Saturday's American League betting cheat sheet and tips

Jul 20, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Saturday's American League games:

Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals (+165, 8.5)

Hot pitching stat:
Tigers starter Justin Verlander is 15-2 with a 2.56 ERA in 25 career starts against Kansas City.

Hot batting stat:
Royals DH Billy Butler is 24-for-57 lifetime against Verlander.

Weather: There is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in the forecast. Temperatures will be in the mid-90s and wind will blow from right field to left field at 4 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 7-3 in Verlander's last 10 starts vs. Royals.

Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros (+128, 8)

Cold pitching stat: Astros lefty Erik Bedard has allowed at least three runs in each of his last four outings after giving up two or fewer in seven of his previous eight turns.

Hot batting stat:
Seattle has hit a major league-high 41 home runs since June 20.

Weather: Temperatures in the low-90s and partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from center field at 8 mph.

Key betting note:
The under is 5-1 in umpire Bill Miller's last six games behind home plate.

Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins (+118, 9)

Cold pitching stat:
Twins starter Kevin Correia is winless in his last four starts and has issued 13 walks in 22 1/3 innings over that span.

Hot batting stat:
Twins C Joe Mauer has hit safely in eight straight games.

Temperatures in the high-70s and partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from left field to right field at 3 mph.

Key betting note:
The Indians are 0-4 in the last four meetings in Minnesota.

Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers (-104, 9.5)

Hot pitching stat: O's starter Miguel Gonzalez handcuffed the Rangers over 6 2/3 strong innings to pick up the win in Baltimore's 3-1 triumph on July 11.

Cold batting stat: The Rangers went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position in Friday's loss.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-80s and partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from right field at 7 mph.

Key betting note: The Orioles are 1-6 in Gonzalez's last seven road starts.

Oakland A's at Los Angeles Angels (-142, 8)

Hot pitching stat: A's starter Dan Straily has allowed two runs or fewer in seven of his last nine starts.

Cold batting stat: A's OF Coco Crisp is hitting just .167 (4-for-24) in his career versus Angels starter C.J. Wilson.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-70s with mostly sunny skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 7 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 8-2-1 in Straily's last 11 starts vs. American League West.

** Odds, probable pitchers and weather forecast as of 4:24 pm E.T.

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