Tuesday's Best MLB Bets
Cleveland Indians at Seattle Mariners (+110, 7)
Averaging an MLB-best 6.5 runs, the Indians have homered in each of their first eight games, the fourth-longest streak in franchise history.
Rejuvenated Travis Hafner (2 HRs, 5 RBIs), the 34-year-old DH, and 2B Jason Kipnis (3 HRs, 7 RBIs) are leading the power surge. Hafner hit a 468-foot bomb in Sunday's 13-7 blowout of Kansas City.
"Wow! He's hit two balls already that I guess the people in Cleveland were used to seeing before he hurt his shoulder," manager Manny Acta said of Hafner. "I've seen a lot of games here and I've never seen a ball hit that far."
Cleveland's offense will present a major challenge to Seattle starter Kevin Millwood, who is trying to revive his career at age 37.
The Mariners have built their winning record on the backs of the A’s. Seattle has played the A’s seven times, getting five of its seven wins against them. Seattle ranks 13th in the AL in slugging percentage (.353), ahead of only Oakland.
Cleveland scored at least eight runs in its first three road games for the first time in franchise history.
Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays (-130, 8)
Toronto saved face with a win over Baltimore in its series finale after two bullpen collapses in the late innings. The Blue Jays' starters have been stellar to begin the season, posting a collective 2.90 ERA, second lowest in the American League.
Tampa Bay also did some damage control with a 1-0 win over Boston Monday, snapping a four-game losing streak. The Rays' offense is sputtering, scoring an average of only 2.8 runs in the last five games and could have a tough time against Ricky Romero.
Romero picked up his first win of 2012 with an impressive outing versus Boston, giving up only one run on three hits over 8 1/3 innings. The lefty is 5-4 with a career 3.18 ERA against Tampa Bay, including a 3-2 mark and 2.02 ERA in five starts versus the Rays last season.
Jose Bautista is getting warmer with a hit in all three games against the Orioles. However, the reigning home run king hasn’t gone yard since opening day and has also failed to drive in a run since putting two on the board on April 5. Tampa Bay leaked runs to the Red Sox, getting outscored 31-13 in that four-game set.
Pick: Blue Jays