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Three American League Games Form Part Of The Slate For This Saturday In The Majors

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 6/2/2013 7:16:14 PM

The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics hope to separate themselves from the rest of the pack in the American League West, including the Seattle Mariners. Let’s look at all three teams.

Game 1: Kansas City Royals @ Texas Rangers – Saturday, June 1

Even for the ranks of online football betting students who simply can’t be bothered to do much of any analysis on Major League Baseball, it would seem that the Rangers should be the obvious choice here against the Royals. Texas has maintained its place as the best team in the American League over the past few weeks. The Rangers have performed much better than a lot of experts predicted this season.

The numbing, crushing loss of the American League West to the Oakland Athletics a year ago, followed by a disappointing loss to the Baltimore Orioles in the one-game wild card playoff, sent Texas reeling. The Rangers dealt Josh Hamilton to the Los Angeles Angels and lost Michael Young to the Philadelphia Phillies. It was reasonable to think that Texas would experience a marked decline this season, but that scenario simply hasn’t played out. The Rangers will be facing a tough pitcher in this game; Kansas City starter James Shields has been really good for the Royals and manager Ned Yost.

The problem with the Royals has been their hitting; Kansas City is a relatively impotent offensive team, one that can’t hit for power with any degree of regularity. There simply aren’t enough imposing hitters in the Royals’ batting order to threaten Texas and starter Nick Tepesch. This is a game the Rangers should win.

MLB Betting Pick: Texas

Game 2: Seattle Mariners @ Minnesota Twins – Saturday, June 1

Legal online sports betting experts know that it’s not unusual for a three-game series to feature pitching matchups that cut in both directions. On Friday night, the Mariners had the favorable pitching pairing against the Twins, gaining a four-and-a-half-run advantage in terms of earned-run average. In this game, the scales are tipping in the other direction.
Minnesota starter Kevin Correia has an ERA just under four runs, while Seattle starter Aaron Harang is wearing an uncomfortably large 6.51 ERA. This pitching matchup heavily favors the Twins. It would be unwise to take the Mariners here. Go with Minnesota.

MLB Betting Pick: Minnesota

Game 3: Chicago White Sox @ Oakland Athletics – Saturday, June 1

In online poker games and in baseball, the presence of the dealer looms large, but in this clash, it seems as though the starting pitchers might not matter as much as you might first think. It’s true that Oakland’s scheduled starter, Dan Straily, has an ERA of just over five runs, but his opposing number, Chicago starter Jose Quintana, has an ERA of 3.75. It’s not as though Quintana is a shutdown pitcher. He’s better than Straily, but not by enough of a margin to make the White Sox a clear-cut favorite. Oakland is a much better hitting team than the punch-and-judy outfit from Chicago. The A’s are going to wear down the White Sox and win this game in the latter innings.

MLB Betting Pick: Oakland

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