2012 MLB Betting: MLB Weekend Picks For Sunday, August 5

Game 1: Minnesota Twins @ Boston Red Sox – Sunday, August 5

No matter which online bookie you trust, you will need to tread cautiously with any of a number of betting websites when you make a bet on this particular contest at Fenway Park. The Twins are going with Nick Blackburn as their starting pitcher, and Blackburn has quite simply been horrid this season, posting a ghastly 7.43 earned-run average for a Minnesota team that has remained ensconced in last place for most of the season. However, if you think that fact gives Boston a free ticket to victory in this game, you shouldn’t be so quick to think as much. Boston’s scheduled starter is Josh Beckett, a man who has won multiple World Series in his prime days as a staff ace for both the Florida Marlins and the Red Sox. However, Beckett has a 4.54 earned-run average this season, and has labored on the mound far more than Sox fans had ever hoped or expected. Moreover, Beckett had to leave his last start against the Detroit Tigers (on Tuesday) with an injury suffered in the top of the third inning. His availability for this game is in question, and that’s why Minnesota has a fighting chance. Nevertheless, the reality of Nick Blackburn’s atrocious performance in 2012 suggests that Boston will be able to bang out enough runs to win this game.

MLB Betting Pick: Boston

Game 2: Miami Marlins @ Washington Nationals – Sunday, August 5

When attempting to bet on sports, it’s easy to look at numbers and arrive at a safe conclusion, but this game might require more thought than a first glance would indicate. In a survey of bet online reviews, one will encounter mixed opinions on this game in the nation’s capital city. Miami will go with starter Ricky Nolasco, the owner of a very unremarkable 4.90 earned-run average. Washington will go with young starter Stephen Strasburg, who has justified the hype surrounding his arrival in the big leagues, posting a 3.12 earned-run average to this point in the season. However, one must realize that Strasburg, having endured an injury last season, is in need of careful monitoring. The Philadelphia Phillies shelled him on Tuesday in his most recent outing, and there has been a lot of talk within the Nationals organization about shutting down Strasburg for the remainder of the season. It can’t be psychologically easy for Strasburg to pitch right now, and that’s why the Marlins – for all of their weaknesses – might be a good choice in this contest. Go with Miami due to the struggles of Strasburg.

MLB Betting Pick: Miami

Game 3: Texas Rangers @ Kansas City Royals – Sunday, August 5

When these two teams play, the starting pitchers aren’t likely to decide the outcome. Derek Holland is the starter for Texas, owning a 4.96 earned-run average, while Luke Hochevar, in possession of a 5.22 ERA, will take the bump for Kansas City. Texas’ hitting has suffered in recent weeks, so the Rangers figure to get healthy against Hochevar and turn this hitting-fest into their own playground.

Read more on the latest sportsbook odds for Major League Baseball in 2012.

MLB Betting Pick: Texas

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Jess Kelm is a Canadian sports betting expert and part of the famed Canadian Crew betting syndicate. Email contact@joeduffy.net

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