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MLB Betting News and Notes Tuesday, June 18

MLB Betting News and Notes Tuesday, June 18

Los Angeles Dodgers - New York Yankees Preview

Two franchises that used to meet regularly in the World Series will face each other in the first of a two-game interleague matchup. The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers will play each other for the first time ever during the regular season at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees are -120 favorites according to the current betting odds at Bovada . New York finished its nine-game road trip on a winning note on Sunday at Anaheim, while Los Angeles is in the middle of its own nine-game trek, having lost at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Phil Hughes will start for the Yankees, bringing a 3-5 record with a 4.89 ERA. In his last effort, Hughes lasted just 4 1/3 innings in a 5-2 loss at Oakland, and will be looking to shake off two straight weak efforts in front of the Yankee Stadium faithful.

Such efforts have been uncharacteristic of Hughes’s career at home, since New York has won 19 of his 30 career starts. In addition, the team is 4-0 since 2011 when Hughes starts the first game of a home series.

Toeing the rubber for the Dodgers will be Hyun Jin Ryu, who sports a 6-2 mark with a 2.85 ERA. Against Arizona last Wednesday, Ryu allowed three runs on 11 hits in a six-inning no decision.

The first-year southpaw has only pitched against one other American League club this year, allowing five runs in a six-inning no-decision at Baltimore on April 20. The Dodgers have dropped both of Ryu’s starts that began a road series.

Some other factors against Ryu are that opposing teams who start lefthanders in Yankees Stadium have won just three of 12 games this season, and since the new park opened in 2009, the numbers are still bad: 45-88.

In the Dodgers’ last contest in Pittsburgh, the two teams went over the number, which serves as a bad omen for Los Angeles. In the team’s previous 12 games, it is just 2-10 in the first game of a road series after the Over has cashed.

More simply, Don Mattingly’s team has a 3-9 record as a road dog of less than +150, while the Yanks have won five of the last seven contests as a home favorite of less than -150.

Looking at the game from the perspective of the entire leagues, the Yankees have this advantage: as a home favorite of less than -130 at night playing the first game of a homestand, teams this year are 17-7, and 11-2 in the last 13 games.

Ryu obviously has better numbers on his side, but the intangibles listed above tilt in the direction of New York, so the best call here is

Play New York Yankees -120

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MLB Odds and Picks – Padres, NL’s best team in June, look to extend win streak to eight
By: The Linemakers

LAS VEGAS -- Don’t look now, but there’s a team in California moving up the ladder in the NL West, and it’s not the Dodgers or Giants.

The Padres, the team everyone seems to forget about, have the best record in June of any team in the National League and have slid into third-place in their division. The 11-5 mark for the month is the second best in the majors behind the Royals (12-4) . They’re currently on a season-high seven-game winning streak, and at 36-34, this is the latest point in a season they’ve been over .500 since 2010.

Tonight, the Padres have a major obstacle in front of them as they face San Francisco’s Matt Cain (5-3, 4.70 ERA) in the second of a three-game set. Although the Giants have lost three in a row and are only one game above .500 (35-34), Cain has feasted on the Padres over his past three starts against them, going 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA.

Cain, however, has yet to go against the Padres this season, and based on the way the Padres are playing, we can throw all those past stats out the window. Cain comes off a 10-0 win at Pittsburgh last Thursday, but it was the Giants’ first win behind him in three starts.

The Padres, looking for their eighth straight win, send Andrew Cashner (5-3, 3.52 ERA) to the mound. The big right-hander has become San Diego’s most reliable starter. They’ve won six of their past seven games behind Cashner. He made his first two starts of the season in a home-and-away series with the Giants in April, going 1-1 but allowing only three runs combined.

After getting swept at San Francisco in the first series in April, the Padres returned the favor by taking three straight in San Diego, April 26-28. It was the first time the Padres had swept the Giants since 2010. Following Monday’s 5-3 13-inning win, the Padres have beaten the Giants four straight times.

The Padres will again likely be without two of their biggest hitters tonight, Everth Cabrera and Carlos Quentin. But someone else will pick up the slack.

Kyle Blanks has hit five home runs in June and finally looks to be living up to the expectations placed upon him over the past three years.

Another example of someone new stepping up for the Padres occurred in last night’s game, when Cashner was used as a pinch hitter and laid down a tie-breaking bunt for a hit in the 13th inning.

It may be too early to start talking about the playoffs for the Padres, but the LVH SuperBook is taking no chances and has done some major adjusting on their futures prices. Last Monday the Padres were 100-to-1 to win the World Series. Yesterday, the Padres were all the way down to 40-to-1.

We’re not ready to go that far with them yet, but we are ready to ride the streak and take +138 tonight in San Francisco.

Tuesday’s selections:

Padres (Cashner) +138 at Giants

Cubs (Samardzija) +180 at Cardinals

A’s (Parker) +156 at Rangers

Season to date record: 130-132-1 (+16)

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