MLB Betting News and Notes Saturday, September 14

MLB Betting News and Notes Saturday, September 14

Saturday's MLB National League Betting Cheat Sheets
By Covers.com

Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers (+156, 8)

Hot pitching stat: Reds right-hander Homer Bailey has won his last five decisions and has allowed just two runs over his previous three starts.

Cold batting stat: Brewers OF Carlos Gomez has just two hits - both singles - in 18 career at-bats against Bailey.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-60s with sunny skies. Wind will blow from right to left field at 7 mph.

Key betting note: The Reds are 2-6 in Bailey's last eight meetings with the Brewers.

Miami Marlins at New York Mets (Game 1) (+100, 8)

Hot pitching stat: Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez stymied the Mets in their last encounter July 31, allowing two runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings en route to a 3-2 victory.

Hot batting stat: Miami OF Giancarlo Stanton has a solo home run in two at-bats against New York starter Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-70s with sunny skies. Wind will blow in from left field at 7 mph.

Key betting note: The Marlins are 1-5 in Alvarez's last six starts against the National League East.

Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals (-144, 7)

Hot pitching stat: Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels is 14-6 with a 2.52 ERA and 185 strikeouts in 27 career starts against the Nationals.

Hot batting stat: Philadelphia 1B Darin Ruf is 3-for-7 with a home run and four RBIs lifetime against Washington starter Gio Gonzalez.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-60s with sunny skies. Wind will blow from left to right field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The Phillies are 20-6 in Hamels' previous 26 starts against Washington.

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates (-185, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat: Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last five starts.

Cold batting stat: Pittsburgh C John Buck is just 3-for-16 with eight strikeouts in his career against Cub starter Scott Baker.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-40s with sunny skies. Wind will be calm.

Key betting note: The under is 6-2 in Cole's last eight starts as a favorite.

San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves (-185, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat: Braves right-hander Kris Medlen is 2-2 with a 1.33 ERA and zero home runs allowed in 20 1/3 innings against the Padres.

Hot batting stat: San Diego C Nick Hundley has doubled twice and driven in a pair of runs in two at-bats against Medlen.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-70s with clear skies. Wind will blow from right to left field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: Atlanta is 15-2 in Medlen's last 17 home starts against teams with losing records.

Miami Marlins at New York Mets (Game 2) (-128, 7.5)

Cold pitching stat: Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner has allowed eight runs over 9 2/3 innings in back-to-back starts.

Cold batting stat: Members of the Miami roster are hitting a collective .133 in 15 at-bats against Mets starter Carlos Torres.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-60s with clear skies. Wind will blow from left to right field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: The Marlins are 1-7 in Turner's last eight starts as an underdog.

Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks (-170, 9)

Cold pitching stat: Rockies right-hander Roy Oswalt has surrendered five runs in three of his five outings this season, while allowing opponents to hit .363 against him.

Cold batting stat: Diamondbacks INF Martin Prado is just 2-for-13 in his career against Oswalt.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-90s with sunny skies. Wind will blow from left to right field at 4 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 4-0 in Oswalt's last four starts.

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers (-165, 7)

Hot pitching stat: Dodgers right-hander Ricky Nolasco is 7-0 with a 1.89 ERA and just four home runs allowed in 10 second-half starts.

Cold batting stat: Los Angeles 1B Adrian Gonzalez is 9-for-47 with zero home runs, one RBI and 16 strikeouts against Giants starter Tim Lincecum.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-80s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 4 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 11-1 in the Dodgers' last 12 Saturday games.

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Seattle Mariners at St. Louis Cardinals (-230, 8)


Hot pitching stat: Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha hasn't allowed a run in his last five outings, spanning 19 2/3 innings.

Hot pitching stat: Mariners lefty James Paxton won his major-league debut a week ago, limiting Tampa Bay to two runs over six innings of a 6-2 triumph.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-60s with sunny skies. Wind will blow from right to left field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 4-0 in Wacha's last four starts as a favorite.

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Saturday's MLB American League Betting Cheat Sheets
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New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (-163, 9)

Cold pitching stat: Yankees starter CC Sabathia's 4.62 career ERA in 26 starts versus Boston is more than a run higher than his career mark (3.60).

Cold batting stat: Boston DH David Ortiz is hitting just .228 with 15 strikeouts in 57 career at-bats against Sabathia.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-60s under partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from left to right field at 7 mph.

Key betting note: The Red Sox have won their last seven Saturday games.

Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers (-152, 8.5)


Hot pitching stat: Athletics right-hander Bartolo Colon is 19-8 with a 3.61 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 32 career starts against Texas.

Cold batting stat: Oakland OF Yoenis Cespedes has struck out seven times in 11 at-bats all-time against Texas starter Yu Darvish.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from left field at 7 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 9-1-1 in Darvish's last 11 home starts.

Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays (+133, 9)

Hot pitching stat: Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman was sensational in his previous start, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out nine over seven innings of a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees.

Hot batting stat: Members of the Baltimore roster are hitting a collective .326 against Toronto starter Esmil Rogers.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-60s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The Orioles are 8-2 in Tillman's last 10 starts against division foes.

Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers (-153, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat: Tigers right-hander Doug Fister struggled in his previous start against the Royals, allowing five runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings in a 5-2 loss six days ago.

Hot batting stat: Royals DH Billy Butler is 11-for-33 with five RBIs all-time against Fister.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-60s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from right field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The Tigers are 13-3 in Fister's last 16 starts as a favorite between -151 and -200.

Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox (+133, 9)

Cold pitching stat: Indians right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is 1-3 with a 6.10 ERA and 24 walks allowed in 38 1/3 career innings against the White Sox.

Cold batting stat: White Sox DH Adam Dunn has struggled mightily against Jimenez, going just 5-for-29 with 16 strikeouts all-time.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-60s with clear skies. Wind will blow in from right-center field at 6 mph.

Key betting note: The Indians have won eight consecutive games with umpire Jeff Kellogg behind home plate.

Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros (+146, 8)

Hot pitching stat: Angels right-hander Jered Weaver is 17-9 with a 3.24 ERA in 35 career September starts.

Cold batting stat: Astros OF Chris Carter - the only Houston player to have faced Weaver - is 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against him.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from right to left field at 7 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 8-1 in the Angels' last nine games against left-handed starters.

Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins (+151, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat: Rays left-hander Matt Moore is 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break.

Cold batting stat: The Twins' present roster is hitting just 6-for-35 with zero home runs against Moore.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-60s with a 50 percent chance of showers. Wind will blow from right to left field at 6 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 13-3 in Tampa Bay's last 16 Saturday games.

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MLB Odds and Picks - Betting against Weaver and Angels the smart play?
By: The Linemakers 
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At this time of the season we advise betting games that matter while staying away from the matchups that have teams giving their minor league prospects a few extra at-bats or innings in a Major League park. But one game caught our eye and it happens to involve baseball's worst team -- the Houston Astros -- who we think have a good shot at winning tonight.

Prior to the Angels' Friday night loss in Houston, they had been playing some great ball -- winning 15 of their last 20 and 12 of 14 on the road. They got to a point before Friday where they were only six games under .500, their closest to the mark since July 27. For whatever reason though, the Astros have had the Angels' number this season, winning 10 of 17 meetings.

On the year, the Astros have won only 51 games but come into tonight riding a four-game winning streak and will send Brett Oberholtzer (4-2, 2.65 ERA), their best pitcher of late, to the mound. The left-hander has posted a 1.91 ERA in his seven starts with the Astros, going 5-2 in those games. He went six strong innings in his start against Oakland last Saturday, allowing only one run, but was saddled with the loss in the A's 2-1 win. In his previous start on Sept. 1, he pitched a complete-game shutout against the Mariners.

Oberholtzer faced the Angels in Anaheim on Aug. 18 and beat them 7-5, going six innings and allowing three runs. Since the All-Star break, the only starting pitchers with a better ERA than Oberholtzer (1.91) are Jose Fernandez (1.31), Clayton Kershaw (1.85), Ricky Nolasco (1.89) and Zack Greinke (1.90). That is some very good company and should be reason enough to give the kid a shot today against Jered Weaver taking +155.

Weaver (9-8, 3.38 ERA) has been much more consistent over his past four starts, but the Angels have dropped their last two games behind him -- two of the losses in their current 15-5 run. The Angels have lost four of his last six outings. Weaver just isn't the same pitcher he used to be, and it's apparent by his highest ERA since 2009 and his low strikeout totals each time out. He also may not be 100 percent for this one. He felt some stiffness in his forearm during his last outing at Minnesota.

Saturday Selections:

Astros (Oberholtzer) +155 vs. Angels

Yankees (Sabathia) +150 at Red Sox

A's (Colon) +150 at Rangers

Royals (Santana) +149 at Tigers

Second-half record: 90-90 (+586)

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