Sports Betting Week: Streaking Cubs Heavy Favorites Against Tigers
The Chicago Cubs continue their drive this week toward their first postseason appearance since 2008 when they kick off a two-game series against the struggling Detroit Tigers on Tuesday as heavy -175 moneyline favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Cubs enter the week with 16 wins in their past 19 contests, giving them a firm grip on the second NL Wild Card spot, but continue to lag behind the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals by eight games in the divisional race.
Chicago has also struggled to gain ground on the Pittsburgh Pirates during their current hot stretch, picking up just three games on their division rivals, who currently lead the NL Wild Card battle by two games.
The Pirates continue their three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, pegged as heavy -210 moneyline favorites at the sportsbooks. Pittsburgh dropped a 4-1 decision to Arizona on Monday, and continue to trail St. Louis by six games in the division.
The Cardinals, owners of an MLB best 76-42 record and 3/1 favorites on the odds to win the 2015 NL Pennant, head west this week following their current three-game set with the San Francisco Giants.
St. Louis ended a three-game losing streak against the World Series champs with a 2-1 win on Monday and enters Tuesday's Giants vs. Cardinals betting matchup at Busch Stadium as -140 moneyline favorites.
In NFL preseason action, the New York Jets will be looking for answers to their current starting quarterback quandary when they take on the Atlanta Falcons on Friday night as narrow one-point favorites.
Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, starting in place of injured starter Geno Smith, combined with rookie Bryce Petty to tally just 66 total passing yards in the Jets' preseason opener, a 23-3 loss to the Detroit Lions, and they will have their hands full against the Falcons, who are expected to give quarterback Matt Ryan plenty of playing time in this week's contest.
In other NFL Week 2 preseason betting matchups, the Philadelphia Eagles are strong 4.5-point home favorites against the Baltimore Ravens, while the Pittsburgh Steelers are 2.5-point home favorites in their Sunday matchup with the Green Bay Packers.
In Monday Night Football action, Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are favored by two points over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.