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: San Diego Padres
Last week: 6-0
Season record: 59-70
Upcoming schedule: vs. Braves, at Rockies
Skinny: The Padres completed a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks on Sunday to pick up their season-high seventh straight victory. The Friars also stole all three games from the Pirates earlier in the week.
Cold team: Toronto Blue Jays
Last week: 0-5
Season record: 56-70
Upcoming schedule: at Yankees, vs. Rays
Skinny: The Jays have dropped seven straight contests and find themselves 14 games below .500 for the first time since Sept. 25, 2009. Slugger Jose Bautista, who had just returned from the disabled list on Friday, had to be pulled from Saturday’s game with soreness in his left wrist and went back on the DL.
Over team: Cincinnati Reds
Last week: 5-1-1
Season O/U record: 55-65-9
Upcoming schedule: at Diamondbacks, at Astros
Skinny: Cincinnati played over the total in every contest of a three-game set against division-rival St. Louis last week. Normally a good under team, the Reds’ offense has come alive of late.
Under team: Cleveland Indians
Last week: 5-1
Season O/U record: 60-62-5
Upcoming schedule: vs. Athletics, vs. Rangers
Skinny: The Indians have played under the total in five consecutive games, thanks to a sputtering offense. The Tribe scored just 11 runs over its six games last week against the Mariners and Yankees.