All eyes are on Los Angeles and Houston this weekend when the Dodgers host the Cubs and Astros take on the Orioles. Where will the MLB odds land in both series?
Considering where they ranked on the MLB futures odds before the season began and that they faced off in the 2016 NLCS, this weekend’s showdown in Los Angeles between the Dodgers and Chicago Cubs has been on everyone’s radar for a while. The fact both are struggling to command the divisions they were picked to win with relative ease and it’s the final time we’ll see them matched up until possibly the playoffs, well, that just makes it even more meaningful.
Chicago just completed a 7-2 homestand that pushed the Cubs back on top of the NL Central ranks for the first time in May. The defending champs have been pounding the ball with 26 HRs in their last 14 games but have dropped six of their last nine road tilts. Los Angeles wraps up a 10-game homestand with this series, the Dodgers winning 5 of 7 to begin the stand to leave it 2.5 games behind Colorado in the NL West.
I went with the ‘over’ 7½ for a free baseball pick on Friday due to trends both starting pitchers (Jake Arrieta, Alex Wood) have going. The rest of the series finds John Lackey matched up against Brandon McCarthy on Saturday followed by a huge mound duel in the series finale on Sunday when Jon Lester faces off with Clayton Kershaw.
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Houston was also high on those baseball futures back in March, the Astros favored to win their division and second to the Red Sox for the AL pennant. They’re in another pivotal series this weekend when they close a 10-game homestand against the Baltimore Orioles.
Houston was swept by the Indians to begin the stand, but came back to take 3 of 4 from the Tigers this week. The Astros are hopeful to have ace Dallas Keuchel start Saturday’s contest after the southpaw spent the last 10 days on the DL with a pinched nerve in his neck. The Astros begin an equally long road trip as soon as they’re finished with Baltimore, and included on that trek is a 3-game stop at rival Texas next weekend. Houston has just two wins in the last 17 games at the hitter-friendly confines in Arlington, some very lopsided Texas wins in there.
Before they square up against Texas, the Astros first have to go to Minnesota to meet a Twins team they beat 5 of 7 last year. Houston starts that series with three straight wins at Target Field after losing six of its first nine on this sweet diamond.
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Memorial Day is full of action sure to please both baseball bettors and fans with full-day TV coverage and 15 new series getting underway. One of the best new sets beginning also involves the Orioles, who go from the frying pan to the fire as they head home from Houston to meet the hated New York Yankees.
This will be the third meeting between the rivals this year, and second in Baltimore where they collided the first weekend of the 2017 schedule. Baltimore won two of those contests, ‘over’ bettors winning them all on totals from 7½-8½. The first two games set up right now to showcase a pair of pitchers both clubs hope are eventual staff aces. Dylan Bundy, who has lost his last three starts, is scheduled to pitch for the Orioles on Monday and the Yankees will be getting their first look at the right-hander this year. The Yankees are scheduled to throw rookie Jordan Montgomery. Luis Severino goes for New York in Game 2, and he’ll be out to avenge his season debut loss in Baltimore. Chalk should be on Baltimore’s side in both games, and I like Severino as an MLB odds underdog against Chris Tillman of the Orioles.