The calm before the football storm is upon us folks, as the lull during today and tomorrow’s sports schedule will soon give way Thursday to a flush of games in the NFL preseason, as well as welcoming in the 2011 College Football season. I’m not sure about you, but I for one am ecstatic at the prospects of two brand new sports seasons opening up, since summer has been chalk full of MLB Baseball and little else. Don’t get me wrong, this is certainly a great time to be a baseball fan as we near the playoffs, and with the wealth of games offered everyday for betting on sports at the top sportsbooks reviewed here, it’s been fun having a wide variety of MLB games to pick and choose from on a day-to-day basis. However, as a sports fan, and as an online sports betting enthusiast, you really just can’t beat the big weekends packed full of the handfuls of College Football on Saturday, followed by a huge dose of NFL Football on Sunday. Though I continue to wait impatiently for Thursday to come around to see some more football in the NFL preseason’s final week, and kick off the opening day of the NCAA Football season, join me in passing the time today with a look into the featured sports betting offerings for Major League Baseball this Tuesday.
Starting off, we take a look at the games in the American League for online sports betting at the Bodog Sportsbook. In the AL West, there’s plenty at stake between the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels, as Texas starts new series against the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles tries to rebound against the Seattle Mariners after losing Game 1 of the 4-game series 5-3. Texas has stretched out a slight 3.5 game lead in the AL West division due to Los Angeles’ 2 straight losses, however they might get the bigger challenge in the next 3 days, as Tampa’s pitching will be tough to contend with. I like a win for the Rays on the road today as they’re behind Jeremy Hellickson (11-9, 3.01 ERA), who has been outstanding down the home stretch. As for the Angels vs. Mariners game, it’s a bit of crap shoot with two new starting pitchers on the mound, but I like Seattle to continue to play spoiler at home, as there’s no love lost between the M’s and the Angels. Moving on to the marquee match-up of the day and the next few days to come, the AL East battle for 1st place finds the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees once again going toe-to-toe, with C.C. Sabathia looking for redemption against a Red Sox batting lineup that has been one of the few to really own him this season, accounting for 4 of the 7 losses he’s experienced in his fine season.
Switching over the action to the National League today, a number of division-leading teams and teams in the playoff hunt are in action, with pivotal games in store throughout the evening. First up, it’s back to the Milwaukee vs. St. Louis series, which always figures to be a hard fought showdown with the favored Brewers back home once again where they’ve dominated all season long (8-4 season series record in favor of the Brew Crew). The San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks continue to battle for the NL West division, though the Dbacks have begun to pull away heading into September after winning their last 7 in a row, and will be at home against fading Colorado for the next two games of the series. San Francisco meanwhile simply must get back into form after dropping the first game of their series with the Chicago Cubs 7-0 last night, as Randy Wells through a 2-hit shutout while Tim Lincecum got roughed up for 5 runs in 6 innings of work. Check out further solid options for online sports betting action at Bodog.eu today with the Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay on the mound against Bronson Arroyo and the Cincinnati Reds, Jair Jurrjens and the Atlanta Braves try to stay firm in their Wild Card spot as they face the Washington Nationals today, and the New York Mets have another favorable home match-up with the Florida Marlins as Mike Pelfrey faces Javier Vasquez. Enjoy another great day of MLB baseball for action at the best online sports betting sites reviewed here, get ready for a number of days packed with football and baseball to come, and most of all best of luck to you in all your wagering endeavors ahead!