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MLB Betting News and Notes Thursday, April 18

MLB Betting News and Notes Thursday, April 18

MLB Weather Watch

Texas Rangers vs. Chicago Cubs (n/a)
Thundershowers are in the forecast, with a 95 percent chance of rain with winds blowing out to center field at 16 mph.

New York Mets vs. Colorado Rockies (n/a, +115, 10)
Skies will be partly cloudy and temperatures will be in the low-30s. Winds will blow in from left field at 13 mph. The over was 10-4 in 2012 at Coors Field when the wind blew in from left field.

Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians (+125, -130, 8)
A 41 percent chance of rain, along with a chance of thunderstorms with winds blowing out to center field.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Yankees (n/a, 125, 8.5)
Slight chance of rain by 8:00 p.m. ET, and winds will blow at 12 mph in from right field.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles (+125, n/a, 7.5)
Winds will blow out to left field at 14 mph.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-130, +120, 7.5)
Cloudy skies and temperatures in the low-60s. Winds will blow out to left field at 11 mph.

Atlanta Braves vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (+125, n/a, 8)
Winds will be blowing in from right field at 14 mph.

Miami Marlins vs. Cincinnati Reds (n/a, -160, 8.5)
Winds will blow in from right field at 15 mph.

MLB Baseball Weather Analyzer

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Thursday's Streaking and Slumping MLB Starting Pitchers


Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners (2-0, 2.18 ERA)

Seattle’s second-year hurler has excelled early on and has risen to the challenge, out-dueling big names like Yu Darvish and Chris Sale so far. He shares the mound with another star, Detroit ace Justin Verlander. Iwakuma has 16 strikeouts and just one walk in 20 2/3 innings and is stellar inside Safeco Field, boasting a 7-3 record and 2.40 ERA in 18 home games – 11 of those were starts.

Alexi Ogando, Texas Rangers (2-0, 1.08 ERA)

The Rangers have won all three times Ogando has taken the bump this season, getting 16 2/3 innings out of the righty in those starts. Ogando has limited opposing bats to just .194 and has been especially stingy with runners in scoring position (.125). He’s fanned 17 batters while walking just five.


Phil Hughes, New York Yankees (0-2, 10.29 ERA)

Hughes hasn’t lasted more than four innings in his three starts and was chased after only three in his most recent appearance versus Baltimore. He  gave up five runs on five hits – three of which were home runs. Hughes heard it from the Bronx crowd and could be headed to the bullpen if this slump continues.

Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies (0-2, 7.56 ERA)

Hamels looked much better in his last outing, giving up one run on six hits in a no-decision to the Marlins. But that’s not enough to erase his horrific efforts in his first two starts of 2013. The Phillies’ high-priced southpaw was battered for 13 runs on 13 hits, including four home runs, in just under 11 innings of work. He’s been hit-and-miss versus St. Louis going 2-3 with a 3.27 career ERA.

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MLB: Streaks, Tips, Notes

Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays and knuckler R.A. Dickey (1-2, 5.82 ERA) try to even the series when they take on Chicago White Sox and Chris Sale (1-1, 5.21 ERA) in the finale of this four game set at Rogers Center. Dickey coming off his first win with the Blue Jays working 6 1/3 innings allowing one run on five hits looks to be back to normal. On the other mound, Sale off his first road start of the campaign allowing eight runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings, yielding two homers while hitting two batters has now given up 11 runs, 4 jacks the past two on the hill. Hurlers headed in opposite direction, Toronto on a 3-1 streak at home after being blanked, 5-1 at the Rogers Center following a loss by 7 or more runs stick with Blue Jays as White Sox fall to 1-6 on the road with Sale, 5-19 as a road underdog of +110 to +150.

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MLB Odds and Picks
By: The Linemakers

On Wednesday, we sided with a 3-0 pitcher who was a moderate -135 favorite and backed by a lineup that has had some issues manufacturing runs. That didn’t work out so well for us, as Cleveland’s Justin Masterson was hit hard from the start, but today we’re siding with a pitcher in an almost identical type of situation.

We’ve picked Jon Lester (2-0, 1.42 ERA) in all three of his starts this season and come away with the win in each, so we’re going to ride his left arm again as the Red Sox go for their sixth straight victory. Their 10-4 record is the best in the AL East and second-best in the AL behind Oakland’s 12-4 mark.

The reason for success in Boston this season has been pitching. It's not just Lester and Clay Buchholz, but the entire staff, which leads the AL with 2.66 ERA. The starters have compiled an even better number, an AL-best 2.30 ERA. At this juncture last season, the Sox starters had an ERA of 5.19 under former manager Bobby Valentine.

Lester has continued a great spring into his first three starts, allowing only three earned runs and three walks through 19 innings. Best of all, he has yet to serve up a home run and has struck out 18 batters. We think the price (-130) is rather cheap today against Indians right-hander Zach McAllister (1-1. 2.19 ERA).

MLB odds and ends

* The Oakland A’s have scored an MLB-leading 96 runs this season, which has produced the best total numbers in the baseball betting world -- going OVER in 13 of their 16 games. They’ve only got four hitters above .300, but collectively are getting the job done nightly. SS Jed Lowrie (.373, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs) and Coco Crisp (.333, 4 HRs, 4 SBs) have been the most consistent of the bunch. Many of us thought Oakland’s 2012 playoff run was just a flash in the pan and that this team would struggle to hit in 2013, but the A’s don’t look to be going away anytime soon.

* Meanwhile, the White Sox have proved to be the best team to produce low-scoring games with 10 of their 14 games staying UNDER the total. The combination of decent starting pitching, a reliable closer and an inconsistent lineup has kept most of Chicago’s games low-scoring.

* The Atlanta Braves have been torching everyone this season, and the biggest victims have been right-handed starting pitchers, against whom Atlanta is 8-1; the Rockies are next-best at 8-2. The best mark against lefty starters is Oakland’s 4-0 record.

* The Braves and A’s both still have perfect 6-0 marks on the road this season.

* The Marlins are bad in almost every aspect, especially hitting; they have scored only 32 runs and clubbed just three home runs. Also, they are 0-5 in day games this season. The Astros are next-worst at 0-4, while the Rays have a woeful 1-6 mark in early games.

* The top streaking teams in baseball are the Red Sox and Rockies, who have each won five games in a row. The Tigers are next with a four-game win streak. On the opposite end, the Astros have lost five straight and the Dodgers have lost four straight.

Thursday’s play:

Red Sox (Lester) -130 at Indians

Season date record: 29-17 (+1380)

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