MLB Betting: N.L. Teams making money for baseball bettors
The boys of summer have been going at it for three weeks. Both the Phillies and Cardinals sit atop their respective divisions, but there’s a surprising leader out west. Here’s a look at some of the best MLB Betting $$$-Makers the National League has to offer heading into this week’s action.
1. Washington Nationals (10-9, +$559) – After winning just 59 games a year ago and finding themselves the worst overall NL bet in baseball (-$2570), the Nationals currently sit tied with the New York Mets and Florida Marlins for 2nd place in the NL East. Manager Jim Riggleman has been quick to utilize his speed as the Nats rank 5th in the league with 20 stolen bases, and though the offense has only averaged scoring 4.42 RPG (#16), it ranks 13th in team batting average (.261) and 13th in OPS (.762). These stats have been amassed with 3B Ryan Zimmerman already missing six-games. The pitching staff ranks in the bottom third of the standings for ERA, WHIP, and K’s, and it has only churned out eight quality starts (#25). However, the bullpen has been decent going 4-3 with a 4.09 ERA, and closer Matt Capps has closed the door in eight of his nine opportunities. It remains to be seen if the Nats can keep their solid play going, but they’re off to a solid start.
2. San Diego Padres (11-7, +$530) – After dropping six of their first nine games of the MLB betting season, manager Bud Black’s Padres have hit the ground running. They most recently saw their eight-game winning streak snapped, but during that stretch, they swept the division rival Diamondbacks and Giants before taking two of three from the Reds to put $733 of betting profit in their backer’s pockets. Because of this hot run, the Padres shockingly sit atop the NL West standings. The offense ranks 13th scoring an average of 4.61 RPG. Though it doesn’t hit well in terms of batting average (.246), when San Diego gets on base, it runs evidenced by its 20 stolen bases (#3). Another reason for the teams early success has been the performance of the team’s pitching staff. SD’s 2.98 unit ERA and 1.20 WHIP are good for the league’s 4th best marks. Though it’s only gotten six overall quality starts, the Padres bullpen has been rock solid in protecting leads as opponents are batting just .194 against it. This is a gritty club that never quits and always takes advantage of its opponent’s miscues.
3. St. Louis Cardinals (11-7, +$223) – Surprisingly, it’s been all about the Redbirds pitching staff to kick off the 2010 baseball betting season, as the offense is yet to catch fire. Manager Tony LaRussa’s starting rotation has simply been phenomenal! It ranks 1st in ERA (2.72), 1st in WHIP (1.16), and 1st in Quality starts (15). Yeah, but how’s the bullpen you ask? Let’s just say it’s held up its end of the bargain with a 3.00 ERA with Ryan Franklin locking down six of his seven save opportunities. Though Albert Pujols and company rank 5th in the league with 24 HR’s, the offense is scoring just 4.33 RPG (#19) and has a team batting average of .246 (#18). Still, this club already holds a 2.5-game lead on the Chicago Cubs for the top spot in the NL Central, and it’s yet to fire on all cylinders!
4. San Francisco Giants (10-8, +$151) – Another team grossly struggling to plate runs but dominates its opposition with stellar pitching is San Francisco. The Giants just missed out on qualifying for the post-season a year ago due to its weak offense. In the early goings of the 2010 MLB betting season, that problem has yet to been rectified. The Giants are scoring an average of just 4.39 RPG even though it ranks 8th in team batting average (.270). Once manager Bruce Bochy’s club figures out how to actually knock those base runners in, the Giants could cruise to the NL West title. That’s because Tim Lincecum and company rank 2nd in ERA & WHIP (2.78/1.16), 7th in strikeouts (139), and 4th in quality starts (13). Backing this stellar starting staff up is the league’s 5th ranked bullpen that owns a 2.86 ERAwith opponents batting .250 against it; closer Brian Wilson has converted all four of his save opportunities. The staff will get tested mightily by the excelled offenses of both the Phillies and Rockies this week.