Monday's National League betting cheat sheet and tips

Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Monday's National League games:


Pittsburgh Pirates at Washington Nationals (-134, 8.5)

Hot pitching stat:
Nats starter Dan Haren is coming off his best start of the year against the Miami Marlins his last time out. He tossed six shutout innings and surrendered three hits, but the Nats managed to lose 2-1.

Hot batting stat: The Pirates have knocked six homers in the previous three games after hitting just seven during a 13-game stretch from June 30 to July 14.

Weather: There will be a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms in the forecast. Temperatures will be in the high-80s and wind will blow out to left field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The Pirates are 3-13 in starter Charlie Morton's last 16 starts versus the National League East.


Atlanta Braves at New York Mets (+119, 7.5)

Cold pitching stat: Mets starter Dillon Gee is 0-2 with a 4.73 ERA in two starts versus the Braves this year. He has given up 13 hits in 13 1/3 innings of work.

Cold batting stat: Braves 2B Dan Uggla is 4-for-24 in his career versus Gee.

Weather:
There is a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms in the forecast. Temperatures in the low-80s and wind will blow from right field to left field at 7 mph.

Key betting note:
The Braves are 9-2 in their last 11 Monday games.


San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers (-119, 9)


Hot pitching stat: Brewers starter Tom Gorzelanny has not given up an earned run over 12 innings of work in his last two starts.

Hot batting stat: Padres 1B Yonder Alonso owns a 12-game road hitting streak. He is 16-for-48 (.333) during the stretch.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-80s with mostly sunny skies. Wind will blow from right field to left field at 9 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 8-2 in Padres SP Andrew Cashner's last 10 starts overall.


Miami Marlins at Colorado Rockies (-161, 11)

Cold pitching stat: Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz has been rocked in all three of his 2013 starts. The lefty has an ERA of 8.76 and WHIP of 2.68 in those outings this year.

Cold batting stat:
Rockies All-Star Carlos Gonzalez owns a career batting average of .238 versus the Marlins. That average is Gonzalez's second lowest only to the Giants (.231) among NL ball clubs.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from right field at 5 mph.

Key betting note:
The over is 8-2-1 in the last 11 meetings.


Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks (-137, 8)

Cold pitching stat: The Cubs have reportedly traded tonight's starter Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers. Tonight's starter for the Cubbies has not been named as of yet.

Hot batting stat:
The Cubs have hit 20 home runs in July - the most in the NL - and have gone deep at least once in six straight games and 14-of-16 this month.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the high-90s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from left field to right field at 8 mph.

Key betting note:
The Cubs are 15-36 in the last 51 meetings in Arizona.


Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants (-122, 7)

Hot pitching stat: Giants starter Tim Lincecum is coming off a no-hitter against the Padres his last time out. He struck out 13 and walked four in the 148-pitch effort.

Cold batting stat: Reds OF Ryan Ludwick is 3-for-23 (.130) in his career versus Lincecum.

Weather: Temperatures in the high-50s and cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: The Giants are 2-10 in their last 12 versus the National League Central.


** Odds, probable starters, stats and weather forecast as of 12:49 p.m. ET.

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