Saturday's betting notes: Dodgers' Kemp a Mets killer

Jul 21, 2012 |
Who’s hot?

San Diego Padres – The Padres have won four straight, taking three in a row from the Astros and opening a three-game set versus the Rockies with 9-2 win Friday night. San Diego has outscored foes 26-13 in that span.

Who’s not?

Houston Astros – As mentioned above, the Astros lost three in a row to the Padres then dropped their series opener with the Diamondbacks, 13-8, Friday night. Houston has just two wins in its last 10 outings.

Key stat

92 – The Miami Marlins have 92 stolen bases on the season – a MLB best – after swiping four bags in the series opener with the Pirates Friday.

Game of the day

Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels (+113, 8)

Injury not to be overlooked

Nick Swisher, New York Yankees – Swisher was pulled from Friday’s 3-2 loss to Oakland with a hip flexer. His status for Saturday is unknown. New York could replace him with Dewayne Wise in right field. Swisher is hitting .258 with 14 home runs and 58 RBIs.

Notable quotable

"For me, nothing is impossible. It's one of the challenges. If I abandon it, maybe who knows? Another four years to wait, maybe I don't have the opportunity." – Malaysian 10-meter air rifle shooter, Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi, who will compete in the 2012 summer games even though she’s eight months pregnant.

Notes and quotes

-- Tiger Woods posted dual 67s in the first two rounds of the Open Championship - the eighth time he’s started a major with consecutive rounds in the 60s. In those past seven majors, Woods went on to win the tournament (2000 and 2002 U.S. Open; 2000, 2005 and 2006 British Open; 2000 and 2006 PGA Championship).

-- Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp is a .344 career hitter against the Mets with seven home runs and 26 RBIs in 43 games.

-- Over the last 10 games, the San Diego Padres bullpen has allowed just three runs over 27 innings.

-- Hamilton has covered the number in its past two games, including a 36-27 win over the Argos last week as a 3.5-point home favorite. The Tiger Cats are 1-1 at home so far while Montreal lost its lone road game in Calgary to open the season.

-- Canadian Chris Clements (+135) takes on America Matt Riddle (-160) at UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta. Canadian fighters are just 4-9 on the main card when competing on home soil – and three of those four wins have come from Georges St-Pierre.

-- Umpire Gary Darling will work behind the plate for Saturday's AL West clash between the Rangers and Angels. The over is 15-7-1 in Darling's last 23 games behind home plate while the home side is 10-1 in his last 11 games calling balls and strikes.

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