UFC betting players have been treated to some great fights as of late, and that trend should continue on Saturday night in Las Vegas when UFC 132 takes place with a main event that will be filled with bad blood. Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will make his UFC debut at the MGM Grand, and he’ll have the chance to not only defend his title, but he’ll also take on Urijah Faber, who handed Cruz his only loss over four years ago.
UFC Betting – Saturday, 9:00 PM ET
Cruz (17-1) lost to Faber, who was then the featherweight champion in the WEC, but since then he has won his last eight fights. “The Dominator” has a background in wrestling and boxing, and he tends to wear his opponents down, which has earned him 10 decision wins in his career. That also shows that he has supreme conditioning, so the five rounds shouldn’t be a problem. However, Cruz isn’t just a grappler as he is a great striker that is improving all the time, and he will push the issue from the beginning of the fight.
But we’re betting that Faber (25-4) won’t be intimidated as he submitted Cruz with a guillotine, showcasing his Brazilian jiu-jitsu abilities. Faber is also an excellent wrestler who can hold his own when it comes to the stand-up game, and he has already gone through his introduction to the UFC, so he won’t have to worry about that. Even a veteran like Faber has claimed that he was nervous in his first UFC fight, which managed to win against Eddie Wineland at March after a shaky beginning, and “The California Kid” would love nothing better than to add another title to his resume.
After a few MLB scores on Saturday afternoon, you should check out what should be an explosive match that will likely go the distance, and Cruz comes in as the -150 favorite, while Faber is listed at +120. Cruz has grown a lot since his loss to Faber, and he’ll look to keep this standing up because Faber still has the edge on the ground; that’s not a knock on Cruz, but Faber is a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, so Cruz would do well to try and turn this into a boxing match, which Faber will likely oblige. Both of these guys have good chins and excellent stamina, and the bad blood will power them through any fatigue that is a factor. Cruz should also be able to deal with the excitement of stepping into the octagon, as he’ll be so focused on Faber that nothing else will matter. In what will be a thrilling battle, take Dominick Cruz in your online sportsbook.
Everybody knew when Cliff Lee made the decision to return to the city of brotherly love and rejoin the Philadelphia Phillies that they would have one of the most talented pitching staffs in the MLB betting league this season. But with each of them performing at such a high level through the first couple of months of the baseball season, the Phillies are ranked first overall in the majors in nearly every category including ERA and quality starts, with the staff pressing as one of the best the game has ever seen.
For as good as Lee has been, reigning Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay has led the team once again with a 10-3 record and 2.40 ERA. His 123 strikeouts are just barely more than Cliff Lee, and he is tied for the team-lead in quality starts with 14. Halladay has been as consistent as they come with no injuries hurting his production up until this point, and he leads the team with 127.1 innings pitched. The Phillies will rely on their depth when the betting postseason begins, but how far they go will be about Halladay more than anything else.
Not that Cole Hamels is much further behind with a 9-4 record and 2.49 ERA, as one run that cost him a decision could very well be the difference between those two pitchers having identical statistics in those two categories. Hamels has been nearly identical to Halladay with similar records, ERA, and strikeouts per nine innings as the staff ace’s 8.69 mark is almost exactly the same as Hamel’s 8.68 mark. With two Cy Young-caliber pitchers leading the way, Philadelphia is downright scary.
That is where Lee comes in as he continues to work his way back into form. The 32-year old was brilliant for the defending AL champion Texas Rangers a year ago, and while the playoffs is still where he does his best work, Lee has been brilliant in his past two starts for the Phillies. The lefty has thrown consecutive complete-game shutouts against the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals respectively, and has allowed just one earned run while going 33 strong innings through his past four MLB starts. If Roy Oswalt can get a little more run support to turn things around with his 4-6 record and 3.79 ERA, then Philadelphia’s staff will enter the conversation as one of the best that the game has ever seen, if they aren’t already there.
The bullpen has looked strong with Antonio Bastardo and Micheal Stutes ahead of closer Ryan Madson, but it is the big three where the focus remains. The trio of Halladay, Hamels, and Lee is the best in baseball right now and has been all season, and if that group continues to produce at such a high level it will be very hard for any team to stop the Phillies on their sports betting bonus path to the World Series.
If you’re betting horses, you know about that one owner that just goes around and bids the highest price for what he/she thinks will be the next great thoroughbred. Transfer that to baseball, and you have the New York Yankees, who plunked $82 million down on A.J. Burnett a couple years ago because he was good against Boston, and they were looking into Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez, who may have been the best pitcher in the majors during the first half of 2010. Those pitchers will be on the hill on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
Rockies Yankees Betting – Friday, 7:05 PM ET
Jimenez (2-7, 4.68) finally picked up his first home win of the season with a 5-4 victory against Detroit, and he did just enough over five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and a pair of walks. He complained of an ailing calf after the outing, but Jimenez is still on track for tomorrow’s start, and maybe he will be inspired by his first meeting with the Yankees because MLB betting players have no idea what has happened with him since his blazing first half last season. The 27-year-old righty is 1-2 in five road starts with a 2.06 ERA, which is much better than his 6.86 ERA at Coors Field.
Burnett (7-5, 4.05) snapped a two-start skid with a 4-3 win in Chicago against the Cubs, scattering a pair of runs on four hits over 5.1 innings, striking out eight and walking three. To be honest, Burnett hasn’t been as unpredictable as recent years, when you’d have better luck in online casino wagering than handicapping a Burnett start, but you still never know what he is going to throw out there. The 34-year-old has split his four starts against the Rockies, posting a 2.40 ERA, and he is 5-3 in nine starts at home with a 4.03 ERA.
MLB betting odds will likely have the Yankees favored in the opener of this three-game interleague series, and the Yankees have won five of their nine meetings with the Rockies, with five games going over the posted total. In New York, the Yankees swept the Rockies in 2004 with two of those games going over the posted total, but that was at the old Yankee Stadium, so the Rockies will be seeing the New Cathedral for the first time. The edge in this game has to go to the Yankees, even though Jimenez has been great on the road this season, and both teams come into this series playing pretty well (Colorado has won six of their last 10, the Yankees have won seven of their last 10). Burnett has been more consistent overall, while Jimenez may put too much pressure on himself trying to impress a team that could continue to look at him over the next couple of seasons. Take the Yankees in your betting picks.