Wednesday's MLB American League betting cheat sheet

Aug 27, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Wednesday's American League games:

Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners (-153, 7)

Cold pitching stat: Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez allowed five runs over five innings in his last encounter with the Rangers, falling to 12-19 against them in his career.

Hot batting stat: Rangers OF David Murphy is a .329 career hitter with three homers and 16 RBIs in 73 at-bats against Hernandez.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-70s under mostly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from left to right field at 4 mph.

Key betting note: Seattle is 1-9 in Hernandez's last 10 home starts against teams with winning records.

Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers (-161, 8.5)


Hot pitching stat: Tigers right-hander Doug Fister is 5-4 with a 2.45 ERA and just three home runs allowed in 66 career innings against the Athletics.

Hot batting stat: Detroit OF Torii Hunter, the only Tigers batter to have faced Athletics starter Dan Straily, is 4-for-7 with a pair of solo home runs against him.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from left to right field at 6 mph.

Key betting note: Detroit has won seven consecutive Wednesday games.

New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays (+123, 9)

Cold pitching stat: Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda has been dreadful in back-to-back road starts, surrendering 12 runs over 11 2/3 innings in losses to Boston and Tampa Bay.

Hot batting stat: Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes is 7-for-15 with a double and two triples in his career against Kuroda.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-70s with sunny skies. Wind will blow in from right field at 4 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 22-5-1 in Kuroda's last 28 road starts.

Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox (-141, 9.5)

Hot pitching stat: Red Sox right-hander John Lackey is 12-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 142 1/3 career innings against the Orioles.

Hot batting stat: Every member of the Boston roster to have faced Orioles starter Bud Norris has at least one hit against him except for OF Jacoby Ellsbury, who is 0-for-4.

Weather: There will be a 25 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms at gametime. Temperatures will be in the low-70s with wind blowing from right to left field at 4 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 9-1-1 in Lackey's last 11 starts against a team with a winning record.

Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays (-161, 8)

Hot pitching stat: Rays right-hander Chris Archer is coming off back-to-back impressive outings, allowing a combined three runs on eight hits in 14 innings against the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays.

Hot batting stat: Angels OF Mike Trout will bat better than .300 for a career-best fourth consecutive month.

Weather: Dome.

Key betting note: The under is 11-2 in Tampa Bay's last 13 Wednesday games.

Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins (+122, 8)

Cold pitching stat: Royals left-hander Bruce Chen is coming off consecutive rough outings against Detroit and Washington, surrendering 13 runs over nine innings in that span.

Cold batting stat: Twins 1B Justin Morneau is 5-for-22 with seven strikeouts in his career against Chen.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from center field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: Kansas City is 6-0 in Chen's last six Wednesday starts.

Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox (-205, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat: Astros right-hander Jarred Cosart has yet to allow more than three runs in any of his first seven major-league starts.

Cold batting stat: Members of the Houston roster are a combined 7-for-38 with 16 strikeouts against Chicago starter Chris Sale.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-70s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from left to right field at 10 mph.

Key betting note: Chicago is 6-1 in Sale's last seven home starts against a team with a losing record.

** Odds, probable starting pitchers, weather forecast and stats as of 2:25 p.m. ET Tuesday.
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