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MLB daily notes: Betting preview for Thursday's games

By Derek Carty  ( 


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. CLE - Shane Bieber (No. 5 out of 299)

2. LAA - Shohei Ohtani (No. 18)

3. CIN - Sonny Gray (No. 27)

Today's Worst Starting Pitchers

1. BAL - Bruce Zimmermann (No. 271 out of 299)

2. SEA - Chris Flexen (No. 211)

3. SD - Ryan Weathers (No. 198)

Today's Most Pitcher-Friendly Umpires

1. SD at MIL - Ryan Blakney (No. 16 out of 110)

2. CLE at DET - Roberto Ortiz (No. 19)

3. CHC at PIT - Ryan Additon (No. 29)

Today's Most Hitter-Friendly Umpires

1. KC at TB - Mark Carlson (No. 8 out of 110)

Today's Hottest Games

1. STL at ARI (84 degrees)

2. TOR at NYY (80 degrees)

3. COL at NYM (80 degrees)

Today's Coldest Games

1. TEX at SEA (55 degrees)

2. BAL at CWS (58 degrees)

3. LAA at OAK (59 degrees)

THE BAT's Highest Projected Team Totals

·  Chicago White Sox

Projected: 5.14 runs | Vegas O/U: 4.5 O -135

·  Arizona Diamondbacks

Projected: 4.60 runs | Vegas O/U: 4.5 O + 100

·  Tampa Bay Rays

Projected: 4.50 runs | Vegas O/U: 4.5 O + 115

THE BAT's Lowest Projected Team Totals

·  New York Mets

Projected: 2.13 runs

·  Colorado Rockies

Projected: 2.40 runs

·  Detroit Tigers

Projected: 2.87 runs | Vegas O/U: 2.5 O -125

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