Non-divisional AL sports betting action takes center stage form the Rogers Centre Friday evening when the Chicago White Sox (15-18, -$325) head north of the border to go toe-to-toe with the AL East leading Toronto Blue Jays (23-14, +$830). Each of these clubs have gotten off to dramatically different starts to start the 2009 MLB betting season. Chicago can’t seem to get out of its own way, while the Blue Jays have quietly become the American League’s best MLB wager. The Palehose are coming off a disparaging series loss against the AL Central cellar dwelling Cleveland Indians. They got blanked by Cliff Lee and company their last time out and enter tonight’s baseball betting contest 3-7 their L/10 overall. Chicago’s split its 16 games at home (8-8, -$165), but currently sits three games under .500 as a visitor (7-10, -$160).
Toronto’s coming off its first home series loss of the season after it dropped its last two against the New York Yankees. They suffered a bitter 3-2 defeat at the hands of CC Sabathia last night, but still sit an impressive 12-6 at home where they’ve reeled their baseball betting backers in $400+ worth of profit on the season. The Blue Jays took two of three from the White Sox at US Cellular Field at the end of April to extend its series domination to wins in 10 of the L/12 overall meetings.
Rookie Brett Cecil and the Blue Jays currently sit as -130 home favorites over John Danks and the White Sox according to current BetUS MLB odds for the first of this four-game series; the ‘total’ has been pegged at 8.5-runs.
John Danks wasn’t able to squash his personal two-game losing streak his last time out, but he certainly pitched well enough to do so. The southpaw tossed six-innings of one-run ball against the Texas Rangers and allowed just four hits while striking out a career high 10 batters. He’s been rock solid as a visitor this season posting a 2-1 mark with a 3.44 ERA and 1.15 WHIP allowing just 16 hits and seven earned runs through 18+ total innings of work. He’s yet to defeat the BJ’s in two career starts, and got roughed up in this venue a year ago in early May when he surrendered seven hits and two earned runs in just 4 2/3rd innings of work.
Brett Cecil’s more than held his own since being called up to the big leagues a couple weeks ago. In two starts, the lefty has allowed just 11 hits and one earned run while striking out 12 and walking two through 14 total innings of work. His last outing against the weak hitting Oakland A’s was a thing of beauty. He induced 12 ground-ball outs and made it a point to get ahead of the hitters by throwing first-pitch strikes.
The last thing the BJ’s want to see is another effective left-hander on the mound after Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia silenced them in each of their last two games. Danks has more than held his own against Toronto in his career (2.79 ERA & 1.55 WHIP in 2 starts), and this Cecil kid could be a major problem for Chicago’s sticks. With both offenses currently struggling, look for Game 1 of this series to be decided by each clubs pitching staffs.
MoneyMakers' Recommendation: 2* Chicago/Toronto Under 8.5 -115
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