MLB- Chicago Cubs at Texas


MLB- Chicago Cubs at Texas




It never ceases to amaze how sports have turnaround moments that tickle the fascination of a team or individual


2007-06-19

It never ceases to amaze how sports have turnaround moments that tickle the fascination of a team or individual. Sammy Sosa left the Chicago Cubs in disgrace for all intents and purposes after allegations of steroid use and being the most selfish player on the North Side. The love affair of Slammin' Sammy had soured with Chicago after the 2004 baseball betting season and he was off to Baltimore. There his bat was too slow, his skills as an outfielder diminishing and was considered just another ball player hanging on too long. After not playing at all in 2006, Sosa has come full circle, in a manner of speaking twice, in the same baseball bettingseason with the Cubs visiting Texas.

Sammy Sosa was originally a Texas Ranger, way back in 1989 before being traded to the White Sox in 1991. Sosa was talented youngster who had yet to harness his abilities back then. Then later he was traded to the Cubs, where he spent the bulk of his highly productive career. Sosa hit 545 home runs in the Cubbie Blue and was a part of many really awful Chicago teams, when the only attractions were "Sunshine and Sammy". Tonight Sosa as luck will have it will be trying for historic home run 600 for his original team, against his former club. "It would be nice and definitely exciting, because everybody will be watching," Sosa said. "I expect to have a good week this coming week, and [I'll] try to take care of business at the plate. I'm one away from being able to continue with my life." Sosa went on to say, "It's going to be a great series. I'm excited. I saw a few guys in Spring Training, but this will be nice. It will be interesting." Sosa has 11 long balls as the full time DH and leads the Rangers in rbi's with 51.

The Cubs will be making first ever appearance in Arlington, as these two teams have only met once before in the regular baseball bettingseason and that was in 2002 in Chicago. The Cubs are -130 betting road favorite according to Sportsbook.com because of the pitching match-up in the series opener.

Sean Marshall has been on fire since returning to the Chicago rotation, with five excellent starts in five attempts, giving him 3-2 record with coruscate earned run average of 2.12. With a little better run support it is not hard to imagine Marshall at 5-0 on the year. The Cubs just completed a successful 4-3 homestand and actually have played better on the road this baseball betting season with 16-17 record. (-0.9 units) Chicago comes into this interleague contest 8-3 in last 11 as a road favorite in 2007.

Texas starter Robinson Tejada has also been on fire, just in a different way. Tejada has been torched almost the entire baseball betting season , being a strong contributor why the Rangers are the worst team in the American League and worst wager to boot at -13.9 units. The former Phillie is 5-7 with 6.49 ERA and has been even more dreadful in June with 8.81 ERA with difficult to stomach 1.958 WHIP. The role of home underdog for Texas has been money in the bank for those playing against the Rangers, who are 8-31 (-21.1 Units) against the money line as a home underdog of +100 or higher over the last two baseball betting season s. New manager Ron Washington has had troubles trying to get this free swinging bunch to be more patient at the dish and a quandary has developed in the interim with Texas 1-13 against the ML vs. a starting pitcher whose strikes out five or more batters per start this baseball betting season .

This still might be a good spot to play the underdog Texans since the ballpark will have loads of excitement with what is at stake for Sosa, trying to become the fifth player ever in major league baseball to reach 600 plateau. Despite Tejada's obvious deficiencies, Lou Pinella's squad has only scored 2.9 runs per game in last seven outings. With the Cubs 42-60 (-24.6 Units) against the ML when playing against a team with a losing record and 20-36 vs. a good bullpen whose ERA is 3.75 or better over the last two baseball betting season s, the Rangers might actually hold value as a play tonight.

This Thomas Wolfe contest can be seen on MLB.TV or heard on XM Radio 182. Review the Sportsbook Demo page for props on Sosa on many other players in major league baseball today.

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