Sports Picks looks at a big MLB Betting matchup on Tuesday, when the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers open a three-game set at Dodger Stadium.

This series has a lot of implications for the Wild Card hopes of the Giants, who will try to sneak into the MLB Playoffs to defend the World Series title they captured last season.

MLB Odds for the opener had the Dodgers opening as a -140 moneyline favorite and the Giants a +120 underdog, but Los Angeles has been bet down to -120 and San Francisco up to +115.

MLB Picks bettors know the main reasons for the line movement are the importance of this game to the Giants’ Wild Card chances, and the fact they are one of the hottest teams in Major League Baseball, winning eight straight.

Going into action Monday, the Giants were four games back of the Atlanta Braves in the National League Wild Card race, and just a half-game back of the second-place St. Louis Cardinals.

And in the head-to-head series, San Francisco has won seven of the 11 meetings with the Dodgers this season.

But perhaps the biggest story is the pitching duel for the opener, which will feature Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers against Tim Lincecum of the Giants. Kershaw, who has won all three starts against San Francisco this season, is 19-5 with a 2.31 ERA. Lincecum is 13-12 with a 2.59 ERA.

The Giants (83-70) are coming off a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies, while the Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 in their four-game set.

Sports Betting Tips sets up the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins clashing in the first game of a three-game series Monday at Target Field (8:10 pm ET, ESPN).

MLB Odds have the Red Sox as a -125 moneyline favorite, the Twins a +105 home underdog, and the over/under total at 9.

Boston will have Tim Wakefield, who is 6-4 with a 5.03 ERA this season, on the mound for the opener. The righthander last started on Wednesday, going six and two-thirds innings in a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. Minnesota will counter with Scott Baker, who is 8-6 with a 3.01 ERA. The righthander last started Aug. 3 against the Los Angeles Angels, when he went three innings in an 11-4 rout.

The Red Sox (69-43 SU) faced the New York Yankees in the finale of their three-game series Sunday night with first place in the AL East on the line. The teams split the first two games. Boston has been average recently, going 5-5 SU in their past 10 games.

The Twins (51-62 SU) are in fourth place in the AL Central division standings and fell 10.5 games behind the first-place Detroit Tigers after getting swept by the Chicago White Sox on the weekend. It was Minnesota’s fourth straight loss and the team is 2-8 SU in its past 10.

Sports Picks bettors should know that the teams have met in one series already this season, a four-game set May 6 to 9 won 3-1 by the Red Sox. Head-to-head, the Red Sox have dominated the past 10 meetings, winning seven.

Sports Picks previews AL division leaders the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers squaring off in the opener of a three-game set Tuesday at Comerica Park (7:05 pm ET, FOX).

MLB Betting has the Tigers as a -120 moneyline favorite, the Rangers as a +100 underdog and the over/under total at 8.5.

The Rangers will give the ball to Colby Lewis, who is 10-8 with a 4.00 ERA. The righthander last pitched Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins, going six and two-thirds innings in a 7-2 setback. The Tigers will counter with Max Scherzer. The righthander is 11-6 with a 4.28 and last started July 27, going six innings in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Texas (61-48 SU) is in first place in the AL West division. The Rangers lead the second-place Los Angeles Angels by two games and are 5-5 SU in their past 10 games. Detroit (57-51 SU) is on top of the AL Central and has a 2.5-game lead over the second-place Cleveland Indians. The Tigers are 5-5 SU in their past 10 games.

The Rangers and Tigers have already met twice this season, with the Tigers winning four of the six meetings.

The Rangers lost a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays on the weekend, dropping the rubber match 7-3 on Sunday. The Blue Jays won as a -105 home favorite. The Tigers split a four-game series against the Angels. Detroit won the closing game 3-2 on Sunday, as a -140 home favorite.

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.

MLB Picks sets up AL East division foes the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays opening a three-game set on Friday at Tropicana Field (7:10 pm ET, MLB).

The Red Sox will have southpaw Andrew Miller on the mound. Miller is 3-0 with a 3.57 ERA this season and last pitched July 7 against the Baltimore Orioles, going five innings in a 10-4 win. The Rays will start fellow lefthander David Price, who is 8-7 with a 3.70 ERA. Price last pitched July 9 against the New York Yankees, going five innings in a 5-4 loss.

Boston (55-35 SU) is once again on top of the AL East thanks to a 9-1 SU run in its past 10 games, which includes a six-game winning streak heading into this series against the Rays. The Red Sox lead the division by one game over the New York Yankees, and now have the second-best record in MLB behind the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tampa Bay (49-41 SU) sits in third place in the AL East, six games behind the Red Sox. Tampa Bay has been slumping lately, losing two straight and going 4-6 SU in their last 10 games.

The division foes have squared off in two series previously this season, a two-game and three-game set. The Rays are 3-2 SU in the five meetings.

Heading into the All-Star break, the Red Sox swept the Baltimore Orioles in a four-game set. The Rays dropped the final two games of a three-game set against the Yankees.

Sports Picks previews the Florida Marlins and the Chicago Cubs opening of a four-game set at Wrigley Field on Thursday (8:05 pm ET, FOX).

Florida will give the ball to righthander Anibal Sanchez, who is 6-2 with a 3.58 ERA, and last started July 6 against the Philadelphia Phillies, going four innings in a 7-6 win. Chicago will counter with Matt Garza, who is 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA this season. The righthander last pitched July 7 against the Washington Nationals, going only two innings in a 10-9 win.

The Marlins (43-48 SU) have been on a tear lately, winning five in a row and going 7-3 SU in their past 10 games. But despite the run they remain in last place in the NL East division, 14 games behind the first-place Philadelphia Phillies.

The Cubs (37-55 SU) are limping through the season, going 3-7 SU in their past 10 and sitting second-last in the NL Central, 12 games back of the co-leading Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals.

The Marlins and Cubs met in two-game series May 18 to 19. Chicago swept that set and have won the past six straight meetings, and are 7-3 SU in the past 10 head-to-head matchups.

Sports betting fans should note that the total has gone over in eight of Florida’s last 11 games overall, in four of Florida’s last five games on the road, and in five of Chicago’s last five overall.

Florida is coming off a four-game sweep of the Houston Astros while Chicago lost a three-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Sports Picks previews the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies squaring off Saturday in the second game of a three-game series between the NL East division rivals at Citizens Bank Park (4:10 pm ET, FOX).

Atlanta will have Tommy Hanson, who is 10-4 with a 2.52 ERA, on the mound. The righthander’s last start was Monday against the Colorado Rockies. Hanson went seven innings in a 4-1 win. Philadelphia will start lefthander Cliff Lee, who is 9-6 with a 2.92 ERA. Lee last pitched on Sunday when he went seven and one-third innings in a 7-4 loss against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The division rivals have already met in three series this season, with the Braves winning five of the nine meetings. Only one of the past seven meetings has gone over the over/under total, with four unders and two pushes.

The Braves (53-36 SU) have been red-hot recently, going 9-1 SU in their past 10, the best run currently in Major League Baseball. Atlanta has won four straight and were 2.5 games behind first-place Philadelphia in the NL East division. The Phillies (55-33 SU) have the best record in the majors and are 7-3 SU over their past 10 games.

Atlanta is coming off a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies, and only gave up eight runs over the four matchups. Philadelphia beat the division rival Florida Marlins 2-1 in a three-game series this week. The Phillies outscored the Marlins 21-9 over the three games, including a 14-2 blowout in the second game.

MLB Picks previews the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees clashing on Friday in the second game of a four-game set between the AL East division rivals at Yankee Stadium (7:05 pm ET, FOX).

The Rays (48-39 SU) are in third place in the AL East, and were four games back of the Yankees heading into the opener Thursday. Tampa Bay is 5-5 SU in the past 10 games. The Yankees (51-34 SU) are in first place in the division but the second-place Boston Red Sox were only a half-game behind heading into action Thursday. New York is 7-3 SU in its past 10 games. Derek Jeter needs three more hits to reach 3,000.

Tampa Bay will give the ball to Jeremy Hellickson. The righthander is 8-7 with a 3.21 ERA this season, and he last pitched Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals, going seven and one-third innings in an 8-3 win. New York will have righthander Freddy Garcia on the mound. Garcia is 7-6 with a 3.07 ERA and he last pitched Sunday against the New York Mets. He went seven innings in a 3-2 loss as the Yankees and Mets closed out the latest edition of the Subway Series.

The teams have met once already this season, when the Rays won a three-game series May 16-19. Each team has won five of the past 10 clashes, and four of the past six have gone over the over/under total.

The Rays are coming off a three-game series loss against the Minnesota Twins. New York also lost a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians.

MLB Picks sets up two of the best teams in the American League clashing in the finale of a three-game set when the Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels meet Wednesday at Angel Stadium (3:35 pm ET, FOX).

Righthander Brad Penny will get the start for the Tigers. He is 5-6 with a 4.43 ERA this season, and got his last start on Friday, when he went seven innings in a 4-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants. Los Angeles will have righthander Tyler Chatwood on the mound. He is 5-5 with a 3.83 ERA, and in his last start on Friday he went five innings in a 5-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers as the crosstown rivals opened their last “Freeway Series’ of the season.

Detroit and Los Angeles are at or near the top of their respective divisions. The Tigers (45-41 SU) are 1.5 games behind the first-place Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. The Angels, also 45-41 SU, are tied with the Texas Rangers for first place in the AL West. Detroit is 5-5 SU in its past 10 games. Los Angeles is one of the hottest teams in the majors, winning three straight wins and going 8-2 SU in their past 10. The Angels have won 14 of their past 19 games.

The Angels won the opener 5-1 on Monday, covering as a -120 home favorite and the score staying under the over/under total of 8.5. This is the first meeting between the teams this season.

MLB Picks previews the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians opening a three-game series at Progressive Field on Monday (6:35 pm ET, FOX).

MLB Odds have the Yankees as a -130 moneyline favorite, the Indians a +110 underdog, and the over/under total at 8.5.

The Yankees will start righthander AJ Burnett, who is 8-6 with a 4.05 ERA. He last started Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers, when he went seven innings in a 5-2 win. The Indians will counter with righthander Josh Tomlin, who is 9-4 with a 3.86 ERA. Tomlin’s last start was Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, when he went seven innings in a 6-4 loss.

Both teams lead their respective American League divisions.

New York (50-31 SU) is in first place in the AL East and have been red-hot recently, winning seven straight and going 8-2 SU in their past 10. Cleveland (44-37 SU) leads the AL Central by a half-game and have been mediocre lately, going 5-5 SU in their past 10.

This is the second meeting between the teams this season. New York won a four-game set June 10-13 by a 3-1 count. The Yankees dominated the first three games, outscoring the Indians 24-8, before losing the finale 1-0. New York is 8-2 SU in the past 10 meetings.

The Yankees finished off the latest edition of the Subway Series on Sunday. The Yankees won the first two games against the New York Mets and the finale went into extra innings. Cleveland won the first two games of a three-game set against the Cincinnati Reds before losing the finale Sunday.

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