We’re just a few days away from the end of the 1st half of the online baseball wagering season. While that may mean that we’ve bisected a good portion of the MLB season, it still means that we have good amount of Major League Baseball action to go. Let’s take a quick glance at Wednesday’s sportsbook results before we break down some good betting options this Thursday.
Wednesday’s Online Baseball Wagering Results
Wednesday got off to a thrilling start as the Blue Jays picked up their second straight win over the New York Yankees 7-6. The Yankees got off to a great start this season but they can’t seem to stop falling in the AL East rankings.
Luckily enough for the Yanks, the Red Sox also conceded a loss this Wednesday 8-2 to the Texas Rangers. Boston found success against the Rangers early in the series but Texas managed to avoid being swept with yesterday’s comeback.
The Cleveland Indians suffered a 6-2 loss to the San Diego Padres. No baseball betting sites sided with the Padres, but San Diego managed to knock off the leaders of the AL Central without breaking a sweat. With that loss, the Indians have now tied with the Royals for the top spot in the division.
The Houston Astros were able to build upon their lead in the AL West by delivering the first blowout of the night. Houston pummeled the Braves 10-4, marking the second night row they’ve done so to Atlanta.
Although many fans were looking forward to it, the contest between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals got postponed. Since the season has to move on, the Nats will face the Braves this evening.
There were a total of 2 shutouts this past Wednesday. The Brewers beat Baltimore 4-zip, further advancing their lead in the NL Central. Likewise, the Dodgers let the Diamondbacks know why they’re in second place be defeating Arizona 1-0.
Thursday’s MLB lineup has a total of 12 contests for sportsbook players to choose from. A handful of contests will be getting the national spotlight, but one matchup that is beyond intriguing is the pairing between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. Let’s see what baseball betting sites are predicting.
Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Thursday, July 6th
When: 7:10 pm ET
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Series: Game 1 of 4-Game Series
Stream: MLB TV
Online Baseball Wagering Odds:
Boston Red Sox -1 ½ (-105) 7 ½ (+110) -163
Tampa Bay Rays +1 ½ (-115) 7 ½ (-130) +153
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox slide into this matchup sporting a 49-36 record that paints them as the best team in the AL East. With that tally, Boston owns a 4-game lead over their longtime rivals, the New York Yankees. Boston is on track to make the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Had they not lost to the Rangers this Wednesday, Boston would’ve come into this contest riding a 6-match win streak. Nevertheless, the Red Sox will be looking to bounce back against the Rays. To help get the job done, Boston will be sending Chris Sale to the mound. Sale is 11-3 on the season with a 2.61 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. With Sale on the mound, Boston are the rightful online baseball wagering favorites.
Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay comes into this pairing with a 44-42 record that places them 5 ½ games behind Boston in the division. Additionally, the Rays are ½ a game behind the Yankees and 4-games ahead of 4th-place Baltimore. Tampa has been absent from the playoffs for the last three years running.
Jacob Faria will get the start for the Rays. Faria is 3-0 on the season with a 2.23 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. Few pitchers in the MLB have as good as stats as Sale and Faria. Watching these two go at it this evening will be thrilling – no doubts about it.