MLB Betting News and Notes Wednesday, July 23

MLB Betting News and Notes Wednesday, July 23

Baseball Betting: Streaks, Tips, Notes
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Baltimore Orioles vs Los Angeles Angels

MLB Handicappers taking a look at the matchup between Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles Wednesday in Anaheim will discover a slew of positive betting numbers in favor of LAA. Despite recent set backs, the Angels have enjoyed home cookin' winning 14 of their last 18 in Anaheim and 19 of the past 24 in front of the friendly crowd. This being the final game of the series should get the attention of MLB handicappers keeping close tabs on LAA. The Halos are on a smart 12-4 stretch at home this season in game three's. Those digging deeper to get a better take on the pitching matchup will have noted Halos are on a 6-0 overall streak with Jered Weaver (10-6 3.43 ERA), have an 8-2 spurt at home with the hurler and are 6-3 as home fave off a loss the previous night handing the ball to the right-hander. The clincher, that should have MLB handicappers rushing to the window to make a play on LAA - Weaver and the month of July go together like baseball handicapping and baseball betting. The Angels have won 21 of Weaver's last 22 home games during the month of July.

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Game of the Day: Reds at Brewers
By Covers.com

Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers (-144, 7.5)

The Cincinnati Reds will attempt to avoid a winless road trip upon resuming play after the All-Star break when they close a three-game series in Milwaukee against the Brewers on Wednesday. The Reds have lost five straight games – scoring 11 total runs – as they have staggered coming out of the break. Milwaukee has put a stretch in which it lost 11 of 12 in the rear-view mirror as Tuesday’s 4-3 walk-off victory was its fourth in six games.

Brewers All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy hit two solo homers – including the game-winning blast in the ninth – Tuesday for his first homers since July 4. Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez hit back-to-back solo shots in the first inning and Braun has gone 16-for-39 with two homers and eight RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak. The Reds have lost eight consecutive road games since winning at San Francisco on June 29.

LINE HISTORY: Books opened the Brewers as -152 favorites, but that has moved to -144. The total has held at 7.5.

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Reds (-159), Brewers (-181)

INJURY REPORT: Reds - SS Zack Cozart (Questionable, finger), 1B Joey Votto (15-day DL, oblique), 2B Brandon Phillips (15-day DL, thumb).

WHAT CAPPERS SAY: "With Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips sidelined, it's going to be an uphill battle for the Reds. The Brew Crew are right where they want to be entering the break, but how long can they keep it up?" Covers Expert Sean Murphy.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Mike Leake (7-8, 3.63 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Kyle Lohse (10-4, 3.16)

Leake has allowed four runs in each of his last two outings and has given up 37 hits in 25 2/3 innings over his past four turns. He has split two 2014 decisions with the Brewers and recorded the victory June 15 despite being touched up for four runs and nine hits over five innings. He is 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA in seven career starts against Milwaukee.

Lohse snapped a three-start winless stretch by defeating Washington on July 18. He allowed just one run in seven innings while notching the victory but gave up a season-worst 10 hits. Lohse is 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA in two starts against Cincinnati this season and possesses a 5-5 mark and 3.01 ERA over 17 career outings against the Reds.

TRENDS:

* Under is 5-0 in the last five meetings.
* Reds are 0-8 in their last eight road games.
* Over is 11-5 in umpire Chris Segal's last 16 games behind home plate.
* Brewers are 4-1 in Lohses last five starts as a favorite.

COVERS CONSENSUS: 59.78 percent of wagers on Covers Consensus are backing the Brewers.

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MLB Betting Cheat Sheet
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Jays, Red Sox Continue Over Trend

A late two-run homer from Stephen Drew didn't mean much to the Red Sox in a 7-3 loss to Toronto, but it did send the total Over for the fifth straight time in the head-to-head series. The teams are 6-1-1 O/U for the season.

Jesse a Giant Favorite

Oakland right-hander Jesse Chavez will look to continue his hot streak as a favorite Wednesday, entering at -255 when the Athletics host the Houston Astros. Chavez is 5-0 against the moneyline in his last five starts as a favorite, with three of those results coming at home.

Gee No Whiz vs. Brewers

New York Mets right-hander Dillon Gee may have his hands full Thursday night as he faces the host Milwaukee Brewers. Gee has yet to beat the Brewers in his career, going 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts.

Pitching Notes

San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner hopes to maintain his dominance away from AT&T Park on Wednesday as he leads the Giants (-140, 7.5) into Philadelphia. Bumgarner is 7-2 with a scintillating 1.94 ERA in 11 road starts so far this season.

New York Yankees righty Brandon McCarthy has adjusted well to his move to the Bronx as he prepares to face the visiting Texas Rangers on Thursday. McCarthy was the worst value pitcher in baseball while with Arizona, but is 2-0 against the moneyline in two starts since being traded.

Hitting Notes

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera is heating up, recording three three-hit games in his last four outings to raise his average to .309. The Blue Jays are 22-15 against the moneyline and 21-16 O/U when Cabrera records a multi-hit game entering Wednesday's game against Boston.

San Francisco catcher Buster Posey has owned his career matchup with Philadephia lefty Cole Hamels, who gets the call Thursday against the visiting Giants. Posey is 7-for-11 versus Hamels, with four doubles and a home run.

Totals Streak

New York Yankees (7-1 O/U): The pitching has thrived even without injured ace CC Sabathia, limiting opponents to three runs or fewer in seven of the last eight games. The recent Under streak has dropped the Yankees to 43-55-1 O/U for the season.

Prop of the Day

It's one of the longest shots of the day, but it may be worth taking a flyer on the Nationals and Rockies to play to a push (+1,000). The Rockies rank second in the majors with nine pushes, while the Nationals and Pirates are tied with eight apiece.

Injury Notes

Houston Astros oufielder George Springer missed his second straight game with knee and quad injuries. The Astros have struggled without their hard-hitting rookie, going 1-4 against the moneyline and 1-3-1 O/U in his absence entering Tuesday's game against host Oakland.

The Colorado Rockies have placed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip flexor strain. Tulowitzki has fought through a variety of ailments this season, missing time earlier in the year with quad and groin injuries.

Weather Watch

Wind at U.S. Cellular Field will blow out to right field at 14 mph for Wednesday's game between the host Chicago White Sox (-102, 7.5) and the Kansas City Royals. The White Sox were just 2-6 O/U under similar conditions in 2013, with teams averaging a paltry 1.62 homers per game.

Umpire Note of the Day

Over is 7-1-2 in umpire Paul Emmel's last 10 games behind home plate. Emmel will call the balls and strikes for Wednesday's showdown between the host Colorado Rockies and the Washington Nationals.

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MLB Betting News and Notes
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Rain in the forecast for Yankee Stadium Wednesday

Wednesdays meeting between the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium could be threatened by scattered thunderstorms.

Forecasts are calling for a 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms by gametime, with a 30 percent possibility in the forecast leading up to first pitch.


Lohse, Brewers trending Under against Reds

When Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse has faced the Cincinnati Reds recently, the Under is a scorching hot 6-0. Lohse gets the nod for the Reds against the Brew Crew at Miller Park Wednesday.

The Brewers are presently -154 faves on the moneyline with an O/U of 7.5


Dodgers dominating lefties, face Liriano Wednesday

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been feasting on left-handed pitching lately. In their last nine games versus southpaws, L.A. is a 8-1 through Tuesday. Pittsburgh Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano will be on the mound when the Bucs host the Dodgers at PNC Park Wednesday.

The Pirates are currently -135 faves on the moneyline with a total of 7.5


Royals owning ChiSox in Chicago

The Kansas City Royals have struggled mightily in the past little while, but Royals backers have some hope heading into their matchup against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field Wednesday. Through Tuesday, the Royals are 10-2 in their last 12 meetings with the ChiSox in the Windy City.

The game is a pick 'em with a total of 7.5


Peacock cashing in for Under backers

Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock has been a stud for bettors backing the Under in recent games. In the 26-year-old's last seven outings, the Under is 6-1. Houston sends Peacock to the bump when they face off against the Oakland Athletics in the Bay Area Wednesday.

The A's are heavy -235 faves on the moneyline with a total of 7.5.


This umpire loves high totals

Over backers will be glad to see Paul Emmel behind the plate for Wednesday's meeting between the Colorado Rockies and Washington Nationals at Coors Field. In Emmel's last 10 games calling balls and strikes, the Over is a red-hot 7-1-2.

The Nats are currently -158 with a total of 10


Phillies have been a boon for Over bettors

If you've been backing the Over in Phillies games recently, you've been making some nice profits. In Philadelphia's last eight games, the Over is 7-1 through Tuesday. The Phils host the San Francisco Giants Wednesday.

San Fran are -134 faves on the moneyline with a total of 7.5.


Ump trend you need to know

Umpire Will Little will be behind the plate for Wednesday's matchup between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins, which means Under backers need to take note. In Little's last seven games calling balls and strikes, the Under is 6-2.

The Tribe are currently slight -108 faves with a total of 7.5


Indians winning recent Bauer starts

The Cleveland Indians have been playing some good baseball of late, sitting second in the AL Central and winning seven of their last 10 ball games. They'll look to put together back-to-back wins Wednesday with Trevor Bauer on the mound.

The Indians are 4-0 in Bauer's last four starts this season and three of those sports saw the Indians as dogs. The Indians are in Minnesota to face the Twins Wednesday and are -125 road faves.

Anthony Swarzak is slated to get the ball for the Twins.

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Wednesday's Tip Sheet
By Kevin Rogers
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Dodgers at Pirates

Probable Pitchers:
LAD: Haren (8-7, 4.30 ERA)
PIT: Liriano (1-7, 4.43 ERA)

Series recap: These two teams split the first two games, as the Pirates held off the Dodgers last night, 12-7 to cash as -115 favorites. Los Angeles captured Monday’s opener, 5-2 as a short underdog, but the Pirates own a 4-2 record against the Dodgers this season.

What to watch for: The Dodgers have performed well in series finales of late, winning seven of the past nine in this situation. Los Angeles is winless in Haren’s last three starts, while the Dodgers are 6-2 to the ‘over’ in his past eight trips to the mound. One of Liriano’s best outings of the season came at Chavez Ravine in late May, as the southpaw tossed 5.2 innings of scoreless baseball in a 2-1 road victory.

Giants at Phillies

Probable Pitchers:
SF: Bumgarner (11-7, 3.38 ERA)
PHI: Burnett (6-9, 4.08 ERA)

Series recap: The Giants have remained hot in the second half by capturing the opening two contests at Citizens Bank Park to improve to 4-1 the last five games. On Tuesday, San Francisco held off Philadelphia in 14 innings, 9-6 to pick up its fourth straight road victory in this series dating back to last July.

What to watch for: San Francisco is nearly automatic with Bumgarner on the mound away from AT&T Park, as the team has put together an 8-3 mark in his 11 road starts, including a blowout of Miami in his last outing. Also, the Giants have hit the ‘over’ in five consecutive starts made by Bumgarner, as the first two games of this series has seen the ‘over’ connect. The Phillies have dropped eight of their last nine home contests, while the ‘over’ is 4-0 in Burnett’s past four trips to the mound.

Red Sox at Blue Jays

Probable Pitchers:
BOS: Buchholz (5-5, 5.46 ERA)
TOR: Dickey (7-10, 3.95 ERA)

Series recap: These two clubs have exchanged blowouts in the first two contests, as Toronto topped Boston on Tuesday, 7-3 as +110 underdogs. The victory snapped Boston’s five-game winning streak, while the Jays won for the third time in four contests. The ‘over’ has cashed in five straight meetings between these division rivals, while the victorious squad in all eight matchups this season has scored at least six runs.

What to watch for: Toronto has dropped six of the last seven starts made by Dickey, while the ‘under’ is 7-1 in the knuckleballer’s past eight trips to the mound. The Sox have won each of Buchholz’s previous three away starts, while Boston owns an 8-0 record in Buchholz’s last eight starts against Toronto at Rogers Center since 2009.

Rays at Cardinals

Probable Pitchers:
TB: Cobb (5-6, 4.08 ERA)
STL: Lynn (11-6, 3.13 ERA)

Series recap: The Rays stayed red-hot after a horrible June as Tampa Bay destroyed St. Louis last night, 7-2 to cash as +135 underdogs. Tampa Bay has won six consecutive games, while improving to 12-1 in its past 13 road contests.

What to watch for: Everything is going right for the Rays at the moment, who look for their sixth straight win in Game 2 of a series on Wednesday. The Cardinals have struggled at home against National League foes, posting a 1-5 record this season. The ‘under’ is 7-1 in Lynn’s past eight trips to the mound, while St. Louis owns an 8-3 record in his 11 home starts.

Orioles at Angels

Probable Pitchers:
BAL: Tillman (7-5, 4.03 ERA)
LAA: Weaver (10-6, 3.43 ERA)

Series recap: The Angels suffered consecutive home losses for the first time in over two months after Baltimore defeated Los Angeles on Tuesday, 4-2. The Orioles have cashed in the underdog role twice in this series, while the ‘under’ of 8½ has hit each time.

What to watch for: Baltimore has won four of its past six road series finales, while the O’s go for just their second road sweep of the season (first came at Tampa Bay in May). The Angels have compiled a 6-0 record in Weaver’s last six starts, while the Halos are 8-2 in his past 10 outings at Angel Stadium. Los Angeles has drilled the ‘under’ in seven of the previous nine home contests, but has scored three runs or less four times in the past five games.

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MLB Odds and Picks
By: Micah Roberts   
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LAS VEGAS -- The Dodgers and Pirates play in a rubber match tonight, a huge game for both teams' psyche. Just prior to the All-Star break, it looked as though the Dodgers were going to run away with the NL West like they did last season, but the Giants woke up and have a one-game lead over them.

For Pittsburgh, they sit 2.5 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central and tonight's game is pivotal because it will be their last home game for 12 days as they head out on a 10-game West Coast trip on Friday. Home is where the heart is and the Bucs have used PNC Park to its fullest advantage with an NL-best 33-21 record.

The problem for both teams tonight is that they don't know who is going to show up on the mound. The Dodgers have Dan Haren (8-7, 4.30 ERA) penciled in and the Pirates are going with Francisco Liriano (1-7, 4.43 ERA), but no one on either side is quite sure what to expect.

The Dodgers are hoping that the Haren who shows up tonight isn't the same Haren that has an 0-3 record with a 9.64 ERA in July so far. Haren has served up 20 homers this season, second-most in the NL. He's 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA in his last two starts against the Pirates, and he served up a pair of homers in each of those turns. That's a lot of baggage Haren's carrying with him tonight.

Liriano hasn't been much better, but at least he pitched well in his last start against the Rockies on Friday where he didn't allow an earned run in five innings of a 4-2 Pirates win. Prior to that start, the Pirates had gone 1-5 in his previous six starts. Ironically the only win over that span was at Dodger Stadium on May 30, which remains his only victory of the season.

This is Liriano's third start since coming off the disabled list, and while his overall numbers don't look anything close to last year's brilliant performance, he is showing signs of getting better which is great news for Pittsburgh in their quest to make the playoffs for a second consecutive year.

The Pirates have won four of the six meetings with the Dodgers this season. Let's make it five of seven with Haren's latest trend of getting knocked around continuing. The total is set at 7.5.

Going Against the Streaks

The Rockies have dropped seven in a row while the Nationals have won four straight, but let's throw that out the window and concentrate more on the pitchers here with Stephen Strasburg (7-7, 3.55) and Jorge De La Rosa (10-6, 4.39). Strasburg's last win was against the Rockies on July 1, but he is 0-2 with a 3.66 ERA since. He's been terrible on the road this season, going 1-5 with a 4.92 ERA in nine starts, and the Denver altitude isn't going to help those numbers. He lost 4-2 in his last start there in 2012. De La Rosa is 4-0 with a 3.48 ERA in his last five starts.

Wednesday selections:

Pirates (Liriano) -132 vs. Dodgers

Pirates/Dodgers OV 7.5

Rockies (De La Rosa) +145 vs. Nationals

Rays (Cobb) +104 at Cardinals

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