weekend’s major-league action:
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.
* 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.
* 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.
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
* 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.
WAG of the Day
Keely Warren is an East Carolina University
cheerleader the girlfriend of Chicago White Sox pitching
prospect Carlos Rodon.
* 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
** Odds, stats, weather forecasts and probable pitchers as
of 9:45 a.m. ET Friday.