The Chicago Cubs (30-49) and Atlanta Braves (41-38) will continue a three-game National League series on Tuesday night at Turner Field, with the opening pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET

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The Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers will continue a National League Central series on Saturday afternoon inside Miller Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 ET on FOX

Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers  

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The Chicago Cubs (8-14) and Philadelphia Phillies (10-12) will close out a four-game National League series on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET

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The Phillies look to regain the top spot in the NL East division, but will have to fight off the Fish to get there.

Florida Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies

Florida gained a split in the Labor Day doubleheader and has actually gone 5-5 over its last 10 games.  The Marlins earned a 7-1 victory in the first game to improve their record to four games over .500 for the first time this year, only to drop the second game and fall to 70-67 at the end of the night.  “It’s a long shot, but we’re going to keep playing hard,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said about the team’s playoff chances.      The club is 4-3 in Philadelphia this season, but is trailing the season series 5-8 overall and own a all-time record of 131-149 against the Phillies.  Florida has a solid 32-28 mark against divisional foes this season (+360) and the total is 32-25 O/U in those contests.

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Bettors must acknowledge some interesting series stats between these two clubs for Sunday’s finale.

Atlanta Braves at Florida Marlins

Atlanta used an eight-run eighth inning to capture a 10-5 win over Florida at Sun Life Stadium on Friday night.  “I can’t explain this ballgame,” manager Bobby Cox said.  “It’s hard enough to explain Friday night.  It’s baseball.”  The Braves are now 5-3 against the Marlins this season and moved their record to 18-16 against divisional opponents (-100).  The total is 11-20 O/U in their games against the NL East in 2010 and 76-93 O/U the last three years.  With today’s game being a rubber match, it’s important to note that the club is 16-1-4 in its last 21 series dating back to May 10.  Rookie outfielder Jason Heyward continues to lead the chase for NL Rookie of the Year, hitting .387 since being made active from the disabled list on July 15.  He went 3-for-3 with two walks and two runs last night.  Atlanta has averaged 5.7 runs per game and hit for a .277 combined average in compiling an impressive 20-12 daytime record (+760).

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The Marlins find themselves in a perfect underdog spot at Dodger Stadium.

Florida Marlins at Los Angeles Dodgers

Florida gets set to play the second game of a seven-game road trip against the Los Angeles Dodgers, picking up a 6-5 victory last night at Dodger Stadium.  The Marlins have won two straight games, after losing seven of their previous nine contests.  Florida currently leads the 2010 series 3-1 versus Los Angeles and has won nine of its last 12 games in Los Angeles.  The team is still just 19-20 following a win this season, but the total is a cash-making 26-12 O/U and 115-83 O/U the last three years.  If tonight’s game goes over the total, expect Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez to be a main player.  He is batting .434 in 13 games at Dodger Stadium, which is the highest batting average among all active players (min 50 plate appearances).

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The pressure of holding the AL East lead may be getting to the young Rays, as they look to bounce back from a loss on Friday night.

Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins

Tampa Bay is 23-11 on the road, but have lost five of their last seven and must win the final two games of this series to avoid their first losing road trip of the season.  The Rays are also just 4-6 in interleague play this year and have lost four of their last five.  Part of their recent struggles has been the leadoff spot, as players that have been placed at the top of the lineup card have combined for just a .244 batting average and .339 on-base percentage.  “I’m just looking for the right slot,” said manager Joe Maddon.  “It’d be nice to really feel good about No. 1.”  Tampa Bay went 10-2 against Florida the past two seasons, but are currently just 1-3 against them this season.  During Maddon’s tenure, the Rays are 17-11 against the Marlins overall.

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Saturday MLB Handicapper Report – (Complete)

Baltimore Orioles

  • Baltimore would capture its first road series victory of the year with a win today or tomorrow.  The Orioles are 0-9-1 in road series since September 11-13, 2009.
  • The Orioles are now 13-12 in the all-time series against Washington.  They won the season series in 2009, 4-2, taking two of three in D.C.
  • OF Adam Jones has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, going 18-for-53 and raising his average from .218 to .254.
  • Baltimore is 10-20 this year against right-handed starters (-710).  The team has compiled a .257 batting average against righties while scoring 3.7 runs per game.
  • Pitching staff has allowed at least one run in the eighth inning or later in 24 of their 43 games this season.  The Orioles have allowed the tying or go-ahead run to score in the eighth inning or later 10 times.
  • SP Brad Bergesen has allowed just 22 runners in 19.1 innings in his last three starts, compared to 27 runners in 10.1 innings of work in his first three starts of the season.
  • Bergesen is just 1-5 with a 4.45 ERA in his career away from Camden Yards.

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