Another weekend of Major League Baseball is nearly upon us and for sides in the AL and NL middle May is a crucial time across the divisions.
The ladders are beginning to take form and at a glance betting fans can see who is likely to make the playoffs and who isn’t.
Here are our top MLB betting news and tips for this weekend:
Orioles to sweep Rays:
Baltimore’s climb up the MLB ranks continued last week with series victories over the Royals and Twins but they still lack consistency at the mound. Closer Jim Johnson blew a save on Tuesday but has a chance at redemption this weekend against a Rays side sneaking up to AL East.
Despite Tampa Bay’s resurgence the Orioles should have no problem making hits and with Chris Davis and Ryan Flaherty in good form betting fans should back a series sweep at Camden Yards.
Rockies powerless against Giants:
Colorado finally recovered from a four-game losing streak with victories against the Cardinals on Sunday before a win over the Cubs two days later. Yet they don’t have enough pitching strength to take on the 2012 World Series champions and despite slugger Carlos Gonzalez impressing on Tuesday Colorado are set to lose this series without a fight.
San Francisco won their series in Colorado 3-0 last month and are likely to do so again this weekend.
Washington scalp Padres:
The NL East meets West this weekend as Washington travel to San Diego looking to replicate last season’s 2-1 series victory in California. Although the Nationals have stuttered of late they are still second in the division with a 21-18 record and on the road have gone 9-9 this season.
betting MLB World Series fans can expect Stephen Strasburg (3.10 ERA) to open Thursday’s game against the Padres’ Edinson Volquez, who has two wins from his past three starts but carries a worse 5.15 ERA.
A win on Thursday would give Washington confidence heading into the remaining weekend games and they are a good price to finish this four-game series 3-1.
Note: Team records and stats applicable to Wednesday 15 May. By Joe Short