Friday's MLB American League betting cheat sheet

Aug 29, 2013 |
Rick Porcello has tamed Cleveland bats in three starts this season.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Rick Porcello has tamed Cleveland bats in three starts this season.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Friday's American League games:

Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (-130, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat:
Yanks starter CC Sabathia is 2-2 in five August starts and brings a 5.58 ERA in the month to the mound Friday.

Hot batting stat:
Orioles OF Adam Jones is 15-for-50 (.300) with three homers and 11 RBIs in his career versus Sabathia.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the mid-70s with mostly clear skies. Wind will blow from right field to left field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 6-0 in Miguel Gonzalez's last six starts versus the Yankees.


Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays (+102, 8.5)

Hot pitching stat: Jays starter Mark Buehrle continues to pitch effectively for the club and is 3-0 with a 3.27 ERA in five August starts.

Hot batting stat:
Royals DH Billy Butler has hit well against Buerhle throughout his career. Butler is 30-for-57 with three homers and 15 RBIs versus the Jays starter.

Weather: Due to a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms in Toronto, the roof could be closed at Rogers Centre.

Key betting note: The Royals are 9-22 in the last 31 meetings in Toronto.


Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers (-145, 9)

Hot pitching stat: Tigers starter Rick Porcello is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three starts versus the Tribe this season.

Hot betting stat: Tigers 1B Prince Fielder is 4-for-10 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs in his career versus Cleveland starter Zach McAllister.

Weather: There is a 30 percent chance of rain in the forecast for gametime. Temperatures will be in the mid-80s with wind blowing in from right field at 10 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 9-0 in Tigers last nine Friday games.


Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox
(-176, 9)

Hot pitching stat: White Sox starter Hector Santiago is just 1-1 in August, but has a solid 3.00 ERA in five August starts. The Pale Hose are 4-1 in his starts.

Cold batting stat: The Red Sox roster owns a collective batting average of .120 in 25 at-bats versus Santiago.

Weather: Skies will be sunny and temperatures will be in the low-70s. Wind will blow out to right field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The White Sox are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Boston.


Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers
(-330, 8)

Hot pitching stat: Rangers ace Yu Darvish is 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA in five August starts. The righty has 53 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings pitched this month.

Hot batting stat: Rangers OF Alex Rios is 3-for-6 with two homers in his career versus Twins starter Liam Hendriks.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-90s with sunny skies. Wind will blow in from right field at 4 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 7-1-1 in Darvish's last nine home starts.


Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros
(+115, 9)

Cold pitching stat: Mariners prospect Taijuan Walker will be making his major league debut in Friday's start.

Hot batting stat: Mariners 3B Kyle Seager is 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs in his career versus Astros starter Brad Peacock.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-90s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 10 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 4-0 in Peacock's last four home starts.


Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland A's
(+103, 6.5)

Hot pitching stat: Rays ace David Price is 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA in five August starts.

Hot batting stat: A's 2B Alberto Callaspo is 6-for-15 (.400) with one double in his career versus Price.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-60s with clear skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 8 mph.

Key betting note:
The over is 5-0 in Price's last five starts versus the Athletics.



** Odds, probable starters, stats and weather forecast as of 1:10 p.m. ET.
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