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Only three games remain for MLB teams heading into action Sunday and playoff races are heating up.
Here are Monday’s key matchups with playoff implications that bettors should be aware of:
Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees (-228)
Eduardo Nunez hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning as visiting New York recovered from a four-run deficit to prevail over Toronto on Sunday and remain tied with Baltimore atop the AL East.
Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians (Odds N/A)
The White Sox trail the Tigers by three games in the AL Central with three to play.
Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays (Odds N/A)
Nate McLouth, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis each homered as Baltimore completed a three-game sweep of visiting Boston and clinched a playoff berth on Sunday. The Rays still have an outside shot at a wild-card berth, but need to win all three of their remaining games and get some help.
Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals (+123)
The Tigers have assured at the very least a one-game playoff for the division crown and are just a win or a Chicago loss away from clinching the AL Central.
Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics (Odds N/A)
With their 15th win in 20 home contests Sunday, the Athletics inched closer to Texas in the AL West standings while maintaining a three-game lead over Los Angeles and Tampa Bay for the second wild card.
Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals (-132)
Carlos Beltran homered twice and drove in five runs as host St. Louis moved closer to clinching a postseason berth by downing the Nationals on Sunday. The Cardinals have a two-game lead over the Dodgers for the second NL wild card.
Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners (Odds/NA)
The Angels sit three games back of the A’s for the second AL wild-card spot with three to play.
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers (+106)
The Dodgers remain two games behind St. Louis for the second wild card after extending their winning streak to five games with a victory over the Rockies on Sunday.
Sabathia struck out 10 over eight innings in the Yankees’ 8-2 win over the Twins on Wednesday. The lefty has 21 strikeouts and has allowed just two earned runs over his past two starts. He gets the ball in a must-win game against the Red Sox next.
Jarrod Parker, Oakland Athletics (12-8, 3.44)
Parker struck out eight and held the Rangers to three runs over six innings in Wednesday's win. The right-hander has a 2.31 in 35 September innings and has picked up wins in three of his last four starts. He’ll feel the playoff pressure in his next outing against the same Texas squad he faced last time out.
Clayton Richard, San Diego Padres (14-13, 3.91)
Richard gave up four earned runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Padres fell to the Dodgers 8-2 on Wednesday. The left-hander has surrendered 13 earned runs in only 21 1/3 September innings. His final start comes against the Brewers.
Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners (13-8, 2.86)
Hernandez allowed two runs on five hits in six innings Wednesday at the Angels. King Felix may be feeling the grind of a long season, as he’s winless in his last five starts and is the owner of an ugly 5.70 ERA in September. He draws Los Angeles again in his final start.
-- Maholm is 1-0, 1.35 in his last couple starts.
-- Lannan is 4-0, 4.23 in five starts this season.
-- Marcum is 1-0, 2.25 in his last couple starts.
-- Arroyo is 3-2, 2.87 in his last five starts. JGarcia is 2-0, 2.27 in his last three starts.
-- Cain is 3-0, 1.32 in his last four starts.
-- Santiago lasted only 12.1 IP in three starts, but he does have a 2.92 RA.
-- Cobb is 3-1, 3.22 in his last six starts.
-- Sabathia is 1-0, 1.13 in his last two starts.
-- BChen is 1-1, 1.35 in his last couple starts.
-- Parker is 3-1, 2.31 in his last five starts.
-- FHernandez is 0-0, 1.93 in his last couple starts.
-- Locke is 0-3, 7.50 in five starts this season.
-- Kendrick is 1-2, 7.24 in his last three starts.
-- JJohnson is 0-3, 4.26 in his last three starts. Familia is making his first start; he's allowed 8 runs in 8.1 IP in seven relief appearances this season.
-- Harrell is 0-3, 4.35 in his last seven starts. Berken is 0-2, 7.71 in his three starts this season.
-- Richard has a 6.33 RA in his last four starts, but San Diego won eight of his last ten starts anyway.
-- Miley is 2-2, 6.21 in five starts this month. Pomeranz is 1-2, 6.14 in his last six starts.
-- Harang is 1-3, 4.11 in his last six starts.
-- Kluber is 1-1, 5.82 in his last four starts.
-- Laffey is 1-1, 5.29 in his last four starts. EVasquez is 0-2, 5.88 in five starts this season.
-- WChen is 0-3, 6.21 in his last five starts.
-- Buchholz is 0-4, 4.88 in his last seven starts.
-- Porcello is 0-6, 5.91 in his last eight starts.
-- MPerez is 0-2, 17.36 in his last couple starts.
-- Wilson is 0-1, 6.92 in his last three starts.
-- Atlanta won 11 of its last 14 games.
-- Washington is 6-0 in game following its last six losses.
-- Mets won seven of their last ten games, lost last two.
-- Astros are 5-4 in their last nine games.
-- Cincinnati won nine of its last twelve games. Cardinals won 10 of their last 13 games.
-- Arizona won five of its last seven home games.
-- Giants won 14 of their last 17 games. Dodgers won their last five.
-- Indians won five of their last seven games.
-- Orioles won 11 of their last 14 games. Tampa Bay won 10 of its last 11.
-- Bronx won 13 of its last 18 games.
-- Detroit won six of its last seven games.
-- A's won 15 of their last 20 home games.
-- Angels won 11 of their last 16 games.
-- Pirates lost 16 of their last 22 games.
-- Phillies lost five of their last seven games.
-- Marlins lost ten of their last twelve games.
-- Cubs lost ten of their last twelve games.
-- Brewers lost six of their last nine games. San Diego lost four of five.
-- Colorado lost its last three games, scoring one run.
-- White Sox lost ten of their last twelve games.
-- Blue Jays lost 14 of their last 20 games. Minnesota lost three of four.
-- Red Sox lost nine of their last ten games.
-- Royals lost seven of their last eight games.
-- Rangers lost four of their last six games.
-- Mariners lost 12 of their last 16 games.
-- Under is 16-7-2 in Atlanta's last 25 games.
-- Over is 8-0-1 in last nine Washington games.
-- Under is 7-3-1 in Miami's last eleven games.
-- Six of Cubs' last eight games went over total.
-- Over is 19-10-1 in last 30 Milwaukee games.
-- 15 of last 19 Cincinnati games stayed under the total.
-- 16 of last 21 Colorado games went over the total.
-- Nine of last twelve Giant games went over the total.
-- Under is 8-5 in White Sox' last thirteen games.
-- Three of last four Minnesota road games stayed under.
-- Five of last seven Tampa Bay games stayed under.
-- Over is 5-2-2 in last nine Bronx games.
-- Seven of last eight Kansas City games went over total.
-- Over is 10-3-1 in last fourteen Oakland games.
-- Over is 5-0-1 in Angels' last six games.