Thursday's National League betting cheat sheet

Aug 21, 2013 |
Thursday's National League betting cheat sheet
Trevor Cahill has struggled mightily away from home this season.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Trevor Cahill has struggled mightily away from home this season.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Thursday's National League games:

Arizona Diamondbacks at Cincinnati Reds (-185, 7.5)

Cold pitching stat: The road hasn't been kind to Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill, who is 3-6 with a 5.60 ERA in nine starts away from Arizona.

Hot batting stat: Arizona OF Jason Kubel has just two hits in eight at-bats against Cincinnati starter Mat Latos, but both are home runs.

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

Key betting note: The under is 6-1-3 in Latos' last 10 starts against a National League West opponent.


Los Angeles Dodgers at Miami Marlins (+214, 6)

Hot pitching stat: Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw has surrendered just one earned run on six hits over his previous two starts, striking out 16 while walking just three in that span.

Cold batting stat: Marlins rookie OF Jake Marisnick is just 4-for-25 with eight strikeouts against left-handed pitching.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-80s, but with a 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms, the roof at Marlins Park may be closed. Wind will blow from right to left field at 11 mph.

Key betting note: The Dodgers have won 17 of Kershaw's last 22 starts against the NL East.


Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs (+149, 7)

Hot pitching stat: Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has surrendered one earned run in 12 career innings against the Cubs.

Cold batting stat: The three Washington hitters who have faced Chicago starter Travis Wood (Scott Hairston, Jayson Werth, Adam LaRoche) are a combined 1-for-15 against him.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from left field at 7 mph. There is an 85 percent chance of thunderstorms in the forecast.

Key betting note: Road teams are 6-0 in umpire Tim Timmons' last six games behind home plate.


Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies (-130, 9)

Cold pitching stat: Philadelphia right-hander Kyle Kendrick was shelled in his last appearance against the Rockies, charged with seven runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings in a game the Phillies won 8-7.

Hot batting stat: Colorado SS Troy Tulowitzki is hitting .320 with 18 home runs in 244 at-bats against right-handers.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-80s with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Wind will blow out toward right field at 6 mph.

Key betting note: Colorado has won just three of its last 17 Thursday games.


Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals (-135, 8.5)
 
   
Cold pitching stat: Braves right-hander Paul Maholm struggled prior to going on the DL with a wrist injury, losing three straight starts while allowing 16 runs over 13 1/3 innings in that span.

Hot hitting stat: Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran is 9-for-24 with two home runs and six RBIs in his career against Maholm.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-80s with a 10 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Wind will blow from right field to lef field at 4 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 12-2-2 in Maholm's last 16 starts.


Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants (-125, 7)

Cold pitching stat: Giants right-hander Matt Cain has allowed 19 home runs over his first 25 starts; he surrendered 21 all of last season, and just nine in 2011.

Cold batting stat: Members of the Pittsburgh roster are hitting a collective .162 with one home run in 130 at-bats against Cain.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-50s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 14-3-1 in Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke's last 18 starts against a team with a losing record.


** Odds, probable starters and weather forecast as of 12:32 p.m. ET.

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