Be cautious with betting MLB inter-league play

May 19, 2009 5:03 PM
Diamond's Gems by Sid Diamond |

This Friday brings back America’s game to almost all of its adoring fans. Yes, folks, we’ve opened our hearts once again to inter-league play in MLB. This weekend brings us the luxury of such intriguing match ups, such as San Francisco at Seattle, Arizona at Oakland, Toronto at Atlanta, Colorado at Detroit and perhaps the most anticipated, as Pittsburgh will visit the Chicago White Sox.

I fully anticipate that I’ll keep my perfect record in that this season, as I’ve done for years, by not betting one day of this most interesting brainstorm of Major League Baseball. Believe me when I tell you that I’ve tried everything, such as betting only home teams, betting only on the somewhat superior American League teams, both at home and away, betting all National home teams under, as well as betting all designated hitter games over, and I’ve been able to maintain my consistency for years by never winning.

Now that we have an honest understanding I’ll plead with you not to check out my daily selections here on this website, unless you have the intestinal fortitude to go opposite my observations. To give you a head start, I’ll give you nine games involving six different teams that absolutely cannot go over their totals.

The first selections are "under" on the following three-game series: the Pirates vs. White Sox, Kansas City vs. St. Louis and Arizona at Oakland. Total logic is that at least six of these nine contests will go under the total, regardless of the number.

On the "over" side of the coin, I advocate going over on the following three-game series: the Phillies at Yankees, Mets and Red Sox and Rangers at Astros.

Regardless of pitchers and weather, these 18 selections are almost guaranteed to lose a minimum of 12 games. That’s 66%, which is the absolute norm for my lousy picks during inter league play.

I can’t help but think of all those nations that don’t believe in women’s equality as to how they reacted to the Preakness victory by filly Rachel Alexandra last Saturday. A few of those nations have invested millions in their attempt to obtain the fastest horses that money can buy. It must be a colossal embarrassment to be beaten by a female who didn’t even have to break a sweat.

Take the Lakers/Nuggets over to pick up some loose change. Bet Orlando/Cleveland under every game.

Once again, buy American – things are getting better.

Have a great week!

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