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Friday's MLB National League betting cheat sheet

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

Philadelphia Phillies at Chicago Cubs (-124, 9)

Hot pitching stat: Roy Halladay gets the start for the Phils Friday. Doc had a decent outing on August 25 versus the Diamondbacks in his first start since May 5. He lasted six innings, allowing four hits and two runs in a 9-5 Phillies' victory.

Cold batting stat: Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins is 1-for-7 lifetime versus Cubbies starter Jeff Samardzija.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-90s under sunny skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 12 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 10-2 in Samardzija's last 12 home starts.


New York Mets at Washington Nationals (-179, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat: Mets starter Dillon Gee is 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in four starts versus the Nationals this season.

Cold batting stat: Nats 1B Adam LaRoche has struggled versus Gee. LaRoche has just three hits in 17 career at-bats versus the Mets righty.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-80s with mostly clear skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 9 mph.

Key betting note:
The Nationals are 9-2 in Jordan Zimmermann's last 11 Friday starts.


St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates (-120, 7)

Cold pitching stat:
Pirates' southpaw Francisco Liriano is coming off a rough start in San Francisco on August 24. Liriano lasted four innings and surrendered four runs on nine hits in a 6-3 loss to the Giants.

Cold batting stat: Bucs slugger Pedro Alvarez is just 1-for-8 with four K's in his career versus Cards starter Shelby Miller.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-80s under clear skies. Wind will blow from right field to left field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The Cardinals are 1-5 in the last six meetings in Pittsburgh.


Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves (-131, 6.5)

Hot pitching stat: Marlins star-rookie Jose Fernandez seems to get better as the year progresses. The 21-year-old righty is 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA in five August starts.

Cold batting stat: Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is 0-for-5 in his career versus Braves starter Julio Teheran.

Weather: There is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in the forecast for gametime. Temperatures will be in the low-80s and wind will blow from right field to left field at 4 mph.

Key betting note:
The  under is 5-1 in Fernandez's last six road starts.


Cincinnati Reds at Colorado Rockies
(+146, 10)

Hot pitching stat: Reds starter Bronson Arroyo tossed eight innings of four-hit ball in a 3-0 Reds win over the Rockies on June 3 - his lone start versus Colorado this season.

Cold batting stat: Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo is 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his career versus Rockies starter Jeff Manship.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 6 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 9-2-3 in the Reds's last 14 versus the National League West.


San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks (-125, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat: Giants starter Tim Lincecum was shelled versus Arizona in his one and only start versus the DBacks this season. Lincecum gave up five runs on 10 hits in his five innings of work in the Giants' 9-6 win back on May 1.

Hot batting stat: Giants 1B Brandon Belt has been sizzling at the dish. Belt is batting .370 in August with five homers and 12 RBIs.

Weather:
Due to a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in the forecast, the roof could be closed at Arizona's Chase Field.

Key betting note: The Giants are 1-7 in Lincecum's last eight road starts.


San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers (-199, 7)

Cold pitching stat: Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu is coming off back-to-back losses and has an ERA of 5.11 over those two starts.

Hot batting stat: The Dodgers roster is batting a collective .341 with five homers and 11 RBIs in 88 at-bats versus Padres starter Erick Stults.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-70ss with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to center field at 6 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Los Angeles.


Interleague

Los Angeles Angels at Milwaukee Brewers (+113, 8)

Hot pitching stat:
Angels hurler Jered Weaver had a spectacular outing in his last trip to the mound. Weaver tossed eight innings giving up one earned run on three hits in a 7-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on August 25.

Cold batting stat:
Angels slugger Mark Trumbo will look to put a poor August behind him. Trumbo is hitting just .196 in 102 August at-bats seeing his average drop to .236 on the season. He has collected 21 RBIs for the month, however.

Weather: Due to a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in the forecast, the roof could be closed at Miller Park.

Key betting note:
The under is 12-3 in the Brewers last 15 home games versus a team with a losing road record.



** Odds, probable starters, stats and weather forecast as of 1:07 p.m. ET.

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