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 24-30.

Hot team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Last week: 5-0
Season: 51-30
Upcoming schedule: vs. Phillies, at Cubs

Skinny: The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to be the best bet in the bigs this season and have won nine straight games heading into a three-game set with the Phillies starting Tuesday.

Cold team: Chicago White Sox
Last week: 1-5
Season: 32-47
Upcoming schedule: vs. Orioles, at Rays

Skinny: The White Sox were blanked twice last week and have dropped five consecutive games heading into a series with the Balitmore Orioles.

Over team: Chicago Cubs
Last week: 6-0 over/under
Season: 39-38-3 over/under
Upcoming schedule: at A’s, vs. Pirates

Skinny: The Cubbies have played over the total in seven consecutive games and will open a three-game set with the Oakland A’s, who are one of the best over bets in the bigs (46-36-1 O/U), on Tuesday.

Under team: Tampa Bay Rays
Last week: 1-5 over/under
Season: 42-34-6 over/under
Upcoming schedule: at Astros, vs. White Sox

Skinny: The Rays took two of three from both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers last week. Tampa has gone low in two straight and six and of its last seven games.

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