American League betting cheat sheet and tips

Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Sunday's American League games:

Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians (-136, 9)

Hot pitcher: Minnesota LHP Caleb Thielbar has not allowed a run in his first 13 2/3 innings in the majors, striking out 12.

Cold pitcher: Twins starter Mike Pelfrey has allowed 13 runs over his last 24 2/3 innings of work.

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

Key betting stat: The Indians are 0-6 in Carlos Carrasco's last six home starts.

Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays (-137, 8.5)

Hot pitcher: The Blue Jays bullpen had its impressive scoreless streak snapped at 27 2/3 innings Saturday.

Cold pitcher: Baltimore’s bullpen has surrendered four runs over 3 1/3 innings in two straight losses after the team won eight of its previous 11 contests.

Weather:
Chance of thunderstorms so retractable roof should be closed.

Key betting stat: The over is 7-1 in the last eight meetings between the clubs.

Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers (-172, 8.5)

Hot pitcher: Red Sox starter Felix Doubront has only one win over his last nine appearances, although he has not allowed more than three earned runs in seven straight outings.

Cold pitcher: Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey was recently demoted from the closer's role. He has surrendered five earned runs in his last two-plus innings pitched.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-80s and a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds will blow in from right field at 11 mph.

Key betting stat: Surprisingly, the over is 9-1 in Justin Verlander's last 10 starts against a team with a winning record.

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees (-108, 9)

Hot pitcher: Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has converted seven consecutive save opportunities and has only allowed one earned run in his last 7 2/3 innings pitched.

Cold pitcher: Rays starter Chris Archer has gotten four total runs of support in his four starts but has not held up his end either in the last two. The 24-year-old has issued nine walks and allowed five earned runs in 8 2/3 combined innings to suffer back-to-back losses to the Boston Red Sox.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-80s and partly cloudy skies. Winds will blow out to left field at 12 mph.

Key betting stat: The Rays are 0-5 in Archer’s last five starts as an underdog.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals (-180, 7.5)

Hot pitcher: White Sox RHP Jesse Crain has made a club-record 29 straight scoreless appearances.

Cold pitcher: White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod has surrendered four homers over his last two outings and has a 5.87 ERA in June.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-80s and a slight risk of showers. Winds will blow out to left field at 21 mph.

Key betting stat:
The White Sox are 6-2 in their last eight games as an underdog.

Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners (+134, 7.5)

Hot pitcher: After starting the season 1-5 with a 7.34 ERA over his first seven starts, A's starter Jarrod Parker has turned it around by going 5-1 with a 2.43 ERA over his last eight outings.

Cold pitcher: The Athletics have gone 2-4 during their seven-game road trip, dropping back into a tie atop the American League West with Texas. Oakland’s relievers have struggled during the trip, collecting three losses and posting a 6.61 ERA.

Weather: Retractable roof should be closed due to 60 percent chance of rain.

Key betting stat: The A's are 5-0 in their last five games with umpire Brian Knight behind the plate.

INTERLEAGUE

Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Angels (-132, 8.5)


Hot pitcher: Pirates reliever Mark Melancon hasn't allowed an earned run since May 26 at Milwaukee (9 1/3 innings) and boasts a microscopic 0.99 ERA this season.

Cold pitcher:
Angels starter Joe Blanton (1-10, 5.62 ERA) has suffered more losses than any AL pitcher, but he's recorded quality starts in four of his last five outings.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-70s and sunny conditions. Winds will blow out to center field at 9 mph.

Key betting stat:
The Angels are 1-9 in Blanton's last 10 starts as a favorite.

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