early-week major league games:
Tim Tames Padres
Something about the San Diego Padres brings out the best in
Tim Lincecum, who limited them to one run over
6 1/3 innings as San Francisco (+126) prevailed 5-3 Sunday
afternoon. Lincecum is 5-0 in his last five starts versus the
Padres – a stretch that includes a pair of no-hitters.
Big Total in Beantown
The Boston Red Sox (-180, 10) stare down their largest total of
the season Monday as they host the Chicago White Sox. Boston
has been one of the most reliable under bets on the season,
going 34-51-3 O/U – including a 16-29-0 mark at Fenway Park.
New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka looks to
bounce back Tuesday as he faces off against the Cleveland
Indians. Tanaka allowed four runs over seven innings in a
victory over Minnesota last time out, snapping his streak of
consecutive quality starts to begin his major-league career at
* Kansas City right-hander James Shields looks
to halt a three-game losing skid against the moneyline as he
takes on the host Tampa Bay Rays (-122, 7) in a Monday night
tilt. Shields has been a strong Over play of late, going 8-1
O/U in his previous nine starts – including 5-0 in his last
five road outings.
* The Los Angeles Dodgers sent road warrior Hyun-jin
Ryu to the hill Tuesday in an interleague encounter in
Detroit. Ryu has been one of the most dependable road pitchers
in baseball to date, going 6-1 with a 1.62 ERA and a 1-6 O/U
record in seven starts away from Dodger Stadium.
* Houston Astros rookie outfielder George
Springer has had an up-and-down start to his
major-league career, racking up 17 homers in 268 at-bats but
also striking out a whopping 105 times. Houston is 11-5 SU and
9-7 O/U when Springer goes deep entering Monday’s game in Texas
* Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew
McCutchen is on a tear, recording four multi-hit games
in his last five outings to bump his average to .324 – good for
fourth in the NL. The Pirates, who are 19-11 SU when McCutchen
has more than one hit, visit St. Louis on Tuesday night.
Toronto Blue Jays (1-7 O/U): The Blue Jays offense
continues to sag – scoring just four runs in a four-game sweep
at the hands of the Oakland Athletics – and could struggle
further with the loss of slugger Edwin Encarnacion to a quad
injury. Toronto is now 42-45-3 O/U for the year.
Prop of the Day
The Angels may represent the strongest blowout play of the day
at +475 to win by five or more runs. The Toronto offense hasn’t
done much of anything so far on its West Coast swing, and now
faces the daunting task of matching up against a Los Angeles
team that has won 19 of its last 21 home games.
* Tampa Bay hurler Jeremy Hellickson will
finally make his 2014 debut Tuesday after completing his
recovery from elbow surgery. Hellickson went 12-10 with a 5.17
ERA in 32 appearances last season, with the Rays going 18-14 SU
and 16-14-2 O/U in those outings.
* Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is
expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a strained quadriceps suffered
over the weekend in Oakland. The Blue Jays are 14-6 SU and 14-6
O/U in games in which Encarnacion hits a home run.
WAG of the Day
Brooke Nix is the wife of former major-league
outfielder Laynce Nix.
* Fenway Park faithful should expect wind blowing out to center
field at 13 mph for Monday’s game between the Red Sox and White
Sox. Boston went 4-2 SU and 1-5 O/U in six games under similar
conditions in 2013, while teams combined to average 8.5 runs –
slightly below the stadium average.
* Citi Field will see wind blowing out to right field at 11 mph
for Tuesday’s showdown between the host New York Mets and the
Atlanta Braves. Teams averaged just 6.46 runs while battting
.220 in 15 games with the wind blowing out to right last season
– well below stadium averages.
** Odds, stats, weather forecast and probable pitchers as of
11:35 a.m. ET Monday.