Hot lines: Monday's best MLB bets

Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays (100, 7)

Offense is something the Texas Rangers haven’t had to worry about this season. Their .275 team batting average ranks third in the show, while their 4.98 runs per game average is good for fourth overall in the league. But at least recently that potent attack hasn't looked quite as menacing.

Outfielder Nelson Cruz left Saturday’s game with a left hamstring problem. The team hasn’t released any information about the injury, but will certainly miss his bat if he’s out for a while. Cruz was hitting .320 with 16 homers and 64 RBIs.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Guerrero is sputtering at the dish and Ian Kinsler is still on the DL, so the timing of this latest injury is far from ideal. Texas has managed more than four runs just twice over its last six games.

And to make matters worse, Texas will spend the night dealing with David Price’s nasty stuff. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound lefty was a little off in his last start, going just five innings on 115 pitches, but did strike out nine Tigers and picked up his 15th win of the year.

Pick: Rangers

Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland Athletics (-140, 7)

If the Toronto Blue Jays are going to have any hope keeping pace with the rest of the beefed-up AL East, they’re going to need Shaun Marcum at the top of his game.

Unfortunately for Jays bettors, Marcum’s picked a terrible time for a slump. He allowed four dingers against the Boston Red Sox in Wednesday’s 10-1 blowout loss as a -110 favorite and has now given up 13 runs over his last two outings.

“It was one of those days when I didn’t locate anything at all,” Marcum told reporters after Wednesday’s game. “My mechanics felt off a little bit, but that’s no excuse. I’ve still got to make pitches and try to find out a way to grind out innings and limit those guys to a lower amount of runs over there.

Apparently, Marcum’s surgically reconstructed elbow doesn’t have anything to do with his recent struggles, but it’s definitely something Toronto brass will keep an eye on.

The Jays have handled the A’s pretty well this year and Marcum’s in a good spot to bounce back against Oakland’s brutal offense. The A’s average just over four runs per game.

Pick: Blue Jays

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Posted by JOE8877
3 years ago

Hey, Genius...if you didnt see the Marlins as a trap bet your either dumb or a Vegas Guinnie trying to get people to bite on stupidity which I am guilty as charged...I read that the Marlins were "locked in" by one of you numbskulls and followed in suit like an imbecile. Thanks SMART GUY...you just killed a 4 team-er and lost me $1400...I WAS gonna throw in the Mets but instead listened to some jerk who thought the Marlins @ Pitt with a price of around "EVEN" was jsut a gift from the bookies and they didn't know what THEY were doing...YOU SUCK and apparently so do I...for listening to YOU and following stupidity right dow the broke sucker trail. Marlins a LOCK @ almost EVEN vs Pitt @ Pitt??? TRAP DUMMY... LOCK THAT
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Posted by 5dimes954
3 years ago

OMG WAT A WEEK OF BETTIN ROCKIES BLOW A RL BET THAT COST ME 250 BUT ATL PULLS OUT A WIN IN THE BOTTOM OF 9TH LOLOLOL TO WIN ME 500 bills DAMN ALL I CAN SAY IS THE BETTIN GODS WAS ON MY SIDE!!
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Posted by magicman1642
3 years ago

ok the under is cashed with just alittle nail biteing, now lets ets roll half the profit ( .85 units ) on the jays. gl all. peace
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Posted by heylou54
3 years ago

yo uscbadbruce thanks 4 the shout.I'm on rays +under also.I'm also on hou-118 +houR.l. +165.I love the salami un 66. GOL 2 all the lumber jack ass!!
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Posted by magicman1642
3 years ago

+110 at that, nothings pointing at over here, look for a solid pitching effort for fla and neither team is really lighting up the scoreboards. cash the under without even sweating it . peace
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Posted by magicman1642
3 years ago

one great early play tonight. lets hit the fla pitt under 8.5. this one should stay low
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Posted by Picktrodomus
3 years ago

Best play tonight looks like Hou/METS Under 7.5. Wandy has pitched well of late giving up 2 total runs in his last 4 starts. Niese on 2 runs in last 2 starts BOL THE GIRLS!!!!!
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Posted by Picktrodomus
3 years ago

METS offense isn't very good on the road too
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Posted by JUSTUS
3 years ago

LA DODGERS & SD PADRES ML
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Posted by LeeK3
3 years ago

Yesterday I was 1-1 for EVEN, and I ended the week +3.13 units, bringing my MLB season to +21.28 units..... I like Wandy Rodriguez's stats in his last 4 starts as he has only given up 0, 0, 1 and 1 run in those. Also, the Muts had a late game last night and had to fly back to Houston. Meanwhile the Astros were resting at home and they just swept the lowly Pirates..... Billingsley has been good, but Hanson has been even better and the Braves are AWESOME at home. Tommy Hanson has been Hot (last 4 starts only given up 1, 1, 1 and 0 runs) and I saw that the dodgers have only won 3 of their last 16 road games (less then 25% in those last 16 road games) and today is the 4th game in the series. So since LA already won a game, that naturally means the Braves will win today, right? The only negative thing is that the Braves do not give Hanson much run support and when he pitches well, they seem to blow it with an error or bad relievers. The Braves have only won the game 1 time in the last 6 starts for Hanson, even though he's pitched well. So due to that, I am playing this game just "to win a half-unit."........ The Marlins are a VERY streaky team and they've shown it recently starting 3 weeks ago at the end of July where they won 2, lost 2, then they won 3, then lost 5, then won 4, and now are coming off getting swept in 3 games by the Reds. Since getting recalled to the Marlins, Volstad has pitched in 4 games and the Fish have won 3 of those. The Pirates flew back home last night but have now lost 7 games in a row. I will take a shot with Volstad and the Marlins tonight.........The Padres just took 2 out of 3 from the Giants and in their next 10 games they play three teams that are below .500 (Cubs, Brewers, D-Backs) and the Padres have a nice record of 37-16 when playing teams with a losing record this season......Correia has a poor history at Wrigley Field but that was in the past (most was when he was a reliever on the Giants). At Wrigley, lieftime Correia is 0-2 with a 17.47 ERA in 5 games, but the 1 start was last August when the Padres beat the Cubs 4-1. Right now, Correia is pitching well and he has won his last 2 starts and he is 4-1 over his last 5 starts with a 3.60 ERA. And the stat I like best is that the Padres have won 12 of the last 15 games that Correia has started for the Padres................ Tom Gorzelanny is 1-2 lifetime vs the Padres with a 4.24 ERA in 3 starts, and lifetime at Wrigley he too has a poor record, but mostly with the Pirates with a 6-9 record and a 5.31 ERA in 23 games (16 starts). But recently, in the last 4 starts for Gorz, he is 1-1 with a 5.33 ERA. ............. ATL -155 Hanson vs dodgers Billingsley, to win a half-unit............... Florida -113 Volstad vs PITTS McDonald, to win 1 unit................. San Diego -111 Correia vs CUBS Gorzelanny, to win 1 unit.............. HOUSTON -118 Wandy vs Muts Niese, to win 1 unit...Good Luck to those on the same sides.
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Posted by GoTribe1986
3 years ago

Plays: Detroit RL -125 ... Atlanta ML -155 . I'm taking a look at the O's but I don't see anything that convinces me that they are worth -133. Anyone have the #s to convince me otherwise?
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Posted by StevenGA1011
3 years ago

Looks like yesterday was a day I should have went back to some parlays or just laid the over $2 juice on the Rays n' Rocks and enjoyed a 3-1 kinda day instead of 1-3 damn!! O well guess I'll grab some R/L's down the road sometime to make up for it -- SEA/BAL OVER 8.5=====+===== DET +160=====+===== FLA/PIT OVER 8.5=====+===== TEX -105
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Posted by uscbadbruce
3 years ago

heylou54, i'm playing the rays and under 7. i'm also on the marlins and over 8.5. plus the braves b/c of there great home record. i'm looking forward to your football picks this year.
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Posted by showtime0811
3 years ago

LOCKED IN Marlins ML -108
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Posted by heylou54
3 years ago

I really don't understand the texas pick after all the info.When I read it I thought they were going 2 pick the Rays!! Check out Ben Burns comp. He's is 3-7 his last 10 +if you played his games $100 per unit you would be down $-5982>+the $175 for his weekly service!!So then he gives us a free play on the Yankess-175.WOW THAT'S THE TICKET!!MORE LUMBER 2 HELP BUILD YOUR COFFIN!!SHOVEL INCLUDED "BURY YOURSELF WITH BURNS"
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Posted by 5dimes954
3 years ago

Atlanta ML 3 units
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Posted by GetEveryDollar
3 years ago

Picktrodomus:...Doing Great Thanks for asking...Hope all is well you...its nice to see THE GIRLS!!!!!....
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Posted by Picktrodomus
3 years ago

Doing just fine Thanks. Excited about the best season in sports IMO (NFL) So far undefeated on preseason on posted plays 4-0 mostly over unders. and Basketball season is right around the corner too. BOL on you plays in the future CRUSH UR BOOK!!!! THE GIRLS!!!!!
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Posted by illnasty10
3 years ago

am with you on that riverboy. i had a 4 team parlay and felt so good about it today. TEXAS, TORONTO, SD, and COLORADO RL just killlleddd me i was more upset on how it happened. so the wind decided to kick in hard while a routine pop up is in play. what a f*kin joke! should of bet in COLORADO ML but oh well....on to the next one. Monday lean TEXAS ML
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Posted by Riverboy
3 years ago

DDH--starting to like CFL. I actually pulled the trigger on H1 and game without reading your write up--glad we both won. Rockies blowing the RL cost me the opportunity for a really big game. Have not seen the highlite/lowlite yet but the description made me sick.
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Posted by Antc
3 years ago

hey seattle this sunday i wasnt drunk so for shits and giggles i took the opposite of u and went 5-0!!!! hopefully next sunday im drunk!!
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Posted by madh4ttr
3 years ago

Monday's plays Seattle (+110) and Toronto (+110)
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Posted by byonusho
3 years ago

Tuesday's best 3 I could find - Fla over Pitt -125, Tex\TB over 7, Tor\Oak over 7. Other ideas?
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Posted by Antc
3 years ago

"hey seattle this sunday i wasnt drunk so for shits and giggles i took the opposite of u and went 5-0!!!! hopefully next sunday im drunk!!"