early-week major-league games:
Dodgers Halt Padres’ Under Streak
The Los Angeles Dodgers (-165, O 7) used five runs in the
eighth and ninth innings to defeat host San Diego 7-1 Sunday,
ending the Padres’ latest Under streak at four. San Diego
remains far and away the best under bet in the league, sitting
48-82-5 entering the week.
Smyly Dealing Low Totals
Tampa Bay lefty Drew Smyly will look to
extend his recent under streak Monday as the host Rays (-152,
7.5) tangle with the Boston Red Sox. Smyly is 1-7 over/under
over his last eight starts, and has surrendered just three
total runs in his previous four outings.
Welcome Back, Holland
Derek Holland makes his long-awaited 2014
debut Tuesday as the Texas Rangers visit the Kansas City
Royals. The veteran left-hander underwent surgery to repair
torn cartilage in his left knee and hasn’t pitched in a
major-league game since last Sept. 28.
* Gerrit Cole is one of the hottest pitchers
going as the Pittsburgh Pirates (+109, 7) visit the St. Louis
Cardinals on Monday afternoon. The Pirates are 7-1 SU in Cole’s
last eight outings, with the right-hander racking up five
quality starts over that span.
* Twins lefty Tommy Milone will look to
get back on track Tuesday as Minnesota hosts the Chicago White
Sox. Milone has surrendered 15 runs in 11 innings over his
previous three outings, with the Twins going 3-0 O/U over that
* Philaelphia pitcher Cole Hamels vs. Atlanta
first baseman Chris Johnson will be one of the
marquee matchups of Monday’s showdown between the visiting
Phillies (+131, 6.5) and the Braves. Johnson is 7-for-20
lifetime vs. Hamels, but has struck out nine times.
* Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson may want
to steer clear of Toronto outfielder Jose
Bautista on Tuesday when the Rays host the Blue Jays.
Bautista is 8-for-26 with threee home runs lifetime against
Chicago Cubs (5-1 O/U): The Cubs have a wealth
of young hitters but continues to scuffle on the mound,
surrendering 22 runs in back-to-back losses in St. Louis over
the weekend. The Cubs remain a strong over play for the year,
entering Monday at 68-62-7 O/U.
Prop of the Day
Bettors may want to shrink Monday’s total between the Detroit
Tigers (+104, 7) and the host Cleveland Indians, with Under 5.5
offering +145. Cleveland ace Corey Kluber is 2-10 O/U in his
previous 12 starts, while Detroit counterpart David Price is
3-6 O/U in his last nine.
* Kansas City outfielder Josh
Willingham missed Sunday’s game against Cleveland
with back stiffness and is considered day-to-day. Willingham
was slumping at the time of the injury, hitting just 4-for-21
over his previous eight games.
* Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos
Gomez left Sunday’s game against San Francisco
with a sore left wrist and is considered day-to-day. Gomez has
missed nine games this season, with the Brewers going 4-5 SU,
5-4 O/U and -175 units without him.
WAG of the Day
Chelsea Cooley was Miss USA 2005 and is the
ex-girlfriend of Minnesota Twins first baseman/catcher
* Wrigley Field will see wind blowing out to center field
at 13 mph as the host Chicago Cubs (+120) face the Milwaukee
Brewers. Teams combined to average better than 13 runs in seven
games under similar conditions a season ago.
Umpire Note of the Day
Over is 20-8-3 in umpire Mark Wegner’s last 31 games
behind home plate involving Minnesota. Wegner will call the
balls and strikes for Monday’s series finale between the
visiting Twins (+136, 8) and the Baltimore Orioles.
** Odds, stats, weather forecasts and probable
pitchers as of 4:25 a.m. ET Monday.