|Written by Michelle Allan|
Bet on the MLBMLB betting Saturday includes an American League sports betting matchup of a playoff contender against a pretender as the last place Oakland A’s host the Chicago White Sox. MLB betting fans have seen the White Sox play at a moderately improved rate from earlier in the season while the A’s have continued to be a sports betting loser.
The scheduled probable starting pitchers for this MLB betting matchup are right hander Gavin Floyd for the White Sox and left hander Gio Gonzalez for the Athletics. Floyd has far and away been the more effective sports betting commodity this year.
Floyd had a MLB betting record of 9-6 with a 3.91 earned run average. In his last 3 MLB betting starts he went 1-0 with a 1.21 earned run average.
Gonzalez was 3-2 with a 6.31 earned run average. In his last 3 starts, however, he did show improvement with a MLB betting mark of 2-0 and a 1.93 earned run average.
The Chicago White Sox ranked in the middle of the MLB betting pack for run production while ranking a solid 10th overall for staff earned run average. The White Sox lineup was led by Jermaine Dye, who was hitting .272 with 24 home runs and 67 runs batted in. Paul Konerko was another source of MLB betting power for the White Sox as he was hitting .285 with 21 home runs and 70 runs batted in. Jim Thome was also a MLB betting asset with 21 home runs and 69 runs batted in. Reliever Bobby Jenks had 22 saves but a rather high 4.14 earned run average.
The Oakland Athletics ranked in the lower third of the major leagues for both run production and staff earned run average. The A’s had a recent fire sale of top priced talent as they slashed payroll in order to cut their losses as one of the biggest money losers in the game. Oakland is a rather anonymous team now without any big name talent and plays before the smallest crowds in baseball. Jack Cust led the A’s lineup with 16 home runs and 50 runs batted in.
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.