MLB Betting News and Notes Saturday, June 22

MLB Betting News and Notes Saturday, June 22

MLB: Streaks, Tips, Notes
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Miami Marlins at San Francisco Giants

The defending World Series champions losing the first two of this four game set with Miami and now ridding an 0-9 skid hosting Fish turn to Barry Ziro (4-5, 4.67 ERA) when they continue the series at AT&T Park. Giants haven't been very successful with the lefty of late losing all three of his last starts with two of the losses coming on home field. A rare occurrence to be sure, Giants had won the previous 14 with the hurler in front of the home crowd. Giants and their backers should expect to see a shift of fortunes with the southpaw here. Zito has mastered the Marlins during his career with a 5-1 record, 2.45 ERA in eight starts posting a smart 6-2 team start record over the span. Zito's run of success over Miami, the Giants 3-1 at home off a loss w/Zito, 8-4 at home after allowing 6 or more runs would seem a major roadblock to the hopes of Marlins winning a third straight. Keep in mind, Marlins are the worst team in the league (24-49) with the worst road record (11-26) in the Majors and hit the field 3-9 as an underdog on the road vs a lefty, 8-13 as an underdog off a win the previous night.

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Tampa Bay Rays - New York Yankees Preview
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Game three of a four-game set between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays will take place this afternoon in New York, with each team looking for the series edge after splitting the first two contests.

Due to Tampa Bay throwing a spot starter against a former Cy Young winner for New York, the Yankees are currently a -155 favorite, according to the current betting odds at Bovada. The run total within the bandbox-like dimensions of The Stadium is 8.5.

Southpaw CC Sabathia takes a 7-5 record with a 3.93 ERA to the hill this afternoon. Sabathia is coming off a win in which he shut out the Los Angeles Angels for eight innings before departing after encountering some trouble in the ninth.

Success and Sabathia have mostly been synonymous since his arrival in New York in 2009. The Yankees have a 37-14 record in Yankee Stadium when he pitches following the team wins in his last start, including a 16-4 mark over the past two years.

Rays’ righthander Alex Colome will be asked to make his second career today, having won his only other outing on May 30. That start came against the popgun attack of the Marlins, so his unscathed ERA of 0.00 in 5 2/3 innings of work should probably be taken with a grain of salt.

Colome is also under the burden of trying to shift a pair of losing trends for Tampa Bay, which has lost five of its last six road day games, as well as five of its last six games as road dogs when the run total is 8 or below.

That 8.5 total also points in the direction of another item in Sabathia’s favor: the Yankees have won 16 of 19 when the portsider pitches at new Yankee Stadium during the day, and have won all four games when the under 8.5 factor is thrown into the mix.

As a team, New York has done well in its five-year-old stadium when playing the Rays during the daylight hours, managing nine wins in 11 tries.

The somewhat weighty price on the Yankees for today might make some nervous about such an outlay, but some other numbers in the team’s favor might help soothe such jitters. For example, since 2009, New York is 17-4 when starting a lefthander against a righty during a home day game, and 4-0 when it’s in the range of a favorite between -150 and -170.

Tampa Bay is a quality team that continues to nip at the Yankees heels, but in this afternoon’s contest, the best call to make is to

Play New York Yankees -155

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Saturday's National League Betting Cheat Sheet and Tips
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Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals (-126, 7.5)

Hot pitcher: Colorado stater Jhoulys Chacin was a model of efficiency against Philadelphia on Sunday, allowing two runs while throwing just 86 pitches over 8 2/3 innings.

Cold pitcher: Nats hurler Dan Haren allowed four runs in six innings on Monday against the Phillies, dropping to 0-5 with two no-decisions over his last seven starts.

Weather: Sunny skies and temperatures in the low-80s. Wind will blow out to left field at six mph.

Key betting stat: The Rockies 2-6 since shortstop Troy Tulowitzki suffered a broken rib.

Miami Marlins at San Francisco Giants (-149, 7.5)

Hot pitcher: Marlins rookie Jacob Turner has allowed just one home run in his first 25 innings this season.

Cold pitcher: Giants closer Jeremy Affeldt is tied for NL lead with four blown saves this season.

Weather: Temperatures in the high-60s and wind blowing out to right field at 13 mph.

Key betting stat: The Marlins have won seven of their last nine games overall against the Giants.

New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies (-116, 8.5)

Hot pitcher: Since being called up from Las Vegas, Mets prospect Carlos Torres has given up just one hit in 5 1/3 innings of work out of the pen.

Cold pitcher: The Phillies have torched Mets starter Dillon Gee for 11 runs already this season, contributing to his 2-3 record and 7.49 ERA against Philadelphia in eight career appearances (seven starts).

Weather: Sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-80s. Wind will blow out to center field at eight mph.

Key betting stat: The over is 5-1 in Gee's last six starts vs. the Phillies.

Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers (N/A, N/A)

Hot pitcher: Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez has given up just one earned run this season and boasts a WHIP of 0.70.

Cold pitcher: Braves starter Tim Hudson is mired in one of the longest victory droughts of his career, going 0-5 over his last eight starts.

Weather: Retractable roof.

Key betting stat: The Braves are 0-7 in the last seven meetings in Milwaukee.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (+102, 7.5)

Hot pitcher: In his last two starts, Padres starter Edinson Volquez has yielded a total of four runs in 12 frames.

Cold pitcher: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings in last outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Weather: Skies will be mostly clear and sunny and temperatures will be in the mid-60s. Wind will blow from left to right at five mph.

Key betting stat: San Diego has won eight straight home games.

Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks (-117, 8)

Hot pitcher: Reds starter Mike Leake posted another gem Monday against Pittsburgh, which managed just a run and six hits in seven frames.

Cold pitcher: Reds reliever Curtis Partch was torched in his one inning of work Friday. Partch surrendered four runs on three hits and walked a pair of batters.

Weather: Retractable roof.

Key betting stat: The Diamondbacks are 8-1 in Corbin's last nine home starts.

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Houston Astros at Chicago Cubs (N/A, N/A)


Hot pitcher: Cubbies starter Travis Wood owns a 3-2 mark while yielding just two homers in nine career outings against Houston.

Cold pitcher: 'Stros pitcher Bud Norris saw his losing skid extend to three games after yielding four runs on eight hits in six innings in a 4-2 setback to the Chicago White Sox on Monday.

Weather: There will be a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. Temperatures will be in the low-90s and wind will blow out to left field at 13 mph.

Key betting stat: The Cubs are 0-4 in their last four games with Ron Kulpa behind home plate calling balls and strikes.

Texas Rangers at St. Louis Cardinals (-174, 8)

Hot pitcher: Cards starter Shelby Miller is 5-1 with a 0.99 ERA in seven home outings.

Cold pitcher: Rangers starter Martin Perez will make his second start this season. He allowed four runs (three earned) and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings taking the loss against the Diamondbacks in his previous outing.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-80s and a 30 percent chance of rain. Wind will blow from right to left at 10 mph.

Key betting stat: The under is 6-1-1 in the Rangers' last eight games versus a right-handed starter.

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Saturday's American League Betting Cheat Sheet and Tips
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Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees (-151, 8)

Hot pitcher: Rays starter Alex Colome will make his second start after being called up for a spot start at Miami on May 30. Colome allowed an unearned run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out seven in that start.

Cold pitcher: C.C. Sabathia was reached for seven runs and eight hits in seven innings to suffer a loss at Tampa Bay on May 26.

Weather: Temperatures in the low-80s and sunny skies. Winds will blow from right field to left field at 10 mph.

Key betting stat: The over is 5-1-1 in Sabathia's last seven starts overall.

Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays (+105, 9.5)

Hot pitcher: Chien-Ming Wang was masterful over seven shutout innings, allowing five hits against Texas in his previous start.

Cold pitcher: O's reliever Brian Matusz took the loss in Friday's game and now has a 7.56 ERA in June.

Weather: Retractable roof.

Key betting stat: Toronto's bullpen has allowed just four earned runs in 58 2/3 innings this month.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals (-131, 9)

Hot pitcher: Royals starter Wade Davis halted a five-start winless drought, limiting the Tampa Bay Rays – his former team – to two runs and five hits over six frames in Sunday’s 5-3 victory.

Cold pitcher: Sox starter Jose Quintana struggled in his last turn, throwing only 59 of his 104 pitches for strikes

Weather: Sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-90s. Wind will blow out to left field at 19 mph.

Key betting stat: Kansas City has won seven of its last nine at Kauffman Stadium following its club-record 11-game home losing streak.

Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians (-158, 8.5)

Hot pitcher: Cleveland sends Corey Kluber to the hill Saturday. Kluber is emerging as a top-of-the-rotation starter, giving up only one run in 16 innings while winning his last two turns.

Cold pitcher: Twinkies starter P.J. Walters is 0-2 since winning his first two starts of the season, allowing four runs and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings in his last outing against Detroit.

Weather: A 30 percent chance of rain and temperatures in the mid-80s. Wind will blow out to right field at nine mph.

Key betting stat: Cleveland’s starting pitchers boast a 2.83 ERA over the last 11 games, averaging a little over 6 1/3 innings per outing.

Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers (-182, 9)

Hot pitcher: Tigers starter Max Scherzer is 5-0 in his last six starts while giving up a total of nine runs and yielding 22 hits over 42 innings in that span.

Cold pitcher: Detroit reliever Phil Coke gave up two earned runs in his one inning of work in Detroit's loss Friday. Coke has given up four earned runs in his last 3 1/3 innings overall.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-80s and wind will blow from right to left at 11 mph. There is a 30 percent chance of rain.

Key betting stat: The over is 5-0-1 in Scherzer's last six starts versus the Red Sox.

Oakland A's at Seattle Mariners (+121, 7.5)

Hot pitcher: A's closer Grant Balfour ran his consecutive saves streak to 36 on Friday.

Cold pitcher: Mariners starter Aaron Harang gave up four runs on 12 hits - the most he has allowed since Aug. 5, 2011 - in five frames of an 11-3 loss at the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.

Weather: Retractable roof.

Key betting stat: The Mariners are 6-13 in their last 19 games with umpire Gerry Davis behind home plate.

Interleague

Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Angels (N/A, N/A)


Hot pitcher: Pittsburgh closer Jason Grilli, who blew his first save of the season at Cincinnati on Wednesday, was back to his old self Friday. He threw 10 strikes in 12 pitches en route to earning his 26th save of the year.

Cold pitcher: Bucs starter Francisco Liriano has not fared well against the Angels in his career, going 1-4 with a 6.69 ERA in eight games (seven starts).

Weather: Sunny skies and temperatures in the low-70s. Wind will blow out to center field at six mph.

Key betting stat: The Pirates are 4-0 in their last four interleague games.

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