The NL East standings has a new look, as both of tonight’s teams are heading in opposite directions.
Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves
Philadelphia was knocked out of first place in the National League East for the first time since May 1, after Monday’s 9-3 loss to Atlanta at Turner Field. “We seem to go through down periods the last couple of years at the end of May and Interleague in June,” said closer Brad Lidge. The Phillies have lost seven of their last nine games and enters Tuesday having scored just 10 runs over that span (-677). This is vastly different from a team that started the month with an NL-best 12-3 record. Philadelphia finds itself as an underdog for the third straight games, as the team is a dominating 31-19 the last three years as a road underdog of +100 to +125 (+1,560).
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The French Open quarterfinals are covered on ESPN3.com. The men’s and women’s singles and doubles for Tuesday begin at 5AM ET.
Novak Djokovic beat the last standing American on the men’s side, Robby Ginepri in four sets. Ginepri couldn’t keep his footing chasing down a shot from Djokovic. He fell on his face and to the enlightenment of the crowd and his opponent chose to do a couple push ups while he lay facing the red clay colored tennis court. At this point the momentum shifted to Djokovic even though Ginepri was quoted after the match saying he thought his antics would help get the crowd back on his side.
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Two of the prize pitchers in the National League face off for the fifth time in their careers at AT&T Park.
Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants
Colorado dropped Sunday’s rubber match, 4-3, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. “We did nothing to lose the game and everything we could to win the game,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said after the game. The Rockies are still 15-12 in the month of May (+280), which is an improvement from their 36-47 mark during the month the last three years (-1,500). Colorado finds itself in one of its worst betting situations as a team, being placed on the road with a money line of -100 to -125, going 2-5 this year (-380) and 10-26 the last three seasons (-1,920).
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The Twins seek to finish off a three-game sweep of the Rangers on national television.
Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins
Texas has lost three straight games and five of six, as they continue an eight-game, 10-day road trip. The Rangers are batting .220 and have managed to score just six runs during its current three-game skid. Despite the recent struggles, the team is still a solid 15-11 this month (+220) and a fantastic 54-30 in May the past three years ($2,730). Texas has also had a difficult time this season when facing opponents with a winning record, tallying a 4-11 record (-920) this season. The Rangers have lost eight of their last nine on the road, currently sitting at 8-14 away from Arlington this season overall.
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The Cardinals-Cubs end a three-game set on this holiday weekend, with a series victory on the line at Wrigley.
St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
St. Louis will try to even up its record with the final game of its current six-game road trip (2-3), while also picking up a winning series at Wrigley Field for the first time in over three years. The Cardinals’ lineup was dominated on Saturday, allowing Cubs SP Carlos Silva to tally a career-high 11 strikeouts en-route to a 5-0 victory. “He was on his game,” Cards outfielder Ryan Ludwick said. “He threw that changeup in any count.” With a pair of roster moves on Saturday, the pitching staff will carry 13 pitchers until at the upcoming off-day on Thursday. The Cardinals have compiled a 5-2 record when playing on Sunday’s this year (+240), but are 28-30 over the last three years overall (-870).
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With every event that the UFC holds – are they hold a lot of them – betting on mixed martial arts gets a little more popular. MMA has gone from a fringe sport to the mainstream over the last couple of years. Betting on boxing has always been popular, and now more and more people are betting on MMA as well. It’s a good sport to bet on, too – winners are there for the picking, and you can usually find a nice price. If you are thinking about starting to bet on the UFC, or if you are doing it casually and looking to get more serious, then here are five things to consider to give yourself the best chance of success:
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The first couple of rounds of a grand slam tennis tournament are reasonably easy to handicap. Ranked players in good form meet up with less experienced, less talented, or less prepared players, and they usually come out on top. At this year’s French Open, 24 of the 32 men who made the third round were ranked in the top 32 of the 128 man field when the tournament started. Women’s tennis is often more uncertain and volatile, but 24 of the top 32 made it through to the third round there as well. It stands to reason, then, that things get much more difficult in the third round and beyond. The vulnerable and outclassed players have been knocked out, and the remaining players are all in good enough form to at least win two grand slam matches – no easy feat. To pick a winner as we get deeper in the tournament you need to do more work and use more insightful analysis. Here are five things you’ll need to consider to find winners in the second week of grand slams:
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Aces are wild in this AL West showdown featuring two teams that are searching for some type of momentum.
Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels
Seattle is enjoying a three-game win streak (+307) and has won five of its last seven games due to an offensive resurgence. Over the last six games, the offense is batting .391 with runners in scoring position, which is a dramatic difference from batting .235 in the first 41 games of the season. This production has led to the team going over the total in four straight games for the first time all season. OF Ichiro Suzuki has never been the team’s problem during the month of May, coming in with the highest career batting average for a player with a minimum of 300 plate appearances (.363). The Mariners are 8-16 this month (-1,000) and have a horrible 27-54 (-3,110) record over the last three years in May.
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One of the most anticipated fights in recent UFC history is finally going to happen. “Suga” Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson are headlining UFC at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
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Soccer is the ultimate team sport. Every player on the field has a specific set of tasks, and if they fail to do them properly then their team is going to suffer. The game is so low scoring that mistakes can be massive, and players need to work together. That being said, there are some players who are more important to their success than others. In football terms, it doesn’t really matter how the rest of the offense plays if the quarterback throws five interceptions. Here’s a look at the five most important players at this year’s World Cup. Their play could be the difference between success and failure for their team:
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