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MLB Betting News and Notes Sunday, May 5

MLB Betting News and Notes Sunday, May 5

MLB Weather Report
By Covers.com

Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (+100, 7)
The wind will blow in from left field at 15 mph. The under went 6-1 in 2012 when the wind blew in from left field.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs (+141, n/a)
The wind will blow in from right field at 12 mph.

Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-181, 7.5)
The wind will blow from right field to left field at 11 mph.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres (+109, 8)
Skies will be cloudy and forecasts are calling for a 20 percent chance of rain. Wind will blow out to center field at 17 mph.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants (-138, 7)
Wind will blow out to left field at 20 mph.

Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians (-138, 9)
Wind will blow from right field to left field at 14 mph.

Oakland A's vs. New York Yankees (-132, 8.5)
Wind will blow in from center field at 10 mph.

Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals (-117, 8)
Wind will blow from left field to right field at 10 mph. Forecasts are calling for a 20 percent chance of rain.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Los Angeles Angels (-114, 8.5)
Skies will be cloudy and there will be a 20 percent chance of rain. Wind will blow out to left field at 12 mph.

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Three Hot Over Pitchers On The Mound Sunday
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Sunday features a bevy of hurlers who have put together some starts where the total has gone over. A pair of National League aces highlight the action.

Mike Pelfrey, Minnesota Twins (2-3, 7.66 ERA, 4-1 o/u)

Pelfrey is coming off of a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers and it was his first game this season that has gone under the total. He has had issues going beyond five innings pitched in his starts this season and his high ERA (7.66) and WHIP (1.93) have fueled the 11 runs per game average that combined scorelines hit in games he starts.

Pelfrey is slated to start against the Cleveland Indians Sunday. It will be his first start against the Tribe this season.

Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants (0-2, 6.49 ERA, 4-2 o/u)

Cain has had a rough start to the season and his stats are reflecting it. His 6.49 ERA is third highest among qualified pitchers in the National League. He has also surrendered the second most earned runs (25) in the NL. Only Brandon McCarthy of the Arizona Diamondbacks has more (27).

Cain will get the start versus the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday. The Dodgers will counter with Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Cain had his best start of the season versus the Dodgers in the Giants' first game of the season. He went six inning and didn't allow a run as the Giants took the 4-0 loss.

Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies (2-3, 6.75 ERA, 5-1 o/u)

The big righty is coming off a terrible start versus the Cleveland Indians. Halladay was shelled for eight earned runs over 3 2-3 innings. The Phillies provide him with 3.17 runs per game in his starts which has helped him put together one of the top o/u records in baseball at 5-1.

The Phillies take on the Miami Marlins Sunday.

Halladay pitched eight innings and gave up one earned run in his lone start versus the Marlins on April 14. The Phillies won the game 2-1.

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Sunday Night Baseball: Dodgers at Giants
By Steve Merril
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It's an old fashioned National League West battle on Sunday Night as the Giants host the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants (-137, 7)

RAISING CAIN

It's been a rough season for Matt Cain who is still looking for his first win and has a 6.49 ERA, giving up at least four runs or more in four of his six starts. He gave up three home runs at Arizona last Monday and he has allowed six homers in his past two road starts. Overall, the righty has allowed nine long balls this season which he did not do until his 15th start last year. However, Cain did pitch well in the season opener versus the Dodgers on April 1st when he gave up just four hits and one walk, while striking out eight hitters over six innings.

RYU'S DOING FINE

The Dodgers paid a lot of money for Hyun-Jin Ryu and so far that investment is paying off nicely. The lefty is 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in six starts this season. Ryu already has 46 strikeouts with at least five strikeouts or more in every game. He faced the Giants at home on April 2nd in a 3-0 loss, however only one of his three runs allowed was earned. Ryu did give up 10 hits in just 6.1 innings pitched in that game. Overall, Ryu has been consistent this season, pitching at least 6+ innings in all six of his starts.

INJURY REPORT

The Giants are an extremely healthy team right now. They are missing only Eric Surkamp who wasn't supposed to be that big of a piece. San Francisco just got Jeremy Affeldt back from an oblique injury. The Dodgers have not been as healthy as Carl Crawford is dealing with lingering hamstring issues.  Mark Ellis and Adrian Gonzalez are also not at 100 percent due to various ailments. The pitching staff is filled with injuries as Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Zack Greinke, and Chris Capuano are all on the disabled list.

TRENDS

Dodgers are 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games
Giants are 37-17 in their last 54 games vs. a left-handed starter
Ryu is 4-1 Over in his last 5 starts overall
Cain is 8-3 Over in his last 11 Sunday starts

HITTERS TO WATCH

Andre Ethier 27-for-60 vs. Cain
Matt Kemp 10-for-49 vs. Cain

Hunter Pence 2-for-3 vs. Ryu
Pablo Sandoval 0-for-3 vs. Ryu

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MLB: Streaks, Trends, Notes
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Seattle Mariners at Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays and Mariners wrap up their 3-games series in Toronto Sunday afternoon. Jays a disappointing 10-21 on the campaign costing backers -$1426 at the betting window look to Brandon Morrow (0-2, 5.29 ERA) as they try to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Mariners. Jays on a nightmarish 2-10 stretch can find solace in the fact that both victories have come with Morrow on the mound. Jays should also feel pretty good knowing the hurler is 3-1 in four starts vs his old team, a smart 5-2 streak at home with the right-hander following a loss the previous day and a perfect 3-0 avoiding a series sweep with Morrow touching toe to rubber. On the other side, Mariners may be a bit edgy handing the ball to Joe Saunders (2-3, 5.25 ERA). The southpaw has not responded on the road for his new club posting an 0-3 mark with a whopping 12.51 ERA. Adding to Mariners anxiety, Saunders owns a 2-5 team start skid vs Toronto chucking for Orioles, Halos and the club sports an 0-4 road skid as underdogs of $1.35 to $1.50.

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MLB Odds and Picks
By: The Linemakers
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The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the rival San Francisco Giants in the first game of the season behind Clayton Kershaw pitching (not to mention a home run), but since then, the Dodgers have dropped four straight against the defending World Series champions.

On ESPN's Sunday night baseball, Los Angeles will try to avoid a three-game sweep and four-game losing streak.

The task will be difficult. The Giants' 10-9 victory in extra innings Saturday was the team's 11th come-from-behind win, most in the majors. It also was San Francisco's fifth straight win, which keeps them tied for first place in the NL West with the Colorado Rockies.

The Dodgers still have a lot going for them tonight, despite what the numbers may say. For starters, they scored a season-high nine runs on Saturday. In his first day of action since being called up from Triple-A Albuquerque, shortstop Dee Gordon gave Los Angeles a boost of energy not seen before this season.

Gordon, filling in for Hanley Ramirez, who was placed on the 15-day DL Saturday, went 2-for-4 with a triple and a couple of RBIs, but it was his two stolen bases in key situations down the stretch that showed a dimension of what could be in the Los Angeles' near future. The Dodgers still left 11 runners on base, but when scoring nine runs, that almost becomes a positive stat.

Another edge the Dodgers have Sunday is starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 3.35 ERA), who is coming of off a 12-strikeout performance against the Rockies, baseball's top hitting team. The Dodgers have won four of Ryu's last five starts.

You wouldn't normally think the Dodgers would have an edge against San Francisco's Matt Cain (0-2, 6.49 ERA), but he's still searching for his first win of the season. At Arizona on Tuesday, Cain had perhaps his worst outing of the season, allowing three home runs and four walks. However, the Giants bailed him out with another come-from-behind performance.

It was the San Francisco win behind Cain in his six starts this season. In those six starts, Cain has served up nine home runs, 25 earned runs and 35 hits in 34.2 innings. This type of start by Cain is puzzling considering he had a good spring and boasted an ERA of less than 3.00 in three of his past four seasons.

Whatever Cain's case might be, we look for Saturday's Dodgers loss to be considered a good one. You've got a team of hitters slumping that got to bat around -- in what could be a season defining seven-run fifth inning rally -- who are desperate to avoid a sweep. You also get a pitcher coming off of a strong outing facing one that is having the worst stretch of his career. Cain is overpriced today by 10 cents, so take the value with the Dodgers and Ryu.

Sunday Selections:

Mets (Hudson) -140 vs. Mets

Diamondbacks (Kennedy) -120 at Padres

Dodgers (Ryu) +121 at Giants

A's/Yankees OVER 8.5 (-110)

Twins/Indians OVER 9 (-110)

Season to date record: 52-35 (+1828)

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