By Dave Schwab
As the month of July comes to an end, the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs are making a move in the NL Central with a 10-2 record since the All Star break. Heading into the final game of this week’s home-and-home series against the crosstown White Sox, they are a half game up in the division on the Milwaukee Brewers at 53-47.
To close out the final weekend of the month, these two division foes will square off against one another for three games starting this Friday night in an 8:10 p.m. (ET) start at Miller Park. Jose Quintana will be on the mound for the Cubs and Milwaukee will start this showdown with Brent Suter as its starter. Game 2 is set for 7:10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday’s series finale will be the featured matchup on TBS in a schedule 2:10 p.m. start.
In another MLB betting action this weekend at BetAnySports, the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees kickoff an extended four-game series on Thursday night in a 7:05 p.m. start at Yankee Stadium. BetAnySports has opened New York as a slight -117 home favorite for the series opener with CC Sabathia getting the start. Tampa Bay is listed as a +107 underdog and it will go with Chris Archer as its starter. The total line for this opener is set at 8.5. Both teams are chasing Boston for the lead in the AL East which is down to just one game with the Red Sox losing five of their last six outings.
The top MLB matchup to close out the weekend on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball is Game 3 of a traditional NL West rivalry between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers in an 8 p.m. start. Even though over 30 games separate the Giants and the Dodgers in the standings, there are always some fireworks when these two teams face one another.
NASCAR returns to Pocono Raceway this Sunday for the Overton’s 400 at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and over at Monmouth Park in New Jersey later that afternoon is the 50th running of the $1 million Haskell Invitational for some of the top three-year old thoroughbreds in the nation. Also this weekend for MMA betting fans is Saturday night’s fight card at UFC 214. Be sure to check BetAnySports for all the betting lines and odds for this weekend’s action as the best online sportsbook for US players.