The Boston Red Sox have been the surprise of the American League East so far this online sports betting season, with the top-ranked offense in the majors carrying the franchise to the best AL record through the first week of June. The Red Sox don’t have room to let up though, with three teams right behind them in the division race. Boston will visit one of those teams this week with a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays, and must play with a sense of urgency now to build a lead that will be important when it counts the most in September.
Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays
Monday, 7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay is one of the hottest bet on sports teams in the majors right now, and suddenly in the conversation for the AL playoff race. The Red Sox will make a visit south to open the week, with John Lackey looking to get back on track Monday after Boston lost each of the last two games he has started. Lackey’s 2.79 ERA suggests he should have a better record than the 3-5 mark he has recorded to this point, and he will need to be at his best to avoid another loss. Alex Cobb is 6-2 with a 2.39 ERA this season, but he struggled in a loss to the Red Sox earlier in the year and could be vulnerable if the Boston bats are on again.
MLB Betting Pick: Boston Red Sox + 130
Los Angeles Angels @ Baltimore Orioles
Monday, 7:05 PM ET
Baltimore had won seven of its previous 10 games heading in to the live betting weekend, and will look to pick up where it left off with an important home series against the Angels. The Orioles’ offense also ranks among the best in the majors this season, and will need to produce with Freddy Garcia set to get the start on Monday. Garcia is 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA, and is coming off his worst outing of the year after giving up six earned runs in just three innings of work against the Houston Astros of all teams. The Angels may smell blood in the water, and will have Jared Weaver on the mound to keep the Baltimore offense from another offensive explosion.
MLB Betting Pick: Los Angeles Angels – 140
Toronto Blue Jays @ Chicago White Sox
Monday, 8:10 PM ET
The Blue Jays have failed miserably under the burden of World Series expectations, and will need an extended sports betting win streak just to make a run at a .500 record. Toronto has struggled regardless of where it has played, but has been particularly awful on the road. On the bright side, RA Dickey is coming off his best start of the season after giving up just two hits over eight shutout innings against the San Francisco Giants, and the White Sox bats have been awful all season. That might be enough to steal a win with Dylan Axelrod going for Chicago, as Blue Jays’ fans search for any little bit of optimism they can grab a hold of. For all of the latest MLB news and betting odds, be sure to check out the best online betting sites.
MLB Betting Pick: Toronto Blue Jays – 130