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Internet MLB Betting – Top Three Picks For The American League

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 5/3/2011 3:37:35 PM
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The online betting odds of teams should be starting to come into focus now as the first month of the 2011 season is done, which means the rust should be shaken off. Here are a trio of picks from the American League to get you through the week’s MLB betting action.

Rangers Mariners Betting – Tuesday, 10:10 PM ET

The Rangers are -121 favorites on the road in the first game of a three-game set in Seattle, where they have won six of their last 10 trips. Texas will give the ball to Alexi Ogando (3-0, 2.30), who blanked the Mariners over six innings in his first start of the season at home, tossing a two-hitter in a 3-2 win. The Mariners will counter with Erik Bedard (1-4, 5.96), who got his first win of the season in a brilliant performance in Detroit, and when he’s healthy, Bedard’s stuff is as good as anyone in the American League; the only problem is that he seems to be made of tissue paper and can’t stay healthy for an extended amount of time.

Bedard gave up five runs in a 6-4 loss in Texas in his 2011 debut, but only three runs were earned, and he’s 4-3 in 12 career starts against the Rangers with a 3.28 ERA, so he’s had success against them before. Ogando is still getting used to be a starter, and he’ll be in the rotation until the Rangers get some of their other starters back, so we’re betting on a stumble in his first trip as a starting pitcher to Seattle.

Betting Edge: Seattle Mariners +111

Angels Red Sox Betting – Wednesday, 7:10 PM ET

The Red Sox should be the MLB betting favorites in this matchup at Fenway Park, even though Ervin Santana (1-3, 4.89) is coming off his first win of the season. He is 2-3 in nine starts against the Red Sox with a 4.58 ERA, and he has the same ERA in six starts at Fenway Park, posting a 1-2 mark. Josh Beckett (2-1, 2.65) has no-decisions in his last two starts, but all in all, he looks healthy for the first time in two years and that’s a massive boost to Boston’s World Series odds, because we all know what kind of pitcher he is: above average most of the time, and dominant when he needs to be. He hasn’t been that great against the Angels, going 3-4 in 11 starts with a 4.28 ERA, but Beckett has won both of his starts in 2011 with a 0.60 ERA.

This will be the third of a four-game set in Boston, and the Red Sox are starting to roll after a slow start as they ended Jered Weaver’s perfect season on Monday. After an outing on Tuesday against Dan Haren that should be tough, look for their bats to perk up against Santana on Wednesday.

Betting Edge: Boston Red Sox

Yankees Tigers Betting – Thursday, 1:05 PM ET

The Yankees and Tigers wrap up a four-game set in Detroit, where New York won the first game on Monday by a score of 5-3, so they’ll be looking to bookend the series with a pair of victories. New York gives the ball to A.J. Burnett (4-1, 3.93), who is managing to pull out wins despite not having his best stuff all the time, and that’s a very good thing for the Yankees, who need someone to back up C.C. Sabathia in the rotation. He’s 4-1 seven starts against the Angels (including a win in his first start of the season), but a 7.07 ERA is worrying, and he’s 2-1 in three starts at Comerica Park, but again, he has a 9.42 ERA there. The Tigers counter with Rick Porcello (1-2, 4.25), who seems to be under control after a tough couple of starts to open the campaign, and he’s 1-2 in three outings against the Yankees with a 6.89 ERA.

Porcello has also lost his lone start at home this season and has an ERA of 9.00 at Comerica Park, so this could be a shootout in the afternoon. But the edge goes to the Yankees here because Burnett is 3-0 in day games this season, while Porcello is 1-2, so it could come down to this in your sports betting book.

Betting Edge: New York Yankees

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