Game 1: San Francisco Giants @ Philadelphia Phillies – Sunday, July 22
No matter which online bookie you might consult, you’re going to get conflicting pieces of information on this contest in Philadelphia between the Giants and the Phillies. Neither one of the starting pitchers in this game will inspire a lot of confidence at various premier betting websites on the Internet. Barry Zito will go to the mound for San Francisco, toting a 4.01 earned-run average. Zito used to be one of the top pitchers in baseball in his salad days with the Oakland Athletics, but he has not the same man across the San Francisco Bay. The Giants’ starting rotation has had an up-and-down year, and Zito has fit perfectly (in a less than ideal way…) within that larger framework. Joe Blanton is going to be the starter for the Phillies in this game. His 4.79 ERA is decidedly mediocre, leaving Blanton as the worst member of Philadelphia’s starting rotation. Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and even Vance Worley have been stronger than Blanton this season. The fact that the Giants get the Phillies’ worst starter is what will likely tip this tilt toward San Francisco.
MLB Betting Pick: San Francisco
Game 2: Seattle Mariners @ Tampa Bay Rays– Sunday, July 22
When attempting to bet on sports, it’s usually a winning move to avoid overcomplicating various situations. Consider this Sunday’s game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. In a survey of bet online reviews, one will not find many if any numbers or viewpoints that will support the Seattle Mariners and their chances of winning. Blake Beavan is the starting pitcher for Seattle in this game, bringing an inflated 5.92 earned-run average to the hill. Beavan is a young and unproven hurler who has a lot to learn about pitching in the big leagues. Tampa Bay has not had the most successful or encouraging season to this point in time, but the Rays should be able to rough up Beavan on Sunday. Tampa Bay’s starter, Matt Moore, has not torn up the majors this year. His 4.42 earned-run average is… well… average. Yet, Moore is a lot better than Beavan and should be able to pitch reasonably well against an impotent Mariner batting order. The Rays are the clear choice here.
MLB Betting Pick: Tampa Bay
Game 3: Houston Astros @ Arizona Diamondbacks – Sunday, July 22
When you look at this game, two unproven starting pitchers are going to lock horns. Houston’s Jordan Lyles has a 5.08 earned-run average while Arizona starter Trevor Bauer carries a 5.40 ERA to the ballyard. This pitching matchup is dead-even, so the deciding factor is likely to come at the plate. Arizona’s bats inspire more confidence than Houston’s hitters, so in the end, the homestanding Diamondbacks merit a slight but real edge over the Astros in Phoenix. Arizona still has a chance to make the playoffs; the D-Backs know they need to take advantage of a weekend series against the lowly Astros.
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MLB Betting Pick: Arizona