Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Friday

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The Major League Baseball card for Friday June 17th features two games over national television to the satisfaction of MLB bettors worldwide.

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The action begins at 2:20PM Eastern Time on MLB Network as the Chicago Cubs will be home to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has Chicago Cubs the -265 odds favorite with the return on the underdog Pittsburgh Pirates at +225 odds. Starting for Chicago will be right hander Jake Arrieta as he will oppose Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano. The Pirates are struggling as they enter this series as a heavy underdog in Game 1. Pittsburgh has dropped two straight and seven of their past eight games. It’s a combination of bad hitting and pitching as many losses have come by wide margins. The Cubs are just a .500 team in their past ten games after losing two of three at Washington. Jake Arrieta has been outstanding again this season. The right hander is 10-1 in thirteen starts with an ERA of 1.86. Liriano has struggled in his past three starts with an ERA of seven working 15 1/3rd innings.

At 8:15PM Eastern Time on MLB Network its interleague action as the St Louis Cardinals will host the Texas Rangers. The Cardinals are favored by -110 odds with the return on the Rangers at +100 odds. The game total is lined at eight runs. Starting for Texas will be left hander Cole Hamels to oppose St Louis righty Michael Wacha. Since Yu Darvish returned to the lineup from injury for Texas the Rangers have been outstanding. They sit in first place in the AL West with a record of 42-25. The team is 5-2 thus far on this road trip after winning three of four at Oakland. St Louis hosted Houston with a five game win streak then got swept in their two game home series. Hamels has pitched well for the Rangers with a 6-1 record in 13 starts with an ERA of 3.14. Wacha has struggled in the first half of the year with an ERA near five in 13 starts.

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