Hot lines: Saturday's best MLB bets

Jul 1, 2011 |
Chicago White Sox (-110) at Chicago White Sox

There’s money to be made betting against the Cubs, and we’re going to jump on today’s opportunity.

The White Sox and emerging ace Phil Humber visit Wrigley Field as tiny favorites against Matt Garza and the Cubs.

Humber was a hard-luck loser in his last outing, a 2-1 defeat to the Nationals, but has been rock-steady this season. He boasts a miniscule 0.97 WHIP, which is bad news for the Cubbies. The Cubs are a pathetic 22-50 in their last 72 games against a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.

It doesn’t take much to go against the Cubs this season, especially when they’re facing a pitcher like Humber that doesn’t give up cheap runs.

Pick: White Sox

Philadelphia Phillies (-145) at Toronto Blue Jays

Roy Halladay makes his return to Toronto for the first time today since being traded to the Phillies nearly two years ago. Most expect a warm greeting from Blue Jays fans, which could act as extra incentive for Halladay.

The homecoming, however, also could act as a little bit of distraction for Halladay, who may be due for a loss after winning his last six starts.

We're going to back Toronto starter Carlos Villanueva in this spot, with the belief that the extra emotions my affect Halladay more than he may let on. Villanueva has a 1.26 ERA in 11 relief outings against the Phillies.

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is hot and hit his 25th home run Friday. He's batting .367 with four homers and eight RBIs in his last eight games.

Keep an eye on Blue Jay shortstop Yunel Escobar's stats. Escobar was hit on the left half by a pitch in Friday's game and is questionable for today's game.

Pick: Blue Jays

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