MLB Betting News and Notes Tuesday, August 26

MLB Betting News and Notes Tuesday, August 26

Baseball Betting: Streaks, Tips, Notes
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Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros

Houston and Oakland get ready to duel again Tuesday night after the Athletics notched an 8-2 victory in the opener. Lest anyone think Houston has nothing in their favor, sports handicappers would be quick to note that during August the Astros are on equal footing with A's both having identical 11-12 records. Houston 6-4 in Minute Maid Park over the span, Athletics 2-6 away from O.co Coliseum in August, Stros can't be written off. Another positive for Houston backers, Dallas Keuchel (10-9 3.12 ERA) gets the call. Although the southpaw has a 1-4 record in his last seven starts he has tossed six consecutive quality starts including his fifth complete game of the season last time out. Keuchel's counterpart on the evening will be Jason Hammel (9-10, 3.84 ERA) who has not had a good start with his new club carrying a 1-5 record in seven trips to the mound with a whopping 6.75 ERA (1-6 TSR). Taking an underdog is always a risky proposition, though in this case, the amount of supporting data in favor of Houston makes it less risky.

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Game of the Day: Cardinals at Pirates
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St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates (-134, 7.5)

The St. Louis Cardinals are strengthening their hold on the top spot in the National League wild-card race, but it's the NL Central title that they covet. The Cardinals have won nine of their last 12 and look to continue their surge toward division-leading Milwaukee when they resume their three-game series against the host Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. The Cardinals are 1 1/2 games behind the Brewers in the division but own a three-game lead over San Francisco atop the wild-card standings, while the Pirates trail the Giants by 1 1/2 contests for the final playoff spot.

The Cardinals notched their 23rd comeback victory of the season in Monday's series opener, scoring three runs in the seventh inning and holding on for a 3-2 triumph. St. Louis does have some concerns at the back end of the bullpen, as closer Trevor Rosenthal gave up a ninth-inning home run by Andrew McCutchen before recording his 39th save - tied with Milwaukee's Francisco Rodriguez for the NL lead. St. Louis leads the season series 8-6.

LINE HISTORY: The LV Superbook opened the Pirates as -134 home faves with a total of 7.5.

INJURY REPORT: Cardinals - RF Shane Robinson (Doubtful, shoulder), 2B Mark Ellis (15-day DL, oblique).

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Cardinals (-178), Pirates -152)

WHAT CAPPERS SAY: "Everything would seem to be in place for the visitors to steal another victory tonight after taking yesterday's opener 3-2. The Cardinals will send Lance Lynn (14-8, 2.78 ERA) to the hill. Lynn has quietly been dominating of late, he's 6-2 with a very respectable 1.73 ERA over his last nine starts, which includes having won three straight, most recently holding the Reds to just four scattered hits over seven scoreless frames in his team's 7-3 victory on Wednesday. The Pirates offense has been living off the long ball of late, which doesn't bode well for Pittsburgh today as Lynn has given up just three dingers in 128 2/3's innings spanning his last 21 starts. Pittsburgh counters with Gerrit Cole (7-4, 3.69 ERA) who went seven scoreless in his team's 3-2 win over the Braves on Wednesday. While Cole has had success against the Cardinals this year, I'll still give the nod to Lynn in this matchup." Covers Expert AAA Sports.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Lance Lynn (14-8, 2.78 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Gerrit Cole (7-4, 3.69)

Lynn has been one of the majors' best pitchers since the All-Star break, going 4-2 with a 1.84 ERA in seven starts. He has won three straight outings and was dominant last time out, holding Cincinnati to four hits over seven scoreless innings. The 27-year-old is 5-3 with a 4.88 ERA in 13 career games (11 starts) against Pittsburgh.

Cole was solid in his return from the disabled list Wednesday, holding Atlanta to two runs and five hits over seven innings, but he didn't get a decision. It was the 23-year-old's first major-league start since July 4. Cole is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in two outings against St. Louis, including a victory on April 4 in which he gave up two runs over seven frames.

TRENDS:

* Cardinals are 5-1 in the last six meetings.
* Under is 4-0 in umpire Sean Barber's last four games behind home plate.
* Cardinals are 4-0 in Lynn's last four starts.
* Over is 6-2 in Pirates' last eight vs. National League Central.

COVERS CONSENSUS: 51 percent of wagers on Covers Consensus are behind the visiting Cardinals.

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