MLB: Thursday Baseball is about Trendy Facts

MLB: Thursday Baseball is about Trendy Facts

With a dozen encounters on the Major League Baseball docket, the schedule has several afternoon affairs, which doesn’t leave much time to snoop around and dig up quality facts. Instead we all have to cut to the chase, make decisions, then keep our fingers


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With a dozen encounters on the Major League Baseball docket, the schedule has several afternoon affairs, which doesn’t leave much time to snoop around and dig up quality facts. Instead we all have to cut to the chase, make decisions, then keep our fingers crossed we made the right ones. Take a gander at today’s most important games on Thursday. Get the latest key info and betting numbers on the LIVE ODDS, BETTING TRENDS, and TEAM STATISTICS pages.

Double Dip at Citi Field

Because Colorado (54-46, +6.8 units) and the New York Mets (48-51, -3.7 units) were rained out last evening, “It’s let’s play two” at Citi Field. The opening game has Johan Santana (11-8, 3-12 ERA) against Jason Hammel (5-5, 4.28), which will be followed by Jonathon Neise (1-0, 4.08) matching pitches with the Rockies Jose De La Rosa (8-7, 4.78). The Mets are in position to make it six straight wins by the end of the day, if they can continue to score runs. The Mets have totaled 29 runs in last four contests, while the normally potent Colorado offense has scored 25 runs in losing four of last six. The Mets are favored in the opener behind Santana, but underdogs in the nightcap. New York has won 20 of 22 against the Rocks at whatever has been home.

Red Sox wasting opportunities

The All-Star break is thought to be a time players can be rejuvenated and prepare for the second half of the season. Unfortunately, Boston (58-42, +1) baseball backers and bettors are waiting impatiently for the Red Sox to return. Since the break, Boston is 4-8, has fallen out of first place in the AL East with a mixture of either poor hitting or poor pitching, depending on the game. Boston will attempt to salvage a series tie with Oakland (43-57, -6.9) this afternoon and are humongous -340 money line favorites at Sportsbook.com, with total Ov9. Among the reasons for Red Sox to be such huge chalk is Jon Lester is 16-1 in home games in the second half of the season over the last three seasons. (Red Sox Record) If you as the sports bettor are looking for the longest of long shots, consider the A’s have averaged 6.9 runs per game in last 10 and are respectable 11-9 as +150 or higher road underdogs.

Cubs try to stay close

The Chicago Cubs (53-46, -2.1) are in hot pursuit of St. Louis for first place it the NL Central and could stay on the Cardinals wing and create distance from third place Houston with a win. After a dismal first half of hitting, the Cubs bats have come alive in the second half, leading the charge for Chicago to win 10 of 13. In those 13 contests, they scored five runs or more 10 times, with Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez leading the way. The Cubs are -190 home favorites facing Houston retread Russ Ortiz (3-5, 4.75). The Astros (51-50, +1.9) are trying to squeeze whatever they can out of number of elderly starters like Ortiz and they will face a Cubs squad that is 10-0 at Wrigley Field after scoring eight runs or more this season.

Dodgers in the dumps

Los Angeles (62-39, +16) had not lost three games in a row all season and now they have dropped four straight after 3-2 marathon loss. Among the reasons the Dodgers hadn’t lost this many games consecutively, they hadn’t played in St. Louis (56-48, +1) this season. With last night’s 15-inning defeat, the Dodgers are 0-3 in the series and 2-11 at the newer Busch Stadium. Hiroki Kuroda (3-5, 4.57), will try and change the Dodgers luck, however they are only 26-45 after scoring two runs or less three straight games. Cardinals’ pitchers have allowed three runs in the series and Kyle Lohse (4-6, 4.35 ERA) will try to keep L.A. in check, though he’s 1-6 with a 5.44 ERA in his last nine starts. The Redbirds are -110 favorites to complete the four game sweep.

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