|Written by Jerry Santiago|
MLB betting features a critical American League east division sports betting matchup with playoff implications as the Tampa Bay Rays host the Boston Red Sox. MLB betting has seen Boston fall into second place but within a hair of the Yankees while the Rays were just 5 games behind and in the sports betting wild card race.
The probable starters for this MLB betting matchup are right hander Brad Penny of the Red Sox and left hander David Price of the Rays. This is a very even sports betting matchup of pitchers.
Penny had a MLB betting record of 7-5 with a 5.07 earned run average. He was roughed up in his last 3 MLB betting starts with a record of 1-2 and a 7.16 earned run average. He is 2-3 in his MLB betting career against the Rays with a 5.06 earned run average.
Price had a MLB betting mark of 4-4 with a 5.10 earned run average. In his last 3 MLB betting appearances he went 1-1 with a 6.19 earned run average. He has never faced the Red Sox in his MLB betting career.
The Boston Red Sox broke out of a 5 game losing streak beginning on July 24 where they began a stretch in which they went 7-3. Just 3 out of those 10 games went under the total. The Red Sox are a well balanced team that ranked 4th overall in run production and 7th overall in pitching staff earned run average. Jason Bay has been an interesting source of power as he had 20 home runs, 74 runs batted in, but was hitting just .252. Kevin Youkilis was much more consistent hitting .315 with 19 home runs and 64 runs batted in.
The Rays are also an excellent hitting team as they ranked 5th in the majors for run production as their improving pitching staff ranked 12th in earned run average. Carlos Pena was a feast or famine type of player as he was hitting just .214 but had 26 home runs and 69 runs batted in. Jason Bartlett led the Rays in hitting with a .337 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.