Here’s a comprehensive look at betting notes for the
weekend’s major-league games:
Favorites Follow Through
Thursday was a profitable one for bettors who went with the
favorites – they went 9-2 SU to continue a particularly strong
recent trend. Favorites are a whopping 61-34-2 over the past
seven days – a 64.2-percent success rate that far exceeds the
season-to-date mark of 65.5 percent.
Is the Price Right?
Detroit left-hander David Price will look to
regain his form Friday as the Tigers (-156, 7) open a pivotal
road series against the Cleveland Indians. Price has racked up
three consecutive Overs, going 1-2 over that span while
surrendering 14 runs in just 17 2/3 innings.
Felix Back to Form
Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez has
recovered his form from earlier in the season going into
Saturday’s encounter with the visiting Oakland Athletics.
Hernandez has allowed one run over his past 14 innings after
getting tagged for 10 runs in his previous 17 2/3 frames.
Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman
is on a roll heading into Sunday afternoon’s showdown with the
visiting Tampa Bay Rays. The hard-throwing rookie has won three
straight starts while allowing just four runs over 22 2/3
innings in that span; he’s 10-5 with a 3.61 ERA for the year.
*Philadelphia lefty Cole Hamels will look to
keep the ball in the park Friday night as his Phillies (-156,
7) entertain the Miami Marlins. Hamels has surrendered five
homers over his last five starts after giving up just eight in
his first 21 – but he won’t have to face Miami slugger
Giancarlo Stanton (see below for why).
*Tyson Ross has an impressive Under streak on
the line Saturday as he leads the San Diego Padres into Arizona
for a date with the Diamondbacks. Ross has put together five
consecutive Unders, though he’s just 2-3 SU in that span as the
Padres have averaged two runs in those games.
*Banking on a San Francisco home run Sunday? Better not bet the
farm. Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw has
surrendered just one homer to a current member of the Giants’
roster in 297 combined at-bats; that longball came courtesy
catcher Buster Posey, who is batting just .192
*Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is having
a September to remember going into Friday’s encounter with the
host Indians. The two-time defending AL Most Valuable Player is
hitting a scorching .450 with five homers, 10 RBIs and a 1.376
OPS in 40 at-bats this month.
*Toronto slugger Jose Bautista has enjoyed
plenty of success against Tampa Bay’s scheduled Saturday
starter as the Blue Jays entertain the Rays. Bautista is
10-for-28 with three home runs versus Tampa Bay right-hander
Jeremy Hellickson; the rest of the Toronto
roster is batting just .231 against him.
*A pair of Los Angeles Angels hitters will be looking forward
to Sunday’s showdown with Dallas Keuchel and
the Houston Astros. Second baseman Howie
Kendrick is 8-for-16 with a home run against Keuchel,
while first baseman Albert Pujols is 5-for-10
lifetime and has also taken him deep.
Oakland Athletics (4-10 O/U): The beat goes on
for the punchless A’s, who dropped three of four to the White
Sox at U.S. Cellular Field while scoring just one run over the
final two games. Oakland is 27th in the majors in batting
average since the All-Star break (.237) and is now 70-68-8 O/U
for the year.
Prop of the Day
The Phillies may be a good bet to defeat the Marlins by
exactly one run (+300). Seven of Hamels’ last 11 starts have
been one-run affairs, with Philadelphia winning five of
*Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo
Stanton is out indefinitely after being struck in the
face by a pitch Thursday night against Milwaukee and leaving
the field in an ambulance. Stanton, who leads the major leagues
with 37 home runs, had yet to miss a game this season.
*Los Angeles Angels closer Huston
Street is expected to be available to pitch
Friday after missing several days with a hamstring injury.
Street has been sensational since joining the Angels in a trade
with the San Diego Padres back in July, registering 13 saves
and a 1.71 ERA with the club.
*San Francisco Giants first baseman
Brandon Belt met with a specialist
Thursday afternoon as he continues his recovery from a
concussion. Belt has been out since early-August, with the
Giants going (17-10 SU, 14-12-1 O/U and +587 units) in his
WAG of the Day
Berenice Lea Moures is the girlfriend of
Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
*Wind at U.S. Cellular Field will blow out to right field at 11
mph for Friday’s encounter between the host White Sox (-107,
7.5) and the visiting Minnesota Twins. Teams combined for seven
runs and 1.62 homers in eight games under similar conditions in
2013 – well below stadium averages.
Umpire Note of the Day
The road team is 7-0 in umpire Paul Emmel’s last seven games
behind home plate involving the Mets. Emmel will call the balls
and strikes for Friday’s game between host New York (+137, 7)
and visiting Washington.
**Odds, stats, weather forecasts and probable pitchers as
of 11:05 a.m. ET Friday.