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MLB Betting News and Notes Wednesday, August 6

MLB Betting News and Notes Wednesday, August 6

Game of the Day: Tigers at Yankees

Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees (+123, 9)

The New York Yankees own more than their share of major-league records, and they will set another when they host the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday in the third contest of their four-game series. Scheduled to face Detroit's Justin Verlander, the Yankees will become the first team in history to take on the league's last three Cy Young Award winners in three consecutive games. New York, which trails Toronto by one game for the second wild-card spot in the American League, beat Max Scherzer in the series opener and had David Price on the ropes before blowing a two-run lead Tuesday.

Having assembled an armada in their starting rotation, the Tigers took a step to bolster their struggling bullpen by signing Jim Johnson to a minor-league contract. Johnson posted consecutive 50-save seasons with Baltimore before being traded in the offseason to Oakland, which released him after he posted a dreadful 7.38 ERA and 2.06 WHIP in 38 appearances. Recently acquired reliever Joakim Soria turned in his second straight scoreless effort Tuesday and closer Joe Nathan has picked up four saves while allowing two hits in his last six appearances for Detroit, which owns a 4 1/2-game lead over Kansas City in the AL Central.

LINE HISTORY: The Yankees opened as +127 home dogs. The total has held at 9.

INJURY REPORT: Tigers - Torii Hunter (Questionable, hand).

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Tigers (-196), Yankees (-151)

WHAT CAPPERS SAY: Detroit's Justin Verlander is no longer a dominant pitcher like he was in previous seasons. It appears the 31-year has lost an edge with a weak 4.66 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in his 23 starts this season. However, it is a bit misleading as Verlander has pitched better in his past eight outings. After allowing a horrendous 14 runs and 20 hits in two starts on June 11th and June 16th, Verlander has actually pitched well since, allowing three runs or less in six of his past eight starts." Covers Expert Steve Merril.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Justin Verlander (10-9, 4.66 ERA) vs. Yankees LH Chris Capuano (1-2, 4.50)

Verlander is coming off one of the best starts of his inconsistent season, allowing two runs on eight hits over eight innings in a victory over Colorado. It marked Verlander's longest outing since going eight innings on April 6 and also was only the second start in which he did not walk a batter. Verlander is 5-5 in 15 career starts versus New York but 0-2 with seven homers allowed in 31 innings at the new Yankee Stadium.

Capuano is making his third start since he was acquired in a trade with Colorado following his release from Boston in late June. He took the loss against the Red Sox on Friday, permitting four runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings after giving up two runs in six frames against Toronto in his New York debut. Miguel Cabrera is 9-for-23 with four homers and eight RBIs against Capuano while Torii Hunter is 9-for-21.


* Over is 5-0 in Verlander's last five road starts vs. Yankees.
* Tigers are 0-6 in Verlander's last six road starts vs. Yankees.
* Yankees are 5-16 in their last 21 games as a home underdog.
* Over is 9-4 in umpire Tom Woodring's last 13 games behind home plate.

COVERS CONSENSUS: 60.82 percent of wagers on Covers Consensus are backing the Detroit Tigers.

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MLB Betting News and Notes

David Ortiz, Boston - Doub Wed

Ortiz is not expected to play Wednesday against the Cardinals as he will likely be given the day to rest.

Lopsided history in this interleague matchup

Being an interleague matchup, the San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins do not play each other too frequently. But if history is any indication, the Twins get wide-eyed when they see the Padres on the schedule.

Following Tuesday's 3-1 victory at Target Field, the Twins are now 9-0 in the previous nine meetings between the two ball clubs.

The Twins are currently -115 home faves and will send Kevin Correia to the mound, while Odrisamer Despaigne is scheduled to pitch for the visiting Padres.

Despite wins, Sale struggles versus Rangers

With a record of 10-1, an ERA of 2.09 and a WHIP of 0.90, it's safe to say that Chicago White Sox lefty Chris Sale has been sensational this season.

He'll be on the mound versus the Texas Rangers Wednesday, a team that - while he's posted three victories in four starts - he's struggled against. In four career starts versus the Rangers, Sale has tossed 31 innings, given up 17 earned runs on 28 hits and has posted an ERA of 4.94 - his third highest (Dodgers 10.50, Orioles 5.28).

It will be his first start against the club since August 23 of last season. He allowed eight runs on eight hits over seven innings of work, losing 11-5.

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MLB Betting Cheat Sheet

The Price Was (Mostly) Right

David Price looked strong in his Detroit debut, striking out 10 over 8 2/3 innings but settling for a no-decision in the Tigers' 4-3, 11-inning victory over the New York Yankees. Between the Rays and Tigers, Price is 8-2 SU and 2-8 O/U in his last 10 starts.

Gray Day For Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays will have their hands full Wednesday as they face Sonny Gray and the Oakland Athletics (-204, 7). Gray has a 0.61 ERA in two starts against Tampa Bay, and has surrendered just five earned runs over his previous six outings overall.

Lester's Encore

Left-hander Jon Lester will look for his second win in as many starts as an Athletic on Thursday as Oakland entertains the Minnesota Twins. Lester, acquired from Boston at the non-waiver trade deadline, is 8-1 SU and 3-6 O/U in his previous nine starts.

Pitching Notes

Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar has a pair of streaks on the line Wednesday as the Indians (-108, 7) visit the Cincinnati Reds. Salazar is 3-0 SU and 3-0 O/U in three starts since being called up from Triple-A Columbus in late July.

Jake Peavy is off to a dismal start in his return to the National League as he leads the San Francisco Giants into Milwaukee on Thursday. Peavy has lost his first two starts since being acquired from Boston, and his teams have dropped 14 of his previous 15 outings overall.

Hitting Notes

Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis is mired in a 3-for-25 slump that has coincided with his team's season-worst seven-game losing skid. Gattis and the Braves (-120, 7) resume their interleague series in Seattle on Wednesday.

Home runs may be hard to come by for the Baltimore Orioles in Thursday's tilt with JA Happ and the Toronto Blue Jays. No active member of the Orioles has gone deep against Happ, who has a 2.45 ERA in 25 2/3 career innings vs. Baltimore.

Totals Streak

Pittsburgh Pirates (5-1 O/U): The Pirates are in a bit of a tailspin, having dropped four of six while dealing with the potential long-term absence of defending NL MVP Andrew McCutchen. Pittsburgh is 51-53-8 O/U for the season.

Prop of the Day

The Cubs may be a strong play to win in Colorado by more than two runs; they're valued at +215 to do so. Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has recorded 10 straight quality starts while Rockies counterpart Jordan Lyles is making his return from a two-month DL stint due to a broken hand.

Injury Notes

Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is expected to return Wednesday after missing the previous four games with an ankle injury. The Rockies went 2-2 SU, 2-2 O/U and earned four units in his absence as they prepare to tangle with the Cubs.

Weather Watch

Winds at Coliseum will blow out to right field at 6 mph Wednesday for the game between host Oakland and Tampa Bay. The Athletics went 21-8 SU and 12-17 O/U in 29 games last season with the wind blowing out to right at less than 10 mph.

Umpire Note of the Day

Under is 15-5-1 in umpire Brian O'Nora's last 21 games calling balls and strikes. O'Nora will be behind home plate Wednesday when the Blue Jays (+110, 8.5) host the Orioles.

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MLB Odds and Picks
By: Micah Roberts

LAS VEGAS -- There’s a good betting situation tonight in Toronto, where the Blue Jays, reeling with a four-game losing streak, take on the red-hot Orioles, who have won three straight. After last night’s 9-3 win in the series opener between the top two teams in the AL East, Baltimore now has a commanding five-game lead in the division and should be able to make it six after tonight.

The main reason for backing Baltimore as a slight -110 favorite, beyond the opposing streaks, is that Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (12-3, 3.76 ERA) has been mowing down opponents over his past five starts – four of which as the underdog. In his last two outings, during a home-and-away series with Seattle, Chen allowed only one run in 15 1/3 innings of work. He looks to set a career high in wins tonight.

The Orioles have mystified me for being able to stay so consistently good with a starting rotation that appears to be average. They keep winning and getting stronger, and their starting pitching, in fact, has been a big reason why. At a key juncture in the season, they have turned their game up a notch by winning 22 of their last 31 games. They are the real deal, and it would be a surprise if anyone in the AL East catches them, including second-place Toronto.

The Blue Jays didn’t do anything at last Thursday’s trade deadline to improve their chances of walking down Baltimore, and Jose Bautista telling the media how disappointed he was that the team stood pat was an indication that something needed to be done. It's a mood-changer in the locker room – and kind of a a crutch now for bad play. Since Bautista made the comments, the Blue jays have been outscored 26-7 and lost all four games. If they lose tonight, they’ll match a season-high losing streak of five games.

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Toronto has won its last two games behind tonight’s starter Drew Hutchison (7-9, 4.62), but he’s been very hittable lately, compiling a 1-3 record with an 8.10 ERA over his last five starts. However, he has been his best against Baltimore over his career. In five starts, he’s 2-0 with a 1.16 ERA, by far his lowest ERA against any team he’s faced at least twice.

So what looks more attractive? Riding Hutchison’s past history against Baltimore, or going against him based on current form and a team behind him that's slumping – and sulking? Then mix into the equation how well Chen has been pitching.

The better bet looks to be against Hutchison.

Wednesday’s selections:

Orioles (Chen) -110 at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. ET

Giants (Vogelsong) +127 at Brewers, 8:10 p.m. ET

Dodgers/Angels OVER 8.5 (-115), 10:05 p.m. ET

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