Sunday's American League betting cheat sheet and tips

Jul 20, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Sunday's American League games:

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays (-116, 9)

Hot pitching stat: Rays starter Chris Archer is coming off a complete-game shutout of the Houston Astros his last time out. He has not surrendered an earned run in his last two starts.

Cold batting stat: Toronto's Brett Lawrie is just 2-for-15 in his previous four games since coming off the DL.

Weather:
Temperatures in the mid-70s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: The Rays are 5-0 in Archer's last five starts.


Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals (+108, 8)


Cold pitching stat:
Tigers starter Doug Fister  has surrendered seven home runs over his last six outings after serving up only two in his first 13.

Hot batting stat: Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera is 14-for-32 with six extra-base hits against Royals starter James Shields.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-80s and a 65 percent chance of thunderstorms during the game. Wind will blow in from center field at 4 mph.

Key betting note: The Royals are 8-1 in Shields' last nine starts.


Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros (+174, 7.5)


Hot pitching stat: Mariners starter Felix Hernandez posted his fifth consecutive victory July 13 when he allowed seven hits over eight scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Angels.

Cold batting stat: Astros 1B Carlos Penia is a career 2-for-20 against King Felix.

Weather:
Temperatures in the mid-90s and cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 12 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 6-1-1 in Hernandez's last eight Sunday starts.


Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins (+130, 9)

Cold pitching stat: Indians starter Justin Masterson was reached for five runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings against Minnesota on May 3.

Hot batting stat:
Twins C Joe Mauer has hit safely in eight straight games to boost his average to .323 - second in the AL.

Weather:
Cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-70s. Wind will blow in from center field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 5-1-1 in Masterson's last seven starts versus the Twins.


Oakland A's at Los Angeles Angels (+110, 8)

Hot pitching stat: A's starter Bartolo Colon has gone 9-1 over his last 12 starts, allowing three runs twice and two or fewer in each of the other 10 outings.

Hot batting stat: Angels slugger Albert Pujols has gone 4-for-8 with a solo home run over the first two games of the series.

Weather:
Mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the high-70s. Wind will blow out to center field at 8 mph.

Key betting note:
The Athletics are 14-2 in Colon's last 16 starts as a favorite.


Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers (-131, 9.5)

Hot pitching stat: O's starter Chris Tillman has won two of three outings against Texas while limiting the Rangers to just a .205 batting average.

Cold batting stat: Texas LF David Murphy is 2-for-9 in his career versus Tillman.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-90s and mostly sunny skies. Wind will blow in from right field at 13 mph.

Key betting note:
The Orioles are 7-20 in their last 27 games with umpire Joe West behind home plate.


New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (-135, 9)

Cold pitching stat: Yanks lefty C.C. Sabathia has surrendered 21 home runs in 20 starts, including seven in his last five turns.

Hot batting stat:
Boston DH David Ortiz has recorded two hits in each of the first two games of the series.

Weather: Temperatures in the low-70s and partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from right field at 6 mph.

Key betting note: The Yankees are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Boston.


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Atlanta Braves at Chicago White Sox (+114, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat: The Braves may look to jump on the first pitch: opponents are hitting .370 on Sox starter Jose Quintana’s first offering with four homers and a 1.037 OPS.

Hot batting stat:
Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman belted a two-run homer in his first start since jamming his thumb in Saturday's 10-6 loss.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from center field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: The Braves are 5-0 in their last five games following a loss.


** Odds, probable starters and weather forecast as of 11:05 a.m. ET.
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