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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 RANKINGS

Today's Best Starting Pitchers

1. PHI - Zack Wheeler (No. 3 out of 338)

2. NYY - Gerrit Cole (No. 5)

3. WSH - Max Scherzer (No. 6)

Today's Worst Starting Pitchers

1. PIT - Chad Kuhl (No. 264 out of 338)

2. BAL - Alex Wells (No. 240)

3. PHI - Vince Velasquez (No. 223)

Today's Most Pitcher-Friendly Umpires

1. ATL at NYM - Doug Eddings (No. 5 out of 110)

2. CIN at CHC - Dan Merzel (No. 16)

3. LAD at SF - Nestor Ceja (No. 20)

Today's Most Hitter-Friendly Umpires

1. TOR at BOS - Alfonso Marquez (No. 1 out of 110)

2. NYY at TB - John Libka (No. 6)

3. CWS at KC - Chad Fairchild (No. 19)

Today's Hottest Games

1. CWS at KC (95 degrees)

2. CIN at CHC (82 degrees)

3. BAL at DET (81 degrees)

Today's Coldest Games

1. LAD at SF (65 degrees)

2. TOR at BOS (69 degrees)

3. NYY at TB (72 degrees)

THE BAT's Highest Projected Team Totals

·  Chicago White Sox

Projected: 5.50 runs | Vegas O/U: 5.5 O -105

·  Boston Red Sox

Projected: 5.39 runs | Vegas O/U: 4.5 O -120

·  Toronto Blue Jays

Projected: 5.35 runs | Vegas O/U: 4.5 O -125

THE BAT's Lowest Projected Team Totals

·  Washington Nationals

Projected: 2.54 runs

·  Philadelphia Phillies

Projected: 3.24 runs

·  Chicago Cubs

Projected: 3.30 runs | Vegas O/U: 3.5 O + 110

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