The most important player on a baseball diamond is the pitcher and the most important player in any lineup when thinking of playing the baseball betting lines therefore is obviously the pitcher. The pitcher can exert control over the game in ways that no position player can. You never hear of a “batters’ duel” because at bats are limited. But pitchers are the only players to touch the ball every play in baseball and when the Florida Marlins take on the San Francisco Giants in the baseball odds action on Tuesday, July 27th fans will get a chance to see two of the best in the business.
The Giants (56-43) are having a great season far and are locked in a war of attrition in the NL West with every single game in play. The team currently trails the Padres (58-39) by 3.0 games and can’t afford to drop any games down the stretch. San Fran will be in good hands though as they send out ace Matt Cain (8-8, 3.10 ERA). Cain has been arguably the most underrated NL pitcher over the past two years as his pitching feats are generally overshadowed by CY Young winning teammate Tim Lincecum. He’s struggles a bit in June and early July but looks to have regained his form winning his last two starts and giving up just 2 ER in 15 innings.
But he’ll have to do better than that when he faces the Marlins.
Florida is a mediocre team (49-49) but with Josh Johnson on the mound this group has as good a chance in the baseball betting as any. Johnson has been the best pitcher in the baseball odds this season and what he’s doing on the mound is almost without president. He’s 10-3 with a miniscule ERA of 1.61, by far the best for a starting pitcher in the baseball betting action. He hasn’t given up more than 3 runs in a game yet this year and given up 2 runs just once in his past 10 starts and just 7 runs total over that stretch.
The Giants are a light hitting team to begin with but if Johnson goes out and pitches his typical game and can make it to the 7th inning, the Marlins will win this baseball betting matchup and improve to 8-2 over their past ten games.