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How To Bet On Rays Athletics – As Continue To Roll, Down Rays

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 7/26/2012 6:16:34 PM

Online betting players may be surprised to see Oakland has been the best team in the American League since the All-Star break, and they have quietly put themselves in a position to challenge in the West division. On Monday, they’ll welcome a Tampa Bay team that has been in flux all season thanks to injuries and weird defensive errors, and while they’ll still put up a fight in every game, the Athletics have all the momentum on their side and that is going to lead them to yet another series win. Texas and Los Angeles should be starting to get worried in the West because the As are coming hard.

What: MLB Betting
When: Monday, July 30th – Wednesday, August 1st
Where: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Pick: Oakland Athletics

Monday, 10:05 PM ET – David Price (14-4, 2.57) vs. A.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.25)

Price hasn’t lost in eight starts and only once during that time has he given up more than two runs in an outing. A 12-strikeout effort over the As earlier this year took Price to 2-1 in five starts against them with a 3.62 ERA, and he is 1-1 in three starts in Oakland with a 3.66 ERA. Griffin has now won his last three starts and has been a nice little revelation for the Athletics and this will be his first time facing the Rays, but he has an ERA of 3.00 at home as opposed to 1.50 on the road. That being said, there isn’t a large sample size to go on and he’ll be going up against one of the premier pitchers in the majors.

While the Athletics have been rolling, Price has been a beast this year and is probably one of the favorites for the Cy Young award along with Los Angeles’ Jered Weaver. Look for him to turn in another stellar performance as the Rays hand Griffin his first big-league loss on Monday night.

MLB Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Rays

Tuesday, 10:05 PM ET – James Shields (8-6, 4.39) vs. Tommy Milone (9-6, 3.34)

You may have to check the news before making your pick for this game because the trade deadline is on Tuesday and Shields has been one of the most popular names to come up in the rumor mill. He has surely been distracted by these rumors as Shields has allowed four runs or more in five of his last six starts, and he is 4-3 in 11 starts against Oakland with a 4.58 ERA, and he has a 6.46 ERA in five starts in Oakland. Milone is definitely coming into his own in Oakland, and he won his first start against Tampa Bay despite giving up five runs and four walks in five innings of work. He has also been sparkling at home, going 5-1 in eight starts with a 0.91 ERA at the Coliseum.

Shields will either be gone already or relieved that the deadline has passed with no movement, and that is going to be the key factor in this game, but Milone has been far too good at home for it to even matter and he’ll pick up his 10th win of the season in a victory for the As.

MLB Betting Pick: Oakland Athletics

Wednesday, 3:35 PM ET - Alex Cobb (4-7, 5.05) vs. Jarrod Parker (7-4, 3.00)

Cobb hasn’t made it out of the fourth inning in his last two starts, although in his last outing, he was hit in the shin by a comebacker and had to leave the game. He also gave up five runs in 4.1 innings in his lone start against the Athletics in a loss and this is his first trip to Oakland. The Athletics will counter with Parker, who has won four of his last five starts, but he’ll be making his first start against the Rays. Still, with a 2.28 ERA at home, Parker is an encouraging sign for those looking to back the Athletics.

Cobb has a 5.54 ERA on the road, and he is coming off a start in which he had to leave due to injury, so he may not be 100%. This should be a no-brainer as the Athletics have been on fire as of late and they’ll get on Cobb early and often, making it easier for Parker to control the tempo of the game. Oakland is the pick to make in your sports betting book.

MLB Betting Pick: Oakland Athletics

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