Hot lines: Monday's best MLB bets

Jun 23, 2008 |
Hot lines: Monday's best MLB bets

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Milwaukee at Atlanta (+105, 8)


The Milwaukee Brewers are known for a few things like home runs, excellent fans and a fantastic mascot, but what doesn’t get as much attention as it should is the way this team can play some defense.


The Brewers turned five double plays Sunday night to help starter Manny Parra figure in a 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.


"Any time you walk 10 guys and only one scores, you've got some marvelous defense in there somewhere," manager Ned Yost told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.


The Brewers probably won’t have to worry about that many free passes today with Ben Sheets on the hill against a red-hot Jo-Jo Reyes and his Atlanta Braves. Sheets hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs since May 15 and Milwaukee is 10-4 with their ace on the hill.


Pick: Brewers


Arizona at Boston (-160, 8 ½)


It must seem like an eternity ago since the Diamondbacks got off to their blistering start this season. After opening up a big lead in the NL West, Arizona is only 11-21 since May 20, and has lost 6.65 units for the club’s bettors so far this season.


Still, the D-Backs sit 3 ½ games ahead of the second-place Dodgers in the NL West as the club gets ready for a three-game set at Fenway Park and have Danny Haren on the hill to go up against Josh Beckett today. Haren has allowed just six earned runs over his last four starts.


Pick: Under


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