Hot lines: Monday's best MLB bets

Jul 17, 2011 |
Milwaukee Brewers at Arizona Diamondbacks (-115, 9)

It doesn’t sound like the Milwaukee Brewers are finished dealing just yet.

After making waves to pick up K-Rod from the Mets last week, word has it they’re zeroing in on Kansas City Royals third baseman Wilson Betemit.

This news comes following a tough couple of games for the Brew Crew coming out of the All-Star break. They were outscored 16-3 in the first two games of their series against Colorado before rebounding to earn a split in the four-game set.

Reports indicate the Brewers should have Ryan Braun back in the lineup Monday after he sat out Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury.

The Brewers have had a tough time on the road over the last little while and it’s hard to put too much trust in Randy Wolf. We’ll put our cash on this being a high-scoring affair.

Pick: Over

Florida Marlins at New York Mets (-130, 8)

The Florida Marlins just hope that Clay Hensley is what the rotation needs right now.

Hensley, who has been out of action since June 1 with a shoulder injury, will come off the DL to start Monday after coming out of the bullpen for the first part of the season.

“My heart’s always been in the rotation,” Hensley told reporters. “I was very happy to be doing what I was doing out of the bullpen.

“But to get the opportunity to do this again and get back in the rotation, it’s almost like I’m starting all over again.”

Hensley was a serviceable starter for the Padres back in 2006, but that was a long time ago. The Marlins are rolling right now with eight wins in their last nine games and the run support was great during a weekend series against the Cubs.

We’ll jump on board with Hensley at this price. 

Pick: Marlins

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