early-week major-league games:
Tigers, Twins Go Way Over
The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins completed a high-scoring
series in style Sunday, with the Tigers (-138, O 9) romping to
a 13-4 road victory and a split of the four-game set. The teams
went Over in all four games, scoring a combined 73 runs in the
series – an average of better than 18 per contest.
Buchholz an Over Machine
Boston Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz looks to
end a season-long trend Monday as he faces the host Toronto
Blue Jays (-125, 9). Buchholz has been one of the strongest
Over plays of the season at 14-6 overall and 7-2 on the road,
thanks in no small part to his 5.94 ERA.
Bumgarner Dodges CarGo
Madison Bumgarner may find things a bit easier
than normal Tuesday as he and the San Francisco Giants welcome
Colorado to town. Bumgarner has allowed 10 homers in 297
at-bats against members of the Rockies roster, but half have
been hit by Carlos Gonzalez, who is out for the
season with a knee injury.
* Right-hander Chris Tillman will need to be
careful with a familiar foe as he leads the host Baltimore
Orioles (-132, 8) into Monday’s series opener with Tampa Bay.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has dominated
the matchup with Tillman, batting .433 with five homers in 30
at-bats against him.
* New York Yankees righty Brandon
McCarthy looks to continue his hot play in the
Bronx as he takes the hill Tuesday against the host Detroit
Tigers. McCarthy is 5-2 with a 1.90 ERA and is 3-5 O/U in eight
starts since being acquired from Arizona just prior to the
* St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta will
look to resume his dominance against Pittsburgh left-hander
Francisco Liriano as the Cardinals (-137, 7)
face the host Pirates on Monday night. Peralta is 14-for-42
with two homers, eight walks and a .440 OBP in his career
* New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is
heating up heading into Tuesday’s series kickoff against the
visiting Atlanta Braves. Duda homered twice and drove in five
runs Sunday, and has racked up five homers and 11 RBIs over his
past six games.
Texas Rangers (1-5-3 O/U): The Rangers have
one of the more interesting totals streaks going, with three
pushes in a nine-game span – each a 6-3 Texas loss on a total
of nine. Texas is 57-62-10 O/U for the season; the 10 pushes
leads the American League.
Prop of the Day
Bettors may want to take a chance on the Rangers and Mariners
hitting Monday’s total of eight (+900). The Rangers have played
to within a run of the total six times in the last nine games,
connecting on three of them.
* Colorado Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario
(wrist) will take batting practice Monday and is expected to
return to the starting lineup in the coming days. The Rockies
are 12-14 SU, 13-10-3 O/U and -133 units for the season with
Rosario out of the lineup.
* Boston has placed shortstop Xander
Bogaerts on the seven-day concussion list after
he was struck in the head Friday. Bogaerts was mired in a
1-for-23 slump prior to the injury, a stretch that dropped his
average to .223 for the season.
WAG of the Day
Saeko is a Japanese entertainment
personality and the ex-wife of Texas Rangers ace Yu
* Wind at AT&T Park will blow out to center field at 8 mph
for Monday’s game between host San Francisco (-174, 7.5) and
Colorado. Teams averaged 1.44 home runs under similar
conditions in 2013 – slightly above stadium averages – but
scoring was down slightly and teams combined to go 22-26-2 O/U.
** Odds, stats, weather forecast and probable pitchers as
of 11:35 p.m. ET Sunday.