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: Los Angeles Angels
Last week: 6-0
Season record: 77-63
Upcoming schedule: vs. Athletics, at Royals
Skinny: The Angels swept the board last week, going a perfect 6-0 with sweeps over Oakland and Detroit. Los Angeles begins a crucial four-game set against the A’s beginning Monday.
Cold team: Boston Red Sox
Last week: 1-5
Season record: 63-78
Upcoming schedule: vs. Yankees, at Blue Jays
Skinny: The misery continues in Beantown. That’s good news for bettors who are wagering against the Red Sox. Boston was swept in a three-game set with the Blue Jays and only pulled out one victory in a three-game series with the Mariners last week.
Over team: Milwaukee Brewers
Last week: 7-0
Season O/U record: 79-57-4
Upcoming schedule: vs. Braves, vs. Mets
Skinny: The Brewers have played over the total in eight consecutive games, including all seven contests last week against the Marlins and Cardinals. The Milwaukee offense ranks in the top five in the league in runs per game, home runs and stolen bases.
Under team: Atlanta Braves
Last week: 6-1
Season O/U record: 61-75-5
Upcoming schedule: at Brewers, vs. Nationals
Skinny: Atlanta pitchers posted back-to-back-to-back shutouts last week for the first time since Sept. 4-7, 2002. The staff only allowed six runs in seven games, a major reason why the Braves continue to be a strong Under choice for bettors.