Ubaldo Jimenez got off to one of the best starts to a baseball betting season in MLB Odds history. He became the first starting pitcher in decades to win 15 games before the All-Star break, held his ERA around 2.00 and threw a no-hitter for good measure –all this while pitching in the thin air of the Mile High City, the most difficult place to pitch in the MLB lines action.
But despite all those accolades in the early MLB odds action the train has gone off the track for Jimenez and his ERA has ballooned in the past two months and he’s having a tough time trying to get things back on track.
Despite the gaudy stats, though, the best pitcher in the MLB lines action so far in 2010 baseball betting action has actually been Josh Johnson of the Florida Marlins. While he doesn’t get much press, he simply goes about doing his job and has so far done it better than any other pitcher in baseball betting.
Johnson has a record of 10-3 and leads the MLB odds action with a minuscule ERA of 1.62. Add to that 130 Ks in 128 innings of work and just 28 walks issued so far this season and you’ve got the makings of a terrific year.
The Colorado Rockies (51-42) will not be too pleased to have to face Johnson on Thursday July 22nd as he’s only lost 1 game since May and given up only 6 runs in his last ten starts in the MLB odds action.
The Rockies are one of the better teams in the MLB lines action and are currently challenging for a spot atop the NL West but this is not a game they can win. The Marlins (45-48) are hardly a good team but with Johnson on the mound they’re as good as any in the MLB betting action so long as the bull pen doesn’t fall apart which is, often the case.
But chances are good that Florida wins this one at home as the Rockies will start Jorge de la Rosa, a pitcher that’s giving up 6.16 runs per nine innings pitched and has a record of just 3-2.