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MLB Betting News and Notes Tuesday, May 13

MLB Betting News and Notes Tuesday, May 13

MLB: Streaks, Tips, Notes

Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants

Giants winning the opener 4-2 last night get ready to duel Braves again in what has the markings of another low scoring affair. Ryan Vogelsong (1-1, 3.93 ERA) toes the rubber for San Francisco. The right-hander in great form allowing just two runs the past three while posting an 0.89 ERA keeps Braves and their abysmal bats (3.19 rpg) off the base path. Vogelsong trades pitches with Mike Minor (0-2, 6.97 ERA). The lefty was crushed last time out but he did hold Giants to 2 runs in his season debut and should have a repeat performance as Giants are crossing only 3.06 runs/game when facing a port-side hurler. The series a perfect 4-0 'Under' this season no need bucking trends. Keep in mind, Giants are ridding a 5-0 'Under' stretch w/Vogelsong and have played 'Under' in 5-of-6 facing a southpaw starter at home. On the other side, Braves one of the leagues best 'Under' plays at 12-23-1 O/U are 8-1-1 'Under' last 10 overall. Giants 'Under' in 10-of-12 when the total is 7.0 to 8.5, Braves 7-of-11 in the same range 'Under' is today's MLB play.

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Tuesday's MLB Betting Cheat Sheet

Cubs Cruise as Road Dog

The Chicago Cubs (+150) walloped the host St. Louis Cardinals 17-5 Monday for their biggest win of the season. Chicago improved to 5-7 as a road underdog against a divisional opponent; the Cubs (+222) resume their series in St. Louis on Tuesday.

Pomeranz a Heavy Favorite

Oddsmakers were rewarded for their faith in Oakland left-hander Drew Pomeranz last time out, as he tossed five shutout innings as a -157 favorite in his first start of the season en route to a 2-0 Athletics victory. Pomeranz is installed at a whopping -191 for Tuesday's duel with the visiting Chicago White Sox.

Rocky Mountain High

The Colorado Rockies have given Over bettors plenty of love on low totals, going 6-1-2 O/U in their last nine games with the number set at 8.5 or lower. Colorado (+140, 7.5) opens a three-game interleague series in Kansas City on Tuesday.

Pitching Notes

* Tampa Bay Rays lefty David Price is an underdog Tuesday for the first time all season, entering at -102 against Hisashi Iwakuma and the Seattle Mariners. Price is 5-1 in his last six starts as a dog, posting a sensational 1.38 ERA in those outings.

* Washington ace Stephen Strasburg has been a scoring magnet at night this season, going 4-0 O/U in four evening starts. Strasburg, who boasts a 3.31 ERA in night games compared to 2.60 in day outings, will be under the lights Tuesday when his Nationals (-129, 8) visit the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Batting Notes

* Yankees catcher Brian McCann is batting just .213 for the season; New York is just 3-9 against the moneyline in games in which McCann doesn't record a hit. McCann will look to bounce back Tuesday as the Yankees (-135, 8.5) host the cross-town rival Mets.

* San Francisco outfielder Angel Pagan went 3-for-4 in Monday's 4-2 win over Atlanta, helping the Giants improve to 21-7 in games in which he records at least one hit. Pagan and the Giants (-103, 7) welcome the Atlanta Braves to town Tuesday.

Totals Streak

Detroit Tigers (1-5 O/U): So much for having one of the most dangerous lineups in the majors. The Tigers have struggled at the plate during their Under streak, scoring more than four runs just once over that stretch.

Prop of the Day

The Baltimore Orioles have returned to their 2012 form when it comes to pulling out close games, having gone 9-3 in one-run affairs so far this season. The Orioles are a +375 longshot to win by exactly one run Tuesday against visiting Detroit.

Injury Notes

* Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez may miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his pitching elbow. The 21-year-old finished sixth in money won as a rookie in 2013 ($1,175) and is 12-0 with a 1.09 ERA in 20 career home starts.

* Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus could be headed to the disabled list with a right hamstring injury. Toronto - which is 8-1 O/U in games in which Rasmus homers and 16-13-1 when he doesn't - opens a series Tuesday with the visiting Cleveland Indians (+106, 9).

Weather Watch

* Wind at Target Field is expected to blow out to right field at 8 mph. Minnesota, which hosts Boston (-106, 8.5), went 6-8 against the moneyline and 4-10 O/U in 14 games last season with the wind blowing in that direction.

* Citizens Bank Park will see wind blowing from right to left field at 10 mph for Tuesday's game between Philadelphia (-148, 7.5) and the visiting Angels. Teams combined to average 2.33 home runs in 12 games under similar conditions in 2013, slightly better than the stadium average.

Umpire of the Day

Under is 7-1-2 in umpire Bob Davidson's last 10 games behind home plate. Davidson will call the balls and strikes for the game between the Tigers (-105, 8.5) and Orioles.

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MLB Odds and Picks
By: Micah Roberts

LAS VEGAS -- The Padres' Andrew Cashner had gone UNDER the total in his first seven starts this season, but on Wednesday he lasted only four innings while giving up four runs (two earned) against Kansas City in an 8-0 loss. The total was six. It was Cashner's fourth loss in a row.

Tonight, he comes in as the slight underdog (+102) at Cincinnati where he'll face Mike Leake. So far this season, the Padres are 1-3 when Cashner comes in as the underdog. The total is set at 7.5 (UN -120) and Leake comes in with a similar streak as Cashner, having lost four straight. The Reds have stayed UNDER the total in his past three starts.

Leake has been deserving of a win in his last two turns where he allowed only two runs in each, but he hasn't been getting much offensive support. Cincinnati bats have scored only four times combined during Leake's last three outings. Cashner would love that type of support. The Padres have scored zero runs in his last three starts -- and not just while he was on the mound. They've been shutout completely in those three games. In eight starts, the Padres have averaged two runs a game behind Cashner.

San Diego has stayed UNDER the total in 24 of 36 games this season, which is just a slightly better ratio than Atlanta. However, the Padres scored 24 runs in a three-game win streak over the weekend against Miami. All three games went OVER. The Reds have stayed UNDER in 19 of 34 games and won eight of their last 11 at home.

Look for these two pitchers to have a nice duel tonight and keep things tight and UNDER the total.

Gomez-Cole II

The Pirates can't like looking up at the NL Central standings and seeing Milwaukee 5.5 games up in first place, because that was supposed to be them. After making the playoffs last season for the first time since 1992, the fourth place Pirates have to look at the Brewers with envy. But they can do something about it tonight in Milwaukee and reboot their season.

The Bucs had a four-game win streak snapped Sunday in dramatic fashion against St. Louis, but taking two out of three in successive series against the Giants and Cardinals isn't a bad start to show some upward progression in what has been a sluggish start. Gerrit Cole and Carlos Gomez meet again after the two had a disagreement on code of conduct when the teams met and brawled in Pittsburgh on April 20.

Gomez flipped his bat, stood and stared at the well-hit ball off Cole that stayed in the park for a triple. When Cole confronted Gomez on third base, the benches emptied and then it was on. Unlike most of the tiffs between teams, these two teams actually threw some punches that connected. The Brewers would win the game, 3-2, in the 14th inning.

This should be an intense game, and fun to watch. The Pirates finally won a season series with Milwaukee last season, but the Brewers are back to their old ways beating Pittsburgh in six of the seven meetings so far. Estrada has been at his best against the Pirates, but lost his last two starts and has given up two homers in each of his last three. Look for a low-scoring game with a slight lean to Pittsburgh.

Tuesday selections:

Padres/Reds UNDER 7.5 (-115)

Pirates/Brewers UNDER 7 (EV)

Giants (Vogelsong) -103 vs. Braves

Mariners (Iwakuma) -102 vs. Rays

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