Written by: Jeff Williams (@SLIMrosco)
During the MLB season, there is no rest for the bettor. After a big weekend it's right back on the grind Monday. So here we go, some more information to help you make some early week bets. Good luck and enjoy!
TEXAS RANGERS @ BALTIMORE ORIOLES
TEX Scheduled pitchers: Monday- HARRISON Tuesday- FELIZ Wednesday- LEWIS Thursday- (N/A)
pitchers: Monday- MATUSZ Tuesday- ARRIETA Wednesday- CHEN Thursday- HAMMEL
The Rangers are 2-4 on their current road trip and possibly showing some signs that they are slightly human. After this four game series in Baltimore they head back to Texas for a weekend series with the Angels. Yes the team is 2-4 on this road trip so far, but I see a huge opportunity for them to end this trip with three, if not four wins here in Baltimore. First of all, I really like how the pitching matchups stack up. Over the weekend, Baltimore was forced to use a bunch of pitchers against the Red Sox because two of the three games went 13 innings or more. Over the three games, the Baltimore bullpen pitched 23 innings. That sounds like a real bad combination with the potent Ranger bats coming into town. I like it even more that Texas has been struggling a little bit their last six games and this could be just the series they need to grab some wins. Now don’t get me wrong, Baltimore has been playing great and they have showed they can swing the bats with anyone. They have won five games in a row; taking 2 of 3 from the Yankees and then a sweep of the Red Sox. However, this Texas team and hurt you in a hurry and if your pitching staff is slightly depleted, this could turn into a long series for the O’s.
ROSCO’S LEANS: As most of you may know by now, I love playing games ‘OVER’ the total. This series has all the makings of a possible run fest. Obviously the weather, lineups and the number the sports book posts will be the final determining factors. If everything checks out, I feel betting the ‘OVER’ in most if not all of these games will be smart bets.
ROSCO’S MONDAY PICKS:
ST. LOUIS @ ARIZONA (Lynn vs. Saunders)
Both pitchers have outstanding numbers, but both lineups can really hit. I like that Chase Field is a good place to score some runs and with these two teams, I see that being the case.
PICK: ‘OVER’ 8.5
CINCINNATI @ MILWAUKEE (Arroyo vs. Gallardo)
After a nine game road trip out, the Brewers are coming back home. From a gambling stand point, the Reds are one of the most frustrating teams in the league. It is very hard to predict what they are going to do on a daily basis. I think with the Brewers being at home it will give this team a major boost.
PICK: MILWAUKEE -125
TEXAS @ BALTIMORE (Harrison vs. Matusz)
Like I discussed in my breakdown of this series above, I really think Texas is going to have a big series. Baltimore battled all weekend and now they have to play the Rangers. Smells like disaster to me.
PICK: ‘OVER’ 9.5 ev
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