Monday's betting tips: Pirates pitchers are gold at home

Aug 12, 2012 |

Weather to watch

Milwaukee Brewers at Colorado Rockies: A 30 percent chance of thunderstorms at Coors Field.

Who’s hot?

The Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays at home and then travelled to Minnesota and took all three games of a weekend series with the Twins. The Rays continue their 10-game road trip Monday in Seattle.

Who’s not?

The Chicago Cubs were swept by the Padres and dropped three of four to the Reds last week. Chicago has just one win in its last 12 games overall.

Key stat

Rory McIlroy is the first player in golf history to win multiple majors by four or more shots before turning 24. Both his wins were by eight shots.

Game of the day

Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants (-122, 6.5)

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen remains day-to-day with a sore back. The 37-year-old has missed the last five games and may require a stint on the disabled list. The Reds are already without slugger Joey Votto, who just underwent a second knee surgery last week.

Notable quotable

"It's tough to say that Rory is a Tiger Woods type player. Woods is a once-in-a-lifetime player, and Rory is at least a once-in-a-decade type player. He's that good. ... He's going to be a superstar of game, which he already is. But he's a real superstar now."- Graeme McDowell after Rory McIlroy’s victory at the PGA Championship.

Betting news and notes

-The White Sox have dropped seven of Peavy’s last 10 starts, but Toronto is just 2-9 in its last 11 games against right-handed starters.

-The Astros have dropped 23 of their last 29 games against National League Central teams and are 10-45 in their last 55 road games.

-The Pittsburgh Pirates have gone 25-10 in their last 35 games at home. Pirates’ hurlers have held the opposition to two earned runs or less 33 times in the first 56 games at PNC Park.

-The Nationals have won 12 of their last 14 road contests and own the best road winning percentage (.639) in the bigs.

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