MLB Betting News and Notes Monday, June 17

MLB Betting News and Notes Monday, June 17

MLB: Streaks, Tips, Notes
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Oakland A's at Texas Rangers

AL West leading Oakland Athletics hope to put more distance between themselves and Texas Rangers when the two clubs square off for a four game set in Arlington. The A's hand the ball to Dan Straily (4-2, 4.45 ERA) in the opener. The A's have been good bets all season with Straily winning 8 of his 10 starts and are currently on a 5-0 stretch with the right hander stuffing $595 into betting accounts. On the other side, Texas losing all four to the Jays this past series have now lost six straight plating just 8 runs over the span. Texas costing backers a whopping -$982 at the cash window over the current six game slide will send out Nick Tepesch (3-6, 4.30 ERA). More bad news for Texas backers. Rangers are on a 1-7 slide with the hurler depleting betting accounts by -$725. Rangers hitters unable to get bat-to-ball in sync lately and facing a talented thrower clinches it in favor of A's who enter 4-1 opening a series w/Straily, 13-4 (+$1072) on the road vs a division opponent including 6-2 (+$601) as an underdog.

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MLB Odds and Picks -- eying the Cubs and Athletics as underdogs
By: The Linemakers
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If you like playing higher-payout underdogs in baseball, this may be the day for you. There are several options on today's slate, including:

Mets (+180) D. Gee vs. Braves (-190) T. Hudson

Marlins (+192) J. Turner vs. Diamondbacks (-212) P. Corbin

Orioles (+172) J. Arrieta vs. Tigers (-182) M. Scherzer

Mariners (+151) A. Harang vs. Angels (-161) J. Vargas

Rockies (+145) J. De La Rosa vs. Blue Jays (-155) J. Johnson

With the exception of the Orioles and Rockies -- who are without Troy Tulowitzki -- these teams are all well below .500 and are justifiably posted as underdogs today. If you want to make money in baseball, though, you need to find value.

Other than Max Scherzer, none of the favored pitchers can be trusted enough to justify laying those prices. Even if the dogs go 2-3 today, bettors could still profit. Sometimes it's best to play the numbers game if you can't decide on which game to play.

Cubs poised to surprise

The best longshot of the day might be the Cubs and Travis Wood (+181) taking on the Cardinals and Shelby Miller (-192). Miller has been great this year, but so has Wood.

Digging deeper, St. Louis is actually ranked 23rd in the league in OPS against left-handers and are only 7-8 against them this year. Wood already beat the Cardinals on May 7 and held them to one run on six hits.

Rangers to see losing streak extended

In a more evenly-matched ballgame, Dan Straily and the A's (+109) take on Nick Tepesch and the Rangers (-119). Straily has really turned it around after some early-season struggles. He's only given up eight runs in his last five starts combined while allowing only four walks.Tepesch has not fared nearly as well recently, with an 8.25 ERA in his last two starts.

Also, Texas' bats have been ice cold of late. They haven't scored more than two runs since last Monday and are losers of six straight. Oakland's offense has been great this year, scoring the seventh most runs in the league despite playing their home park being a notoriously pitcher-friendly.

We'll ride the hot pitcher and take Straily and the A's.

Monday's Picks:

Cubs (Wood) +181 at Cardinals

A's (Straily) +109 at Rangers

Season to date record: 130-130-1 (+306)

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National League Betting Cheat Sheet and Tips
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Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals (-199, 7.5)

Weather: Temperatures in the high-70s and a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds will blow out to left field at 5 mph.

Probable starters: Cubs LH Travis Wood (5-5, 2.65 ERA), Cardinals RH Shelby Miller (7-4, 2.21)

Wood has recorded quality starts in 12 of his 13 outings, including a win May 7 in which he held the Cardinals to one run in 6 2/3 innings. The under is 4-0-1 in Wood’s last five starts as an underdog.

Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies (108, 8.5)

Weather: Temperatures in the high-70s and winds will blow out to right field at 8 mph.

Probable starters: Nationals RH Dan Haren (4-8, 5.70 ERA) vs. Phillies LH John Lannan (0-1, 6.14)

Haren has lost three straight starts and is 0-5 in his last six outings. The righty has surrendered at least two blasts in four of his last five starts and has coughed up a National League-leading 17. The over is 5-0 in Haren’s last five starts as a favorite.

New York Mets at Atlanta Braves (-192, 7.5)

Weather: Temperatures in the high-70s and a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds will blow out to right field at 4 mph.

Probable starters: Mets RH Dillon Gee (5-6, 4.84 ERA) vs. Braves RH Tim Hudson (4-6, 4.41)

Hudson is 0-5 in seven starts since defeating New York on May 5 when he gave up three runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings. Gee has won three straight games, giving up one run in each outing and striking out 26 in 21 innings during the stretch. The Mets are 4-1 in their last five games as a road underdog.

Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (-113, 8)

Weather: Temperatures in the low-80s with a 30 percent of thunderstorms. Winds will blow out to left field at 5 mph.

Probable starters: Pirates LH Francisco Liriano (5-2, 2.36 ERA) vs. Reds RH Mike Leake (6-3, 2.76)

Leake threw six scoreless innings at Pittsburgh in outdueling Liriano in a 2-0 Reds' win on the first day of the month. That effort is part of an impressive six-start stretch that has seen Leake go 4-1 with a 1.13 ERA. The Reds are 6-0 in their last six games as a home favorite of -110 to -150.

Miami Marlins at Arizona Diamondbacks (-212, 8)

Weather: Roof could be closed due to excessive heat.

Probable starters: Marlins RH Jacob Turner (1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks LH Patrick Corbin (9-0, 2.28)

Corbin leads all starters in the Covers Money Standings with $1,365 this year. Arizona is 8-0 in Corbin’s last eight home starts.

San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants (-119, 8)

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-50s and winds will blow out to center field at 15 mph.

Probable starters: Padres RH Edinson Volquez (5-5, 5.87 ERA) vs. Giants LH Barry Zito (4-5, 4.79)

The Friars have strung together six consecutive wins against formidable opponents (Braves, Diamondbacks) to rise above the .500 mark and move within two games of the NL West Division lead. The Giants are 9-1 in Zito’s last 10 starts as a home favorite.

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Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians (118, 8)

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-50s and winds will blow out to right field at 5 mph.

Probable starters: Royals RH James Shields (2-6, 2.79 ERA) vs. Indians RH Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 15.26)

Kansas City boasts a 1.80 ERA in June to take over the top spot in the American League (3.39), led by a bullpen that has allowed only two runs in its last 34 innings of work. Shields has pitched in hard luck since his last victory April 30, allowing two earned runs or fewer in seven of his last eight starts to post an 0-4 record. The under is 7-1 in Shields' last eight starts overall.

Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers (-181, 8.5)

Weather: Temperatures in the high-80s with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds will blow out to left field at 8 mph.

Probable starters: Orioles RH Jake Arrieta (1-1, 6.63 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Max Scherzer (9-0, 3.19)

Arrieta, who was called up Friday from Triple-A Indianapolis, will start in place of an ailing Jason Hammel (illness). He has not pitched since June 9 with Indianapolis and failed to go past five innings in four April starts before being sent down to the minors. Scherzer has not allowed more than five hits in eight consecutive starts. The under is 6-1 in the Tigers’ last seven overall.

Oakland A’s at Texas Rangers (-119, 9.5)

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-80s and a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds will blow in from left field at 8 mph.

Probable starters: Athletics RH Dan Straily (4-2, 4.45 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Nick Tepesch (3-6, 4.30)

Texas has dropped six straight games, scoring just eight runs in the process. Straily is 3-0 with a 2.20 ERA in his last five outings. He has limited opponents to a .179 average while walking just four batters in 32 2/3 innings during the hot stretch. The run began with seven scoreless innings at Texas on May 21. The Rangers have played under the total in seven consecutive games.

Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros (-102, 8)

Weather: Retractable roof should be open. Temperatures in the mid-80s and winds will blow out to right field at 12 mph.

Probable starters: White Sox LH Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86 ERA) vs. Astros RH Bud Norris (5-6, 3.47)

The Astros have won eight of their last 10 meetings with the White Sox and are going for the four-game sweep of Chicago. The White Sox have lost four straight overall and 12 of 13 on the road. The under is 5-1 in Norris' last six home starts.

Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels (-163, 8)

Weather: Temperatures in the low-70s and winds will blow out to center field at 5 mph.

Probable starters: Mariners RH Aaron Harang (3-6, 5.60 ERA) vs. Angels LH Jason Vargas (5-4, 3.74)

Harang is 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA in five career starts against Los Angeles, but was fabulous in his last outing against the Houston Astros, striking out a season-high 10 in a two-hit shutout. The under is 9-1 in the Mariners’ last 10 overall.

Colorado Rockies at Toronto Blue Jays (-150, 9)

Weather: The roof could be closed because of a thunderstorm risk.

Probable starters: Rockies LH Jorge De La Rosa (7-4, 3.49 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Josh Johnson (0-2, 5.40)

Toronto is riding a five-game winning streak following a dominating four-game sweep in Texas, in which they outscored the Rangers 24-4. However, Johnson is winless in his last nine starts, dating to last year. He is 1-9 in his last 15 outings. The Rockies are 7-1 in De La Rosa’s last eight starts.

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