MLB betting cheat sheet: Mariners going Over totals with ease

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Updated: July 31, 2015

Here’s a comprehensive look at betting notes for the weekend major-league schedule:

Blue Jays Deadline Deals

As far as Blue Jays fans are concerned, the rest of the league might as well just waive a white flag. The acquisition of Troy Tulowitzki, Ben Revere and David Price at the deadline certainly makes the Jays a serious contender, but I think it’s a little premature to start planning the parade. There’s still a glaring weakness and that’s in the bullpen when I think LaTroy Hawkins will help, but will fall short of solving all their problems.

Orioles Bolster Battery

Gerardo Parra is riding a 13 game hitting streak, batting .444 since the All Star break. The 29 year old is batting .328 for the season, the fourth best average in the National League. He’s on his way to Baltimore, hoping to help the Orioles get to the post-season.

Hot Diggity Dog

The last place Phillies came out of the All Star break winning 10 of their first 12 games, and four of five on the road. They cleaned up in Chicago, sweeping the Cubs at Wrigley. They host the Braves this weekend, and both these teams have been cleaning house at the deadline.

WAG War

Clay Buchholz’s wife, Lindsay Clubine

Pitching Notes

*Cole Hamels will make his debut in Texas after tossing a no-hitter in his last start for the Phillies at Wrigley. He’s starting opposite Tim Hudson and the Giants, who roughed him up earlier this season. He has had success against the Giants in his career though, with a record of 1-0 with a 2.64 ERA in four starts versus San Francisco over the last three seasons.

*Jose Fernandez is still undefeated in Miami, with a career record of 15-0 with an ERA under 1.50. His next home start comes on Sunday opposite James Shields, who has only recorded one win over his last 10 starts.

Hitting Notes

*Melky Cabrera is swinging a hot bat, batting .485 with nine extra-base hits and eight RBIs over the last seven days. The White Sox come into this series versus the Yankees as winners of seven of their last eight. Ivan Nova will start for New York on Sunday, and Cabrera is 6-for-9 with a pair of home runs lifetime versus Nova.

*Buster Posey is hitting .444 over the last seven days, and he’s tied for fifth the National League hitting .325 on the season. The Giants are in Texas this weekend, and pitcher’s have been getting punished in this hitter’s park in recent days. Posey might spoil Cole Hamels debut, as he’s owned the veteran, going 11-for-20 with a home run and five RBIs lifetime.

Totals Streak

The Seattle Mariners have seen the total go over at a rate of 8-1-1 in their last 10, and  that trend may continue in Minnesota over the weekend. The Twins are riding a long standing over trend at home, going above the number at a rate of 45-22-5 in their last 72 home games.

Injury Notes

*Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth have returned to the lineup for Washington, and the game-winning home run came of the bat of Zimmerman in Washington’s 1-0 win over Miami on Thursday.

*Robinson Cano is listed as day to day with a strained abdominal muscle, and he missed the Mariners last two games. He could return Friday, and the Mariners have missed him as he’s been tearing it up in July batting .337 with seven homers and 18 RBIs.


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