MLB rounding the bases: This week’s best MLB betting trends
Here's a look at this week's best betting trends in MLB. All stats compiled ahead of Monday's action.
Hot team: San Francisco Giants
This season: 45-35, 8.67 units
Last 10: 7-3
This week’s schedule: At Washington, at Pittsburgh
The Giants split a weekend set at home against Cincinnati and now head to Washington for three games against the NL East-leading Nationals. The good news for Giants supporters is it looks like they’ll miss the front end of Washington’s rotation, meaning they likely won’t have to deal with Strasburg and Gonzalez. The Giants put together four straight shutouts during this hot streak though the club’s offense is still a concern, putting up just 3.96 runs per game this season. Tim Lincecum takes the ball in the series opener looking to follow up his best start of the season, a seven-inning blanking of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Cold team: Los Angeles Dodgers
This season: 44-36, 5.84 units
Last 10 games: 2-8
This week’s schedule: Home vs. Cincinnati, at San Diego
The Dodgers went into Monday’s action just one game behind the NL West-leading Giants even though they had lost eight of their last 10. Before they broke out with eight runs in Sunday’s win over the New York Mets, the Dodgers had been shut out in five of six games. Even though sluggers Matt Kemp and Andre Either are getting closer to returning to the lineup, Los Angeles continues to search for a big bat ahead of the trade deadline. A possible deal for Houston’s Carlos Lee fell through over the weekend.
Over team: Toronto Blue Jays
O/U this season: 40-34-5
O/U last 10 games: 7-2-1
This week’s schedule: Home vs. Kansas City, at Detroit
The Blue Jays went into Monday’s action having seen the over cash in each of their last five games. On Sunday, they went into the eighth inning tied 3-3 with the Angels. Then the bullpen imploded again as the Angels ran away with a 10-6 victory. Toronto’s bullpen ranks 21st in the league with a 4.13 ERA and with an offense that averages 5.04 runs per game and has hit 117 homers, over bettors love the Jays. Slugger Jose Bautista may only be hitting .239, but he hit 14 home runs in June and already has 63 RBI this season. Toronto has won four consecutive games against Kansas City, though just one of those played over its posted total.
Under team: Minnesota Twins
O/U this season: 36-38-4
O/U last 10 games: 2-8
This week’s schedule: At Detroit, At Texas
Eight of Minnesota’s last nine games had played under the total before the Twins came out on the good end of a wild 10-8 decision against Kansas City. They swatted four homers in that one, but have hit just 67 dingers this season (ranking 24th) and average only 4.17 runs per game. They were stuck in the basement of the AL Central, 8.5 games off the pace as they look for their second four-game winning streak of the season Monday night in Detroit. The Tigers have been just as good to under bettors lately, cashing in eight of their last 10 as well.