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|Mondays American League Preview
by Ultimatecapper.com Staff
Boston Red Sox (21-14, tied for first place in the American League East) 160, o/u 9 ½ at Baltimore Orioles (18-20, 4th in AL East), 6 p.m. Eastern
Boston is 6-2 over its last eight games, but hasnt played since Friday: they got rained out at home Saturday and Sunday Baltimore has won three games in a row The Red Sox are 10-8 on the road this season, while the Orioles are 13-10 at home Boston has won the last 11 meetings between these two teams Neither scheduled starting pitcher has been very good lately; Beckett, despite a 4-1 record, has allowed 20 ER in his last 23 IP Lopez is 1-5 and has given up 13 ER in his last 16 1/3 IP Beckett has never started vs. Baltimore Lopez has allowed 8 ER and 23 H+W in 11 1/3 IP vs. Boston this season The Sox own a .366 team OBP, 3rd-best in AL, and average 5.3 RPG The Os own a .334 team OBP, 7th in AL, and also average 5.3 RPG The o/u is 23-13 in Baltimore games this year The Os just scored 25 runs in a three-game sweep of KC over the weekend The Boston bullpen has given up 4 ER and 16 H+W over its last 13 IP The Baltimore bullpen has allowed 7 ER and 29 H+W in its last 18 IP.
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Kansas City (10-25, last in AL Central) +180, o/u 10 at Cleveland (17-21, 4th in AL Central), 6 p.m. Eastern
KC has lost three games in a row, and is 2-17 on the road this season Cleveland has lost six games in a row and is 8-9 at home KC is 5-1 vs. Cleveland this year The o/u is 23-13 in Indians games this season Affeldt owns a 5.33 ERA, but has given up just 3 ER in his last 18 IP He did, however, last only 1 2/3 innings vs. the Indians last Tuesday, and in two starts vs. the Tribe this year has given up 3 ER in 7 IP Off-season acquisition Byrd has been terrible, with a 6.52 ERA, although its come down a bit recently (8 ER last 19 IP) But hes allowed 10 ER in 10 IP vs. the Royals this year KC owns a paltry .308 team OBP, 3rd-worst in AL, and averages just 3.8 RPG Cleveland owns a .368 team OBP, 2nd-best in the league, and averages 5.9 RPG The Royals bullpen has stunk royally recently, allowing 20 ER and 43 H+W in its last 19 2/3 IP The Indians pen has given up 6 ER and 15 H+W in its last 11 1/3 IP.
Texas (19-17, 1st in AL West) +150, o/u 9 ½ at Yankees (21-14, tied for 1st in AL East), 6 p.m. Eastern
Texas is 10-5 on the road this year, but just 2-5 over its last seven games New York is 12-6 at Yankee Stadium this season, but just 3-3 over its last six games The Yanks swept three games from the Rangers two weekends ago, and have won 10 of the last 11 meetings between these two teams Millwood had four decent starts in a row, but then gave up 9 ER in just 1 1/3 innings last Tuesday vs. Minnesota He gave up 8 ER in 14 IP in two starts vs. the Yankees last year while pitching for Cleveland Mussina has been great this year, sporting a 6-1 record and a 2.56 ERA In his last 20 1/3 IP vs. Texas (covering this year and last), hes allowed just 5 ER The Rangers own a .350 team OBP, 6th-best in AL, and average 5.3 RPG The Yanks own the best team OBP in the league, .374, but that figure was up near .390 just about 10 days ago New York, now without both Sheffield and Matsui, has scored just 10 runs in its last four games The Texas bullpen has allowed 9 ER and 37 H+W in its last 23 1/3 IP The Yankee pen has given up 5 ER and 24 H+W in its last 14 1/3 innings of work Weather forecasts call for rain and wind Monday in New York.