Here’s a comprehensive look at betting notes for the
early-week major league games:
Padres Bucking Over Trend
The San Diego Padres (-113, O 7) continued their
late-season Over trend Sunday with an 8-2 home drubbing of the
San Francisco Giants. The Padres (59-91-5 O/U) still have the
fewest Overs in the majors, but are a stunning 7-3 O/U in their
last 10 games.
Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A.
Happ is one of the strongest Under plays of late
heading into Monday’s showdown with the visiting Seattle
Mariners (-115, 8). Happ has recorded six consecutive Unders
and is 1-8-1 O/U in his last 10 starts.
Marlins Showing Brotherly Love
The Miami Marlins have enjoyed their visits from the
Philadelphia Phillies this season as the National League East
rivals do battle Tuesday night. Miami is 4-2 SU and 4-1-1 O/U
in six home meetings with the Phillies so far in 2014.
* Bet against Adam
Wainwright at your peril. The St. Louis
Cardinals ace is 10-6 with a 1.82 ERA in 17 road starts going
into Monday’s tilt with host Chicago (+171, 7); the Cubs did,
however, torch him for six runs over five innings in a home win
* Miami right-hander
Henderson Alvarez looks to secure a
top-five spot in pitcher values this season as the Marlins
tangle with the visiting Phillies on Tuesday. Alvarez ranks
fourth among starters at $1,148, with Miami going 19-9 in his
* A pair of Los Angeles Dodgers
have caught fire at the right time. Matt
Kemp is hitting .333 with three home runs and 10
RBIs over the past seven days, while first baseman
Adrian Gonzalez is batting .333 with two
homers and nine RBIs over the same span.
* All eyes will be on Chicago
lefty Chris Sale and Detroit
slugger Victor Martinez as the
White Sox visit the Tigers. Martinez is hitting a scorching
15-for-28 lifetime versus Sale, with three home runs, six walks
and eight RBIs.
Minnesota Twins (7-1 O/U): The Twins are
a strong bet to finish with the most Overs in the American
League following their latest stretch in which they’ve
surrendered four or more runs in eight of their last nine
games. The Twins are 84-66-5 O/U for the year.
Prop of the Day
Bettors may want to consider taking the Seattle Mariners
to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays by exactly one run (+550). Six
of Happ’s last 10 starts have been decided by a run, with
the Blue Jays going 2-4 in those games.
* The Tampa Bay Rays have announced
that outfielder Desmond Jennings
will miss the remainder of the season with a left knee
injury. Jennings hasn’t played since Aug. 28 – a stretch during
which the Rays have gone 10-12 SU, 10-10-2 O/U and -511
* Detroit Tigers catcher
Alex Avila is expected to rejoin the
club shortly as he makes his way back from a concussion. Avila
has missed 17 games this season, with the Tigers going 11-6 SU,
9-8 O/U and +373 units in those contests.
WAG of the Day
Kate Upton is perhaps the most
well-known MLB WAG of all, romantically linked with Tigers
pitcher Justin Verlander.
* Wind at Turner Field will blow in
from center field at 7 mph for Monday’s tilt between the host
Braves (+129, 6.5) and Pittsburgh. teams combined to hit .229
with 1.38 home runs in eight games under similar conditions in
2013 – well below stadium averages.
** Odds, stats, weather forecast and probable pitchers as
of 11:10 a.m. ET Monday.