MLB Weekly Betting Outlook
The Rangers (10-4) have a tough task ahead of them to remain undefeated at home as they welcome a red-hot Angels (10-5) team to Rangers Ballpark for a three-game set starting Monday night in MLB betting action.
With C.J. Wilson (1-0, 3.72 ERA) going to the mound for Texas, Sportsbook.ag gives the Rangers a slight edge as -145 favorites for the series opener. Wilson won his last start against the Angels at home, and with six straight victories there it could give the edge to Texas on the MLB betting lines.
Ervin Santana (0-1, 3.74 ERA) goes to the hill for the +100 road underdog Angels. Santana has won four of the last five head-to-head, and the Angels have also reeled off five straight wins. They could be a good payout as a road underdog in Game 1.
Matt Palmer (0-0, 7.71 ERA) is the scheduled Game 2 starter against the Rangers' Colby Lewis (1-1, 5.25 ERA). The series finale has two pitchers undefeated after three starts this season; Jered Weaver (3-0, 1.69 ERA) goes for the Angels in Game 3 with the Rangers sending Matt Harrison (3-0, 1.23 ERA) to the mound on Wednesday.
Colorado is the hottest team in baseball at 12-3 and they will face the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of a three-game series on Monday.
The Giants are sending Tim Lincecum (1-1, 1.86 ERA) to the hill in the opener, and despite the Rockies' explosive start it’s the road team San Francisco who will be -135 favorites at Sportsbook.ag.
The Rockies are 5-0 when labelled as underdogs, and this could bode well for them, especially as underdogs at home for Game 1. Esmil Rogers (2-0, 2.77 ERA) gets the start for Colorado.
Jonathan Sanchez (1-1, 3.24 ERA) starts for the Giants in Game 2 against the Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez (0-0. 7.50 ERA). Matt Cain (2-0, 1.42 ERA) is pencilled in for Game 3 on Wednesday for San Francisco, while Jorge De La Rosa (2-0, 3.18 ERA) gets the nod for the Rockies. De La Rosa could give Colorado the edge on the betting lines in the finale.
Pittsburgh gets a three-game series started with the Florida Marlins on Tuesday, where the Pirates will be likely road underdogs with Paul Maholm (0-2, 2.33 ERA) on the mound. Florida counters with Josh Johnson (2-0, 1.35 ERA) in Game 1.
Florida has won six of the last seven head-to-head and should be the popular choice on the series betting lines. Charlie Morton (2-0, 1.64 ERA) will go for Pittsburgh in the second game, while Ricky Nolasco (1-0, 4.05) gets the ball for the Marlins.
In Thursday’s finale it’s James McDonald (0-1, 7.47 ERA) slated to throw for the Pirates, with Florida sending Chris Volstad (0-1, 5.59 ERA) to the hill.
The Pirates are 6-3 on the road and should be given some consideration as a road underdog on the MLB betting lines for the series.