MLB Betting News and Notes Monday, April 22

MLB Betting News and Notes Monday, April 22

MLB Weather Watch
By Covers.com

Both Coors Field and Target Field have seen games postponed this season due to snow. More of the white stuff is coming Monday to Minnesota and Colorado.

Here is the rest of Monday's MLB weather report:

Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox (-125, 8.5)
Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the mid-40s and winds will blow from right to left at 15 mph. The Red Sox were 2-7 in 2012 when the wind blew right to left at Fenway Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-105, 8.5)
Forecasts are projecting temperatures in the low-50s and winds will blow from right to left at 13 mph. The over was 8-4 in 2012 at Citizens Bank Park when the wind blew from right to left.

Miami Marlins vs. Minnesota Twins (-148, 8)
Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the low-40s with a 70 percent chance of rain/snow.

Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies (+111, 10)
Denver is also expecting snow on Monday. Weather models are predicting temperatures around the freezing mark and a 60 percent chance of a rain/snow mix.

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Monday's Streaking and Slumping MLB Starting Pitchers
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Here are two streaking and two slumping MLB pitchers set to take the hill Monday.

Streaking


A.J. Griffin, Oakland Athletics (2-0, 2.25 ERA)


Griffin has pitched 20 innings in three starts this season and has allowed only five earned runs. The over is 2-1 in Griffin's games because of the potency of the A's offense.

Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays (3-0, 1.00 ERA)

With reigning-Cy Young winner David Price now at four mediocre starts in this campaign, the Rays are fortunate Moore has picked up the slack. Moore has the fifth-best ERA in the majors at 1.00, including two shutouts, while giving up only eight hits and striking out 20 batters. The under is 2-0-1 in his starts.

Slumping


Dan Haren, Washington Nationals (1-2, 8.10 ERA)


Haren has struggled since returning to the National League in the offseason. The former Angel hasn't pitched more than six innings, giving up at least seven hits, including a four-home run game in his opener against the Reds. The over is 3-0 in Haren's starts.

Joe Blanton, Los Angeles Angels (0-3, 8.59 ERA)

The Angels have the second-worst team ERA in all of baseball and Blanton is one of the biggest reasons why. In each of his three starts, Blanton has yielded at least four earned runs and seven hits for a 8.59 ERA and 0-3 record. The over is 3-0 in Blanton's starts.

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MLB: Streaks, Tips, Notes
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NY Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays sweeping A's over the weekend will be looking to extend the streak to four games when they host the New York Yankees Monday night. Rays' Matt Moore (3-0, 1.00 ERA) will square off against fellow southpaw C.C. Sabathia (3-1, 2.57 ERA). Moore in great form allowing 8 hits, 2 runs while striking out 20 over three starts carries a 2-2 record with a 5.06 ERA vs New York in four career starts. Rays and Moore have an excellent shot at extending the win streak as Sabathia's teams have not faired well in Tampa. The lefty sports a 4-10 team start record in Tampa with both Yankees/Cleveland and has a dreadful 1-7 TSR at Tropicana Field hurling for New York Yankees.

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MLB Odds and Picks
By: The Linemakers
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LAS VEGAS -- Don’t look now, but that team charging hard after the first furlong is the Pittsburgh Pirates. They were slow out of the gate, starting out 1-5 and failing to score more than three runs in any of their first six games. In fact, they scored a total of only eight runs in those six games.

But since then, they have recaptured that Battling’ Buc spirit of the last two seasons by winning nine of their last 12 while scoring 60 runs, an average of five per game. They may not be in the Rockies’ stratosphere (104 runs in 18 games), but the Pirates’ style of play requires just a few runs to get the job done.

That style of play, which has seen the Pirates contend through July the last two seasons, is a simple but proven formula for success: decent starting pitching, great relief work, adequate fielding, good managing and timely hitting. They’ve pulled within a half-game of first-place Cincinnati in the NL Central by executing fundamentals.

While Andrew McCutchen leads the team with 12 RBI, he’s hitting only .273 and his entire game has yet to be on display. But outfielders Starling Marte and OF Travis Snider – two of Pittsburgh’s biggest questions marks coming into the season – have been major reasons for the sudden offensive surge. Marte is still striking out more than manager Clint Hurdle would like, but his .319 average makes the Ks more tolerable. Snider has posted a .357 average and finally looks to be living up to the potential that had him rated as one of the top Blue Jays’ prospects.

The Pirates’ biggest edge over their competition is their bullpen, which has the third-best ERA (2.03) in MLB, behind the Braves and Rangers. They’ve converted seven of eight save opportunities and have allowed opponents to hit only .178. When they traded closer Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox during the offseason, this looked to be an area that might see a severe lapse in production from the last two seasons, but Jason Grilli has converted all seven of his save opportunities without allowing a run in nine appearances.

The biggest sign that showed the Bucs have recaptured that winning spirit occurred over the weekend, when they won the final three of a four game set against the Braves, holders of baseball‘s best record. During those three games, they outscored the Braves, 13-3.

Tonight, A.J. Burnett (1-2, 2.63) gets the nod at Philadelphia against right-hander Jonathan Pettibone, who is making his Major League debut. Pettibone is a big (6-foot-6), 22-year-old with control, but in two minor league starts this season, he‘s allowed 10 runs in 9 1/3 innings.

Burnett has pitched well in all four of his starts this season, but fell victim in his first two outings due to a lack of run support, losing 3-1 to the Cubs and 1-0 to the Dodgers. The Bucs have won his past two starts, and his best performance of the season came during his last start against the Cardinals, a 5-0 win, when he went seven innings, striking out eight and walking none.

The Pirates are only a -115 favorite, and between their current roll, Burnett being in a groove and the Phillies throwing new meat out there, this looks like a good spot to cash in.

A’s to hit again?

Oakland got swept at Tampa Bay over the weekend, but even more surprising is that the A’s scored only four runs over the three games. However, two of the three games still went OVER the total, making it 15 of their 19 games this season that have gone OVER. We like the trend to continue today against the Red Sox.

Monday’s selections:

Pirates (Burnett) -115 at Phillies

A’s/Red Sox OVER 8.5 (+110)

Season to date record: 35-20 (+1665)

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