Angels & Rangers Among Four Key Series On MLB Odds Slate
By: Don Best Staff
Monday, September 17, 2012
Brian Blessing and Todd Fuhrman got together to look at some crucial MLB series on the early part of this week's slate, and there was no better place to start than in New York where the Yankees open a 3-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.
New York is a heavy $2.50 favorite for the series, and why not with the hurlers that are schedule as Andy Pettitte goes in Game 1 followed by Phil Hughes and CC Sabathia. Toronto is scheduled to sent Ricky Romero, Henderson Alvarez and Aaron Laffey out in opposition with the Blue Jays winning just three of their last 14 in the Bronx.
Pettitte will be coming off the DL to make his first start since June 27. Fuhrman notes that New York needs a strong return from their veteran to help solidify this Yankees rotation.
Another huge series getting underway on Tuesday is in Detroit where the Tigers entertain the Oakland Athletics. Jim Leyland's Tigers dropped to three games behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central with a loss on Monday and will likely have to overtake the Pale Hose if a playoff spot is to be had. Detroit is priced at -140 for this series against an Athletics crew that is in the throes of a brutal close to the regular season.
Oakland played four in Anaheim plus three at home against the Orioles this past weekend, and now begins a 10-game roadie through Motown, the Bronx and the Lone Star State. Despite that slate, Fuhrman points out the A's have a chance to win each time out with their dynamic pitching staff.
Here come the Brewers over in the National League as Milwaukee begins a 3-game set in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The red-hot Brew Crew is $1.25 road chalk for the series against Pirates team that has simply run out of gas at just 2-8 the last 10, and 15-30 since July 28.
Milwaukee, meanwhile, hit the afterburners in mid-August and has reeled off 22 wins over the course of its last 30, moving to just 2.5-games out of the second National League wild card spot entering play on Monday.
Last but certainly not least, a huge clash finds the two-time AL defending champion Texas Rangers in Anaheim to meet the Angels for a trio of tilts. The pitching matchups in this clash give it the appearance of the first three games in a playoff series. Ryan Dempster leads off for Texas against Jered Weaver, Wednesday finds Derek Holland taking on CJ Wilson and everything comes to a close on Thursday when Yu Darvish squares off opposite Zack Greinke.
Texas begins the week with the top record in the American League, but still can't feel comfortable despite a 3-game edge on the second-place Athletics and 7.5 in front of the Halos who are priced at -135 to take at least two games in this series.