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ALCS Game 1 Betting Preview: Yankees vs. Rangers2010-10-16
Sportsbook.com Betting Odds: New York -148, Texas +138; Total: 8
CC Sabathia (22-7, 3.21 ERA) and C.J. Wilson (16-8, 3.2 Programa Descuentos Deportivos
9 ERA) face off in Game 1 of the ALCS at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Friday. Both left-handers exit ALDS wins, with Sabathia giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits over six innings in Game 1 against Minnesota. Wilson was brilliant in Game 2 against the Rays, yielding just two hits in 6.1 shutout innings.
Despite Wilson’s performance, 71% of the baseball betting population at Sportsbook.com is backing the favored Yankees.
Sabathia has returned to earth a bit in his last three starts, going 2-1 with an ERA of 5.04. He faced Texas once this year, back on April 16 where he was also opposed by Wilson. Sabathia came out on the winning end of a 5-1 Yankee victory, going six innings and giving up one run on three hits while striking out nine. He’s had a fair amount of success against the Rangers in his career, carrying an 8-3 record and a 4.29 ERA into Friday’s matchup.
Game 1 marks the fourth time this year that Wilson faces the Yankees. He took the loss in that April 16 matchup and earned no-decisions in the next two starts, both Texas wins. Wilson has performed well at home this year, going 11-3 with a 3.78 ERA. That stat might bode well for the Rangers who took four of five home games from New York this year. Texas has also won 13 of Wilson’s last 16 starts, including seven of his last eight at home.
Given Wilson’s success in Arlington, these MLB betting trends indicate that the Rangers are a solid bet in Game 1:
Play Against - Road teams (NY YANKEES) - with a starting pitcher whose WHIP is 1.300 or better on the season-AL, starting an over-rested pitcher who is working on 7 or more days rest. (72-33 over the last 5 seasons.) (68.6%, +38.7 units. Rating = 3*).
WILSON is 25-7 (78.1%, +16.1 Units) against the money line vs. teams averaging 2.75 or less extra base hits per game this season. (Team's Record). The average score was WILSON 4.8, OPPONENT 2.9 - (Rating = 2*).
Now that you have the key numbers for tonight’s game, head over to Sportsbook.com for your MLB betting pleasure.
MLB: Hot starting pitchers on the hill for Thursday night2010-07-08
The Thursday night baseball betting board has a handful of hurlers taking the mound looking to extend a run of hot pitching. All five of them are favorites, but of varying degrees, meaning there is still some value to be found. Let’s take a look at these surging starting pitchers and whether or not it’s worth laying some chalk tonight with any. For more key betting info on all of Thursday’s games, be sure to visit the GAME MATCHUPS page.
(907) SAN DIEGO (LATOS) at (908) WASHINGTON (ATILANO) 7:05 PM
No one in all of Major League Baseball is hotter than Mat Latos of San Diego right now, and that includes Ubaldo Jimenez, Josh Johnson, or any other team’s ace. Latos has been near unhittable for the last two-plus months. In fact, in his last 12 starts, Latos boasts a WHIP of just 0.819 and an ERA of 1.70, having yielded just 15 earned runs in 79-1/3 innings.
Oddsmakers at Sportsbook.com list the Padres as -145 favorites right now on the road in Washington as the N.L. West Division leaders look to salvage a win in their 3-game set with the Nationals. Having lost the first two games by a run on each occasion, bettors may be interested to know that:
• SAN DIEGO is 9-1 (+9.1 Units) against the money line after 2 or more consecutive losses this season. The average score was SAN DIEGO 5.1, OPPONENT 2.3 - (Rating = 1*)
(909) CINCINNATI (CUETO) at (910) PHILADELPHIA (KENDRICK) 7:05 PM
Everyone’s degree of hot from here on out won’t reach the level of Mat Latos of San Diego, but still there are some noteworthy recent performances that you’ll want to consider as you handicap Thursday night’s action. Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto is one of the pitchers to note. He has had a pair of 4-game hot stretches this season in which he has sparkled. His current stretch finds him having allowed just a pair of earned runs in his last 25-2/3 innings, for an ERA of 0.70.
Cueto has been really solid on the road against good teams of late:
• CUETO is 6-0 (+7.6 Units) against the money line in road games vs. teams outscoring opp by 0.5 or more runs/game on the season over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record) The average score was CUETO 6.0, OPPONENT 3.0 - (Rating = 1*)
Perhaps most important though, Cueto’s teammates are playing as good as they have all year long, having gone 12-4 in their L16 games to open up a 3-game lead in the N.L. Central over the Cardinals. Sportsbook lists Cincinnati as a slight -115 favorite over slumping Philadelphia.
(913) CHICAGO CUBS (WELLS) at (914) LA DODGERS (KERSHAW) 10:10 PM
The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw has been relatively quietly putting up one of the best seasons for a starter in the National League, quietly because he isn’t even an all-star. Since being roughed up by the Brewers back in his first start of May, Kershaw has been on fire. In 11 starts since, he has gone 73-2/3 innings while allowing just 18 earned runs for an ERA of 2.20 and WHIP of 1.032. Perhaps the best indicator of his dominance has been the fact that he has struck out 80 hitters in that span.
Kershaw’s dominance combined with the Cubs recent struggles at the plate make him a -195 favorite for Thursday, but according to this extremely powerful betting system, that price shouldn’t even be given a second thought:
• Play Against - Road underdogs with a money line of +175 to +250 (CHICAGO CUBS) - cold hitting team - batting .250 or worse over their last 20 games against opponent with a hot starting pitcher- WHIP <= 1.000 over his last 5 starts. (54-5 over the last 5 seasons.) (91.5%, +42.6 units. Rating = 4*)
(921) BALTIMORE (GUTHRIE) at (922) TEXAS (HUNTER) 8:05 PM
Tommy Hunter has only been in the Texas rotation since the start of June, but his solid pitching has been one of the catalysts behind the Rangers’ recent surge. They are 6-0 in his starts, and while his stats are impressive (1.98 ERA, 1.156 WHIP), perhaps the most unbelievable number comes from the fact that Rangers’ hitters have provided him with 9.6 runs per game of support.
Texas is a heavy -260 favorite according to Sportsbook.com but according to the following trend, the Rangers should be nearly automatic against the lowly O’s:
• BALTIMORE is 1-19 (-17.3 Units) against the money line vs. a starting pitcher whose gives up 5.5 or less hits/start this season. The average score was BALTIMORE 2.8, OPPONENT 6.7 - (Rating = 4*)
(923) NY YANKEES (PETTITTE) at (924) SEATTLE (VARGAS) 10:10 PM
Andy Pettitte has to be given some props for his performance of late as well, and you can trace his run of success back all the way to the 2009 ALCS. Including three postseason starts, the Yankees are 16-3 in his last 19 outings, and he owns a personal record of 13-2 in that span. While not as scintillating as some of the other numbers posted earlier, Pettitte has been in a word “solid”. In those 16 starts, his ERA has been 2.99 with a WHIP of 1.184. Most importantly, the Yankees have been winning with him on the hill. Matched against another southpaw in Jason Vargas of Seattle, Pettitte and New York are -155 favorites.
MLB: New York-Minnesota play 1-1/2 games Wednesday2010-05-26
The New York Yankees have only one win in their last six games, but they’ll have the opportunity to pick up two victories Wednesday. After New York’s first game at Target Field was suspended due to rain, the Yankees and Minnesota Twins will pick up their series opener in the sixth inning before continuing the three-game set with a full game in the evening. In the full second game on tonight’s set, Sportsbook.com shows Minnesota as a -114 home favorite.
Although the Twins (26-18,+2.7 units) were rained out May 7 against Baltimore, Tuesday marked the first time there was a mid-game delay at their new stadium, which opened this year after the team spent 28 seasons playing inside the Metrodome. “You can’t do anything about it,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Mother Nature decided to water her plants.”
The game was suspended because it was still scoreless when it was stopped after five innings. The bullpens will have to take over after New York’s A.J. Burnett and Minnesota’s Scott Baker each allowed three hits.
The Yankees (26-18,+0.8) were especially in need of strong starting pitching after their staff posted a 5.54 ERA while the team dropped five of its last six. Manager Joe Girardi may have preferred to keep playing. “I didn’t think it was raining too hard to play,” Girardi said.
The Twins have also been scuffling, dropping four of six overall, but they’re 14-7 at home this year and 116-69 over the last three seasons, and maintain a 1 1/2-game lead on second-place Detroit in the AL Central. They’re hoping to harness some momentum from their last game against New York, a 6-3 win at Yankee Stadium on May 16 that was punctuated by Jason Kubel’s go-ahead grand slam off Mariano Rivera
Prior to that game, the Twins had lost 12 straight to New York, including a three-game sweep in last year’s AL division series. The Yankees have won their last four in Minneapolis and have exceptional 53-25 record in the second game of a series.
After the completion of the suspended game, both teams will look for bounce-back efforts from left-handers as Francisco Liriano and Andy Pettitte square off.
Liriano (4-3, 3.25 ERA, 1.272 WHIP) won four straight starts from April 15-May 2, but he’ll be trying to avoid a fourth straight defeat since that stretch. His shortest outing of the season came Thursday night at Boston, where he gave up five runs - including two home runs - in 4 2/3 innings of a 6-2 defeat. The Twins are 1-6 when Liriano starts against teams with winning records.
While Liriano was better against the Yankees on May 15, yielding three runs in six innings, he still fell to 0-2 in his career against New York because he was outdueled by Pettitte.
Pettitte (5-1, 2.68, 1.252) allowed two hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings in the 7-1 win, remaining unbeaten at the time, but he finally suffered his first loss of 2010 on Friday night against Tampa Bay. The Rays launched three homers off Pettitte, who gave up seven runs - six earned - in five-plus innings in the 8-6 defeat.
Pettitte is 10-5 with a 3.53 ERA in 20 career starts against Minnesota, and he may have been unhappy to see the Twins leave the Metrodome. He went 4-1 with a 2.74 ERA in his final six starts there. The veteran lefty is 18-6 UNDER in road night games the last three seasons.
Sportsbook.com has Minnesota as a -114 money line favorite and the Twins thrive in this spot. The Twins are 14-2 when the ML is -100 to -150 this season, including perfect 9-0 at Target Field. With the total Un9, the Yankees are comfortable they can counter having Pettitte on the hill, since this combination is 26-9 when the total is 8.5 to 10 the previous three years.
This AL showdown will be on ESPN2 just after 7:00 Eastern with the Twinkies 38-16 as favorites. The StatFox Power Line shows Yankees -110
ARIZONA at CHICAGO CUBS2009-10-02
ARIZONA is 18-40 (-24.8 Units) against the money line when playing against a marginal winning team (Win Pct. 51% to 54%) over the last 2 seasons. The average score was ARIZONA 3.9, OPPONENT 5.0 - (Rating = 2*)
FLORIDA at PHILADELPHIA
PHILADELPHIA is 17-19 (-12.5 Units) against the money line in home games vs. an average bullpen whose ERA is 3.75 to 4.50 this season. The average score was PHILADELPHIA 4.9, OPPONENT 5.0 - (Rating = 1*)
PITTSBURGH at CINCINNATI
PITTSBURGH is 4-22 (-19.2 Units) against the money line vs. an NL team with a batting average of .255 or worse in the second half of this season. The average score was PITTSBURGH 3.4, OPPONENT 6.5 - (Rating = 4*)
HOUSTON at NY METS
HOUSTON is 49-28 (+19.7 Units) against the money line when playing against a bad team (Win Pct. 38% to 46%) over the last 2 seasons. The average score was HOUSTON 5.0, OPPONENT 4.2 - (Rating = 1*)
WASHINGTON at ATLANTA
ATLANTA is 14-24 (-19.0 Units) against the money line vs. a very bad bullpen whose ERA is 5.00 or worse over the last 3 seasons. The average score was ATLANTA 4.4, OPPONENT 4.5 - (Rating = 2*)
MILWAUKEE at ST LOUIS
MILWAUKEE is 10-30 (-20.5 Units) against the money line vs. teams outscoring opp by 0.5 or more runs/game in the second half of the last 2 seasons. The average score was MILWAUKEE 3.8, OPPONENT 6.0 - (Rating = 2*)
SAN FRANCISCO at SAN DIEGO
SAN DIEGO is 21-8 (+20.2 Units) against the money line vs. teams averaging 2.75 or less extra base hits per game in the second half of this season. The average score was SAN DIEGO 4.8, OPPONENT 3.4 - (Rating = 5*)
COLORADO at LA DODGERS
COLORADO is 5-16 (-11.7 Units) against the money line vs. NL teams scoring 4.8 or more runs/game in 2009. The average score was COLORADO 3.6, OPPONENT 5.6 - (Rating = 1*)
CHI WHITE SOX at DETROIT
DETROIT is 20-26 (-14.8 Units) against the money line vs. an AL team with a batting average of .265 or worse in the second half of this season. The average score was DETROIT 4.2, OPPONENT 4.7 - (Rating = 1*)
TORONTO at BALTIMORE
TORONTO is 29-17 (+12.5 Units) against the money line vs. AL teams scoring 4.7 or less runs/game in 2009. The average score was TORONTO 5.3, OPPONENT 4.1 - (Rating = 1*)
CLEVELAND at BOSTON
BOSTON is 36-13 (+20.3 Units) against the money line vs. a poor bullpen whose ERA is 4.50 or worse this season. The average score was BOSTON 6.1, OPPONENT 3.9 - (Rating = 2*)
NY YANKEES at TAMPA BAY
TAMPA BAY is 4-14 (-11.2 Units) against the money line vs. AL teams scoring 5.2 or more runs/game in the second half of this season. The average score was TAMPA BAY 3.2, OPPONENT 5.9 - (Rating = 1*)
KANSAS CITY at MINNESOTA
KANSAS CITY is 13-31 (-15.7 Units) against the money line vs. a good bullpen whose WHIP is 1.350 or better this season. The average score was KANSAS CITY 3.6, OPPONENT 5.8 - (Rating = 1*)
LA ANGELS at OAKLAND
LA ANGELS are 21-9 (+13.1 Units) against the money line in road games vs. poor power teams - averaging 0.9 or less HR's/game this season. The average score was LA ANGELS 5.3, OPPONENT 4.1 - (Rating = 2*)
TEXAS at SEATTLE
SEATTLE is 31-20 (+16.1 Units) against the money line vs. AL teams allowing 4.7 or less runs/game in 2009. The average score was SEATTLE 4.6, OPPONENT 4.1 - (Rating = 2*)
MLB Series Betting- Tampa Bay at Kansas City2009-07-21
The Tampa Bay Rays start the second half of the season believing they can play much better baseball then they did most of the first half of the year. The Rays (48-41, -0.7 units) trail the New York Yankees by four losses in the wild card chase and Boston by seven for the AL East division lead. In some ways, Tampa Bay feels fortunate they are still within reach of the postseason after floundering at or below .500 for the first two months of the season. "We didn't play nearly our best baseball," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We did at times, but a little bit too streaky."
One area that needs immediate shoring up is Tampa’s play on the road. They Rays are 18-26 (-7.8) and the skipper thinks his team is capable of turning this around. “We just have to get out there in the second half. We have to take advantage and not make the same kinds of mistakes that put us in a bind in the first half. We're capable of that. We're capable of playing a higher level of baseball on a more consistent basis." Maddon said.
Kansas City (37-51, -13.9 units) starts the second half having lost five of six and in search of winning formula from last September that fueled this season’s optimism. The Royals first order of business is finding ways to score more runs. Kansas City ranks 28th in runs scored at 3.9 per game and hopes Alex Gordon can provide offensive punch coming off of hip surgery.
Because ace Zach Greinke (10-5, 2.12 ERA) only pitched one inning in the All-Star game, Royals manager Trey Hillman moved him up to start the series. Greinke hasn’t been quite as effective as he was early in the season, when he was un-hittable and has lost his last two starts, though the 3-1 loss the last time out was in part due to shabby K.C. defense. The Royals are -120 money line favorites at Sportsbook.com, with total 07. Greinke and the Royals are 16-6 when the money line is +125 to -125 and 18-6 UNDER in the second half of the season.
Tampa Bay will counter with James Shields (6-6, 3.42), who is 2-4 on the road, with the Rays winners only twice in his eight starts as visitor. The Rays are off a pair of losses, but have enjoyed great success on Friday’s with 29-11 mark. Shields’ has liked the look of Royals uniform and is 5-0 with a 2.50 ERA in five career starts against Kansas City. He’s averaged nearly a strikeout per inning against K.C. (32) in the 36 innings he’s worked, while allowing just three free passes. The Rays are 14-3 UNDER July in road games since last year.
Game 1 Edge: Tampa Bay
Because of the shifting of Royals rotation, Brian Bannister (6-7, 3.66) is expected to be the starter for Game 2. Bannister is off arguably the best game of his career, throwing seven shutout innings at Boston before tiring slightly in allowing one run on three hits in over 7 2/3 in 3-1 triumph. Coming into the series, Kansas City had won only three of last dozen contests at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals are 4-1 in Bannister’s home starts against winning teams and 6-2 if favored.
Only staunch baseball bettors might know this, Tampa Bay’s offense ranks third in baseball at 5.3 runs per game. Besides pounding out 9.3 hits per game on average, the former Devil Rays have newfound patience as the dish, walking 4.1 times per game, which is third best in baseball, just behind the Yankees and Red Sox. The former masthead of the Rays staff, Scott Kazmir (4-5, 7.11) will take the ball for middle encounter. Since being injured, the lefthander has not been effective, but at least pain-free. Having last won on May 9, Kazmir hopes pitching in a Game 2 situation will turn luck around since he and his teammates are 22-5 in that spot.
Game 2 Edge: Kansas City
The series finale will be afternoon affair. The Rays are 16-13 playing in the light of day, with Kansas City unsightly 12-19. Matt Garza (6-7, 3.73) is one of the American League’s biggest enigmas. Only a handful of hurlers have his stuff, yet he finds a way to have one bad inning and has losing record. He’s 0-4 with 4.02 ERA against K.C. The Royals will send Luke Hochevar (5-3, 5.34) to toe the slap. Since returning in early June for stint in minors, Hochevar has pitched up to his capabilities, with 5-1 record and 3.97 ERA. Besides the quality record, he’s been innings-eater with six of last seven starts lasting as least six innings.
Game 3 Edge: Kansas City
Thought this was a good week to change it up and go with a few teams that don’t receive much of the acclaim. The matchup is very close, but Tampa Bay has poor road record and two of its starters in this series are fumbling along, not pitching well. Similar to a thin slice of pastrami, I’ll support the Royals by the slimmest of margins.
Sportsbook.com series odds: Tampa Bay -125, Kansas City -105
StatFox Edge Pick: Kansas City