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Season Betting On MLB – Brewers And Giants Stand Out

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 5/11/2011 4:22:03 PM
season betting on mlb

The online betting calculus is somewhat complicated in Milwaukee, but it’s not very hard to discern – or approve of – in Chicago. A Midwestern flavor colors this weekend in baseball.

National League Weekend Betting Picks:

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Milwaukee Brewers – Saturday, May 14 – 7:10 PM ET

The sports betting gurus who cover baseball for a living have to admit they’re a little thrown off by the cluttered nature of the National League Central Division through the first month and a half of the season. As of the morning of Wednesday, May 11, the Pittsburgh Pirates – likened to a triple-A minor-league team by many a baseball analyst, especially in light of their low-grade payroll – stand at the .500 mark. Very few people in their right mind could have claimed that the Bucs would be this formidable and this resilient. Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Brewers – who were aggressive in their offseason approach and tried to make one last run at a division championship – have simply not gotten untracked. The Brew Crew is an atrocious 6-15 away from home, making its 10-5 record in the comfy confines of Miller Park a minimally satisfying piece of reassurance. Milwaukee was supposed to have the combination of appreciably young arms and powerful bats to make some noise in a Central division won last year by the Cincinnati Reds, a team that has not yet proven it has year-in, year-out staying power. It’s true that the National League Central was supposed to be a wide-open division, but the Brewers were not supposed to be two games behind the Pirates on May 11. Can Milwaukee get going? We’ll find out this weekend, as the Brewers host the Pirates and conclude the series on Sunday afternoon in Wisconsin. The matchups suggest that Pittsburgh will fare well. The Buckos have Kevin Correia going, while the Brewers answer with Zack Greinke. Correia’s earned-run average of 3.25 is just over two runs lower than Greinke’s (5.40). Then again, Milwaukee – as noted above – is an extremely good team at home. Moreover, the Brewers have far more firepower than the light-hitting Pirates. Milwaukee hasn’t shown much to this point in the season, but the Brewers are a better team than the overachieving Bucs. Take Milwaukee this Sunday.

Pittsburgh Milwaukee Betting Pick: Milwaukee

Game Number Two:

San Francisco Giants @ Chicago Cubs – Sunday, May 15 – 2:20 PM ET

MLB baseball betting experts might not always be right – baseball is a fragile sport in which individual games are very difficult to project throughout the course of a 162-game regular season. Moreover, when one realizes the fact that the Chicago Cubs will be trotting out one of the better pitchers over the past half-decade, Carlos Zambrano, to the mound this Sunday afternoon, one could think that the San Francisco Giants will be in for a tough day.

Then again, when you counterbalance all of that with the presence of San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum, life doesn’t seem so complicated anymore.

Lincecum has been his typical “Filthy McNasty” self in his past two starts. The Cy Young Award winner has thrown 15 shutout innings and has silenced opposing bats. Zambrano might be good for seven innings and three runs, but Lincecum is locked in right now. It would be very hard to see how the Cubbies will score more than two runs against him. Take San Francisco, because Tim Lincecum is a shutdown starting pitcher of the highest caliber.

San Francisco Chicago Cubs Betting Pick: San Francisco

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