Recent history isn’t offering much help to bettors Monday as David Price leads the Boston Red Sox into the opener of a four-game series with his former club, the Tampa Bay Rays. Price has been a sensational Over play of late, with each of his last four starts exceeding the total. But that run will be put to the test Monday, as he has seen six of his last starts against American League East foes play to the Under. That said, counterpart Blake Snell has gone Over in five of his last seven home starts.
A Giant Problem for the Dodgers
The two teams to beat in the National League West go toe-to-toe this week as the San Francisco Giants visit the Los Angeles Dodgers in a pivotal three-game set beginning Tuesday. This series takes on a completely different complexion with the absence of Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who remains on the shelf with a herniated disc in his back. Los Angeles has won each of his three starts versus the Giants this season, but has dropped six of seven meetings when Kershaw hasn’t started.
Hanging in There
The Miami Marlins are doing their best to remain in the National League playoff race without their premier slugger. Giancarlo Stanton is still out of the lineup as the Marlins kick off a three-game interleague series with the visiting Kansas City Royals, but Miami has held its own, going 5-3 while winning 307 units since since Stanton was sidelined with a groin injury. And Marlins president of baseball operations believes Stanton will return to the lineup at some point prior to the end of the regular season.
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* Good luck to the San Diego Padres this week, who are tasked with slowing down Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant. The 24-year-old had 14 hits in 29 at-bats last week, swatting three home runs and driving in 11 while pushing his average above the .300 mark for the first time since May 5.
* A little time off appears to have done Bryce Harper some good. The Washington Nationals star has been sensational since missing five games earlier in the month, hitting a pair of homers and driving in 11 runs in his past eight games. The Nats are 5-3 SU and 6-2 O/U in that span.
* Chris Archer will look to climb out of the money cellar Tuesday night as he leads the Rays against the visiting Red Sox. It has been a nightmare season for Archer, who was fifth in Cy Young voting last season but is 7-16 with a 4.18 ERA and a league-worst -$1,228 in 26 starts.
* Looking for an early-week parlay? Consider taking Washington’s Stephen Strasburg and the Over as he and the Nationals square off against the rival Baltimore Orioles. The Strasburg-Over play has succeeded in 13 of his 23 starts this season, though he has dropped three in a row.
The St. Louis Cardinals continued their run as one of the league’s top road Over plays Sunday with a 9-0 drubbing of the host Philadelphia Phillies. That wrapped up a 6-3 O/U road trip for the Cardinals while improving them to 37-22-3 O/U away from St. Louis for the season.
Monday’s Weather Report
The weather looks perfect in all Major League cities who are hosting games Monday, with the exception of Phoenix who are expecting some thunderstorms this evening – but Chase Field has a roof so it won’t matter.
Mother Nature will not be impacting any MLB games today.