Friday's National League betting notes and tips

Jul 12, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Friday's National League games:

St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs (+105, 8.5)

Hot pitching stat: Cubbies starter Carlos Villanueva is 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 27 appearances (eight starts) against St. Louis.

Cold batting stat: St. Louis C Yadier Molina, who leads the National League with a .339 average, is 4-for-21 against Villanueva.

Temperatures in the low-80s with sunny skies. Winds will blow in from center field at seven mph.

Key betting stat: The under is 10-4-1 in the last 15 meetings in Chicago.

New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates (-143, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat:
Mets starter Jeremy Hefner has yielded one earned run in six of his last seven turns and did so on just two hits over seven innings against the Milwaukee Brewers in his last start on July 7.

Hot batting stat:
New York OF Marlon Byrd has collected 10 hits - three homers - during his five-game hitting streak.

Weather: There is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in the forecast. Temperatures in the mid-70s and wind blowing in from left field at five mph.

Key betting stat: The Pirates are 10-1 in their last 11 games following an off day.

Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins (+168, 7)

Hot pitching stat: Nats hurler Stephen Strasburg owns a 5-2 career mark with a 2.77 ERA in 10 meetings with the Marlins.

Hot batting stat: Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is 6-for-16 (.375) in his career versus Strasburg.

Weather: The roof could be closed in Miami today as there is a 50 percent chance of rain in the forecast.

Key betting stat: The under is 6-2 in Strasburg's last eight starts vs. the Marlins.

Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves (-138, 7.5)

Cold pitching stat: Reds starter Bronson Arroyo has struggled away from home, going 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA and only 14 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings on the road.

Hot batting stat:
Cincinnati CF Shin-Soo Choo extended his hitting streak to nine games with two hits Thursday. He is hitting .405 during the streak.

There is a 30 percent chance of rain in the forecast for gametime. Temperatures will be in the low-80s and wind will blow in from center field at four mph.

Key betting stat:
The under is 6-1 in umpire Rob Drake's last seven games behind home plate.

Milwaukee Brewers at Arizona Diamondbacks (-163, 8)

Hot pitching stat: DBacks starter Patrick Corbin rebounded from his lone loss of the season by scattering three hits and matching a season high with 10 strikeouts in eight sterling innings against Colorado on Sunday.

Hot batting stat: Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy belted his fourth homer in five games and has driven in seven runs during that span.

The roof may be closed in Arizona due to a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Temperatures will be in the low-100s.

Key betting stat: The Brewers are 1-6 in the last seven meetings in Arizona.

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers (-253, 6.5)

Hot pitching stat: Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw enters Friday having worked at least eight innings in each of his last three starts - all victories - while allowing a total of three runs in that span.

Cold batting stat: Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (rib) and CF Dexter Fowler (wrist) each went 0-for-4 Thursday after being activated from the disabled list earlier in the day.

Temperatures in the low-70s with mostly clear skies. Wind will blow out to right field at six mph.

Key betting stat:
The Dodgers are 7-0 in Kershaw's last seven home starts vs. the Rockies.

San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres (+102, 8)

Cold pitching stat: The Giants have lost SP Chad Gaudin's last three starts.

Cold batting stat: The Giants have scored a major league-low 25 runs in July, while the Padres’ 30 runs is tied with the Colorado Rockies for the third-worst mark.

Weather: Temperatures in the high-60s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from left field to right field at three mph.

Key betting stat:
The Padres are 0-8 in their last eight games as an underdog.


Chicago White Sox at Philadelphia Phillies (-119, 8)

Hot pitching stat: Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone owns a 3-1 mark with a 2.45 ERA at home this year. The Phillies are 7-1 in his eight home starts in 2013.

Hot batting stat: The Sox exploded for 22 runs in their three-game series versus the Tigers as they took two of three from their AL Central foes.

Weather: There is a 50 percent chance of rain in the forecast. Temperatures will be in the low-70s and wind will blow in from right field at 10 mph.

Key betting stat: The White Sox are 3-16 in starter John Danks' last 19 Friday starts.

* Weather, odds, probable starters as of 3:21 p.m. ET

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