MLB Betting: Cardinals, Dodgers Free Picks This MLB Weekend
|Written by Gaby Varji|
|Thursday, 09 August 2012 10:40|
The Cincinnati Reds were the hottest team in the National League in early August, so even after three-straight losses it is no surprise they are comfortably at the top of the NL Central. The Reds will continue their fight for top spot in the league when they travel to Chicago to take on the Cubs this online sports betting weekend, and for as good as they have been so far, it still seems strange to some to see Cincinnati playing with the best record in the majors.
Cincinnati Reds @ Chicago Cubs
The Reds have gotten the job done with one of the best pitching staffs in baseball, as Johnny Cueto and company enter this weekend with the third-best ERA in the majors. Cincinnati could have Joey Votto back in the lineup this weekend, and if the offense can get going there is no limit on what this team can achieve heading in to the postseason with home-field advantage.
For as good as the Reds have been, the Cubs have been just as awful and are 22 games back in the NL Central race. Chicago starter Travis Wood has managed to put together a string of five consecutive losses even though he has allowed just two earned runs in each of his last two starts, and that makes this game look very good for 5Dimes fantasy owners of Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo.
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MLB Betting Pick: Cincinnati Reds
St. Louis Cardinals @ Philadelphia Phillies
This sports betting matchup is interesting not for the playoff implications but for what many thought this series would have meant for both teams before the season got underway. While the Cardinals are still alive and in a battle for the NL Wild Card spot, Philadelphia is already done, sitting 17 games back of the Washington Nationals in the NL East. Injuries and inconsistent play have hurt the Phillies all season, and while most people expected the offense to be no better than average, few would have guessed a starting rotation that includes Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Cliff Lee would rank 18th in the majors in ERA. Lee will get the call for Philadelphia on Saturday, and while his ERA isn’t that awful at 3.78, he is just 2-6 on the season. The Cardinals will counter with Jake Westbrook, whose four wins in his last four starts are more than Lee has this entire sportsbook season.
MLB Betting Pick: St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Miami Marlins
The Dodgers have thrived under new ownership this season, and enter this weekend fighting the San Francisco Giants for top spot in the NL West. Joe Blanton will make his second start after coming over from the Phillies on Saturday, and Los Angeles is hoping for more of the same after he allowed just two earned runs in a win over Chicago. Meanwhile, the Marlins have ranked among the biggest disappointments in the majors this season and most bookies felt it was a real slap in the face of season-ticket holders in when they went on a fire sale at the trade deadline. Miami is barely treading water with the Phillies for sole possession last place in the NL East, so the Dodgers should have no problem taking care of business in South Beach. For all of the MLB odds for this weekend, make sure to check out the best online betting sites.
MLB Betting Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers