Betting Baseball: Slumping Yankees Open as Underdogs in Weekend Series Against the Angels

New York Yankees (+127) at LAA Angels (-138, 8 O/U )

The New York Yankees, fresh off an 18 inning loss at Oakland on Thursday, will try to turn it around against the also slumping Angels in Friday night MLB action. The Angels have lost nine of their last twelve games and are in fourth place in the AL West, 9.5 games behind the A’s. Left-hander C.J. Wilson is the scheduled starter for the Angels. He has a 5-8 record in 2013 with a 4 ERA. Given how his last start began, it’s a minor miracle Wilson gave up only four runs (three earned) in five frames to Boston. He gave up three runs in the first two innings before settling in, retiring eight of nine at one point. The Angels, 5-8 in his starts, have gone over 62% of the time in those starts.

His opponent on the mound will be left-hander Andy Pettitte. Pettitte has a 3.82 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP, and is 5-3 on the season. Pettitte logged his 250th career victory in his last start, holding the Mariners to a run on three hits over 7 1/3 innings. He is 14-11 with a 4.49 ERA in 31 career starts vs. the Angels. The Yankees have gone over the total in 50% of his starts. Temperatures are expected to be around 70°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 61%, with the wind blowing out at 6 mph.

New York Yankees versus Wilson: 32 years old left-hander, 6’1” 210 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, cutter, curve

Runs per game (league ranking), 9: Home Runs, 2: Bat Ave, 7: OB%, 6: Slugging, 4

    Walks, 12: Strikeouts, 28: Stolen Bases, 17

    Last seven games, 21: Last 14 games, 22: Last 28 games, 27

      Versus Righties, 14: Versus lefties, 24

        Home, 17: Away, 15

          1st Inning Production, 30

            Facing a Power Pitcher, 8: Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 20

              Facing a fly ball pitcher, 22: Facing a ground ball pitcher, 9

                Run Production at Night, 14: Run Production During Day, 21

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

                    LAA Angels versus Pettitte: 41 years old left-hander, 6’5” 225 pounds.
                    Throws: fastball, cutter, curve, changeup

                    Ground Ball Pitcher

                    Runs per game (league ranking), 17: Home Runs, 17: Bat Ave, 9: OB%, 14: Slugging, 13

                      Walks, 20: Strikeouts, 5: Stolen Bases, 25

                      Last seven games, 10: Last 14 games, 2: Last 28 games, 8

                        Versus Righties, 5: Versus lefties, 23

                          Home, 4: Away, 13

                            1st Inning Production, 8

                              Facing a Power Pitcher, 22: Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 5

                                Facing a fly ball pitcher, 12: Facing a ground ball pitcher, 9

                                  Run Production at Night, 12: Run Production During Day, 3

                                    First five innings, 10: 6th to 9th Innings, 7

                                      Betting Baseball: Cardinals Head to Miami to Take On the Marlins

                                      St. Louis Cardinals (-141) at Miami Marlins (+130, 7.5 O/U )

                                      The worst meeting the best. The Miami Marlins, owners of the worst record in baseball at 19-46, welcome the team with the best record in the St. Louis Cardinals (43-23). Right-hander Jose Fernandez is the scheduled starter for the Marlins. He has a 6-6 record in 2013 with a 3.00 ERA. Fernandez added another great chapter to his stellar rookie season, giving up one run on three hits and striking out seven in six innings against the Mets on June 8. He has notched back-to-back quality starts. The have gone over the total in 55% of his starts.

                                      His opponent on the mound will be right-hander Jake Westbrook. Westbrook has a 1.62 ERA with a 1.46 WHIP, and is 2-1 on the season. Westbrook will come off the DL to make his first start since May 8. After inflammation in his right elbow subsided, he made a pair of rehab starts in the Minors. He should be able to throw as many as 100 pitches, if needed. He gave up two runs over 10 2-3 innings, walking none and striking out 10, in two rehab starts for Double-A Springfield.

                                      “I’ve always had elbow issues and I pitched through a lot of it,” Westbrook told MLB.com. “I think I’m always going to have something, some sort of feeling in there that’s not normal.
                                      “I feel really good right now. I feel really good with the two starts I’ve had. I feel really encouraged about getting up and down seven times on Sunday, and hopefully it continues to feel that way throughout the year.”

                                      The Cardinals are 3-3 in games started by him, and have gone over 83% of those games. The game time temperature will be 84°F with winds blowing _ at 7 mph. The humidity will be around 69%. There is a 40% chance of precipitation.

                                      St. Louis Cardinals versus Fernandez: 20 years old right-hander, 6’3” 215 pounds. Throws: fastball, curve, changeup, slider

                                      Power Pitcher

                                      Runs per game (league ranking), 10: Home Runs, 24: Bat Ave, 15: OB%, 20: Slugging, 26

                                        Walks, 26: Strikeouts, 24: Stolen Bases, 28

                                        Last seven games, 6: Last 14 games, 7: Last 28 games, 7

                                          Versus Righties, 8: Versus lefties, 28

                                            Home, 16: Away, 9

                                              1st Inning Production, 16

                                                Facing a Power Pitcher, 18: Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 9

                                                  Facing a fly ball pitcher, 23: Facing a ground ball pitcher, 9

                                                    Run Production at Night, 9: Run Production During Day, 16

                                                      First five innings, 16: 6th to 9th Innings, 8

                                                        Miami Marlins versus Westbrook: 35 years old right-hander, 6’3” 215 pounds. Throws: fastball, splitter, cutter, slider

                                                        Runs per game (league ranking), 30: Home Runs, 30: Bat Ave, 29: OB%, 29: Slugging, 30

                                                          Walks, 27: Strikeouts, 22: Stolen Bases, 14

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

                                                            Versus Righties, 30: Versus lefties, 29

                                                              Home, 30: Away, 29

                                                                1st Inning Production, 29

                                                                  Facing a Power Pitcher, 30: Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 30

                                                                    Facing a fly ball pitcher, 30: Facing a ground ball pitcher, 9

                                                                      Run Production at Night, 30: Run Production During Day, 29

                                                                        First five innings, 30: 6th to 9th Innings, 30