Saturday's American League betting cheat sheet

Aug 23, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Saturday's American League games:

Oakland Athletics at Baltimore Orioles (-117, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat: Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman is winless in his last three starts and absorbed the loss last time out, charged with four run on five hits - including a pair of homers - against Tampa Bay.

Hot batting stat:
Orioles slugger Chris Davis is 3-for-8 with a pair of solo homers in his career against Oakland starter Jarrod Parker.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-80s under partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from right-center field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: Baltimore is 18-5 in Tillman's last 23 starts against teams with winning records.

Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians (-183, 8.5)

Hot pitching stat: Indians right-hander Zach McAllister has bounced back following a rough outing against Detroit, surrendering two runs over 12 1/3 innings in victories over Minnesota and the Los Angeles Angels.

Hot batting stat: Twins 1B Justin Morneau is 3-for-8 with a homer against McAllister.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-70s with clear skies. Wind will blow in from right field at 6 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 10-2 in McAllister's last 12 starts as a home favorite.

Texas Rangers at Chicago White Sox (+170, 7)

Hot pitching stat: Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish has allowed three runs or fewer in six consecutive starts while racking up 57 strikeouts over 42 2/3 innings in that span.

Cold batting stat: Members of the Chicago roster are hitting .263 with zero home runs and 12 strikeouts in 38 combined at-bats against Darvish.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-80s with clear skies. Wind will blow in from center field at 10 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 10-2-1 in Darvish's last 13 starts.

Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros (-104, 9.5)

Cold pitching stat: Astros right-hander Brad Peacock is 0-2 with a 6.14 ERA in three home starts this season.

Cold batting stat: Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia has homered in consecutive games for the first time since June 14-16 against Texas.

Weather: Due to a 30 percent chance of showers in the forecast, the roof could be closed at Minute Main Park.

Key betting note:
The over is 4-1 in Peacock's last five starts.

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays (-172, 7)

Cold pitching stat: Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia is 2-2 with a 7.86 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break.

Cold batting stat: New York DH Mark Reynolds has just four hits in 24 at-bats against Tampa Bay starter David Price, but three of them are homers.

Weather: Dome.

Key betting note: Tampa Bay has won just once in its last eight meetings with a left-handed starter.

Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners (-124, 8)

Cold pitching stat: Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has given up seven home runs in 36 1/3 innings so far this season - one more than he surrendered in 59 innings in 2012.

Hot batting stat: Seattle DH Kendrys Morales has homered twice in 19 career at-bats against Seattle starter Jason Vargas.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-70s under partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from left field at 7 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 7-1 in Seattle's last eight home games against a left-handed starter.


Washington Nationals at Kansas City Royals (+100, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat: Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is coming off his worst start of the season, tagged for eight runs on seven hits - including three home runs - in an 11-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Cold batting stat: Through Thursday's action, Washington OF Bryce Harper has just four home runs since July 2.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-80s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to left field at 15 mph.

Key betting note: Kansas City is 2-7 in starter Wade Davis' last nine starts.

** Odds, probable starters and weather forecast as of 12
:58 p.m. ET.

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