Rounding the bases: The best bets in the bigs
Every week we take a look at the hottest and coldest teams as well as the best over and under bets in major league baseball.
Hot team: Tampa Bay Rays
Last week: 6-0
Season record: 62-52
Upcoming schedule: at Mariners, at Angels
Skinny: The Rays completed a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays at home and then travelled to Minnesota and took all three games of a weekend series with the Twins. Tampa Bay continues its 10-game road trip Monday in Seattle.
Cold team: Chicago Cubs
Last week: 1-6
Season record: 44-69
Upcoming schedule: vs. Astros, at Reds
Skinny: The Cubs were swept by the lowly Padres and dropped three of four to the Reds last week. Chicago has just one win in its last 12 games overall.
Over team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Last week: 6-1-0
Season O/U record: 55-55-5
Upcoming schedule: at Cardinals, at Astros
Skinny: The Diamondbacks have gone over the total in six straight games. The D-Backs scored six or more runs in each of their three wins last week and suffered a few defeats in high scoring fashion. The Arizona offense ranks third in runs scored in the NL.
Under team: Kansas City Royals
Last week: 5-2-0
Season O/U record: 51-60-3
Upcoming schedule: vs. Athletics, vs. White Sox
Skinny: The Royals had three low scoring affairs against the White Sox last week that tipped the scales in favor of the under. Kansas City continues to struggle offensively this season, ranking 11th in runs scored in the AL.