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MLB daily notes: Betting preview for Thursday'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. PHI - Zack Wheeler (No. 3 out of 339)

2. MIL - Brandon Woodruff (No. 4)

3. CIN - Luis Castillo (No. 19)

Today's Worst Starting Pitchers

1. STL - Jon Lester (No. 319 out of 339)

2. DET - Matt Manning (No. 244)

3. MIN - John Gant (No. 234)

Today's Most Pitcher-Friendly Umpires

1. HOU at KC - Will Little (No. 34 out of 111)

2. SEA at TEX - D.J. Reyburn (No. 39)

3. OAK at CWS - Bruce Dreckman (No. 40)

Today's Most Hitter-Friendly Umpires

1. BAL at TB - James Hoye (No. 18 out of 111)

2. MIL at STL - Alan Porter (No. 29)

Today's Hottest Games

1. HOU at KC (85 degrees)

2. MIL at STL (85 degrees)

3. MIA at CIN (83 degrees)

Today's Coldest Games

1. SEA at TEX (70 degrees)

2. NYM at LAD (72 degrees)

3. BAL at TB (72 degrees)

THE BAT's Highest Projected Team Totals

·  New York Yankees

Projected: 6.50 runs | Vegas O/U: 5.5 O -130

·  Los Angeles Dodgers

Projected: 5.44 runs | Vegas O/U: 5.5 O + 120

·  Los Angeles Angels

Projected: 5.25 runs | Vegas O/U: 4.5 O -120

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