Orioles, Red Sox, White Sox, Angels Best Teams To Bet Against In The American League YTD
Baltimore Orioles (7-19, -$956) There’s only one team in baseball that already finds itself more than 10 games out of first place of their respective division. That distinction goes to manager Dave Trembley’s Baltimore Orioles who have managed to win just seven of their 26 games played to date. This squad hasn’t just stunk on the road (3-11, -$644), but it’s also wreaked in what’s supposed to be the comfy confines of Camden Yards where they’ve won just four of 12 games played to date (-$312). The offense has been brutal (#26 with 3.50 RPG), and the pitching staff has felt the brunt of it even though the starters have done a relatively decent job (#13 with 12 quality starts). If this club doesn’t improve upon its record in May, the skipper could be the first to get the axe in 2010.
Boston Red Sox (12-14, -$799) The fact that Boston just got swept at Baltimore for the first time since 1974 shouldn’t leave anyone shocked to see them on this list. Manager Terry Francona’s club has gotten it done in the early going’s with its offense (#8 with 5.04 RPG), but the pitching staff has been brutal. Only Clay Buchholz owns an ERA south of 3.00, and the bullpen has been shredded already serving up 16 HR’s which ties them for the worst mark in the league along with Arizona. Until the pitching rounds into form, don’t even think about laying the tall chalk oddsmakers continuously ask you to eat to back this team.
Chicago White Sox (11-15, -$518) Already 6.5-games in back of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central, manager Ozzie Guillen’s White Sox underperformed grossly throughout the first month of the season. This ballclub was touted as having one of the best starting rotations ever to play inside the chalk at the onset of the season. Well, Peavy and the gang have far from lived up to expectations, as the team boasts a unit ERA of 4.75 (#22), and has only churned out 12 quality starts (#15). Those marks will have to drastically get better if Chicago is to make any noise this season evidenced by the fact that it was already known that the offense would be the weak link of this team. With a league worst .227 batting average (#30), at least the offense has lived up to expectations!
Los Angeles Angels (12-15, -$465) To say the season has gotten off to a sloppy start for manager Mike Scioscia’s Halos would be quite the understatement. MLB bettors have gotten so used to seeing the Angels tear apart the base paths with their team speed, and have its pitching staff keep opponents in check. Well, that hasn’t been the case to start the year. LA ranks 15th in stolen bases (17), 18th in errors committed (18), and both the offense and defense ranks in the bottom third of the league. Their .262 team batting average (#16) and 4.07 RPG (#24) has fallen way short of masking the pitching staffs inability to get people out. On top of that, the bullpen has stunk out loud getting hit to the tune of a .270 batting average while walking 55 and only K’ing 66. If this club continues to play at this level, their reign in the AL West will be over by the All Star break.