MLB Betting News and Notes Monday, May 27

MLB Betting News and Notes Monday, May 27

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Baltimore orioles at Washington Nationals

Teams step out of their comfort zone Monday as Inter-League play takes center stage. The Junior Circuit has a slight edge in 2013 play posting a 31-29 mark vs the Senior League. Taking into account the past two plus seasons, the Junior Circuit owns a dominant 304-260 (53.9%) mark vs of the Senior League split between 159-117 (57.6%) on home field, 145-143 (50.3%) as A visitor. Back to this season, Tampa Bay Rays rule the roost in the A.L going 5-1 (+$368) with honorable mention going to Toronto who've only played two games (2-0). Twins are the dregs of the A.L. at 1-6. In the N.L. it's the Nationals with top honors at 5-0 stuffing +$517 into betting accounts while Miami (1-4) and San Francisco (0-2) hold bottom feeding status. You can bet Tampa Bay will be itching to switch leagues. The Rays host Miami knowing they were 5-1 against their state rival last season which moved the mark to 9-3 last twelve meetings, 16-8 last twenty-four encounters. As for Nationals, they'll be a little anxious taking on Baltimore. The Nats were 2-4 vs Orioles last year and hit the field 5-7 last twelve in the series, 9-15 last 24 meetings.


Atlanta Braves at Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto splitting a four-game set vs Orioles moving to 21-29 on the season take on Atlanta in a four game home/home set starting with two north of the boarder. The Blue Jays are not only running into one of the hottest team in the majors as the Braves have won eight of nine overall but also facing a club that has won eight of the past nine meetings between the teams.

The opening series matchup features Jays Mark Buehrle (1-3, 5.90 ERA) and Braves Tim Hudson (4-3, 4.98 ERA) on respective mounds. Buehrle is winless in seven trips to the mound (4-3 TSR) but may have turned things around as he is off a quality outing allowing 4 hits, 2 runs over 7 innings tagged with a ND in a Jay's victory over Rays. The team start win gives Buehrle a profitable 12-3 TSR last fifteen in the month of May. On the other mound, Hudson has been unable to get beyond the fifth inning in three consecutive tries giving up 13 runs over 13.2 innings. Hudson does have history is on his side. The hurler carries a 11-3 record vs Toronto with his teams (ATL/OAK) 12-4 over sixteen starts. But, Jays pounding in 6.1 runs/game on this current home stand along with the confidence booster from Sunday's come from behind win could crack the win column again.

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Best and Worst Daytime MLB Bets
By Covers.com

There are 10 day games on the Memorial Day MLB slate. We take a look at the teams with the three best and worst day records playing Monday afternoon in an attempt to give you a handicapping edge.

Best day records

Cincinnati Reds (15-9)


The Reds have won five of their last six games and will host the Cleveland Indians Monday. Cincinnati has scored a MLB-best 125 runs in 24 daytime affairs (5.2 runs per game).

Pittsburgh Pirates (12-7)

The Pirates are playing some solid baseball lately and tend to tear the cover off the ball during day games. Pittsburgh hitters have launched 25 home runs in the club’s 19 matinees, but they may be limited by Justin Verlander and the Tigers on holiday Monday.

St. Louis Cardinals (12-8)

The Cardinals have driven in 97 runs under the sun – the fourth-best mark in the bigs. However, St. Louis will run into the big arm of the Royals’ James Shields on Monday.

Worst day records

Houston Astros (2-10)


The Astros are wretched regardess of what time they play and it should be no surprise that they're fade material. Houston pitchers have a lofty 5.87 ERA in the afternoon to date and they’ll square off with the big bats of the Colorado Rockies next.

Miami Marlins (3-12)

I bet you could have guessed the Marlins would follow the Astros in this category. Miami batters average just 3.3 runs per game during early games and have a tough matchup in Tampa Bay looming.

Milwaukee Brewers (5-12)

Wily Peralta will have the task of lowering the pitching staff’s daytime 5.22 ERA against the lowly Twins Monday. But he will be opposed by Kevin Correia, who has a team-high four wins for Minnesota.

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MLB's Best and Worst Memorial Day Bets
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The Memorial Day schedule features 16 MLB games – 10 of those getting underway in the afternoon. We take a look back over the past 10 years and see which major league clubs are the best and worst bets on the holiday Monday:

Most profitable – Cincinnati Reds (6-2 for +5.61 units on Memorial Day since 2003)

The Reds have made the most green for MLB bettors on Memorial Day and just so happen to be hosting the Indians - on off the worst teams on the holiday - this Monday.

Most costly – Houston Astros (1-6 for -6.16 units on Memorial Day since 2003)

Honestly, if you’ve been betting the Astros on the holiday each year, you need to cut back on that suitcase of Memorial Day beers. Houston hosts Colorado this year.

Best record – Toronto Blue Jays/Miami Marlins (6-3 on Memorial Day since 2003)

Funny enough, one of best teams on Memorial Day lives north of the border, where they don’t celebrate the final Monday in May. The other happens to be one of the worst teams in baseball this season. The Marlins visit Tampa Bay in a Sunshine State showdown Monday.

Worst record – Kansas City Royals/Cleveland Indians/Houston Astros (1-6 on Memorial Day since 2003)


Not a big surprise here, with the Royals, Tribe and Astros being among baseball’s bottom feeders for some time now. However, there could be value in going against K.C. and Cleveland since they turned the corner.

Best home record – Toronto Blue Jays (6-0 at home on Memorial Day since 2003)

With Memorial Day just another Monday north of the border, perhaps the Jays don’t feel the pressure to excel in front of their home fans. Toronto hosts Atlanta Monday.

Worst home record – Kansas City Royals (0-4 at home on Memorial Day since 2003)


The Royals have ruined more than a few Memorial Day memories for their loyal backers and host the Cardinals on the holiday Monday this year.

Best road record – Chicago White Sox (4-2 on the road on Memorial Day since 2003)

The ChiSox have a 5-2 overall record for +4.21 units on Memorial Day, many of those units coming courtesy of beefy road lines. The Southsiders host the Northsiders – the Chicago Cubs – Monday.

Worst road record – Cleveland Indians (0-4 on the road on Memorial Day since 2003)

The Tribe are hoping to turn around their road luck on the holiday this year. Cleveland, which has cooled off a bit, is visiting Cincinnati Monday.

Best over – Chicago White Sox (7-0 over/under on Memorial Day since 2003)

The White Sox not only kick butt on the road on Memorial Day but keep the crowds happy with some high-scoring games. They host the Cubs, who are 3-5 over/under on the holiday.

Best under – Seattle Mariners (2-5 over/under on Memorial Day since 2003)

The Mariners have kept scores low on Memorial Day and bring the 26th ranked offense in Monday’s game with San Diego, which is 3-4 over/under on the holiday Monday since 2003.

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Interleague Preview
By Marc Lawrence
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We've already had a new taste of Interleague games on the MLB front this season. That occurred when Houston switched league affiliations, jumping over the American League from the National League.

In order to equally balance newly realigned 15-team leagues it became necessary to implement at least one Interleague series at all times.

Major League Baseball purists likely find it just as revolting as the adoption of full Interleague scheduling which began in 1997. But the bottom line is more and more natural geographical rivalries are forming.

Twist This Up

Aside form the mandatory need of scheduling Interleague games on a weekly basis this season, beginning this week MLB is serving up a new schedule format to enhance the "tradition of rivalries".

This year teams will play their natural rivals four times and the four games will be played consecutively, two games in one ballpark and two more in the other ballpark, starting this Monday-Thursday.

Balancing The Books

This year's schedule finds an increase of 20 Interleague games for every team.
   
For the first time ever the schedule is more equal with all teams in a division playing the identical Interleague opponents, with the exception of "natural rivals".

In years past the 14-team American League played 18 Interleague games while the 16-team National League played an imbalanced amount of games, either 15 or 18.

Junior Rules

Entering the modified portion of Interleague games beginning this season the Junior Circuit, or the American League has held the upper hand in these contests, going 2,081-1,883 overall versus the Senior Circuit, or the National League.

In fact, in only three of the 16 seasons of Interleague play has the American League lost more Interleague games than the National League.

History Says

With the return to more Interleague rivalry games this week, here is a look at some of the more noteworthy results of series rivalries from the past.

Angels-Dodgers:
Halos 13-5 last eighteen games; 10-3 last thirteen at Dodger Stadium; 14-6 last 20 at Anaheim Stadium.

Cardinals-Royals:
Red Birds 12-6 last 18 games; 11-3 last fourteen at Kauffman Stadium.

Cubs-White Sox: Pale Hose 14-6 last twenty games; 10-5 last fifteen home and 8-2 last ten at Wrigley Field.

Giants-Athletics: Frisco 10-5 last fifteen games and 11-1 last twelve as a host; A's 7-2 last nine as host.

Indians-Reds: Tribe 9-4 last thirteen games; 4-11 last fifteen games when visiting the Queen City; 7-0 last seven host the Reds.

Marlins-Rays: Fish 1-9 last ten games; 4-11 last fifteen games in Tampa; 5-12 last seventeen games in Miami.

Orioles-Nationals: Birds 11-4 last fifteen as a host.

Yankees-Mets: Bronx Bombers 11-3 last fourteen games; 11-5 last sixteen as a visitor and 7-1 last eight at home.

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MLB Odds and Picks
By: The Linemakers   
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The Los Angeles Angels have won eight in a row and finally look to be the team we thought they were when Las Vegas sports books opened them with low odds of 8-to-1 to win the World Series. Before this eight-game streak started, bettors could have had the Angels at 40-to-1, but heading into a three game set at Dodger Stadium, they are down to 25-to-1 to win it all.

There’s still a long ways to go for the Angels who, at 22-27, remain nine games behind the AL West leading Rangers. But there is plenty of optimism now that the team is firing on all cylinders. They are finally playing as expected and manger Mike Scioscia’s job appears to be safe now.

The same can’t be said for Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, even though Dodgers president Stan Kasten said his job was not in jeopardy. Mattingly has been pulling out all the tricks to mix things up, including benching a star player like Andre Ethier three games last week. Ethier got a little testy about the benching and when Mattingly put him back in the lineup over the weekend, he didn’t respond, going 1-for-10 against the Cardinals.

Matt Kemp got mad when Mattingly made a double-switch late in Saturday’s game that took him out of the game, and then prompty got benched Sunday in a move that Mattingly said was not related. You can hardly blame Mattingly for trying to get something out of a key slot in the lineup that has produced a .260 average with only two home runs. Both Kemp and Ethier were given fat contracts and don’t seem to be playing with an urgency. Hopefully for the Dodgers sake, the team responds knowing that no ones job is safe.

C.J. Wilson (4-3, 3.39 ERA) will take the mound tonight against former Angel Zack Greinke (2-1, 3.28 ERA) and try to give the Angels their first nine-game winning streak since 2004. Wilson comes off a strong outing against Seattle where he went eight innings, allowing one run and striking out 10 in a 7-1 win.

Greinke has made two starts since coming back from a broken collarbone. His first start went well against the Nationals, where he went 5.1 innings and allowed only one run. But in his most recent start, he lasted only four innings and gave up five runs in a 5-2 loss at Milwaukee.

Overall, the Angels have taken 13 of their last 18 against the Dodgers in the Freeway Series and nine of the last 12 at Dodger Stadium. We think the Angels keep their groove going and get the win again tonight.

Best bounce back team

Bettors are always looking for any kind of edge within all the trends available in baseball. One of them is how a team responds after a loss, especially for those teams considered good . Do they quickly forget about the loss and come back strong the next day, or do they sulk and breed more mediocrity? One of the best teams in baseball coming off a loss this season has been the Cardinals. They have had two consecutive losses only three times this season; one was a two-game losing streak, and the other was a three-game losing streak. Of their 17 losses this season, St. Louis has won the following game 14 times, including Sunday at Dodger Stadium. That type of resilient consistency is why they also have the best road record in baseball at 18-9.

Monday Selections:

Angels (Wilson) -110 at Dodgers

Braves (Hudson) -110 at Blue Jays

Rangers (Darvish) -138 at D-backs

Padres (Richard) +105 at Mariners

Season to date record: 99-85-1 (+1503)

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