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Odds to Win the Brewers Series – August 11-13, 2015

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Every game is crucial from here on out for the National League Wild Card contending Cubs, thankfully the next few are against Milwaukee. Chicago has been very solid against the beer enthusiasts this season going 4-0 in Wisconsin earlier this month. The Cubs not only swept the series but brought their bats, outscoring the hometown Brewers 17-8 at Miller Park.

If the first game MLB betting line in the series is any indication, then it looks like the Cubs should be sitting pretty heading into the weekend. I think the icing on the cake will come on Thursday though, when Jon Lester (7-8, 3.22 ERA) dismantles Tyler Cravy (0-3, 5.40 ERA).

Lester is 3-0 over his last four starts with 19 hits given up through 29.1 innings of work. The big stat though of course, is his 30 strikeouts in that time as well. He put up a great effort in his last start against San Francisco, but the city is still reeling over that July 29th game against the Rockies. Lester burned 14 strikeout victims resulting in a 3-2 Cubs win.

Heading into this three-game swing with the Cubs, the Brewers are 7-13 since July 22nd. They’ve been outscored 82-56 in that span and were also shutout on five of those occasions as well. Meanwhile, the Cubs are a team on a mission. With an NL Wild Card spot directly in their sights, the team has gone 12-5 since the 22nd heading into this three-game set.

The Cubs have had one of their hottest August starts in team history going 7-1 against the Brewers, Pirates and Giants. Fortunately for Pittsburgh their August 3rd game with the Cubs was postponed to a later date. I say fortunate for them because Chicago was riding a five game win streak and shutout the Bucs at PNC 5-0 the following night.

 

I think August is going to be a great month for baseball in the Windy City. Following their Brewers series, we get ready for another Crosstown Classic with the struggling White Sox this weekend. The team will then meet the Tigers, Braves, Indians, Giants, Dodgers and Reds before September. More good news for Cubs fans, only two of those teams (Giants and Dodgers) are above .500.

The power is kicking in, the pitching is there and the schedule throughout August and into September is also on our side. It all starts with a strong showing though against Milwaukee this week.

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Hottest MLB bets on the board

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Baseball is nearly two months into the schedule and sports handicappers have a much clearer picture of who the contenders – and pretenders – are going to be. But for right now, these three MLB clubs are tearing up the diamond and cashing in at the sportsbook.

Texas Rangers

The Rangers are surging up the standings in the American League West, winning eight of their last 10 outings – all of which as moneyline underdogs. That’s put Texas among the most profitable bets in baseball, despite a sub-.500 record as of Thursday. The Rangers’ bats are the biggest catalysts for this turnaround, hitting .283 BA over the past week. Will the return of shamed slugger Josh Hamilton add to that pop? The Arlington faithful will find out with Texas back home for six games versus the Red Sox and White Sox starting Thursday.

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Bucs are producing just that – big bucks – for their loyal bettors. Pittsburgh rides a six-game winning streak into Thursday, with back-to-back series sweeps of the Marlins and Mets. The Pirates were moneyline favorites for each of those victories and have taken seven of their past 10 outings but head out on a cross-country trip to play San Diego and San Francisco, then back East to Atlanta. Pittsburgh is just 9-13 away from home – despite having the second-lowest road ERA – with blame pointing to the bats, hitting only .241 BA and averaging just 3.7 runs per road game.

Minnesota Twins

The Twins were supposed to finish at the bottom of the American League Central again in 2015. Seems like Minnesota’s clubhouse failed to get that memo. The Twins have exploded to the top of the division with a current five-game winning streak and have taken the “W” in nine of their previous 11 contests. That drastic turnaround has made Minnesota very popular with sports handicappers, having earned MLB bettors almost 16.00 units on the season. So what’s behind this complete about-face from the Twinkies? Minnesota is becoming one of the most clutch hitting teams in the bigs, with a .296 BA and .441 slugging percentage with runners in scoring position.

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Betting tips for baseball: Who will win this year’s World Series?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The LA Dodgers are already looking like good bets for the World Series this year, even with the entire season to play. The Dodgers were the runners up in the National League last season and this has seen them installed as bookies favorites for the World Series at 8/1. The Dodgers certainly represent a decent pick for those who haven’t placed a bet on this yet, but are they the only side with a realistic chance?

Well no, as the likes of the Red Sox (10/1), the Yankees (14/1) and the Cardinals (9/1) must also be considered in contention – at least if the odds at bookmakers’ sites are anything to go by. There is also the inherently unpredictable nature of MLB to consider, so could the Cubs a chance this season? Last season was a bit of a catastrophe for the team in the windy city, finishing bottom of the NL Central, thus not making it to the Post-Season match ups. But at 50/1, Cub’s fans might fear the same could happen this season. It could be worse, you could follow the Astros who have a 200/1 shot of World Series glory. We all know how sport can throw up an upset, so assuming the latter could win the crown. This is true to some extent of all types of gambling but the themed slots games like Avalon II or Hot Shot on offer at online casino sites perhaps present a greater chance of winning a payout from your gambles than standard sports betting does.

This is because they feature so many elements designed to enhance your chances of winning money – one of the reasons why so many casino fans love the slots. For example there is the presence of wild icons on the reels, such as the burning baseball one in the MLB themed game Hot Shot, which substitute for missing icons to improve the chances of scoring winning combinations. These games also offer multiple pay lines (Hot Shot has nine) and free spins features, all intended to stack the odds in your favor, so you should end up ahead financially if you play them, whether you win the top jackpot or not.

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