MLB Betting News and Notes Sunday, August 11

MLB Betting News and Notes Sunday, August 11

Sunday's National League Betting Cheat Sheet
By Covers.com

San Diego Padres at Cincinnati Reds (-172, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat: Reds starter Mike Leake did not have a good outing last time on the mound. The righty gave up seven runs on eight hits in five innings in a 15-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on August 4.

Cold batting stat: Reds 2B Brandon Phillips is just 1-for-10 in his career versus Padres starter Ian Kennedy.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-80s with partly cloudy skies. There is a 10 percent chance of rain in the forecast. Wind will blow out to right field at 7 mph.

Key betting note: The Reds are 8-2 in Leake's last 10 starts versus a team with a losing record.


Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves (-230, 7)


Hot pitching stat: Braves starter Mike Minor is 3-1 with a 1.74 ERA in his previous six starts.

Cold batting stat: Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is 2-for-12 in his career versus Minor. Both of his hits are home runs.

Weather: There is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in the forecast. Temperatures will be in the low-90s and wind will blow out to right field at 6 mph.

Key betting note: The Braves are 4-1 in their last five Sunday games with umpire Jeff Nelson behind home plate.


Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals (-168, 8)

Hot pitching stat: Cubs starter Edwin Jackson tossed seven shutout innings in a 3-0 win over the Cards back on July 11.

Cold batting stat: Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo is 1-for-6 in his career versus Cards starter Joe Kelly.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from right field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The Cardinals are 4-1 in Kelly's last five starts.


New York Mets at Arizona Diamondbacks (-133, 9)

Cold pitching stat: Mets starter Jonathon Niese will make his first start since June 20 after serving time on the DL with a sore shoulder.

Cold batting stat: DBacks 3B Martin Prado is 6-for-29 (.207) in his career versus Niese. Five of those hits went for extra bases as he's collected four doubles and one triple.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-100s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 3 mph.

Key betting note: The Diamondbacks are 6-16 in their last 22 games with umpire Lazaro Diaz behind home plate.


Pittsburgh Pirates at Colorado Rockies (+127, 10)

Cold pitching stat: Pirates starter Jeff Locke has strung together a pair of his worst outings of the season. The Pirates have won both games, but Locke has a 6.52 ERA over 9 2/3 innings in those two starts.

Hot batting stat: Prior to Saturday's game, Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen is 20-for-58 (.345) with three homers and nine RBIs in his career at Coors Field.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from right field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 7-1 in Locke's last eight road starts versus a team with a losing record.


Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals (-210, 7)

Hot pitching stat: Nats starter Stephen Strasburg tossed eight innings allowing one run on five hits while striking out nine in a 6-1 win over the Phillies on May 26.

Hot batting stat: Nats SS Ian Desmond is 11-for-31 (.355) in his career versus Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick. Desmond has a pair of doubles, one triple and a pair of homers to go along with six RBIs against the Phils' righty.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 7 mph.

Key betting note: The Phillies are 13-3 in their last 16 games with umpire John Hirschbeck behind home plate.


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Baltimore Orioles at San Francisco Giants (-114, 7)


Hot pitching stat: O's starter Bud Norris is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his two starts since joining the club from the Houston Astros.

Hot batting stat: Giants C Buster Posey is 4-for-7 with one double and two RBIs in his career versus Norris.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-60s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to center field at 11 mph.

Key betting note: The Giants are 8-2 in Matt Cain's last 10 starts versus a team with a winning record.


Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Dodgers (-180, 6.5)

Cold pitching stat: Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson was roughed up his last time out. He gave up five earned runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings in a 6-1 loss to the Diamondbacks on August 6.

Cold batting stat: Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez is batting just .176 (3-for-17) in his career versus Hellickson. Two of those three hits have been home runs, however.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-70s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: The Rays are 11-1 in Hellickson's last 12 Sunday starts.

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Sunday's American League Betting Cheat Sheet
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Los Angeles Angels at Cleveland Indians (-166, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat: Indians starter Justin Masterson gave up five earned runs in seven innings in a 5-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers in his last start on August 6.

Hot batting stat: Angels OF Josh Hamilton is 8-for-12 with two home runs and four RBIs in his career versus Masterson.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-70s with mostly sunny skies. Wind will blow in from center field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The Angels are 0-5 in Jerome Williams' last five starts.


Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees (+146, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat: Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his last start. The vet gave up seven earned runs on 11 hits in an 8-1 loss to the White Sox on August 5.

Cold batting stat: Yanks 2B Robinson Cano is 8-for-35 (.229) in his career versus Tigers starter Justin Verlander.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-80s with mostly sunny skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 4 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 6-2-2 in Verlander's last 10 starts versus Yankees.


Oakland A's at Toronto Blue Jays (-109, 9)

Cold pitching stat: Sunday's starter A.J. Griffin got the victory in the A's 9-4 win over Toronto on July 29, but the righty gave up three homers in the start.

Cold batting stat: Jays OF Colby Rasmus is 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in his appearances versus Griffin.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-70s with mostly sunny skies. Wind will blow from left field to right field at 7 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 5-1 in Jays SP R.A. Dickey's last six starts overall.


Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox (-137, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat: Twins starter Kevin Correia is 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA in his two starts versus the Pale Hose this season. He has allowed 14 hits in his 13 2/3 innings of work.

Hot batting stat: Twins 1B Justin Morneau is 4-for-7 in his career versus Sox starter Jose Quintana.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from left field at 7 mph. There is a 20 percent chance of rain in the forecast.

Key betting note: The White Sox are 1-7 in their last eight Sunday games.


Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals (-110, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat: Royals starter James Shields gave up seven runs on eight hits, including three homers, over his six innings of work in a 7-0 loss to the Twins in his last start on August 6.

Hot batting stat: Sox DH David Ortiz is 18-for-54 with nine doubles, three homers and 16 RBIs in his career versus Shields.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: The Royals are 6-0 in their last six games with umpire Greg Gibson behind home plate.


Texas Rangers at Houston Astros (+168, 9)

Cold pitching stat: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel is coming off a brief, rough relief appearance. The lefty gave up four earned runs on three hits in 2/3 innings in a 15-10 drubbing by the Red Sox on August 6.

Hot batting stat: Astros slugger Chris Carter is 3-for-4 with one double and one home run in his career versus Rangers starter Martin Perez.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-90s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 10 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 9-1-1 in the Rangers' last 11 Sunday games.


Interleague

Milwaukee Brewers at Seattle Mariners (-178, 7)


Hot pitching stat: Brewers starter Wily Peralta gave up one earned run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings in his last start. He earned the victory in Milwaukee's 3-1 triumph over the San Francisco Giants on August 6.

Cold batting stat: Brewers 1B Yuniesky Betancourt is 1-for-12 (.083) in his career versus Seattle ace Felix Hernandez.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-70s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 6-0 in Hernandez's last six starts versus the National League Central.

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Sunday Night Baseball: Rays at Dodgers
By Steve Merril
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Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Dodgers (-185, 6.5)


CLAYTON CAN'T PITCH MUCH BETTER


The Dodgers’ ace is much better than his 10-7 W/L record indicates as he possesses a dominating 1.91 ERA and 0.88 WHIP this season. Kershaw has allowed just 11 total runs in his last eight starts, however he has won just five of those games. The southpaw has been able to limit his walks, allowing just six in his last nine starts. Kershaw’s interleague experience this season is limited; he picked up a no-decision at home against the Yankees back on July 31st. In that game, he gave up just five hits in eight innings while striking out five and walking none. Kershaw has been able to throw a reasonable amount of pitches in each of his outings, excluding two games when he threw 118 and 120 pitches.

STREAKY STARTER ON THE MOUND FOR THE RAYS

Jeremy Hellickson is 10-5 with a 4.77 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. He has allowed 9 runs in his last two starts; both outings came against the Diamondbacks.  Hellickson’s recent rough stretch has come after he allowed just 10 earned runs over his seven previous starts. Hellickson has struck out just 10 batters in his last four games. He has also seen a rise in his walks, allowing 10 free passes over his last 20 innings of work. The righty has received a ton of run support as Tampa Bay has put up 4 runs or more in 9 of his last 13 outings.

INJURY REPORT

The Dodgers and Rays have a decent laundry list of walking wounded. Los Angeles’ Hanley Ramirez is dealing with a jammed shoulder, while Matt Kemp has a left ankle sprain that may keep him out until September. Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley are done for the season. Billingsley underwent Tommy John surgery while Beckett has a neck issue.

Tampa Bay’s starting staff would be even better with Chris Archer, Matt Moore, and Alex Cobb fully healthy.  Archer left his last start with forearm tightness, while Moore has soreness in his elbow. Jeff Niemann underwent shoulder surgery. The team even acquired injured righty Jesse Crain who recently had a setback in his recovery.

TRENDS

Rays are 39-14 in their last 53 Sunday games
Rays are 15-5-2 Under in Hellickson’s last 22 road starts

Dodgers are 23-8 in Kershaw’s last 31 Sunday starts
Dodgers are 7-1 Under in Kershaw’s last 8 starts

HITTERS TO WATCH

Kelly Johnson 3-for-15 vs. Kershaw
Ryan Roberts 2-for-14 vs. Kershaw

Carl Crawford 3-for-11 vs. Hellickson
Adrian Gonzalez 3-for-17 vs. Hellickson

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Sunday's Top Action
By Kevin Rogers
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Tigers at Yankees

Probables: J. Verlander (12-8, 3.50 ERA) vs. A. Pettitte (7-9, 4.71 ERA)

Series recap: New York snapped Detroit's 12-game winning streak on Friday night in extra-innings, 3-2. However, the Tigers bounced back on Saturday, 9-3, as the 'over' of 8 ½ easily cashed.

Current trends: The Tigers are 9-2 the last 11 away games, while winning 13 consecutive games in the favorite role. The Yankees have lost five of their past seven home contests, while posting a 1-6 record the previous seven games against AL Central foes.

Angels at Indians

Probables: J. Williams (5-8, 4.77 ERA) vs. J. Masterson (13-8, 3.46 ERA)

Series recap: Los Angeles goes for the sweep this afternoon after dominating Cleveland in the first two games. The Angels broke things open late in a 7-2 victory on Saturday, the second straight win in the underdog role.

Current trends: The Indians have lost six straight games, all at home, with five of those defeats coming by at least two runs. The Angels had lost six consecutive road games before beating the Indians twice, while seeking their first road sweep since late June at Houston.

Athletics at Blue Jays

Probables: A.J. Griffin (10-8, 3.91 ERA) vs. R.A. Dickey (9-11, 4.49 ERA)

Series recap: These two teams split the first two games of this series with plenty of balls leaving the yard. Josh Reddick hit three homers in a 14-6 rout of Toronto on Friday, while knocking out two more bombs in Saturday's 5-4 defeat. The Jays have defeated the A's three of five times this season, while the winning team has scored at least five runs in each matchup.

Current trends: Oakland has slipped up recently with seven losses in the last nine games, which has resulted in the A's falling behind the Rangers in the AL West. The Jays have hit the 'over' in seven of the last nine games, while trying to avoid their fourth home series loss in the last six tries.

Red Sox at Royals

Probables: J. Lackey (7-9, 3.21 ERA) vs. J. Shields (6-8, 3.36 ERA)

Series recap: Kansas City's hot stretch continued with two victories in the first two games of this series. However, the Red Sox held off the Royals on Saturday, 5-3, just the fifth loss for Kansas City since the All-Star break. Boston avoided its first three-game losing streak since early July with last night's victory.

Current trends: Kansas City is 9-4 at home since the break, while winning seven of their past eight games off a home loss. The Red Sox have struggled against AL Central opponents on the road recently, dropping seven of their last 10 games.

Orioles at Giants

Probables: B. Norris (8-9, 3.78 ERA) vs. M. Cain (7-7, 4.47 ERA)

Series recap: Baltimore won the series opener in extra-innings on Friday, 5-2, but San Francisco rebounded with a 3-2 triumph as a home underdog on Saturday. The Orioles look to conclude their West Coast swing at 4-1 with a victory today, while San Francisco goes for consecutive home wins for the first time since mid-July.

Current trends: The Orioles try to fix their inconsistency on the road, as Baltimore has split its last eight away contests after sweeping Texas in mid-July. The Giants are just 1-7 the previous eight games off a victory at AT&T Park, while posting a 2-7 record the last nine home contests as a favorite.

Rays at Dodgers

Probables: J. Hellickson (10-5, 4.77 ERA) vs. C. Kershaw (10-7, 1.91 ERA)

Series recap: Tampa Bay squandered a 6-0 lead in Friday's shocking 7-6 defeat to Los Angeles, as the Dodgers put up four runs in the ninth inning to win as home 'dogs. Zack Greinke shut down the Rays' offense on Saturday, 5-0 as $1.40 home favorites.

Current trends: The Rays have lost six of their last eight games, including four straight on this road trip against NL West opponents. Tampa Bay continues to be a solid 'under' play by cashing in eight of the last 10 games, while posting a 9-4 mark to the 'under' the last 13 contests away from Tropicana Field. Since the All-Star break, the Dodgers continue to pick up victories at a rapid pace, winning 19 of 22 games. Los Angeles are 12-3 to the 'under' the past 15 games, including a 6-1 mark to the 'under' the last seven home contests.

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