Rounding the bases: The best bets in the bigs

Jul 14, 2013 |
Rounding the bases: The best bets in the bigs
The Rays have won 14 of their last 16 games.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
The Rays have won 14 of their last 16 games.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
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 8-14.

Hot team: Tampa Bay Rays
Last week:  6-1
Season: 55-41
Upcoming schedule: at Blue Jays

Skinny: No team is hotter than the Rays heading into the All-Star break. Tampa has wins in 14 of its last 16 games, but hits the road for a nasty 10-game road trip beginning Friday.

Cold team: Houston Astros
Last week: 1-3
Season: 33-61
Upcoming schedule: vs. Mariners

Skinny:
The Astros only have three wins in their last 15 games and should be very active sellers leading up to the trade deadline.

Over team: San Francisco Giants
Last week: 6-1 over/under
Season: 49-42-3 over/under
Upcoming schedule: vs. Diamondbacks

Skinny: The Giants still played over the total despite Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter on Saturday.

Under team:
Pittsburgh Pirates
Last week:  0-6 over/under
Season: 39-52-2 over/under
Upcoming schedule: at Reds

Skinny: The Pirates have gone low in eight consecutive game, increasing their stature as one of the best under plays in the league.

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