The debut of rookie sensation Steven Strasburg in the nation’s capital was huge sports betting news. As is the terrific pitching by the New York Yankees and the surprise play of MLB betting teams like the Sand Diego Padres and the Cincinnati Reds.
But the biggest story in the baseball lines this season has been the outstanding pitching of Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez. This guy has taken the baseball betting world by storm and all but single-handedly dominated the MLB odds every time he pitches.
MLB lines fans haven’t seen anything like this in several generations and most baseball betting fans have never seen anyone play this well in the first half of an MLB odds season in their life time.
To summarize what Jimenez has done, he’s posted a record of 14-1 before the MLB betting All Star break with one start left before the break, he’s posted an ERA of 2.27, he’s issued just 44 walks, 107 Ks in 119 innings, and then there was that no-hitter he threw.
So far through half a season of MLB odds action he’s put together a resume that would be good enough to contend for a CY Young Award…and he’s still got half season of baseball betting action left. He’s all but certain to the NL starter in the All Star game but first he’ll get one last assignment against the Cards on Friday night.
Needless to say the Colorado Rockies will win this MLB odds matchup. And that could have big implications on the NL wildcard race. The Rockies (45-38) are just 4.0 games out of first in the NL West and the Cards (45-38) are just 2.0 games out of the division lead in the NL Central. Both of these teams look to be prime candidates to win the NL wildcard and this game will much more than just another MLB odds matchup.
And as good as the Card’s lineup is Jimenez has been better. He’s coming off the worst performance of the year (a 7 run loss to the Giants) and will be eager to make up for that mistake and take out his frustration on St Louis batters.