Here is an exciting betting preview of a pair of interesting AL series taking place early this week, so join us and profit from this insightful article and the expectations for MLB Odds.
Chicago White Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
There is a surprise party taking place at the Rogers Centre this week in this series between the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays. It’s the surprisingly strong White Sox starting rotation against the surprisingly scuffling Blue Jays lineup. The Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Carlos Rodon and Mat Latos quartet of starting pitcher for Chicago all have an ERA at or below 4.05 and a combined 10-3 record.
John Danks is the only White Sox starter that has been hit hard to this point. On the flip side, Toronto’s potent lineup hasn’t exactly lived up to that billing in recent games. The Blue Jays have started to show signs over the weekend against the Athletics of coming out of their funk at the plate but their high powered bats will be challenged by what has been a very solid performing White Sox pitching staff in the first month of the season.
After a trip to the American League Championship Series last season, there are not a boatload of bargains on the MLB Odds these days to back the Toronto Blue Jays and they are a team that hasn’t put it all together here in April playing close to .500 baseball. That could offer up betting value on the Chicago White Sox in this series and it is worth noting that Chicago is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings against Toronto dating back to 2015.
New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers were a team that quietly, under the radar played very good baseball in 2015 en route to a playoff appearance and they are doing more of the same here in 2016. Texas has gotten their lineup going after some early season struggles, their bullpen is starting to recover from a tough beginning to the season and their starting rotation has gotten key quality starts from ace Cole Hamels (although he has been scratched from his scheduled Monday start in this series due to a groin injury), veteran Colby Lewis who has allowed just 9 runs in 24 innings and lefty Derek Holland who has had all the potential to be a great starting pitcher for years but multiple trips to the DL and consistency have plagued him in previous seasons and overall the Rangers rotation has 12 quality starts this season which ranks them 4th in MLB in that category.
New York may have a tough time matching up with the Texas bats in this series because the Yanks have not exactly been mashing the baseball collectively as a team in April. Brett Gardner and Brian McCann are the only Yankees batting greater than .300 while veterans Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Chase Headley are all hitting .218 or worse. Opening line at Pinnacle Sports show them as -140 favorites listing Eovaldi, while Rangers are +129 dogs listing Hamels.
Texas dominated the New York Yankees last season with a 5-2 record in 7 games winning both series played between the two teams in 2015 and I think we could see more of the same here in this series and we could see some value as MLB Picks on Texas in this series depending on the pitching matchups.