Today's Pitching Matchups Creating Three Favorable MLB Betting Situations

Doug Upstone

Sunday, July 26, 2015 1:49 PM UTC

Sunday, Jul. 26, 2015 1:49 PM UTC

On the MLB big board Sunday, three baseball teams betting odds were at least -170 or larger on the money line and each will be trying to avoid being swept at home of all places.

Being swept is never a good feeling and having it done at home in front of your own fans can bring out a few boo-birds or people offering their opinions on the recent play of the team or individuals, which players do not want to hear.

The sportsbooks MLB odds suggest all three of these home teams should win but as any baseball handicapper or somebody placing MLB picks understands -should and do - are two different things.


Cleveland's Comeback Stalled By Chicago
Under Terry Francona, the Indians have been known as second half club and they still might be, but they have dug themselves a big hole which will not be easy to climb out of. Cleveland has fallen into last place in the AL Central by virtue of losing the first three confrontations of their series with the White Sox. It hasn't been pretty either as one of baseball's weakest offenses has outscored the Tribe 24-4 and goes for the rare four-game sweep, something Chicago has not accomplished in decade in northern Ohio.

The odds have the Indians as -170 favorites (-163 at with Danny Salazar (8-5, 3.78 ERA) as their starter. The right-hander is 3-1 lifetime against Chicago with a 3.80 ERA and he has won the last two times he's faced them, including six shutout innings in 5-2 victory back on May 21st.

But that was on the south side of Chicago, not Cleveland, where the Indians are 19-29 at Progressive Field and are the worst wager for those making MLB picks at -20.8 units. Salazar and been the lone bright spot for the Tribe at home as this combination is 5-2 and they are 15-3 as a favorite of -125 to -175 since last season. Nevertheless, bettors still have to be concerned Cleveland is 6-24 revenging two straight losses of six runs or more.

Slight Advantage - Salazar and Cleveland

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Cubs Try and Save Face from Lost Weekend
After starting the second half with a series win over Atlanta and an unlikely split at Cincinnati, Joe Maddon's squad should have confident felt confident about opening a Wrigley Field homestand against two cellar-dwellers, Philadelphia and Colorado.

After blowing a ninth inning lead Friday and losing in extra innings and following that up with being no-hit for the first time in 50 years by Cole Hamels, the Cubs are in danger of losing all three to what is a hot Phillies crew.

Chicago is in the market for pitching before the trade deadline but right now they could use a few bats also. The Cubs batting .213 while averaging 2.8 runs over their last 12 games. Heart of the order players Kris Bryant is hitting .132 in his last 14 contests and Anthony Rizzo is 3 for 24 in his last half dozen games.

Jason Hammel (5-4, 2.82) will take the ball for Chicago as -200 favorite, but his last win was on June 6th. With seven straight winless starts, the righty knows about his team's offensive woes, as they have given Hammel nine whole runs in this span of starts.

The slumping Cubs batters will face a hot shot rookie named Aaron Nola, who only gave up one run in his big league debut and Hammel is 1-7 as a favorite of -150 or more since 2013. (Team's Record)

Slight Disadvantage - Hammel and Chicago

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Angels Need Heavenly Effort from Heaney to hold off Texas
The best road team in the majors is Texas at 31-23 and don't the Los Angeles Angels know it. The Rangers are +22.8 units as visitors which is incredible when you realize the second-best away bet is Kansas City at +7.6.

What started out as a fantastic homestand is turning sour for the squad in Anaheim, who has lost three in a row after taking the first six. Rookie Andrew Heaney (4-0, 1.57) climbs to the top of the hill for the Halos, looking to salvage one game with Texas and he's been everything L.A. could hope for, winning all five of his starts.

The left-hander has a silky smooth delivery and his command is so much better than it was in the spring, with only four walks in 34 1/3 innings in the big leagues. The Angels are -182 home favorites and despite dropping the first two to the Rangers, they are 39-15 playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the season the last two years.

Advantage - Heaney and L.A.A. Angels

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