Rounding the bases: The best bets in the bigs

May 26, 2013 |
The Braves have won eight consecutive games to expand their lead in the NL East.
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The Braves have won eight consecutive games to expand their lead in the NL East.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Every week we take a look at the hottest and coldest teams as well as the best over and under bets in Major League Baseball.

For the week of May 20-26.


Hot team: Atlanta Braves
Last week: 5-0
Season: 30-18
Upcoming schedule: at Blue Jays, vs. Blue Jays, at Nationals

Skinny: The Braves are riding an eight-game winning streak into the Sunday nighter with the New York Mets.

Cold team:
New York Mets
Last week:  0-5
Season:  17-29
Upcoming schedule: vs. Yankees, at Yankees, at Marlins

Skinny: The Mets have dropped five straight games and have been blanked twice during the losing skid. Four games in the Subway Series with the Yankees looms for this struggling club.

Over team:
Baltimore Orioles
Last week: 5-1-1
Season:  28-19-3 over/under
Upcoming schedule: at Nationals, vs. Nationals, vs. Tigers

Skinny:
The Orioles have played over the total in four consecutive games heading into their interleague series with the Nationals and have scored five or more runs in five straight contests.

Under team:
Miami Marlins
Last week: 1-4-1 over/under
Season: 18-28-4 over/under
Upcoming schedule: at Rays, vs. Rays, vs. Mets

Skinny:
The Fish have gone low in six of their last eight games (1-6-1 over/under) because they continue to struggle offensively. Miami averaged just 2.5 runs per game last week.

* Stats prior to the Sunday Night Baseball game between the Braves and Mets.*
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