MLB Betting News and Notes Wednesday, May 29
MLB Betting News and Notes Wednesday, May 29
MLB: Streaks, Tips, Notes
Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs
Game-Two of this four-game Windy City Showdown was postponed because of rain and now the series shifts to Wrigley Field on the North Side for the final two games. White Sox taken behind the woodshed spanked 7-0 in the Monday's opener remain 19-12 vs Cubbies going back to 2008 split between 10-6 on the South Side, 9-6 on the North Side. Pale Hose thrive in inter-league play as they're 67-50 the past 7 years posting a 34-24 mark at home, 33-26 stretch on the road. Cubbies on the other hand have been poor bets in IL action going 41-53 over the same span with a losing record both at home (23-25, -$618) and away (18-28, -$556). Looking at the South Side past track against both the North Side and other N.L. teams along with having John Danks (0-0, 4.50 ERA, 3-1 vs Cubs), Jake Peavy (6-2, 2.97 ERA, 7-3 vs Cubs) scheduled the next two days Pale Hose should take the series when all said done.
Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates splitting a pair in the Motor City will be feeling pretty good about their chances as the series moves to PNC Park. Pirates on a solid 14-4 stretch overall the past 18 on the diamond including 8-2 at home hit the field knowing they're 6-3 hosting the Tigers. Boosting confidence, Pirates hand the ball to A.J. Burnett. The right-hander has a smart 7-1 team start record vs Detroit including 2-0 since joining the Pirates. He'll be opposed by Sanchez coming off a near no-hitter at home vs Twins last start. However, the Tiger hurler could be in for a rough ride as he's struggled on the road posting a 1-3 mark in five tries (1-4 TSR) this season and heads to the bump with a lowly 0-4 TSR on the road during the month of May, 4-9 TSR on the road since joining the Tigers. Bucs ridding a 14-5 interleague stretch at home are worth a second look.
Re: MLB Betting News and Notes Wednesday, May 29
MLB Odds and Picks
By: The Linemakers
LAS VEGAS -- The Pirates are once again having a terrific start to the season and have done an impressive job keeping pace with the Cardinals and Reds in the NL Central, the division that's home to the three best records in the National League.
The third-place Pirates, who are 2.5 games behind Cincinnati, have won 14 of their last 18 games. The most surprising part over that stretch is that their most consistent pitcher this season hasn’t contributed with a win.
The Bucs have lost all three of A.J. Burnett’s starts over those 18 games, and his past four starts overall. Burnett has been charged with the loss in three of those four losses, but he’s allowed an average of only two runs per outing over that stretch, as the Pittsburgh bats have offered only five runs of support combined.
On the season, Burnett (3-5, 2.57 ERA) has given up only 20 earned runs in 70 innings, with 85 strikeouts and just 25 walks, numbers that match up well with the best starters in baseball.
Things don’t figure to get much easier for the Pittsburgh lineup behind Burnett tonight, as they’ll face the Tigers’ Anibal Sanchez (5-4, 2.38 ERA), who comes off a one-hit, 12-strikeout shutout against the Twins on Friday. Joe Mauer ended Sanchez's chance for the second no-hitter of his career in the ninth inning.
As excellent as Sanchez has been – whether it’s the one-hitter last week or the 17 strikeouts in eight innings against the Braves on April 16 – the Tigers have won only half of his starts this season. Like Burnett, he has had difficulty getting run support. In his five losses, the Tigers have scored eight runs combined.
Unlike Burnett, Sanchez does have one stinker on his resume. On May 18 at Texas, Sanchez lasted only 2 2/3 innings and gave up six runs (five earned) in a 7-2 loss.
As a Marlin, Sanchez fared well at Pittsburgh, going 1-2 with a 2.35 ERA. His one win there was a one-hit, 11-strikeout performance in a 3-0 victory on Sept. 10, 2011.
Burnett knows the Tigers well from his days with the Yankees, and he’s beaten them three straight times, including once in the 2011 playoffs. Last season, Burnett went six scoreless innings in a 4-1 win over Detroit at PNC Park.
Neil Walker hit an 11th-inning home run to give the Pirates’ a 1-0 win on Tuesday, but the three outs in the bottom of that inning defines what a closer is supposed to do. Jason Grilli picked up his league-leading 21st save in 21 opportunities by striking out the modern day murderers row of Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in succession.
The Pirates have won six of their last eight contests against the Tigers at PNC Park. We have a small lean the Pirates (+108), but the much stronger play here is UNDER 7 runs, just like Burnett‘s past five starts have gone.
Tigers/Pirates UNDER 7 (-105)
Blue Jays/Braves OVER 8 (-105)
Nationals (Zimmerman) -105 at Orioles
Season to date record: 101-89 -1 (+1,260)