Things are not working out for the Chicago Cubs in 2011; or so it seems with the the club 11-games off the pace in the National League Central. Looking back to 2011 opening day, the Cubs were predicted contenders, but at mid-season are nothing more than pretenders, lurking neir their traditional last place home. Cub fans must rejoice – their club isn't as woeful as the Astros – but we'll beat that horse later.
The boys from Chicago's South-End, the Chicago White Sox, bussed up to Wrigley Field this weekend for a three-game inter-league series and punked the Cubbies in two straight, making a mockery of the rivalry. After five games head to head this year the White Sox have won four, and with right-hander Gavin Floyd (6-7, 4.19 ERA) going as Sunday's Sox starter, are lined -130 MLB Odds moneyline favorites at BetUS.pa and other offshore sports shops. Totals bettors in this one will play the OVER/UNDER game against the posted 8 1/2. Meanwhile the Cubs, as (embarrassing) +110 home underdogs with righty Rodrigo Lopez (0-2, 5.40) their starter. First pitch will go off at 2:20 pm ET.
In other early games; the Pirates (42-41) and Nationals (42-42) play the rubber game of their inter-league series in Washington at Nationals Park (1:35 pm). Right-hander Kevin Correia (10-6, Pirates) goes against Jason Marquis (7-2, Nationals) as starters. Sportsbooks list Washington as -147 moneyline favorites in this one.
Up in Detroit, the Tigers look to avoid getting home swept out of Comerica Park by NL West leaders San Francisco Giants (1:05 pm). SF starts right-hander Ryan Vogelsong in this one while Detroit counters with righty Rick Porcello. Oddsmakers lined Detroit as -126 favorites with a posted 8 1/2 total.
The Mets (41-42), another club in danger of the home sweep, play arch-rivals New York Yankees (50-31) in the third and final game at Citi-Field (1:10 pm). The Mets go with R.A. Dickey (4-7, 3.77 ERA) in this one as the Yankees counter with Freddy Garcia (7-6, 3.28 ERA). The Yankees are installed -140 moneyline MLB Odds favorites with a 8 1/2-total.