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top the National League Central on Wednesday when they visit the Pittsburgh Pirates (56-52) as small road favorites. The Cubs dropped the series opener to the Pirates 5-4 on Tuesday while the Milwaukee Brewers won their second straight over the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road to pull into a first-place tie in the standings. MLB betting line: The Cubs opened as -117 favorites (wager $117 to win $100); the total is at eight runs http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 4.4-2.6, Cubs (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Cubs can pay on the MLB linesIt isn't time to panic just yet in the Windy City, as Chicago is still in prime position to win the division title despite the team's recent slide. The Cubs have lost three of their last four games but will start new addition Cole Hamels (5-9, 4.72 ERA with the Texas Rangers), as he returns to the National League where he enjoyed a lot of success in Philadelphia.The numbers the 34-year-old posted with the Rangers this year before the trade may not seem impressive, but a closer look shows he was 4-2 in 10 road starts with a 2.93 ERA. He also pitched well at night, going 5-3 in 14 outings with a 3.49 ERA. Why the Pirates can pay on the MLB linesPittsburgh surprised many with its deadline deals on Tuesday Edwin Encarnacion Jersey , showing this team is dedicated to making a run at a wild-card berth. The Pirates are only three games out of a playoff spot and added a top-line starter in Chris Archer from the Tampa Bay Rays.While Archer will need to wait to make his Pittsburgh debut, Nick Kingham (5-5, 4.80 ERA) gets the call here looking to get back on track. Gene J. Puskar/Associated PressThe 26-year-old rookie had won three in a row before suffering a setback against the New York Mets last Thursday, surrendering six runs and seven hits in three innings of a 12-6 defeat.Smart betting pickThe Pirates have won the past two meetings after losing four of five in the series. Pittsburgh has also won 14 of 17 overall, while Chicago is sliding and desperately needs a victory in this spot. Fortunately for the Cubs, they have dropped as many as two straight just twice since June 25 when they lost five in a row. Look for Chicago to bounce back with Hamels earning the win.MLB betting trendsThe total has gone under in six of Chicago's last eight games.The total has gone under in four of Chicago's last five games against Pittsburgh.Pittsburgh is 2-4 in its last six games at home against Chicago. All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app. SEATTLE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Chris Herrmann’s two-run homer in the 11th inning gave the Seattle Mariners a 10-8 win over Oakland on Tuesday night, clinching the AL West for Houston and leaving the Athletics with a wild-card matchup against the New York Yankees.Seattle overcame an 8-5 eighth-inning deficit and dropped the A’s 2½ games behind the Yankees for home-field advantage in the Oct. 3 winner-take-all matchup. Oakland had been 68-0 when leading after seven innings.Denard Span hit a two-run double off Fernando Rodney in the eighth.Blake Treinen was one strike from closing out his 38th save in the ninth, but Nelson Cruz punched a two-out single http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , Ryon Healy reached when third baseman Matt Chapman bobbled his grounder for an error and Kyle Seager hit an RBI single. Treinen had allowed just one hit in his previous 13 appearances.Ben Gamel walked with one out in the 11th against Emilio Pagan (3-1), and Herrmann batted for Andrew Romine and sent an 0-1 fastball out to deep right-center field.Alex Colome (7-5) pitched the 11th for the victory.A day after clinching no worse than a wild-card berth, Oakland took a 6-3 lead in the first two innings off Mike Leake. Nick Martini had a two-run triple and Matt Joyce a two-run single off Leake, and Marcus Semien added his 14th home run leading off the fifth inning. But the A’s went scoreless after Matt Olson’s RBI double in the sixth inning.HELLO AGAINEdwin Diaz, the major league leader in saves, pitched the 10th for Seattle. Diaz had not pitched since Sept. 17, when he collected his 56th save.PLAYOFF PLANSOakland manager Bob Melvin said the priority in the coming days will be making sure the A’s regulars get a chance at some rest so they are fresh when the postseason begins. Melvin indicated getting his guys rest would take priority over trying to chase down the Yankees in an attempt to have the wild=card game at home and not in New York. The A’s gave Khris Davis and Stephen Piscotty the night off on Tuesday.“There is definitely a balance to this but I think the depth of our team allows us to be confident with who we give a day off to, whether it’s in the lineup or in the bullpen,” Melvin said. “But it is important at this point if time in the season that once we get to the postseason that guys are fresh. It’s just as much of a mental grind as it is a physical grind too. One of the strengths of our team is we use all our guys.”The one guy that may not get any rest is Matt Olson http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , who has a chance at playing in 162 games. Melvin said he probably won’t start Olson at least one game against the Angels this weekend but will do what he can to make sure Olson reaches his goal of playing in every regular season game.As for pitching, Melvin said the staff hasn’t figured out who would pitch this weekend against the Angels, let alone in a wild card game.“We’re leaving everything open,” Melvin said.UP NEXTAthletics: RHP Edwin Jackson (6-3) makes his 17th start since joining the A’s on June 25. Jackson has a 3.18 ERA in his 16 starts, the fourth lowest in the American League during that stretch.Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (8-13) makes what is likely his last start of the season. Hernandez will finish the year with a career-worst ERA (currently 5.46) and the 13 losses are one shy of his career-high.


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