As we rapidly approach the Major League Baseball All-Star break, the first week in July becomes an exciting time for betting on baseball, as teams move to solidify a strong push before the annual hiatus, and prepare for the second-half run extending all the way towards October. For this week, with a plate still fully loaded with MLB games, we turn our attention to the usual run of baseball contests to be the focal point for online sports betting at one of the top reviewed sportsbooks here at CR. For today, turn your attention with us to the Betonline sportsbook, which provides all the action in just a few short clicks and gives you great odds on a great sports betting interface we’ve grown to love over the past few years. With 12 games scheduled for MLB action today, let’s dive right in to the best options available for this afternoon and evening.
Starting things off with a look to the American League, the game of the night no doubt takes place between AL East foes the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays, with the Rays hosting a Game 1 series match-up featuring New York’s Freddy Garcia (2-2, 6.39 ERA) against Tampa’s Matt Moore (4-5, 4.19 ERA). Garcia will make just his fourth start of the year, filling in out of the bullpen for the injured C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte, and will make the Yankees slight underdogs on the road at +121 odds straight up. This might not be a bad underdog bet to make, considering Garcia’s 1.32 ERA with a 2-0 record against Tampa over the last three seasons. Moving along to the next favorable AL match-up, the series between the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Angels should catch your focus, as the Angels Jered Weaver (8-1, 2.31 ERA) is in a favorable duel against the inconsistent Ubaldo Jimenez (7-6, 4.69 ERA). Weaver happens to be 4-0 with a 1.75 ERA at Cleveland, and as such gives the Angels -138 odds on the road to beat the Indians in Game 1. With our last pick on AL games being played today, look to a intriguing match-up between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics, with the odds even as Boston has struggled to produce runs on their West Coast trip, and will have to face Jerrod Parker (4-3, 2.57 ERA) who has been outstanding in his last three starts allowing just 1 run in 20 innings of work. Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-2, 4.91 ERA) will look for his first win after coming back from Tommy John surgery, and expect a tight game here tonight with him pitching will against Oakland historically.
For the best of what the National League has to offer for online sports betting today, look to the series match-up between the hosting Los Angeles Dodgers and the visiting Cincinnati Reds, in what should be a highly contested affair at Dodger Stadium this evening. The Dodgers finally broke out with some scoring last night in an 8-3 win over the New York Mets that snapped a 7-game losing streak, and was more runs than they’ve scored (5) over their entire skid. They’ll likely need a strong offensive night again with Cincinnati in town, and star hitter Joey Votto set back in the lineup as well. Look for a great duel between LA’s Chad Billingsley and Cincy’s Homer Bailey, with -105 odds set for either team to win straight up. Other key match-ups worth wagering on today including the Miami Marlins at Milwaukee Brewers, with the Fish looking for their 5th straight win coming out of a month-long slump of performance at the plate, the St. Louis Cardinals will look to gather up a series-opening win over the visiting Colorado Rockies, with Kyle Lohse (7-2, 2.82 ERA) set to take on the soon-to-be demoted Josh Outman (0-3, 9.32 ERA), and lastly we’ll look for the Atlanta Braves to squash the Chicago Cubs’ 3-game winning streak, with Tommy Hanson (9-4, 3.59 ERA) seeking his 10th win on the season heading into the All-Star break. Catch these great games and more for online sportsbook wagering at Betonline or any one of the top reviewed sportsbooks found here, and catch up with us again tomorrow as the MLB schedule grows and the series action gets even hotter!