Rounding the bases: The best bets in the big leagues
Every week we take a moment to look at the best and worst bets in baseball from the past seven days.
Hot team: Atlanta Braves
Week’s record: 3-0
Upcoming sked: vs. San Francisco, at Washington
The Braves lost their most effective starting pitcher (Brandon Beachy) but almost a month to the day later they may have found a temporary replacement in Ben Sheets. The former Brewer ace hadn’t pitched for two seasons before toeing the rubber on Sunday. Sheets pitched great and Atlanta won its seventh straight game.
The lineup is balanced, the rotation is reliable and the bullpen is improving. Look out Washington – the Braves might just finish first in the NL East yet.
Cold team: Minnesota Twins
Week’s record: 0-3
Upcoming sked: vs. Baltimore, at Kansas City
The Twins are on a 5-game losing skid and are just 1-7 over their last eight. They’ve used 11 different starting pitchers this season and their rotation has surrendered more home runs than any other team in baseball. Other than that, everything’s fine in Minnesota.
Over team: New York Yankees
O/U record: 38-49-1
Upcoming sked: vs. Toronto, at Oakland
The big bats in the Bronx Bombers lineup are starting to heat up in a big way. New York has scored five or more runs in seven straight games, including eight runs off Jered Weaver and the Angels on Sunday. Curtis Granderson has homered in two straight games and is on a five-game hitting streak.
Under team: Colorado Rockies
O/U record: 48-38-2
Upcoming sked: vs. Pittsburgh, at San Diego
The Rockies fragile, four-man pitching staff has been responsible for a lot of the club’s overs this season. Things have been a bit more respectable in July (3.98 ERA) and the offense has dropped off a bit too. The Rockies have scored just 31 runs in 11 July games. The under, by the way, is 8-1 in Colorado's last nine contests.