|Written by Michelle Allan|
|Saturday, 04 July 2009 10:08|
MLB betting for Independence Day will include two teams that have been better than expected sports betting values on the baseball board this year. MLB betting fans may be surprised that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Florida Marlins have shown a sports betting profit despite hovering around or below the .500 mark.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were the last place team of the National League central division to start the MLB betting season but they have also been profitable as a consistent sports betting underdog that brings a good price and profit when they win. Pittsburgh has been a very streaky MLB betting commodity so far this year that ranked 19th overall in offensive production and 14th overall in pitching. They were only 6 games behind division leader Milwaukee for first place in the central. The Pirates were not a strong MLB betting commodity on the road with a mark of just 14-26. Adam LaRoche led the weak MLB betting lineup with just 11 home runs while Freddy Sanchez had the top batting average at .308 along with 24 doubles and 40 runs scored.
Speaking of streaky the Florida Marlins certainly qualify as such. After a great start to the MLB betting season they have been up and down and in and out through the first half of the schedule. Florida has been near the .500 mark both at home and away although they have trended over at home with just 15 of their first 41 home games going under the total. The Marlins ranked 15th overall in MLB betting for offensive production and a poor 20th overall for pitching with a staff earned run average of 4.42. Hanley Ramirez was a strong MLB betting asset for the Marlins as he was hitting .339 with 25 doubles, 12 home runs, 48 runs scored and 52 runs batted in with 11 stolen bases just for good measure.
Left hander Zach Duke of Pittsburgh and left hander Andrew Miller of Florida are the scheduled starters. Duke was 8-6 with a 3.13 earned run average while Miller was 2-4 with a 4.45 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.