04/13/2012 02:50 PM
Friday's MLB Tips
April 13, 2012
There are 15 games on Friday’s MLB card, including six afternoon tilts. Let’s take a look at Milwaukee-Atlanta and Oakland-Seattle and more…
**Brewers at Braves**
--Atlanta (2-4, -298) will make its home debut after winning back-to-back games at Houston to take the three-game series. The Braves lost their first four outings, but they are 2-0 since veteran third baseman Chipper Jones came off of the disabled list. Jones belted a two-run homer to break a 1-1 tie and propel Atlanta to a 6-4 win over the Astros on Tuesday. He went 2-for-5 in Wednesday’s 6-3 triumph to improve to 4-for-9 (.444) at the plate.
--As of early this morning, most betting shops had Atlanta installed as a minus-130 favorite. Bettors can back the Braves on the run line (minus 1 ½ runs) for a generous plus-160 return (risk $100 to win $160). The total is 7 ½ ‘over’ (minus-115).
--Milwaukee (4-3, +34) owns a 3-1 road record after failing to sweep the Cubs in Thursday’s 8-0 loss at Wrigley Field. The Brewers got blown out as minus-125 favorites.
--Milwaukee skipper Ron Roenicke will give the starting nod to Randy Wolf, who is 5-7 with a 5.01 ERA in 18 career appearances (16 starts) at The Ted. The veteran southpaw is an abysmal 5-12 with a 5.28 ERA in 28 lifetime outings against the Braves.
--Fredi Gonzalez will counter Wolf with Jair Jurrjens, who took the loss in a 4-2 defeat against the Mets in his regular-season debut. The righty needed 102 pitches to get through 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and seven hits.
--Roenicke gave slugger Aramis Ramirez a day off in Thursday’s setback. He is hitting .417 (5-for-12) with a homer off Jurrjens.
--Chipper Jones is batting .377 (20-for-53) with four home runs and seven doubles versus Wolf.
--Milwaukee closer John Axford saved his 45th consecutive game in Wednesday’s win over the Cubs. That’s the fifth-best streak in MLB history.
--The ‘over’ has hit in four consecutive Atlanta games to improve to 4-2 overall for the season.
--Milwaukee has seen the ‘over’ cash at a 4-2 overall clip with it going 2-1 in its three road assignments.
--The Braves swept a four-game series from the Brewers in Atlanta last season.
--The first pitch from Jurrjens is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. Eastern.
**A’s at Mariners**
--Most books are listing Seattle (4-4, +136) as a minus-165 ‘chalk’ with the A’s available for a payout in the +145-150 range. Gamblers can take the Mariners on the run line for a plus-140 return.
--Oakland (3-4, -154) will play its first true road game in this spot. The A’s have already faced the M’s four times, splitting a two-game series in Japan before losing a pair of home contests. They had Thursday off following Wednesday’s 5-4 win over Kansas City in the rubber game of a three-game set.
--Oakland rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the 10th inning with a pair of runs off of KC’s Jonathan Broxton to capture a 5-4 victory. Broxton walked a pair of batters and beaned two others to lose the game for the Royals. Jonny Gomes took the hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded to plate the winning run. Gomes also blasted two-run homer earlier in the game.
--Seattle will go with ace Felix Hernandez on the hill in the club’s home opener. Hernandez was sharp in his season debut, giving up just one run in eight strong innings of a game the M’s eventually won by a 3-1 count in 11 innings. King Felix faced Oakland again this past Saturday, notching the victory although he surrendered six earned runs in 6 1/3 innings.
--Oakland will go with Bartolo Colon, who was brilliant against Seattle in Tokyo. The veteran right-hander allowed just three hits and one run over eight innings. However, the M’s roughed up Colon last Saturday by reaching him for seven runs.
--Seattle perennial All-Star right fielder Ichiro Suzuki is hitting in the No. 3 slot this year instead of lead-off. He has three multi-hit games this year. The 38-year-old Suzuki is a career .326 hitter and has a .329 career average against Oakland.
--The ‘under’ is 5-3 overall for the M’s, 4-3 overall for the A’s.
**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**
--With an MLB-worst 1-5 record, Boston will face Tampa Bay today at 2:05 p.m. Eastern at Fenway Park. Josh Beckett will toe the rubber for the Red Sox with the Rays countering with David Price. Most spots have Bobby Valentine’s squad listed as a a minus-120 favorite.
--The fourth home opener at the new Yankee Stadium will take place today in the Bronx, as New York takes on the Angels at 1:05 p.m. Eastern. The Yankees are minus-140 ‘chalk.’
--Cleveland inked veteran outfielder Johnny Damon to a one-year contract Thursday worth $1.25 million. The 38-year old will be playing for his seventh career team and the fourth in four seasons. Damon, a .285 career hitter, is 277 hits shy of the coveted 3,000 mark.
--The Dodgers swept Pittsburgh with last night’s 3-2 win as minus-135 favorites. They are the biggest money makers in baseball to date with their 6-1 record that’s yielded a +518 profit (assuming plays of 100 for each game). L.A. is a minus-125 home favorite in tonight’s series opener against San Diego.
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