Hot lines: Monday's best MLB bets

Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins: (-103, 9 ½)

The American League Central race is tightening since the Tribe and the Tigers hit skids this past week. The Twins have taken advantage, winning six of their last eight games and moving to 4 ½ games behind Cleveland.

Minnesota has had success despite its dwindling offense. It only scored five or more runs once during this stretch and averaged three runs per game over the past eight contests. The Twins average 4.61 runs per game on the season.

The lack of production at the plate could come back to bite them today when the Twins face Cleveland’s Paul Byrd. The Indians right-hander hasn’t lost in nearly a month and hasn’t given up more than four earned runs since mid-June.

Pick: Indians -105

Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers: (+105, 10)

The Rangers are happy to be back in the heart of Texas after a 2-7 road trip. Texas was held to four or fewer runs in six of those nine games, including two shutouts.

Today’s game marks the first time the Rangers have played at home since the trade deadline which saw four players, including slugger Mark Teixeira, find new homes.

"It's always nice to get off the road," Rangers manager Ron Washington told MLB.com. "We're starting to play better at home, so it'll be nice to go back with the new group of guys we got and start putting something together."

Left-handed starter John Rheinecker tries to give the new faces in the clubhouse a homecoming to remember when he takes the mound tonight. Rheinecker was hit hard in his previous start but will get a break against the A's, who own one of the worst offenses in baseball. Oakland scores less than five runs per game and bats a collective .251 at the plate.

Pick: Texas +105

Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants: (-181, 8)

Washington has reeled off six straight wins heading into this series with San Francisco – but did we mention these all came at home?

The Nationals are 11-2 at RFK since the All-Star break but 4-6 away from home. This season, Washington is 21-31 on the road, hitting .247 at the plate while averaging less than four runs per road game.

Not only will the Nats have to deal with the Giants' budding ace Tim Lincecum (6-2, 3.75 ERA) tonight but they are ground-zero for sports' biggest show. The media circus surrounding Barry Bonds now that he's tied with Henry Aaron’s 755 home runs should provide quite the distraction despite what the clubhouse says.

"We are just looking at the next series. We are going to try and take three out of four games,” Washington first baseman Dmitri Young told reporters. “We are not worried about the media spectacle that's going to be there because a guy is chasing history. Whoop-de-woo."

Pick: Giants -181

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Posted by URBulldog
7 years ago

By the way... just my last thought... how in the world do you know about Redlands.... NOBODY DOES!!!!
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Posted by pushinbirdies
7 years ago

COME ON GIANTS!!!
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Posted by URBulldog
7 years ago

Not like it matters to you... but I went 5-2-2. Ties based on FIVE INNING pitching matchups... I HATE GETTING TO THE PENS with some of these teams. AGAIN... I HOPE YOU DO WELL.... it's ALL about sharing information!! Everyone is free to bet as they choose....
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Posted by URBulldog
7 years ago

HONESTLY..... I do read what write.... and everyone has their opinions on GAMES.... if you JUST stick to that without replying back to a lot of the CRAP.... and DON'T CHALLENGE PEOPLE... my guess is that this site gets MUCH BETTER. I've listened to a lot of the OLD SCHOOL guys for a while... and they have VALUABLE input as well. Like I said.... YOU CAN GAMBLE AND KNOW YOUR STUFF.... just post your thoughts on the games and my guess is this whole board quiets down and gets down to gambling. FREE MONEY IF DONE CORRECTLY.... I think the Angels will hold on tonight but you weighted your bets WELL!!! I took Colorado going UNDER 11 and had NO opinion on the game. WELL DONE!! LET'S JUST ALL CO-EXIST and swap information.
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Posted by teabag69
7 years ago

i need sox and nats to go 3-3 yet plus as far as cash goes....
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Posted by teabag69
7 years ago

thanks bulldog, i like to see when poeple agree it is meaningless if people win a ton or lose a ton, if you do this enough you will do both, and hopefully manage your streaks well enough to stay ahead.
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Posted by teabag69
7 years ago

f'ing jason vartek. show me a more overrated player in baseball than this clown (besides Jeter and all of his errors and stranded runners.) This guy killed two great potential innings with a strikeout in the 6th and a weak fly in the 8th, guys in scoring position each time, only 1 out, and he chokes hard. Cant believe I switched off the Angels for these a--wipes. Main plays came through - colorado and cleveland, see what the nats do in the 9th
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Posted by URBulldog
7 years ago

Hey Teabag.... CONGRATS to this point... your 2 BIG picks came through.... Tampa ( who you WEREN'T sold on) lost as did the Cubs..... BUT AGAIN.... you have VERY good insight. You stated that you played HEAVIER on Cleveland and Colorado and BOTH won which should put some money in your pocket. I'M JUST SAYING.... if you would let some of the TRIVIAL crap roll off of your back and state your picks WITHOUT getting confrontational.... some of the OLD SCHOOL guys like myself would probably agree with you. Believe me... I think most of the older guys here run in "somewhat" of a money crowd and aren't really impressed with a lot of bravado. I have never... and WILL NEVER... bet based upon someone elses opinion. I've played the game... understand the game... and enjoy gambling because it's a diversion from work. That's it... I could care less if "YOU" WIN a ton or LOSE a ton. It doesn't affect MY bottom line. With that said... let the SMALL crap go and just give your opinion ON THE GAME. I RARELY post my picks as I don't feel the need. I come on here to get insight from others... especially guys from different parts of the country who KNOW THEIR TEAMS and bet I based upon the collective information ALONG with what I think. If EVERYONE would just state their thoughts and move on without feeling threatened.... I think we'd all do a lot better. Sorry if you thought that I challenged you earlier.... JUST MY TWO CENTS. CONTINUED GOOD LUCK.
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Posted by snied
7 years ago

i always try and look at line moves. I should have posted it earlier but i got my bet in late. I was on fence with game but line move plus Wandy's record at home swung me. I cashed Colorado tonight as well. Vargas is really not pitching well last few times out... I need Sox and SF to go 4-0 for the night.
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Posted by robert23
7 years ago

4 for 4 so far with 1 bet eft on the red sox. either way i will be up over 800.00$ now for the week. thanks everyone for the advice today. and tommorw starts the new week. see everyone in the a.m.
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Posted by Fastlife
7 years ago

I am still kicking myself about the cubs. SF has left 7 runners on base in 4 innings. Very ugly game
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Posted by Fastlife
7 years ago

Col cashes on both RL and str8 7-2 on the day
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Posted by teabag69
7 years ago

and snied to be more specific I was referring to the line move info. we all know wandy ios good at home I believe, but i alwayts look at the line moves and f'd up today and did not on that game. Likely would have influenced my play. That is something to always consider guys - if you are on the fence especially on a play, look at the line move. And NEVER look at these consensus numbers covers started putting on the site about a year ago. Never get influenced by those. You will see, say, the Dodgers getting a consensus of 64% of the plays in ag game they are favored against the phillies, from whatever website(s) they are using for those numbers. Meanwhile the line has moved 10 points toward Philly. The consens percentages mean nothing, just throwing this out there in case some of you actually use those if you are on the fence. Screw those, look at line moves and stick to your git amnd other factors you are evaluating. Thanks again, keep it coming...
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Posted by teabag69
7 years ago

yeah robert you helped me get off sd to stl, wish i had kept oinstead of chic, my fault. its a rtolewr coaster, stick to the mindset and in the ong run you will come out ahead.
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Posted by teabag69
7 years ago

robert23 says: 08/06/07 11:57PM teabag rockies looking good also. this could be a great last night of the week for me. i said it before and i will say it again you know what you are talking about and i respect and will always listen to your picks nd explainations. i told u today i loved the cardinals and the rockies. thanks for the indians pick. i think if we put our heads together each day this culd def. work and be a great thing. *** appreciate your feedback robert. the cream rises past teh bs at some point. Lots of good cappers on this siote, clutch, cpearls, mlb, landshark. We unfortunately just got interefered with for a couple days there. glad you had a great night and i could contribute. fastlife talked me into the cubs but hi think he knows what he is doing also, as do several others I have seeon on this site. And it is not fastlife's fault - I have said on here several times never take a pick because of someone else. i liked it enough, just sucks when you toss one that wins. always an even keel, always focused, always movinmg forward. back to the killer live Zappa from the Palladium in '77...
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Posted by teabag69
7 years ago

snied says: 08/06/07 09:05PM I love Houston tonight. Wandy is a stud at home. Line with my book moving a lot. Looks like money shifting away from cubs **** good input snied, I am a dumba-- for not catching it before game time. I tossed stl for the cubs. looking good on my big cleve and col pl;ays, need boston and/or nats to have a decent eve...
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Posted by robert23
7 years ago

teabag rockies looking good also. this could be a great last night of the week for me. i said it before and i will say it again you know what you are talking about and i respect and will always listen to your picks nd explainations. i told u today i loved the cardinals and the rockies. thanks for the indians pick. i think if we put our heads together each day this culd def. work and be a great thing.
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Posted by snied
7 years ago

Wandy is a different pitcher at home. Luckily bats got it done in the 10th!
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Posted by Fastlife
7 years ago

On the day 5-2 Cubs loser .5 unit on under in min\clev ( you guys talked me into it.) Winner
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Posted by Fastlife
7 years ago

Damn cubs loser
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Posted by teabag69
7 years ago

horn the reaso i say uinder is because their offenses are exactly why i struggled a bit with this pl;ay. i actual;ly was on laa at one point today, i played boston. hope i caught you early enough to maybe do something on last 4 if your book takes that... ig to cleve, now i need colorado, hope for the cubs to steal it, and see what happens with the nats and red sox
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Posted by robert23
7 years ago

PAUL BYRD IS MY NEW HERO.. COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT.. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE 200$ SPOT.
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Posted by teabag69
7 years ago

i say under 8 on sox/angels, i have no idea what the rl is...
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Posted by teabag69
7 years ago

rt23 says: 08/06/07 09:42PM i will also pat myself on the back for saying david wells will get bombed tonight and the cards bats will wake up. veterns have to much pride to just pack it in th 50 games left. *** you helped me switch from sd to cards, then i gave up on cards for cubs. hope your right abouit cubs breaking throiugh, of course now they are in the 10th. good call on the cards.
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Posted by Fastlife
7 years ago

something wrong with Lincecum he is all over the place.
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