Saturday's American League betting cheat sheet and tips

Jun 22, 2013 |
Saturday's American League betting cheat sheet and tips
Detroit's Max Scherzer can become the first pitcher to reach 11 wins.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Detroit's Max Scherzer can become the first pitcher to reach 11 wins.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Saturday's action in the American League:

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees (-151, 8)

Hot pitcher: Rays starter Alex Colome will make his second start after being called up for a spot start at Miami on May 30. Colome allowed an unearned run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out seven in that start.

Cold pitcher: C.C. Sabathia was reached for seven runs and eight hits in seven innings to suffer a loss at Tampa Bay on May 26.

Weather: Temperatures in the low-80s and sunny skies. Winds will blow from right field to left field at 10 mph.

Key betting stat:
The over is 5-1-1 in Sabathia's last seven starts overall.

Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays (+105, 9.5)

Hot pitcher: Chien-Ming Wang was masterful over seven shutout innings, allowing five hits against Texas in his previous start.

Cold pitcher: O's reliever Brian Matusz took the loss in Friday's game and now has a 7.56 ERA in June.

Retractable roof.

Key betting stat:
Toronto's bullpen has allowed just four earned runs in 58 2/3 innings this month.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals (-131, 9)

Hot pitcher:
Royals starter Wade Davis halted a five-start winless drought, limiting the Tampa Bay Rays – his former team – to two runs and five hits over six frames in Sunday’s 5-3 victory.

Cold pitcher: Sox starter Jose Quintana struggled in his last turn, throwing only 59 of his 104 pitches for strikes

Weather: Sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-90s. Wind will blow out to left field at 19 mph.

Key betting stat: Kansas City has won seven of its last nine at Kauffman Stadium following its club-record 11-game home losing streak.

Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians (-158, 8.5)

Hot pitcher: Cleveland sends Corey Kluber to the hill Saturday. Kluber is emerging as a top-of-the-rotation starter, giving up only one run in 16 innings while winning his last two turns.

Cold pitcher: Twinkies starter P.J. Walters is 0-2 since winning his first two starts of the season, allowing four runs and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings in his last outing against Detroit.

Weather: A 30 percent chance of rain and temperatures in the mid-80s. Wind will blow out to right field at nine mph.

Key betting stat: Cleveland’s starting pitchers boast a 2.83 ERA over the last 11 games, averaging a little over 6 1/3 innings per outing.

Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers (-182, 9)

Hot pitcher: Tigers starter Max Scherzer is 5-0 in his last six starts while giving up a total of nine runs and yielding 22 hits over 42 innings in that span.

Cold pitcher: Detroit reliever Phil Coke gave up two earned runs in his one inning of work in Detroit's loss Friday. Coke has given up four earned runs in his last 3 1/3 innings overall.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-80s and wind will blow from right to left at 11 mph. There is a 30 percent chance of rain.

Key betting stat:
The over is 5-0-1 in Scherzer's last six starts versus the Red Sox.

Oakland A's at Seattle Mariners (+121, 7.5)

Hot pitcher:
A's closer Grant Balfour ran his consecutive saves streak to 36 on Friday.

Cold pitcher: Mariners starter Aaron Harang gave up four runs on 12 hits - the most he has allowed since Aug. 5, 2011 - in five frames of an 11-3 loss at the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.

Weather: Retractable roof.

Key betting stat: The Mariners are 6-13 in their last 19 games with umpire Gerry Davis behind home plate.


Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Angels (-115, 7.5)

Hot pitcher:
Pittsburgh closer Jason Grilli, who blew his first save of the season at Cincinnati on Wednesday, was back to his old self Friday. He threw 10 strikes in 12 pitches en route to earning his 26th save of the year.

Cold pitcher:
Bucs starter Francisco Liriano has not fared well against the Angels in his career, going 1-4 with a 6.69 ERA in eight games (seven starts).

Weather: Sunny skies and temperatures in the low-70s. Wind will blow out to center field at six mph.

Key betting stat: The Pirates are 4-0 in their last four interleague games.

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