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MLB Betting News and Notes Monday, May 6

MLB Betting News and Notes Monday, May 6

MLB Weather Report

Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds (-123, 7.5)
There's a 70 percent chance of rain in Cincinnati.

Texas Rangers vs. Chicago Cubs (+117, NA)
The wind will blow at 10 mph in from left field. The Cubs were 1-5 in 2012 at Wrigley Field when the wind blew in from left field.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (-105, 7)

There's a 65 percent chance or rain with possible thunderstorms in the forecast in Los Angeles.

Miami Marlins vs. San Diego Padres (-173, 7.5)
There's a 70 percent chance of rain in San Diego.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Francisco Giants (-144, 6)
The wind will blow out to left field at 14 mph. The Giants were 3-0 in 2012 at home when the wind blew out to left field. There is also a 20 percent chance of rain.

MLB Baseball Weather Analyzer

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Three Slumping Pitchers On The Mound Monday

Monday features a fairly light schedule in the bigs with nine games on the agenda. Some familiar names take the mound, but these guys find themselves in a bit of slump. Here, we take a look at three pitchers who get the call and whose teams have strung together losses in their recent outings.

Paul Maholm, Atlanta Braves (3-3, 3.08 ERA)

Its been a bit of a rough patch for Maholm after he started the year 3-0. He was excellent to start the year and did not give up an earned run in those first three starts. The lefty went on to lose his next three starts and will look to get in the winning as he heads into Monday's matchup versus Bronson Arroyo and the Cincinnati Reds. Maholm has given up 13 earned runs in 17 2/3 innings pitched in his three straight losses. His last outing versus the Washington Nationals was a bright spot, however. He did his job going eight innings and surrendering two earned runs on just three hits.

Maholm threw six innings and gave up one earned run in his lone start against the Reds in 2012.

Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays (1-2, 4.71 ERA)

The Tampa Bay Rays are struggling out of the gate with a 13-16 record as of Sunday. The pitching staff is partly to blame as it ranks 12th in the American League in ERA (4.35) and owns the second-worst bullpen ERA (4.72) in the AL. Hellickson has certainly  not been immune to the slow start. He has a 1.21 WHIP and a 4.71 ERA which ranks him 11th from the bottom for qualified pitchers. He is coming off a no-decision in the Rays' 9-8 loss against the Kansas City Royals. Tampa Bay has lost four of Hellickson's six starts this season.

Hellickson will take the hill against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday. He was 2-2 with a 2.19 ERA in four starts versus the Jays in 2012.

Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies (2-2, 3.46 ERA)

Lee got off to a great start this season winning his first two outings versus the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets. Its been downhill since as the Phillies have lost each of his next four starts. After giving up just three earned runs in his first two stellar outings, Lee has given up 14 in his next four. The veteran last pitched on May 1. He lasted six innings in a 6-0 loss versus the red-hot Cleveland Indians.

The Phillies travel to the Bay to face the San Francisco Giants who counter with Madison Bumgarner. Lee pitched 10 innings of shutout ball in his only start versus the Giants in 2012. He gave up seven in the Phillies' 1-0 victory.

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MLB Odds and Picks
By: The Linemakers

LAS VEGAS -- The Miami Marlins rank last in every major offensive category except for on-base percentage, where they rank 29th (.291). They’ve scored only 98 runs through 32 games while hitting just .228 with a .327 slugging percentage. Only the Astros have a worse record than the Marlins’ 10-22 mark that has them in the NL East cellar, already nine games behind the first-place Braves.

Over their last eight games, however, Miami has looked respectable, winning five of them. The Marlins’ young players appears to be having some fun for the first time this season. On Saturday, they beat Cole Hamels and the Phillies, 2-0, and then Sunday rocked Roy Halladay for nine runs in a 14-2 victory. Sunday’s game was the Marlins’ best offensive performance in three seasons.

Now, we’re not talking about the high-powered Phillies from two seasons ago, but still, it’s a sign that the Marlins’ Triple A-level lineup has made the most of the bad situation their classless front office has put them in.

Tonight, the Marlins send Wade LeBlanc (0-4, 6.23 ERA) to the mound against the Padres’ Andrew Cashner (0-4, 6.23 ERA) at Petco Park. LeBlanc, a former Padres starter, is no bargain statistically. He is 0-7 with a 5.49 ERA over his last 11 starts since his last victory on Aug. 17. But the -180 price on the Padres may be a too high with little consideration for the way the Marlins have battled over the last eight days.

The Marlins have lost all six of LeBlanc’s starts this season, but in three of his starts he’s allowed two runs or less, losing 3-2 to the Reds, 3-2 to the Braves and 6-1 to the Nationals. Those are three very good teams against whom he pitched well enough to win but didn’t get any offensive support. Pitcher-friendly Petco Park should help him have one of his better outings of the season.

Cashner has great stuff, but since being put into the starting rotation, he’s won only one of his three starts. He comes off his worst outing – a 6-2 loss at Wrigley Field – where he walked four and gave up four earned run runs in four innings. He got behind Cubs' hitters all game, and when forced to throw strikes, they tagged him.

The Padres have played well of late, winning eight of their last 11, but they still have a 13-18 record and are in last place in the NL West.

We think taking a shot with the Marlins at +165 tonight offers about .15 cents worth of value.

Monday’s selections:

Marlins (LeBlanc) +165 at Padres

A’s/Indians OVER 9 (-110)

Blue Jays (Buehrle) +135 at Rays

Season to date record: 54-38 (+1698)

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