Here’s a comprehensive look at betting notes for the weekend major-league schedule:
Windy City Win Streak
With seven wins in their first eight games, the Cubs have matched their best start in franchise history. This really comes as no surprise, as the Cubs came into the season as one of the favorites in the National League. Few expected the White Sox to start the season in similar fashion, and Chicago’s other team sits in first place in the AL Central with a record of 6-2 after it’s first eight games. The White Sox play a three game series in Tampa this weekend, and the Rays are sitting last in the AL East, and rank dead last in the AL in runs scored.
Everything Is Bigger In Texas
Most teams have a few big bats in the lineup, but as the old saying goes … “everything is bigger in Texas”. So far the duo of Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre have combined to drive in 19 runs. The Rangers play a four game series at home versus Baltimore this weekend, and Chris Tillman will go in Game 1. Beltre is 6-for-12 with a home run and three RBIs lifetime versus Tillman. Fielder is 4-for-9 with a home run and three RBIs versus Vance Worely, who will start Game 2.
Two pitchers in the National League have held the opposition scoreless in their first two starts: Chase Anderson of Milwaukee and Kenta Maeda of the Dodgers. Maeda is a 27 year old rookie out of Japan, and he will make his next start at home versus the Giants on Sunday. Anderson’s next start comes on the road at Minnesota opposite Phil Hughes on Monday.
Wag of the Week
Speaking of untouchables for the Brewers. Here is Ryan Braun’s wife Larisa Braun (Fraser). She is a lingerie model. Enough said.
*The New York Mets were expected to be one of the top teams in the National League, but after eight games the Mets are batting a major league worst .194. Things could get worse before they get better, as New York will play it’s next nine games on the road.
*Giancarlo Stanton is off to a slow start, but he’s played five of his first seven games on the road at Washington and New York. He should be able to get back on track in a home series versus the Braves. Atlanta’s pitching staff ranks 29th in the majors, with only Colorado surrendering more runs.
*Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw are two of the best pitchers in the majors, and they’ve already faced off once this season. The Dodgers won that game 3-2, but Bumgarner allowed just one run on six hits, striking out eight in six innings not factoring in the decision. They will meet again on Friday night in Game 1 of a three game series at Chavez Ravine.
*Felix Hernandez is still looking for his first win of the season, despite a minuscule 0.69 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 13 innings in his first two starts. His next start comes on the road at Yankee Stadium, opposite C.C. Sabathia on Saturday.
At one point last season the Tigers went over in 19 consecutive games. They have gone over in six of seven games so far this year, and they are in Houston this weekend for a three game series against the Astros. Houston has gone over in six of nine so far, and it’s bullpen has been brutal posting an ERA of 6.16 in those games. The over is 37-15-4 in Tigers last 56 road games.
*Yankees Catcher Brain McCann is leading the American League hitting .500 so far. He sat out Wednesday’s game in Toronto with a foot injury, and is listed as day to day.
* It’s been another disastrous start to the season for Pablo Sandoval, and he’s landed on the 15 day DL with a shoulder injury.
Friday’s Weather Report
* The Windy City could hold up to its name at Wrigley Field Friday, where the Cubs host the Rockies with an expected 10-12 mile per hour pitchers wind gusting in from right field.
* It should also be windy in Arlington when Rangers host the Orioles Friday. There is an expected 10-12 mile per hour pitchers wind gusting in from center field.
* Pitchers wind is the theme Friday as there will be another in Minnesota when the Twins host the Angels. Gusts of 12-15 miles per hour are expected to come in from right.
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