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MLB Betting Cheat Sheet: The Dirty Dozen
By JESSE SCHULE
Here’s a comprehensive look at betting notes for the mid-week major-league schedule:
The Atlanta Braves losing streak has now reached 12 games. The Braves were out-scored 36-9 in a four game series in Washington over the weekend, and their next stop is Philadelphia. The Phillies aren’t much better off, coming into this series as losers of 10 of their last 13 overall. The Braves have lost 40 of their last 51 road games, and they are expected to continue to struggle in Philly, as an underdog in Game 1.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have struggled at home lately, losing six of their last seven at Chase Field. Their 31 home wins this season are three fewer than they have on the road. Arizona will host the San Francisco Giants this week, and the Giants are coming off consecutive wins over the Rockies in Colorado. The Giants have won the last three in this series, sweeping the D’Backs at Chase Field back in July.
No Ace in Kansas City
The Royals thought they had found their ace when they acquired Johnny Cueto at the trade deadline, but the right-hander has failed to live up to expectations. He was rocked for five runs on seven hits in just three innings in a loss to Chicago on Sunday. It was his fourth straight defeat, and Kansas City has lost six of his eight starts since coming over from the Reds. His next start comes on the road in Baltimore, and he was crushed by the Orioles earlier this season.
*The Texas Rangers rank second in the major leagues in runs scored versus left-handed pitching, and they face a southpaw in Game 1 of their series in Seattle on Monday.
*The Red Sox will play the Blue Jays at Fenway in a matinee on Monday, and Toronto leads the majors in runs scored. Boston is batting a major league best .284 in day games, so we could see plenty of runs in Game 1.
*Matt Harvey is quickly approaching 180 innings, the recommended limit for a pitcher returning after Tommy John surgery. His next scheduled start is a big one, facing the Nationals on Tuesday in Washington. He could be shut down after that as the Mets will likely want to rest him for the playoffs.
*Jake Arrieta followed up his no-hitter versus the Dodgers by tossing eight scoreless innings at home versus Arizona, and he’s allowed just one (unearned) run over his last four starts. His next scheduled start comes on Thursday against the Phillies.
The Seattle Mariners return home to host Texas after winning seven of 10 on the road. They’ve been scoring plenty of runs, and the total has gone over the number in seven of their last eight overall. That trend is even stronger at Safeco, where they have gone over at a rate of 21-4-2 in their last 27 home games.
*Giancarlo Stanton was expected to return from a wrist injury at some point, but recent word out of Miami is the slugger is still dealing with pain and is unlikely to play again this season.
*Nelson Cruz has been sidelined for over a week with a quad injury, but he’s hoping to return to the lineup on Monday in Game 1 versus Texas.