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MLB – 2nd Half Begins – Twins vs. Athletics!

With the 2015 MLB season ending the first half with the All-Star Game on Tuesday the 14th of July, then the 2nd half of the season gets underway, and on Friday the 17th of July 2015 we will see the Twins of Minnesota playing the Athletics of Oakland, with the game being played at the Oakland County Coliseum in Oakland, California, and the game time is 10:05 PM ET.

At the end of the 1st half of the season the Twins finished with 49 wins and 40 losses and that put them just 4 ½ games behind the 1st place in the AL Central the Royals of Kansas City as on Sunday they beat the Tigers of Detroit.

If you Bet on baseball and are a fan of the Minnesota Twins, your twin finished the 1st half of the season with an impressive win over the Detroit 7-1 this past Sunday the 12th of July 2015.  Then they start the 2nd half of the season on Friday playing the Athletics of Oakland with 41 wins and 50 losses in the 1st game of a 3 game series. In that game against the Tigers M. Sano hit a 2 run homerun and K. Gibson was strong on the mound for the Twins in their 3rd straight victory.

Seeking to continue their win streak, the twins will start E. Santana who is 0-0 and with an ERA of 6.00.  After an 80 game suspension for drug abuse, Santana will start his 3rd game this season. In his last start against the Tigers he was pounded for 8 hits and 6 runs in 4 innings of pitching, but the Twins still managed to win that game 8-6.

But to win this game the Twins must step up and improve their hitting as presently they are 10th in MLB with 363 RBI’s and they look to B. Dozier to continue his lead, as in his career against Oakland he is averaging .400 and he leads the Twins for homers with 19 to date and has some 50 RBI’s to date.  In the last 10 road games for the Twins they are with 4 wins and 6 losses.

For the fans of the Athletics of Oakland your team upped their unbeaten streak to 2 games with their win over Cleveland this past Sunday 2-0. Their pitcher S. Gray now has an ERA of 2.04 and has 10 wins with only 3 losses. In that game with Cleveland he allowed 2 hits on his shutout, which is his 3rd in his career.

Seeking to continue their win streak the Athletics would like to win over the Twins this coming Friday, as they start S. Gray in that game. In his 2 starts against Oakland Gray has 2 win with 0 losses and an ERA of 5.40. In the last five games that Gray started for Oakland they won 4 of those 5 games.

Oakland will be looking for S. Vogt to lead the offensive charge as he has been hot as he leads Oakland with homers at 14 and in RBI’s with 56. In their game against Cleveland Vogt hit the homer that scored 2 runs to win the game for Oakland at 2-0.  In the Athletics last 10 games at home they have 4 wins and 6 losses.

The experts predict that Oakland will be the Twins 4-2 while playing on home turf.


MLB ALL-STAR Betting Preview

The 2015 MLB All-Star game is right around the corner which means that the 1st half of the 2015 MLB Season coming to an end. July 14, 2015 is the date set for the All-Star Game so let’s take a look at how the voting for the players turned out.

The first thing that the MLB Betting Sportsook noticed is that the Kansas City Royals have 4 starters on the roster, and J. Donaldson of the American League lead all players getting the most votes for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game with 14 million votes.

That is some tally of votes for one player, and that sets a new record for a single season, while B. Harper of the National League with just fewer than 14 million votes.

The voters chose nine American League players, and eight National League players and all by votes of the fans. The fans elected all starting players for both teams except the reserve players, designated hitters and starting pitchers. The rest of the players will be selected by National League Manager B. Bochy and American League Manager N. Yost.

The starters were announced on the 6th of July 2015 while the reserves were announced on Monday night the 7th of July on the ESPN show for selections. The total number for each team’s roster is 34 players. Those players will be determined by the managers and players themselves.

In all, the players elect nine NL players for their team, and the AL players elect some eight players for their team along with 5 starters and 3 relief pitchers. If you’re wondering why the NL has 9 starters and the AL has just 8 starters, that’s because the AL uses a designated hitter.

Then the Managers complete the rest of the rosters with the exception of 1 spot the 34th player for each team, and that will be again selected by a 2nd online vote by the fans, and that is from a pool of five players completed by the managers after which all 33 players for each team has been presented.

Two of the present selected starters are injured as Marlins right fielder G. Stanton with a hand injury and the Tigers 1st baseman M. Cabrera with a left calf injury. Their replacements will be selected by their managers. Injured players are allowed to participate in the ceremonies and their status as an All-Star for 2015 will not change.

So let’s take a look at the Starters:

For the American League:

  • Catcher – from the Royals – S. Perez
  • 1st Baseman – from the Tigers – M. Cabrera
  • 2nd Baseman – from the Astros – J. Altuve
  • Shortstop – from the Royals – A. Escobar
  • 3rd Baseman – from the Blue Jays – J. Donaldson
  • Outfielder – from the Angeles – M. Trout
  • Outfielder – from the Royals – L. Cain
  • Outfielder – from the Royals – A. Gordon
  • Designated Hitter – from the Mariners – N. Cruz

For the National League    

  • Catcher – from the Giants – B. Posey
  • 1st Baseman – from the Diamondbacks – P. Goldschmidt
  • 2nd Baseman – from the Marlins – D. Gordon
  • Shortstop – from the Cardinals – J. Peralta
  • 3rd Baseman – from the Reds – T. Frazier
  • Outfielder – from the Nationals – B. Harper
  • Outfielder – from the Cardinals – M. Holiday
  • Outfielder – from the Marlins – G. Stanton

If you are one to Bet on MLB and are looking for a great online sportsbook experience, remember the injured starting players selected for this 2015 All-Star game will be replaced by the perspective managers.

Meanwhile get ready for the game on the Tuesday the 14th of July 2015 at 7 PM ET at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.