Baseball Betting Tips: American League Teams Providing Cash To Bettors
The 2010 baseball betting season is just three weeks into the action, and it’s been tough to reel in the green during that stretch with just seven AL teams posting positive returns. Here’s a look at the best bets the American League has had to offer through games played through Sunday the 25th.
1. Tampa Bay Rays (14-5, +$872) – The Rays unfortunately failed to follow up the franchise’s first ever World Series appearance with a return trip to the playoffs a year ago. With such little room for error playing in a division with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, the Rays have taken no mercy upon any of their opponents to start the year. Because of it, manager Joe Maddon’s kids boast the league’s best overall record through the first three weeks of the season. When you rank in the top six in both hitting and pitching, you’re certainly doing something right. Tampa Bay owns the top ranked offensive attack in the league heading into Monday night’s action plating 5.95 RPG. The Rays are far from a station-to-station ball club evidenced by the fact that it’s stolen 21 overall bases (#2). Backing the offense up is a pitching staff that currently ranks 6th with a 3.21 ERA. The starting staff has already churned out 12 quality starts with all five in the rotation securing at least one victory. They’ve got six home games scheduled this week against the Oakland A’s and Kansas City Royals.
2. Minnesota Twins (13-6, +$579) – At this point of the 2009 MLB betting season, the Twins stood 9-9 and had dropped four of their seven games on the road. That’s been far from the case to kick off this season as the Twins sit atop the AL Central three-games ahead of the Detroit Tigers; they carry a 7-3 road record with them to Detroit and Cleveland this week. The Twinkies are one of baseball’s most balanced teams with an offense that plates 5.32 RPG (#7) and a pitching staff that owns a 3.59 ERA (#9). Joe Mauer already leads the AL in batting average at .382, and Francisco Liriano owns the 8th best individual ERA in the league (1.29). Manager Ron Gardenhire has seen his defense commit just two errors on the year (#1); you’re gonna win a heck of a lot more games in this league if you don’t hurt yourself in the field. If the offense and starting units weren’t enough to make you think this teams for real, maybe the fact that the bullpen comes in ranked 2nd overall with a 2.37 unit ERA will. Closer Jon Rauch has filled in admirably for the injured Joe Nathan by coming through in all but one of his seven save opportunities.
3. New York Yankees (12-6, +$428) – Since being dogged in all three of its games at Fenway to start the season, the defending champs have been favored in each of their L/15 games. A tip of the cap must go out to skipper Joe Girardi for managing his club to a +$$$ return through their first 18 games of the season. The offense has averaged 5.33 RPG (#6) but carries just a .265 batting average (#11). Their ability to hit the long ball (22) has definitely aided in their solid run production. Derek Jeter and company have been excellent in the field committing just six errors (#2), and veteran LHP Andy Pettitte leads the team in ERA (1.29), wins (3), and WHIP (1.07). The bullpen has been middle of the road so far going 2-2 overall with a 4.04 ERA with teams batting .242 against it. Closer Mariano Rivera has sealed the deal in all six of his save opportunities. NY closes out its nine-game road trip in Baltimore before returning home to square off against the Chicago White Sox this week.
4. Oakland Athletics (12-8, +$372) – The A’s only managed 74+ wins in each of the L/3 seasons, but Billy Beane’s “Moneyball Tactics” seem to be paying off to start the 2010 baseball betting season. Oakland is an incredibly young team that looks poised to win for many years to come provided this club sticks together. Manager Bob Geren has seen his pitching staff excel in the early stages of the season. It’s been all about the quality start for this group as it’s already churned out 14 through 20-games played. The units 2.93 ERA ranks 3rd overall while its 1.24 WHIP is good for 6th. Every member of the starting rotation has notched at least one victory with RHP Justin Duchscherer’s 1.82 ERA being the best mark on the starting staff. Opponents are batting just .219 against the A’s bullpen who is yet to blow a save this season (3-0). Offensively, the green and gold leaves a bit to be desired as the team has hit just 12 HR’s (#25) and has an OPS of .692. Still, when you’re getting pitching like the A’s have to date, you’re going to win a whole lot more than you lose. This is another feisty club that’s certainly in play-on mode to start the year!