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This Weekend In Sports, July 14-16: Wimbledon Finals, Guardians In Texas, Gold Cup Final

August 22, 2023

This Weekend in Sports previews the biggest games and events for the coming weekend.

Major League Baseball teams begin the second half of the season, the Columbus Crew and FC Cincinnati try to continue their surge ahead of the month-long MLS break, and Novak Djokovic goes for his 24th Grand Slam title during this weekend’s biggest sporting events.

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MLS

Nashville (11-5-7) at Cincinnati (14-6-2), 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday

Moneyline — Cincinnati -102, Draw +255, Nashville +265

FCC needed late goals from Luciano Acosta (80th minute) and Obinna Nwobodo (90+3) to rally past the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday. It was Cincinnati’s first win since June 21 and gave them an eight-point lead in the Eastern Conference.

Acosta has 11 goals and is tied for third in the league, and Cincy is tied with Philadelphia with the third-best goal differential.

Nashville, clinging to third place in the East, has lost four of their past five matches.

Columbus (10-6-6) at Portland, 10:30 p.m. ET Saturday

Portland +130, Draw +270, Columbus +180

The Crew haven’t lost since a 3-1 setback to Nashville on May 28. Since then, Columbus is 5-3-0 and is now a stone’s throw from second place in the Eastern Conference. The Crew also leads the league in goals scored with 43, led by Christian Ramirez and Lucas Zelarayan, who have eight each.

The Timbers, on the other hand, have only scored 23 goals this season and haven’t scored two or more goals in a match since May 13.

Gold Cup Final

Mexico vs Panama, 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday at SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, Calif.

Moneyline – Mexico -170, Draw +280, Panama +520

Mexico has reached the championship match for the third straight Gold Cup, winning it in 2019 and losing it in 2021 to the U.S. El Tri has won the tournament eight times overall.

Luis Romo, Luis Chavez and Henry Martin each have two goals and three assists for Mexico, which is 13-5-2 against Panama in their series history. Panama took out the U.S. in the semis on penalty kicks.

MLB

Milwaukee Brewers (49-42) at Cincinnati Reds (50-41), 7:10 p.m. ET Friday, 7:10 p.m. ET Saturday, 1:40 p.m. ET Sunday

Run line — Reds -160 +1.5, Brewers +140 -1.5; O/U 10; Moneyline — Brewers -114, Reds -102

Cincy hopes to solve Milwaukee, which has won five of the teams’ seven meetings thus far this season in this matchup of the NL Central’s top two teams at the moment. All eyes will be on rookie phenom Elly De La Cruz, who has a .325 batting average, .887 OPS and 16 stolen bases – including stealing second, third and home after a single at-bat — since making his MLB debut 31 games ago. Oh yeah, he’s also hit for the cycle.

Cincy, which was 34-57 at the All-Star break last year, has turned it all around thanks to a strong offense led by De La Cruz and fellow rookies Spencer Steer (14 home runs) and Matt McLain (.878 OPS). That has compensated for a pitching staff mired with a whopping 5.09 ERA, ranked 28th in MLB.

Milwaukee, meanwhile, has one of the worst offenses in MLB — .232 batting average, .690 OPS and 384 runs scored.

Cleveland Guardians (45-45) at Texas Rangers (52-39), 8:05 p.m. ET Friday, 4:05 p.m. ET Saturday, 2:35 p.m. ET Sunday

Run line — Guardians -175 +1.5, Rangers +150 1.5; O/U 8.5; Moneyline — Rangers -135, Guardians +118

Cleveland roared into the All-Star break by winning three of four against Kansas City to take the lead in the AL Central, albeit with a .500 record. Jose Ramirez (.870 OPS, 14 HRs) and Josh Naylor (.825 OPS, 11 HRs) have led the offensive way for Cleveland.

Texas, however, leads MLB with 531 runs scored – nearly an average of six per game – and is second in OPS at .801. Adolis Garcia leads the team in home runs (23), OPS (.848) and RBIs (75).

Miami Marlins (53-39) at Baltimore Orioles (54-35), 7:05 p.m. ET Friday, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, 1:35 p.m. ET Sunday

Run line — Marlins -180 +1.5, Orioles +155 1.5; O/U 8.5; Moneyline — Orioles -135, Marlins +118

Miami enters the break with a 53-39 record, the second-best mark in the National League behind only the Atlanta Braves, who have an MLB-best 60-29 record. Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez leads the majors with a .383 batting average, a whopping 52 points ahead of the Braves’ Ronald Acuna, and only has 19 strikeouts. If he had five more hits, he’d be batting .400, which, of course, hasn’t been done for an entire regular season since Ted Williams in 1941. We’ll see if Arraez can keep that chase going through the rest of the summer.

Baltimore zoomed into the All-Star break with a five-game winning streak and is led by Austin Hays and his .314 batting average.

Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner, Semifinals, Friday

Moneyline – Djokovic -550, Sinner +400

Djokovic is two wins away from capturing this Grand Slam for the eighth time since his first championship at the All-England Club in 2011. He’s been competing, and mostly dominating, the grass-surface tournament since his debut at the age of 18 in 2005. He’s already the all-time leader in Grand Slam titles at 23.

Sinner, a 21-year-old Italian, has won seven ATP titles but no Slams. He does have a 8-2 record on grass, which isn’t the easiest surface to win on for many stars.

The men’s championship match will be played Sunday and the women’s final will be played Saturday.

Carlos Alcaraz vs Daniil Medvedev, Semifinals, Friday

Moneyline – Alcaraz -270, Medvedev +220

The No. 2 and 3 seeds have won the past two U.S. Open tournaments and are 1-1 against each other, including a straight-set win by Medvedev at Wimbledon in 2021.

UFC Fight Night

Holly Holm (15-6) vs Mayra Bueno Silva (10-2-1), Saturday in Las Vegas

Moneyline: Holm -175, Silva +150; O/U 4.5: -210, +165

Holm is coming off a decision win over Yana Santos in March and has won three of her past four bouts, although at 41, she is 10 years older than Silva.

The Brazilian Silva has won three fights in a row, her last victory coming via kneebar submission against Lina Lansberg. The ground expert has seven submission wins in her career.

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Alex Valdes
Alex Valdes is Web Content Manager at Tipico North America. He has written, edited and performed user and site analysis at MoneyTalksNews, NBC Sports, MSN, Bing, MSNBC, as well as newspapers and magazines.
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