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MLB Betting News and Notes Tuesday, May 6

MLB Betting News and Notes Tuesday, May 6

MLB: Streaks, Tips, Notes

Toronto Blue Jays at Philadelphia Phillies

The second of a four game inter-league set between Toronto and Philadelphia is today’s baseball betting focus. Drew Hutchison (1-2, 3.82 ERA) toes the rubber for Toronto and will match pitches with Cole Hamels (0-2, 6.75 ERA). Hutchison is off a season-high seven innings but the hurler allowed a two-run double in the frame picking up his second loss of the campaign. On the other mound Hamels looks to shake off a sub-par performance in which the southpaw gave up 8 hits, 6 runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss. Facing a southpaw has not been good on the road for the Blue Jays this year, since losses in 1 of 4 games has been the end result. However, baseball handicapping demands digging a little deeper to get a better take on the situation. Those whose focus is baseball betting have certainly done so, and have come up with the fact that Philadelphia has had little success vs Toronto with Cole as they're on a 0-3 skid. Those digging deeper will also find Philadelphia has lost six straight in the month of May with Hamels touching toe to rubber and 5 of his last 6 in inter-league play. Those numbers in hand and knowing Jays are on a 5-0 stretch vs Phillies, 6-0 streak last six trips into Philadelphia the lean is Toronto.

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Re: MLB Betting News and Notes Tuesday, May 6

Tuesday's MLB Betting Cheat Sheet

Going Low

The "under" bet was a strong play Monday, with a 3-9-1 O/U mark representing one of the strongest single-day results all season. Only San Francisco's 11-10 win over Pittsburgh, Milwaukee's 8-3 victory over Arizona and San Diego's 6-5 triumph over Kansas City exceeded their respective totals.

Diamondbacks Still Snakebitten

No team has returned worse value than the Diamondbacks, and that trend continued with Monday's loss to the Brewers. Arizona fell to -1,358 units for the season, and is installed as a +136 underdog for Tuesday's contest in Milwaukee.

Home Favorites Abound

Bettors looking for some strong road favorites will be disappointed Tuesday. Only one team is listed as a road fave - San Francisco is at -112 against the host Pirates - although the Los Angeles Dodgers may be favored against Washington when those odds are posted later Tuesday.

Pitching Notes

* San Francisco Giants hurler Tim Hudson has been one of the most reliable starters in the majors of late, going 10-1 against the moneyline in his last 11 starts. Hudson is also on a three-game "under" streak, after putting together runs of 0-3, 6-0-1, 0-5 and 5-0 O/U last season.

* Kansas City Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie is a sensational "under" play away from Kauffman Stadium, going 1-10-1 O/U in his previous 12 road outings. Guthrie and the Royals (+104, 7) face Robbie Erlin and the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

Hitting Notes

* San Francisco Giants catcher/first baseman Buster Posey has six multi-hit efforts in his last eight games, raising his average 68 points to .292 while helping his team go 7-1 in that span. His surge hasn't done much for the Giants' totals, however; they're just 2-6 O/U over that stretch.

* Minnesota Twins first baseman Chris Colabello has cooled off after a hot start, going just 5-for-40 with one RBI in his last nine games. Not surprisingly, the Twins - one of the hottest "over" plays in the first month of the season - have gone 0-5 O/U in their last five.

Total Streaks

Seattle Mariners (7-2-1 O/U): The Mariners' offense has been firing on all cylinders over the past week, averaging nearly six runs to lead the club to a 6-1 record over its last seven games. Seattle is a +155 underdog Tuesday against host Oakland.

Prop of the Day

Extra innings could mean extra cash for bettors with the stomach to make a bet on the Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies. The teams are -1,400 to play more than nine innings - tied with the Houston Astros-Detroit Tigers matchup for the longest extra-innings odds of the day.

Injury Watch

* Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is expected to return to the rotation after spending the majority of the season on the disabled list with a back injury. Kershaw has been a strong under play since the middle of last season, going 4-12-2 O/U in his last 18 starts.

* Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie left Monday's game with tightness in his right hamstring and is questionable for Tuesday. Lawrie had gone 14-for-30 in his previous seven games, helping the Blue Jays post a 6-1 O/U mark in that span.

Weather Watch

* Fans at Progressive Field should expect partly cloudy skies and wind blowing in from right field at 9 mph for the game between the host Indians (-141, 8) and the Twins. Teams batted .247 in 16 games last season with the wind blowing in from right.

* Wind at Angel Stadium of Anaheim will blow out to center field at 9 mph for Tuesday's game against the visiting Yankees (+126, 8). Teams averaged nearly nine combined runs per game in 49 contests in 2013 with the wind blowing out to center.

Umpire Note of the Day

The home team is 14-3 in umpire Mark Carlson's last 17 games behind home plate involving the Padres. Carlson will call the balls and strikes when San Diego entertains Kansas City.

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