Thursday's MLB betting cheat sheet and tips

Jun 13, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on all of Thursday’s evening MLB games.

Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles (-101, 9.5)

Weather: High-70s. 70 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds blowing left to right at 16 mph.

Probable starters: Red Sox LH Felix Doubront (4-3, 4.84 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Kevin Gausman (0-3, 8.84)

Gausman is still searching for his first major-league win and may have trouble holding onto his roster spot with another poor outing. The 22-year-old was lit up for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings at Tampa Bay on Saturday and has surrendered at least four runs in three of his four turns. The over is 6-1 in Boston’s last seven games overall.

Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays (-137, 7.5)

Weather: Dome

Probable starters: Royals RH Ervin Santana (4-5, 2.99 ERA) vs. Rays RH Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 5.18)

Royals manager Ned Yost will miss the game to attend his daughter’s wedding and bench coach Chino Cadahia will take his place. Kansas City has won seven of its last eight games and the under is 7-0 in the Royals’ last seven games as an underdog of +110 to +150.

San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates (108, 7.5)

Weather: Mid-60s. 30 percent chance of showers. Winds blowing out to right field at 14 mph.

Probable starters: Giants RH Matt Cain (4-3, 5.09 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Charlie Morton (2012: 2-6, 4.65).

Morton makes his return to the big leagues after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery last year. He is 19-37 with a 4.85 ERA in 73 career starts for Pittsburgh. The Giants are 4-0 in Cain’s last four starts as a favorite.

Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers (-199, 9)

Weather: Mid-90s. Clear with no chance of showers. Winds blowing in from right field at 5 mph.

Probable starters: Blue Jays RH Esmil Rogers (1-2, 3.60 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Yu Darvish (7-2, 2.75)

Rogers has been Toronto's best pitcher over the past four weeks, allowing just one run over his last 16 2/3 innings. Toronto is 4-1 in its last five games as an underdog.

Philadelphia Phillies at Minnesota Twins (+126, 7.5)

Weather: Low-70s. Clear skies expected. Winds will blow in from left field at 9 mph.

Probable starters: Phillies LH Cliff Lee (7-2, 2.55 ERA) vs. Twins RH Kevin Correia (5-4, 4.11)

Lee has not lost since May 1 and has posted seven straight quality starts while Correia has never had much success against Philadelphia, going 1-3 with an 8.64 ERA in 11 games - four starts. The under is 10-2 in Lee’s last 12 road starts.

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