Texas at Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Baseball betting in the Cactus League on Tuesday has the Texas Rangers facing the Chicago Cubs.

Both of these teams are considered contenders this season in MLB betting and this could be an interesting matchup. Here is a look at the Rangers and Cubs game for Tuesday.

Baseball betting should favor the Cubs in this game since they are the home team.  The Cubs get a lot of respect from MLB betting fans anyway even though it is not always deserved. The Rangers are getting some attention as well this season as Nolan Ryan already said he expects the team to make the playoffs.  If the Rangers are to make the playoffs they are going to need pitching. That has been their problem in recent years.  One of the pitchers that could make a difference for Texas is Tommy Hunter.  He has developed a cut fastball and it seems to be catching on with the other pitchers. "It was a big pitch for a lot of guys," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "It's a good contact pitch that forces the issue. Getting contact is what we're looking for."

A cut fastball is a pitch that looks like a regular fastball but it breaks hard against the left-handed batter and jams him.  That means it is a good pitch to get batters out. "The cutter is a pitch you want swung at," reliever C.J. Wilson said. "You make the hitter foul the pitch off, or break his bat."  Scott Feldman put the pitch to good use last year as he won 17 games for Texas. "It definitely helps to have a pitch you can throw into left-handers as well as right-handers," Feldman said.  Baseball betting noted that Feldman held left-handed hitters to .226 while right-handers hit .277 against him.

The Cubs have pitching issues as well but they have other problems that could affect them in baseball betting. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez has a sore triceps and was held out for a couple days. "There's no reason to [panic]," Ramirez said. "In a couple days, I'll be back in there."   The Cubs are simply not as good in baseball betting without Ramirez.  He missed two months last baseball betting season and he still had 65 RBIs, 15 homers and a .317 batting average.  For the Cubs to contend this season they need Ramirez healthy all season.