Saturday's American League betting cheat sheet and tips

Jun 15, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on all of Saturday’s American League games.

Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles (+108, 9.5)

Weather: Low-80s and sunny skies. Winds will blow from left to right at 10 mph.

Probable starters: Red Sox RH John Lackey (3-5, 3.14 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Freddy Garcia (3-3, 4.47)

Lackey is 11-4 with a 3.35 ERA in 19 career starts vs. the Orioles. Garcia won for the third time in four starts in his last outing, holding the Los Angeles Angels to two runs over six innings. Jeff Nelson will behind the plate calling balls and strikes. The Red Sox are 1-5 in their last six games with Nelson behind home plate.

Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers (-119, 9.5)

Weather: Temperatures in the low-90s but there is a 30 percent chance of rain.

Probable starters:
Blue Jays RH R.A. Dickey (5-8, 5.11 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Josh Lindblom (0-1, 5.91)

Dickey was tagged for seven runs on 10 hits over five innings against the White Sox last time out and has lost three of his last four starts. Lindblom was handed a spot start earlier this week with Aexi Ogando hurt. He held the Cleveland Indians to three runs over six strong innings, prompting manager Ron Washington to give him another turn. The Blue Jays are 5-0 in their last five games as an underdog.

Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays (-170, 7.5)

Weather: Dome

Probable starters: Royals RH Jeremy Guthrie (7-3, 3.60 ERA) vs. Rays RH Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.95)

Guthrie has produced three straight quality starts - allowing five runs over 18 1/3 innings and earning two victories. Cobb has not lost since April 30 against Kansas City, when he allowed four runs in the sixth after five scoreless innings. Mark Wenger will be behind home plate and the under is 7-0 in Wegners last seven games calling balls and strikes.

Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins (+146, 8.5)

Partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low-80s. Winds will blow right to left at eight mph.

Probable starters: Tigers RH Anibal Sanchez (6-5, 2.65 ERA) vs. Twins RH Samuel Deduno (2-1, 3.47)

Sanchez' one-hitter last month marked the first time he has defeated the Twins (1-2 in five starts) despite a nifty 2.56 ERA. Deduno was hit hard while losing to the Tigers on May 24, when he allowed six runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings in his first start of the season. The Tigers are 17-6 in the last 23 meetings in Minnesota.

Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros (+120, 8)

Weather: Retractable roof

Probable starters: White Sox LH John Danks (1-2, 4.13 ERA) vs. Astros RH Lucas Harrell (4-7, 4.52)

Danks is coming off a dominant outing on June 8, when he held the Oakland Athletics to one run and three hits over eight innings while retiring the final 21 batters he faced. Harrell has won only one of his last eight starts despite yielding fewer than two earned runs four times in that span. White Sox are 1-10 in their last 11 road games.

New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels (-113, 8)

Weather: Sunny skies and temperatures in the low-70s. Wind will blow out to right field at nine mph.

Probable starters: Yankees RH David Phelps (4-3, 3.90 ERA) vs. Angels RH Tommy Hanson (3-2, 4.12)

Phelps is coming off back-to-back impressive outings after being tagged for five runs while retiring just one batter on May 29 against the New York Mets. Hanson has lasted more than six innings just once in seven starts this season, going 6 1/3 in a loss to the Houston Astros on May 31. The under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Los Angeles.

Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics (-114, 6.5)

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-60s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to center field at 15 mph.

Probable starters: Mariners RH Felix Hernandez (7-4, 2.49 ERA) vs. Athletics RH A.J. Griffin (5-5, 3.78)

Hernandez settled for a no-decision against the New York Yankees in his last start despite allowing only one run and five hits in seven innings. Griffin is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in three career starts against the Mariners and allowed two runs in six innings while beating Seattle on April 4. The Mariners are 17-6 in Hernandez's last 23 starts vs. the Athletics.


Washington Nationals at Cleveland Indians (+109, 7.5)

Weather: Skies will be cloudy and temperatures will be in the low-70s.

Probable starters: Nationals RH Jordan Zimmermann (9-3, 2.00 ERA) vs. Indians LH Scott Kazmir (3-4, 5.33)

After allowing a season-high seven runs in his final outing in May, Zimmermann has yet to surrender an earned run in two June starts. Kazmir will make his first career start against Washington, one of five teams he has never faced. The Nationals are 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a left-handed starter.

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