MLB Betting: Cardinals head for Pittsburgh as road chalk

With half the country seemingly still covered with snow, the baseball season moves into its third week of play. Here's a quick look at some of what's happening early this week, with some MLB series betting odds.

Starting Monday, NL Central rivals meet as the 6-6 Pirates and 7-5 Cardinals hook up for three games at PNC Park; in Toronto the 5-7 Blue Jays, now without SS Jose Reyes, host the 5-7 White Sox for four games; in Cincy the 5-7 Reds and 6-6 Phillies meet for three games at the GABP; two pleasant surprises of this early season get together as the 7-4 Mets and 8-4 Rockies begin a four-game set at Coors Field; and in the second round of their season-long Southern California battle the 7-5 Dodgers host the 2-10 Padres for the three games at Chavez Ravine.

As of Monday morning St. Louis, which lost the season series to Pittsburgh last year eight games to seven, was a -140 favorite to win that series, with the Pirates getting +120 as home dogs.

The Blue Jays were favored by -185 to win their series with Chicago (based on the first three games), with the White Sox getting +165. The Reds were favored by -150 for their series with Philly, which was getting +130. Colorado was favored by -170 for that series over New York, which was getting +150. And LA was a heavy -320 for its series with San Diego, with the punchless Padres getting +250.

Moving to Tuesday the 4-7 Rays and 6-6 Orioles begin a three-game set at Camden Yards; the 7-4 Red Sox and 5-6 Indians begin a three-game series at Progressive Field; the World Series-champion Giants, off to a 9-4 start, head to Milwaukee for three games with the 3-8 Brewers; the 7-5 Tigers hit Seattle for three games with the 6-8 Mariners; the 8-4 Diamondbacks visit the Big Apple for three inter-league games with the 6-5 Yankees; the 11-1 Braves host the 7-5 Royals for a three-game inter-league set; and the 8-5 Rangers stop in Chicago for three games with the 4-8 Cubs.

In early series betting the Giants were favored by -120 over the Brew Crew; the Tribe was favored by -115 over Boston; Tampa was favored by -115 on the road at Baltimore; Detroit was a -150 road favorite over the M's; the Pinstripes were favored by -160 over the D'Backs; and Texas was a -135 favorite over the Cubbies.




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