Sports Picks sets up the finale of a three-game set between NL Central division rivals the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Busch Stadium (8:05 pm ET, ESPN).

MLB Odds have the Cardinals as a -150 moneyline favorite, the Cubs as a +130 underdog, and the over/under total at 8.5.

The Cubs will give the ball to Ryan Dempster, who is 7-8 with a 4.98 ERA. The righthander last started on Tuesday July 26, going six innings in a 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals will counter with righthander Jake Westbrook. He has a 4.86 ERA and is 9-4 this season. He last started Tuesday, going six innings in a 3-1 win over the Astros.

The teams have already met twice this season, with St. Louis winning the first series 2-1 from May 10 to 12 and sweeping the second June 3 to 5. The Cardinals won the opener of this series on Friday in a 9-2 rout, covering as a -135 home favorite. The score went over the over/under total of 7.5.

Chicago (42-64 SU) is in fourth place in the NL Central division, 15.5 games back of the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs had lost four straight heading into the second game of the series Saturday. Chicago is 4-6 SU in its past 10 games.

St. Louis (56-50 SU) is second place in the division and is 1.5 games back of the Brewers. The Cardinals are 6-4 SU in their past 10 games.

MLB Picks preview the second game of a three-game set between the San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday at Great American Ball Park (7:10 pm ET, FOX).

MLB Odds have the Reds as a -125 favorite and the over/under total at 8.5.

The Giants will give the ball to Madison Bumgarner, who is 6-9 with a 3.56 ERA. The lefthander last pitched July 24, going seven and two-third innings in a 2-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Reds will counter with righthander Mike Leake, who is 8-5 with a 4.03 ERA and last started July 25, when he went six and one-third innings in a 4-2 loss to the New York Mets.

San Francisco (61-44 SU) is first in the NL West division, ahead of the second place Arizona Diamondbacks by four games. The Giants are 7-3 SU in their past 10 games and had won two straight games going into the opener of the series against the Reds Friday.

Cincinnati (50-55 SU) is in a bad slump, going in 3-7 SU in its past 10 games and  losing four straight heading into the opener Friday. The Reds are in fourth place in the NL Central division, 6.5 games behind the first-place Brewers.

The teams met once earlier this season when the teams split a four-game series June 9 to 12. Three of the past four meetings have stayed under the over/under total.

San Francisco is coming off a 2-1 series win over the Philadelphia Phillies while Cincinnati finished a four-game set against the Mets on Thursday, getting swept and outscored 30-19.

Sports Picks previews the opening of a three-game set as the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox clash on Friday at U.S. Cellular Field (8:10 pm ET, MLB).

MLB Odds have this matchup as a -110 pick’em and the over/under total at 9.5.

The Red Sox will start Tim Wakefield, who is 6-3 with a 5.22 ERA. The righthander last started Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, when he went six innings in a 12-8 win. The White Sox will counter with Gavin Floyd. The righthander is 8-8 with a 4.07 ERA and last started July 22 against the Cleveland Indians, when he went eight innings in a 3-0 win.

Boston (64-38 SU) leads the AL East division by three games over the second place New York Yankees. The Red Sox have the best record in the American League and are 8-2 SU in their past 10 games.

Chicago (51-52 SU) is in third place in the AL Central division, and is 6-4 SU in its past 10 games. The White Sox are 3.5 games behind the first-place Detroit Tigers.

Chicago has dominated the Red Sox in the past 10 head-to-head meetings at 9-1 SU. The teams met once previously this year when the White Sox swept a three-game series May 30 to June 1.

The Red Sox are coming off a split of a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals, losing the finale 4-3 on Thursday, while the White Sox won a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers.

MLB Picks previews the opener of a four-game series  between the Los Angeles Angels and the Detroit Tigers on Thursday at Comerica Park (1:05 pm ET, FOX).

MLB Odds have the Tigers as a -130 moneyline favorite and the over/under total at 9.

Los Angeles will give the ball to Joel Pineiro, who is 5-5 with a 4.61 ERA this season. The righthander last pitched on Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles. He lasted five and two-third innings in a 3-2 loss. Detroit will counter with righthander Brad Penny. He is 7-7 with a 4.51 ERA and last started Saturday, going seven innings in a 4-1 loss against the Minnesota Twins.

The Angels and Tigers are at or near the top of their respective divisions.

Los Angeles (56-48 SU) is second in the AL West, three games back of the Texas Rangers, and is 5-5 SU in its past 10 games.

Detroit (55-48 SU) is on top of the AL Central division and has a two-game lead over the second-place Cleveland Indians. The Tigers are 6-4 SU in their past 10.

The teams have met in one series already this season, from July 4 to 6. The Angels won the series 2-1 at home. But the Tigers have the edge in the past 10 head-to-head meetings, going 6-4 SU.

The Angels faced Cleveland in the rubber match of a three-game set on Wednesday, while Detroit closed out a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Sports Betting previews a rematch of last season’s National League Championship Series when the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in the second game of a three-game set on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park (7:05 pm ET, ESPN).

The Giants will give the ball to Barry Zito, who is struggling this season at 3-2 with a 4.78 ERA. The southpaw last pitched on July 16, when he went just three and two-thirds innings in an 11-3 loss against the San Diego Padres. The Phillies will counter with Cole Hamels. The lefty is 12-5 with a 2.62 ERA and last started on Friday, going eight innings in a 3-1 win over the Padres.

San Francisco (59-43 SU) is on top of the NL West division, and leads the Arizona Diamondbacks by four games. The Giants are 7-3 SU in their past 10 games. Philadelphia (64-37 SU) is in first place in the NL East, six games ahead of the Atlanta Braves, and have the best record in the majors. The Phillies are 7-3 SU in their past 10 games.

When the Giants and Phillies last met, a trip to the 2010 World Series was on the line. The Giants won the NLCS in six games en route to beating the Texas Rangers in the Fall Classic.

Prior to the opener of this series on Tuesday, the Giants won a three-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Phillies won a four-game set against the Padres.

Sports Picks previews the second game of a three-game set between the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium (7:05 pm ET, FOX).

MLB Odds have the Yankees as a huge, -320 moneyline favorite, the Mariners a +260 underdog and the over/under total at 8.

The Mariners will give the ball to Doug Fister, who is 3-11 SU with a 3.30 ERA. The righthander’s last started July 21 when he went six innings in a 7-5 loss against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees will counter with southpaw CC Sabathia, who is 14-5 with a 2.62 ERA. Sabathia’s last start was Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays, when he went eight innings in a 2-1 loss.

Seattle is winless in its last 15 games – the longest losing streak in franchise history. It is also the longest losing streak in Major League Baseball since the Kansas City Royals lost 19 straight in 2005.

The Mariners (43-58 SU) have fallen 14.5 games back of the first place Texas Rangers in the AL West division. The Yankees (59-40 SU) are second in the AL East, three games back of the first-place Boston Red Sox.

New York has won five of the past nine head-to-head meetings, but the Mariners won a three-game series in the teams’ first meeting this season May 27 to May 29.

Seattle was swept in a three-game series against the Red Sox, and New York is coming off a series win against the Oakland A’s.

MLB Picks previews the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves opening a four-game set on Monday at Turner Field (7:10 pm ET, ESPN).

The Pirates will have James McDonald on the mound. The righthander is 6-4 and has a 4.15 ERA and got his last start July 19, when he went six and one-third innings in a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. The Braves will start Tim Hudson, who is 9-6 with a 3.39 ERA. The righthander last pitched July 20, going seven innings in a 3-2 loss against the Colorado Rockies.

The Pirates (51-47 SU) are in second place in the NL Central division, one game back of the first-place Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals. Pittsburgh has been struggling recently, however, going 5-5 SU in its past 10 games and losing three straight.

The Braves (59-42 SU) are in second place in the NL East, and were five games behind the first place Philadelphia Phillies heading into action Sunday. Atlanta is 5-5 SU in its past 10 games.

The teams have met in one series already this season. The Pirates and Braves clashed in a short series May 24-25, with Atlanta sweeping the two-game series. The Braves have had the edge in the head-to-head series, winning seven of the past 10 meetings.

Pittsburgh dropped the first two matchups of a three-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend. Atlanta split the first two games of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on the weekend.

Sports Picks previews the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds squaring off in the last game of a three-game set on Sunday at Great American Ball Park (8:05 pm ET, ESPN).

MLB Odds have the Braves as a -125 moneyline favorite, the Reds as a +105 underdog, and the over/under total at 9.

The Braves will give the ball to Brandon Beachy, who is 3-2 with a 3.75 ERA. The righthander last pitched on Tuesday when he went four and two-third innings in a 12-3 loss against the Colorado Rockies. The Reds will counter with southpaw Dontrelle Willis, who is 0-1 with a 3.37 ERA. Willis got his last start July 18 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, when he went five innings in a 2-0 loss.

Atlanta (59-41 SU) is second in the NL East division, four games back of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves are 6-4 SU and had won two straight heading into action Saturday.

Cincinnati (48-51 SU) is fourth place in the NL Central, five games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. The Reds are 4-6 SU in its past 10 games.

On Friday, Atlanta took the opener of the series 6-4, covering as a +105 road underdog, and the score eclipsed the over/under total of 9. This is the second series of the season between the teams, with the Braves winning the first series May 27 to 29. The Braves have won the past three meetings, and six of the past nine.

Earlier this week, the Braves lost a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies, while the Reds lost their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

MLB Picks previews the slumping Seattle Mariners and the streaking Boston Red Sox clashing in the second game of a three-game set on Saturday at Fenway Park (7:10 pm ET, FOX).

MLB Odds have the Red Sox as a -250 moneyline favorite, the Mariners a +210 road underdog, and the over/under total at 8.5.

The Mariners will start righthander Blake Beaven, who is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA. Beaven last pitched Sunday against the Texas Rangers, going six and two-third innings in a 3-1 loss. The Red Sox will counter with righthander Josh Beckett, who is 8-3 with a 2.12 ERA this season. Beckett’s last start was July 17 against the Tampa Bay Rays, when he went eight innings in a 1-0 win.

Seattle (43-55 SU) is in a season-worst losing streak, having dropped 12 straight heading into the series opener on Friday. The Mariners are tied for last place in the AL West division with the Oakland A’s.

Boston (59-37 SU) is 8-2 SU in its past 10 games, and in first place in the AL East, two games ahead of the New York Yankees.

The Mariners and Red Sox have met once previously this season. The Mariners won the three-game series April 29 to May 1. But Boston has the edge in the head-to-head series, going 7-3 SU in the past 10 games.

Seattle is coming off a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays in which they were swept, while Boston won two of three against the Baltimore Orioles.

Sports Picks previews NL Central division rivals the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates meeting in the opener of a three-game series Friday at PNC Park (7 pm ET, FOX).

MLB Odds have St. Louis as a -130 moneyline favorite, Pittsburgh as a +110 home underdog and the over/under total at 7.

St. Louis will give the ball to Chris Carpenter. The righthander is 5-7 with a 3.69 ERA and last started July 16, going eight innings in a 4-1 win over the division rival Cincinnati Reds. Pittsburgh will counter with southpaw Paul Maholm, who is 6-9 with a 3.06 ERA. Maholm’s last start was July 16 when he went five innings in a 6-4 loss against the Houston Astros.

St Louis (50-47 SU) has been struggling recently, losing three straight and going 3-7 SU in their past 10 games. The Cardinals have managed to hang on to third place in the division, two games back of the first-place Milwaukee Brewers and 1.5 games behind the second-place Pirates.

Pittsburgh (51-45 SU) has won three of its past four and is 6-4 SU in its past 10 games.

The teams have met once previously this season, when the Pirates won a three-game series April 4 to 6, taking the rubber match 3-1. Pittsburgh has won six of the past 10 meetings.

St. Louis is coming off a 6-5 loss against the New York Mets on Wednesday, while the Pirates lost 3-1 to the Reds on Wednesday, snapping a three-game win streak.

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