Top Major League Baseball Odds Weekend Series
The top MLB betting series of the weekend has got to be the Texas Rangers on the road at the Chicago Cubs. Both teams come into the series as leaders of their division, and a couple of the top teams in baseball. Out of the American League West, the Texas Rangers hold a 5.5 game lead on the Houston Astros. The Rangers have the best record in all of the American League at the All Star Break. For the Chicago Cubs, they started on fire, but have slown down a bit. The Cubs are still 53-35 heading into the break, and hold a 7 game lead on the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.
An Insiders Analysis on the Top MLB Series of the Weekend, Cubs vs. Rangers
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Why Bet on the Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs lost 9 out of their last 11 games to wrap up the first half of the season. Chicago continued to hit, as they sent 7 players to the Major League Baseball All STar Game. Kris Bryant leads the team in homeruns, and went deep in the All Star Game. Bryant has 25 home runs, with 65 runs batted in on the season. The Cubs starting pitching has been terrific this season, ranking 2nd in team earned run average with a 3.36. The Cubs have 54 quality starts, despite not recording one in the final 10 games before the All Star Break.
Why Bet on the Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers dropped four of their final games of the first half of the season. The Rangers, despite that, still have a 5.5 game lead in the division. The Rangers offense is anchored by Rougned Odor and Ian Desmond. Odor has belted 16 homeruns, while Desmond has a .322 batting average, with 55 runs batted in. The starting pitching for Texas has been the biggest surprise. The Rangers have a team earned run average of 4.42 with 49 quality starts on the season.
My Expert Analysis and Picks
Look for the Chicago Cubs to start out hot in this series. The Cubs feel like their struggles to finish the first half was more about the Cubs being tired. Now, the Cubs are going to get back to their red-hot baseball play. Look for the Cubs to win the first game of the series, with Kyle Hendricks pitching at home. The second game, not real sure what to expect there. Just Yu Darvish third start of the season, and Jason Hammel going for the Cubs; he has been brutal this season. Lean toward the home team in this one. Then, on Sunday, the Rangers are the favorites as they send their ace Cole Hamels to the mound against veteran John Lackey. While the Rangers win the final game of the series, the Cubs win the series.