MLB Thursday Preview – San Diego vs Tampa Bay
Before baseball gambling fans turn their attention to other sports betting events this weekend, we have the Tuesday MLB game of the day pick for you. It’s time for our weekly baseball picks for online MLB betting action.
San Diego: 40-29 SU
Tampa Bay: 42-27 SU
MLB Game Preview for June 22, 2010: San Diego Padres @ Tampa Bay Rays
Before betting on World Cup games started, the world held its breath as a stadium full of people in San Diego, California watching a San Diego Padres versus Toronto Blue Jays game experienced an earthquake. Thankfully no one was injured, the game continued and the stadium was safe enough to hold the final game of the series the following night.
That disaster was averted, but the sports betting world has been watching an even worse disaster taking place in Tampa Bay. The Tampa Bay Rays have completely fallen apart and lost every bit of momentum they had when the season started. The Rays have lost seven of their last 10 games, they have fallen to one game behind the Yankees who are in first place and they are in a tie with the Boston Red Sox who have won six games in a row and eight of their last 10. The Rays are in trouble.
The San Diego Padres start this series with the Rays in first place in the NL West. The Padres just came off of a successful road trip to Baltimore, and they are looking to increase their lead over second place San Francisco with more wins in Tampa Bay.
MLB betting enthusiasts have very little MLB information on the Padres starting pitcher for this game, Mat Latos. This is his rookie season, and so far he has been impressive. He has a 7-4 record along with a 3.19 ERA. He went 6 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays recently and only allowed four hits with two earned runs.
Wade Davis will be taking the mound for the Rays, and his story is a thumbnail sketch of what has happened to the Rays this season. Davis started the season 4-3, but his ERA was over 4.00. He has lost four of his last five starts to drop to a 5-7 record, and his ERA sits at a balloon-like 4.94. Davis is not the ace of the Rays’s staff, but he is one of those pitchers that you expect a better effort from. He has lost control of his fastball recently, and his catalog of pitches is limited.
The World Cup final betting is easier to figure out than the Rays. They continue to score runs as they sit in third in the AL with 360, their team batting average is .259 and they have 16 triples this season. The Rays have the best ERA in the AL at 3.58, they have only allowed 573 hits this season and they have 18 saves on 22 save opportunities.
The Rays are just inconsistent lately. They are leaving runners on base, they cannot hit in clutch situations and the entire staff is giving up runs at the worst possible moments. In four of their last five losses they have only scored one run. Unfortunately for the Rays, they are exactly the kind of team that the Padres have been consistently beating this season. Mat Latos has also had some good success this season against AL hitting.
Pick: San Diego Padres 3-2
Poolside Rants hails from beautiful Bozeman Montana by way of Toronto, Canada. (Blame his wife for the move). He’s a Dallas Cowboys football honk. But please….don’t hold that against him. The man knows his sports and has uncanny knowledge when it comes to picking games.