MLB Betting News and Notes Thursday, June 7

MLB Betting News and Notes Thursday, June 7

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Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays

Expected to dominate the A.L. East after a dramatic overhaul this offseason the Toronto pre-season buzz has turned into a whimper. Blue Birds offense hitting a combined .252 platting 4.3 runs/game along with a 4.51 team ERA are just 25-34 on the campaign costing backers -$997 at the betting window. After salvaging a series split in San Francisco which ended their road swing at 3-4 the Blue Jays will continue their search for answers at home this weekend in a three game set against Texas Rangers. In the opener, Jays pin their hopes on Esmil Rogers (1-2, 3.77 ERA). Rogers has not allowed a run in 12 2/3 innings of work including keeping Braves off the score-sheet for 3 1/3 innings in a spot start last time out. Rogers' start may be cut short again but with the relief staff not allowing a run in 20 2/3 innings the home boys have a shot at cracking the win column. Keep in mind, Texas is expected to counter with Nick Tepesch (3-4, 3.44 ERA). Rangers have been a poor bets w/Tepesch on the hill losing five of his last six starts and the club heads north of the border ridding a 1-5 road skid, 6-12 last eighteen trips into Toronto.

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Friday MLB Thoughts
By Dave Essler

Free play on the Chicago Cubs - Simply a matter of fading the Pirates, who are hitting .175 with 12 runs scored on the last six games. Just doesn't matter who's pitching or who they're playing with those numbers, not on the road. I see the fascination with Francisco this morning. Ignoring it.

Seeing that Mets total now juiced more towards the over makes me think perhaps the Fish will simply not score. Fernandez simply not the same pitcher on the road. Don't like -1.5 with anemic offense and perhaps no ninth inning AB.

Wainright is indeed 6-1 on the road, but his ERA/WHIP are significantly higher than at home. With no bullpen (per se) I simply have to lean to the Reds here.

Early bettors are still enamored with the Brewers. Not with a relief pitcher starting and an offense that's hit four dingers in the last seven games. I happen to think this game goes over.

Look at that total going all the way to 10.5 in the Rockies game. I suppose the weather pattern is respectable for that to happen, but these are the two teams' respective best pitchers. Bullpens chewed up last night, so if one team gets out early, potential boatrace. We'll see if Fowler is playing before we do anything.

I see the love for the Giants. It's either follow the early and sizable betting on SF, or fade the team that's hitting .228 with one home run this week in favor of the one that's hitting over .300 this week.

Braves are among the league leaders in HR's versus LHP, but not so much for average. Dodgers are among league leaders in average v/LHP but not long balls. Night game in Dodger Stadium probably taking under.

Toronto had a day off after the WC trip while the Rangers lost a brutal game in Boston last night. Rogers out of the bullpen to start (with a rested one behind him) and Tepesch a ground ball pitcher. Lean under.

Hammel is one of the few Oriole pitchers I will back on the road. Baltimore is 7-0 in his road starts. With Orioles playing early on Thursday and Rays bats gone cold, lean Orioles here especially if Kelly Johnson is out and Markakis is in.

Simply hard to fade Boston at home on a Friday night after a big win against a team with less wins than the Padres.

Tough not to have an immediate reaction to taking Chris Sale at that price, but this IS the White Sox offense and the A's DO hammer left handed pitching. Parker just shut them out last week, when these two faced each other last week, while Sale gave up one run and lost 2-0. I might make a case of the hitters to adjust.

Although I do like home underdogs, Bonderman, with the Mariners recent offensive ineptness, is simply not something I can make happen, not even the RL.

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MLB Odds and Picks
By: The Linemakers 
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LAS VEGAS -- Chris Sale and Jarrod Parker faced each last Sunday, with Parker getting the best of the matchup in the A’s' 2-0 win over the White Sox. Sale gave up only one of those runs, and the defeat was the sixth of Chicago’s recent eight-game losing streak.

Tonight at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox have the daunting task of facing an A’s squad that has won 17 of its past 20 games, and they’ll also have to try and get the job done with a third-string manager.

Chicago manager Robin Ventura is attending his daughter’s graduation, and bench coach Marc Parent, who managed Thursday’s loss, is attending his son’s graduation. Pitching coach Don Cooper takes over the reins with hopes that his ace can keep his roll going.

Sale (5-3, 2.44 ERA) had his 28-inning scoreless streak snapped last Sunday when the A’s got a run off of him. Chicago had won five straight games behind Sale preceding that outing. Despite the Sox struggling to get runs, Sale has been getting the job done, allowing two runs or less in his past seven starts.

Parker has pitched very well over his last two games, too, allowing only two runs combined over 13.1 innings, while grabbing the win against the Giants and Sox.

We think we’ll see a great pitching performance again tonight by both pitchers, which makes the UNDER (7.5) a solid play. We also think that Sale is the side to ride, largely because he’s being offered at such a low price (-125).

Angels tough against Red Sox

The Angels have taken us on a roller coaster ride all season – just when we think they’re about to turn the corner, they go on a miserable losing streak that defies baseball logic. They are too good of a team to be this bad on a regular basis.

They’ve lost five of their past six games, including being swept in a four-game home stand against the lowly Astros. Among all the low points of the season, that may be the lowest, and because of that roller coaster ride, manager Mike Scioscia’s job should again be jeopardy.

Another test to see if the Angels can keep messing a good thing up is tonight in Boston against Felix Doubront, who comes off his best outing of the season in Saturday’s 11-1 win against the Yankees.

The Angels are riding an eight-game win streak against the Red Sox and should have a good time tonight hitting at Fenway Park. We’ll take them at plus-money.

Friday’s selections:

White Sox (Sale) -125 vs. A’s

White Sox/A’s UNDER 7.5 (-115)

Angels (Hanson) +135 at Red Sox

Dodgers (Ryu) -110 vs. Braves

D-backs (Corbin) -130 vs. Giants

Season to date record: 114-108-1 (+834)

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