MLB gambling handicappers will have their choice of two top playoff contenders in the American League with a baseball gambling matchup of Chicago at Boston.
The Chicago White Sox have been in and out of the playoff chase throughout the summer as a part time first place team in the American League Central division. The White Sox were 4.5 games behind the front running Minnesota Twins in the Central and 9 games out in the wild card race.
The Boston Red Sox have had a quiet season in which they have rested in 3rd position in the American League East behind the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays. Boston was lurking close, however, as they still had a shot at first with just 5.5 games separating them from the Yankees. Boston was also 5.5 games out in the wild card chase.
Boston has won 13 out of the last 20 games in their head to head series with the White Sox although Chicago has taken 4 out of the last 5 baseball betting decisions in the rivalry.
Despite their inconsistent play the White Sox have been one of the more profitable teams on the board in 2010 based in large part because of their road record of 32-33. Teams that can play .500 on the road will often show a profit on the board due to better prices as underdogs.
Chicago’s strength remains their offense that ranked 7th in the big leagues for run production as well as 5th in batting average and 7th for home runs. Paul Konerko is the spark of the attack as he led Chicago with a .319 average and a team best 32 home runs along with 92 runs batted in.
The White Sox were 2nd best in all of MLB betting for quality starts and are scheduled to have three of their best take the hill at Fenway Park with Mark Buehrle, John Danks, and Edwin Jackson.
Unfortunately for Boston, pitching has been their MLB gambling weakness as they ranked 19th in the majors for staff earned run average. Boston was a solid 40-26 at home and ranked 2nd in all of baseball for run production as well as 2nd in home runs.
This 3-game series will run through Sunday.