Interleague baseball betting: Bay area battle favors Giants

Thearon W. Henderson

Baseball betting resumes with inter-league odds and the Bay Area battle between Oakland and San Francisco always attracts plenty of MLB wagering interest. Check out the latest lines and trends below.

With four wins in six games against the Oakland Athletics last season, the San Francisco Giants will be looking for some more payouts against their Bay Area interleague rival this week as the teams play twice at each other's home stadium.

Oakland will host San Francisco on Monday and Tuesday this week, with the Giants then getting a visit from the Athletics on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Last season, the Giants went 4-2 against the Athletics and the baseball betting lines at Bovada Sportsbook point to more of the same this week. San Fran won twice at home and twice on the road in that span - with the OVER/UNDER going 4-2 for totals bettors. The teams have split their last 10 meetings with five victories apiece.

The Giants remain right in the thick of things in the race for first place in the National League West division, while the Athletics have a similar record but find themselves farther back of the first-place Texas Rangers in the American League West standings.

Oakland hosts the White Sox this weekend, and the Giants will head to St. Louis.

And the Giants have already lost two of three games this season against the Cardinals, who will be in Kansas City on Monday and Tuesday this week before they play host to the Royals on Wednesday and Thursday.

Predictably, the Royals haven't fared well against the Cardinals in interleague action in recent years, picking up just three victories for their supporters on the MLB betting lines in their last 10 meetings.

The Royals then have to face the Rangers on the weekend, with Kansas City 4-6 in its past 10 games against Texas since 2011. Texas' interleague action early this week is against the Arizona Diamondbacks, with a doubleheader at Chase Field on Monday and two games in Arlington on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Rangers won two of three games against the D-Backs last season; they're 8-2 in their past 10 meetings.

The New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles teams also match up against each other in interleague play early this week, while the Miami Marlins drag their NL-worst record into a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Betting on Miami against Tampa Bay has been a losing proposition lately - the Marlins are 1-9 in their past 10 games against the Rays, beating them just once in their half-dozen matchups last season.

The baseball odds menu at Bovada had the Rays favored at -190 early in the day Monday (check for updates during the week).

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