Cubs acquire Tommy La Stella from the Braves
La Stella made his major league debut this past summer at age 25 and went on a bit of a hot streak out of the gate, but the second baseman wound up batting just .251/.328/.317 across 360 total plate appearances. The former eighth-round pick (2011) does have some pretty good minor league numbers, but hes not really considered a great prospect.
Vizcaino, 24, owns a 4.84 ERA in 22 1/3 career major league innings.
The Braves appear to be embarking on somewhat of a rebuild under new president of baseball operations John Hart and theyll now have more money to work with for international acquisitions.
Thursday wraps up one set of many interleague series’ before the teams move on to another this weekend. Seven of the 11 games on the Thursday betting board are set for evening start times. Let’s take a look at some of the best StatFox Power Trends available for those games regarding the starting pitchers or the managers. Get a full look at all of today’s lines and key betting information on the GAME MATCHUPS page of Sportsbook.com.
(959) CHI WHITE SOX (BUEHRLE) at (960) PITTSBURGH (OHLENDORF) 7:05 PM
The White Sox have taken the first two games of the series in Pittsburgh, extending the Prates losing streak to 10 games. The hosts will likely need to hold Chicago to a low run total to win, since Pittsburgh has only scored 29 runs during the skid. Fortunately, there’s a significant UNDER trend of Ross Ohlendorf, the Pirates starter:
* OHLENDORF is 14-2 UNDER (+11.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record) The average score was OHLENDORF 2.7, OPPONENT 3.6 - (Rating = 2*)
(961) NY METS (DICKEY) at (962) CLEVELAND (WESTBROOK) 7:05 PM
The Mets have continued their strong surge in the N.L. East by taking the first two games in Cleveland. New York is 17-5 in its last 22 games and comes into Thursday’s contest on a 6-game winning streak. By the looks of this trend on Indians skipper Manny Acta and R.A. Dickey’s 2.78 ERA to date for the Mets, the streak should continue.
* ACTA is 13-62 (-43.3 Units) against the money line vs. an NL starting pitcher whose ERA is 3.50 or better in all games he has managed since 1997. The average score was ACTA 3.0, OPPONENT 5.2 - (Rating = 3*)
(963) PHILADELPHIA (KENDRICK) at (964) NY YANKEES (PETTITTE) 7:05 PM
The Yankees and Phillies have split a pair of spirited games between the last two champions of Major League Baseball. Thursday’s series finale matches Kyle Kendrick for Philadelphia versus Andy Pettitte for host New York. Kendrick has proven a trendy OVER pitcher, while Pettitte has produced UNDER’s regularly. This is the highest rated trend though:
*KENDRICK is 22-6 OVER (+15.7 Units) after a win over the last 3 seasons. (Team's Record) The average score was KENDRICK 6.5, OPPONENT 5.3 - (Rating = 2*)
(965) TEXAS (NIPPERT) at (966) FLORIDA (NOLASCO) 7:10 PM
The Rangers have gotten hotter than a summer day in Texas of late, winning seven of their last eight games to put a 2-game cushion between themselves and the Angels in the A.L. West. On Thursday, the Rangers will look for a 3-game sweep of the Marlins in Florida. The pitching matchup pits Dustin Nippert versus Ricky Nolasco.
*NOLASCO has been hit hard in his last five starts, with a WHIP of 1.96 and a record of 1-4 (Team’s Record). The average score was NOLASCO 4.0, OPPONENTS 6.6 – (Rating = 1*)
(967) TAMPA BAY (SHIELDS) at (968) ATLANTA (HUDSON) 7:10 PM
One of the other highlight series’ this week besides Phillies-Yankees has been that between the Rays and Braves. It has lived up to billing too, with the teams splitting the first two games. It could be edge to Atlanta on Thursday, since James Shields, the Tampa starter has been rocked hard for 23 runs in 15-2/3 innings in his last three starts, while Braves’ hurler Tim Hudson can fall back on this powerful angle:
*HUDSON is 64-27 (+29.3 Units) against the money line in home games vs. teams outscoring opp by 0.5 or more runs/game on the season since 1997. (Team's Record) The average score was HUDSON 4.8, OPPONENT 3.8 - (Rating = 1*)
(969) ARIZONA (HAREN) at (970) BOSTON (LACKEY) 6:10 PM
The Diamondbacks may be buried at the bottom of the N.L. West with little chance to emerge, and are just 9-24 on the road this season, but according to this strong angles regarding Thursday’s starter Dan Haren, they at least have a decent shot of avoiding a sweep at Boston.
*HAREN is 25-9 (+15.5 Units) against the money line against AL East opponents since 1997. (Team's Record) The average score was HAREN 6.1, OPPONENT 4.2 - (Rating = 1*)
(971) HOUSTON (MYERS) at (972) KANSAS CITY (LEREW) 8:10 PM
The Astros and Royals wrap up a 3-game set in Kansas City with Brett Myers taking the hill for Houston and Anthony Lerew, called up from Triple-A Omaha, toeing the rubber for the hosts. The Royals are -115 favorites, but…
*MYERS is 13-6 (+9.1 Units) against the money line as an underdog of +100 to +150 over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record) The average score was MYERS 5.2, OPPONENT 4.1 - (Rating = 1*)