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MLB Betting News and Notes Thursday, September 5

MLB Betting News and Notes Thursday, September 5

Thursday's MLB Betting Cheat Sheet

National League

St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds (-141, 8)

Hot pitching stat: Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani has surrendered more than three runs just once in 24 career major-league appearances.

Hot batting stat: Cincinnati SS Zack Cosart is 5-for-14 with a pair of home runs in his career against Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-70s with partly cloudy skies.     Wind will blow from left to right field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: St. Louis is 12-4 in starter Lance Lynn's last 16 outings against teams with winning records.

Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants (-113, 7)

Cold pitching stat: Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill is 4-6 with a 4.78 ERA and 10 home runs allowed in 10 road starts and one relief appearance.

Cold batting stat: Arizona 1B Paul Goldschmidt is batting just .176 with 13 strikeouts in 51 at-bats against the Giants this season.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-60s with clear skies. Wind will blow out to center field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 7-1-1 in the Giants' last nine home games.

American League

Seattle Mariners at Kansas City Royals (-163, 9)

Hot pitching stat: Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie is coming off back-to-back impressive starts, allowing just two runs while striking out nine over 12 innings against Tampa Bay and Toronto.

Hot batting stat: Kansas City INF Emilio Bonifacio is 6-for-16 with a pair of doubles in his career against Mariners lefty Joe Saunders.

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

Key betting note: The Royals are 24-8 in their last 32 games as a favorite.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees (-110, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat: Yankees righty Ivan Nova is 4-2 with a 2.20 ERA and just two home runs allowed in eight starts since the All-Star break.

Cold batting stat: New York OF Ichiro Suzuki is batting just .213 with zero extra-base hits in 47 at-bats against the Red Sox in 2013.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-60s with sunny skies. Wind will blow from left to right field at 13 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 4-1 in Nova's last five starts against Boston.

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore Orioles (-160, 9)

Hot pitching stat: White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana had one of the best outings of his career in his last encounter with Baltimore, striking out 11 while limiting Baltimore to just two hits over seven shutout innings.

Cold batting stat: Entering Thursday's action, Baltimore 3B Manny Machado had just seven doubles in 171 second-half at-bats after hitting 39 prior to the All-Star break.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-70s under sunny skies. Wind will blow in from left field at 7 mph.

Key betting note: Baltimore has won 12 of righty Miguel Gonzalez's last 14 home starts.

Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics (-248, 7.5)

Cold pitching stat: Astros right-hander Brad Peacock is 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA and six home runs allowed over 33 2/3 innings away from Houston this season.

Hot batting stat: Houston 2B Jose Altuve has nine hits over his last four games.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-60s under sunny skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 6 mph.

Key betting note: The Astros have won just four of the last 21 meetings between the teams.

Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels (+150, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat: Rays left-hander David Price is 5-1 with a 2.52 ERA in nine second-half starts.

Hot batting stat: Angels 3B Mark Trumbo is 5-for-12 with a home run in his career against Price.

Weather: Skies will be clear with temperatures in the high-70s. Wind will blow out to right-center field at 4 mph.

Key betting note: The Angels have won 10 of their last 11 Thursday games.

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Re: MLB Betting News and Notes Thursday, September 5

MLB Odds and Picks – Yankees, Red Sox meet as rivalry heats back up
By: The Linemakers

LAS VEGAS -- When the Yankees were considered the best team in baseball and the Red Sox were still searching for their first World Series title since 1918, then-Boston manager Terry Francona would try to wake up his squad by picking a fight – either by ordering his pitcher to throw inside or simply plunk a Yankees batter with hopes of retaliation. The strategy usually worked and helped get the Sox on a roll that eventually saw them come back from a 3-0 series deficit to beat the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS, and then sweep the Cardinals in the World Series.

Since then, the Red Sox have won another World Series, and only David Ortiz remains a holdover from the wild cast of characters of the days when Yankees-Red Sox games were always the most anticipated of the season.

For much of the year, the Yankees’ 2013 season appeared to be a wash and none of the earlier games between the two teams were of the epic proportions they used to be.

But when the two teams met on Aug. 18 at Fenway Park, with the Red Sox cruising as an elite team in the AL while the Yankees were languishing in mediocrity, Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster drilled Alex Rodriguez. Yankees manager Joe Girardi went on a tirade, and all of a sudden, the Yankees had a spark and became a focused and unified team. The castoffs and veterans came together, and they haven’t looked back since, carrying that same type of anger and intensity to the field every night.

The Yankees would go onto win that game, 9-6, with the help of a Rodriguez bomb in a later at-bat, and have won 11 of 16 games since. At the time, the Yankees were 6.5 games behind Tampa Bay for the second wild-card spot, and after completing a sweep of the White Sox on Wednesday, they are now only 2.5 games behind.

Tonight, the two teams reunite at Yankee Stadium for the start of a huge four-game series. They play each other seven times over the next 10 days, a stretch that will go a long way in determining whether or not the Yankees will be playing in the postseason.

Ivan Nova (8-4, 2.88 ERA) matches up against Jake Peavy (11-5, 3.91 ERA), and the -108 price on Nova looks fairly cheap based on the way he’s been dealing lately. The Yankees have won six straight behind Nova, and his record of 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in August earned him AL pitcher of the month honors. His outing on Saturday might have been the best of his career, as he tossed his first-ever complete-game shutout in a 2-0 victory over Baltimore.

Peavy comes in on two-game winning streak, which halted Boston's three-game losing streak behind him. He’s lost four in a row against the Yankees.

We’re looking forward to the entire four-game series and are thrilled that the rivalry has some bite again. While Rodriguez used to be the inspiration to get Boston fired up, whether it was getting gloved in the face by Jason Varitek or slapping the ball away from Bronson Arroyo, the tables have turned to where his teammates have his back and fans are somewhat sympathetic to him.

The momentum and better pitcher tonight is with the Yankees, so we’ll jump aboard and lay the short price.

Thursday selection:

Yankees (Nova) -108 vs. Red Sox

Second-half record: 80-78 (+684)

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