Baseball Betting Preview: Halladay Underdog, Dickey Small Favorite

SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 15: R.A. Dickey #43 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 15 2010 in San Francisco California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Mid-week for baseball brings us the end of several important series and the beginnings of others, along with the chance to bet on Roy Halladay as an underdog and Cy Young contender R.A. Dickey as small chalk.

Wednesday in St. Louis the Cardinals will shoot for a sweep of the Mets, but they'll have to do it against the aforementioned Dickey. The Cards, owners of the second NL Wild-Card spot at the moment, are favored by -145 with Adam Wainwright going against Dickey.

Out in Oakland the Angels, still tying to track down an AL Wild-Card spot, go for a sweep of one of the teams they're chasing, the A's. LA, which has taken the first two games of this series by scores of 8-3 and 6-1, is a -110 favorite with Dan Haren throwing against Brandon McCarthy.

Down in Tampa the Rays will try to finish off a sweep of the AL East-leading Yankees. TB won 4-3 Monday and 5-2 Tuesday to pull within a game and a half of New York in the East. For Wednesday the Rays with Matt Moore are -125 favorites over the Yanks with Hiroki Kuroda.

The real beneficiaries of Tampa's two wins over New York are the Orioles, who with wins in the first two games of their series in Toronto have pulled into a tie with the Yanks atop the AL East.

Baltimore, as it shoots for a sweep of the Blue Jays Wednesday, is a +110 underdog as Miguel Gonzalez throws against Brandon Morrow.

Out in Los Angeles the Dodgers will be looking to take the rubber match of a series with San Diego. LA won the opener Monday night 4-3, but the Padres scored twice in the top of the eighth to tie Tuesday's game, then pushed across three runs in the 11th to win 6-3. LA, with Aaron Harang throwing, is a -150 favorite Wednesday over SD with Clayton Richard.

And in San Francisco the Giants will similarly try to win a rubber match against the Diamondbacks. NL West-leading San Fran won Monday 9-8, but Arizona took Tuesday's game 8-6. The Giants and Madison Bumgarner are -160 favorites Wednesday vs. the D'Backs and Trevor Cahill.

Thursday marks the beginning of maybe the first really big series in baseball this year, as the Orioles host the Yankees for the first of four games at Camden Yards this weekend. Wonder if that place will be rockin'.

Philadelphia -102 at Cincinnati -103, Total 8 - Roy Halladay (8-7) | Mike Leake (7-8) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Philadelphia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Cincinnati's last 10 games at home

NY Mets +131 at St. Louis -136, Total 7 - R.A. Dickey (17-4) | Adam Wainwright (13-11) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets's last 6 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Minnesota +172 at Chi White Sox -179, Total 9 - PJ Walters (2-2) | Jake Peavy (9-10) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox
Chi White Sox are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games at home

LA Angels -103 at Oakland -102, Total 8 - Dan Haren (9-10) | Brandon McCarthy (8-5) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: LA Angels are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oakland's last 7 games

Cleveland +195 at Detroit -205, Total 9 - Ubaldo Jimenez (9-14) | Doug Fister (7-8) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Detroit's last 11 games at home

Houston +180 at Pittsburgh -187, Total 8.5 - Fernando Abad (0-2) | Kevin Correia (9-8) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Houston

Chi Cubs +230 at Washington -240, Total 7.5 - Chris Volstad (2-9) | Gio Gonzalez (17-7) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs's last 8 games when playing Washington
Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

Baltimore +114 at Toronto -119, Total 8 - Miguel Gonzalez (6-3) | Brandon Morrow (8-5) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Baltimore is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Toronto is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Baltimore

NY Yankees +112 at Tampa Bay -117, Total 7.5 - Hiroki Kuroda (12-10) | Matt Moore (10-8) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees's last 6 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 11-1 SU in their last 12 games when playing at home against NY Yankees

Colorado +190 at Atlanta -200, Total 8 - Alex White (2-7) | Mike Minor (7-10) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Atlanta's last 18 games at home

Milwaukee -106 at Miami +101, Total 9 - Wily Peralta (0-0) | Nathan Eovaldi (4-10) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 7 of Milwaukee's last 8 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Miami's last 8 games when playing Milwaukee

Texas -154 at Kansas City +149, Total 9 - Ryan Dempster (9-6) | Everett Teaford (1-1) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Texas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Kansas City is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games at home

Boston +112 at Seattle -117, Total 8 - Aaron Cook (3-8) | Kevin Millwood (4-12) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston's last 9 games when playing Seattle
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Seattle's last 9 games when playing Boston

San Diego +141 at LA Dodgers -151, Total 7.5 - Clayton Richard (12-12) | Aaron Harang (9-8) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: San Diego10-4-1 SU in its last 15 games
LA Dodgers11-2-1 SU in their last 14 games when playing at home against San Diego

Arizona +141 at San Francisco -151, Total 6.5 - Trevor Cahill (9-11) | Madison Bumgarner (14-9) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Arizona is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games ,on the road
San Francisco6-1-1 SU in its last 8 games

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