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MLB Betting - Resurgent Red Sox in Wild Card Hunt

MLB betting expectations are always high for the Boston Red Sox as they have been a perennial baseball betting online contender for the past decade plus.

MLB betting news for 2010 has been unusually quiet from Beantown as the Red Sox have been uncharacteristically under the baseball betting online radar for most of the year.

The New York Yankees have been dominating the American League East Division for most of the year and had a comfortable lead on the Tampa Bay Rays, who had a firm grip on the wild card spot in the American League.

After being one of the biggest money losers on the board with the MLB odds the Red Sox have quietly climbed into the black with improved play as they went 14-9 from July 22-August 14 and inched closer to the slumping Rays in the process.

Boston remains one of the top offensive teams in the major leagues as they ranked 2nd in run production while their pitching staff has continued to be inconsistent as it ranked 18th for staff earned run average.

The staff gave up critical walk off losses last week to Toronto and Texas with the baseball lines which make things more frustrating as they wasted time gaining additional ground on Tampa Bay.  Boston has also suffered key injuries to players such as first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who is out for the season.

Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been suffering from a sore left side that caused him to leave a game early last weekend and he has not performed well as of late when able to play.

Another MLB betting concern was second baseman Dustin Pedroia who fractured his left foot and had to rehab with AAA Pawtucket.  He is expected back this week.

On the positive outfielder JD Drew has been hammering the ball with a .368 mark during a 5 games stretch in which he had 4 home runs.  Closer Jonathan Papelbon has been inconsistent this year with a 3.20 earned run average and 6 blown saves.  Daniel Bard blew 5 additional saves for Boston.

Between that and the sluggish April start that coincided with Tampa Bay bolting out of the gate with a huge lead the ground to make up for Boston has been long and difficult but they closed the gap to within 4 games.