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Friday's National League betting cheat sheet

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


Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs (+126, 9)

Hot pitching stat: Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu is coming off a great outing versus Cincinnati. The lefty scattered two hits over seven innings of work en route to the 4-1 victory.

Hot batting stat: Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez is 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles in his career versus Cubs starter Travis Wood.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-70s with mostly cloudy skies and wind will blow out to center field at 12 mph.

Key betting note: The Cubs are 2-8 in Wood's last 10 starts.


Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (+156, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat:
Braves starter Kris Medlen was roughed up in his last outing against the Phils on July 7. He gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits as Philadelphia won 7-3.

Hot batting stat: Phillies C Carlos Ruiz is 6-for-9 (.667) with three RBIs in his career versus Medlen.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-80s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 7 mph.

Key betting note:
The Braves are 18-4 in Medlen's last 22 starts versus the National League East.


Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates (-168, 7)


Cold pitching stat:
Pirates starter Gerrit Cole is 1-4 in his last five starts.

Hot batting stat: Pirates 1B Garrett Jones is 5-for-9 (.556) in his career versus Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin. Two of those hits are home runs.

Weather:
There is currently a 20 percent chance of rain in the forecast. Temperatures will be in the mid-70s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 7 mph.

Key betting note: The Rockies are 7-2 in Chacin's last nine starts.


St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds (-116, 8)

Cold pitching stat:
The Reds are 0-3 in SP Bronson Arroyo's starts versus St. Louis this season.

Hot batting stat:
Cards CF Jon Jay is 13-for-32 (.406) with two doubles, one triple and one homer in his career versus Arroyo.

Weather: There is a 10 percent chance of rain in the forecast for gametime. Temperatures will be in the low-80s with wind blowing from right field to left field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 5-1 in Cards starter Shelby Miller's last six starts versus the National League Central.


Washington Nationals at Milwaukee Brewers (+129, 8)

Cold pitching stat:
Nats starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up a pair of homers, six hits and five earned runs in an 11-0 loss to the New York Mets in his last outing. He has taken the loss in his last three starts.

Hot batting stat:
Nats 3B Ryan Zimmerman is 3-for-6 lifetime versus Brewers starter Tom Gorzelanny.

Weather: Due to a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms, the roof could be closed at Miller Park. Temperatures will be in the low-70s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to center field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 12-3-1 in the last 16 meetings in Milwaukee.


Interleague

Cleveland Indians at Miami Marlins (-109, 7)

Hot pitching stat:
Marlins' rookie phenom Jose Fernandez went 3-1 with a 2.06 ERA in his five July starts.

Hot batting stat:
Indians C Carlos Santana went 3-for-4 in Thursday's 6-1 victory over the White Sox. He went 6-for-16 in the four-game series.

Weather: Due to a 50 percent of thundestorms by gametime, the roof could be closed in Miami.

Key betting note: The Indians have won eight games in a row heading into Friday's matchup.


Kansas City Royals at New York Mets (+100, 8)


Hot pitching stat:
After posting four-straight losses, Royals starter Wade Davis had one of his finest outings of the season in his last trip to the mound. He gave up just four hits through 7 1/3 innings  in a 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Hot batting stat: Royals LF Alex Gordon went 6-for-14 in the Royals' three-game series versus the Minnesota Twins. Two of those hits went for triples.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the high-70s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 11 mph.

Key betting note: The Royals are currently riding a nine-game winning streak after a 7-2 victory over the Twins Thursday.


New York Yankees at San Diego Padres (+103, 7)


Cold pitching stat:
Yanks lefty C.C. Sabathia is 0-3 in his last four outings. His previous start, he gave up seven earned runs on nine hits and lasted just five innings in a 10-6 loss to Tampa Bay.

Cold batting stat: Padres slugger Carlos Quentin is 4-for-22 (.182) with one homer and two RBIs lifetime versus Sabathia.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the mid-60s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from left field to right field at 3 mph.

Key betting note:
The Yankees are 13-3 in Sabathia's last 16 interleague starts.


Click here for our American League cheat sheet.


** Odds, probable starting pitchers, stats and weather forecast as of 1:39 p.m. ET.

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