- The San Francisco Giants have (-105) odds to cover the runline against the Arizona Diamondbacks (-115).
- The Los Angeles Angels are just (-140) on the moneyline against the Texas Rangers (+120).
- The Tampa Bay Rays are (+125) betting underdogs to the Houston Astros (-150).
SAN FRANCISCO – A few MLB betting lines hold some more weight than others on Thursday. The entire day is filled with interesting matchups and is capped off by Madison Bumgarner facing his old team, the San Francisco Giants.
San Francisco Giants Vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Madison Bumgarner will be pitching in the San Francisco Giants’ stadium for just the second time since he left the team as his Arizona Diamondbacks take on his former organization. Regulated sports betting sites favor the Giants fairly heavily.
Giants Vs. Diamondbacks Runline Odds
- San Francisco Giants -1.5 -105
- Arizona Diamondbacks +1.5 -115
Not only does San Francisco have the best record in the MLB, but they have one of the hottest offenses as well. The Giants rank first in BA, first in OBP, third in SLG, second in wOBA, and second in wRC+ over their last month of play.
As for the Diamondbacks, they are one of the worst teams at the plate over the last month, being one of the five worst teams in BA, OBP, SLG, wOBA, and wRC+. It’s a lopsided matchup that the Giants should easily win.
MLB.TV will have coverage of this game starting at 9:45 p.m. EST.
Los Angeles Angels Vs. Texas Rangers
The Los Angeles Angels will take on the Texas Rangers on Thursday. The Rangers are one of just three teams with 100+ losses on the season and are in a good position to see that total rise. MLB betting sites tend to agree.
Angeles Vs. Rangers Moneyline Odds
- Los Angeles Angels -140
- Texas Rangers +120
Glenn Otto, the Rangers starting pitcher, has had a tough go this season as he has an 8.02 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. Also, in every game in which he has started, his team has lost. Both teams have been horrendous in the batters’ box as they’re both in the bottom five in OBP, SLG, wOBA, and wRC+ over the last 30 days, but Alex Cobb (8-3, 3.46 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) should provide enough of an advantage on the mound to be the difference-maker.
The game has a 2:05 p.m. EST start time and can be seen on MLB.TV.
Tampa Bay Rays Vs. Houston Astros
The Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros are two of the top teams in the league and will play one another on Thursday night. Their offensive numbers are nearly identical over the last month (TBR: .253 BA / .327 OBP / .452 SLG / .333 wOBA / 117 wRC+ – HOU: .258 BA / .334 OBP / .442 SLG / .334 wOBA / 115 wRC+) which leaves the current betting line in question.
Rays Vs. Astros Moneyline Odds
- Tampa Bay Rays +125
- Houston Astros -150
Looking for something the separate the two teams, Collin McHugh (1.60 ERA, 0.95 WHIP) seemingly has the edge over Lance McCullers Jr. (3.17 ERA, 1.24 WHIP). With that said, McHugh will likely not go more than two innings, but the Tampa Bay bullpen has a 2.59 ERA over the last two weeks which ranks third-best in the MLB.
The first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. EST and will air on MLB.TV.
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