MLB Odds: Cubs host rival Cardinals

By: Sports Interaction | Friday, July 23, 2010

Tony La Russa’s Redbirds have the lead in the NL Central Division.

The Cubs and Cardinals are going in different directions in the NL Central. St. Louis has a slender advantage over Cincinnati and looks on course for the postseason. Chicago is a distant third in the division with no real shot at the playoffs.

We should still expect plenty of drama in Wrigley Field this weekend as the Cubs would love to spoil the party for Albert Pujols and friends.

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With Jeff Suppan and his 0-5 record on the mound for the Cardinals on Friday, the Cubs should be well placed to start the weekend in style and take the early edge in this series. On the flipside Chris Carpenter is a virtual lock to pick up his 12th win of the season on Sunday for St. Louis.

That makes Saturday’s duel between Blake Hawksworth and Tom Gorzelanny the most fascinating of the weekend. Both are steady options who do enough to keep their teams in games. Hawksworth however has shown far more potential than the workmanlike Gorzelanny.

With a far better offense supporting him, I like Hawksworth and the St. Louis Cardinals to win big with Sports Interaction on Saturday.

Over in the American League, Boston’s efforts to stay in the AL East race should receive a boost this weekend when they travel to Seattle. The now Cliff Lee-less Mariners possess arguably the shallowest rotation in all of baseball.

Friday’s game should be the most competitive of the weekend when Josh Beckett takes the mound for the Red Sox. Beckett has taken a step back in 2010 and this is his first start since being placed on the DL in May so Seattle will look to test him early. I like the recuperating Beckett to stand tall and do enough to earn the decision in his comeback appearance.

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Saturday presents a mismatch of epic proportions with Seattle's David Pauley duelling Boston left-hander Jon Lester. Pauley has shown some promise but plenty of rough edges to date; against a polished talent like Lester I don’t like his chances.

Daisuke Matsuzaka will, as ever, give bettors plenty to worry about Sunday afternoon but I like him to take the decision over Doug Fister.

It will be a rough weekend for Mariners fans and it won’t be the last this season. The Red Sox are hungry and this week Seattle is on the menu. Bet on Boston to win big with Sports Interaction.

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