MLB Odds Preview: Tuesday Underdog Picks

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 18: Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies takes a short break from the heat as Chase Utley ties his shoe against the Chicago Cubs on July 18, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Halladay left the game in the fifth inning. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

For the sixth straight day Monday, Major League Baseball underdogs won more games than they lost, meaning continued good news for those baseball bettors who like to back the dogs.

Underdogs won seven of 13 games on Monday, producing a profit of $235, based upon theoretical $100 wagers. So over the course of the last six days of baseball betting, the dogs are 52-35.

"It's been a remarkable run for sure and it's the type of trend that shifts the opinion of oddsmakers," said Mike Pickett of OddsShark.com.

"You can only win so many times as an underdog before the hype builds, the money starts getting bigger and the moneyline swings you to chalk status more regularly."

The Kansas City Royals led the way Monday, shutting out the New York Yankees 6-0 while getting +145 on the betting line. Also, the Toronto Blue Jays won at Tampa getting +140, and the Seattle Mariners and Felix Hernandez topped Texas getting +130 as home dogs.

Also Monday, as we returned to league play, baseball totals leaned toward the 'unders' by a 7-5-1 margin.

Among Tuesday's baseball betting matchups, the Pirates and James McDonald are -120 favorites over RA Dickey and the Mets; Roy Halladay and the Phillies are -150 faves over Jordan Zimmerman and the Nationals; Brandon Beachy and the Braves are -115 road chalk at Mat Latos and the Reds; and Phil Hughes and the suddenly punchless Yankees are -175 favorites over Luke Hochevar and the Royals.

Here's a quick look Tuesday's baseball betting board, with MLB odds courtesy of SB Nation.

Detroit +107 at Cleveland -112, Total 8.5 - Rick Porcello (3-3) | Ubaldo Jimenez (4-3) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last five games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in four of Cleveland's last five games when playing Detroit

Kansas City +167 at NY Yankees -174, Total 9.5 - Luke Hochevar (3-4) | Philip Hughes (3-5) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last five games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in six of NY Yankees's last seven games

Boston -121 at Baltimore +116, Total 9.5 - Felix Doubront (4-1) | Brian Matusz (3-4) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in five of Boston's last six games when playing Baltimore
The total has gone OVER in five of Baltimore's last six games when playing Boston

Washington +141 at Philadelphia -146, Total 6.5 - Jordan Zimmermann (2-4) | Roy Halladay (4-3) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Washington is 5-0 SU in its last five games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in four of Philadelphia's last five games when playing at home against Washington

NY Mets +120 at Pittsburgh -125, Total 7 - R.A. Dickey (5-1) | James McDonald (3-2) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 11 of NY Mets's last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 18 of Pittsburgh's last 23 games at home

Colorado +132 at Miami -137, Total 8 - Juan Nicasio (2-1) | Ricky Nolasco (4-2) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in five of Colorado's last five games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in five of Miami's last five games when playing Colorado

Toronto +126 at Tampa Bay -131, Total 8 - Drew Hutchison (3-1) | Matt Moore (1-4) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last six games
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last five games when playing Toronto

Atlanta -115 at Cincinnati +110, Total 7.5 - Brandon Beachy (5-1) | Mat Latos (2-2) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in four of Atlanta's last five games
Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in its last six games when playing at home against Atlanta

Chi Cubs +118 at Houston -123, Total 8 - Travis Wood (0-0) | JA Happ (3-3) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in five of Chicago Cubs's last five games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Houston's last 14 games

Minnesota +157 at Chi White Sox -162, Total 8.5 - PJ Walters (1-1) | Gavin Floyd (3-4) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last five games
Chi White Sox are 4-1 SU in their last five games

San Francisco -102 at Milwaukee -103, Total 7 - Matt Cain (3-2) | Shaun Marcum (2-2) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: San Francisco is 5-1 SU in its last six games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in nine of Milwaukee's last 12 games when playing at home against San Francisco

San Diego +155 at St. Louis -160, Total 8 - Edinson Volquez (2-3) | Adam Wainwright (2-5) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in five of San Diego's last five games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in five of St. Louis's last five games when playing San Diego

LA Dodgers +127 at Arizona -132, Total 9 - Aaron Harang (3-2) | Trevor Cahill (2-4) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: LA Dodgers are 5-0 SU in their last five games
The total has gone UNDER in five of Arizona's last six games at home

LA Angels -154 at Oakland +149, Total 6.5 - C.J. Wilson (4-4) | Graham Godfrey (0-3) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in five of LA Angels's last five games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in five of Oakland's last five games when playing LA Angels

Texas -165 at Seattle +159, Total 7.5 - Matt Harrison (4-3) | Hector Noesi (2-4) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Texas is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Seattle
The total has gone OVER in five of Seattle's last five games

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