MLB OddsThose following the MLB standings have seen Tampa Bay go on a roll, winning eight of their last 10 heading into their series opener with Cincinnati on Monday. The two will resume the series on Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
Johnny Cueto allowed a run for the first time in three starts in a 10-2 romp over the Yankees at home, but that was about it as he scattered a run on two hits over seven innings, with six strikeouts and three walks. Some baseball betting players didn’t know what to think after Cueto started the season on the disabled list, but he has been fantastic as of late and there is no reason to believe he’ll slow down, even on the road. The 25-year-old righty is making his first start against the Rays, and he is 3-1 in five starts away from home with a 1.32 ERA, which is an absolutely ridiculous number.
The Rays will counter with David Price, who reached double figures in strikeouts for the third time this season, whiffing 10 batters in a 6-3 win in Milwaukee. Price allowed a pair of runs on five hits over eight innings, and he registered a walk as well, which is encouraging as he had walked five in his previous start against Boston. Price tossed a season-high 120 pitches against the Brewers, and he just needs to get a little consistency in his game to find the form that made him a Cy Young candidate last season. The 25-year-old lefty has never faced the Reds before, and he’s 3-4 in eight home starts in 2011, posting a 3.40 ERA.
Look for the Rays to be favored at home, where they were swept in three straight by the Reds in 2003, with two games falling under the posted total. However, we all know that the “Devil Rays” of 2003 aren’t even close to the “Rays” of 2011. Even though Cueto may be remembered for his WWE Monday Night Raw-style flying kick in a brawl last year against the Cardinals, he is quickly gaining credit for his performances this season, and he’s been remarkably steady for a player who missed the first part of the season. Price has been up and down this season, and it seems like a five-run outing is just around the corner, which is why the nod has to go to Cincinnati. Cueto has been almost perfect as of late, and if he can keep his walks down on Tuesday, the Reds should be able to cool off the Rays. Wager on the Cincinnati Reds in your best online sportsbook.
Baseball Betting: Yankees Will Get the Job Done Against Cubs with or Without Jeter
Baseball Odds While the MLB news spotlight has remained on Derek Jeter and his quest for 3000 hits as a member of the New York Yankees, the team has quietly pulled off one of the most impressive offensive runs in recent history. The Yankees have dominated the majors in home runs with Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixera, and Alex Rodriguez leading the way, and now have the chance to flex their muscle in the Windy City while Jeter rests with an injury.
MLB Betting Odds: New York Yankees
The Cubs have been absolutely awful this season regardless of where they play, and will be hard-pressed to avoid the sweep at the hands of the powerful Yankees. New York comes into this game in the midst of an intense battle for the American League East division with the rival Boston Red Sox, and can’t afford to lose games against opponents that they are this heavily favored to beat.
MLB Betting Preview: New York Yankees
New York will have ace CC Sabathia on the mound on Sunday for the series finale, and the hope is that the former Cy Young winner can bring his best stuff and close out the series on a winning note. Sabathia has been excellent this season with an ERA of just 3.28, and will look to bring his best stuff under the bright lights of Sunday night baseball on the national broadcast. With the drive for 3,000 on hold the Yankees offense will have the MLB chance to show just how strong they are, and if they get to Cubs’ starter Randy Wells early on this one could get ugly in a hurry as New York pulls away.
MLB Betting Preview: Chicago Cubs
Wells is just 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA on the year, and has allowed 10 runs in his last 13 innings of work without making it past six innings in any of his starts this season. Pitching has been a sore spot for Chicago all season with 331 runs allowed through their first 66 games, and it is unlikely that one of the NL’s worst defenses will fare any better against the powerful pinstripes. The Cubs’ offense hasn’t been much better with little to rally around beyond Starlin Castro’s incredible sports betting play, and runs will be tough against Sabathia.
MLB Betting: Outlook & Pick
The Yankees will add to their league-leading home run total by roughing up Wells at Wrigley, while Sabathia continues to pace New York’s pitching staff as the pinstripes keep pace with the Red Sox in the tough AL East. The Cubs have been in tough to produce on both sides of the ball all season, and with another unfavorable pitching matchup they could be in big trouble on Sunday in the series finale.