Baseball Betting Preview: Week Outlook

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The race for first place in the NL Central will occupy the baseball betting spotlight this week as the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Milwaukee Brewers all jockey for position in that division race heading into the final month of the season.

The Cardinals and Pirates will meet in St. Louis for an early-week series, which gets underway on Monday afternoon with St. Louis’ Lance Lynn facing Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole. Lynn is 14-8 with a 2.78 ERA on the season  and the Cardinals are 4-1 in his last five starts. Cole is 7-4 with a 3.65 ERA on the season, and Pittsburgh has won seven of his last eight trips to the mound.

Overall the Cardinals and Pirates have split their last 10 meetings at five wins apiece, but Pittsburgh has been surging on that baseball betting trend with three wins in its past four games against St. Louis. The UNDER has paid off for totals bettors in four of their last five matchups.

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The Cardinals then hit the road to face the other NL Central contender, the Milwaukee Brewers, in a late-week series that gets underway on Thursday night. St. Louis is also 5-5 in its last 10 games against Milwaukee, and 5-2 in their last seven meetings. The OVER has paid off on the baseball betting lines in eight of their last nine matchups.

When the Brewers and Pirates aren’t playing the Cards this week they’ll be taking on the last-place Chicago Cubs and hoping to pad their win totals and improve their MLB futures at the sportsbooks. Heading into Sunday’s action the Cardinals sat at +600 on the odds to win the NL Pennant at 5Dimes, with the Brewers at +610, and the Pirates at +1570.

Other series between contenders for playoff berths on the baseball betting board in the week ahead include Detroit at Cleveland, Seattle at Oakland, and Washington at the Dodgers early in the week, and San Francisco at Detroit and Kansas City at the Yankees late in the week.

The Royals, challenging for both the AL Central title and an AL Wild Card berth, split a four-game home series against the Yankees earlier in the season with the UNDER having paid out for totals bettors on the MLB odds in six of the last 10 meetings between the two teams.

National League Pennant Odds @ 5Dimes
Los Angeles Dodgers +180
Washington Nationals +285
St. Louis Cardinals +600
Milwaukee Brewers +610
San Francisco Giants +960
Atlanta Braves +1250
Pittsburgh Pirates +1570
Cincinnati Reds +8500
Miami Marlins +9000
New York Mets +33000
San Diego Padres +100000
Philadelphia Phillies +250000
Arizona Diamondbacks +250000
Chicago Cubs +250000

American League Pennant Odds @ 5Dimes
Oakland Athletics +245
Los Angeles Angels +350
Detroit Tigers +400
Baltimore Orioles +475
Kansas City Royals +850
Seattle Mariners +1275
New York Yankees +2000
Toronto Blue Jays +3300
Cleveland Indians +4500
Tampa Bay Rays +10000
Boston Red Sox +250000
Chicago White Sox +250000

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