Ah, the weekend. That wonderful time when you get to wake up late, ponder over the daily sports offerings on TV throughout the afternoon, and lounge around on the couch in your underwear eating cold pizza from last night. Okay, maybe that’s just me, but to each their own right? Right. Regardless of what state the morning finds you on Saturday, there is one thing for certain, and that is the fact that we finally have some great options for sports betting back on the table, with a full day of Major League Baseball, some CFL Football action up north, and some MMA fighting with Strikeforce action on the docket tonight. There’s no question that you’ll be able to find something to fit your online sports betting fancy throughout the day, so join us this afternoon with a look over the top betting lines at Bovada sportsbook, the top-reviewed sports betting destination here at CR. Let’s jump in to all the day’s action and spot the best looking wagers for the best opportunities to cash in on today’s sporting events.
For the early games getting underway shortly, make sure to take a look at the action starting up in the East, first with Game 2 of the New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels series. The Yankees now own the best record in baseball after last night’s clutch victory, and hold an eight-game lead over second place Baltimore in the AL East. Tonight, they’ll look to their bats once again to jump on Angels’ starter Jerome Williams (6-5, 4.46 ERA) who comes off a month-long sting on the DL. Chances are the Yankees will need another big night ala Mark Teixeira (2 home runs, 5 RBI last night), in order to support their starter Freddy Garcia (3-2, 5.23 ERA) who has been up and down this season. Fortunately for Garcia, he’s been outstanding against the Angels lately, going 6-0 with a 2.49 ERA in his last 9 starts against them. Trying to avoid a 4th consecutive loss on the road, the Angels will be desperate, which may play even further into a Yankees advantage today. We’ll go for the 1.5 runs the Yanks have to cover against the spread (+125 odds) for the first wager of the day at Bovada.
Picking out some other key match-ups early in the afternoon, the Chicago Cubs host an interesting game with the Arizona Diamondbacks, with a great pitching duel lined up between Arizona’s Joe Saunders (4-5, 3.44 ERA) and Chicago’s Ryan Dempster (4-3, 1.99 ERA). Dempster, a subject of trade rumors, has been flawless in his last 27 innings of work, and has won 5 consecutive starts…a true feat considering how awful the Cubs are this season. Chicago is also terrible against left-handed pitching, going 8-18 on the year against lefties, so count on this to be a low-scoring match-up that has us eyeing the under wager on total runs set at 8 1/2. Lastly for the early games in the MLB, turn to the series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians, as Ubaldo Jimenez (8-7, 4.50 ERA) looks to slow down the Jays while Aaron Laffey (0-1, 2.67 ERA) makes his 4th start of the season, hoping to finally get some run support. After a 1-0 nail-biting win for Cleveland last night, once again we like the under wager on 10 runs for the over/under at EVEN odds.
Moving down the rest of the MLB list for the afternoon and evening games, check out a fantastic pitcher’s match-up in the New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves series, as R.A. Dickey (12-1, 2.40 ERA) looks to continue his amazing season into the second half, but will face a tough challenge taking on Tommy Hanson (10-5, 3.71 ERA) on the road this evening. Elsewhere, the Detroit Tigers look to stay hot in the second half, shooting for a 7th consecutive victory as they face the Baltimore Orioles with Max Scherzer (8-5, 4.72 ERA) taking on Wei-Yin Chen (7-5, 3.93 ERA). Another key series between NL Central foes finds the Cincinnati Reds facing the St. Louis Cardinals once again, with the Reds seeking a 5th straight win in a tough match-up pitting STL’s Kyle Lohse (9-2, 2.79 ERA) against Cincy’s Mike Leake (3-6, 4.01 ERA). Spot some other excellent pitching duels as the Washington Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez (12-3, 2.92 ERA) battles the Miami Marlins’ Mark Buehrle (8-8, 3.25 ERA), the Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish (10-5, 3.59 ERA) faces the Seattle Mariners’ only hope Felix Hernandez (6-5, 3.13 ERA), and the Boston Red Sox’ Clay Buchholz (8-2, 5.53 ERA) tries to continue his lucky run against Tampa Bay’s David Price (11-4, 2.82 ERA). With some of the top pitching match-ups of the week taking place today, make sure to check out all the betting lines on MLB baseball, and pick out some key trends that will help to turn you into a winner this afternoon and evening!
Also, if you’re looking to change up the pace a little bit, take note of the pair of CFL football games on tap for this evening, with a great match-up between the undefeated B.C. Lions, last season’s CFL champs, and the undefeated Saskatchewan Roughriders, in a game that should be an excellent teaser for those missing College and NFL football. Catch one more game as well on the CFL schedule, as the Toronto Argonauts battle the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, with plenty of offense on tap as Toronto QB Ricky Ray looks to light up the scoreboard and drive a high-scoring game. Make sure to also check out the options for Strikeforce competition tonight, with a great main event featuring a middleweight bout between champion Luke Rockhold and Tim Kennedy, and a welterweight title fight between Nate Marquardt and Tyron Woodley. With a total of 4 solid fights lined up, even though there may be less attention than last week’s Silva vs. Sonnen UFC 148 clash, still there’s plenty of opportunities to watch some great MMA competition, and get a hold of some good betting lines for the fights at Bovada. Check out all your options for online sports betting on Saturday, and we hope you come out lucky with some added cash in your pocket!