Here’s a comprehensive look at betting notes for
the final weekend of the regular season:
The Washington Nationals (-170, U 6.5) continued their sizzling
Under streak Thursday, blanking the visiting New York Mets 3-0
behind seven innings of one-hit ball from Gio
Gonzalez. The Nationals are 2-9 O/U in their last 11
games, allowing more than two runs just twice in that span.
Putting the K in Kluber
Cleveland ace Corey Kluber looks to rack up
more strikeouts in his final start of the season as the Indians
(-164, 6.5) host Tampa Bay. Kluber has 28 strikeouts in his
last two starts; the Indians are 8-2 SU and 1-9 O/U in starts
where Kluber records double-digit whiffs.
Rockies’ Road Woes
Colorado will try to avoid going out with a whimper as it
resumes its season-ending series Saturday against the host Los
Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies are an astounding 6-36 SU in their
last 42 games away from Coors Field, scoring more than four
runs just four times over that stretch.
Favorites Finish Strong
Expect the usual suspects to prevail as the regular season
draws to a close Sunday. Favorites are 33-13 SU over the
previous three years, winning at a 71.7-percent clip that far
exceeds the 2014 regular-season average of 57 percent.
* Oakland lefty Scott Kazmir
will look to end his recent struggles Friday as he leads
the Athletics (-167, 8) against the host Texas Rangers. Kazmir
has allowed six or more runs in four of his previous six starts
to see his season ERA balloon to 3.63.
* Masahiro Tanaka ends his rookie season
against a familiar foe as his New York Yankees take on the host
Boston Red Sox. Tanaka faced the Red Sox twice in his first
major-league campaign and recorded a pair of wins, including a
complete-game seven-hitter on June 28.
* A fantastic season comes to an end Sunday for St. Louis
Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright. The veteran
right-hander (20-9, 2.38 ERA) enters the weekend 13th in
starter value ($1,015) and hasn’t allowed a run in back-to-back
starts; he’ll face visiting San Diego on Sunday.
* Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin
Encarnacion is ending the season on a high as he
prepares to face the visiting Baltimore Orioles (-105, 8) on
Friday. Encarnacion is batting .391 with two homers, 11 RBIs
and a 1.160 OPS over the last seven days.
* Expect a big game from Chase Utley on
Saturday as his Philadelphia Phillies tangle with Aaron
Harang and the Atlanta Braves. Utley is a .406 career
hitter against Harang, with four doubles, a home run and six
RBIs over 32 at-bats.
* It could be a long day for Los Angeles Angels hitters on
Sunday as they wrap up their regular season against Seattle ace
Felix Hernandez and the host Mariners. Members
of the Angels roster are hitting a combined .208 with 115
strikeouts in 432 combined at-bats versus Hernandez.
Los Angeles Dodgers (14-2-2 O/U): The Dodgers
are ending the season with a bang, having either scored or
allowed seven or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The
season-ending Over surge has moved Los Angeles to 80-70-9
entering the final weekend of the 2014 campaign.
Prop of the Day
Bettors may want to consider a lower line for Friday’s matchup
between the Rays and Indians, with Under 5 paying +200. Kluber
has been one of the stingiest pitchers in baseball since the
All-Star Break, while counterpart Chris Archer
has allowed just four runs over his last three starts.
* Washington Nationals outfielder Denard Span
(knee) will return to the lineup for Friday’s doubleheader
against the visiting Miami Marlins. It isn’t clear whether
Span, who suffered the injury Tuesday night, will play one or
both ends of the twin bill.
* White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia left
Thursday’s game against Kansas City with lower back stiffness
and will sit out Friday. Garcia missed a whopping 113 games
from early-April to mid-August with a shoulder injury; Chicago
was 54-59 SU, 56-54-3 O/U and +651 units in that span.
WAG of the Day
Diana Roberts is the wife of former New York
Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts.
* Fans at AT&T Park should expect winds blowing out to
right-center field at 11 mph for Friday’s game between the host
Giants (-147, 6.5) and San Diego. Teams averaged 1.43 home runs
while batting .262 in 23 games under similar conditions in
2013, slightly above stadium averages.
* Dodger Stadium will see wind blowing out to center field at 7
mph Saturday when Los Angeles welcomes Colorado to town. Teams
averaged nearly two home runs per game with the wind blowing
out to center a season ago, well above the park average of
** Odds, stats, weather forecast and probable pitchers as
of 8:40 a.m. ET Friday.