Umpire UNDER streaker
Now 68-20-6 (77%) after going 2-0-1 Wednesday
UNDER 7 1/2 Pittsburgh Pirates/Milwaukee Brewers game
Home plate umpire is Dan Iassogna, 12-0-2 L14
-- Gallardo is 1-0, 2.19 in his last couple starts.
-- Medlen is 2-1, 3.15 in his last three starts. Jimenez is 1-1, 2.31 in his last couple starts.
-- Scherzer is 6-0, 1.66 in his last seven starts.
-- Vargas is 1-0, 3.09 in his last two starts.
-- Lester is 2-0, 0.57 in his last two starts; he is 4-0 in nine home starts. Tillman is 0-1, 2.57 in his last four starts.
-- Seattle won five of last six Ramirez starts (4-1, 5.00). Lyles is 2-0, 3.14 in his last couple starts.
-- Torres is 1-1, 6.43 in three starts this year. Martin is 1-1, 6.00 in his last three starts.
-- GGonzalez is 0-3, 7.12 in his last six starts. Koehler is 0-2, 4.84 in his last four starts.
-- Cole is 1-3, 4.30 in his last five starts.
-- Colon is 0-2, 8.53 in his last three starts.
-- Odorizzi is 0-1, 6.14 in three starts, last of which was June 18.
-- Deduno is 1-3, 5.96 in his last four starts. Chen is 0-2, 13./00 in his last two.
Starting Pitchers/First Inning
You can wager on whether teams will score in the first inning. Below is how often a starting pitcher has allowed 1+ runs in first inning in one of his starts........
-- Martin 1-5; Torres 1-3
-- Koehler 6-17; Gonzalez 8-26
-- Gallardo 5-25 (1 of last 7); Cole 3-13 (1 of last 6)
-- Jimenez 6-25 (1 of last 10); Medlen 8-25 (0 of last 6)
-- Colon 6-24; Scherzer 4-26 (0 of last 11)
-- Vargas 2-17; Odorizzi 1-3
-- Chen 2-8; Deduno 6-17 (5 of last 9)
-- Tillman 6-26; Lester 8-27
-- Ramirez 4-7; Lyles 6-20 (1 of last 7)
-- Under is 12-4-1 in last seventeen Philadelphia games.
-- Over is 5-1-1 in last seven Washington games.
-- Eight of last nine Milwaukee games went over total.
-- Six of last seven Atlanta games stayed under the total.
-- Seven of last eight Oakland games went over the total.
-- Six of last eight Angel games stayed under the total.
-- Over is 4-1-1 in last six Kansas City games.
-- Eight of last twelve Baltimore games went over the total.
-- Eight of last twelve Houston games went over the total.
-- Phillies won eight of their last eleven games.
-- Nationals won seven of their last eight games.
-- Brewers are 8-5 in their last thirteen road games.
-- Atlanta won six of its last seven home games.
-- Oakland won four of its last five games.
-- Angels won four of their last five games, allowing 11 runs.
-- Kansas City won its last four games, scoring 31 runs.
-- Red Sox won five of their last six games.
-- Mets lost eight of their last ten games.
-- Marlins lost six of their last seven games.
-- Pirates lost 11 of their last 18 games.
-- Indians are 2-3 in last five games, scoring twice in last two games.
-- Tigers lost five of their last six home games.
-- Rays lost three of their last four games.
-- Twins lost nine of their last twelve games.
-- Orioles lost last five road games, allowing 31 runs.
-- Mariners lost their last six games, outscored 38-12. Houston lost six of its last nine games.
-- Phil-NY-- 10 of last 14 Eddings games went over the total.
-- Mia-Wsh-- Seven of last ten Marquez games stayed under.
-- Mil-Pitt-- Under is 12-0-2 in last fourteen Iassogna games.
-- Clev-Atl-- Favorites won five of last six Nelson games.
-- A's-Det-- Under is 8-4-1 in last thirteen Meals games.
-- LA-TB-- Nine of last eleven Wegner games went over total.
-- KC-Min-- Under is 6-2-1 in last nine Porter games.
-- Blt-Bos-- Five of last seven McClelland games went over.
Thursday's MLB American League betting cheat sheet
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Thursday's American League games:
Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers (-166, 7.5)
Hot pitching stat: Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer has thrown seven consecutive quality starts, and has given up two or fewer runs in 15 of his last 18 outings.
Hot batting stat: Detroit sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder are a combined 9-for-18 lifetime against Athletics starter Bartolo Colon.
Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from left to right field at 5 mph.
Key betting note: The over is 7-1 in Oakland's last eight games with umpire Paul Emmel behind home plate.
Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins (+107, 8.5)
Hot pitching stat: Twins right-hander Samuel Deduno is 3-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 25 career innings against the Royals.
Hot batting stat: Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe has three home runs in 20 career at-bats against Royals starter Bruce Chen.
Weather: There will be a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms at gametime. Temperatures will be in the mid-80s with the wind blowing in from right field at 7 mph.
Key betting note: The over is 8-2-1 in Chen's last 11 starts.
Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays (-148, 8.5)
Cold pitching stat: Angels lefty Jason Vargas is just 2-4 with a 4.37 ERA in eight road starts.
Cold batting stat: Rays 3B Evan Longoria is hitting .242/.326/.478 in 157 day-game at-bats.
Key betting note: Los Angeles has won its last eight Thursday games.
Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox (-154, 9)
Hot pitching stat: Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman tossed two-hit ball over seven shutout innings in a 6-0 victory over the Red Sox on July 26.
Hot batting stat: Baltimore C Matt Wieters has had the upper hand on Red Sox starter Jon Lester, hitting .359 with seven RBIs in 39 career at-bats against him.
Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-70s with a 45 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Wind will blow in from right field at 6 mph.
Key betting note: Baltimore is 9-2 in Tillman's last 11 road starts.
Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros (+124, 8.5)
Cold pitching stat: Houston right-hander Jordan Lyles had his worst start of the season in his last encounter with Seattle, lasting just four innings after surrendering 10 runs on eight hits.
Hot batting stat: Astros OF Brandon Barnes is batting .400 with three doubles, a triple and a homer in 35 at-bats against Seattle in 2013.
Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-80s under partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to right-center field at 7 mph.
Key betting note: The over is 6-0 in Houston's last six series openers.
** Odds, probable starting pitchers, weather forecast and stats as of 12:55 p.m. ET Wednesday.
Thursday's MLB National League betting cheat sheet
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Thursday's National League games:
Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets (-112, 8.5)
Cold pitching stat: Phillies right-hander Ethan Martin lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his last start, charged with three runs on three hits and three walks against Arizona.
Cold batting stat: Mets 1B Ike Davis is hitting a paltry .160 with three home runs in 119 day-game at-bats.
Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from right-center field at 7 mph.
Key betting note: The under is 10-2 in the Mets' last 12 Thursday games.
Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals (-220, 7)
Hot pitching stat: Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez is 2-2 with a 1.93 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 28 career innings against the Marlins.
Hot batting stat: Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton is batting .286/.433/.519 with four home runs in 77 at-bats against left-handers.
Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-70s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will be calm.
Key betting note: The over is 4-1-1 in Miami right-hander Tom Koehler's last six starts on five days' rest.
Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates (-171, 7.5)
Hot pitching stat: Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo is 10-4 with a 2.77 ERA and 117 strikeouts over 104 career innings against the Pirates.
Cold batting stat: Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez has struggled mightly against Gallardo, going just 1-for-17 with eight strikeouts in his career.
Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-70s under partly cloudy skies. Wind will be calm.
Key betting note: The Pirates are 0-5 in Cole's last five outings following a quality start in his previous appearance.
Cleveland Indians at Atlanta Braves (-156, 8)
Hot pitching stat: Braves right-hander Kris Medlen has walked just one batter in each of his last eight outings, recording four quality starts over that stretch.
Hot batting stat: Atlanta C Brian McCann is hitting .318 in 22 career at-bats against Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-80s under cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from left field at 6 mph.
Key betting note: Atlanta is 15-3 in Medlen's last 18 starts on five days' rest.
** Odds, probable starting pitchers, weather forecast and stats as of 1:05 p.m. ET Wednesday.
Hondo goes with O’s
God bless the Pirates. Hondo went belly up with the Cards and Yanks last night but was spared a triple trouncing by the Bucs, whose triumph kept the deficit down to a mere 1,535 monbouquettes.
Tonight, Mr. Aitch expects to dig up a winner with Tillman at Fenway Pahk — 20 units on the Birds to dump on Lester, aka Jonny Lager.
100* Play Seattle -125 over Houston (TOP MLB PLAY)
Jordan Lyles has lost 22 of the last 30 games when the total posted is between 8.5 and 10 runs and he has lost 22 of the last 29 games when pitching as an underdog of +125 to +175. Jordan Lyles has lost 24 of the last 32 games when pitching in the 2nd half of the season and he has lost 5 consecutive games when pitching on a Thursday.
50* Play Tampa Bay -140 over Los Angeles Angels (BONUS MLB PLAY)
50* Play Detroit -160 over Oakland (BONUS MLB PLAY)
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MLB OAKLAND at DETROIT
Play Against - All underdogs with a money line of +150 or more (OAKLAND) with a starting pitcher whose ERA is 3.50 or better on the season (AL) against opponent with a starting pitcher whose WHIP is 1.300 or better on the season-AL
79-22 over the last 5 seasons. ( 78.2% 39.7 units )
11-7 this year. ( 61.1% -2.0 units )
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MLB KANSAS CITY at MINNESOTA
MINNESOTA is 33-24 (+19.3 Units) against the money line after batting .240 or worse over a 10 game span this season.
The average score was: MINNESOTA (4.4) , OPPONENT (4.0)
Kansas City Royals -119 over Minnesota Twins
Today's MLB Picks
Seattle at Houston
The Mariners look to snap a 6-game losing streak and build on their 5-0 record in their last 5 games as a road favorite of -110 to -150. Seattle is the pick (-145) according to Dunkel, which has the Mariners favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Seattle (-145). Here are all of today's picks.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29
Time Posted: 6:30 a.m. EST
Game 901-902: Philadelphia at NY Mets (1:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia (Martin) 14.960; NY Mets (Torres) 14.017
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1; 7
Vegas Line: NY Mets (-125); 8
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (+105); Under
Game 903-904: Miami at Washington (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami (Koehler) 14.562; Washington (Gonzalez) 15.960
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Washington (-220); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Washington (-220); Under
Game 905-906: Milwaukee at Pittsburgh (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee (Gallardo) 15.890; Pittsburgh (Cole) 15.019
Dunkel Line: Milwaukee by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh (-160); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (+140); Over
Game 907-908: Oakland at Detroit (1:08 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Colon) 15.098; Detroit (Scherzer) 16.663
Dunkel Line: Detroit by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Detroit (-180); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-180); Under
Game 909-910: LA Angels at Tampa Bay (1:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (Vargas) 15.970; Tampa Bay (Odorizzi) 15.187
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-150); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Angels (+130); Over
Game 911-912: Kansas City at Minnesota (1:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Chen) 16.811; Minnesota (Deduno) 13.794
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 3; 7
Vegas Line: Kansas City (-135); 8
Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (-135); Under
Game 913-914: Baltimore at Boston (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Baltimore (Tillman) 16.001; Boston (Lester) 15.485
Dunkel Line: Baltimore by 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Boston (-160); 9
Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (+140); Over
Game 915-916: Seattle at Houston (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle (Ramirez) 15.579; Houston (Lyles) 14.124
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Seattle (-145); 9
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (-145); Under
Game 917-918: Cleveland at Atlanta (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Jimenez) 15.424; Atlanta (Medlen) 17.074
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 1 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-150); 8
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-150); Over