Thursday’s betting tips: Indians a good bet in series openers

Jul 4, 2012 |
Who’s hot

MLB: Indians are 19-7 in their last 26 series openers.

MLB: New York Mets are 10-4 in their last 14 meetings with Philadelphia.

WNBA: Fever are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games as a home favorite.

Who’s not

MLB: Tigers are 3-13 in their last 16 games vs. a left-handed starter.

MLB: Astros are 18-61 in their last 79 road games.

WNBA: Lynx are 1-4 ATS in their last five games as a favorite.

Key stat

27 – Serena Williams has 67 aces at Wimbledon, which is 27 more than any other woman.  She needed just 84 minutes to advance and drilled 13 aces while avoiding any double faults in her win over defending champion Petra Kvitov. Williams is set as a -183 favorite against Victoria Azarenka +135.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Andrew Cashner, San Diego Padres – The Padres placed Cashner on the 15-day DL Wednesday after the 25-year-old suffered a strained lat muscle Tuesday night. He’s working on a 3.44 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings this year.

Game of the day

Texas Rangers at Chicago White Sox (+115, 9.5)

Notable quotable

“I have no words to really explain it except the game’s over. You guys will see on Saturday night what I’m talking about it. I don’t have anything else to say except he’s screwed.” – Anderson Silva about the verbal abuse he’s been taking from Chael Sonnen ahead of the main event UFC bout on Saturday. Silva is set as a -260 favorite against Sonnen (+190).

Notes and tips

The Miami Marlins reportedly acquired Houston Astros slugger Carlos Lee in exchange for third baseman Matt Dominguez and left-hander Rob Rasmussen. Lee, a 36-year-old first baseman is hitting .287 with five homers and 29 RBI.

The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly acquired veteran point guard Steve Nash in a sign-and-trade deal that would see a package of future draft picks heading back to Phoenix.

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