Hughes cashing for Under bettors – 09-19-2014

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Here’s a comprehensive look at betting notes for the
weekend’s major-league games:

Rockies Riding High

The Coors Field factor is in full effect this week,
with the Rockies posting their fourth Over in as many
home games Thursday with a 7-6 triumph (-120, O 10)
over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The victory moves
Colorado to 41-32-5 O/U at Coors Field with three
home games remaining, and 74-67-12 O/U for the
season.

This Could Get Messy

One of the biggest mismatches of the season
goes Friday afternoon as the Los Angeles
Dodgers (-285) square off against the host
Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers send Cy Young and
National League MVP candidate Clayton
Kershaw
(19-3, 1.70 ERA) to the hill
against Cubs journeyman Edwin
Jackson
(6-14, 6.09).

Potential Mismatch

The Los Angeles Angels will likely be
big favorites Saturday night as they
welcome the Texas Rangers to Angels
Stadium of Anaheim. The Angels enter
the weekend with the best home record
in the American League, while the
Rangers are 32-46 away from Texas and
have won just three of 16 meetings
with Los Angeles this season.

Tanaka Time

The New York Yankees will
have electrifying rookie
Masahiro
Tanaka
back on the
mound Sunday as they host the
Toronto Blue Jays. Tanaka,
who has been on the disabled
list since early July with a
partially torn UCL in his
right elbow, will look to
finish the season on a high
note after going 12-4 with a
2.51 ERA and $465 in value
through 18 starts.

Pitching
Notes

* Minnesota
right-hander
Phil
Hughes
looks
to remain a strong
Under play Friday
night as he leads the
Twins (-128, 7.5)
against the visiting
Cleveland Indians.
Hughes is 2-9 O/U in
his last 11 starts
and remains one of
the top value
pitchers in the
majors, ranked
seventh overall at
$1,001.


* Bettors should
keep a close eye
on right-hander
Max
Scherzer’s

workload Saturday
as the Detroit
Tigers ace
squares off
against the host
Kansas City
Royals. Scherer
(16-5, 3.26 ERA)
has thrown at
least 110 pitches
in seven of his
previous nine
starts, going 7-2
SU and 4-5 O/U
over that span.


* It has been a
rough 3 1/2
weeks for
Seattle
right-hander
Hisashi
Iwakuma
,
who takes the
hill Sunday as
the Mariners
visit the
Houston Astros.
Iwakuma (14-8,
3.42 ERA) was
tagged for
seven runs over
3 1/3 innings
last time out
and has allowed
22 runs over
his previous
five starts,
going 2-3 SU
and 4-0-1 O/U
over that span.

Hitting
Notes

*
Colorado
catcher

Wilin
Rosario

has
benefited
greatly
from
the
Rockies’
recent
home
success.
Rosario
is
9-for-13
with
two
home
runs
and
seven
RBIs
over
the
past
three
games,
after
recording
just
one
home
run
and
six
RBIs
over
his
previous
18
contests
– a
stretch
during
which
Colorado
went
6-12.

*
There’s
something
about
Baltimore
Orioles
pitcher

Chris
Tillman

that
brings
out
the
worst
in
Boston
Red
Sox
slugger

David
Ortiz
.
Tillman
has
limited
to
Ortiz
to
just
a
pair
of
hits

both
singles

in
24
career
at-bats,
striking
him
out
six
times
as
the
two
prepare
to
face
off
Saturday
night
at
Camden
Yards. 

*
St.
Louis
Cardinals
hurler

Lance
Lynn

may
have
his
hands
full
Sunday
night
as
he
prepares
to
face

Jay
Bruce

and
the
Cincinnati
Reds.
Bruce
has
struggled
for
the
majority
of
the
season
but
is
batting
a
red-hot
.480
(12-for-25)
with
a
double,
two
triples,
two
home
runs
and
eight
RBIs
in
his
career
versus
Lynn. 

Totals
Streak


New
York
Yankees
(1-7
O/U):

The
Yankees
head
into
the
twilight
of
the
regular
season
with
a
meager
offensive
attack
that
has
failed
to
produce
more
than
three
runs
in
any
of
its
last
eight
games.
The
recent
Under
streak
has
New
York
at
61-87-4
on
the
season

the
second-fewest
Overs
in
the
American
League.

Prop
of
the
Day

Bettors
should
consider
using

Mark
Buehrle’s

history
against
him
and
taking
the
New
York
Yankees
-2.5
against
the
Toronto
Blue
Jays
(+260).
Buehrle
is
1-13
with
a
6.14
ERA
in
20
career
starts
versus
the
Yankees,
including
an
0-6,
6.04
mark
in
eight
outings
at
Yankee
Stadium.

Injury
Notes

*
Los
Angeles
Angels
outfielder

Josh
Hamilton

is
dealing
with
tightness
and
soreness
in
his
right
shoulder
and
is
considered
day-to-day.
The
Angels
are
39-22
SU,
32-27-2
O/U
and
+1,421
units
in
Hamilton’s
absence
so
far
this
season.

*
A
bout
of
pneumonia
may
sideline
Colorado
Rockies
third
baseman

Nolan
Arenado

for
the
remainder
of
the
season.
Arenado
has
missed
40
games
so
far
in
2014,
with
Colorado
going
just
13-27
SU,
24-12-4
O/U
and
-1,223
units
with
him
out
of
the
lineup.

WAG
of
the
Day


Emily
Greinke
(Kuchar)

is
the
wife
of
Los
Angeles
Dodgers
pitcher

Zack
Greinke
.

Weather
Watch

*
Wind
at
Wrigley
Field
will
blow
out
to
left-center
field
at
13
mph
Friday
for
the
game
between
the
Cubs
and
the
heavily
favored
Dodgers.
Teams
combined
for
better
than
three
home
runs
per
game
under
similar
conditions
in
2013

well
above
stadium
averages.

*
Fans
at
Target
Field
in
Minnesota
will
be
greeted
by
wind
blowing
out
to
right
field
at
12
mph
for
Saturday’s
showdown
between
the
Twins
and
the
visiting
Indians.
Teams
averaged
just
.245
in
14
games
with
the
wind
blowing
out
to
right
in
2013.

Umpire
Note
of
the
Day

Over
is
16-6-4
in
umpire
Laz
Diaz’
last
26
games
behind
home
plate.
Diaz
will
be
calling
the
balls
and
strikes
Friday
evening
when
the
New
York
Yankees
(-140,
7.5)
entertain
the
Toronto
Blue
Jays.

**
Odds,
stats,
weather
forecasts
and
probable
pitchers
as
of
7:25
a.m.
ET
Friday. 

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