Saturday's National League betting notes and tips

Jul 26, 2013 |
Saturday's National League betting notes and tips
The Nationals have lost Dan Haren's previous 11 starts heading into Saturday.
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The Nationals have lost Dan Haren's previous 11 starts heading into Saturday.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Saturday's National League games:


New York Mets at Washington Nationals (-145, 8)

Cold pitching stat: Nats starter Dan Haren has lost his previous eight decisions and the Nats have lost his last 11 starts in a row.

Hot batting stat: Mets OF Marlon Byrd is 10-for-18 (.556) in his career versus Haren. That includes a pair of homers, a pair of doubles and a triple.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the high-80s with mostly cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 11 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 13-3 in Mets SP Dillon Gee's last 16 road starts versus a team with a losing record.


St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves (-135, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat:
Braves starter Julio Teheran has given up the most homers (15) of anyone in the teams' starting rotation.

Hot batting stat: Yadier Molina, the NL's leading hitter at .335, is a career .315 hitter in Atlanta's Turner Field.

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

Key betting note:
The over is 19-7-1 in the last 27 meetings in Atlanta.


Pittsburgh Pirates at Miami Marlins (+135, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat: Marlins starter Tom Koehler struckout seven and surrendered just one earned run in his last start against the Colorado Rockies. The Marlins won 3-1.

Cold batting stat: Following Friday's 1-for-4 performance in Pittsburgh's 2-0 loss, Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen has just four hits in his last 25 at-bats.

Weather: The roof could be closed in Miami due to a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Key betting note:
The Pirates are 5-1 in SP Charlie Morton's last six starts.


San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks (-116, 8.5)


Hot pitching stat: Padres SP Andrew Cashner was steady in his left effort in Arizona on May 25. He gave up four ER in six innings but the Pads were victorious by a score of 10-4.

Cold batting stat:
The Padres are the only NL West rival which Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt has not homered against this season. Following Friday's 0-for-5, he is hitting .194 (6-for-31) versus San Diego.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-100s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from left field to right field at 6 mph.

Key betting note: The Diamondbacks are 1-6 in SP Tyler Skaggs' last seven starts versus the the National League West.


Milwaukee Brewers at Colorado Rockies (-119, 10)

Cold pitching stat: Brewers starter Tom Gorzelanny has taken the loss in his last four starts despite not surrendering an earned run in two of those outings.

Hot batting stat:
Rockies OF Dexter Fowler is 4-for-11 (.364) with a home run in his career versus Gorzelanny.

Weather: There is a 30 percent chance of rain in the forecast. Temperatures will be in the high-70s and wind will blow in from right field at 8 mph.

Key betting note:
The under is 4-0 in Gorzelanny's last four starts overall.


Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants (-235, 7)

Hot pitching stat: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner has gone exactly 7 innings in his previous seven starts. He is 5-2 with an ERA of 1.84 in that stretch.

Hot batting stat:
Cubs SS Starlin Castro is 8-for-21 (.381) lifetime versus Bumgarner.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the mid-50s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to center field at 10 mph.

Key betting note:
The Giants are 16-5 in Bumgarner's last 21 home starts versus a team with a losing record.


Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Dodgers (-126, 7.5)

Cold pitching stat:
Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu has allowed 11 ER in three July starts (17 innings) and has a 5.82 ERA in the month. He is 2-0 despite the lackluster pitching performance.

Cold batting stat:
Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez is 4-for-29 (.138) lifetime versus Reds starter Bronson Arroyo.

Weather:
Temperatures in the low-70s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 6 mph.

Key betting note:
The Dodgers are 7-1 in Ryu's last eight home starts.


** Odds, probable starters, stats, weather forecast as of 12:46 p.m. ET.

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