Scherzer of the Arizona Diamondbacks and left hander Oliver Perez of the New York Mets. Scherzer has been the better sports betting commodity this season.
Scherzer had a MLB betting mark of 6-6 with a 3.61 earned run average. In his last 3 appearances he went 1-0 with a 3.00 earned run average. He has never faced the Mets in his MLB betting career.
Perez had a MLB betting record of 2-3 with a 7.42 earned run average. In his last 3 starts he went 0-1 with a 5.29 earned run average. He has struggled against Arizona in his MLB betting career with a mark of 1-5 and a 5.01 earned run average.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been one of the biggest money losers in MLB betting but have actually been a better board value on the road than at home. Arizona has also trended under on the road as just 16 out of their first 45 road games went over the total. Mark Reynolds has been a significant MLB betting asset for Arizona as he was hitting .278 with 27 home runs and 66 runs batted in. Justin Upton was also having a fine season with a .295 average and 18 home runs along with 60 runs batted in.
The light hitting New York Mets have been done in by the combination of a weak lineup and an ever increasingly ineffective pitching staff. From June 26 through July 27 the Mets went just 10-18 to fall out of contention in the National League east division as well as from the wild card race. The Mets have been break even on the board at home and have trended slightly under the total as a host.
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.