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Every week we take a look at the hottest and coldest teams as well as the best over and under bets in Major League Baseball.
Hot team: Tampa Bay Rays
Last week: 6-0
Season record: 62-52
Upcoming schedule: at Mariners, at Angels
Skinny: The Rays completed a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays at home and then travelled to Minnesota and took all three games of a weekend series with the Twins. Tampa Bay continues its 10-game road trip Monday in Seattle.
Cold team: Chicago Cubs
Last week: 1-6
Season record: 44-69
Upcoming schedule: vs. Astros, at Reds
Skinny: The Cubs were swept by the lowly Padres and dropped three of four to the Reds last week. Chicago has just one win in its last 12 games overall.
Over team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Last week: 6-1-0
Season O/U record: 55-55-5
Upcoming schedule: at Cardinals, at Astros
Skinny: The Diamondbacks have gone over the total in six straight games. The D-Backs scored six or more runs in each of their three wins last week and suffered a few defeats in high scoring fashion. The Arizona offense ranks third in runs scored in the NL.
Under team: Kansas City Royals
Last week: 5-2-0
Season O/U record: 51-60-3
Upcoming schedule: vs. Athletics, vs. White Sox
Skinny: The Royals had three low scoring affairs against the White Sox last week that tipped the scales in favor of the under. Kansas City continues to struggle offensively this season, ranking 11th in runs scored in the AL.
Fiers is in the midst of a breakout season with a 6-4 record, 1.80 ERA while averaging a strikeout per inning at the big league level. He’s won three consecutive starts, only allowing three earned runs during that stretch. His next start is on the road at Coors Field in Colorado.
Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays (6-8, 4.32 ERA)
Cobb struck out seven batters and only allowed one run over seven innings Wednesday against Toronto to pick up his sixth win of the year. This was Cobb's third consecutive quality after netting only one in his previous five outings. He has posted back-to-back wins, only squandering two earned runs during that stretch. He toes the rubber in Seattle next time out.
C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels (9-8, 3.34 ERA)
Wilson struggled through five innings against the Athletics Tuesday, allowing 14 hitters to reach base. It was Wilson’s second sub-par outing in a row, both against division rivals. The lefty has surrendered 11 earned runs in his last two starts. His next start is at home versus the Indians.
Jeff Francis, Colorado Rockies (3-4, 6.06 ERA)
Francis allowed three runs over four innings during Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Dodgers. The southpaw has been lit up for 14 earned runs in last three starts and hasn’t survived past the fourth inning in each of those outings. He takes the hill at home against the Brewers next.
-- Karstens is 4-0, 2.80 in his last seven starts.
-- Minor has a 1.99 RA in his last five starts.
-- Hamels is 1-1, 1.69 in his last couple starts.
-- Samardzija is 2-2, 2.59 in his last five starts.
-- Fiers is 5-2, 1.19 in his last nine starts.
-- Vogelsong is 3-1, 2.25 in his last five starts.
-- Phelps is 0-1, 2.07 in three starts, but hasn't finished fifth inning in any of the three games.
-- Minnesota won last five Deduno starts (3-0, 2.31 in last four).
-- Beavan is 4-0, 3.67 in his last five starts. Cobb is 2-0, 1.29 in his last two.
-- Harang is 0-2, 5.89 in his last three starts.
-- Stults is 1-2, 5.00 in his last three starts.
-- Eovaldi has a 5.11 RA in his first three starts for Miami.
-- Galarraga is 0-2, 5.87 in three starts for the Astros.
-- Francis is 0-2, 10.80 in his last three starts.
-- GGonzalez is 2-3, 4.81 in his last six starts.
-- Dempster has a 9.00 RA in two starts for Texas, but Rangers won both games, scoring 21 runs.
-- Villanueva is 2-2, 4.63 in his last four starts. Peavy is 2-3, 4.41 in his last five starts.
-- ASanchez is 1-2, 8.40 in three starts for Detroit.
-- Wilson is 0-3, 8.19 in his last five starts. Masterson is 1-2, 10.26 in his last three starts.
-- Dodgers won nine of their last thirteen road games.
-- Padres won six of their last seven games. Braves won 14 of 18.
-- Washington won 19 of its last 23 games. Giants won seven of ten.
-- Rangers/Bronx both won four of their last five games.
-- Indians won three of their last four games.
-- Tampa Bay won 11 of its last 14 games.
-- Pirates lost four of their last six games.
-- Miami lost 17 of its last 25 games. Phillies lost five of last seven on road.
-- Astros lost 35 of their last 40 games. Cubs lost ten of their last twelve.
-- Brewers lost 11 of their last 12 road games. Colorado lost 14 of its last 19 games overall.
-- Blue Jays lost eleven of their last fourteen games overall; White Sox lost seven of their last eleven road games.
-- Tigers lost four of their last five games. Minnesota lost its last five home games.
-- Angels lost eight of their last eleven games.
-- Mariners lost five of their last seven games.
-- Over is 8-4-1 in last thirteen Dodger road games.
-- 13 of last 18 San Diego games went over the total.
-- Over is 3-1-1 in Miami's last five games.
-- Under is 13-5-1 in last nineteen games at Wrigley Field.
-- Over is 4-1-1 in last six games at Coors Field.
-- Over is 7-3-1 in last eleven San Francisco games.
-- Five of last seven Bronx games went over the total.
-- Five of last seven Toronto games went over the total.
-- Under is 3-1-1 in Detroit's last five road games.
-- Four of last five Cleveland games stayed under total.
-- 16 of last 22 Tampa Bay games stayed under total.