MLB Betting News and Notes Sunday, June 23

MLB Betting News and Notes Sunday, June 23

Sunday Night Baseball: Rangers at Cardinals
By Steve Merril
Covers.com

Interleague play takes center stage on Sunday Night Baseball as the Cardinals host the Rangers.

Texas Rangers at St. Louis Cardinals (-185, 7.5)


TEPID TEPESCH GOES FOR TEXAS


Nick Tepesch’s rookie season has been a little rough as the righty is 3-6 with a 4.84 ERA. He is in an awful stretch right now giving up 17 runs and 19 hits over his last three starts against Oakland, Cleveland, and Toronto. Tepesch has had three road starts where he has allowed two earned runs or less, but he’s also allowed four earned runs or more in three other starts. The Texas starter has shown good control walking just five batters in his last five starts.

WINS ARE WAINWRIGHT’S WAY

Adam Wainwright is 10-4 with a 2.37 ERA on the year for the Cardinals. He uncharacteristically gave up four runs last time out against the weak-hitting Cubs. Wainwright had previously allowed just three total earned runs over three starts. The righty made one previous interleague start this season giving up three runs and 12 hits in eight innings pitched against the Royals. Wainwright’s control has been impeccable, going walk-free in three of his last five starts. He didn’t walk anyone in his first four starts of the season.

INJURY REPORT

Both of these teams are dealing with injury problems. Right now, the Cardinals’ rotation is without Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, and John Gast. Garcia is done for the year after suffering a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder. Carpenter is dealing with a back ailment which is keeping him from returning after dealing with a nerve condition. Rafael Furcal and Jason Motte are done for the season due to Tommy John surgery.

Texas is missing a few pitchers as well. The rotation is without Alexi Ogando, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison, and Neftali Feliz. Harrison and Feliz will be back around late-July or August. Joakim Soria is out of the Rangers' bullpen as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

TRENDS

*Rangers are 36-16 in their last 52 Sunday games.
*The under is 4-1-1 in Tepesch’s last six starts.
*Cardinals are 21-8 in Wainwright’s last 29 starts.
*The over is 7-2 in the Cardinals’ last nine Sunday games.

HITTERS TO WATCH

Lance Berkman 7-for-27 vs. Wainwright
Geovany Soto 5-for-23 vs. Wainwright

No Cardinals have faced Tepesch

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National League Betting Cheat Sheet and Tips
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Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals (-125, 7.5)

Hot pitcher: Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa has pitched exactly seven innings in his past three road starts starts, giving up a total of eight hits and one run.

Cold pitcher: Rockies reliever Matt Belisle has uncharacteristically allowed six earned runs in his last four innings pitched.

Weather: Temperatures in the low-80s and a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds will blow out to left field at 8 mph.

Key betting stat: De La Rosa has been amazing during daytime starts. He boasts a 4-0 ERA with a 1.11 ERA in five outings this season.

New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies (+117, 7)

Hot pitcher: Mets starter Matt Harvey took a no-hitter into the seventh for the third time this season in Tuesday’s 4-3 road victory against the Atlanta Braves. He had his way with the Phillies in an April 8 win at Philadelphia, allowing one run and fanning nine over seven innings in a 7-2 triumph.

Cold pitcher: Philadelphia held a six-run lead through six innings Saturday, but the majors’ worst bullpen (4.67 ERA) caved and allowed the Mets to tie it in the ninth.

Weather: Temperatures in the low-80s and a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds will blow out to center field at 12 mph.

Key betting stat: The Mets are 6-0 in their last six road games vs. a left-handed starter.

Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers (+122, 8.5)

Hot pitcher: The Brewers have recorded three shutouts in the past seven contests after failing to notch one over the first 66 games of the season.

Cold pitcher: Braves starter Paul Maholm is winless in his last three outings despite surrendering a total of seven earned runs, but he hasn't been helped by Atlanta scoring only five runs in that span. The lefty has struggled mightily vs. Milwaukee with a 3-11 record in 22 starts.

Weather: Roof should be open at Miller Park. Temperatures in the mid-80s with partly cloudy skies. Winds will blow from right to left at 16 mph.

Key betting stat: The Braves will look to avoid a three-game sweep and halt a 24-inning scoreless drought in Sunday's series finale. Atlanta has been shut out a major league-high 11 times after managing a total of six hits and losing the first two games by identical 2-0 scores.

Miami Marlins at San Francisco Giants (-203, 7)

Hot pitcher: Giants starter Matt Cain has posted a 1.31 ERA over his last three starts, and the Giants have won eight of his last 10 outings.

Cold pitcher: Lefty specialist Jeremy Affeldt has back-to-back blown saves and has yielded three earned runs in his last 1 2/3 innings pitched.

Weather: Temperatures in the low-60s and cloudy skies. Winds will blow out to center field at 11 mph.

Key betting stat: The Giants are 6-0 in Cain's last six starts as a favorite.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (-155, 7.5)

Hot pitcher: Padres starter Andrew Cashner is 4-1 with a 2.65 ERA as a starter at home this season.

Cold pitcher: Dodgers reliever Matt Guerrier has allowed earned runs in three of his last four appearances.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-60s and sunny skies. Winds will blow out to right field at 8 mph.

Key betting stat: The Dodgers are 0-5 in their last five Sunday games.

Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks (120, 8.5)

Hot pitcher: Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler hasn't allowed a run in his last eight appearances (7 1/3 innings pitched).

Cold pitcher: Arizona reliever Heath Bell blew a save yesterday and has allowed at least a run in his last five appearances.

Weather: Roof could be closed due to extreme temperatures.

Key betting stat: The Over is 8-0 in Mat Latos' last eight starts as a favorite of -110 to -150.

INTERLEAGUE


Houston Astros at Chicago Cubs (-168, OFF)


Hot pitcher: Astros starter Jordan Lyles hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his seven starts since his last defeat May 12 against Texas, and he has gone seven innings in his last three outings.

Cold pitcher: Cubs reliever James Russell has two blown saves and a 5.14 ERA in June.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-80s with sunny skies. Winds will blow out to left field at 15 mph.

Key betting stat: The Cubs are 5-1 in their last six home interleague games.

Texas Rangers at St. Louis Cardinals (-180, 7.5)

See Covers Expert Steve Merril’s comprehensive betting preview for this game.

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American League Betting Cheat Sheet and Tips
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Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians (-136, 9)

Hot pitcher: Minnesota LHP Caleb Thielbar has not allowed a run in his first 13 2/3 innings in the majors, striking out 12.

Cold pitcher: Twins starter Mike Pelfrey has allowed 13 runs over his last 24 2/3 innings of work.

Weather: Temperatures in the low-80s and partly cloudy skies. Winds will blow out to right field at 9 mph.

Key betting stat: The Indians are 0-6 in Carlos Carrasco's last six home starts.

Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays (-137, OFF)

Hot pitcher: The Blue Jays bullpen had its impressive scoreless streak snapped at 27 2/3 innings Saturday.

Cold pitcher: Baltimore’s bullpen has surrendered four runs over 3 1/3 innings in two straight losses after the team won eight of its previous 11 contests.

Weather: Chance of thunderstorms so retractable roof should be closed.

Key betting stat: The over is 7-1 in the last eight meetings between the clubs.

Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers (-172, 8.5)

Hot pitcher: Red Sox starter Felix Doubront has only one win over his last nine appearances, although he has not allowed more than three earned runs in seven straight outings.

Cold pitcher: Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey was recently demoted from the closer's role. He has surrendered five earned runs in his last two-plus innings pitched.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-80s and a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds will blow in from right field at 11 mph.

Key betting stat: Surprisingly, the over is 9-1 in Justin Verlander's last 10 starts against a team with a winning record.

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees (-108, 9)

Hot pitcher: Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has converted seven consecutive save opportunities and has only allowed one earned run in his last 7 2/3 innings pitched.

Cold pitcher: Rays starter Chris Archer has gotten four total runs of support in his four starts but has not held up his end either in the last two. The 24-year-old has issued nine walks and allowed five earned runs in 8 2/3 combined innings to suffer back-to-back losses to the Boston Red Sox.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-80s and partly cloudy skies. Winds will blow out to left field at 12 mph.

Key betting stat: The Rays are 0-5 in Archer’s last five starts as an underdog.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals (-180, 7.5)

Hot pitcher: White Sox RHP Jesse Crain has made a club-record 29 straight scoreless appearances.

Cold pitcher: White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod has surrendered four homers over his last two outings and has a 5.87 ERA in June.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-80s and a slight risk of showers. Winds will blow out to left field at 21 mph.

Key betting stat: The White Sox are 6-2 in their last eight games as an underdog.

Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners (+134, 7.5)

Hot pitcher: After starting the season 1-5 with a 7.34 ERA over his first seven starts, A's starter Jarrod Parker has turned it around by going 5-1 with a 2.43 ERA over his last eight outings.

Cold pitcher: The Athletics have gone 2-4 during their seven-game road trip, dropping back into a tie atop the American League West with Texas. Oakland’s relievers have struggled during the trip, collecting three losses and posting a 6.61 ERA.

Weather: Retractable roof should be closed due to 60 percent chance of rain.

Key betting stat: The A's are 5-0 in their last five games with umpire Brian Knight behind the plate.

INTERLEAGUE


Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Angels (-132, 8.5)


Hot pitcher: Pirates reliever Mark Melancon hasn't allowed an earned run since May 26 at Milwaukee (9 1/3 innings) and boasts a microscopic 0.99 ERA this season.

Cold pitcher: Angels starter Joe Blanton (1-10, 5.62 ERA) has suffered more losses than any AL pitcher, but he's recorded quality starts in four of his last five outings.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-70s and sunny conditions. Winds will blow out to center field at 9 mph.

Key betting stat: The Angels are 1-9 in Blanton's last 10 starts as a favorite.

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