WEATHER TO WATCH
The US Open is expected to be humid and windy today, with temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s in the afternoon.
WHO IS HOT
The under and the opposition in Houston Astros games. The under is 4-1-2 in the last seven ‘Stros contests and they’ve won just one of their past 10 games. Houston has scored just 20 runs in its past 10 games.
WHO IS NOT
The home team in umpire Ed Wilckox’s games. The road side is 14-8 in games he’s been behind home plate this season.
2 MPH – the minimum amount of velocity that Josh Beckett’s has lost on all of his pitches since 2009. Beckett is winless in his last seven starts after losing last night (10-0 to Colorado) to begin his career with the Dodgers.
GAME OF THE DAY
St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates (+100, 8)
AN INJURY THAT SHOULD NOT BE OVERLOOKED
Venus Williams is suffering from a back injury heading into her US Open Round 1 match against fellow American Bethanie Matteck-Sands. It’s also hard to tell day-to-day how she’ll be affected by the autoimmune disease from which she suffers, Sjorden’s Syndrome, which can leave her tired and sluggish. Matteck-Sands is a +700 underdog today with Venus set at -1800 on PlayNow Sports.
NEWS & NOTES
The Orioles have won a franchise-record 13 straight one-run games. Baltimore is a +120 home underdog versus the White Sox.
In his last start, Blue Jays ace Ricky Romero became the first pitcher in more than four years to walk eight batters and not record a strikeout. Toronto is a +175 underdog versus the Yankees.
Giants pitcher Matt Cain is 0-2 with a 6.52 ERA in four career games – three starts – at Minute Maid Park. San Francisco is a -225 favorite in Houston tonight.