Thursday's MLB American League betting cheat sheet

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

Seattle Mariners at Detroit Tigers (-185, 8)

Hot pitching stat:
Tigers right-hander Doug Fister is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings against the Mariners, who drafted him in the seventh round in 2006.

Cold batting stat:
Members of the Seattle roster are hitting a collective .229 in 48 at-bats against Fister.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the low-70s with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Wind will blow in from right field at 9 mph.

Key betting note:
The under is 11-1 in Fister's previous 12 starts against teams with losing records.

Houston Astros at Cleveland Indians
(-215, 8)

Hot pitching stat:
Indians right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is 5-5 with a 1.83 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 10 second-half starts.

Cold batting stat:
Cleveland OF Michael Bourn is hitting just .138 with eight strikeouts in 38 career at-bats against the Astros.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the mid-70s with a 45 percent chance of showers. Wind will blow out to left-center field at 6 mph.

Key betting note:
Houston is 1-10 in starter Dallas Keuchel's last 11 outings on five days' rest.

New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays
(+108, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat:
Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda struggled in his previous start against Toronto, surrendering seven runs - five earned - on nine hits over five innings of a 7-2 defeat.

Hot batting stat:
Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia is 9-for-21 with a homer against Kuroda.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the mid-60s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to center field at 6 mph.

Key betting note:
New York has lost eight of Kuroda's last 10 starts against American League East opponents.

Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
(-130, 8.5)

Hot pitching stat:
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman has dominated the Red Sox in his career, going 4-1 with a 2.15 ERA in nine starts.

Hot batting stat:
Baltimore slugger Chris Davis is 11-for-26 with a pair of homers and six RBIs against Boston starter John Lackey.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the high-60s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to center field at 6 mph.

Key betting note:
The under is 21-5-1 in Lackey's last 27 starts.

Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays
(-114, 7)

Hot pitching stat:
Rays left-hander Matt Moore is 7-0 with a 1.90 ERA in his last 10 starts.

Cold batting stat:
The Tampa Bay roster is batting just .143 with one RBI in 56 at-bats against Texas righty Yu Darvish.

Weather:
Dome.

Key betting note:
Texas has lost Darvish's last six starts.

Minnesota Twins at Oakland Athletics
(-215, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat:
Athletics right-hander Dan Straily has won four straight starts while allowing just five runs over 23 2/3 innings in that span.

Hot batting stat:
Oakland OF Yoenis Cespedes went 5-for-11 with six RBIs in a three-game series against Minnesota earlier this month.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the low-60s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 6 mph.

Key betting note:
The over is 6-2-1 in the last nine meetings in Oakland.

**Odds, stats, weather forecast and probable pitchers as of 3:55 p.m. ET Wednesday.
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