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: Seattle Mariners
Last week: 5-1
Season record: 58-64
Upcoming schedule: vs. Indians, at White Sox
Skinny: Felix Hernandez’s perfect game against the Rays last Wednesday helped lead the Mariners to a 5-1 record last week. Seattle took two of three from Tampa and then completed a three-game sweep of the Twins. The Mariners welcome the ice-cold Indians next.
Cold team: Cleveland Indians
Last week: 1-5
Season record: 54-67
Upcoming schedule: at Mariners, vs. Yankees
Skinny: The Indians dropped two of three to the Angels and suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of the A’s last week. Cleveland has just four wins in its last 22 contests heading into a three-game series with Seattle on Monday.
Over team: Chicago Cubs
Last week: 7-0
Season O/U record: 56-60-4
Upcoming schedule: at Brewers, vs. Rockies
Skinny: The Cubs went over the total in all seven games last week. Chicago batters drove in at least seven runs in each of the team’s three victories, but a four-game set against the high-powered Cincinnati Reds really helped lift the Cubs over the total for bettors.
Under team: Atlanta Braves
Last week: 7-0
Season O/U record: 53-63-5
Upcoming schedule: at Nationals, at Giants
Skinny: Bettors who love the under have been riding the Braves all season long. Atlanta pitchers were lights out again last week, hurling two shutouts and holding Padres hitters to just five runs total in the four-game set.