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How To Bet On Athletics Diamondbacks –Two Teams Already Fighting To Remain Relevant

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 6/6/2012 2:53:24 PM

The Oakland Athletics have struggled to score runs so far this season; The Arizona Diamondbacks haven’t been much better. Two offenses ranked in the bottom third in the majors in runs scored will meet this weekend, as sports betting interleague play continues in the desert with a pair of teams struggling to gain ground in their respective divisions, before the prospect of at least remaining in Wild Card contention fades away all too soon.

Oakland Athletics @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Friday, 9:40 PM ET

Considering the MLB regular season doesn’t end until September, no fan base wants to see its team trailing in its division by more than eight games heading in to the second weekend of June. Unfortunately for baseball fans in both Oakland and Arizona, that is the reality heading in to this three-game set, buried below the top two teams in the majors in the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers respectively. While neither fan base is expecting a playoff run come September, remaining relevant this early on would be more enjoyable than treading near the bottom of their divisions.

A pair of 25-year old starters will get the nod for Friday’s opener, with the Athletics’ Tommy Milone getting the call opposite Daniel Hudson for the Diamondbacks. Milone has looked very good over his last three starts allowing just five earned runs in 20.2 innings of work, but somehow the last two contests have been 2-0 shutout losses. Milone has to hope that his offense will give him some support this time around, but it could be tough against Hudson, who hasn’t given up more than two earned runs in each of his last three starts. Arizona will take the series opener, but the best bet here might be the “under”.

MLB Betting Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks

Oakland Athletics @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Saturday, 10:10 PM ET

The Athletics’ run support could end up going to Jarrod Parker in game two of the series, with former Oakland starter Trevor Cahill getting the nod against his former team. Cahill has been inconsistent all season, and will be that much more vulnerable against an organization that understands his weaknesses while also being due for a loss after throwing a complete-game shutout in his last start. Parker will see that complete-game shutout, and show his last 14 innings of work without allowing a single run, en route to his second consecutive bet on sports victory.

MLB Betting Pick: Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Sunday, 4:10 PM ET

Another pitcher in this series that hasn’t gotten a ton of run support, Joe Saunders gets the nod for Arizona in the finale after starting in consecutive losses, even though he allowed just four runs combined through those appearances. Neither team can score a ton of runs, but considering that Travis Blackey’s teams have lost every game he has appeared in this season dating back to his time with the San Francisco Giants before being traded to Oakland, Saunders is definitely due for that online sportsbooks win.

MLB Betting Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks

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