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MLB Betting News and Notes Thursday, June 6

MLB Betting News and Notes Thursday, June 6

MLB: Streaks, Tips, Notes

Texas Rangers at Boston Red Sox

After a disastrous 17-5 loss in the opener of this three game set visiting Rangers evened the series Wednesday night with a 3-2 victory setting up a rubber match vs Boston. The pitching matchup featuring a pair of southpaws in Derek Holland (5-2, 2.81 ERA) and Jon Lester (6-2, 3.53 ERA) is good news for Texas. Holland is 4-0 in his last six starts (6-0 TSR) including an eight inning shutout win over Red Sox to open the month of May which gave Rangers a 5-1 stretch vs Boston w/Holland. On the other side it's bad news for Boston. Lester hasn't shown much of late going 0-2 his last three with a whopping 6.05 ERA and has an 0-4 team start skid going against Texas. The starters going in opposite direction were sticking with underdog Texas. Rangers are 7-3 this season on the road vs a left-handed starter, 10-5 as an underdog at Fenway, 2-0 as a road underdog w/Holland after a win the previous night.

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MLB Odds and Picks
By: The Linemakers

LAS VEGAS -- Bettors are going to have to decide what to do with the Phillies, who are currently 50-to-1 to win the World Series and 25-to-1 to win the NL Pennant. Already written off by most for being too old, they have shown some life with players, young and old, contributing nightly. Tonight at Milwaukee, the Phillies (30-30) could go over the .500 mark for the first time all season.

The Phillies’ current four-game winning streak has brought them to .500, and while they are still 7.5 games behind the NL East-leading Braves, they just passed the Nationals for second-place.

Is it still too early to back the Phillies in futures at the bet windows, or is just the right time? Based on their 14-9 record over their last 23 games, there is a glimmer of reasoning to suggest the Phillies aren’t done yet.

The player that has perhaps saved the season and provided some hope is the red-hot Domonic Brown, who has hit .381 with 11 homers and 24 RBIs over his past 16 games. The guy seems to hit a home run every day. He leads the team in almost every major offensive category and leads the NL with 18 home runs.

The upside to the Phillies is their rotation and knowing they can’t be collectively worse than they have shown through the first two months of play. Cole Hamels lost six games in May, but came up with a nice outing – and a win – yesterday against the Marlins. Cliff Lee has been steady all season, and the Phillies have won six straight games behind him.

If the pitchers can just hold a lead and get to the ninth, it’s pretty much game over. Jonathan Papelbon is 11-for-11 in save opportunities.

On paper, this is a very good team that could make a legitimate run at not just a wild card, but also the division. Phillies management is still trying to decide whether they’ll be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline at the end of July, but with the long-term investment they’ve made on veteran players, it would seem unlikely they’d be willing to pack it in, unless their record goes way south.

There’s also some optimism with the expected return of Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz to the lineup, as well as successful surgery to Roy Halladay’s right shoulder that could have him ready to go for the stretch run.

The Phillies start a four-game set at Milwaukee tonight, a series that should feature lots of scoring. The Phillies have gone OVER the total in nine of their last 13 games, thanks largely to Brown’s bat, while the Brewers have gone OVER in 20 of their 32 home games this season.

While there is reason for the Philadelphia faithful to be excited for the next few months, we’re not so confident in tonight’s starting pitcher, Tyler Cloyd (1-2, 4.76 ERA). We also think the Phils will hit Brewers starter Wily Peralta (4-6, 5.94), which makes OVER 9 runs tonight a sound play.

Thursday’s selections:

Phillies/Brewers OVER 9 (-110)

Dodgers (Greinke) EV vs. Braves

Rangers (Holland) +120 at Red Sox

Season to date record: 113-106-1 (+944)

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