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There are most certainly some surprises that you wouldn't expect at this point in MLB betting action in the National League. The list of teams that are hot and not are relatively thin, as most of the teams have essentially split their games over the course of the last week or so. There are some that are standing out for all of the right reasons and all of the wrong reasons though, and we're here to set the record straight on them all.
 
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Miami Marlins (4-3, +$499 in L/7) – Grab a screenshot of this and put it in your scrapbook, as it isn't anything you'll see all that often. The Fish have netted $880 of profits this year against the Mets, and they have eight wins against their NL East foes. Then again, after Saturday, Miami is 1-0 in games that last into the 20th inning as well.
 
On Deck: The bad news? Against the rest of baseball, the Marlins still only have 10 wins through 51 games played. They'll host Milwaukee and St. Louis this week, and a return to the norm should be in the cards.
 
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Atlanta Braves (7-2, +$479 in L/9)
– The Braves are starting to build what might be an unassailable lead in the NL East with the way that they are playing while the rest of baseball is more or less just muddling along. This trip out to the West Coast hasn't been puzzling yet, though the team only split the four games against the Dodgers.
 
On Deck: Finishing up this trip strong is important for the Braves. If they can handle San Diego for these three games at Petco Park and their three with the Giants at home over the weekend, the next several weeks really loosen up. There's five with the Mets, three with the Brewers, and two with the Royals to follow.
 
Milwaukee Brewers (3-0, +$322 in L/3) – Slim pickings for sure in the National League, where the longest winning streak belongs to the Brewers. They took the final three games of their series against the Phillies this weekend, but they still have tremendous problems to tend to, particularly in their pitching staff.
 
On Deck: We admit that Milwaukee doesn't really classify as "hot" yet with just three wins in a row, but with these next three coming against the Marlins, there's a real chance to be on a six-game winning streak going into Cincinnati this weekend.
 
Money-Burners
 
New York Mets (1-7, -$829 in L/8) – If the Marlins are hot, the team that is losing to the Marlins is particularly cold. We saw this coming, though. The Mets were all full of themselves and high and mighty after taking all four games against the Yankees, but alas, they're still just the Mets, and they still clearly stink.
 
On Deck: We have to imagine that the hometown crowd is really going to be giving it to the Metropolitans in these next two series against the Cardinals and the Cubs if the home team isn't coming up with some more wins. However, this series against St. Louis, arguably the best team in baseball, is really poorly placed in the schedule with the form that the team is currently in.
 
Cincinnati Reds (1-4, -$411 in L/5) – The Reds had their chance to make up games against the Cardinals last week, but losing two of three, and particularly losing the Sunday Night Baseball game in extra innings hurt quite a bit.
 
On Deck: Four against the Cubbies and three against the Brewers will surely cure what is ailing the Reds this week. We expect to see them back into second place by themselves in the NL Central and right back on the heels of the Cardinals by the time this week concludes.
 
Pittsburgh Pirates (2-6, -$329 in L/8) – We're not really worried about the fact that the Jolly Roger has only been sent up twice in Pittsburgh's last eight games. This is still one of the best teams in the game, and most are looking forward to the Bucs calling up RHP Gerrit Cole on Tuesday night.
 
On Deck: That Tuesday nighter against the defending champs might be the most anticipated game that the Pirates have had in 20 years. After the Giants leave town, the Dodgers will be right behind them for a weekend series in the Steel City.

  
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