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Best Games to Bet on Today: Orioles vs. Nationals & Giants vs. Athletics – July 7, 2014

Best Games to Bet on Today: Orioles vs. Nationals & Giants vs. Athletics – July 7, 2014

Monday night is sure to be a big one in the MLB as four of the best teams in the league go over the fence for two interleague games. AL West’s Oakland Athletics will meet NL West’s San Francisco Giants at home in a meeting between two of the best Californian teams. Then, to the East, NL’s Washington Nationals welcome the Baltimore Orioles for what is sure to be a tough  game.

You don’t need to wait for the World Cup semifinals (you can see those previews here) on Tuesday for some sports action. All is set to make today one of the best days in the sports world with these two interleague games in the MLB. Read on to know why.

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Baltimore Orioles vs. Washington Nationals (7:05 PM ET)

Line: Baltimore Orioles (+165) at Washington Nationals (-185); total 7.5 – view these lines   

[sc:MLB240banner ]Baltimore Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter will be paying a visit to his former student Washington Nationals coach Matt Williams. Not only will the game be a clash of two familiar faces, it will also feature a spectacular matchup between two excellent pitchers. Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 3.53 ERA) will be on the mound for Washington on the heels of six-straight home wins. Strasburg will go head-to-head against Baltimore’s red-hot starter Chris Tillman (7-4, 4.21 ERA) who is 6-0 in his last 10 road starts.

The game will likely be decided on which team can support their pitchers with valuable runs. Washington batters have hit .375 against Tillman in their careers. On the other hand, Baltimore’s have hit just .158 against Strasburg in their careers. Read the full preview here.

Writer’s Prediction

Strasburg will add to his win streak at home, take Washington for a win over Baltimore.

San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics (10:05 PM ET)

Line: San Francisco Giants (+135) at Oakland Athletics (-150); total 8.0 – view these lines

Jesse Chavez

San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong (5-5, 3.86 ERA) has been solid limiting opponents to just three runs over 13.0 innings of play in his last two matches. But, Vogelsong lacked run support from his teammates to win the games. For the game against Oakland, the Giants will be able to support their pitcher with offense through Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence. Belt had two RBIs for the Giants in their previous game, while Hunter had three runs from three hits. However, the two have yet to face Oakland pitcher Jesse Chavez (6-5, 3.23 ERA).

Oakland is 3-2 in Chavez’s last five starts, but the pitcher has left much to be desired. He has given up 13 runs (12 earned) over the five-game span relying mostly on his team’s run support to win the games. Oakland is currently leading the MLB in runs with 435, and had scored 14 runs over the course of their last four games. The full breakdown and analysis for this game can be seen here.

Writer’s Prediction

Oakland will once again showcase their vaunted offense outscoring San Francisco for the win.

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