MLB Betting News and Notes Sunday, April 14

MLB Betting News and Notes Sunday, April 14

MLB Weather Watch
By Covers.com

Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Winds will blow out to left field at 22 mph. Temperatures in the mid-70s with mostly sunny skies.

San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs
Temperatures in the low-60s at game time. Partly cloudy skies and wind blowing from right to left at 19 mph.

Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres
Winds will blow out to right field at 11 mph. Partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low-60s.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boton Red Sox
Partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low-50s. Winds will blow out to Pesky's Pole at 13 mph.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals
Strong winds will blow out to left field at 21 mph. A 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms and temperatures in the high-60s.

Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics
Sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-60s. Wind will blow out to right field at 15 mph.

New York Mets vs. Minnesota Twins
Temperatures in the low-40s and an 80 percent chance of rain. Winds will blow in from left field at 16 mph.


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Sunday Night Baseball: Orioles at Yankees
By Steve Merril
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The Orioles are on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball for the first time since 2008. They take on the Yankees in a battle of AL East foes.

Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (-135, 8.5)

AS THE INJURIES TURN


The Yankees were scheduled to have Andy Pettitte go on Sunday, but he was pushed back to Tuesday or Wednesday as he's dealing with back spasms. Manager Joe Girardi said it was a precautionary move and hopes that it won't be an issue in the future. Hiroki Kuroda will start in his Pettitte’s place on Sunday night. Kuroda has not been at his best so far early on, giving up five runs and nine hits in just over six innings of work. He walked four in a win over the Indians. The righty faced Baltimore three times last season, going 1-1 with a no-decision. He allowed seven runs and 17 hits in those contests.

SOLID SOUTHPAW FOR BALTIMORE

Wei-Yin Chen has not picked up a win yet this season despite pitching two fantastic ballgames. He has given up just five runs and 12 hits in road games against the Red Sox and Rays. The second year starter faced New York five times last season winning twice, while losing two times as well. Chen was a spectacular find for Baltimore going 12-11 with a 4.02 ERA in 32 starts for the Orioles last campaign. He showed good control walking only 57 in 192 2/3 innings, while striking out 154. Chen's one issue was that he gave up 29 homers which could become a problem with all the power hitters in the AL East.

INJURY REPORT

It's a tale of two different teams in this respect. Baltimore is without Brian Roberts and Wilson Betemit in the lineup. The Yankees, however, have a longer list of guys dealing with ailments. They are without Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and Alex Rodriguez. Jeter, Teixeira, and Granderson all hope to return by May, while A-Rod is looking at a July return. The rotation is without Michael Pineda who has not thrown a regular season pitch for the Bronx Bombers after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. Pineda is expected to be out until June.

TRENDS

* The over is 5-2-1 in the Oriole’s last eight Sunday games.
* Orioles are 1-4 in Chen's last five road starts
* Yankees are 37-17 in their last 54 Sunday games
* The under is 4-1 in the Yankees’ last five games vs. a left-handed starter.

HITTERS TO WATCH

J.J. Hardy 1-for-10 vs. Kuroda
Nate McLouth 2-for-16 vs. Kuroda

Robinson Cano 3-for-11 vs. Chen
Kevin Youkilis 2-for-6 vs. Chen

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MLB: Streaks, Tips, Notes
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Atlanta at Washington

The red-hot Braves and lefty Paul Maholm (2-0, 0.00 ERA) face a challenge if they're going to sweep the series and extend the current eight game win streak. Maholm has gotten off to a strong start to open the season tossing 12 1/3 innings of shutout ball but the southpaw will be tested here. Nationals are on a solid 17-5 stretch at home vs a left-handed starter and Maholm is just 1-6 life-time vs Nationals over 10 starts (2-8 TSR) including a loss last season wearing a Braves uniform. Meanwhile, Washington counters with it's own lefty, Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 0.82 ERA) who has been the perfect medicine for Nationals after a loss as they're on a 9-3 stretch following a defeat with the hurler including a perfect 5-0 on home turf. Expect Nationals to avoid the sweep as they extend the current 12-5 stretch at home w/Gonzalez touching toe to rubber and the perfect 9-0 streak at home in a lefty vs lefty matchup.

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MLB Odds and Picks
By: The Linemakers   
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The Red Sox were projected to finish fourth in the American League East in 2013 with a season win total posted at 82.5 by Las Vegas sports books.

However, that was before anyone knew that the 1-2 punch of Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz in the starting rotation would be so effective. After nearly two weeks of the play, the Red Sox (6-4) are in first-place because of the performances of Lester and, today’s starter, Buchholz. The duo has started five of the Red Sox’s six wins without getting tagged with any losses.

Buchholz picked up the win in each of his first two starts, while only allowing one run in 14 innings (0.64 ERA), a stark contrast to 2012 when the right-hander sported a 9.92 ERA after two starts. One of the biggest differences from 2012 to 2013 is having former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell back as the manager, but the biggest key has been Buchholz is pitching smarter in key situations, a maturation that started in spring training where he had one of the better springs among all starting pitchers with a 3-0 record and 0.79 ERA.

His biggest challenge of the young season will be today against the Rays and right-hander Alex Cobb. Cobb was brilliant in his only start, going 7.1 shutout innings against the Indians. The Rays have defeated the Red Sox in Buchholz’s last five starts against them, but Buchholz is not the same pitcher he was over that stretch. We like the Red Sox to win the rubber match today in a low scoring game.

Will Reds avoid the sweep?

It was only a week ago when we were highlighting the woes of the Pirates’ lineup, but all of sudden, they started hitting and now find themselves on the verge of sweeping the Reds. The winner of this game will be 6-6 and in second-place behind the Cardinals in the NL Central. Taking the mound for the Reds is Mat Latos (0-0, 2.84 ERA), who has won four straight road games, but has the task of trying to halt the Reds’ current four-game slide.

Going for the Pirates is 26-year old right-hander Paul Irwin, who will be making his major-league debut while filling in for the injured Wandy Rodriguez (hamstring). Irwin made one start for Triple-A Indianapolis this season, allowing one run over six innings.

Traditionally, we don’t like to side with a team on a losing streak, but we do like going against first time starters. Additionally, the number meets our requirement of not being over -140, so we’re siding with the Reds today.

Will Braves complete the sweep?

The Braves have won eight straight games and we see no reason not to ride the streak as they face Gio Gonzalez in Washington. In addition to the win streak, they have also beaten the Nationals in six straight contests dating back to last season. Gonzalez is a large -150 favorite, but his opponent, Paul Maholm, has flown under the radar, winning both of his starts without allowing a run in 12.2 innings.

Shootout in Cleveland?

The White Sox have lost five straight, but they get to face Brett Myers (0-1, 12.19 EA), who has allowed seven home runs this season. In two games – one as a starter and one cleaning up Carlos Carrasco’s mess – Myers has given up 14 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings. White Sox starter Jake Peavy (1-1, 5.56 ERA) got roughed up in his last outing at Washington, serving up three homers and six runs in an 8-7 loss. The Indians have been bottled up a few times this season, but if Nick Swisher’s home run last night was any indication, the middle of the Tribe’s batting order could be ready to heat up. We like this game to go OVER 8.5 runs.

Other games of interest:

* The Dodgers and Diamondbacks have the highest total posted in the NL today at nine runs, but it looks to be a shootout, especially after the Dodgers finally put some runs on the board last night in their 7-5 win. The boost in this one will be Josh Beckett (0-1, 4.91 ERA), a former power pitcher, who is still trying to adjust to life without the same power arsenal that he succeeded with in the late-2000s.

* The Giants have won both of Tim Lincecum’s (1-0, 4.91 ERA) starts this season, but he’s a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. In 11 innings of work, he’s walked 11 and struck out 11. In his last start, he got hammered by the Rockies for six runs, but avoided the loss when Giants’ bats bailed him out in a 9-6 come-from-behind win. You never know what you’re going to get with the Cubs’ Edwin Jackson (0-2, 5.73 ERA), and you also have to hate the Cubs lineup, but there should be plenty of runs scored today between the offerings of both starters.

Sunday plays:

Red Sox (Buchholz) -140 vs. Rays

Reds (Latos) -140 vs. Pirates

Braves (Maholm) +140 at Nationals

White Sox/Indians OVER 8.5 (-105)

Season to date record: 27-9 (+2084)

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