Hot lines: Monday’s best MLB bets

Minnesota Twins at Los Angeles Angels (-133, 8.5)

The Angels open a new season with many projecting a step back for the three-time defending AL West winners. Los Angeles lost two major parts when Vladimir Guerrero and John Lackey jumped ship.

While Guerrero’s production had been slipping for years, Lackey was the Halos’ unquestioned No. 1 starter.

"It definitely has importance, has significance," Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the L.A. Daily News about having a staff leader. "As you get into a pennant race and hopefully the playoffs, you'd obviously like to have that guy you can count on to go on the road and win a big game. John was that pitcher."

Jered Weaver, who was named the team’s opening day starter, doesn’t look at the situation in the same light as his manager.

"It sucks to see Lackey go, but that's the business side of the game, and that's how it works sometimes," Weaver said. "But we have five guys here who are legit. Guys who have pitched in playoff situations, guys who have pitched in big games."

Expect Sciosia to be extra aggressive on the base paths and get some early run support for Weaver.

Pick: Over

Seattle Mariners at Oakland A’s (+114, 7)

Did the Athletics’ weak-hitting lineup just get weaker? In a surprise move the A’s cut their leading home run hitter in each of the past three seasons, Jack Cust.

"I think it's messed up," Cust told The San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday. "They're going to go on 50 at-bats after three years of what I've done here? It's ridiculous. A lot of other guys have had bad springs. This is a joke.”

Cust’s spring was certainly forgettable. The designated hitter notched just one homer and three RBIs to go along with 20 strikeouts in 50 at-bats.

"The fact is, this team has no power and they've just released a guy who (averaged 28 homers) the last three years. That's amazing."

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the plan is to shift former Gold Glove winner Eric Chavez to DH.

Yuck. It’s going to be another long season for Oakland fans.

Pick: Mariners

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Posted by MrWednesday1
4 years ago

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Posted by MrWednesday1
4 years ago

Thanks Gday, no play. RIDE THAT DONKEY!! Getting greedy anyways.
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Posted by GDayMate
4 years ago

Mr Wed......was raining in Anaheim
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Posted by MrWednesday1
4 years ago

twins/angels thoughts, 171717, logan, showtime?
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Posted by 171717
4 years ago

Arizona Game
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Posted by 171717
4 years ago

Nice pitching Howry!! Are you fing kidding me? Play the under, 2 strikes, 2 outs, 9th inning and this old man gives up back to back jacks to garbage hitters!!! Anyone else take the under?
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Posted by 2LEGIT2QUITU
4 years ago

JUST 2 PLAYS FOR THIS FINE EVENING: PLAY #1 NHL- EDMONTON OILERS -100 (2 UNITS) PLAY #2 MLB - SEATTLE MARINERS -148 (2 UNITS) GOOD LUCK TO ALL - LEANING HARD ON ST. LOUIS BLUES TOO, BUT HIGH JUICE -170.
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Posted by powersbrotha
4 years ago

ok all, as posted this morning the PHILLIES R/L is a "WINNER" 11-1 & the marlins were a loser 7-1 / sorry; there wanksta on the marlins buddy. the bats did not show up for the marlins & they did for the mets. the "BRAVES" R/L +165 & M/L -130 at this writing bottom of the 8th. are winning 16-5. also; the D'BACKS R/L +120 are leading 6-0 top of the 6th. "ROCK & ROLL" BABY with good 'ol parlaybob.
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Posted by GDayMate
4 years ago

its amazing how us punt-drunks can change sports without missing a beat......same familiar basketball faces......also think Tiger is throwing plenty of value into the Masters......don't think he is a hope in Hades of winning.....still he is Tiger!......good punting
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Posted by MrWednesday1
4 years ago

Yeah, got a little excited there for a minute... good punting yourself.
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Posted by D-Gen
4 years ago

My great Cub fan buddies have to agonize when he blows up or beats up his catcher or destroys the clubhouse. I actually do like him and usually root for him, but he is a classic explosion waiting to happen...definate Entertainer! Thanks to the forum for the plays on Mets, Dodgers, Phils Overs. Tex Over is a push and my CWS pick is a winner. Without being "ready" for opening day, it's pretty sweet to start off with a 4-0-1 MLB. Small play on Lincecum tonight and a lil 1 unit parlay on SFG -140/Seattle RL (Seattle has the 3rd best all time winning percentage on opening day at 63% while Oaks have the longest opening day losing streak, losing the last 5 openers...and What the Sheet Happened to Ben?...I believe I read a 11+era in spring training). Off to a great start, time to take a shot! Good Luck All
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Posted by GDayMate
4 years ago

Mr Wed......thought it looked like time to change your book with that price Astros mate......good punting
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Posted by powersbrotha
4 years ago

OK, ALL, I'M BACK & I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE MY THOUGHTS ON THE BASKETBALL GAME TONIGHT. the place will be "rocking & rolling" with butler bulldog fans. there campus is 6-7 miles from where there playing. the coach of the bulldogs & the players all saw what DUKE did to west virginia with the outside shooting of the 3's. what butler will do is what bobby huggins wanted his team to do & that was "NOT" to let duke get the opportunity to shoot the 3's as much. the "DEFENSE" of the butler bulldogs is awesome. to me, they are destined to win this game & they have no fear of playing duke at all. BUTLER has beaten better teams in the tournament. i'm sure lucky ( i'm thinking anyway ) will agree with me. he hasn't like them all the way thru until the game with west virginia. so; if the "DEFENSE" comes thru like i think they will then i along with anyone else that has them will be winners. i've got butler+7.5 points & i feel i don't even need the points. now; this is my opinion which was asked of me & i want you to play as you feel how the game will go. i; also have the game under 129 points. these tickets were bought yesterday. G/L on your decision as long as it's with me. ha! ha! "PARLAYBOB"
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Posted by MrWednesday1
4 years ago

I meant adding Giants -142, not Astros -130 lol. Braves a winner, posted 16-12.
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Posted by GDayMate
4 years ago

G'Day all......adding San Francisco RL......not so much on pitching advantage but on offense......of course Tim is good but so is Oswalt......Giants offense has beefed up and Astros line-up doesn't excite......Giants -1.5 @ $2.15......good punting
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Posted by D-Gen
4 years ago

Thanks Picks, but no, I don't play NHL. Pretty much, just bases, foots and baskets. I hope we get it down to the last minute tonight around 60-60 (Butler win in the bag, just rooting for total w/FreeThrows & 3s) Good Luck Man
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Posted by picksoffury
4 years ago

D-Gen, almost forgot LMAO on Penn aka C. Zambrano & Teller. He does look alot like him!
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Posted by MrWednesday1
4 years ago

Adding M's -150, Astro -130. The Cubs fukkin' suck, hilarious. Go Braves!!!!
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Posted by picksoffury
4 years ago

D-Gen, do you play NHL? I agree with you Duke ML/ Butler PS. I think I will go total under 128.5 (will buy the point) I am doing o.k. on MLB so far, atl, phi, fla (lost that 1). Hoping CHC will come up to the runline, ha ha. Have ATL ML, AZ & OV 8 runs/KC ML and SEA. I will post NHL pix if you are interested. Regards.
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Posted by D-Gen
4 years ago

Thanks Picks....Excellent post. You make a really solid case with those numbers. I may be just leaning more with heart than head. Still time to consider it, but will most likely stay with my thoughts (hopes?) for Butler to cover, Duke to win and the game to go over. Good Luck My Friend!!
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Posted by Picktrodomus
4 years ago

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Posted by picksoffury
4 years ago

D-Gen, thx for the reply and insight. The lowest average of all Duke Neutral and ACC road games comes out to 64. Butler can hold a team to that number. In their hunt for March Madness they have average 55 points allowed. I think Duke's number will be in the mid- to low 60's instead of the 70's as before. The ball control aspect of Butler also takes time off the clock. Duke was raining 3's last time. The triple S-men (Sheyer, Smith & Singler) scored almost 20 points apiece in last game. Shaving those total of the big 3 down to say 15 points each (likely) would reduce the total from 73 down to about the 64 i referred to in my opeing. I probably will go with Butler +. The total reminds me of GT/Duke in mid-April. 65-61 Duke wins (neutral site). Just letting you know what could likely happen tonight. Again thank you for your HONEST opinion. p.s. I would take the 65-61 score if I can get it. '
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Posted by MrWednesday1
4 years ago

I'm stayin' away from the basketball tonight, just gonna pull for Butler. Big Z = 4 outs, 8 runs, hilarious!!!! Jason Heyward from right here in the ATL is the real deal. I know it's long seaon, but he can flat out play. No one' s hit a bomb that far at Turner Field since Bonds. Braves Fukk Yeah!!!!
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Posted by GetEveryDollar
4 years ago

SHOWTIME:...im gonna ride that donkey with Dukies -7....eeehaww...
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Posted by D-Gen
4 years ago

Who does Carlos Zambrano remind you of more....Roy Oswalt or Penn Jillette?? Big Z has always been a great fade. He's sometimes a great pitcher, but he's always a great show. Big Z=entertainer
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Posted by D-Gen
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"Glad for the return of MLB. Makes for nice dog and RL plays, occasionally a really nice dog-par. However, I need to watch a week or two before feeling strong about much there. Agree with SevenOut that hitters will find their form first, so big money ..."