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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. HOU - Framber Valdez (No. 26 out of 346)

2. SF - Kevin Gausman (No. 29)

3. COL - German Marquez (No. 39)

Today's Worst Starting Pitchers

1. BAL - Chris Ellis (No. 327 out of 346)

2. DET - Tyler Alexander (No. 290)

3. SD - Ross Detwiler (No. 271)

Today's Most Pitcher-Friendly Umpires

1. COL at ATL - Adam Hamari (No. 11 out of 111)

2. CIN at PIT - Jim Wolf (No. 16)

3. CHC at PHI - Jeremy Riggs (No. 34)

Today's Most Hitter-Friendly Umpires

1. NYY at BAL - Carlos Torres (No. 17 out of 111)

2. SD at SF - James Hoye (No. 20)

3. HOU at TEX - David Rackley (No. 33)

Today's Hottest Games

1. OAK at KC (83 degrees)

2. NYY at BAL (79 degrees)

3. LAA at CWS (76 degrees)

Today's Coldest Games

1. SD at SF (57 degrees)

2. COL at ATL (68 degrees)

3. HOU at TEX (70 degrees)

THE BAT's Highest Projected Team Totals

·  New York Yankees

Projected: 7.18 runs | Vegas O/U: 6.5 O 115

·  Oakland Athletics

Projected: 5.60 runs | Vegas O/U: 5.5 O 110

·  Tampa Bay Rays

Projected: 4.90 runs | Vegas O/U: 4.5 O -115

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