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Saturday's MLB American League betting cheat sheets

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

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore Orioles (-180, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat:
Orioles right-hander Wei-Yin Chen is 3-4 with a 4.91 ERA in the second half after going 4-3 with a 2.82 ERA prior to the All-Star break.

Hot batting stat:
White Sox 2B Jeff Keppinger is 5-for-11 lifetime against Chen; the rest of the White Sox are a combined 4-for-27.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the high-70s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to left-center field at 4 mph.

Key betting note:
The under is 13-4 in Chen's last 17 starts.


Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees (+118, 9)

Hot pitching stat: Red Sox right-hander John Lackey has registered four consecutive quality starts, a streak which began with a victory over the Yankees back on Aug. 17.

Cold batting stat:
Yankees OF Alfonso Soriano is just 5-for-33 with seven strikeouts in his career against Lackey.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the high-70s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 7 mph.

Key betting note:
The under is 21-4-1 in Lackey's previous 26 outings.


Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics (-210, 8)

Hot pitching stat:
Athletics right-hander Dan Straily has won back-to-back starts for the first time since early-July, surrendering just three runs over 11 innings in that span.

Cold batting stat:
Astros 1B Brett Wallace went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in his only career encounter with Straily.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the low-80s with sunny skies. Wind will blow from left to right field at 4 mph.

Key betting note:
The under is 13-3-2 in Oakland's last 18 Saturday games.


Toronto Blue Jays at Minnesota Twins (-115, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat: Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ has dropped his last three starts, allowing 14 runs while failing to go past 5 1/3 innings in any of them.

Cold batting stat:
Twins C Ryan Doumit has just one hit in 10 career at-bats against Happ.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the mid-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from left to right field at 8 mph.

Key betting note:
The Twins have won just three of right-hander Kevin Correia's last 13 starts.


Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals (+122, 8)

Cold pitching stat:
Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander rediscovered his form last time out, tossing seven shutout innings but settling for a no-decision in a 4-0 Cleveland victory.

Hot batting stat:
Royals DH Billy Butler has had Verlander's number over his career, hitting .435 with two home runs, 10 RBIs and eight walks in 62 at-bats.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the low-90s with clear skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 7 mph.

Key betting note:
The Royals have won each of Danny Duffy's last seven starts.


Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels (+115, 8)

Cold pitching stat:
Angels right-hander Garrett Richards has struggled with his control of late, issuing 12 walks over his last 15 2/3 innings - including seven in an 11-2 win over Tampa Bay on Monday.

Hot batting stat:
Los Angeles OF Mike Trout is batting .409 with a pair of homers, six RBIs and five walks in 22 at-bats against Texas starter Derek Holland.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the mid-80s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to right-center field at 4 mph.

Key betting note:
Texas is 6-0 in Derek Holland's last six starts on four days' rest.


Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners (+135, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat: Rays right-hander Chris Archer is 4-3 with a 3.31 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break.

Hot batting stat:
Mariners rookie SS Brad Miller homered twice in three at-bats in his previous meeting with Archer.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the high-60s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from left to right field at 4 mph.

Key betting note:
The under is 4-0 in Archer's last four Saturday start.


Interleague

New York Mets at Cleveland Indians (-157, 8)

Hot pitching stat:
Mets right-hander Jonathon Niese is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA in five starts since coming off the disabled list.

Hot batting stat:
Indians OF Michael Bourn is a career 6-for-16 hitter against Niese.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the high-70s with a 25 percent chance of thunderstorms. Wind will blow from left to right field at 7 mph.

Key betting note:
New York is just 4-15 in its last 19 Saturday games.


** Odds courtesy Betonline.com

** Odds, probable starters, stats and weather forecast as of 10:20 p.m. ET Friday.

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