MLB Betting News and Notes Monday, May 26

MLB Betting News and Notes Monday, May 26

MLB: Streaks, Tips, Notes
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Tampa Bay at Toronto

MLB Handicappers taking a look at Monday's matchup between Toronto and Tampa Bay at the Rogers Center will discover a slew of positive betting numbers in favor of streaking Blue Jays who've won six straight, 11-of-13. Right-hander Drew Hutchison will toe the rubber for John Gibbons' squad bringing a 3-3 record to the hill with a 3.45 ERA. Jays have won back-2-back games with Hutchison as he allowed just one run over 14 2/3 innings of work moving his TSR to a sharp 7-3 in May. Hutchison will be matching pitches with Rays' left-hander Erik Bedard, who has a 2-2 record this season with a 2.63 ERA. Aside from Tampa having lost 2 consecutive with Bedard, what should get the attention of sports handicappers the hurler enters 2-10 his last 19 starts with a horrid 3-16 TSR over the span. Those struggles look minor compared to the team start record the port-sider has compiled recently in any road stadiums (1-10). The most compelling number in Jays’ favor, Bedard heads to the mound with an 0-8 TSR skid vs Toronto. Evidence is the key in making any case, and the numbers above clearly illustrate Toronto is the right choice.

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Detroit - Oakland Series
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A.L. West Leading Oakland A's arguably the best team in baseball headed north of the border this past weekend ridding an 11-2 stretch crossing 6.23 runs/game while holding opponents to 2.0 runs/per. Running into one of the hottest teams in the league the A's stumbled in Toronto losing all three to the Blue Jays who have now won six consecutive, 11-of-13 on the field.

An up coming four-game series against A.L. Central Leading Detroit Tigers should stop the bleeding. Tigers opening the month of May with a sparkling 12-3 run platting 5.27 runs/game with it's pitching staff holding opponents to 2.47 per/contest have hit a rough spot this past week posting a 1-6 mark scoring 4.4 runs/game with it's hurlers giving up a whopping 8.1 per/game.

Aside from Oakland catching a struggling Detroit team, something else that might make a big difference in the series. The A's have a big chip on their shoulders, Tigers have eliminated A's in ALDS tussles the past two years.

Probable pitchers

Monday: Lefty Tommy Milone (2-3, 3.99 ERA) trades pitches with lefty Drew Smyly (2-2, 2.97 ERA). Milone on a smart 2-0 stretch the past three with a miniscule 1.37 ERA has a 3-1 TSR vs Tigers. Smyly will be making his first career start against A's, who have shelled him in three relief appearances to the tune of a 19.29 ERA.

Tuesday: A's Sonny Gray (5-1, 1.99 ERA) is hooked up against Tigers ace Max Scherzer (6-1, 2.59 ERA). Gray is off an 8 inning 1 run gem but it wasn't enough to earn a victory as A's fell to the Rays in extras. A`s are 1-1 vs Tigers w/Gray. Scherzer coming off his worst start this season giving up 12 hits, 7 runs over 7 innings of work has a 5-3 TSR vs A's.

Wednesday: Scott Kazmir (5-2, 2.56 ERA) gets the call for Oakland with Tigers countering with Anibal Sanchez (2-2, 2.83 ERA). Kazmir's teams have lost 3 of his last 4 vs Detroit and 8 of 13 ( Cle/LAA,TB). Sanchez heads to the mound having won 2 straight and will try to bring his TSR vs Oakland to the .500 mark (2-3 TSR vs A's w/Giants).

Thursday: The finale features Jesse Chavez (4-2, 2.61 ERA) taking on Rick Porcello (7-2, 3.88 ERA). Chavez who has never faced Tigers lost his second of the season in Toronto giving up 8 hits, 4 runs over 5 1/3 innings. Porcello smacked silly last outing gave up 12 hits, 2 Jacks, 8 runs has a 3-5 TSR vs Oakland.

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Monday's MLB Betting Cheat Sheet
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Getting Pushy

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates earned a push Sunday afternoon in a 5-2 Washington win. It was the second push of the series, giving both teams seven on the season - tied for second-most in the majors behind only the Atlanta Braves (nine).

Rays a Rare Underdog

The Tampa Bay Rays haven't been an underdog against Toronto in their last 10 games, but find themselves a +133 longshot entering Monday's series opener at the Rogers Centre. The teams split those 10 meetings, with the Jays taking two of three in their last encounter in Toronto.

Samardzija Seeking Runs

Chicago Cubs hurler Jeff Samardzija looks for his first win of the season Monday afternoon against the host San Francisco Giants (-135, 7). The Cubs have lost each of Samardzija's last seven starts despite the ace right-hander allowing just eight earned runs over 47 innings in that span.

Pitching Notes

* Los Angeles Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs enters Monday's encounter with the host Seattle Mariners (+123, 7.5) ranked fifth in the majors in money earned ($709) and is 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA in three road starts. Skaggs has also been a strong Over play, going 7-2 O/U on the season.

* Baltimore Orioles righty Chris Tillman was shelled for eight runs in just one inning of work last time out for his first loss against the moneyline in five starts as an underdog so far in 2014. Tillman and the Orioles (+126, 8) open an interleague series in Milwaukee on Monday afternoon.

Hitting Notes

* Atlanta Braves slugger Evan Gattis swatted a pair of home runs in Sunday's drubbing of the Rockies, giving him 10 for the season. Atlanta is 7-1 S/U and 2-5-1 O/U in games featuring at least one Gattis homer entering Monday's interleague tilt with visiting Boston (+117, 7).

* New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter had a season-high four hits en route to a 7-1 triumph over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. Jeter is heating up after a slow start and now has four multi-hit efforts in his last nine games; the Yankees are 2-2 S/U and 2-2 O/U in those contests.

Totals Streak

Colorado Rockies (0-5 O/U): The league's most vaunted offense has fallen on tough times of late, scoring just six runs over its previous four games. The Rockies capped the subpar stretch with a 7-0 loss at the hands of the Atlanta Braves (-166) on Sunday afternoon.

Prop of the Day

The Giants are +120 underdogs to score the first run of the game against Samardzija and the Cubs, but have been strong in the early going all season. San Francisco leads the majors with a .322 first-inning batting average and have a league-high 38 runs in the opening frame.

Injury Notes

* Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill left Sunday's game against the New York Mets after fouling a ball off his ankle, and is considered questionable for Monday's game against visiting San Diego (+110, 8.5). Arizona is 0-8 O/U in the last eight games Hill has played.

* Reds right-hander Mat Latos threw four innings in a rehab start Sunday as he continues his recovery from an elbow injury. Latos, who has yet to throw an inning for Cincinnati this season, went 20-12 against the moneyline and 15-16-1 O/U in 32 starts last year.

Weather Watch


* Turner Field will see wind blowing out to center field at 6 mph for the game between Atlanta and Boston. Teams averaged a paltry 5.5 runs over eight games under similar wind conditions in 2013, well below the stadium average of 7.46.

* Wind at AT&T Park will blow out to center field at 12 mph when the Giants entertain the Cubs. Teams averaged 1.4 home runs in 30 games with the wind blowing out to center at between 10 and 20 mph last season - slightly more than the stadium average of 1.35.

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MLB Odds and Picks
By: Micah Roberts   
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LAS VEGAS -- The most interesting series starting today is the Rays at Blue Jays. Both teams are sizzling hot with first-place Toronto riding a six-game win streak after sweeps against Boston and Oakland, while Tampa Bay has come back to life with four consecutive victories, a season-high. The Blue Jays are -135 to win the series and -150 to win today behind Drew Hutchison.

Whose streak is more impressive? Each team can make a great case that it's theirs. The Blue Jays just came off a home sweep of the A's who have baseball's best record. That was after sweeping three at Fenway Park. But the importance of the Rays' streak is far greater. They were on tilt and on the verge of a major breakdown -- the type that teams don't recover from (see Boston's current 10-game losing streak). The Rays and Jays both had a part in Boston's miserable slide.

While the Jays' 3-4-5 hitters have been crushing the ball all season, the Rays have been getting late heroics with three of their last four wins coming in walk-off fashion. Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Brett Lawrie have combined to hit 24 home runs in 548 at-bats. The Rays have been getting their late-game production from the seven-hole with Sean Rodriguez hitting a walk-off homer on Thursday and Cole Figueroa driving in the game-winning run with a double on Friday.

Erik Bedard will try to keep the Rays rolling today, and while they have lost his past two starts, he has pitched extremely well. Over his previous five turns, he's allowed only three earned runs combined and has seen his ERA dropped from 7.45 after his first three starts to 2.63. He's quietly having himself a fantastic season, but the Rays are only 3-5 (-1.4 units) behind him.

There's good value with the 35-year old lefthander today. The Blue Jays' Hutchison comes of two very good outings on the road at Texas and Boston, but he's priced a little too high. Both teams are hot, but the Tampa Bay emotion is a little more intense right now and worth riding at +140.

Happy Memorial Day!

Monday selections:

Rays (Bedard) +140 at Blue Jays

Tigers (Smyly) +124 at A's

Nationals (Roark) -131 vs. Mets

Cubs (Samardzija) +119 at Giants

Dodgers (Ryu) -115 vs. Reds

Braves (Santana) -125 vs. Red Sox

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Reds at Dodgers
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Cincinnati (22-26) at Los Angeles (27-24)

Sportsbook.ag Line and Total: Los Angeles -120, Cincinnati +110, Total: 6

The Reds head west to L.A. to begin a three-game series against the Dodgers on Monday night.

Cincinnati continues to struggle, losing three of its past four series (5-7 record) and now sits in third place in the NL Central. The Reds were dominated by the Cardinals’ starters over the weekend, losing 6-3 on Saturday and 4-0 on Sunday. The offense did not do much against Adam Wainwright on Sunday, getting six hits, all being singles, and going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. OF Ryan Ludwick (.254 BA) performed well for the team in the three-game set, going 4-for-12 with a home run.
   
Los Angeles is coming off an exciting game on Sunday where Josh Beckett threw the first no-hitter of the season in a 6-0 win over the Phillies. The victory was the second game of the series where Dodgers pitchers threw a shutout (2-0 win on Friday) and clinched the series with the team winning four of its past six contests. OF Yasiel Puig (.349 BA) continues to hit and is 12-for-23 with a homer, three doubles, 3 RBI and five runs in his past six games.

The pitching matchup on Monday is an exciting one in as stud RHP Johnny Cueto (4-3, 1.86 ERA) of the Reds goes head-to-head with LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-2, 3.00 ERA) of the Dodgers. The road has not been good to Cincinnati so far as the club is just 10-14 on the season while Los Angeles is surprisingly just 9-13 in front of its hometown fans. The Dodgers do have a slight 7-6 edge when playing in this matchup since the start of 2012, but have a much better advantage when at home, going 5-2.

Bettors should be aware of a few trends in this game with the Reds going 322-302 (.516) in road games versus NL teams with an on-base percentage of .325 or worse since 1997. On the other hand, they are just 13-24 (.351) in road games after scoring two runs or less since the start of last year. After suffering plenty of injuries all season long, the Reds are finally at full strength for this contest, but the Dodgers will likely be without SS Hanley Ramirez, who could be headed to the 15-day DL with a calf injury.

Johnny Cueto has been one of the most impressive pitchers this year with a majors-best 0.74 WHIP, but is coming off his worst start of the year on Tuesday against the Nationals where he went 5.1 innings while allowing eight runs (6 ER) on six hits, but zero walks and six strikeouts. This type of outing is certainly not his norm this year though, as he has allowed two or fewer runs while going at least seven innings in each of his first nine starts.

Part of his success has come from his career-high 9.5 K/9 so far this year with batters hitting just .145 against him. Luck has been part of it as well, with opponents hitting .178 BABIP compared to his career average of .277 BABIP. In his career against the Dodgers, Cueto has gone 1-4 (1-5 team record) with a 3.50 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, and has not pitched against them since 2012. His past three starts have gone very well, as he has 15 K's and two walks while allowing six runs (5 ER) in 21 frames. OF Matt Kemp has seen the ball great out of Cueto’s hands, going 6-for-12 against him with two solo home runs. 1B Adrian Gonzalez (3-for-8, 1 HR) and 2B Dee Gordon (3-for-6) have also done well in this matchup.

The Reds’ bullpen has not done well on the year, going 4-9 with a 4.85 ERA and 1.55 WHIP, while converting only 10-of-17 save chances (59%). These numbers are even worse on the road where Cincinnati relievers are 1-6 with a 5.28 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. Aroldis Chapman (2.57 ERA, 4 saves) has given the team a boost since his return, saving 4-of-5 games while striking out 12 in his first seven innings on the mound.

Hyun-Jin Ryu has started out the year allowing two or fewer runs in six of his first eight starts, but has shown he can blow up at times with two starts where he threw just seven total innings while giving up 14 runs (11 ER) and 17 hits. He has been impressive at keeping the ball in the park, giving up just two homers in his first 45 frames while putting together a solid 40 K's to just 12 walks.

In his first outing off the DL on Wednesday, Ryu earned his fourth win of the season as he went six innings against the Mets, allowing two runs on nine hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. He’s had just one start against the Reds in his career and it went very well, as he tossed seven strong innings, giving up only one run on two hits and one walk while striking out nine batters. Both of the hits went for extra bases including a home run off the bat of OF Jay Bruce who was 1-for-3 in the matchup. C Devin Mesoraco, 1B Joey Votto, 2B Brandon Phillips and 3B Todd Frazier combined to go just 0-for-11 against Ryu with two strikeouts.

The Dodgers relievers have gone just 4-12 this year with a 4.15 ERA and 1.41 WHIP, and are 15-for-19 (79%) in save opportunities. They have been much better at home though, going 2-7 with a 3.37 ERA and 1.19 WHIP while converting 5-of-6 saves. Kenley Jansen (4.15 ERA, 15 saves) has blown two games so far on the year, but has struck out an incredible 35 batters in 21.1 innings (14.5 K/9).


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