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Chalk rocks in Sunday MLB bets

It was another fine day for the favorite around the Majors on Sunday, as the chalk delivered the victory in 11 of the 15 games on the schedule.

The only big underdog to pay off as an upset winner was the Oakland Athletics who topped the Cleveland Indians and ace Cliff Lee 5-2 as a +180 moneyline underdog. With Lee on the mound at home the Tribe was expected roll over the A’s, but he was bested by Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez who tossed six strong and allowed only two runs with eight strikeouts.

Will the big dogs eat on Monday?

Scanning Monday’s MLB slate a number of possible underdogs stand out that bettors need to be aware. First up is Atlanta, who head to Wrigley Field to battle the Cubs with Jair Jurrjens on the mound. Jurrjens ended a horrific five-game losing streak with a brilliant performance in his last start after he held Philadelphia to one run on only one hit in seven innings. As the roadies the Braves are a +105 underdog at Bovada against Chicago starter Randy Wells.

Black and Blue Jays

The Blue Jays finish off a four-game set with the Yankees on Monday looking to avoid getting swept after giving up the first three games of the series. Jays fans will be hoping red-hot Ricky Romero can be the team’s savior. Romero hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts, over 15 innings. Even more impressive was that those two starts were against the highest scoring team in the AL, the Rays and the highest scoring team in the NL, the Phillies. If Romero can keep throwing smoke he could lead the Jays to a much needed win as a +135 road dog at Bovada

Cueto or Hamels?

In the last big dog worth a look the Cincinnati Reds throw Johnny Cueto up against the Philadelphia Phillies and Cole Hamels. Not surprisingly the hometown Phillies are big -155 favorite with Hamels on the hill. But, Hamels hasn’t been the shutdown ace lately. He’s lost his last three starts and last time out he was roughed up for seven runs in only four innings against Atlanta. Cueto on the other hand has put up back-to-back wins and in his last start he pitched six shutout innings, allowing only one hit versus Arizona. The Reds at +135 at Bovada look like pretty good value right now.