Here’s a comprehensive look at betting notes for
the mid-week major-league games:
NL an Under Haven Betting
Tuesday’s action saw all seven National League games hit
the Under, despite five of those games carrying a modest total
of 6.5. None of the 14 NL teams involved scored more than four
runs, while one – the Philadelphia Phillies – was shut
Kershaw’s Curtain Call
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw
will make his final regular-season start Wednesday as Los
Angeles (-255, 6) hosts the San Francisco Giants. Kershaw
(20-3, 1.70 ERA) ranks second in the majors in value ($1,482),
while the Dodgers are 19-1 in his last 20 starts.
The Washington Nationals have shown no signs of slowing
down as they enter Thursday’s encounter with the visiting New
York Mets. The Nationals are 9-1 in their last 10 games and sit
at +945 units for the season, tops in the NL.
* Chicago lefty Chris Sale
will look to bounce back as he leads the White Sox (+115,
7) into a Wednesday tilt with host Detroit. Sale was tagged for
five runs in his last start after allowing just four combined
runs in his previous four outings.
* Andrew Cashner will
try to secure his spot as one of the top Under pitchers of the
season Thursday as his San Diego Padres face off against host
San Francisco. Cashner is 5-13 O/U for the season, including a
2-5 O/U mark on the road.
* Toronto outfielder Jose
Bautista looks to remain hot as he prepares to
lead the host Blue Jays (-111, 8.5) against Seattle on
Wednesday. Bautista has 18 home runs and 49 RBIs in 219 at-bats
since the All-Star break while posting a .995 OPS in that
* Baltimore slugger Nelson Cruz
may struggle to add to his league-leading home-run total
Thursday as he faces off against Yankees hurler
Hiroki Kuroda. Cruz, who has 40 homers,
is just 3-for-25 lifetime versus Kuroda and hasn’t taken him
Washington Nationals (1-8 O/U): No
team has been hotter on the hill than the Nationals, who have
surrendered two runs or fewer in eight of their last nine
games. The recent Under surge has Washington sitting 75-68-13
O/U entering Wednesday’s action.
Prop of the Day
Bettors should consider taking a shot on the Los Angeles
Angels to upend host Oakland by more than two runs (+450). The
Angels have defeated the Athletics six times in their last
seven encounters, including twice in their last three games in
* Minnesota first baseman Joe
Mauer will likely miss Wednesday’s game
against visiting Arizona (-158, 7.5) after taking a pitch in
the elbow Tuesday. Mauer has missed 39 games this season; the
Twins are 16-23 SU, 17-22 O/U and -287 units in those
* Washington will give outfielder Denard
Span the day off after he tore up his knee
making a diving catch Tuesday against the Mets. The Nationals
are 3-6 SU, 6-3 O/U and -355 units in nine games Span has
missed so far in 2014.
WAG of the Day
Chelsea Goff is the fiancé of Atlanta
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman.
* Fans at Nationals Park should expect wind blowing in
from center field at 13 mph for Wednesday’s game against New
York. Teams combined to go 10-5 O/U in 15 games under similar
conditions in 2013, hitting .282 while averaging better than
Umpire Note of the Day
Under is 10-1-1 in umpire John Baker’s last 12 Wednesday
games behind home plate. Baker will call the balls and strikes
for the game between the host San Diego Padres (-126, 7) and
the Colorado Rockies.
** Odds, stats, weather forecast and probable pitchers as
of 7:55 a.m. ET Wednesday.