Thursday's MLB National League betting cheat sheet

Aug 1, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Thursday's National League games:

New York Mets at Miami Marlins (+155, 6.5)
Pitching stat: Marlins starting pitchers have allowed three or fewer earned runs in 34 of the past 39 games.

Batting stat: Mets 2B Daniel Murphy went 0-for-3 Wednesday, only the third time in 22 games he has gone without a hit.

Weather: Temperatures in the high 80s with partly cloudy skies and a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms with winds blowing east at 9 mph.

Key betting stat: Over is 45-21-5 in the last 71 meetings in Miami.

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates (-112, 8)

Pitching stat: Cardinals RHP Joe Kelly is 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA in 14 career innings against the Pirates.

Batting stat: St. Louis has lost a season-worst seven games and has tallied just 10 runs during the skid.

Weather: Temperatures in the low 70s with a 40 percent chance of showers and winds blowing WNW at 5 mph.

Key betting stat: Pirates are 23-6 in their last 29 games as a home favorite. Cardinals are 1-7 in their last eight games as an underdog.

San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies (-111, 7.5)

Pitching stat: The Phillies have scored two or fewer runs in nine of LHP Cole Hamels’ 22 starts.

Batting stat: San Francisco Pablo Sandoval left Wednesday’s game with a bruised right heel and is listed as day-to-day.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid 70s with an 86 percent chance of thunderstorms and winds blowing SSW at 5 mph.

Key betting stat: Over is 9-4 in Phillies last 13 games as a favorite.

Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves
(-220, 8)

Pitching stat: Braves RHP Julio Teheran defeated the Rockies in his only start against them, yielding one run and eight hits in seven innings of a 10-2 victory in Colorado on April 23 when it was 30 degrees at game time.

Batting stat: Atlanta 3B Chris Johnson recorded his sixth straight multi-hit game Wednesday to increase his NL-best batting average to .342. Johnson is 16-for-35 during his nine-game hitting streak.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid 80s with a 25 percent chance of thunderstorms and winds blowing NW at 7 mph.

Key betting stat:
Rockies are 4-17 in the last 21 meetings.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs (+137, 8)

Pitching stat: Dodgers RHP Ricky Nolasco is 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) versus the Cubs.

Batting stat: Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo was 6-for-14 in the series versus Milwaukee and tied his career high with his 15th homer.

Weather: Temperatures in the high 70s with a 46 percent chance of thunderstorms and winds blow SW at 11 mph.

Key betting stat: Cubs are 6-1 in their last seven during Game 1 of a series.

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