The four hottest bets in sports right now

A look at four of the most profitable plays for sports bettors recently:

(All stats going into Wednesday's action)

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens have been without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Paul Martin and Kris Letang at various times over the past few weeks. (Malkin returned Wednesday.) But Pittsburgh has still won 22 of 25 games, including seven of the last eight, while scoring 3.5 goals a game and holding opponents to an average of 2.1 goals a night during the streak.

Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers have won nine games in a row after starting the season 2-8. The Brewers have cut its ERA almost by half over the streak, collecting a 2.83 ERA in the last eight (prior to Wednesday's 6-3 win over San Diego).

Oakland Athletics over

The over is 17-4 in Oakland's 21 games this season. The A's are mashing the ball. They are second in baseball in runs scored (106, 5.3 per game), sixth in hits (171) and sixth in OPS (.763). Combine this with a pitching staff that's given up an 11th-worst 89 earned runs, you have a recipe for a lot of high scoring games.

Chicago White Sox under

The opposite of Oakland, the under is 14-4-1 in the White Sox's 19 games this season. Chicago is 28th in baseball in runs per game with 3.42 and batting average with .229. But the White Sox can pitch, with a fifth-best ERA of 3.33 and the staff has struck out 158 batters, good for eighth in baseball.

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