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 June 17-23.

Hot team: Toronto Blue Jays
Last week: 6-0
Season: 38-36
Upcoming schedule: at Rays, at Red Sox

Skinny: The Blue Jays have won a franchise record-tying 11 consecutive games heading into a three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Cold team: Kansas City Royals
Last week: 2-4
Season: 35-38
Upcoming schedule: vs. Braves, at Twins

Skinny: The Royals halted a four-game slide with a 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox Sunday. They were only able to conjure up two wins behind James Shields last week. Kansas City’s other four starters went 0-4.

Over team: Oakland Athletics
Last week: 5-1-1 over/under
Season: 43-34-1
Upcoming schedule: vs. Reds, vs. Cardinals

Skinny: The A’s averaged 5.3 runs per game and allowed 5.1 in seven games last week .

Under team:
St. Louis Cardinals
Last week: 1-5 over/under (not including Sunday night game)
Season: 38-34-3 over/under
Upcoming schedule: at Astros, at A’s

Skinny: Cardinals pitchers held the opposition to an average of three runs per game last week.

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