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 July 1-7
Hot team: Tampa Bay Rays
Last week: 5-1
Upcoming schedule: vs. Twins, vs. Astros
Skinny: The Rays have won four straight and eight of their last nine to rocket up the American League standings. They’ll have a great chance to keep piling on the wins against the Twins and Astros this week.
Cold team: San Diego Padres
Last week: 0-7
Upcoming schedule: vs. Rockies, vs. Giants
Skinny: The Padres have dropped nine straight games to fall out of contention in the NL West, but the Friars are favorites Monday night when they host the Rockies.
Over team: Philadelphia Phillies
Last week: 5-1 over/under
Season: 50-38-1 over/under
Upcoming schedule: vs. Nationals, vs. White Sox
Skinny: The Phillies averaged five runs per game and allowed five runs per game last week, as they continue to be one of the better ‘over’ plays in the bigs.
Under team: Baltimore Orioles
Last week: 0-5-1 over/under
Season: 41-43-5 over/under
Upcoming schedule: vs. Rangers, vs. Blue Jays
Skinny: Baltimore's bats went cold last week, averaging just 2.6 runs per game.