Thursday's MLB American League betting cheat sheet

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

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians (-140, 6.5)

Pitching stat: Chicago LHP Chris has dropped eight of his last nine decisions, a byproduct of receiving the least run support of any qualified starter in the majors (2.63 runs per start).

Batting stat: Players on Chicago's current roster are hitting just .221 in 289 at-bats against Indians RHP Justin Masterson.

Weather:
Temperatures in the mid 70s with a 21 percent chance of rain and winds blowing WNW at 9 mph.

Key betting stat: Under is 11-5 in Indians' last 16 overall.

Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins (+136, 7.5)

Pitching stat: Royals RHP James Shields has been the victim of poor run support in his first year with Kansas City, as he has allowed three runs or fewer in six of his seven losses and eight of his 10 no-decisions.

Batting stat: The Royals improved to 10-2 since the All-Star break and 9-3 against Minnesota this season, hitting .295 with 12 home runs versus the Twins.

Weather: Temperatures in the high 70s with partly cloudy skies and winds blowing WNW at 7 mph.

Key betting stat: Royals are 16-5 in their last 21 games as favorites.

Houston Astros at Baltimore Orioles
(-260, 8.5)


Pitching stat: Houston RHP Jordan Lyles, who last won on June 18, is 0-3 while yielding at least four earned runs in five of his last six outings.

Batting stat: Orioles slugger Chris Davis has struck out in a franchise-high 24 consecutive games.

Weather: Temperatures in the high 70s with an 80 percent chance of thundershowers and winds blowing SW at 2 mph.

Key betting stat: Astros are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Baltimore.

Seattle Mariners at Boston Red Sox (-109, 8.5)

Pitching stat: Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez is 7-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 13 career starts versus Boston.

Batting stat: Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia homered and drove in three runs in each of the last two games - the first time in his career he has registered back-to-back games with at least three RBIs.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid 70s with a 44 percent chance of showers and winds blowing south at 8 mph.

Key betting stat: Under is 7-3-3 in the last 13 meetings in Boston.

Toronto Blue Jays at Los Angeles Angels (-108)


Pitching stat: Toronto RHP Josh Johnson looks to snap a five-start losing streak.

Batting stat: Los Angeles OF Josh Hamilton is 5-for-11 in his last three games while hitting safely in six of his last seven contests.

Weather: Temperatures low 70s with clear skies and winds blowing SSW 6 mph.

Key betting stat: The Blue Jays have won 12 of 17 contests against AL West representatives this season.

Arizona Diamondback at Texas Rangers (-192, 8.5)
 
Pitching stat: Texas RHP Yu Darvish matched a career high with 14 strikeouts versus Arizona on May 27 but allowed four runs on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings to settle for a no-decision.

Batting stat: Texas SS Elvis Andrus is riding a 13-game hitting streak, the longest active run in the majors.

Weather: Temperatures will tip 100 degrees with a 14 percent chance of thunderstorms and winds blowing east at 6 mph.

Key betting stat: Diamondbacks are 2-6 in their last eight interleague road games.

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