August ’08 MLB Betting Report
Who’s Hot & Who’s not going into August?
Here is August’s monthly report for major league baseball’s who’s hot and who’s not. This month is kind of exciting, because as we’re going into August a new face breaks into the “Who’s Hot” list at number one, after breaking an incredible 101 year old major league baseball record
#1: Brad Ziegler, RP, Oakland A’s. Ziegler was brought up from the minors and rewarded the A’s confidence by pitching 27 straight scoreless innings to start his career, breaking a major league baseball record that has stood for 101 years. The streak is up to 30 as of July 30th, and counting. Want to know what’s even more amazing? If you count his time in the minor leagues, Ziegler hasn’t allowed a run since May 11. That’s over 12 weeks and 30 appearances ago. That’s about as hot as it gets.
#2: L.A. Angels. At 66-40, they have the best record in major leaguer baseball, and are also 8-2 in their last ten games on top of that. This definitely makes the Angels one of the hottest teams in major league baseball, and this team looks capable right now of taking on anyone in the play-offs.
#3: Francisco Rodriguez. He is a major reason why the Angels are at number two. Many people wondered if anyone would ever come close to Bobby Thigpen’s record 58 saves. Rodriguez has 44 already, and is on pace to net 67. He’s not likely to remain that on fire, but the fact he is already this close shows that Rodriguez may be having one of the greatest seasons a relief pitcher has ever had.
#4: Milwaukee Brewers. Yes, the three straight losses were very disappointing, but to go from where they were in April to 60-47 and the leading wild card contender, that’s one heck of a turnaround. Hopefully they fix the skid, but this is a young team who has a chance to make some waves.
#1: Washington Nationals. Some thought moving the Expos from Montreal to Washington would make the new team competitive. You know, the Expos were at least competitive every other season. That’s all there is to say about the Nationals, worst team in the majors by far.
#2: Cincinnati Reds. Say hello to the only major league baseball team to go 2-8 in their last ten games, and are dead last in a division that many thought would be the most wide open in all of major league baseball.
#3: Every All Star 2B not named Dustin Pedroia. Ian Kinsler was batting over .350, now 3 for his last 24. Chase Utley went 0-12 against New York, and Dan Uggla, well 1-22 isn’t even the worst of how he’s done since the break. Yikes. What is it with baseball and curses?
#4: Jimmy Gobble, RP, Kansas City Royals. In case you missed this beauty back on the 21st, in one inning pitched, Gobble gave up 7 hits, 10 runs (all earned), four walks, and it took 45 pitches to get three outs. He’s the first relief pitcher in 60 years to put up such terrible numbers.
#5: Baltimore Orioles and Sundays. Maybe the Orioles need a memo that the Sabbath doesn’t apply when you’re playing. Their win on Sunday the 27th was the first win in 16 Sunday games. Yep, the O’s are 1-15 on Sunday. That’s gotta sting.
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Shane Dayton (Senior Writer for BetVega.com)