Thursday's MLB National League betting cheat sheet

Sep 18, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes for Thursday's National League games:

San Diego Padres at Pittsburgh Pirates
(-145, 7)

Hot pitching stat:
Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole has won back-to-back starts against Texas and the Chicago Cubs, surrendering just one run on eight hits in 14 innings over that stretch.

Cold batting stat:
Pittsburgh SS Clint Barmes and 3B Pedro Alvarez are a combined 2-for-26 against Padres starter Ian Kennedy.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the low-70s with cloudy skies. Wind will blow from right to left field at 6 mph.

Key betting note:
Pittsburgh is 8-2 in the finale of its last 10 four-game series.

San Francisco Giants at New York Mets
(+130, 7)

Cold pitching stat:
Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese is 3-5 with a 4.48 ERA in 11 afternoon starts this season.

Cold batting stat:
New York OF Eric Young, Jr. has just three hits with six strikeouts in 21 at-bats against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the mid-70s with clear skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 6 mph.

Key betting note:
The Mets have lost 11 of their last 12 games against left-handed starters.

Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers
(-157, 8)

Cold pitching stat:
Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta was roughed up in his last outing against Milwaukee, allowing four runs over five innings of a 5-3 loss.

Hot batting stat:
Chicago OF Junior Lake is 3-for-6 with a homer and four RBIs against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the low-80s with a 50 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Wind will blow from right to left field at 10 mph.

Key betting note:
Milwaukee is 9-2 in Lohse's last 11 home starts.

St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies
(+155, 10)

Cold pitching stat:
Rockies right-hander Roy Oswalt has lost all six of his starts in 2013 while allowing opponents to hit .360.

Hot batting stat:
Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran is 11-for-31 with a homer and eight RBIs in his career against Oswalt.

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

Key betting note:
The over is 6-0 in umpire Victor Carapazza's last six games behind home plate.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks
(-105, 8)

Hot pitching stat:
Dodgers right-hander Ricky Nolasco is 8-2 with a 2.63 ERA in 13 starts since joining the club in a trade with Miami.

Hot batting stat:
Los Angeles 2B Mark Ellis is 10-for-20 with four solo home runs lifetime against Diamondbacks righty Wade Miley.

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

Key betting note:
Arizona is 6-0 in Miley's last six starts against teams with winning records.

Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals
(-250, 7)

Hot pitching stat:
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has limited opposing hitters to a .181 average in 10 second-half starts.

Hot batting stat:
Washington 3B Ryan Zimmerman has hit 10 home runs in a month for just the second time in his career.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-60s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 5 mph.

Key betting note:
The over is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings.

**Odds, stats, weather forecast and probable pitchers as of 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.
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