Okay, MLB betting enthusiasts, if you’re looking to boost the annual betting bankroll with a week full of wise wagers, then you’ve come to the right place! With my Week 12 MLB best rated bets preview of six of the best games on tap this coming week, you’re going to have a great chance to cash in early and often this coming week.
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Now, with the 2015 MLB regular season steamrolling into its 12th week, let’s get started with Tuesday night’s nationally-televised Interleague matchup between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels.
A Closer Look At My MLB Week 12 Best Bets
Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels
Tuesday, June 23
10:00 PM ET
Analysis: Heading into their series finale against Seattle on Sunday evening, the Houston Astros (40-30 SU, 28-39-3 O/U) were looking to snap out of a modest two-game losing skid as they sit 2.5 games up in the AL West.
The Los Angeles Angels (35-34 SU, 32-34-3 O/U) hit their Sunday series against Oakland having won two of three and six of 10 overall while scoring five runs or more four times.
The Astros had won their previous five games before hitting their recent speed bump and I think they’re going to be fired up for this series against their division rivals. Wilson has been dominant over his last two outing, allowing one earned run over 15 innings and winning both games. Wilson allowed two earned runs in 6.2 innings in his only start against the Astros earlier this season, a game the Angels lost. L.A. is 30-22 in night time moneyline wagers and I think the Halos will be a good bet in this one.
Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs
Wednesday, June 24
8:05 PM ET
Analysis: The NL West-leading Dodgers (38-31 SU, 35-31-3 O/U) had lost five of six heading into Sunday, but they’re going to take on a Chicago Cubs (36-30 SU, 28-33-5 O/U) team that will likely start right-hander Kyle Hendricks in this contest.
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Hendricks got smacked around for a a career-high seven runs on 11 hits over five innings in his last start against the Minnesota Twins. Hendricks will make his sixth start at Wrigley Field this season, though he’s still looking for his first home win.
New York Yankees at Houston Astros
Thursday, June 25
8:10 PM ET
Analysis: While neither ballclub has announced its starting pitcher for this contest, you should know that the Yankees (38-30 SU, 36-29-3 O/U) are ranked second in scoring (4.72 rpg) and an identical second in home runs (92). The big problem for the Bronx Bombers has been a team ERA that ranks just 17th overall and a starting staff that ranks 30th in quality starts.
The Astros (40-30 SU, 28-39-3 O/U) are first in home runs (101), third in stolen bases (56) and eighth in scoring (4.40 rpg). Defensively, the ‘Stros are ranked 10th in team ERA (3.68), 13th in strikeout and 15th in quality starts. Houston is 17-16 on the road this season while New York has gone 20-12 in the comfy confines of Yankees Stadium.
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
Friday, June 26
Analysis: The Cardinals (45-23 SU, 24-42-2O/U) will likely start staff ace Michael Wacha and he’ll be looking to get back to form after getting pounded unmercifully by the Philadelphia Phillies in his last start. The good news for Wacha and the Cards is that the gifted right-hander is 1-1 with a 7.59 ERA against the Phils this season. Against all other teams, Wacha is 8-2 with a 2.20 ERA and that simply doesn’t bode well for the Chicago Cubs (36-30 SU, 28-33-5 O/U) in this one.
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Seattle Marines at Los Angeles Angels
Saturday, June 27
7:15 PM ET
Analysis: Heading into Sunday night, Seattle (32-37 SU, 29-38-2O/U) has gotten on a nice roll by winning two straight and five of their previous eight games.
Conversely, the Los Angeles Angels (35-34 SU, 32-34-3 O/U) hit their Sunday series finale against Oakland having won two of three and six of their previous 10 games overall while scoring five runs or more four times.
The M’s are just 16-17 on the road this season and 23-27 in nighttime games, making the Angels the right pick here.
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, June 28
8:05 PM ET
Analysis: The Cubs (36-30 SU, 28-33-5 O/U) and Cardinals (45-23 SU, 24-42-2O/U) will close out the weekend with a primetime NL Central divisional matchup that should be quite entertaining.
The Cubbies have gone 19-17 on the road this season and have the fifth-best team ERA in all of baseball (3.52). Chicago also ranks fourth in WHIP (1.20) and sixth in strikeouts (580). Unfortunately, the Cubs are ranked in the middle third in every meaningful offensive statistical category.
The division-leading Cardinals have the best team ERA in all of baseball (2.71) while also ranking fifth in WHIP (1.21) and 11th in strikeouts (555).
The Cards are ranked a discouraging 20th in scoring (4.04 rpg) but sixth in team batting average and ninth in OPS (.732).