Hot lines: Tuesday's best MLB bets
Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays (-125, 8)
Nobody hits right-handed pitching like the Toronto Blue Jays. The blue birds have hammered righties for an MLB-best 437 runs and are hitting a solid .260 against them.
But that’s not what makes them special. That’s the long ball.
The MLB leaders in home runs have hit a league-leading 148 round-trippers against right-handers – a staggering 44 more than any other team. The Blue Jays also have an MLB-best 199 doubles – twenty more than any other team.
"We're doing a good job offensively," Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista told the Associated Press. "We're coming up with big hits when we need them and solo shots here and there. That's been the recipe for success lately."
And who does Toronto face on Tuesday night? Try Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has yielded seven home runs in only 16 starts this season.
In Dice-K’s only career start north of the border, he yielded one home run in just six innings.
Pick: Blue Jays
Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox (-105, 9)
The Twins can’t be any happier to visit the Windy City. Minnesota is an AL-best 7-3 in its past 10 games overall and a staggering 17-5 in its past 22 games against the Pale Hose.
And the Twins are getting healthier.
Second baseman Orlando Hudson returned from the disabled list just in time to spark a five-run rally on Sunday against the Indians. Catcher Joe Mauer finally is healthy enough to start catching regularly behind the plate and opens up the chance to put more power in the lineup at DH.
"The players stay after it. We talk about staying on an even keel and putting good at-bats together,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told MLB.com. “When you have guys that can hit it out of the ballpark like a Jim Thome, that can jumpstart you in a heartbeat."
Meantime, Chicago struggled in a four-game series in Baltimore and desperately needs a spark to maintain its razor-thin lead in the AL Central. The White Sox have won six of 10 but subtract a 12-2 win over Detroit and the team is averaging only 3.2 runs per game over that span.
"It's a combination of good pitching and we're not hitting right now," manager Ozzie Guillen told the Associated Press. "Right now our bats are very silent."