Betting Baseball: Liriano Continues Comeback as a Big Underdog Today In Detroit

Pittsburgh Pirates (+173) at Detroit Tigers (-188, 7.5 O/U )

Left-hander Francisco Liriano, 3-0 with a 1.00 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in their road matchup with the Detroit Tigers. The lefthander get a major test in Detroit, where the former AL Central rival has a lifetime 6.18 ERA in 11 games. The Bucs expect to again see the Liriano who has a 25-6 K-W ratio in 18 innings. Pittsburgh is 3-0 in games started by him. Right-hander Justin Verlander will take the mound for the home team. Verlander had been struggling a little bit recently, but called his last outing a step in the right direction despite the fact that five Cleveland runs bumped his ERA up again. He tossed two complete-game victories against the Pirates last year, including a no-hit bid in Detroit. The Tigers have gone over the total in 67% of his starts. The game time temperature will be 63°F with winds blowing in from left field at 11 mph. The humidity will be around 46%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

Pittsburgh Pirates versus Verlander: 30 years old right-hander, 6’5” 225 pounds. Throws: fastball, changeup, slider, curve

Power Pitcher

Runs per game (league ranking), 18: Home Runs, 14: Bat Ave, 21: OB%, 23: Slugging, 19

    Walks, 20: Strikeouts, 9: Stolen Bases, 9

    Last seven games, 3: Last 14 games, 10: Last 28 games, 5

      Versus Righties, 9: Versus lefties, 22

        Home, 9: Away, 20

          1st Inning Production, 7

            Facing a Power Pitcher, 19: Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 21

              Facing a fly ball pitcher, 9: Facing a ground ball pitcher, 13

                Run Production at Night, 22: Run Production During Day, 12

                  First five innings, 26: 6th to 9th Innings, 7

                    Detroit Tigers versus Liriano: 29 years old left-hander, 6’2” 215 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, changeup

                    Runs per game (league ranking), 6: Home Runs, 23: Bat Ave, 2: OB%, 4: Slugging, 12

                      Walks, 5: Strikeouts, 23: Stolen Bases, 25

                      Last seven games, 12: Last 14 games, 7: Last 28 games, 9

                        Versus Righties, 9: Versus lefties, 7

                          Home, 1: Away, 25

                            1st Inning Production, 12

                              Facing a Power Pitcher, 7: Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 6

                                Facing a fly ball pitcher, 11: Facing a ground ball pitcher, 13

                                  Run Production at Night, 5: Run Production During Day, 13

                                    First five innings, 4: 6th to 9th Innings, 27

                                      Betting Baseball: Struggling Aces Look to Rebound as Strasburg Faces Off With Cain

                                      Washington Nationals (+104) at San Francisco Giants (-113, 7 O/U )

                                      Right-hander Stephen Strasburg takes the mound tonight for the road team Washington Nationals. He is 2-5 on the year with a 2.83 ERA. In his last start against the Padres, Strasburg was solid, pitching a career-high eight innings, allowing two runs — one earned — on three hits and striking out four. Strasburg made it look easy to pitch in front of his family. The Nationals are 3-6 in games started by him, and have gone over 56% of those games. The San Francisco Giants will send right-hander Matt Cain out as their starter; he has a 4-5 record so far in 2013. San Francisco has won Cain’s last four starts. But consistency has eluded him. The middle two outings, in which he allowed three runs in 15 1/3 innings, were sandwiched by a pair of games in which he surrendered three homers. The Giants have gone over the total in 75% of his starts. Forecasts are calling for 54°F temperatures with winds blowing out to right field at 17 mph. The humidity will be around 77%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                      Washington Nationals versus Cain: 28 years old right-hander, 6’3” 230 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, changeup, curve

                                      Fly Ball Pitcher

                                      Runs per game, 27: Home Runs, 17: Bat Ave, 28: OB%, 27: Slugging, 23

                                        Walks, 19: Strikeouts, 10: Stolen Bases, 20

                                        Last seven games, 30: Last 14 games, 30: Last 28 games, 29

                                          Versus Righties, 23: Versus lefties, 30

                                            Home, 25: Away, 24

                                              1st Inning Production, 25

                                                Facing a Power Pitcher, 25: Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 28

                                                  Facing a fly ball pitcher, 6: Facing a ground ball pitcher, 13

                                                    Run Production at Night, 28: Run Production During Day, 26

                                                      First five innings, 20: 6th to 9th Innings, 29

                                                        San Francisco Giants versus Strasburg: 24 years old right-hander, 6’4” 220 pounds. Throws: fastball, curve, changeup

                                                        Runs per game, 12: Home Runs, 24: Bat Ave, 7: OB%, 13: Slugging, 21

                                                          Walks, 22: Strikeouts, 26: Stolen Bases, 13

                                                          Last seven games, 9: Last 14 games, 4: Last 28 games, 22

                                                            Versus Righties, 25: Versus lefties, 16

                                                              Home, 23: Away, 16

                                                                1st Inning Production, 17

                                                                  Facing a Power Pitcher, 24: Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 19

                                                                    Facing a fly ball pitcher, 17: Facing a ground ball pitcher, 13

                                                                      Run Production at Night, 19: Run Production During Day, 23

                                                                        First five innings, 24: 6th to 9th Innings, 16

                                                                          Betting Baseball: Greinke and the Dodgers take on Milwaukee as Road Favorites

                                                                          Los Angeles Dodgers (-134) at Milwaukee Brewers (+124, 8.5 O/U )

                                                                          Hard-luck right-hander Zack Greinke takes the mound tonight for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is 2-0 on the year with a 1.62 ERA, after missing a good chunk of the early season due to his broken collarbone. The only problem with Greinke’s first start back after undergoing collarbone surgery was that he ran out of gas after allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings. Greinke threw his regular bullpen session Saturday and seems fine physically. The Dodgers are 3-0 in games started by him, and have gone under in all three of those games.

                                                                          The Brewers will send right-hander Hiram Burgos out as their starter; he has a 1-4 record so far in 2013. Burgos has been effective in each of his two starts at Miller Park, holding opponents to a .205 average with seven strikeouts and only one walk. He left both games (vs. the Cubs on April 20 and the Bucs on May 1) in line for the win. The Brewers have gone over the total in 75% of his starts. Forecasts are calling for 73°F temperatures with winds blowing  lightly at 9 mph. The humidity will be around 59%. There is a 30% chance of precipitation, so expect the roof to be closed in Milwaukee.

                                                                          Los Angeles Dodgers versus Burgos: 25 years old right-hander, 6’1” 210 pounds. Throws: fastball, curve, changeup, cutter

                                                                          Runs per game, 29: Home Runs, 26: Bat Ave, 15: OB%, 7: Slugging, 28

                                                                          Walks, 7: Strikeouts, 25: Stolen Bases, 23

                                                                          Last seven games, 19: Last 14 games, 25: Last 28 games, 19

                                                                          Versus Righties, 29: Versus lefties, 5

                                                                          Home, 28: Away, 9

                                                                          1st Inning Production, 10

                                                                          Facing a Power Pitcher, 14: Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 29

                                                                          Facing a fly ball pitcher, 9: Facing a ground ball pitcher, 13

                                                                          Run Production at Night, 24: Run Production During Day, 17

                                                                          First five innings, 19: 6th to 9th Innings, 24

                                                                          Milwaukee Brewers versus Greinke: 29 years old right-hander, 6’2” 190 pounds. Throws: fastball, cutter, slider

                                                                          Runs per game, 8: Home Runs, 7: Bat Ave, 10: OB%, 12: Slugging, 5

                                                                          Walks, 22: Strikeouts, 15: Stolen Bases, 1

                                                                          Last seven games, 2: Last 14 games, 8: Last 28 games, 7

                                                                          Versus Righties, 17: Versus lefties, 1

                                                                          Home, 5: Away, 26

                                                                          1st Inning Production, 4

                                                                          Facing a Power Pitcher, 18: Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 7

                                                                          Facing a fly ball pitcher, 19: Facing a ground ball pitcher, 13

                                                                          Run Production at Night, 8: Run Production During Day, 20

                                                                          First five innings, 6: 6th to 9th Innings, 17

                                                                          Saturday’s MLB Weather Report

                                                                          Showers are likely in Baltimore today, with some rain a possibility in Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Atlanta. Wrigley Field will see wind blowing in from right field. However, it won’t be too strong and the day will be a pleasant 75 degrees at game time.

                                                                          New York Mets (+129) at Chicago Cubs (-140, O/U )

                                                                          Jeremy Hefner takes the mound tonight for the road team New York Mets. He is 0-4 on the year with a 4.28 ERA. Once again, Hefner gave the Mets a chance to win Monday in St. Louis, allowing three early runs but retiring the final 10 batters he faced. Hefner will be making his second career appearance, and first start, at Wrigley. The Mets have gone over the total in 71% of his starts. The Chicago Cubs will send Scott Feldman out as their starter; he has a 4-3 record so far in 2013. Feldman has felt right at home at Wrigley Field, giving up four earned runs over 20 1/3 innings in three games for a 1.77 ERA. He faced the Mets only once in June 2008 and took a loss, giving up six earned runs over five innings. The Cubs have gone over the total in 29% of his starts. Forecasts are calling for 74°F temperatures with winds blowing at in from right field 8 mph. The humidity will be around 57%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

                                                                          Cincinnati Reds (+101) at Philadelphia Phillies (-109, 8 O/U )

                                                                          Bronson Arroyo, 3-4 with a 3.76 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in their road matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies. Arroyo had his first scoreless outing in his last start, blanking the Brewers over 6 2/3 innings and dropping his ERA from 4.30 to 3.76. He scattered two runs over eight innings against Philadelphia on April 15. The Reds, 4-4 in his starts, have gone over 38% of the time in those starts. Kyle Kendrick will take the mound for the home team. Kendrick has been the Phillies’ most consistent starter this season and a nice boost to the rotation. He has not allowed more than two runs since his first start of the season on April 5. He has a 1.84 ERA in his last seven starts. The Phillies, 6-2 in his starts, have gone over 63% of the time in those starts. The game time temperature will be 70°F with winds blowing out to left field at 10 mph. The humidity will be around 53%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

                                                                          Arizona Diamondbacks (-151) at Miami Marlins (+139, 8 O/U )

                                                                          Tom Koehler is the scheduled starter for the Miami Marlins. He has a 0-1 record in 2013 with a 4 ERA. Koehler had a solid first start of the season (the second of his career). Although he lost in L.A., he gave up only two runs in five innings, throwing 79 pitches. It was his first start since April 14 with Triple-A New Orleans.  His opponent on the mound will be Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy has a 5.63 ERA with a 1.54 WHIP, and is 0-3 on the season. Eight starts into his tenure in the desert, McCarthy is still searching for his first win with the D-backs. He probably should have gotten it Sunday, when he tossed eight shutout innings against the Phillies only to see the bullpen cough up the lead. The Diamondbacks, 3-5 in his starts, have gone over 57% of the time in those starts. Forecasts are calling for 81°F temperatures with winds blowing in from center field at 8 mph. The humidity will be around 69%. There is a 30% chance of precipitation.

                                                                          Los Angeles Dodgers (+156) at Atlanta Braves (-170, 8 O/U )

                                                                          Chris Capuano takes the mound tonight for the road team Los Angeles Dodgers. He is 1-2 on the year with a 8.03 ERA. Capuano earned his first win Sunday, striking out seven and allowing one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings against Miami. The left-hander is 5-3 with a 2.75 ERA in 12 career appearances against the Braves, including 10 starts. The Dodgers are 1-2 in games started by him, and have gone over all of those games. The Atlanta Braves will send Kris Medlen out as their starter; he has a 2-6 record so far in 2013. After producing two consecutive solid seven-inning efforts to start this month, Medlen matched a career high by allowing three homers in Sunday’s loss to the Giants. He has allowed seven homers in his past six starts. The Braves have gone over the total in 38% of his starts. Temperatures are expected to be around 76°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 64%, with the wind blowing out to center at 4 mph.

                                                                          Milwaukee Brewers (+147) at St. Louis Cardinals (-160, 8 O/U )

                                                                          Marco Estrada, 3-2 with a 5.32 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers in their road matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals. Working on seven days’ rest, Estrada held the Pirates to one run and three hits over seven innings to earn his third win on Monday. Estrada had his start pushed back after struggling in his previous two outings, but he was sharp on long rest. The Brewers are 5-3 in games started by him, and have gone over 63% of those games. Lance Lynn will take the mound for the home team. Lynn walked four of the first 10 batters he faced in his last start before settling in and retiring 16 of the final 18 of his outing. It positioned Lynn for the win, making him the second NL starter to reach six wins this year. The Cardinals are 6-2 in games started by him. The game time temperature will be 82°F with winds blowing in from right at 7 mph. The humidity will be around 54%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                                                          Washington Nationals (-139) at San Diego Padres (+128, 6.5 O/U )

                                                                          Eric Stults is the scheduled starter for the San Diego Padres. He has a 5-3 record in 2013 with a 5 ERA. After walking eight batters in his first seven starts, Stults inexplicably walked five against the Rays the last time out as he battled his command the entire game.  The Padres are 5-3 in games started by him, and have gone over 29% of those games. His opponent on the mound will be Jordan Zimmermann. Zimmermann has a 1.69 ERA with a 0.87 WHIP, and is 7-1 on the season. In his last start vs. the Dodgers, Zimmermann allowed two runs on nine hits and struck out five batters. He threw 101 pitches while becoming the Majors’ first seven-game winner. He had 83 pitches after seven innings, but grew tired by the eighth. The Nationals are 7-1 in games started by him, and have gone over 29% of those games. Forecasts are calling for 64°F temperatures with winds blowing out to right at 4 mph. The humidity will be around 75%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                                                          Seattle Mariners (+147) at Cleveland Indians (-160, 8.5 O/U )

                                                                          Joe Saunders takes the mound tonight for the road team Seattle Mariners. He is 3-4 on the year with a 5.51 ERA. Saunders is 0-4 with a 12.54 ERA in four road games as opposed to 3-0 with a 0.94 ERA in four games in Seattle. He’s pitched just once at Cleveland (0-0, 5.40 ERA in 5 innings) in his career, but historically has been a solid road pitcher. The Mariners have gone over the total in 50% of his starts. The Cleveland Indians will send Zach Mcallister out as their starter; he has a 4-3 record so far in 2013. In his last three starts, McAllister is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA. During that time — a span of 20 2/3 innings — the righty has struck out 13 batters and walked five. He’s gone at least five innings in every outing this season. The Indians are 4-3 in games started by him, and have gone over 43% of those games. Temperatures are expected to be around 74°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 51%, with the wind blowing in from right field at 12 mph.

                                                                          Toronto Blue Jays (+110) at New York Yankees (-119, 8.5 O/U )

                                                                          Brandon Morrow, 1-2 with a 4.69 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays in their road matchup with the New York Yankees. Morrow was held back a few days to fully heal his back and neck issues, while getting a turn against a division rival. It’ll be just shy of two weeks since Morrow last took the mound against Seattle, but he said he was good to pitch Wednesday. The Blue Jays are 3-4 in games started by him, and have gone over 71% of those games. David Phelps will take the mound for the home team. Phelps pitched on the wrong end of a shutout his last time out, on May 13 in Cleveland, allowing a run in 6 2/3 innings. He is 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA in three starts this year. The Yankees are 2-1 in games started by him. The game time temperature will be 68°F with winds blowing out to left field at 9 mph. The humidity will be around 45%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

                                                                          Chicago White Sox (+126) at LAA Angels (-137, 9 O/U )

                                                                          Hector Santiago takes the mound tonight for the road team Chicago White Sox. He is 1-1 on the year with a 2.00 ERA. Santiago had his first rocky outing since being added to the rotation in a 10-3 loss to the Twins on Monday. Only three of the six runs he allowed were earned, but a bumpy third was was enough to derail the offensively challenged White Sox. The White Sox are 1-2 in games started by him, and have gone over 33% of those games. The LAA Angels will send Joe Blanton out as their starter; he has a 0-8 record so far in 2013. Blanton struggled against the Royals in his last start, allowing seven runs in just 4 2/3 innings, snapping a streak of three straight quality starts. He is still seeking his first win as an Angel. The Angels have gone over the total in 63% of his starts. Forecasts are calling for 72°F temperatures with winds blowing out to right field at 10 mph. The humidity will be around 55%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                                                          Boston Red Sox (-128) at Minnesota Twins (+118, 8.5 O/U )

                                                                          Ryan Dempster, 2-4 with a 3.75 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in their road matchup with the Minnesota Twins. The right-hander will try to recover from his worst start of the season, giving up seven hits, six runs and three homers to the Blue Jays. Opponents are hitting .205 against Dempster this season. The Red Sox are 3-5 in games started by him, and have gone over 38% of those games. Scott Diamond will take the mound for the home team. Diamond gave up a season-high six runs on nine hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings vs. the Orioles on Saturday. He was hurt by the long ball, as he served up three homers despite entering the game having given up just two on the year. Temperatures are expected to be around 84°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 46%, with the wind blowing in from right at 14 mph.

                                                                          Detroit Tigers (-123) at Texas Rangers (+114, 9.5 O/U )

                                                                          Justin Grimm is the scheduled starter for the Texas Rangers. He has a 3-3 record in 2013 with a 4 ERA. Grimm is 0-3 with a 7.02 ERA in his last three starts. He was the American League Rookie of the Month for April when he went 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts after taking over for Matt Harrison in the rotation. He is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA at home. The Rangers are 3-3 in games started by him. His opponent on the mound will be Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez has a 2.05 ERA with a 1.08 WHIP, and is 4-3 on the season. When Sanchez keeps his pitches down, as he did Monday against the Astros, he’s nasty. He has struck out 42 batters over 27 innings in his last four starts, starting with his 17-strikeout game against the Braves on April 26. The Tigers are 4-4 in games started by him, and have gone over 63% of those games. Forecasts are calling for 89°F temperatures with winds blowing in from right at 16 mph. The humidity will be around 45%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

                                                                          Kansas City Royals (+121) at Oakland Athletics (-131, 7.5 O/U )

                                                                          Ervin Santana takes the mound tonight for the Kansas City Royals. He is 3-2 on the year with a 2.79 ERA. Santana had not given up a homer in three straight games, but he was done in by two of them vs. the Yankees in last Sunday’s loss. His control has been sharp, giving up just one walk against 20 strikeouts in his last four starts and 26 1/3 frames. The Royals are 4-3 in games started by him. The Oakland Athletics will send Tommy Milone out as their starter; he has a 3-5 record so far in 2013. Milone has five straight losses despite posting a 3.62 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in that stretch, with 31 strikeouts in those 32 1/3 innings. He wasn’t at his best Sunday, though, allowing Seattle five runs in five innings. The Athletics have gone over the total in 63% of his starts. The game time temperature will be 66°F with winds blowing out to center field at 14 mph. The humidity will be around 63%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                                                          Houston Astros (+233) at Pittsburgh Pirates (-256, 7.5 O/U )

                                                                          Erik Bedard, 0-2 with a 8.41 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Houston Astros in their road matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bedard delivered five innings of four-hit, two-run ball in his return to the rotation on Saturday vs. the Rangers. The veteran left-hander returns to Pittsburgh for the first time since starting 24 games for the Pirates last year. The Astros, 1-5 in his starts, have gone over in all of  those starts. A.J. Burnett will take the mound for the home team. The veteran right-hander continues his remarkable renaissance, consistently lowering his ERA while raising his strikeout total — although the six in his last start were a season low. He has gone seven innings in each of his last three starts. The Pirates have gone over the total in 22% of his starts. Temperatures are expected to be around 74°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 59%, with the wind blowing in from center at 10 mph.

                                                                          Betting Baseball: Tuesday’s MLB Lines and Weather Report

                                                                          There shouldn’t be any weather problems for Tuesday’s Major League baseball games. It will be chilly in the northeast with some clouds and a little potential for rain, but all games are expected to be completed as scheduled. Special alert for Cubs bettors: the wind will be blowing out to left field tomorrow night. Be careful if you like the under.

                                                                          Milwaukee Brewers (-106) at Pittsburgh Pirates (-102, 7.5 O/U )

                                                                          Kyle Lohse takes the mound tonight for the road team Milwaukee Brewers. He is 1-4 on the year with a 3.53 ERA. Lohse has not been quite as sharp in his past two starts, but could still be winning games if the Brewers provided him with run support. They are 2-5 when he pitches and have scored a total of three runs in the five losses.The Brewers are 2-5 in games started by him. The Pittsburgh Pirates will send Jeff Locke out as their starter; he has a 3-4 record so far in 2013. Though Locke has allowed four runs in his two most recent starts (11 innings), he came away with no-decisions in both. Opponents have attempted one stolen base — it was unsuccessful — with him on the mound this season.The Pirates are 3-4 in games started by him. Forecasts are calling for 59°F temperatures with winds blowing in from right field at 7 mph. The humidity will be around 47%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

                                                                          Cincinnati Reds (-163) at Miami Marlins (+150, 7.5 O/U )

                                                                          Homer Bailey, 1-3 with a 3.83 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in their road matchup with the Miami Marlins. Since tossing six shutout innings and earning the win in his first start of the season, Bailey is 0-3 with a 4.46 ERA. The right-hander gave up four runs in five innings Tuesday against the Braves and threw 41 pitches in the first. The Reds are 4-3 in games started by him, and have gone over 57% of those games. Ricky Nolasco will take the mound for the home team. Despite striking out nine in seven innings and allowing one run to San Diego, Nolasco suffered his second straight loss on Wednesday. He gave up four hits. It was his highest strikeout total since he had 11 on 5/6/11 vs. the Nationals. The Marlins are 2-6 in games started by him. The game time temperature will be 77°F with winds blowing in from left field at 13 mph. The humidity will be around 58%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                                                          Colorado Rockies (+124) at Chicago Cubs (-134)

                                                                          Carlos Villanueva is the scheduled starter for the Chicago Cubs. He has a 3-4 record in 2013 with a 3.02 ERA. Villanueva notched his fifth quality start in his last outing, but did not get the win as the Cards rallied. He has left with the lead in five of his seven starts, but has one win. This will be his first career start vs. Colorado, 12th appearance. The Cubs are 3-4 in games started by him. His opponent on the mound will be Jeff Francis. Francis has a 6.90
                                                                          ERA with a 1.77 WHIP, and is 1-3 on the season. Francis pitched four innings of two-run ball against the Yankees on Thursday before rain cut him short. In his five previous starts, he gave up four runs or more in five innings or fewer, but showed improved execution vs. New York. The Rockies, 2-5 in his starts, have gone over 43% of the time in those starts. Temperatures are expected to be around 77°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 54%, with the wind blowing out to left field at 12 mph.

                                                                          New York Mets (+142) at St. Louis Cardinals (-154, 8.5 O/U )

                                                                          Dillon Gee takes the mound tonight for the road team New York Mets. He is 2-4 on the year with a 5.55 ERA. Gee played with fire throughout his five innings against the Pirates last Thursday, ultimately escaping with a no-decision. He has faced the Cardinals twice before with a fair bit of success, though never at Busch Stadium. The Mets are 3-4 in games started by him, and have gone over 43% of those games. The St. Louis Cardinals will send John Gast out as their starter. The lefty will make his big league debut filling in for Jake Westbrook, who is on the 15-day DL with shoulder inflammation. Gast was 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA at Triple-A and did not allow an earned run over his first 32 innings this season. Forecasts are calling for 83°F temperatures with winds blowing out to left field at 12 mph. The humidity will be around 51%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                                                          Atlanta Braves (+126) at Arizona Diamondbacks (-137, 8.5 O/U )

                                                                          Julio Teheran, 2-0 with a 4.84 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Atlanta Braves in their road matchup with the Arizona Diamondbacks. While limiting the Giants to three runs in seven innings on Thursday, Teheran found comfort with a changeup grip he had used during his Minor League days. He has allowed two runs or less in each of his past three starts.The Braves are 6-0 in games started by him. Patrick Corbin will take the mound for the home team. In all seven of Corbin’s starts this season, the left-hander has tossed at least six innings and given up two runs or fewer. In his only career appearance against the Braves, Corbin threw three shutout innings in relief last June. The Diamondbacks have gone over the total in 43% of his starts. The game time temperature will be 100°F with winds blowing out to right field at 12 mph. The humidity will be around 8%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                                                          Washington Nationals (+161) at Los Angeles Dodgers (-175, 6.5 O/U )

                                                                          Clayton Kershaw is the scheduled starter for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has a 4-4 record in 2013 with a 1.62 ERA. Kershaw allowed one earned run over seven innings in his last start vs. the D-backs, striking out four. He’s gone at least seven innings in six of his eight outings. The left-hander is 3-1 with a 0.99 ERA in five starts at home this year.The Dodgers are 4-4 in games started by him. His opponent on the mound will be Dan Haren. Haren has a 5.17 ERA with a 1.49 WHIP, and is 4-3 on the season. Haren pitched six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits against Detroit in a win on Thursday. He has pitched at least six innings in three straight starts, allowing seven earned runs over 20 combined innings.The Nationals are 4-3 in games started by him. Temperatures are expected to be around 72°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 53%, with the wind blowing out to left field at 6 mph.

                                                                          Houston Astros (+262) at Detroit Tigers (-290, 8.5 O/U )

                                                                          Lucas Harrell takes the mound tonight for the road team Houston Astros. He is 3-3 on the year with a 4.67 ERA. Harrell tied a career high with six walks in his most recent start, Thursday vs. Texas, but he made adjustments to his mechanics midgame and is confident he’s back on track. He had a 3.60 ERA after six starts. The Astros have gone over the total in 75% of his starts. . The Detroit Tigers will send Doug Fister out as their starter; he has a 5-2 record so far in 2013. Seven starts in, Fister has hit more batters (10) than he has walked (eight). He had one of each in his last two outings, including a no-decision in Houston May 3. He lasted just three innings last start in Washington. The Tigers are 5-2 in games started by him, and have gone over 71% of those games The game time temperature will be 61°F with winds blowing in from left field at 8 mph. The humidity will be around 58%. There is a 20% chance of precipitation.

                                                                          Seattle Mariners (+103) at New York Yankees (-111, 7 O/U )

                                                                          Felix Hernandez, 5-2 with a 1.53 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners in their road matchup with the New York Yankees. The Mariners’ ace has allowed just three earned runs in 38 innings over his last five starts (0.71 ERA). He loves pitching at Yankee Stadium, where he’s 4-1 with a 1.13 ERA in five starts.The Mariners are 5-3 in games started by him. Cc Sabathia will take the mound for the home team. Sabathia was in line for a win in his last outing against the Rockies on May 9 before a two-hour rain delay cut his effort short after 51 pitches. He had allowed just one hit.The Yankees are 5-3 in games started by him. Forecasts are calling for 58°F temperatures with winds blowing out to center field at 7 mph. The humidity will be around 32%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                                                          Boston Red Sox (+131) at Tampa Bay Rays (-142, 8 O/U )

                                                                          Matt Moore is the scheduled starter for the Tampa Bay Rays. He has a 7-0 record in 2013 with a 2.14 ERA. Moore allowed two runs in five innings against the Blue Jays on Wednesday to pick up his sixth win. The Rays are 7-0 in games he has started in ’13. He has won his last seven decisions dating back to Sept. 29, leaving him one shy of the club record. The Rays have gone over the total in 50% of his starts. His opponent on the mound will be John Lackey. Lackey has a 2.82 ERA with a 1.3 WHIP, and is 1-3 on the season. Lackey continues to feel stronger with each start this season. His last one might have been his best, striking out eight Twins over seven innings before an error cost him four unearned runs.The Red Sox are 1-3 in games started by him.

                                                                          Chicago White Sox (-110) at Minnesota Twins (+102, 7.5 O/U )

                                                                          Jake Peavy takes the mound tonight for the road team Chicago White Sox. He is 4-1 on the year with a 3.03 ERA. After missing his last start in Texas due to back spasms, Jake Peavy came back in fine form against the Mets by allowing just one run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. Peavy struck out six, walked two and threw 114 pitches.The White Sox are 4-2 in games started by him. . The Minnesota Twins will send Kevin Correia out as their starter; he has a 5-2 record so far in 2013. After starting out the year with five straight quality starts, Correia has fallen off a bit in his two most recent starts. He was so-so against the Red Sox on Thursday, giving up three runs on a season-high nine hits but still picked up the win. The Twins are 5-2 in games started by him, and have gone over 29% of those games Temperatures are expected to be around 87°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 31%, with the wind blowing out to center field at 16 mph.

                                                                          Kansas City Royals (+111) at LAA Angels (-120, 8.5 O/U )

                                                                          Jeremy Guthrie, 5-0 with a 2.28 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals in their road matchup with the LAA Angels. The beat goes on for Guthrie, now undefeated in 18 straight starts, including seven this year. On Thursday he held the Orioles to two runs despite giving up seven hits and three walks in six frames. He has a knack of keeping his club close. The Royals have gone over the total in 57% of his starts. Jason Vargas will take the mound for the home team. Vargas came into his last start on a bit of a hot streak, giving up only two runs in 17 innings over his previous two outings. But the Astros hit him around on Thursday, cranking out five runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings in an eventual Angels win. The Angels have gone over the total in 57% of his starts. The game time temperature will be 73°F with winds blowing out to right field at 6 mph. The humidity will be around 53%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                                                          Texas Rangers (-115) at Oakland Athletics (+106, 7.5 O/U )

                                                                          Bartolo Colon is the scheduled starter for the Oakland Athletics. He has a 5-2 record in 2013 with a 4.57 ERA. Colon has issued just one walk spanning 41 1/3 innings this season, but he’s also allowed 46 hits. He has an 8.22 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP over his past three outings. The Athletics have gone over the total in 71% of his starts. His opponent on the mound will be Derek Holland. Holland has a 2.54 ERA with a 1.01 WHIP, and is 3-2 on the season. Holland is 4-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 12 games (eight starts) vs. the A’s. He has allowed 9.06 baserunners per nine innings, fifth best ratio in the league as of Thursday’s off-day. He has allowed two home runs in 49 2/3 innings. The Rangers, 5-2 in his starts, have gone over 29% of the time in those starts. Forecasts are calling for 64°F temperatures with winds blowing out to right field at 11 mph. The humidity will be around 63%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                                                          Cleveland Indians (-106) at Philadelphia Phillies (-102, 8.5 O/U )

                                                                          Scott Kazmir takes the mound tonight for the road team Cleveland Indians. He is 2-1 on the year with a 4.87 ERA. In a win over the A’s Thursday, Kazmir gave up one run on five hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks in six innings. The lefty hit 95-96 mph for the first time since 2009 and has won back-to-back starts. The Philadelphia Phillies will send Jonathan Pettibone out as their starter; he has a 3-1 record so far in 2013. Pettibone allowed seven hits, three runs and four walks and struck out one in 5 2/3 innings in Wednesday’s start vs. the Giants. It was his fourth start in the Majors and the first time the Phillies lost one of those starts. The Phillies have gone over the total in 25% of his starts. Forecasts are calling for 59°F temperatures with winds blowing out to right field at 6 mph. The humidity will be around 35%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                                                          San Diego Padres (+120) at Baltimore Orioles (-130, 8 O/U )

                                                                          Andrew Cashner, 2-2 with a 2.95 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres in their road matchup with the Baltimore Orioles. Fresh off the longest start of his career, Cashner looks to record back-to-back wins for the first time in 2013. The righty was able to execute all of his pitches in his last start against Miami, changing speeds as well as he has all season. The Padres are 2-2 in games started by him. Chris Tillman will take the mound for the home team. Tillman allowed three earned runs over six innings against the Royals to improve to 3-1 on the season. He struck out two batters and walked three. The Orioles are 5-2 in games started by him. Temperatures are expected to be around 64°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 30%, with the wind blowing out to right field at 4 mph.

                                                                          San Francisco Giants (+113) at Toronto Blue Jays (-122, 8.5 O/U )

                                                                          R.A. Dickey is the scheduled starter for the Toronto Blue Jays. Dickey has a 2-6 record in 2013 with a 5.06 ERA. Dickey allowed two earned runs on five hits during his last start against the Rays. He tied a season high with five walks and the erratic control led to a high pitch count. He has walked four or more in three games this season. The Blue Jays have gone over the total in 38% of his starts. His opponent on the mound will be Barry Zito. Zito has a 2.75 ERA with a 1.3 WHIP, and is 3-1 on the season. Zito is making opponents earn what they get against him, accounting for his success. He has yielded just three home runs, an average of 0.7 per nine innings. And his current average of 2.7 walks per nine innings is a career-best. The Giants, 5-2 in his starts, have gone over 43% of the time in those starts.

                                                                          Monday’s Major League Baseball Matchups and Odds

                                                                          The Yankees and Indians are playing a double header this afternoon, making up games rained out in April. There aren’t expected to be any weather problems in the rest of the games, although it will be cold in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

                                                                          Milwaukee Brewers (+135) at Pittsburgh Pirates (-146, 7 O/U )

                                                                          Marco Estrada takes the mound tonight for the road team Milwaukee Brewers. He is 2-2 on the year with a 6.05 ERA. The Brewers bumped Estrada by two days to allow for an extra bullpen session between starts. He has allowed 13 earned runs and four home runs over his past two starts, and felt “lost” while walking five Cardinals on May 5.. The Pittsburgh Pirates will send A.J. Burnett out as their starter; he has a 4-4 record so far in 2013. The Pirates have scored merely four runs in the four starts by Burnett that didn’t result in a victory. His ERA in those games (23 innings) is 3.13. Right-handed hitters are batting .141 with 39 strikeouts in 92 at-bats against him this season. The game time temperature will be 51°F with winds blowing out to right field at 8 mph. The humidity will be around 36%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

                                                                           

                                                                          New York Mets (+171) at St. Louis Cardinals (-186, 7.5 O/U )

                                                                          Jeremy Hefner, 0-4 with a 4.24 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the New York Mets in their road matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals. Coming off one of the best starts of his career, Hefner was noticeably less sharp last time out against the White Sox. He still kept the Mets within striking distance, which is all they can ask for in his debut meeting with the Cardinals. Lance Lynn will take the mound for the home team. Lynn’s 10-game winning streak ended in his last start, though he gave up only two runs on four hits in seven innings. Lynn entered the game leading the league in run support. He’s finished the seventh in four straight outings. Forecasts are calling for 69°F temperatures with winds blowing from right to left field at 8 mph. The humidity will be around 40%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                                                           

                                                                          Colorado Rockies (+111) at Chicago Cubs (-120, 8 O/U )

                                                                          Travis Wood is the scheduled starter for the Chicago Cubs. He has a 4-3 record in 2013 with a 2.33 ERA. Wood has thrown seven consecutive quality starts to open the season, the first Cubs lefty to do so since Johnny Schmitz in 1948. Wood is one of four Cubs starters with an ERA under 3.09. He’s 0-1 in three games (two starts) vs. the Rockies. His opponent on the mound will be Juan Nicasio. Nicasio has a 4.72 ERA with a 1.4 WHIP, and is 3-0 on the season. Nicasio, with a couple of pitchers at Triple-A nipping at his heels, gave up a homer to the Yankees’ Vernon Wells in the first inning but settled down and gave up just two runs and two hits in five innings of a no-decision in his last start. Temperatures are expected to be around 55°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 37%, with the wind blowing out to left field at 8 mph.

                                                                           

                                                                          Atlanta Braves (-101) at Arizona Diamondbacks (-107, 8 O/U )

                                                                          Mike Minor takes the mound tonight for the road team Atlanta Braves. He is 4-2 on the year with a 2.96 ERA. Minor tossed seven innings Wednesday at Cincinnati to pick up his fourth win, allowing one run on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.. The Arizona Diamondbacks will send Wade Miley out as their starter; he has a 4-3 record so far in 2013. Miley rebounded after two poor starts to allow just two runs over 7 2/3 innings against the Dodgers last time out. His command was much better as he did not walk a batter and threw 75 of his 102 pitches for strikes. Expect the roof to be closed to the 99 degree temps expected.

                                                                           

                                                                          Washington Nationals (-123) at Los Angeles Dodgers (+114, 7 O/U )

                                                                          Jordan Zimmermann, 6-1 with a 1.59 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals in their road matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his last start, Zimmermann pitched seven innings, allowed one run on seven hits, struck out seven batters and walked two to become the first six-game winner in the National League. Josh Beckett will take the mound for the home team. Beckett is winless in seven starts for the first time in his 13-year career. He hasn’t given up a homer this month after allowing eight in April. The right-hander allowed three runs on nine hits in his last start. The game time temperature will be 81°F with winds blowing out to right field at 6 mph. The humidity will be around 35%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                                                           

                                                                          Houston Astros (+254) at Detroit Tigers (-280, 8 O/U )

                                                                          Anibal Sanchez is the scheduled starter for the Detroit Tigers. He has a 3-4 record in 2013 with a 1.97 ERA. No American League pitcher has a lower ERA without a winning record than Sanchez, who has lost three out of his last four outings despite six consecutive quality starts. Detroit scored four runs total in those three losses. Nothing like facing the Astros to improve the numbers. His opponent on the mound will be Bud Norris. Norris has a 3.4 ERA with a 1.49 WHIP, and is 4-3 on the season. Norris is coming off arguably his best game in the Majors, pitching into the ninth inning for the first time in his career. Still, he continues to struggle on the road. He’s 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA away from home this year. Forecasts are calling for 53°F temperatures with winds blowing out to left field at 6 mph. The humidity will be around 35%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                                                           

                                                                          Chicago White Sox (-115) at Minnesota Twins (+106, 8 O/U )

                                                                          Hector Santiago takes the mound tonight for the road team Chicago White Sox. He is 1-0 on the year with a 0.73 ERA. Matt Harvey yielded one seventh-inning hit in nine innings Tuesday and still didn’t beat the White Sox because of Santiago. The southpaw hurled seven scoreless in front of friends and family, striking out eight.. The Minnesota Twins will send Pedro Hernandez out as their starter; he has a 3-1 record so far in 2013. Hernandez turned in his worst-career outing on Wednesday against the Red Sox, as he lasted just two innings and gave up six runs on eight hits. But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he’ll remain in the rotation despite his recent struggles. Don’t be too sure of that. Prospect Kyle Gibson is ready to go down at AAA for the Twins. The game time temperature will be 67°F with winds blowing in from right field at 14 mph. The humidity will be around 43%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

                                                                           

                                                                          Kansas City Royals (+117) at LAA Angels (-127, 9 O/U )

                                                                          Luis Mendoza, 0-2 with a 7.06 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals in their road matchup with the LAA Angels. Mendoza was better than his numbers Wednesday in Baltimore, where he gave up five runs in six frames. Two runs were unearned as he was hurt by three errors and his own wild pitch in one inning. He is regaining his rhythm after being skipped twice in the rotation due to rainouts. Joe Blanton will take the mound for the home team. Blanton has pitched a lot better than his ERA and record show, notching three straight quality starts while giving up nine runs (eight earned) in 20 2/3 innings in that span. He limited the Astros to three runs in six innings on Wednesday in a loss. Forecasts are calling for 83°F temperatures with winds blowing out to right field at 6 mph. The humidity will be around 34%. No rain is expected in this game.

                                                                           

                                                                          Texas Rangers (+110) at Oakland Athletics (-119, 8 O/U )

                                                                          A.J. Griffin is the scheduled starter for the Oakland Athletics. He has a 4-3 record in 2013 with a 3.83 ERA. Griffin lost after allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings vs. the Indians on Wednesday. He has a 1.98 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over his past two starts. His opponent on the mound will be Justin Grimm. Grimm has a 3.45 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP, and is 2-2 on the season. Grimm allowed five runs over five innings in a loss to the Brewers on Tuesday. All five runs came in the first and opponents are hitting .346 off him in that inning. Grimm is 0-2 with a 6.17 ERA in his last two starts. Temperatures are expected to be around 67°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 68%, with the wind blowing out to right field at 11 mph.