The Atlanta Braves (11-7) and Los Angeles Dodgers (13-5) will continue a three-game National League series on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 ET

Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers 

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies open up a three-game series Monday night at Citizens Bank Park

Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia SP Cliff Lee hopes to rebound from a forgetful start last time out

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The Astros are the best home underdog betting opportunity on Tuesday’s MLB card.

Chicago Cubs at Houston Astros

Chicago moved its record to 7-4 since the All-Star break after picking up a 5-2 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.  “With this offense we have and the pitching staff we have, we can do some damage,” last night’s starting pitcher Carlos Silva said.  Monday’s game was the first of a six-game, seven day road trip, as the club looks to win consecutive series against its own division for the first time since winning seven-straight series last season from July 24-September 13.  The Cubs are 4-6 against the Astros this season despite outscoring by four runs, 51-47, in those contests.  Chicago has dropped three games to Houston by a single run and another by two runs this season.  Against divisional opponents, the team is 19-28 (-2,050) and the total being 19-24 O/U in those meetings.

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The three-game series is up for grabs, as both teams look to dig themselves out of a large hole in the NL Central race.

Houston Astros at Chicago Cubs

Houston is set to play its final game of a six-game road trip against the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates, with the team posting a 12-5 combined mark against those two opponents this season.  The Astros are 14-11 versus NL clubs since June 7, winning four of seven series over that span.  Unlike today’s opponent, Houston has had success against the division, tallying a 21-17 record (+1,060).  The club is 13-18 in day games this season (+10) and 60-63 over the last three years, with the team averaging 3.5 runs and combining for a dismal .229 average under the sun.  Houston has thrived in playing during the middle of the week, tallying an 11-3 mark when playing on Wednesday (+1,020).

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The Phillies find themselves in a great bounceback spot at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon.

Philadelphia Phillies at Chicago Cubs

Philadelphia dropped a 12-6 decision to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday night, which was the first game of an eight-game, eight day road trip.   Overall this season, the Phillies are 22-24 away from Citizens Bank Park (-520).  The club is now an even 6-6 for the month, after going a dominating 20-7 in July in 2009.  The Phillies are a disappointing 12-17 in day games this season (-1,310), which is far from the team’s 70-59 mark over the last three seasons.  The total in day games for the team stands at 17-11 O/U on the year.

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The Cubs look to avoid being swept by their cross-town rivals on national television.

Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs

The Chicago White Sox have won four straight games and five of their last six as they continue a nine-game, 10-day road trip.  It’s only helped to have starting pitchers Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd and Mark Buehrle scheduled to throw in this series, as the three have combined to go 34-15 with a 3.25 ERA in interleague play.  “We’re getting the good pitching and timely hitting,” White Sox outfielder Juan Pierre said following Saturday’s 2-1 victory.  The lineup is filled with hitters that have been Cubs’ killers in the past, including OF Mark Kotsay batting .405 in his last 10 games against the club and OF Alex Rios being a red-hot 11-for-16 with six RBI in his last four.  The team continues its winning ways against the National League, currently having a 4-1 record this year (+340), after going 12-6 in 2009.

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