Hot lines: Monday’s best MLB bets
San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves (-155, N/A)
The Giants have faced a lot of adversity this season and now there are some major concerns about closer Brian Wilson.
The Giants, who had dropped 11 of their last 15 games heading into Sunday’s series finale against Florida, didn’t have Wilson available for that contest. Reports indicate he’s suffering from back problems again after starting the season on the DL with the same problem.
The team isn’t saying much about the injury, but it’s just about the last thing the club needs at this point. Carlos Beltran missed his sixth straight contest Sunday and may need another cortisone shot in his strained right hand.
The Braves won’t let up on the Giants here as they try to cut into Philadelphia’s lead in the NL East. Pick:
BravesMinnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers (-145, 8.5)
It looks like the schedule is just going to drag on for the lifeless Minnesota Twins. The club had dropped eight of its last nine games heading into Sunday’s action and were 12 games behind the first-place Tigers.
Injuries have ripped the Twins apart since April and the club has never really gotten on track.
"We got here with all the expectations of pretty much having everybody back in the lineup, and before we got through our first game, we were down two again," manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters recently. "That's why I've had over a hundred different lineups this year; we've been trying to mix and match and get through all the different injuries we've had.”
The latest guy to hit the shelf was second baseman Alexi Casilla, who will miss at least a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury. The Twins are going to have a tough time in this series. They’ve won just one of their last 13 games against Detroit.