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Getaway Day Means Happy Plane Flights For Some, Sad Ones For Others

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 4/9/2013 7:13:35 PM

Wednesday and Thursday are “getaway days” in Major League Baseball, the midweek occasions when teams leave one city and travel to another. Which teams will leave with a smile?

Game 1: Toronto Blue Jays @ Detroit Tigers - Wednesday, April 10

Sports betting lines should lean ever so slightly in favor of the Blue Jays here. The Tigers have the better batting order, but in April, you want the stronger and more proven starting pitcher on your side, the moundsman who knows how to handle himself and can beat hitters without needing to overpower them.

This is Toronto pitcher Mark Buehrle’s game. He knows how to fool hitters and does not need strikeouts in order to mow down a batting order. Detroit starter Rick Porcello is exactly the kind of pitcher who needs several strikeouts, especially early in a given game, to feel confident about himself. Porcello can be outstanding at times, but Buehrle is the far more proven commodity in this contest, and he should be able to get the win for Toronto.

MLB Betting Pick: Toronto

Game 2: Tampa Bay Rays @ Texas Rangers - Wednesday, April 10

When the best online betting sites tackle this clash, they will favor the Rangers. First of all, Tampa Bay has been a particularly erratic team this season, losing multiple times by large margins and showing very little consistency or carryover from one day to the next. Texas has been a steadier squad, getting solid starting pitching and just enough offense to win its first two series of the season.

The other point to keep in mind about this contest is that Tampa Bay’s offense, which will come and go, has been shut down at times in the first week of the season. This is not an offense that chugs along and puts up five runs with machine-like regularity. The Rays have some days in which they feast, but many games in which they get shut out or very close to it. Tampa Bay needs its pitching to dominate in order to win games, and in April, when starters are still trying to develop arm strength and round into form, the Rays are vulnerable, especially against formidable hitting teams such as the Rangers. Take Texas in this situation.

MLB Betting Pick: Texas

Game 3: Colorado Rockies @ San Francisco Giants – Wednesday, April 10

This is not high-stakes online poker, not in April, but if there’s a dealer you want in your corner right now in Major League Baseball, it is hard to go against Barry Zito. The San Francisco Giants have won the last 15 games in which Zito has started for them. That’s a ridiculous run of success, especially when you realize that Zito struggled a lot during the 2012 regular season. Zito appeared to be a complete bust for the Giants after signing a $126 million deal to pitch for them and make the move across the San Francisco Bay from Oakland, where he had pitched as a member of the Athletics. Now, though, Zito has his mojo back, and for this reason, it’s very hard to pick against him at home against the lowly Colorado Rockies. You just don’t want to bet against a streak like this until it stops.

MLB Betting Pick: San Francisco



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