If you are the type of sports bettor that loves to wager on individual MLB games then you should also take a closer look at the series price betting odds that BetOnline releases every Monday for all the new series on the board. Sometimes you can find some tremendous value in the numbers when you start digging a bit deeper into the individual matchups.
The following are my top three bets to cash in this week's best-of-three series price betting odds as provided by BetOnline
Kansas City Royals (+115) vs. Cleveland Indians (-135)
The Royals took two of three from Houston this past weekend at home to post their fifth straight series win dating back to a 3-0 sweep of Tampa Bay in early July. They will be going with right-hander Edinson Volquez as their starter for Monday night's Game 1, and over his last 15 starts they are 12-3. I also like the pitching matchup for Tuesday night's Game 2 with Chris Young on the mound for Kansas City.
Cleveland was swept in four straight losses to the Chicago White Sox this past weekend at home to fall into last place in the AL Central at 45-52. The Indians managed to generate a grand total of just five runs over the course of those four games. They will go with Trevor Bauer in Tuesday's Game 2, and the right-hander has now allowed an average of 4.3 earned runs over his last six starts. The overall pitching matchups over the next three days set the stage for Kansas City extending its series winning streak to six.
Chicago White Sox (+115) vs. Boston Red Sox (-135)
The White Sox have now won eight of their last nine road games, including five road wins against both St. Louis and the Chicago Cubs earlier this month. They have gone 5-1 in their six road games as underdogs, and they come into this series as +123 road underdogs for Monday night's Game 1. Chicago will have John Danks on the mound in that game. And while the team's 3-10 record in his last 13 starts raises a red flag, I love the matchup in Tuesday's Game 2 with Jeff Samardzija getting the start. He has allowed just seven earned runs over his last three road starts.
Boston's mini run at getting back into the AL East Division race with a 6-3 start to the month of July has gone south in a hurry with just two wins in its last 11 outings. Both came in this weekend's three-game set at home against Detroit, but for the most part the Red Sox are back to riding out the string in what has been a very disappointing season. In what could easily be a series-deciding Game 3 on Wednesday night, Boston will go with Rick Porcello as its starter against Chicago's Jose Quintana. Porcello's ERA stands at 5.51 with a record of 5-10 this year, while Quintana is coming off a complete game in which he held the Indians scoreless on seven hits. I see him staying hot to give the White Sox the series win.
New York Yankees (-145) vs. Texas Rangers (+125)
The Yankees have created some breathing room in the AL East with a 7-2 record since the all-star break that has opened up a 6.5-game lead over Toronto. They took two of three from Minnesota on the road this past weekend after sweeping Baltimore at home last week with three straight wins. To go along with some solid momentum at the plate that has resulted in an average of 4.6 runs over the last nine games, New York will have Ivan Nova on the mound for Monday's series opener. After a slow return from an extended layoff, he posted a quality start his last time out against the Orioles.
Texas will open this series as a slight +103 home underdog for Monday night. The Rangers coming off a fairly successful nine-game road trip in which they went 5-4, but going back over their last 11 games at home, they have posted just one win. They will have Matt Harrison as their starter on Monday night followed by Martin Perez and Colby Lewis. None of these three have an ERA better than 4.49, which adds up to another series victory for New York in my book behind some hot bats.
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