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Baseball Betting: Week Ahead Preview

Red-hot Colorado will be an underdog when it opens a series with the Cubs on Monday, while the rejuvenated Red Sox and Orioles do battle in an expected tight series that begins Tuesday in MLB betting action this week.

Matt Garza (0-2, 4.74 ERA) goes to the mound on Monday for the Cubs, who will be -130 favorites at Sportsbook.ag in Game 1 of the three-game set with Colorado. Esmil Rogers (2-1, 6.75 ERA) gets the ball for the Rockies.

Colorado has won two straight series against the Cubs, including one this season. The Rockies are 8-3 on the road, and could be good value for the money as a road underdog in the series opener and on the series betting lines.

Together the teams are averaging nearly 10 runs per game, and the OVER bet could be a smart wager in totals betting for the series.

Florida is off to a great start and Ricky Nolasco (2-0, 3.00 ERA) will open a series against the Dodgers for the Marlins on Monday, while Jon Garland (1-1. 4.15 ERA) tries to make it six straight wins head-to-head against Florida when he starts for Los Angeles.

Garland may give the Dodgers (+130) a good look in Game 1, but it’s the Marlins (-150 at Sportsbook.ag) who have won the last two series head-to-head and should be the popular choice on the MLB betting lines for the series. Seven of the last eight matchups between the teams have sent OVER bettors to the payout window in totals betting.

Boston is picking up momentum after starting the season 0-6, while Baltimore has struggled recently. This should give the edge to the surging Red Sox on the series betting lines against the Orioles this week.

Clay Buchholz (1-2, 5.31 ERA) is up against the Orioles' Zach Britton (3-1, 3.16 ERA) in the opener on Tuesday, and those pitchers have produced an OVER win on the totals betting lines in five of their last six combined starts.

Detroit and Cleveland begin an interesting betting matchup when they start a three-game set on Friday, with the Tigers likely underdogs in the opener.  Cleveland did sweep the Tigers in their last head-to-head series and should be the favorite for a win on the series betting lines.

Atlanta won their last series against the Cardinals in St. Louis and they will try to do it again when the two evenly-matched clubs get it going on Friday for the opener of a weekend series.

OVER bettors will salivate when the Braves and Cardinals match up as they have paid the OVER wager in five straight games.