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Baseball odds players get a look at a NL central division showdown choice of the Brewers and Astros to make Saturday baseball bets on.  Baseball odds have treated both teams backers poorly so far as they have not been the ATM machines on baseball bets that they were in late 2008.

The probable starting pitchers to be posted on the baseball odds board are right hander Jeff Suppan of Milwaukee and left hander Mike Hampton of Houston.  Suppan has gotten off to an absolutely terrible start to the season so far as he was 1-2 on baseball bets with a horrendous 8.56 earned run average.

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Suppan has been catching plenty of justifiable heat from the fans, media, and even manager Ken Macha who called him out publicly last week.  Suppan has not had a lot of success against the baseball odds versus the Astros as he has a lifetime mark of 2-7 with a 5.34 earned run average.  Hampton has gotten off to a much more respectable start against the baseball odds this year with a record of 1-1 and a much nicer earned run average of 3.12.  He also has had his share of success against the baseball odds versus Milwaukee with a mark of 4-2 and a 2.87 earned run average.

Milwaukee's problems go far deeper than Suppan, however.  Last year the Brewers were one of the top pitching teams against the baseball odds but that was due in large part to workhorse starter CC Sabathia, who literally carried the Brewers on his back down the stretch run and into the playoffs for the first time since 1982.  But Sabathia took off for the "greener" pastures of New York as he broke the bank with a mega million dollar deal with the Yankees.  The Brewers began the year ranked just 21st in the majors for earned run average and their 24th ranked offense has not been able to make up for the deficit.  The Brewers dropped 4 of their first 12 games against the baseball odds.

The Houston Astros were an even worse 4-9 against the baseball odds to begin the season as their lineup was punchless and ranked 30th overall.  Houston was ranked 14th in the majors for earned run average and this combo led to just 2 overs in those first 13 games.

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