Red-hot Rockies face stingy Braves' staff in three-game series
Major League Baseball jumps right into a new week of action with nearly a full Monday slate, featuring several intriguing matchups. Here's how some of this week's early happenings on the diamond shape up, with associated MLB betting odds.
Starting Monday, in a rematch of a National League playoff series of a year ago, the 10-8 St. Louis Cardinals visit the 10-8 Washington Nationals for three games. And in a battle between two American League teams off to solid starts to this season the 12-6 Boston Red Sox host the 12-7 Oakland A's for a three-game series.
In one AL East tussle the 10-8 Baltimore Orioles host the 8-11 Toronto Blue Jays for three games starting Monday, while in another the 10-7 New York Yankees and 8-10 Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game series in St. Pete.
In a matchup between the two best records in baseball the 13-5 Atlanta Braves visit the surprising Colorado Rockies (also at 13-5) for three games beginning Monday night.
In an NL West encounter the 12-7 San Francisco Giants host the 10-8 Arizona Diamondbacks for a three-game set. And in an AL West rivalry the 7-10 Los Angeles Angels host the 12-6 Texas Rangers for a three-game set starting Monday.
As of Monday morning some online sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com were listing the Cardinals - who upset the Nationals in the NLDS last fall - as +120 underdogs to win their series in Washington (-140).
Boston, which is playing well in the wake of last week's tragedy, was favored by -160 to win its series with the A's (+140).
The Orioles, who took the season series from Toronto last year 11 games to seven, were favored by -130 for their series with the Jays (+110).
The Yanks, who lost the season series to Tampa last year ten games to eight, were dogged by +120 for their series with the Rays (-140).
The Braves, who just lost three straight games at Pittsburgh over the weekend, were favored by -120 for their series at the Rockies (+100).
The Giants, who just allowed two runs total in sweeping three games from San Diego over the weekend, were favored by -175 for their series with the D'Backs (+155).
And the Angels, who just swept three games from Detroit over the weekend, were chalked at -120 for their grudge-match series with the Rangers (+100).