2012 MLB Betting: MLB Weekend Picks For Sunday, August 19

Game 1: New York Mets @ Washington Nationals – Sunday, August 19

The Washington Nationals have become an online casino of sorts in that there’s so much speculation floating around the team, especially in connection to the fate of starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, about to be shut down because of concerns about his long-term durability and health. However, when Strasburg is not at issue, this team has steamed upward in the standings, en route to a pace that is likely to carry the Nats to 100 wins before the regular season is over. The ranks of betting websites will find it very hard to pick the New York Mets against the Nationals in this Sunday matinee in the District of Columbia. New York’s starting pitcher for this game is Chris Young, who lugs a decidedly mediocre 4.87 earned-run average to the bump. Washington’s starting pitcher for this afternoon tilt is Gio Gonzalez, who has been superb this season with a 3.32 earned-run average. The emergence of multiple young arms, Gonzalez being one of them, is precisely why Washington has attained such pronounced heights after several seasons of struggle. Do the Mets figure to stand in the Nats’ way on Sunday? No – not even close. Take Washington here.

MLB Betting Pick: Washington

Game 2: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Atlanta Braves – Sunday, August 19

When making a bet on sports, you are going to come across some baseball encounters in which the hitters, not the pitchers, are going to make the difference. In any overview of betonline.com reviews, you are likely to get a hitting-centric assessment of this Sunday’s showdown between two National League playoff hopefuls, the Dodgers and the Braves. Los Angeles will trot Chad Billingsley to the mound with a 3.62 earned-run average. Atlanta will counter with Tim Hudson, who has a 3.59 earned-run average. Clearly, both men are both performing at the same level, but that statement is more accurate than you might first realize. Both Billingsley and Hudson are coming off shutouts in their most recent outings this past Tuesday. Billingsley powered L.A.’s 11-0 waxing of the Pittsburgh Pirates, while Hudson fueled Atlanta’s 6-0 win over the San Diego Padres. All in all, playing at home in what is likely to be withering Georgia heat should give Atlanta’s hitters a greater comfort zone. The Dodgers are immersed in a long and winding road trip that should leave them spent at the end of a mid-August weekend. Take the Braves in this particular situation.

MLB Betting Pick: Atlanta

Game 3: Cleveland Indians @ Oakland Athletics – Sunday, August 19

When Cleveland and Oakland conclude their weekend series, the numbers shouldn’t lie – they might, but they probably won’t. Cleveland will go with starting pitcher Justin Masterson, owner of a ho-hum (but not awful) 4.68 earned-run average. Oakland will answer with Jarrod Parker, who has been terrific this season with a 3.55 ERA. Parker is one of the reasons the A’s are unexpectedly contending for a playoff berth. He will carry Oakland to victory in the series finale.

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

MLB Betting Pick: Oakland

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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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