MLB betting cheat sheet: Small ball producing big results for A’s

Here’s a comprehensive look at betting notes for this weekend’s major-league schedule:
A’s get an A for batting average

Not a single Oakland Athletic has left the yard more than once through 10 games. Billy Butler and a handful of others are leading the team with all of one home run. But a whopping five regulars—including Butler at .359—are batting .300 or better. As such, the A’s have scored 56 runs and are 7-3 O/U. Next up is a three-game slate with the Kansas City Royals (5-3 O/U).
Here come the Dodgers
Since starting the 2015 campaign 2-3 (3-2 O/U), the Los Angeles Dodgers have won four in a row (3-1 O/U). Adrian Gonzalez is batting a ridiculous .528 with five homers and nine RBIs. With Gonzalez on fire and a weekend series against the Colorado Rockies upcoming, L.A. has to be feeling good. In the most recent series between the two NL West rivals last September (also in L.A.), the Dodgers swept by a combined score of 23-14 (3-0 O/U).
They’ve got his number
Something will have to give when Ubaldo Jimenez pays a visit to Fenway Park for a date with the Boston Red Sox on Friday. Jimenez gave up only one hit and no runs while striking out eight during his first start of the season, a 7-1 blowout of the Toronto Blue Jays last Saturday. But in three outings vs. Boston in 2014 he went 0-1 with a 6.60 ERA in three starts, including a 7.00 ERA in two appearances at Fenway.
Pitching Notes

* David Price is getting the start on Friday afternoon. That is great news for the Detroit Tigers and terrible news for the Chicago White Sox. That’s because Price has not given up a single run in 14.1 innings this season and boasts 0.84 WHIP to go along with his perfect ERA. The Tigers are 8-1 so far (5-4 O/U) and 2-0 (1-1 O/U) when Price starts. The southpaw is 1-4 O/U in his last five outings dating back to last year.
* It has been open season on Milwaukee Brewers’ starter Kyle Lohse in 2015. The 36-year-old is 0-2 with an 11.17 ERA after allowing 18 hits and 12 runs in 9.2 innings. Not surprisingly, Milwaukee is 2-0 O/U when Lohse takes the bump and 5-3 O/U in Lohse’s last eight dating back to 2014. The veteran’s next outing is Saturday at the Pittsburgh Pirates, against whom he went 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts last season.
Hitting Notes
* The Boston Red Sox are tied for the major-league lead in runs scored (56) and they are first in runs per game. Thank you, Hanley Ramirez. The left fielder is batting .278 with four home runs and nine RBIs. No team has gone over the total with more consistency than Boston (8-1 O/U). It has an upcoming weekend series against AL East rival Baltimore (6-2-1 O/U).
* Is it Panik time for the San Francisco Giants? The defending World Series champions are 3-7 (4-6 O/U) and have crossed the plate only 26 times, third fewest in the National League. Second baseman Joe Panik is hitting .176 and shortstop Brandon Crawford has a .152 average. They have combined for four RBIs in 67 at-bats.
Totals Streak
Houston Astros (2-7 O/U): The under is no better than 5-3 with any other team in Major League Baseball as of Thursday afternoon, but it is 7-2 in games involving the Astros. They have scored only 23 runs, tied for third fewest in the entire league. Dallas Keuchel (1.29 ERA, 1.07 WHIP), who is scheduled to take the mound on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels, is 2-9 O/U in his last 11 starts dating back to last season.

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Injury Notes

* New York Mets’ third baseman David Wright suffered a strained right hamstring while stealing a base on Tuesday and went on the disabled list the next day. Eric Campbell was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas and is expected to be the Mets’ everyday third baseman while Wright is out. In eight games with the veteran all-star, New York was 5-3 O/U.
* The Kansas City Royals are 7-0 (5-2 O/U) with Alex Rios (.321, 1 HR, 8 RBI) in the lineup and 0-1 (0-1 O/U) without him. They will have to get used to Rios being absent, because the right fielder sustained a fracture in his left hand on Monday and will miss three to six weeks.

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