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Major League Baseball win totals released

The first set of Major League Baseball win totals hit the market Tuesday night, roughly eight weeks before Opening Day.

For the sixth straight year, Steve Mikkelson, sportsbook manager at that Atlantis casino in Reno, Nev., is first up with MLB season win totals. After some heavy prep and reading, Mikkelson, a lifelong, diehard baseball fan, posted projected win totals on all 30 MLB teams at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT.

"I always feel like baseball gets short-changed at sportsbooks," Mikkelson told Covers.com in a phone interview Tuesday night. "So, being a huge baseball fan, I like getting them up and being first."

The Philadelphia Phillies are set at 95.5 wins, the highest total of any team. The Houston Astros were listed at 62.5, the lowest of any team.

“My real win total on the Astros would have been like 57.5,” Mikkelson said. “But I can’t post that, so I had to go with 62.5. I would bet, when all the numbers come out, I believe that number will be closer to 66 than 62.”

In the American League, Mikkelson favors Prince Fielder and the Detroit Tigers with 94.5 wins in the AL Central; the Texas Rangers (94.5) in the AL West, and the New York Yankees (93.5) in the AL East.

In the National League, the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals (87.5) are the favorites in the NL Central. The San Francisco Giants at 87.5 are the favorites in the NL West, and, of course, the Phillies in the NL East.

The Toronto Blue Jays, at 81 wins, are the only team that Mikkelson didn’t tack on a half-game to their total.

“The reason for that is I really think they’re going to be .500,” said Mikkelson. “I looked at 80.5 and said, ‘I’d bet the over, and at 81.5, I’d bet the under.’”

The Atlanta Braves also forced Mikkelson some grief.

“Everything I read from everyone expects the Braves to be a lot worse this year. A lot of folks said they’re in the 80 to 82 range,” said Mikkelson, who set the Braves win total at 86.5. “But I like the Braves and think they have a solid team.”

The Washington Nationals saw the biggest increase in projected wins, according to Mikkelson.

“I underestimated them last year, but they played a lot better,” said Mikkelson. “Last year, I think I had the Nationals right at 70 wins; this year, I’ve got them at 80.5”

In addition to the season win totals, Mikkelson released season prop bets including:

--Total number of no-hitters 2.5
--Highest batting average .348
--Highest win total for team – 98
--Highest loss total for team – 101.5

Limits are $500. Teams must play a minimum of 160 regular season games for action.

2012 Major League Baseball Season Win Totals

(Odds courtesy Atlantis Casino sportsbook, Reno, Nev.)

Arizona Diamondbacks    84.5
Atlanta Braves    86.5
Baltimore Orioles    70.5
Boston Red Sox    87.5
Chicago Cubs    73.5
Chicago White Sox    76.5
Cincinnati Reds    86.5 (-120o)
Cleveland Indians    75.5
Colorado Rockies    82.5
Detroit Tigers    94.5   
Houston Astros    62.5
Kansas City Royals    78.5
Los Angeles Angels    89.5
Los Angeles Dodgers    81.5
Miami Marlins    82.5
Milwaukee Brewers    82.5
Minnesota Twins    74.5 (-120u)
New York Mets    74.5    (-120u)
New York Yankees    93.5 (-120u)
Oakland Athletics    72.5
Philadelphia Phillies    95.5
Pittsburgh Pirates    73.5 (-120u)
San Diego Padres    70.5
San Francisco Giants    87.5
Seattle Mariners    72.5
St. Louis Cardinals    87.5 (-120u)
Tampa Bay Rays    87.5
Texas Rangers    94.5
Toronto Blue Jays    81
Washington Nationals    80.5

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Posted by Luckydan
2 years ago

Is the Cincy total 84.5 (mentioned in this article) or 86.5 as shown in this list of 2012 team totals? Good Luck.
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Posted by ibwaterman
2 years ago

I'm digging the over on the Angels 89.5. I dig them to win it all at 8.5 as well.
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Posted by sirrobinhood
2 years ago

load up on texas under 94.5. fall off year for sure. also how can the mets win 75 games. no way. also like cincy over.
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Posted by stats1
2 years ago

if i could get out there i would throw a dime on under 2.5 no hitters in a heart beat!!!!!! bol 2 all
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Posted by DOLPHN1210
2 years ago

I'm loving that over for Cincy. They improved on their starting and relief pitching in the off-season plus their hitting should be just fine. I was expecting this number to be 91ish. They should win their division as well.
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Posted by crocnzeeba
2 years ago

Dodgers over 81.5. Significantly above-average pitching and hitting. No dominant team in the NL West. I live in Reno, and I'm heading to Atlantis tomorrow!
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Posted by blumpz
2 years ago

I'll take the Jays to improve on their 81-81 season, but I do have a bias
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Posted by Getty3
2 years ago

If I were in Reno, I couldn't get to the Atlantis fast enough to bet The Giants under. They don't score, and those arms on the pitching staff have seen a lot of wear and tear over the past few years.
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Posted by BURG2VEGAS
2 years ago

PIRATES OVER 73.5 EVEN MONEY SIGN ME UP
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Posted by Ashton_Grewal
2 years ago

I don't like that Detroit line. Winner from AL Central won't finish with more than 90 wins IMO.
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Posted by RedRiver
2 years ago

DBacks OVER 84.5
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Posted by braves5795
2 years ago

much improved from 2010 season, gibson great mgr. expections last yr, were low, but much higher now, a number of players were significantly over career stats, IMO a regression to the mean, and under I'll go
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Posted by braves5795
2 years ago

David, thanks for the o/u numbers, although we don't agree on much on certain issues, I always read your columns.
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Posted by David_Payne
2 years ago

Thanks, buddy. Appreciate you stopping in. Is that the red field of Eastern Washington?
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Posted by Jymyfoster
2 years ago

Watch out for the Dodgers this seasoN! They finished last year on a TEAR! This team has The cy young winner AND the REAL MVP Matt kemp! I see them winning the west at 92 wins....book it!
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Posted by earthWake
2 years ago

Dbacks win the west.....book it!
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Posted by KeyElement
2 years ago

The author says "Prince Fielder and the Detroit Tigers" as though reigning Cy Young and MVP Verlander has just given up his status as the team leader and biggest asset. Hero worship reigns supreme, right David?
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Posted by David_Payne
2 years ago

Do you think w/out Fielder the Tigers would have been projected with the highest win total in the AL? His addition is the reason they're at the top of the list; hence, why I mentioned him.
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Posted by MikeMc00
2 years ago

--Highest win total for team – 98 --Lowest win total for team – 101.5 Should the second one read something like Hiighest Loss total for team? If not, give me the under!!! Brewers number will move depending on Braun situation. They have all 5 starters back plus they get two more lefties in the middle rotation with Braddok and Parra. They have the best late inning pair in baseball still. Losing prince may have cost them about 40 solo home runs, but now they will have to play more small ball and manufacture runs. Perfect gameplan for Ron Reinicke. I don't have a side on that total yet, but if you think Braun will not serve a suspension, might want to jump on that now.
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Posted by jw11
2 years ago

UNDER detroit>>>their division tends to beat each other up ...94.5 way too high OVER white sox>>>will be better off w/o Big Mouth ex-manager UNDER milwaukee>>>back to mediocrity for Brew Crew UNDER washington>>>like em but they have to prove to be 500
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Posted by MikeMc00
2 years ago

"--Highest win total for team – 98 --Lowest win total for team – 101.5 Should the second one read something like Hiighest Loss total for team? If not, give me the under!!! Brewers number will move depending on Braun situation. They have all 5..."