Padres Big Favorites Over Houston in Interleague MLB Action

Houston Astros (+149) at San Diego Padres (-162, 7 O/U )

Right-hander Tyson Ross is the scheduled starter for the San Diego Padres. He has a 1-1 record in 2013 with a 4.00 ERA. Ross struggled to throw strikes in the first inning in Colorado, loading the bases on two walks and an infield single then walking in a run. He allowed just one more run — a solo homer — in his four remaining innings but took the 2-1 loss. The Padres are 2-2 in games started by him, and have gone over 75% of those games.

His opponent on the mound will be right-hander Roberto Hernandez. Hernandez has a 3.57 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP, and is 0-2 on the season. Hernandez took the loss in his last outing despite a quality start in which he allowed three runs in seven innings against the Mariners. After walking four in his first start of the year, he’s walked one in each of his past two starts. The Astros have gone over the total in 0% of his starts. Temperatures are expected to be around 73° at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 45%.

Ross: 28 years old right-hander, 6’5” 225 pounds.
Throws: fastball (93.3 mph, 56%), slider (41%), splitter (4%)

Houston Astros Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 3.38 (27)
Home Runs: 19 (7)
Batting average: 0.219 (28)
On-base percentage: 0.299 (21)
Slugging percentage: 0.368 (18)
Stolen bases: 16 (4)
Last seven games: 11 (.733 OPS)
Last 14 games: 15 (.708 OPS)
Last 28 games: 17 (.667 OPS)
Versus Righties: 21 (.658 OPS)
Versus lefties: 18 (.689 OPS)
Home: 29 (.569 OPS)
Away: 4 (.767 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 23 (.614 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 13 (.598 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 14 (.746 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 12 (.693 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 16 (.667 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 15 (.668 OPS)
First five innings: 24 (.602 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 5 (.720 OPS)

Hernandez: 35 years old right-hander, 6’4” 230 pounds.
Throws: fastball (90.2 mph, 64%), slider (11%), splitter (25%)

San Diego Padres Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 4.72 (7)
Home Runs: 16 (12)
Batting average: 0.274 (5)
On-base percentage: 0.324 (10)
Slugging percentage: 0.424 (8)
Stolen bases: 8 (18)
Last seven games: 6 (.776 OPS)
Last 14 games: 5 (.768 OPS)
Last 28 games: 9 (.748 OPS)
Versus Righties: 14 (.697 OPS)
Versus lefties: 1 (.922 OPS)
Home: 10 (.734 OPS)
Away: 6 (.759 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 4 (.921 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 9 (.632 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 5 (.860 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 7 (.748 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 2 (.802 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 16 (.665 OPS)
First five innings: 9 (.766 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 2 (.776 OPS)

MLB Baseball: Weaver Out for Revenge Against Gray as Angels Visit Oakland

LAA Angels (+138) at Oakland Athletics (-150, 7 O/U )

Right-hander Sonny Gray is the scheduled starter for the Oakland Athletics. He has a 2-0 record in 2013 with a 2.00 ERA. Gray won his second game of the season Wednesday after allowing one run on two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings against the Angels. He’s surrendered one earned run or less in three of his four starts. The A’s have gone over the total in all of his starts this year.

His opponent on the mound will be right-hander Jered Weaver. Weaver has a 5.24 ERA with a 1.48 WHIP, and is 0-2 on the season. Winless after four starts, Weaver pitched well in his past two, both no-decisions, with three earned runs allowed over 12 innings, six strikeouts and no walks. Forecasts are calling for 60° temperatures. The humidity will be around 69%. There is a small chance of precipitation.

Gray: 25 years old right-hander, 5’11” 195 pounds.
Throws: fastball (93 mph, 57%), slider (9%), cutter (26%) splitter (8%)

LAA Angels Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 3.94 (20)
Home Runs: 16 (12)
Batting average: 0.216 (29)
On-base percentage: 0.281 (28)
Slugging percentage: 0.35 (28)
Stolen bases: 6 (25)
Last seven games: 24 (.629 OPS)
Last 14 games: 25 (.651 OPS)
Last 28 games: 25 (.632 OPS)
Versus Righties: 26 (.593 OPS)
Versus lefties: 11 (.740 OPS)
Home: 25 (.602 OPS)
Away: 21 (.657 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 14 (.752 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 25 (.512 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 20 (.692 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 15 (.685 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 19 (.649 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 26 (.588 OPS)
First five innings: 19 (.668 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 28 (.496 OPS)

Weaver: 33 years old right-hander, 6’7” 210 pounds.
Throws: fastball (86 mph, 51%), slider (11%), cutter (19%) splitter (19%)

Oakland Athletics Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 4.83 (5)
Home Runs: 15 (15)
Batting average: 0.275 (4)
On-base percentage: 0.333 (5)
Slugging percentage: 0.416 (9)
Stolen bases: 11 (10)
Last seven games: 17 (.686 OPS)
Last 14 games: 12 (.727 OPS)
Last 28 games: 8 (.749 OPS)
Versus Righties: 2 (.808 OPS)
Versus lefties: 27 (.554 OPS)
Home: 6 (.779 OPS)
Away: 8 (.723 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 17 (.730 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 3 (.773 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 19 (.693 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 13 (.688 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 4 (.786 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 18 (.656 OPS)
First five innings: 6 (.783 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 11 (.680 OPS)

Tigers Try To Stay Hot Against Twins as Road Underdogs

Detroit Tigers (-152) at Minnesota Twins (+140, 8.5 O/U )

Right-hander Anibal Sanchez, 1-2 with a 5.15 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers in their road matchup with the Minnesota Twins. Sanchez took a no-decision out of 6 1/3 innings of one-hit ball against the Yankees thanks to a run-scoring balk. He has a stingy track record against the Twins, including 6 2/3 scoreless innings on April 8 at Comerica Park. The Tigers are 1-2 in games started by him.

Right-hander Mike Pelfrey will take the mound for the home team. The righty turned in his strongest outing since joining the Twins in 2013, tossing seven scoreless innings against the Royals last Wednesday. He scattered four hits and two walks to earn his first win since Aug. 20, 2013. The Twins are 2-1 in games started by him, and have gone over 33% of those games. Forecasts are calling for 64° temperatures. The humidity will be around 41%. There is a 17% chance of precipitation.

Pelfrey: 31 years old right-hander, 6’7” 250 pounds.
Throws: fastball (91.6 mph, 74%), slider (8%), cutter (4%) knuckler 14%

Detroit Tigers Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 4.59 (8)
Home Runs: 15 (15)
Batting average: 0.283 (2)
On-base percentage: 0.35 (3)
Slugging percentage: 0.431 (6)
Stolen bases: 14 (6)
Last seven games: 19 (.673 OPS)
Last 14 games: 18 (.689 OPS)
Last 28 games: 4 (.781 OPS)
Versus Righties: 6 (.782 OPS)
Versus lefties: 6 (.777 OPS)
Home: 8 (.761 OPS)
Away: 1 (.813 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 1 (.1008 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 20 (.553 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 1 (.1009 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 3 (.855 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 25 (.609 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 4 (.865 OPS)
First five innings: 2 (.823 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 4 (.754 OPS)

Sanchez: 31 years old right-hander, 6’0” 205 pounds.
Throws: fastball (92 mph, 48%), slider (23%), curve (1%) cutter (8%) splitter (21%)

Minnesota Twins Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 3 (29)
Home Runs: 8 (31)
Batting average: 0.223 (25)
On-base percentage: 0.279 (29)
Slugging percentage: 0.311 (32)
Stolen bases: 4 (29)
Last seven games: 26 (.598 OPS)
Last 14 games: 27 (.623 OPS)
Last 28 games: 28 (.589 OPS)
Versus Righties: 28 (.570 OPS)
Versus lefties: 24 (.626 OPS)
Home: 13 (.704 OPS)
Away: 28 (.521 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 27 (.516 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 23 (.524 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 9 (.812 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 11 (.695 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 29 (.525 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 20 (.628 OPS)
First five innings: 25 (.564 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 26 (.511 OPS)

MLB Baseball: Visiting Toronto Small Underdog Against Boston in AL East Matchup

Toronto Blue Jays (+113) at Boston Red Sox (-122, 8.5 O/U )

Left-hander Drew Hutchison, 2-0 with a 5.48 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays in their road matchup with the Boston Red Sox. Hutchison was nearly untouchable over eight innings against the O’s on Thursday. He was perfect through five innings and became the first Blue Jays starter this season to go beyond the seventh. The Blue Jays are 3-1 in games started by him.

Left-hander Clay Buchholz will take the mound for the home team. Buchholz got a no-decision in his last start at Tampa Bay on Thursday, but pitched very well. The right-hander gave up one earned run on just two hits in six innings — striking out 10 The Red Sox, 1-3 in his starts, have gone over 50% of the time in those starts. Forecasts are calling for 59° temperatures. The humidity will be around 35%. No rain is expected in this game.

Buchholz: 31 years old left-hander, 6’3” 190 pounds.
Throws: fastball (91.6 mph, 45%), curve (24%) cutter (16%) splitter (12%) knuckler 3%

Toronto Blue Jays Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 5.71 (1)
Home Runs: 24 (2)
Batting average: 0.257 (9)
On-base percentage: 0.331 (6)
Slugging percentage: 0.449 (4)
Stolen bases: 8 (18)
Last seven games: 1 (.840 OPS)
Last 14 games: 2 (.838 OPS)
Last 28 games: 5 (.780 OPS)
Versus Righties: 7 (.777 OPS)
Versus lefties: 5 (.791 OPS)
Home: 4 (.844 OPS)
Away: 15 (.691 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 18 (.714 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 12 (.620 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 11 (.767 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 4 (.833 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 9 (.742 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 3 (.866 OPS)
First five innings: 3 (.822 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 16 (.649 OPS)

Hutchison: 25 years old left-hander, 6’3” 195 pounds.
Throws: fastball (92.1 mph, 65%), slider (23%), splitter (12%)

Boston Red Sox Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 4.94 (4)
Home Runs: 18 (9)
Batting average: 0.234 (21)
On-base percentage: 0.326 (8)
Slugging percentage: 0.355 (23)
Stolen bases: 12 (8)
Last seven games: 22 (.640 OPS)
Last 14 games: 19 (.680 OPS)
Last 28 games: 14 (.681 OPS)
Versus Righties: 19 (.665 OPS)
Versus lefties: 10 (.748 OPS)
Home: 12 (.710 OPS)
Away: 18 (.664 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 22 (.624 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 11 (.621 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 15 (.737 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 28 (.552 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 22 (.636 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 9 (.754 OPS)
First five innings: 12 (.719 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 27 (.501 OPS)

Kershaw vs. Bumgarner Meet Again in Tuesday MLB Action

San Francisco Giants (+158) at Los Angeles Dodgers (-172, 6 O/U )

Right-hander Clayton Kershaw is the scheduled starter for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has a 1-1 record in 2013 with a 4.00 ERA. In a rematch of his duel with Madison Bumgarner last week, Kershaw will try to complete seven innings for the first time this year. He did it in 22 of 29 starts last year. The Dodgers are 2-2 in games started by him. His opponent on the mound will be left-hander Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner has a 4.63 ERA with a 1.37 WHIP, and is 1-1 on the season. Bumgarner has thrived at Dodger Stadium, where he is 7-3 with a 2.19 ERA in 11 lifetime appearances, including 10 starts. He’ll oppose Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the second straight outing. The Giants have gone over the total in 75% of his starts. The game time temperature will be 78°. The humidity will be around 23%. No rain is expected in this game.

Kershaw: 27 years old left-hander, 6’3” 225 pounds.
Throws: fastball (93.1 mph, 56%), slider (29%), cutter (15%) splitter (1%)

San Francisco Giants Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 2.94 (30)
Home Runs: 10 (27)
Batting average: 0.247 (11)
On-base percentage: 0.312 (15)
Slugging percentage: 0.354 (24)
Stolen bases: 7 (21)
Last seven games: 8 (.763 OPS)
Last 14 games: 6 (.750 OPS)
Last 28 games: 13 (.700 OPS)
Versus Righties: 15 (.690 OPS)
Versus lefties: 13 (.728 OPS)
Home: 11 (.732 OPS)
Away: 22 (.650 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 12 (.767 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 29 (.351 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 3 (.921 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 6 (.777 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 21 (.644 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 6 (.842 OPS)
First five innings: 8 (.773 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 24 (.531 OPS)

Bumgarner: 26 years old right-hander, 6’5” 235 pounds.
Throws: fastball (92.1 mph, 45%), slider (34%), cutter (14%) splitter (7%)

Los Angeles Dodgers Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 4.5 (10)
Home Runs: 21 (5)
Batting average: 0.27 (6)
On-base percentage: 0.351 (2)
Slugging percentage: 0.473 (1)
Stolen bases: 6 (25)
Last seven games: 7 (.766 OPS)
Last 14 games: 1 (.847 OPS)
Last 28 games: 1 (.824 OPS)
Versus Righties: 1 (.852 OPS)
Versus lefties: 15 (.701 OPS)
Home: 1 (.926 OPS)
Away: 15 (.691 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 21 (.659 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 2 (.826 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 2 (.925 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 1 (.943 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 8 (.747 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 1 (.1035 OPS)
First five innings: 10 (.755 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 5 (.720 OPS)

Betting MLB: Royals Underdogs to Division Rivals Cleveland in Tuesday Action

Kansas City Royals (+126) at Cleveland Indians (-137, 7.5 O/U )

Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie takes the mound tonight for the road team Kansas City Royals. He is 1-1 on the year with a 5.50 ERA. Guthrie has had a rough go against the Tribe throughout his career (5-5, 6.06 ERA), and that is especially the case at Progressive Field, where he is 2-4. The Royals have gone over the total in 67% of his starts. The Cleveland Indians will send right-hander Trevor Bauer out as their starter; he has a 2-0 record so far in 2013. After missing his last scheduled start on Saturday due to illness, Bauer slides in to start against the Royals. The Indians, 2-1 in his starts, have gone under in all those starts. The game time temperature will be 50°. The humidity will be around 66%. There is a small chance of precipitation.

Bauer: 24 years old right-hander, 6’1” 190 pounds.
Throws: fastball (93.8 mph, 50%), slider (12%),, curve (12%) cutter (12%) splitter (9%) knuckler 5%

Kansas City Royals Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 5.06 (3)
Home Runs: 13 (22)
Batting average: 0.3 (1)
On-base percentage: 0.362 (1)
Slugging percentage: 0.442 (5)
Stolen bases: 15 (5)
Last seven games: 14 (.709 OPS)
Last 14 games: 6 (.750 OPS)
Last 28 games: 2 (.804 OPS)
Versus Righties: 5 (.794 OPS)
Versus lefties: 3 (.816 OPS)
Home: 5 (.831 OPS)
Away: 2 (.777 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 16 (.732 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 10 (.622 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 6 (.832 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 2 (.863 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 6 (.758 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 2 (.886 OPS)
First five innings: 7 (.781 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 1 (.816 OPS)

Guthrie: 36 years old right-hander, 6’1” 205 pounds.
Throws: fastball (91.7 mph, 53%), slider (19%), cutter (9%) splitter (19%)

Cleveland Indians Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 3.8 (23)
Home Runs: 14 (20)
Batting average: 0.233 (22)
On-base percentage: 0.293 (26)
Slugging percentage: 0.367 (19)
Stolen bases: 7 (21)
Last seven games: 9 (.759 OPS)
Last 14 games: 20 (.664 OPS)
Last 28 games: 21 (.660 OPS)
Versus Righties: 11 (.712 OPS)
Versus lefties: 26 (.583 OPS)
Home: 26 (.590 OPS)
Away: 14 (.694 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 28 (.463 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 14 (.593 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 20 (.692 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 9 (.738 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 19 (.649 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 14 (.670 OPS)
First five innings: 22 (.616 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 23 (.599 OPS)