MLB Betting News and Notes Friday, August 22

MLB Betting News and Notes Friday, August 22

MLB Betting Cheat Sheet
By Covers.com

Unders Galore

Thursday was the most profitable Under day of the season, with teams combining to go 0-8-1 O/U. Only two teams - Atlanta and San Francisco - scored more than four runs, while the Braves, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels and Washington Nationals all recorded shutouts.

Diamondbacks Limp Home

The Arizona Diamondbacks (-121, 8.5) return home Friday for their series-opening tilt with the San Diego Padres. The Diamondbacks went 2-8 on their 10-game road trip through Cleveland, Miami and Washington, scoring just 21 runs on the entire trip en route to a 4-6 O/U mark.

Lester's Home-Field Advantage

Jon Lester should have a decided upper hand Saturday as he and the Oakland Athletics face fellow lefty C.J. Wilson and the visiting Angels. Lester is 7-4 with a 1.88 ERA and a 3-10 O/U mark in home starts this season, while Wilson is 3-6 with a 5.22 ERA on the road.

Sale Owns Yankees

Best of luck to the Bronx Bombers on Sunday, as they tangle with Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox. Sale is 3-0 with a 0.85 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 31 2/3 career innings versus the Yankees, and tossed six innings of one-hit, 10-strikeout ball against them earlier this season.

Pitching Notes

Felix Hernandez will look to start a new streak of impressive starts Friday as he and the Seattle Mariners (-180, 7) face the host Boston Red Sox. Hernandez went just five innings in his last start, ending his streak of outings with seven or more innings and two or fewer runs allowed at 16.

Jordan Lyles has an impressive string on the line Saturday as he leads the host Colorado Rockies into a showdown with the Miami Marlins. Lyles has racked up five consecutive overs - going 1-0 with four no-decisions over that span - and is 11-4 O/U for the year.

Stephen Strasburg has had plenty of success against San Francisco as he and the Washington Nationals entertain the Giants on Sunday. Strasburg is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four career starts versus the Giants, including an impressive win as a -127 favorite back in June.

Hitting Notes

The Mariners may have some trouble containing David Ortiz. The Boston Red Sox slugger has been red-hot over the past seven days, going 12-for-21 with four home runs and eight RBIs - and he's the only one hitting well for Boston, which has dropped five straight.

It could be a long Saturday for Rays outfielder David DeJesus. He's hitting just .179 with two doubles and a homer in 78 career at-bats versus Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle, who gets the call in the second game of the series.

John Jaso will look to end his struggles versus Jered Weaver when the Athletics and Angels do battle Sunday. Jaso has just one hit in 17 career at-bats against Weaver, though he has drawn five walks - the most of any Oakland hitter versus Weaver.

Totals Streak

Baltimore Orioles (1-5-1 O/U): Solid pitching has been the catalyst for the Orioles' four-game winning streak; they've allowed just seven runs during that stretch, which was capped by a sweep of the host Chicago White Sox. Baltimore is 54-68-3 O/U for the year.

Prop of the Day

Bettors may want to take a chance on the Miami Marlins prevailing by exactly one run Friday night in Colorado (+600). The Marlins have played one-run games in nine of right-hander Henderson Alvarez's last 14 starts - and won all nine.

Injury Notes

The Angels have lost starter Garrett Richards for the rest of the season with a torn patellar tendon. Richards was one of the best value plays in the majors this season, racking up $1,060 as the Angels went 19-7 in his 26 starts.

The Dodgers are expected to have shortstop Hanley Ramirez (oblique) back in the lineup Sunday afternoon against the Mets. Ramirez has missed the last 12 games with the injury; Los Angeles is 6-6 SU, 5-7 O/U and -131 units in his absence.

Weather Watch

Wind at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington will blow in from right field at 9 mph for Friday's game between host Texas (+134, 9) and Kansas City. Teams averaged 8.19 runs and 1.85 homers in 27 games under similar conditions in 2013, slightly below stadium averages.

A 9 mph wind will blow in from center field Saturday when the Red Sox host the Mariners. Teams averaged just 1.57 homers while batting a paltry .227 in seven games with the wind blowing in from center a year ago - well below Fenway Park averages.

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So far, there is some momentum behind the Phillies RL. Either that or scalping. Since the Cardinals can't seem to hit, I can't say I disagree.

I have no real opinion on the Nats game yet. I won't lay -160 on Washington, I do know that. If you made me, after seeing lineups, I would have to go with the SF RL especially if the total stays at 7.

The Reds fade train is in full force. I'm not so sure about that. Minor the fly ball pitcher in the little park makes me lean Reds and/or over.

Early money on the Pirates/Locke. The Pirates RL is pretty pricey. Not sure which Locke shows up. The one that's thinking about fixing games or the pissed off one. Line move says the latter.

I cannot take Arizona and their bullpen. Padres or nothing, probably.

Seems like they're begging people to take the Dodgers so I would consider the Mets RL there. Sorry Reese.

There is no way the Indians, even against Peacock, are worth -210. The total seems to be dropping, so seriously considering the Astros RL.

Greene is clearly over valued here and Danks is more than capable on any given day. I despise the White Sox bullpen, so I lean over a bit, but not laying -180 or whatever on the

Yankees, who are capable of just about anything.

The early money wants to take Smyly, perhaps because the Rays played a ballsweater in Tampa yesterday and traveled, but I can't see not taking Toronto at home at that price.

I lean to the over in the Seattle/Boston game. Seattle may get that many.

I would love for that Texas total to come off of nine, although that would be serious money to take it off a key number. That's another one that there's probably a play in after lineups and moves confirm some things.

I like the over in the Tigers-Twins game a fair bit, but haven't yet checked weather and umpires. Purely instinctive based on pitchers.

I want no part, at this point, of the A's game. Yes, the Angels traveled but they're playing well and Oakland may be over priced because of that. Angels have seen plenty of Gray. Lean under as well.

The money is on the Orioles this afternoon, but I think the under is a much more solid play.

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Orioles cashing for bettors in Gausman's road starts

The Baltimore Orioles are 5-1 in starting pitcher Kevin Gausman's previous six starts away from Oriole Park.

That's the spot he'll be in as the O's visit the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field as +100 road dogs Friday afternoon.

Orioles' wins at Tampa Bay (+136), Boston (+119), Oakland (+136), Seattle (+174), Washington (+127) and Cleveland (+116) have supplied bettors with plenty value in the right-hander's road starts.


Two teams meet that have failed to create runs

The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals are set to clash in a weekend series, but don't be surprised with a lack of offense. In the past seven meetings between the two clubhouses the over/under record is 6-0-1.

The seven games have seen a combined 29 runs for an average of 4.1 runs per game.


Carlos Beltran, NY Yankees - Ques Fri

Beltran missed his second-straight game Thursday after receiving treatment for his right elbow. He is questionable to play Friday against the White Sox.


David Ortiz, Boston - Ques Fri

Ortiz was taken out of Wednesday's game and did not play Thursday due to general soreness. He is questionable for Friday against the Mariners.


Pitcher has dominated team for his entire career

The Milwaukee Brewers will send Yovani Gallardo to the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates, which is a great sign for the Brewers. In Gallardo's 14 career starts at home against the Pirates has seen the Brewers go 12-2.

Gallardo has only given up 28 runs, average of two runs per game, while striking out 97 batters, average of just under seven a game.


Angels face unfriendly territory this weekend

The Los Angels Angels are about to play some of the most important games of the season when they challenge the Oakland Athletics this weekend. Unfortunately for the Angels, they are playing at O.co Coliseum where they are 3-7 in the past 10.

The Angels have been outscored 55-48 during those games, however; 25 percent of their offense (12 runs) came in one game.

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Re: MLB Betting News and Notes Friday, August 22

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By: Micah Roberts   
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LAS VEGAS -- In the next 10 days, we’re going to find out just how tough the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland A’s really are as the teams with the two best records in baseball square off for seven games. It all starts tonight at Oakland for a three-game set with the A's Sonny Gray as a -152 favorite against the Halos' Hector Santiago.

The Angels currently have a two-game lead on Oakland in the AL West after chasing them earlier this summer when the A’s were mowing through both leagues with little resistance. The Angels were waiting for that moment when the A’s might experience a little hiccup, and when it happened, L.A. took full advantage of the opportunity.

Surprisingly, that moment came when the A’s made the deadline trade to better themselves by acquiring big-game starter Jon Lester from Boston in exchange for slugger Yoenis Cespedes. That gave Oakland one of the best starting rotations in baseball. How in the world could the Angels hang around after that?

Since the trade, the A’s have gone 8-11 and have been held to three runs or less in 13 of those games. They’re currently on a run of losing eight of their last 10 while the vaunted rotation has had a lousy 5.08 ERA.

Meanwhile, the Angels have put together a great run by going 12-7 since the A’s trade, including winning eight of their last nine games. They had some terrible news when Garrett Richards went down with a season-ending knee injury Wednesday night. Losing their best pitcher could be a moment for lapse by the Angels -- especially when his replacement, Wade LeBlanc, takes the mound Monday vs. Miami.

Could it be that maybe the injury will serve as some kind of battle cry, where every player on the team knows they have to take their game to another level to make up for the huge loss of Richards?

The two teams haven’t met since early June, when the Angels took two of three at home, but overall the A’s have won six of nine. Oakland swept the Angels in the only three-game set played at the Coliseum in May.

The A’s are -175 favorites to win the series, and while the numbers add up because of the pitching matchups, it doesn’t really make sense because of how differently these two are playing. The Angels are doing everything right, despite not hitting the ball well (Mike Trout is hitting .158 in his last 14 games). Meanwhile, the A's are feeling immense pressure of failing now that they're considered an elite team for the first time since the early 90s.

By the way, Trout has hit .357 with six homers and 16 RBIs in his last 10 games at Oakland. The Angels are 12-7 on Fridays this season and 55-33 (+15 units) against righthanders, but are only 26-30 when playing against winning teams.

Santiago has pitched well in his last eight starts, but hasn’t gotten a lot of run support. Gray has lost his last four starts, while posting a 4.94 ERA. Let’s go with the Angels at +142 to get the win tonight, and while we're at it, we might as well take the series at +155.

Let’s take a look at the weekend pitching matchups:

Friday: Hector Santiago (3-7) vs. Sonny Gray (12-7) 10:05 p.m. (ET)
Saturday: C.J. Wilson (10-8) vs. Jon Lester (13-8) 9:05 p.m.
Sunday: Jared Weaver (13-7) vs. Scott Kazmir (14-5) 8:05 p.m.

Friday's picks:

Angels (Santiago) +142 at A's
Giants/Nationals UNDER 7 (+105)
Royals (Yordano Ventura) -138 at Rangers

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