MLB Betting News and Notes Friday, June 13

MLB Betting News and Notes Friday, June 13

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Washington Nationals at St Louis Cardinals

The meeting between Washington Nationals and St Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium Friday night looks to be a one sided affair. Since 2009, the two teams have met 16 times in St Louis with Cards owning a solid 13-3 edge in play. It's easy to overreact to Cardinals home dominance in the series. However, Mike Matheny's troops have not enjoyed home cooking of late, compiling a record of 1-6 before the home audience and are scheduled to start Lance Lynn (6-4, 3.49 ERA) who has been hit hard in June going 0-2 with a 6.48 ERA. Meanwhile, Nationals head into St Louis on a smart 10-3 stretch overall including 5-2 on the road. Nationals have the ace in the hole here as they start right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (5-2, 3.17 ERA) who has been light's out in June winning both starts tossing 17 innings of shutout ball, striking out 16 while walking a single batter. There are other compelling of reasons to back Washington w/Zimmermann. Nats have won 15 of Zimmermann's last 18 June starts, have flourish opening a series with the hurler posting a 12-5 record and enter 14-6 off a loss handing the ball to Zimmerman including 8-3 in road games.

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Friday's MLB Betting Cheat Sheet
By Covers.com

Happy Home Underdogs

Home underdogs had a strong showing in Thursday's major league action, going 4-1 against the moneyline. Cincinnati (+115), Philadelphia (+105), Houston (+102) and Colorado (+102) all prevailed while the Mets (+120) were the only one to falter; home underdogs are just 128-166 on the season.

Double Digits in Denver

The host Rockies racked up the runs Thursday, cruising past Atlanta 10-3 for their 10th double-digit performance of the year - all but one of them coming at Coors Field. Colorado is 8-2 SU in those games and is 17-15-1 O/U at home in 2014 despite having the highest average total by a wide margin.

Felix Factor

The Texas Rangers (+182, 7) face their longest odds in more than four years as they visit Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners. The Rangers haven't been this big an underdog since May 1, 2010, when they defeated Hernandez at Safeco Field 6-3 despite being installed at a whopping +194.

Pitching Notes

Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray is in the midst of a trend reversal as he prepares to face the visiting New York Yankees (+167, 7.5). Gray opened the season 2-5-1 O/U but has been one of the league's strongest Over plays in five starts since, going 4-0-1 O/U.

Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw has been strangely consistent this season, recording exactly nine strikeouts in six of his eight starts this season. The Dodgers are 4-2 S/U and 3-3 O/U in those outings entering Friday's showdown with visiting Arizona (+190, 6.5).

Hitting Notes

Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon broke out of a 4-for-24 slump Thursday with three hits, including a homer, in the rout of Atlanta. Colorado is 6-5 against the moneyline and 9-2 O/U when Blackmon goes deep entering Friday's tilt with host San Francisco (-137, 7.5).

Astros rookie first baseman Jon Singleton swatted his third home run of the season in Thursday's 5-4 win over Arizona. Houston is an impressive 7-3 S/U and 5-5 O/U in 10 games since Singleton was summoned from the minors.

Totals Streak

Toronto Blue Jays (0-6-1 O/U): The offensive woes continue for the American League East leaders, who have scored two runs or fewer in five of their last six games - and not surprisingly, they lost all five. Toronto is s34-31-3 O/U for the season.

Prop of the Day

Expect a tight one between the host Chicago White Sox (-129, 8) and the Kansas City Royals, making a Chicago win by exactly one run (+350) a potentially strong play. The teams have played four one-run games in their last 10 meetings in Chicago, with the White Sox winning three of them.

Injury Notes

Arizona manager Kirk Gibson says slugger Mark Trumbo (foot) is still three weeks away from participating in baseball activities. The Diamondbacks are 25-23 SU, 19-27-2 O/U and +294 units in Trumbo's absence.

Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury left Thursday's game after aggravating his right hip injury, but expects to be back in the lineup Friday. Ellsbury is riding a 16-game hitting streak entering Friday's showdown with Oakland.

Weather Watch

Citizens Bank Park will see wind blowing out to center field for Friday's game between host Philadelphia (-113, 8.5) and the Cubs. Teams averaged nine runs and 1.95 home runs in 20 games under similar conditions in 2013; scoring was up over the park average, but homers were down.

Umpire Note of the Day

The road team is 10-2 in umpire Mike DiMuro's last 12 games calling the balls and strikes. DiMuro will be behind home plate for Friday's showdown between Toronto (-102, 9) and host Baltimore.

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Friday's Late Tips
By Kevin Rogers
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Yankees at Athletics

Probable Pitchers:
NYY: Phelps (1-4, 4.88 ERA)
OAK: Gray (6-2, 2.83 ERA)

Previous series results: The Yankees continue their West Coast swing after pulling off a three-game sweep of the Mariners. In six of the last seven games, New York has limited its opponents to three runs or less. The Athletics return home following a 5-4 road swing, as Oakland avoided a sweep by beating Los Angeles, 7-1 on Wednesday as +125 underdogs.

What to watch for: Oakland has won eight of the past 10 meetings with New York, while taking two of three from the Yankees in the Bronx earlier this month. The Yankees are rolling on the road of late by winning eight of their past 11 on the highway, but New York is 1-6 in Phelps’ previous seven starts. The ‘over’ is 4-0-1 in Gray’s last five outings, while Oakland has won just one of his past four trips to the mound.

Rangers at Mariners

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Probable Pitchers:
TEX: Tepesch (2-2, 4.91 ERA)
SEA: Hernandez (8-1, 2.39 ERA)

Previous series results: The Mariners put together a fantastic 6-1 road swing, but came back to Safeco Field and lost all three games to the Yankees. Seattle has compiled a 4-8 record the last 12 home games, while plating just seven runs in the New York series. The Rangers snapped a four-game skid with Wednesday’s 6-0 shutout of the Marlins, but Texas concluded its homestand at 3-6.

What to watch for: Texas and Seattle are hooking up for the tenth time already this season tonight, as the Rangers hold a 5-4 edge. The Mariners have won each of Hernandez’s last seven starts, but Seattle is 0-2 in his two starts against Texas this season. Tepesch has allowed nine runs in his past two outings, both losses by the Rangers. Texas has compiled a 5-3 record in the past eight road series openers, while winning seven of its previous 11 away contests.

Diamondbacks at Dodgers

Probable Pitchers:
ARZ: Anderson (5-0, 3.14 ERA)
LAD: Kershaw (5-2, 3.17 ERA)

Previous series results: The Dodgers won four of the first five games on their road trip, but Los Angeles dropped the final two contests at Cincinnati. L.A. was limited to just one run in those two defeats, as six of the seven games on that away swing finished ‘under’ the total. The Diamondbacks dropped three of four games to the Astros, including a 5-4 extra-innings loss last night in Houston.

What to watch for: Anderson beat Kershaw and the Dodgers last month, 18-7 as a +160 home underdog, as the D-Backs have won all five of Anderson’s starts this season. Los Angeles has captured eight of 11 matchups with Arizona already, including a 2-1 record at Dodger Stadium. Since getting racked at Arizona, the Dodgers have won three of Kershaw’s last four starts, but Los Angeles is 1-2 in his three home outings for -1.6 units.

Rockies at Giants

Probable Pitchers:
COL: De La Rosa (6-5, 4.04 ERA)
SF: Lincecum (5-4, 4.97 ERA)

Previous series results: The Rockies finished up a disastrous homestand at 3-7, but Colorado managed to win the final two games against Atlanta. It’s been a tough stretch for Colorado, who has lost 13 of its past 17 contests to fall four games below the .500 mark. The Giants avoided a sweep by routing the Nationals on Thursday, 7-1, as San Francisco was limited to just five runs in the first three losses to Washington.

What to watch for: These two NL West rivals have split eight meetings this season, while the Giants have won two of three matchups at home. Colorado has struggled away from Coors Field recently, dropping 12 of its past 15 road contests, while going winless in its last five away series openers. The Giants are 6-1 in Lincecum’s previous seven home outings, but the righty allowed 18 earned runs in four starts against the Rockies last season.

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MLB Odds and Picks
By: Micah Roberts   
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LAS VEGAS - The least anticipated game in the majors tonight is probably the Padres playing at Citi Field against the Mets. But if you put a little money on the game, it immediately goes to the top of the interest charts, and we think we have an angle that provides some decent value.

First, let’s set the stage on why this game offers little intrigue. San Diego has lost four-straight and is an NL-worst 2-8 in June. The Mets have lost eight of their last nine and are right behind the Padres for the worst June NL record at 3-8. After teasing their fans with near-.500 ball for most of the year, the Mets have completely fallen off the edge of contention with their latest display and are 29-37 overall.

The main reason for both teams’ failures this season has been a lack of scoring, which takes us to the best value in tonight’s game – the total sitting at 7 UNDER -120. The number should probably be no higher than 6.5 UNDER -120.

The Padres average an MLB-worst 3.0 runs per game, while the Mets aren’t much better at 3.9. San Diego’s futility is the worst in baseball since 1972, when both the Rangers and Angels averaged less than 3 runs per game.

In June, the Padres have been even worse than their season average, as they’ve hit only .146 and averaged only 1.7 runs a game for the month. San Diego is leading the league in one category – staying UNDER the total, which they’ve done in nine of their last 12 games, 21 of their 30 road games (one push), and 41 games overall.

It really doesn’t matter who is pitching against these guys, they still don’t hit. But tonight, both teams throw out two pretty good ones.

Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.31) gets the call for the Mets, and he has been amazing over his last four starts, going 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA.

San Diego’s Andrew Cashner (2-5, 2.13 ERA) has been outstanding all season, but has gotten only 1.5 runs of support over his last six starts, second only to Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano, who's gotten 2.3 runs of support on the season.

If thinking the change of environment might help the Padres, consider that they have scored only nine runs while losing five of their last six games at Citi Field.

Cashner is the big key in keeping this game UNDER like eight of his 10 starts have stayed this season. He was sharp in his last outing against the Nationals – his first since coming off the disabled list – allowing no runs over six innings. He’s got to put this entire team on his shoulders and knows he can’t allow more than one run to give his team a chance to win. And surprisingly, despite the losses and his team getting shutout in four of his starts, he’s pitched remarkably well for a guy who could have sulked.

The best play of the night is on the worst game of the night. If the UNDER 7 runs comes through, then it becomes the best game of the night instantly.

Friday selections:

Padres/Mets UNDER 7 (-120)

Astros (McHugh) +113 vs. Rays

Angels (Wilson) -113 at Braves

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