MLB OVER bettors dominate
Runs were plentiful Thursday night in the Majors and it showed for those with MLB over under bets, as 10 of the 13 games on the scheduled went Over the total.
The highest scoring affair was in Atlanta where the Braves and Yankees pounded out 29 hits and 18 runs in an 11-7 New York victory. Alex Rodriguez and Johnny Damon both drove in four runs for the Yankees, while Yunel Escobar plated three for the Braves.
The Rangers and Diamondbacks nearly matched that scoring outburst with 27 hits and 17 runs in a 9-8 12 inning Texas victory. Even though the Rangers came out on top Diamondbacks; third basemen Mark Reynolds was the real star with two homers and four RBI. Another game, another easy baseball over under winner.
In Philadelphia, the Rays knocked around the Phillies in a 10-4 win. Willy Aybar got the start at third in place of Evan Longoria who tweaked his hamstring the previous night. Aybar held his own, going 3-4 with a home run and three RBI.
There were also 14 runs scored in Florida Thursday night, as the Marlins trounced the Orioles 11-3. Hanley Ramirez is quickly rounding into form and went 3-5 with a homer and five RBI in the rout.
One definite Under play
Even with the high-scoring games on Thursday night there was one obvious Under play in the finale between St. Louis and the Mets. With Chris Carpenter facing Johan Santana the oddsmakers at Bovada put up a total of only 6.5. With those two super aces on the hill the Under still paid off though, as Santana outdueled Carpenter in a 3-2 Mets win.
The return of John Smoltz didn’t go very smoothly for the veteran. Against the Nationals in his season debut Smoltz was ripped for five runs in five innings in a 9-3 Washington win. The Nats were a +100 home underdog in the win at Bovada and bettors may want to see if this was just a blip for Smoltz or if he’s nearing the end of what has been a stellar career.
Interleague weekend wrap up
Interleague play wraps up for the season this weekend with a number of fan-favorite matchups. The Chicago teams and the New York squad clash again as the Cubs visit the White Sox and the Yankees drop in on the Mets.
The Sox and Cubs split a two-game series earlier this month, which would have been three games if not for a rainout. In Friday’s game, Randy Wells starts for the Cubbies and Jose Contreras goes for the White Sox with the pale hose a -110 moneyline favorite at Bovada
The Yankees took two-of-three from the Mets at new Yankee Stadium two weeks ago. CC Sabathia faces Mike Pelfry in Friday’s opener and the Yankees are a -170 road favorite at Bovada Don’t forget Sabathia lasted only an 1 1-3 inning in his last start due to a sore bicep and may not have his best stuff.