Saturday's MLB National League betting cheat sheet

Aug 30, 2013 |
Phillies lefty Cliff Lee has tossed four straight quality starts.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Phillies lefty Cliff Lee has tossed four straight quality starts.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Saturday's National League games:

Philadelphia Phillies at Chicago Cubs (+126, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat:
Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee has thrown four straight quality starts, but is just 1-1 with two no-decisions over that stretch.

Cold batting stat: Cubs veterans Donnie Murphy and Dioner Navarro are a combined 2-for-31 with eight strikeouts against Lee.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the high-70s under partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from center field at 11 mph.

Key betting note: Philadelphia is 2-14 in its last 16 outings during the second game of a series.


New York Mets at Washington Nationals (-146, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat: Nationals right-hander Dan Haren is 4-1 with a 2.74 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break.

Hot batting stat: Members of the Washington roster are hitting a combined .357 with two home runs against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the high-70s with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Wind will blow out to center field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 6-1-1 in Haren's last eight starts against teams with losing records.


St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates (-130, 7.5)

Cold pitching stat: Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn is 1-3 with a 4.64 ERA in five August starts.

Cold batting stat: Pittsburgh OF Andrew McCutchen is just 4-for-23 with eight strikeouts lifetime against Lynn.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the mid-70s with a 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Wind will blow out to left field at 4 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 6-1 in Lynn's last seven starts against the Pirates.


Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves (-225, 7)

Hot pitching stat: Braves right-hander Mike Minor allowed just one run on six hits over seven innings in his last outing, a 5-2 win over St. Louis.

Cold batting stat: Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton has just two hits in 14 career at-bats versus Minor, but both are solo homers.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the low-80s with a 45 percent chance of thunderstorms. Wind will be calm.

Key betting note: Atlanta is 8-1 in Minor's last nine Saturday starts.


Cincinnati Reds at Colorado Rockies (OFF, OFF)

Hot pitching stat: Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio tossed six innings of four-hit ball and did not give up a run in last start. The Rockies prevailed 6-1 over the San Francisco Giants on August 26.

Cold batting stat: Reds OF Ryan Ludwick is 4-for-18 with seven strikeouts in his career against De La Rosa.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the low-80s with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Wind will blow in from left-center field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 7-1-1 in Nicasio's last nine outings following a quality start in his previous appearance.


San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks (-134, 8.5)

Hot pitching stat: Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong is coming off his best start of the season, limiting Pittsburgh to two hits over eight shutout innings in a 4-0 triumph.

Hot batting stat: Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill is 6-for-12 with a homer against Vogelsong.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the mid-90s with a 25 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Wind will blow from left to right field at 10 mph.

Key betting note: San Francisco is 21-5 in Vogelsong's previous 26 appearances following a quality start in his last outing.


San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers (-155, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat: Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner limited Chicago to two hits in seven scoreless innings but settled for a no-decision in his last outing.

Cold batting stat: San Diego SS Ronny Cedeno is 5-for-26 lifetime against Dodgers starter Chris Capuano.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the high-70s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to center field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 8-0 in the Dodgers' last eight Saturday games.


Interleague

Los Angeles Angels at Milwaukee Brewers (-139, 8.5)

Hot pitching stat: Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada is 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in four second-half starts.

Hot batting stat: Entering Friday, Angels OF Mike Trout has a .510 on-base percentage in 76 August at-bats.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the low-70s under sunny skies. Wind will blow in from left field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 15-3 in Estrada's last 18 starts against teams with losing records.


 
** Odds, probable starters, stats and weather forecast as of 7:55 a.m. ET.
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