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MLB daily notes: Betting preview for Saturday's games

By Derek Carty  (VSiN.com) 

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This column will bring you the quick-hitting stats, tidbits and factors you need to know to evaluate today's landscape of MLB games. No narratives, no fluff, no editorializing; just the cold, hard data to help you plan out your bets. Projections and Bets Stats courtesy of THE BAT X and EV Analytics.

Today's Best Starting Pitchers

1. SD - Joe Musgrove (No. 17 out of 345)

2. HOU - Framber Valdez (No. 21)

3. LAD - Julio Urias (No. 25)

Today's Worst Starting Pitchers

1. MIN - Andrew Albers (No. 338 out of 345)

2. WSH - Josh Rogers (No. 337)

3. BAL - Chris Ellis (No. 326)

Today's Most Pitcher-Friendly Umpires

1. BAL at NYY - Mike Estabrook (No. 1 out of 111)

2. OAK at TOR - Dan Merzel (No. 16)

3. PIT at CHC - Cory Blaser (No. 24)

Today's Most Hitter-Friendly Umpires

1. PHI at MIA - Alan Porter (No. 17 out of 111)

2. CLE at BOS - Larry Vanover (No. 30)

3. TEX at LAA - Lance Barksdale (No. 39)

Today's Hottest Games

1. TEX at LAA (87 degrees)

2. ATL at COL (84 degrees)

3. SEA at ARI (78 degrees)

Today's Coldest Games

1. LAD at SF (64 degrees)

2. STL at MIL (72 degrees)

3. NYM at WSH (72 degrees)

THE BAT's Highest Projected Team Totals

·  Atlanta Braves

Projected: 6.10 runs | Vegas O/U: 5.5 O -105

·  Boston Red Sox

Projected: 5.84 runs | Vegas O/U: 5.5 O + 105

·  New York Yankees

Projected: 5.77 runs | Vegas O/U: 5.5 O -130

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