early-week major league games:
Yankees Blanked as Big Faves
The New York Yankees (-208) ended their weekend series against
Baltimore with a thud, dropping an 8-0 decision Sunday
afternoon. It’s the first time the Yankees have been shut out
as a favorite of -200 or greater since August 15, 2010, when
they fell 1-0 to Kansas City despite being installed at -210.
Cardinals Undercut High Totals
The St. Louis Cardinals face their largest total of the season
in their series opener with the host Colorado Rockies. St.
Louis has one of the lowest average totals in baseball and is
1-9-2 O/U so far this year in games with totals of eight or
Clayton Kershaw will try to follow up on his
first career no-hitter Tuesday as he leads the Los Angeles
Dodgers into Kansas City for an interleague date with the
Royals. Kershaw has allowed just four runs over his last four
starts, going 4-0 SU and 3-1 O/U over that stretch.
* Seattle ace Felix Hernandez has been red-hot
of late, allowing two runs or fewer in seven consecutive
starts. The Mariners are 5-2 SU and 2-4-1 O/U over that stretch
but have lost back-to-back Hernandez starts entering Monday’s
game against visiting Boston (+136, 6.5).
* Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir looks to
continue his recent Under trend as he faces the host New York
Mets on Tuesday. Kazmir is 1-5 O/U over his last six starts,
with the Athletics a sizzling 5-1 SU in that stretch thanks to
Kazmir allowing just eight combined runs in those games.
* Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has 11
home runs in just 293 at-bats so far this season, three shy of
his career high set in 646 at-bats in 2012. The Cubs are 5-4 SU
and 7-2 O/U in games in which Castro goes deep entering
Monday’s game against visiting Cincinnati (+104).
* Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera has been one
of the catalysts for the team’s four-game winning streak,
batting .400 with a home run and five RBIs over that span.
Cabrera and the Tigers face Texas on Tuesday; the reigning AL
MVP is a .379 hitter with 63 RBIs in 63 career games versus the
Seattle Mariners (3-14-1 O/U): Seattle’s
pitching staff has been as good as any in the majors over the
past eight games, allowing exactly one run in five of the
Mariners’ last eight games en route to a 6-2 record over that
stretch. Seattle is 31-41-4 O//U for the season.
Prop of the Day
The Mariners are a strong play at -2.5 runs (+275). In addition
to Hernandez being at his stingy best, the Red Sox haven been
dreadful away from Boston of late, scoring just seven runs over
a six-game road stretch before erupting for seven in a narrow
win over Oakland on Sunday afternoon.
* Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has
an ankle injury and is questionable for Monday’s game against
Washington (+109, 8). The Brewers are 9-8 SU, 12-5 O/U and +159
units in 17 games without Braun in 2014.
* Toronto infielder Brett Lawrie is out
indefinitely after suffering a fractured finger in Sunday’s
loss to Cincinnati. The Blue Jays are 3-4 SU, 5-2 O/U and -134
units in seven games with Lawrie on the shelf so far this
WAG of the Day
Karina Smirnoff is the former fiancee of
major-league pitcher Brad Penny.
* Wind at Camden Yards will blow out to left field at 8 mph for
Monday’s game between host Baltimore (+108, 7.5) and the
Chicago White Sox. Teams averaged a combined 10.89 runs and
3.56 home runs over nine games in similar conditions last
season – well above stadium averages.
** Odds, stats, weather forecast and probable pitchers as of
9:45 a.m. ET Monday.