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MLB Weekly Betting Preview

The second week of MLB betting action gets underway on Monday, and World Series runner-up Texas showed they are to be considered favorites with a season-opening sweep in their pocket.

Sportsbook.ag has the Rangers as -155 favorites for Monday when they send lefthander Derek Holland to the mound for his first start of the season against the +135 road underdog Seattle Mariners in the first game of a three-game set at Rangers Ballpark. The Mariners will counter with lefty Erik Bedard – also getting his first start of the season on Monday.

Bedard is 4-2 lifetime with a 3.12 ERA against the Rangers, but has three no-decisions in his last three starts head-to-head. It might be a good underdog bet on the Mariners to steal the opener and hand Texas its first loss of the year on the MLB betting lines.

Seattle has taken three of the last four against the Rangers and a series wager in their favor on the MLB betting lines could send bettors to the payout window.

Undefeated Baltimore will host the 1-2 Detroit Tigers in another series-opener on Monday, with the Orioles as a -125 favorite at Sportsbook.ag. The Tigers' Rick Porcello goes to the mound against the Orioles' right-handed Jake Arrieta, who has a no-decision in one appearance against Detroit.

The Orioles won the last two series against the Tigers, and with the way their season has opened there is no reason to believe they shouldn’t be favorites for another series victory.

Four of the last five games with Detroit and Baltimore have made winners of UNDER bettors in totals betting.

Boston spent some cash in the offseason, but they were swept in their season-opening series with the Rangers. Now we'll see if they can get on track and gain the trust of MLB bettors when they travel to Cleveland to start a three-game set on Tuesday.

Boston acquired Carl Crawford and slugger Adrian Gonzalez in the offseason, and most MLB bettors would have confidence in the Red Sox's ability to put up runs en masse with those two in the lineup. However, the Red Sox still fell to the  Rangers three straight times over the weekend.

Josh Beckett goes to the hill for Boston, but he is just 3-4 versus the Cleveland Indians. Josh Tomlin starts for the Indians, and he is 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA against the Red Sox.

Boston will be likely favorites to win on the baseball betting lines in the series-opener, while the teams have rewarded the OVER bet in totals betting in four of the last six head-to-head games.

Cole Hamels gets the ball for Philadelphia as the Phillies put their 3-0 record on the line against the New York Mets at home Tuesday. The lefty Hamels is just 2-8 lifetime against the Mets. Mets starter Chris Young is 2-2 against the Phillies.

Over the course of a three-game series, the Phillies are the better wager. Philadelphia has won 6 of the last 10 head-to-head, with seven of the last 10 paying UNDER bettors in totals betting.