Thursday's MLB betting cheat sheet and tips

Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Thursday night’s MLB games:

Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals (-164, 7)

Hot pitcher:
Jordan Zimmermann has not lost at Nationals Park in more than a year, going 11-0 in his last 18 home starts since June 5, 2012.

Cold pitcher: Rockies lefty specialist Rex Brothers has 29 straight scoreless outings (26 2/3 IP) since April 10 at San Francisco. His 0.30 ERA is the lowest in the bigs among relievers with at least 20 appearances.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-70s and clear skies. Winds will blow out to left field at 9 mph.

Key betting stat: The Nationals are 21-5 in Zimmermann’s last 26 starts as a favorite.

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees (-109, 8)


Hot pitcher: Rays left-handed pitcher Alex Torres has not allowed a run in 18 1/3 innings this season. His scoreless streak extends to 23 1/3 innings pitched dating back to 2011.

Cold pitcher: Rays lefty Matt Moore was roughed up for five runs in 5 1/3 innings against Kansas City last time out. He has been battered for 20 runs (19 earned) and 26 hits in only 12 1/3 innings over his last three turns.

Weather: Temperatures in the low-70s and clear skies. Winds will blow out to left field at 10 mph.

Key betting stat: The under is 5-0 in the Rays’ last five road games.

New York Mets at Atlanta Braves (-182, 7.5)

Hot pitcher: Braves starter Mike Minor has been one of baseball’s top pitchers since last season's All-Star break, going 14-6 with a 2.43 ERA.

Cold pitcher: Mets closer Bobby Parnell is 1-3 with a 5.90 ERA (7 ER/10 2/3 IP) over his last 11 outings dating back to May 22. Prior to that, he was 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA (2 ER/19.1/3 IP) in 19 games.

Weather: Temperatures in the low-80s and partly cloudy skies. Winds will blow in from right field at 6 mph.

Key betting stat: The Braves are 1-6 in their last seven games with umpire Jeff Kellogg behind home plate.

Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers (-118, 9)

Hot pitcher: Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa has a 1.69 ERA (3 ER/16.0 IP) over his last 14 games and boasts a 17:0 K:BB ratio during that span.

Cold pitcher: Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey has an ERA over 11.00 in his last four appearances.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-70s and clear skies. Winds will blow in from left field at 8 mph.

Key betting stat: The under is 7-0-1 in Boston’s last eight overall.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals (-173, 7.5)

Hot pitcher: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn hasn’t picked up a loss since May 7 and is 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA in six career appearances against the Cubs.

Cold pitcher: Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol recorded the blown save and loss Sunday in New York, allowing four runs on a pair of home runs in Chicago’s 4-3 loss.

Weather: Temperatures in the low-80s and clear skies. Winds will blow out to left field at 9 mph.

Key betting stat: The Cubs actually have a winning record outside the division, but they are 9-23 against NL Central opponents, the worst record in the majors within the division.

Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels (101, 7)

Hot pitcher: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez has won three consecutive decisions and has a 1.84 ERA over his last four starts. He has excelled on the road with a 6-2 mark to go with a 1.74 ERA and 0.95 WHIP.

Cold pitcher: Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen has blown his last two save attempts, yielding six earned runs over his last 2 2/3 innings pitched.

Weather: Temperatures in the low-70s and clear skies. Winds will blow out to right field at 6 mph.

Key betting stat: Seattle continues to be a porous offensive squad and has scored only 30 runs in its last 13 games – tallying one run or fewer five times during the stretch. The under is 11-2 in the Mariners’ last 13 overall.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (-131, 7.5)


Hot pitcher: Padres starter Jason Marquis has put together three straight wins in as many quality starts and hasn’t suffered a loss since April 22.

Cold pitcher: The Dodgers bullpen will be fatigued after the club played a doubleheader against the Yankees on Wednesday. L.A. used six relievers over the course of the two games.

Weather:
Temperatures in the mid-60s and clear skies. Winds will blow out to center field at 5 mph.

Key betting stat: The Padres are 7-0 in Marquis' last seven home starts.

Miami Marlins at San Francisco Giants (-175, 7.5)

Hot pitcher: Giants’ lefty specialist Javier Lopez has not been charged with a run in his last 17 outings (11 IP).  Left-handed batters are just 2-for-26 (.077) against him this season.

Cold pitcher: After yielding three or fewer runs in each of his previous four turns, rookie Marlins starter Tom Koehler has been knocked around for 17 earned runs and five homers in his last three. Koehler is 0-2 with a 5.04 ERA in eight road games - four starts.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-50s with clear skies. Winds will blow out to right field at 13 mph.

Key betting stat:
Surprisingly, the Marlins are 7-0 in the last seven meetings in San Francisco. However, the last series in San Fran was back in May, 2012.

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