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How To Bet On Cubs Twins - Cubs And Twins Meet In A Matchup Of Struggling Ballclubs

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 6/5/2012 3:46:33 PM

The Minnesota Twins have the worst record in the American League, but when compared to the Chicago Cubs, they look good. Two lower-tier teams will try to reverse fortunes this weekend.

Chicago Cubs @ Minnesota Twins – Series Overview
Sports betting line: N/A

Game 1: Friday, June 8

When you visit the foremost betting sites around and attempt to make a studied, informed play on a Major League Baseball game, you will simply have to size up the entirety of the two teams put together on a ball field. P.J. Walters will take the bump for the Twins with a very respectable 3.69 earned-run average. Walters is anything but a grizzled big-league veteran, but over the course of this season, he has projected the body language of a confident and effective pitcher. Chicago will counter with Travis Wood, an unproven hurler whose 4.56 ERA in the National League looks especially bad compared to Walters' lower earned-run mark in the American League.

The numbers suggest that Minnesota has the edge, but frankly, neither one of these pitchers has established the reputation or the credibility needed to deserve an advantage without much of any additional research. This feels and smells like a game in which the entirety of these teams' skills should be matched against each other. The Twins have been quite disappointing this season, but as improbable as it might be, the Cubs have actually been worse. They've been more impotent and less imposing than Minnesota has been through roughly one third of the season (54 games out of 162). In the end, Wood will not be able to contain a weak-hitting Minnesota lineup, and the Twins should be able to scratch together a handful of runs against him, paving the way for a Minnesota win on Friday in game one of this series.

MLB Betting Pick: Minnesota

Game 2: Saturday, June 9

When looking at this game, the various factors being considered are likely to lean in favor of Minnesota because of starting pitching. Whereas game one of this series offered a confrontation that rendered the starting pitching as an inconclusive determinant of the likely outcome, Saturday's second installment of this weekend series is shaped in a way that favors the Twins. Chicago will go with converted football player Jeff Samardzija, an effective pitcher with a whip-armed delivery who has crafted a solid 3.11 ERA in the National League. However, Minnesota has a man who is operating at a higher level than Samardzija, starter Scott Diamond, who totes a 1.86 ERA to the mound entering this contest. The Twins are the better team, and they'll fell the Cubs on Saturday afternoon.

MLB Betting Pick: Minnesota

Game 2: Sunday, June 10

When looking at this game, you will ultimately conclude that the prevailing sportsbook dynamics work in favor of Chicago, albeit by a small margin and for atypical reasons.
The Cubs will go with starter Ryan Dempster, whose 2.90 earned-run average is a bit worse than the numbers compiled by Minnesota starter Cole DeVries, who has amassed an even leaner 2.70 ERA. However, it's worth noting that DeVries' gaudy numbers are based partly on the fact that he has done so in only two starts, whereas Dempster has pitched for two months. Moreover, Dempster has yet to win a game this season. In the month of June, the laws of averages suggest that Dempster will break through. The pendulum will swing to the Cubs in the finale of this series.

MLB Betting Pick: Chicago Cubs

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