Hot lines: Tuesday's best MLB bets

Jun 13, 2011 |
Florida Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies (-215, 8)

When you’re the Philadelphia Phillies, you don’t have a lot to complain about.

They sit atop the NL East, boast what’s undeniably the most talented starting pitching staff in the majors and seem to be living up to their billing as one of the World Series favorites.

That doesn’t mean they’re satisfied, though. Philadelphia’s offense sits 17th in the league producing 4.05 runs per game with a .247 team batting average.

Nobody’s panicking just yet, but the club is definitely looking for a bit more pop from its bats and could be in the market to add another bopper before the deadline - if the price is right.

"We need for those guys to hit just like they always have," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of his regular lineup. "We need for Jimmy [Rollins] and Vic [Shane Victorino] and [Raul] Ibanez and all those guys to be the same person they've been in the past. Or close to it."

Until that happens, we’ll keep riding the under – especially with Cole Hamels on the hill.

Pick:
Under

Kansas City Royals at Oakland Athletics (-165, 7)

Kansas City’s young lefty Danny Duffy has come a long way in one short year.

Duffy is getting set to make his sixth big league start Tuesday, which is pretty remarkable considering he actually retired last season in spring training as a 21-year-old prospect who hadn’t pitched above Single-A ball.

He wasn’t away from the game long before getting back at it and making a surge in his development to break through with the Royals this year. He has some nasty movement and a heater that can get up to the mid-90s, but he’s still looking for his first big league win.

Duffy gave up a season-high five runs and eight hits over four innings in a loss to Toronto last week.

"I'm frustrated," he told reporters after the game. "I went out to do my job and I tried. I've got no regrets but I want nothing more than to win for these guys. My frustration is about that. I want to win for these guys." 

With Trevor Cahill struggling for Oakland, we’ll take a flier on the kid at this price.

Pick:
Royals
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