MLB Betting News and Notes Wednesday, April 24

MLB Betting News and Notes Wednesday, April 24

MLB Weather Report
By Covers.com

Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds (-167, 7.5)
Rain is expected in Cincinnati with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms. Wind will blow out to center field at 15 mph.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles (-120, 8.5)
The wind will blow out to left field at 13 mph. A 31 percent chance of rain is in the forecast.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (-157, 7)
Temperatures will be in the low-70s and skies should be sunny. The wind will blow out to left field at 14 mph. The over was 8-4 at Nationals Park in 2012 when the wind blew out to left field.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets (-164, 6.5)
Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the low-60s. The wind will blow out to center field at 14 mph. The over was 5-2 at Citi Field in 2012 when the wind blew out to center.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-127, 7)
Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the high-60s. The wind will blow out to left field at 14 mph.

Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox (n/a, n/a)
Forecasts are calling for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-40s. Wind will blow out to right field at 12 mph.


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Wednesday's Streaking and Slumping MLB Starters
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A phenom in New York and a wily veteran highlight Wednesday's streaking and slumping report to help you with your capping.

Streaking


Wandy Rodriguez, Pittsburgh Pirates (2-0, 0.56 ERA)


The veteran Rodriguez has a career 4.15 ERA in eight seasons, coming into this campaign. He has been throwing smoke as if he was 24 and not 34. Rodriguez has given up only one earned run and five hits in 16 innings pitched. The under is 3-0 in his starts.

Matt Harvey, New York Mets (4-0, 0.93 ERA)

The 24-year-old flame thrower has been one of the biggest revelations in baseball this season. He has given up three earned runs in four starts this season, with 32 strikeouts in 29 innings, and has walked only nine batters. The over is 3-1 in Harvey's starts due to the Mets offense. Harvey has gone at least seven innings in each of his starts.

Slumping


Brett Anderson, Oakland Athletics (1-3, 5.95 ERA)


Anderson has been roughed up for 11 earned runs in his past two starts. He lasted only one inning in his last start against Tampa after getting rocked for four runs and then left with a sprained ankle. He is expected to start Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Ian Kennedy, Arizona Diamondbacks (1-2, 5.47 ERA)

Kennedy hasn't won a start since Opening Day and has given up a home run in each of his last three trips to the bump. He also hasn't made it to the seventh inning since his first start.

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MLB: Streaks, Tips, Notes
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Pittsburgh Pirates at Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia skunked last night send Roy Halladay (2-2, 6.04 ERA) to the mound in the rubber match vs. Pirates. The veteran right-hander looks to be back in form as he heads to the hill having tossed 15 innings of 3 run ball the past two starts. Great spot for Phillies as Doc is ridding a perfect 3-0 TSR vs Pirates and has a smart 6-2 TSR stretch going at home following a super quality start (>7IN, <3 Run). On the other side, Pirates counter with Wandy Rodriguez (2-0, 0.56 ERA). Things could get ugly here, the southpaw found Citizens Bank Park a tough house last trip giving up 9 hits, 7 runs over 4 innings in a 9-4 loss. Consider Phillies knowing they're on a 12-4 stretch at home vs a left-handed starter, have won 4-of-6 at home w/Halladay following a loss the previous night and sport a solid 13-6 mark in game three of a series w/Doc.


Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers look to halt a four game slide when they open the set at Comerica Park against A.L. Central leading Kansas City Royals. Tigers sending Max Scherzer (1-0, 2.84 ERA) to the hill should feel pretty good about their chances. The hurler received a no-decision in his last start, but his eight innings of one-run ball with 12 strikeouts provides a solid glimpse that he's primed to handcuff Royals and get his team back on the winning track. Tigers were 10-5 off a loss with the right hander last season and are on a 4-0 streak vs Royals w/Scherzer. If that were not enough, Royals are 1-3 opening a road series, Tigers are 2-0 opening a series at home, 3-0 at Comerica Park off a loss the previous game, 8-1 at home last nine vs Kansas City. Thinking Total - The 'Under' is 7-2 in Scherzer's last nine vs. Royals, 4-1 in Scherzer's L5 opening a series, Royals are on a 5-2 'Under' stretch, 10-4-1 'Under' L15 facing a right-handed starter.

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MLB Odds and Picks
By: The Linemakers
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LAS VEGAS -- The Brewers, with a combination of hot bats, decent starting pitching and a bullpen actually holding leads, have won nine straight games after starting the season 2-8. Marco Estrada (2-0, 4.50) takes the mound tonight at Petco Park against the Edinson Volquez (0-3, 8.84 ERA) and the Padres. The Brewers have won Estrada’s past three starts, but our decision to lay -125 odds with the Brewers on the road tonight is more about Volquez’s struggles.

The Padres have lost all four games Volquez has started this season, and although he comes off his best outing of the young season – at San Francisco, where he allowed only two runs in a 3-2 loss – he’s facing a Brewers squad that has hit him pretty well over his career. The Brewers’ current hitters are .315 versus Volquez, including Ryan Braun’s 9-for 25 (.360) that includes a home run. Braun's four home runs this season have come in four of the Brewers’ last six games.

While the Padres have a sad 5-15 mark, we have to consider they’re getting their heavier guns back. Carlos Quentin is back from an eight-game suspension for his role in putting Zack Greinke on the disabled list, and Chase Headley’s gold glove and silver slugger bat is back in the lineup. Tuesday’s game was the first time both have been on the same lineup card this season.

Another factor in making a play on the Brewers today their nine-game win streak. Teams that play well seem to have all the little things fall their way, and it’s likely the Brewers will win their 10th straight game. On the opposite end of things, the Padres have lost five straight and are finding new ways to lose nightly. Let’s hope it continues one more night.

Red Sox 4-0 behind Lester

Jon Lester (3-0, 1.73 ERA) takes the mound today hoping to give the Red Sox their fifth win behind him, but we can’t be part of it because he’s out of our price range at -170. We’ve been on Lester in all four of his starts, but there is no way to hide his numbers from the calculators. The cat is out of the bag – this guy is pitching better than ever.

However, we do have another steak going with today’s A’s-Red Sox game. Oakland has gone OVER the total in 17 of their 21 games this season. While we shouldn’t expect the A’s bats to help too much in getting over 8 runs tonight – even though they have scored a league-high 119 runs – Brett Anderson (1-3, 5.95 ERA) should help matters. The A’s have lost three of his four starts, and he’s allowed 11 runs combined in his last two starts.

Harvey is must-see TV, but too high to back today

Just like Lester, the Mets’ Matt Harvey (4-0, 0.66 ERA) is out of our price range at -160 today against the Dodgers, when left-hander Ted Lilly makes his first start of the season.

Harvey is becoming one of those pitchers that makes for appointment viewing – you find time and rearrange your schedule just to watch him. He’s been dominating in all four of his starts, and he’s facing a team that has struggled offensively, despite the Dodgers being baseball's third best in on-base percentage (.342).

However, the price might be a blessing today and keep us off dangerous ground. There are all kinds of signs the Dodgers are going to bust loose offensively. They matched a season high with seven runs in Tuesday’s win, the second consecutive day they’ve scored that many.

As great as Harvey has been, even at -140 – the cutoff point for us – this game still might be a pass, even with Lilly making his debut.

Bucs keeping games UNDER

The Pirates have stayed UNDER the total in 13 of their 20 games – including their past five – and face Roy Halladay (2-2, 6.04 ERA) in Philadelphia today in what should be another low-scoring game.

After a shaky first two starts, Halladay has won his past two, going 15 innings while allowing only three runs. If you don’t completely trust Halladay yet, have some faith in the Pirates’ less-than-lethal bats and Wandy Rodriguez (2-0, 0.56). The Bucs have won all three of his starts, and he comes off a 3-0 win over the Braves where he went seven innings, allowed only one hit and struck out five – even with a sore hamstring.

This is a game to seriously consider taking the Pirates at +110, but staying UNDER seven runs looks like the better play.

Wednesday’s selections:

Brewers (Estrada) -125 at Padres

A’s/Red Sox OVER 8 (-110)

Pirates/Phillies UNDER 7 (-105)

Season to date record: 37-21 (+1760)

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