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.

For the week of April 22-28.

Hot team: Boston Red Sox
Last week: 6-1
Season: 18-7
Upcoming schedule: at Blue Jays, at Rangers

Skinny: The Red Sox knocked off the Astros 6-1 Sunday to complete the four-game series sweep of Houston and tie the club record for most wins in April (17).

Cold team:
Toronto Blue Jays
Last week: 1-6
Season: 9-17
Upcoming schedule: vs. Red Sox, vs. Mariners

The Jays dropped two of three to the Baltimore Orioles and were swept by the New York Yankees this past weekend. Toronto has dropped 10 of its last 13 games to fall into second-last in the American League, ahead of only the Houston Astros (7-18).

Over team: Oakland A’s
Last week: 6-1 over/under
Season: 21-5 over/under
Upcoming schedule: vs. Angels, at Yankees

Skinny: The A’s rank in the top five in nearly every offensive statistical category and their pitching, which was the backbone of the team last season, has been sub-par (4.19 ERA).

Under team: Chicago Cubs
Last week:  2-5 over/under
Season: 8-16 over/under
Upcoming schedule: vs. Padres, vs. Reds

Skinny: The Cubs are averaging only 3.30 runs per game and their pitching staff boasts a 3.29 team ERA – the fifth-best mark in the bigs.

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