MLB Betting News and Notes Tuesday, June 4

MLB Betting News and Notes Tuesday, June 4

MLB: Streaks, Tips, Notes

NY Mets at Washington Nationals

Washington in the middle of a rough patch losing 3-of-4 in Baltimore and most recently 2-of-3 at N.L. East leading Atlanta return to the comfort of Nationals Park and will host Mets in a three game set. Plenty of pitching matchup reasons to pick Washington in the opener as they hook Jordan Zimmermann against Jeremy Hefner. Nationals are on a 5-1 streak vs Mets with Zimmermann, Mets are 1-11 in Hefner's twelve starts, 0-4 vs Washington with the hurler. If that were not enough, Nationals are 20-7 opening a series with Zimmermann. The betting market has Washington -$1.95 to -$210 with the run line set at -1.5, -$1.05.

Toronto Blue Jays at San Francisco Giants

Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants square off in a mini two game interleague set with each club looking to build on wins posted Sunday. Jays avoiding a sweep in San Diego with a 7-4 victory are 3-4 during this current stretch vs the Senior League. Josh Johnson is set to make his return to the starting rotation for Jays. Johnson 0-1 with a 6.86 ERA in four starts with his new club (1-3 TSR) is now 1-8 his last 13 starts with Toronto/Miami (2-11 TSR). Well to note Johnson has an awful history against Giants as he is 0-3 in six starts with a 1-5 team start record. Meanwhile, Giants also avoiding a sweep with it's 4-2 win at St Louis enter the contest 2-7 last nine on the diamond. Giants counter with Tim Lincecum (3-5, 5.12 ERA) off his shortest outing of the season giving up 6 runs over 4 1/3 innings and looking to halt a three game slide that has seen the hurler smacked for 16 runs over 16 1/3 innings. Lincecum last faced Jays in '07 walking off with a loss giving up 7 runs over 3 2/3 innings. Chance that Johnson could get smacked around by Giants is real, but the chance that Lincecum will get smoked by the Jays plating 4.46 runs/game and ranked 4th in long-balls (72) is even greater. Giants 1-5 vs the Junior League this season, 1-7 last eight encounters with Jays including 0-2 this season our MLB play is on Toronto.

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Re: MLB Betting News and Notes Tuesday, June 4

MLB Odds and Picks
By: The Linemakers

LAS VEGAS -- What a matchup we have in Detroit tonight, as the pitcher with the majors’ lowest batting average against faces the hitter with baseball’s highest average. It’s Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore (8-0, 2.18 ERA) against Miguel Cabrera (.367, 65 RBIs) in the opener of a three-game set.

While the Rays are playing outstanding ball, the Tigers have been a bit sluggish, and things don’t figure to get any easier for Detroit tonight. Not only has Moore evolved into one of the top pitchers in the game, but the Tigers are 5-7 against left-handed starters on the year. Cabrera, however, has hit .417 against lefties this season.

The Tigers (30-25) hold a one-game lead over the Indians in the AL Central, but they have been slumping lately – and in all facets. They’ve lost five of their last six, scoring only 10 runs in those five losses, which comes as a major surprise since they lead the majors in batting average (.279) and on-base percentage (.346).

One of the Tigers’ biggest issues is holding leads late in games. After Jose Valverde imploded at Baltimore last Friday, giving up four runs in the ninth after inheriting a 5-3 lead, their closer role has to be manager Jim Leyland’s biggest concern. It was only Valverde’s second blown save of the season, against six saves, but it was a reminder why the Tigers didn’t immediately re-sign him after last season – and why no one else did, either.

The Rays (31-25), meanwhile, have been putting everything together after a slow start to the season. They currently are in fourth-place in the AL East, but just three games behind the division-leading Red Sox. Detroit gets a lot of publicity with their fearsome lineup that averages 5.2 runs a game, but the Rays are right behind them at 5.0 runs a game. Since May 17, the Rays have averaged 6.1 run per game, a stretch that has seen them win 11 of 16 contests.

For the Rays to keep rolling, they’ll have to get by Anibal Sanchez (5-5. 2.79 ERA), who is 4-1 with a 1.70 ERA in five home starts. Although Sanchez is capable of throwing a no-hitter during any start, he has trouble against winning teams. Over the past two seasons, Sanchez’s teams have gone 6-17 against opponents with a winning record.

The 6-17 mark includes outings for the Marlins as well as the Tigers, but the trend is alive and well over the last month. His last two wins came against the Astros and Twins, while he’s lost to the Pirates, Rangers and Nationals. As great as he looks at times, the Tigers are only 5-6 in games he's started.

On the other side, the Rays have gone 10-1 behind Moore. They were winning games behind him even when the team wasn’t hitting so well, and Moore becomes even more imposing now that the Tampa bats have come alive.

The most appealing thing about Moore and the Rays tonight is that he’s an underdog (+128). Not only do you get one of the best pitchers in the game facing a team that is struggling, but you also get him at plus-money. This looks like the best play on the board today.

Tuesday’s selections:

Rays (Moore) +128 at Tigers

Pirates (Locke) +154 at Braves

Rangers (Grimm) +128 at Red Sox

Season to date record: 111-101-1 (+1,228)

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