MLB Betting News and Notes

MLB Betting News and Notes

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 May 27-June 2.

Hot team: Houston Astros

Last week: 6-1
Season: 20-37
Upcoming schedule: at Angels, vs. Orioles, at Royals

Skinny: It’s not often we get to praise the Astros for their stellar play. Houston has won five straight heading into its series finale with the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.

Cold team: Chicago White Sox

Last week: 0-6
Season: 24-30
Upcoming schedule: at Mariners, vs. A’s

Skinny: The White Sox were shut out three times last week – twice by the Oakland A’s and once by the Chicago Cubs. The six-game losing streak comes on the heels of a stretch where Chicago won five of six to get back into contention in the AL Central.

Over team: Baltimore Orioles

Last week: 5-2 over/under
Season: 33-21-3 over/under
Upcoming schedule: at Astros, at Rays

Skinny: The Orioles continue to be a hot over bet thanks to their high-powered offense (5.5 runs per game)and have now exceeded the total in nine of their last 11 games.

Under team: Kansas City Royals

Last week: 1-5-1 over/under
Season: 20-32-2 over/under
Upcoming schedule: vs. Twins, vs. Astros

Skinny: The bats have gone silent in Kansas City recently. The Royals averaged just 2.5 runs per game in seven contests last week.

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Baseball Weekly Notes

We're through two months of the baseball season and all the races are tight save for the National League East, where the Washington Nationals are seven games behind league-leading Atlanta. Below, we'll take a look at the top two teams to watch and bottom two teams to avoid before the final results on Wednesday, June 5. Baseball free picks are available but the best value selections are from the Baseball Lock Club, which has won over 40 units since May 1st.

Top Two Teams to Watch

The Boston Red Sox (36-23, $665, 30-26-3 O/U) are 13 games above .500 despite preseason projections and several key injuries. The good news for Boston is that Jacoby Ellsbury (.268, 21sbs) is expected back from a groin injury Wednesday night and 3B Will Middlebrooks (.201, 8, 21) also is expected to return a back injury as well. Boston's biggest concern was pitching and they've been sturdy, producing a 3.74 ERA (9th) and 528 Ks (2nd).  2B Dustin Pedroia leads the Red Sox with a .330 average, while OF Daniel Nava (.307, 8, 38) and 1B/DH Mike Napoli (.272, 9, 46) has been steady. The pitching staff is led by Clay Buchholz (8-0, 1.62 ERA) and Jon Lester (6-2, 3.53), but the biggest surprise has been John Lackey (3-5, 2.96), who is returning from Tommy John surgery.

Minnesota (26-29, $435, 26-28-1 O/U) has won three straight games and eight of their last 10. The Twins have turned it around because they've started to hit. C Joe Mauer (.332, 5, 18) is back to All-Star form, while 1B Justin Morneau (.291, 2, 34), OF Josh Willingham (.218, 10, 30) and DH/C Ryan Doumit (.235, 7, 30) provide some power. They still hit just .246 as a team but average 4.36 runs per game (13th). The starting pitching is still a worry as the staff owns a 4.36 ERA (23rd). Kevin Correia (6-5, 4.09 ERA) has been the most consistent starter though Samuel Deduno (2-1, 3.44 ERA) has given the Twins a lift. He has two quality starts in his three starts so far.

Teams to Avoid

The Chicago White Sox (24-32, -$790, 19-31-6 O/U) have lost eight straight going into Wednesday's day game. The White Sox are 11-21 on the road after a disastrous road trip which included losses to the Cubs, Oakland and now Seattle. The White Sox just can't hit right now as they average just 3.43 runs per game (29th) and are hitting a dreadful .236 (27th) as a team. OF Alex Rios (.278, 10, 28) is having a solid first half and SS Alexei Ramirez (.274, 11sbs) is playing well. But 1B Paul Konerko (.235, 5, 21) may be near the end and DH/OF Adam Dunn (.166, 13, 31, 72 Ks) has nearly three times as many strikeouts than he does hits. The pitching hasn't been awful as they own an overall ERA of 3.85 (14th). Chris Sale (5-3, 2.44 ERA) is one of the most dominant lefties in the game, Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) is solid and Jake Peavy (6-4, 4.3) was pitching well before injuring his ribs against Seattle on Tuesday night.

The San Diego Padres (26-32, -$156, 28-28-2 O/U) has lost three straight, including the last two at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Whenever it appears they are getting close to .500, they fall apart. And if the Dodgers ever reach their potential, the Padres will be alone in last place in the National League West. San Diego lacks power as they rank just 25th with 51 home runs. They average 4 runs per game and hit just .246 as a team. 1B Yonder Alonso (hand) is hitting .284, but only has six home runs and 29 RBIs. OF Carlos Quentin (.244, 6, 18) was expected to provide the power but has been disappointing. The pitching has struggled as well, as the team ERA is just 4.28. Lefty Eric Stults (4-5, 3.74 ERA) might be their best pitcher so far and veteran Jason Marquis (6-2, 3.82 ERA) knows how to win games. But they could use more consistency from the rest of the staff and bullpen.

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