Hot lines: Monday's best MLB bets
Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins (-106, 7)
Teams headed in opposite directions meet at Target Field Monday night. The surging Mariners have won five straight, while the pathetic Twins have lost three in a row to fall 15 games under .500.
Seattle starter Jason Vargas has been one of MLB's top pitchers in May. He's allowed one run and struck out 16 in 23 2/3 innings.
As a team, the Mariners have allowed two runs or less in their last seven games. Starters have allowed only four earned runs over that span.
"It's been outstanding the way these guys have passed the torch to the next guy for the next start to keep it going," manager Eric Wedge said. "Their focus and preparation have been outstanding."
Twins starter Carl Pavano has been outstanding at home, going 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA. But teams are still hitting .288 against him overall.
And it wouldn't be wise to get in Seattle's way right now.Pick:
MarinersToronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees (-163, 9)
These teams have met five times this season, and only once did the combined score reach double digits.
The Yankees' Bartolo Colon (3.16 ERA) was absolutely dominant in his last outing, throwing eight shutout innings against Baltimore. Current Blue Jays are 10-for-44 (.227) against Colon, with just one home run.
Carlos Villanueva, who'll get the spot start for the Jays in place of the injured Jesse Litsch, has been brilliant out of the bullpen. He's posted a 1.48 ERA in 24 1/3 innings, with just 10 hits allowed.
The Under is 8-1-1 in Toronto's last 10 games against winning teams, and 10-3-1 in New York's last 14 games after the Yankees scored five or more. Sunday, the Yanks smacked the Mets 9-3.Pick: