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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. LAD - Max Scherzer (No. 5 out of 340)

2. CWS - Carlos Rodon (No. 7)

3. BOS - Chris Sale (No. 9)

Today's Worst Starting Pitchers

1. CLE - Sam Hentges (No. 316 out of 340)

2. TEX - Jordan Lyles (No. 298)

3. LAA - Jaime Barria (No. 268)

Today's Most Pitcher-Friendly Umpires

1. LAA at BAL - Brian O'Nora (No. 20 out of 111)

2. TEX at CLE - Gabe Morales (No. 27)

3. LAD at SD - Ed Hickox (No. 28)

Today's Most Hitter-Friendly Umpires

1. CWS at TOR - Jordan Baker (No. 30 out of 111)

2. SF at NYM - Adrian Johnson (No. 37)

3. CIN at MIL - John Tumpane (No. 38)

Today's Hottest Games

1. LAA at BAL (89 degrees)

2. ARI at PHI (87 degrees)

3. MIN at BOS (85 degrees)

Today's Coldest Games

1. KC at SEA (66 degrees)

2. NYY at OAK (67 degrees)

3. WSH at MIA (72 degrees)

THE BAT's Highest Projected Team Totals

·  Boston Red Sox

Projected: 6.19 runs | Vegas O/U: 5.5 O -130

·  Baltimore Orioles

Projected: 5.30 runs | Vegas O/U: 4.5 O -120

·  Los Angeles Angels

Projected: 5.02 runs | Vegas O/U: 5.5 O -100

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