MLB betting cheat sheet: Samardzija struggling – 09-10-2014

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

Strong Stretch for Away Faves

Away favorites are enjoying a good stretch, having gone 21-11
SU over the past seven days. That includes a 3-2 SU mark in
Tuesday’s games, with the Baltimore Orioles (-127), Los Angeles
Angels (-144) and Oakland Athletics (-191) all prevailing away
from home.

Strasburg Sensational at Home

Washington ace Stephen Strasburg looks to
continue his hot home track record Wednesday as he leads the
Nationals (-185, 7) against the Atlanta Braves. Strasburg
 is 8-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 16 starts in Washington this
season, with an 11-4-1 O/U mark over that span.

Peavy Providing Value

San Francisco Giants right-hander Jake
Peavy
is on his hottest stretch of the season
entering Thursday’s home tilt with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Peavy is 4-1 over his last five starts while allowing just four
earned runs over that span; he ranked last in the majors in
value with the Giants before the hot run.

Pitching Notes

* Oakland right-hander Jeff
Samardzija
is struggling as he leads the
Athletics (-191, 8.5) into a Wednesday showdown with the host
Chicago White Sox. Samardzija is 1-4 SU over his last five
starts and sits a lowly 136th in value (-$18) since being
acquired from the Chicago Cubs.

* Cleveland Indians ace Corey
Kluber
continues to be one of the league’s
strongest second-half Under plays entering Thursday’s encounter
with the visiting Minnesota Twins. Kluber is 2-8 O/U in 10
starts the all-star break, a stretch that includes a 4-1 loss
to the Twins on Aug. 21.

Hitting Notes

* Washington Nationals outfielder Adam LaRoche
is the hottest hitter in the majors over the past week. The
34-year-old is batting a sizzling .474 with four home runs, 12
RBIs and a 1.647 OPS over the past seven days; the Nationals
are 4-2 SU and 3-3 O/U over that stretch.

* St. Louis outfielder Jon Jay has dominated
his career matchup with Cincinnati ace Johnny
Cueto
entering Thursday’s game between the Cardinals
and the host Reds. Jay is batting 12-for-23 lifetime versus
Cueto, with a double, three home runs, seven RBIs and just two
strikeouts.

Totals Streak

Seattle Mariners (0-4 O/U): The Mariners are
back in a familiar position after putting together a stretch in
which it recorded four consecutive totals of six or under,
going 2-2 SU over that span. The Mariners are now the strongest
Under bet in the AL for the season, going 57-80-7 O/U.

Prop of the Day

Bettors should consider taking a chance on the New York
Yankees’ -1.5 run line (+170) against the visiting Tampa Bay
Rays. Members of the New York lineup are hitting a robust .353
with three home runs in 34 at-bats against Tampa Bay
right-hander
Jake
Odorizzi
.

Injury Notes

New York Yankees right-hander
Masahiro Tanaka may pitch for the team again
this season despite being on the shelf with a partially torn
UCL. Tanaka is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA, a 13-5 SU mark and a 9-9
O/U record in 18 starts in his rookie season.

* Seattle Mariners outfielder Dustin
Ackley
is expected to miss at least a couple of
games with bone spurs in his left ankle. Ackley is mired in a
1-for-19 slump that has dropped his average to .251; the
Mariners haven’t missed a beat over that span, going 4-1 SU and
3-2 O/U.

WAG of the Day

Anne Vyalitsyna, also known simply as Anne V,
is a supermodel and the ex-girlfriend of New York Mets
pitcher Matt Harvey.

Weather Watch 

* Fans at Progressive Field will be treated to wind blowing out
to centre field at 16 mph for Wednesday’s game between the host
Indians (-152, 8) and the Twins. Teams averaged 9.91 runs and
2.36 homers in 11 games under similar conditions in 2013 – well
above the stadium averages.

Umpire Note of the Day

Under is 36-15-1 in umpire Hunter Wendelstedt’s last 52
Wednesday games behind home plate. Wendelstedt will call the
balls and strikes as the Toronto Blue Jays (-173, 8) welcome
the Chicago Cubs in their interleague finale.

** Odds, stats, weather forecast and probable pitchers as
of 11:20 a.m. ET Wednesday.

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