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Baseball’s Best Teams Against Baseball’s Best Teams

Much more goes into measuring how good a team is than just taking a look at their regular season record. Sure, a team like the Giants can pad their record by beating up on the Rockies, Padres and D-backs all season — all teams with losing records — but wins won’t come easy come playoff time against the best the league has to offer. With that said, maybe the best measurement for how good a team actually is, is how they fare against strong competition, so let’s take a look at a few standout teams in that situation.  

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Baseball’s Best and Worst Runline Bets

Want to make more money betting baseball? Easy, just start making runline bets. Well, maybe it’s not that easy because you still have to make the right pick, but there’s a handful of teams you should be targeting in runline betting as well as a few teams to stay away from.

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Reds and Giants Have a Penchant for Going OVER

The San Francisco Giants have been slumping since the All-Star break, but a series with the lowly Cincinnati Reds could be just what the doctor ordered to get them back on track.

Shark Bites
  • The Reds are 2-7 SU in their last nine games against the Giants.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of the Giants' last 10 games.
  • The Reds are 2-7 SU in their last nine games after winning the previous game in a matchup.

Anthony DeSciafani and Jake Peavy are the probable starters. DeSciafani (5-0, 2.50 ERA) has posted six straight quality starts while lasting eight innings in two of them. The 26-year-old has not walked a batter in his last three outings.

Peavy (5-8, 5.15) was pounded for a season-high seven earned runs in a loss at Cincinnati on May 4, but the veteran is still 7-1 with a 2.92 ERA in his career against the Reds.

OVER bettors love seeing these teams collide. In the last nine matchups between the squads, the OVER is 8-1.

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723016
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High-Flying Cubs Host Turbulent White Sox in Windy City Clash

Two teams that are trending in opposite directions are set to square off on Monday when the Chicago Cubs tangle with the White Sox in a Windy City showdown at U.S. Cellular Field.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the White Sox' last five games with a closing total of 8.5 or less.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Cubs' last six games with a closing total of 8.5 or less.
  • The White Sox are 5-2 SU in their last seven games against teams with winning records.

Jake Arrieta and Miguel Gonzalez are slated to take the bump. Arrieta (12-4, 2.60 ERA) is 3-1 with a 3.82 ERA in six career starts against the White Sox, including a pair of victories last season. Gonzalez (2-5, 4.41) has posted four straight quality starts yet owns just one win over his last seven outings.

Home field advantage has been non-existent in this series. In the last 11 meetings between the White Sox and Cubbies, visiting teams are 8-3.

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723000
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Los Angeles Angels vs Kansas City Royals MLB Baseball Betting Lines Preview

The Kansas City Royals host Los Angeles on Monday, looking to pick up a win and improve their 48-49 mark against the 43-55 Angels in MLB betting odds action at Kauffman Stadium.

Kansas City sends Ian Kennedy out against Hector Santiago for the Los Angeles Angels in this game. Kennedy is 6-8 with a 4.28 ERA on the season, while Santiago is 8-4 on the year and has a 4.32 ERA.

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723002
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New York Yankees vs Houston Astros Betting Pick and Odds Preview

The Houston Astros look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the New York Yankees arrive at Minute Maid Park on Monday.

It's a pitching duel between Dallas Keuchel for the Houston Astros (6-9 on the year) and Michael Pineda for New York Yankees (4-9 so far).

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723001
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Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers Betting Odds and Pick

The Texas Rangers battle the visiting Oakland Athletics on Monday in MLB betting odds action at Globe Life Park.

The match puts starter Daniel Mengden for the Oakland Athletics on the hill facing Martin Perez for the Texas Rangers. Mengden brings a 1-5 mark to the game, while Perez is 7-7 to date on the season.

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723003
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Arizona Diamondbacks visit Milwaukee Brewers in MLB Betting Odds Clash

The Milwaukee Brewers look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Arizona Diamondbacks arrive at Miller Park on Monday.

The Milwaukee Brewers will turn to Chase Anderson and his 4-10 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Arizona Diamondbacks send (0-0) to the hill.

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723008
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Miami Marlins Starter Jarred Cosart Out to Silence Philadelphia Phillies Bats in MLB Contest

Marlins Park hosts an MLB battle between the Miami Marlins and the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

Jeremy Hellickson gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday; he's 7-7 on the season. The Miami Marlins, meanwhile, will counter with Jarred Cosart, who will be looking to improve on his 0-1 mark.

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722999
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Pomeranz Gets Second Chance at Fenway After Rough First Outing

The Tigers and the Red Sox will begin a series in Fenway tonight with Detroit looking to climb back into the Wild Card race. Justin Verlander (9-6, 3.71 ERA) will take the rock for the 51-48 Tigers to face Drew Pomeranz (8-7, 2.83 ERA) and the 55-41 AL Wild Card-leading BoSox.

SHARK BITES
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Tigers' last 6 games on the road against the Red Sox.
The Tigers are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a moneyline underdog of 130 or less.
The Red Sox are 2-7 in their last 9 games as a moneyline favorite of -150 or less.

Pomeranz got welcomed to Fenway in style in his first start with the Red Sox. He got lit up for eight hits and five runs and lasted only three innings against San Fran in an 11-7 Boston win. The lefty will get his second chance to make a good impression tonight in first ever start against the Tigers.

Verlander has been solid since the stinker he posted against the Indians on June 26 and in his last two starts he has pitched a combined 15 innings and allowed only three runs on six hits. In his last start at Fenway, Verlander pitched eight innings of one-run baseball. He has, however, not faced Boston yet this season and the Tigers have lost four of the last five games Verlander has started. The visiting Detroit Tigers hope for a solid performance on Monday as they look to pick up a win at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox.

Drew Pomeranz gets the call for the Boston Red Sox and he will try to build on a 8-7 mark. In the other dugout, Justin Verlander brings a 9-6 ledger to the game for the Detroit Tigers as he tries to quiet the Red Sox bats.

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723006
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