MLB Odds Cubs vs. Reds MLB Picks – August 3, 2009: The Chicago Cubs continue to keep pace with the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for National League Central’s top spot.
Going into Monday’s action, Chicago is just ½ game behind the division leading Cards, but all that could change in a matter of one series or even less. However, if the Cubs are to finally surpass St. Louis, they’re going to have to address some very key issues such as pitching.
According to MLB Odds makers and MLB Picks specialists at SBGglobal.com, the Chicago Cubs [-135 ML] have been listed as the sports betting odds favorites to win the series opener against the Cincinnati Reds [+125 ML] tonight. But before making your MLB Picks, get the latest sports betting odds for your free sports picks from the best online MLB Betting Odds sportsbooks.
The Cubs are coming off a very taxing series for their bullpen against the Florida Marlins. In the 28 innings played this weekend, Chicago was forced to use relievers in 14 of those innings, as the starters struggled to go deep into ballgames.
"I'm stretching out Dempster the right way to keep him healthy and strong," manager Lou Piniella said. "We've had pitch counts on Harden all year. Then we get three innings from Zambrano because of his stiff back. As it is, you've got the game in the closer's hands. The last two days haven't been pretty."
Kevin Gregg blew back-to-back save chances on Saturday and Sunday against the Fish. Nevertheless, they’re still right in the thick of things. "We're right where we were when left for the road and hopefully we'll be in a better position when we get home," Dempster said. "We always seem to pick each other up when times get tough. Hopefully we'll go get 'em tomorrow."
Tonight’s pitching matchup features: RHP Randy Wells (7-4, 2.84 ERA) vs. RHP Aaron Harang (5-12, 4.50 ERA). Hence, the OVER/UNDER for this, MLB Odds: Cubs vs. Reds MLB Picks – August 3, 2009 has been calculated and set at a combined total of 8½ runs scored.
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