MLB Betting News and Notes Wednesday, June 5

MLB Betting News and Notes Wednesday, June 5

MLB: Streaks, Tips, Notes

Toronto Blue Jays at San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays conclude a mini two-game set Wednesday at AT&T Park. The Giants enjoying home cooking at 21-10 this campaign edged Jays 2-1 in the opener as Lincecum tossed seven innings of one-run ball with Josh Johnson going seven but getting tagged for a two run yard-ball in the loss. This matchup pits Giants lefty Barry Zito (4-3, 3.88 ERA) against Jays R.A. Dickey (4-7, 5.18 ERA). Giants have been good bets at home with their southpaw. Zito is 4-0 with a miniscule 1.40 ERA at AT&T Park with Giants a sparkling 7-0 in his seven starts in front of the home crowd. On the other side, it's not good news for Toronto backers. Jays have not fared well in the role of a road dog overall this year with a 5-12 record and have struggled away from Toronto vs a left-handed starter posting a dismal 0-6 mark. Jays are also in a terrible spot handing the ball to Dickey. The knuckler off back-2-back losses giving up 6 runs in each contest is 1-4 in day games and the club is 0-3 on the road following a loss the previous night handing the ball to the hurler. San Francisco 14-5 at home following a win the previous night, Zito 4-1 in day games Giants are the MLB Pick in this contest.

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Re: MLB Betting News and Notes Wednesday, June 5

MLB Odds and Picks
By: The Linemakers

LAS VEGAS -- While we don’t condone laying any price over -140 in baseball, we can’t help but be excited about the Los Angeles Dodgers' near future, beginning tonight with Clayton Kershaw (-200) on the mound at home against the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers (25-32) – currently in last place in the NL West, a half-game behind the Padres – had high expectations before the season. Here in Las Vegas, the oddsmakers agreed and made them one of the favorites to win the National League.

But over the last two days, we have seen a noticeable change in Dodgerland, and it stems from one player who has given the team an immediate spark – something they’ve been missing all season. Yasiel Puig, a 22-year-old Cuban defector brought up from Double-A Chattanooga, has shown the Dodgers that baseball can still be fun, and it only took two games of action to prove that he is already the most exciting player on the team.

In his debut on Monday, Puig went 2-for-4 and threw a laser beam from the warning track to double-off a runner on first to preserve a 2-1 win. On Tuesday, he followed his debut performance with an even better one by hitting two homers – a three-run shot in the fifth inning and a two-run shot the next inning – and a double. He is only the third Dodger to have at least two hits in his first two MLB games, the last coming in 1964 from Larry Miller.

In two games, he’s already matched Matt Kemp’s home run total from two months of work. His hunger to play the game well looks like it might be contagious, and until the rest of the league starts passing notes around on how to get him out, we think we’ll see the Dodgers ride their new wave of quality play for all it’s worth.

It’s only two games, but the Dodgers have to be thinking about the approaching dilemma of having too many outfielders. If Puig continues to produce, Andre Ethier will likely be the odd man out once Carl Crawford and Kemp come off of the disabled list.

We’ll see how it all turns out, but for the time being, there is new life infused into the Dodgers and we should see better results out of them over the next few weeks. It may be premature to start taking a look at 25-to-1 to win the World Series, but siding with them in individual games should be done with a little more confidence.

Mets to end slide

You never really know what you’re going to get out of Mets right-hander Dillon Gee (3-6, 5.68 ERA), but today he looks to be a bit undervalued against a Nationals team still struggling to score runs without Bryce Harper. Gee comes off of his best start of the season against the Yankees, where he went 7.1 innings, allowing one run and walking none, in a 3-1 win.

The Mets have lost four games in a row after sweeping the Yankees in a four-game subway series. Last night they lost, 3-2, at Washington, a day after being swept three games at Miami.

The Nationals' offensive struggles are an equally important factor in siding with the Mets tonight. The Nats rank 28th in runs scored (200), 28th in batting average (.229) and are dead last in on-base percentage (.287). They haven’t scored more than three runs in any of their last five games.

The Mets lineup will have to get past Dan Haren (4-6, 5.09 ERA) tonight, and lately, teams have been finding ways to make it happen. The Nationals have lost his last four starts, with Haren taking the loss in three of them. We realize associating "Mets" and "bargain" in the same sentence sounds like an oxymoron, but the Haren-Nats lineup combo shouldn’t be -146 over anyone.

Today’s selections:

Pirates (Rodriguez) +129) at Braves

Mets (Gee) +136 at Nationals

A’s (Colon) -103 at Brewers

A’s/Brewers OVER 8.5 (-120)

Season to date record: 111-104-1 (+928)

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