Four bad teams that could make good MLB bets
There’s still a month and a half left on the MLB calendar before the postseason begins but baseball bettors have a good idea which clubs are making the cut and which ones aren’t.
Tell that to these four fallen teams, who are fighting to the finish and providing big moneyline payouts in the process. Any sharp MLB bettor is careful about wagering on a losing club but value can’t be ignored:
The Astros are so bad, oddsmakers are practically begging MLB bettors to take a shot on them. Tony Miller, race and sportsbook director at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, told Covers this past week that he can’t make the price high enough when it comes to the Astros' day-to-day odds.
Houston has won only three games in its past 10 outings, but is 2-2 in its last four heading into Tuesday. Depending on where you bet, you could have made a small fortune taking a chance of the worst team in the league. Pick your spots when it comes to the Astros, who play a three-game set in Chicago before coming home to face the stumbling Diamondbacks.
San Diego Padres
What the hell is happening in San Diego? The Padres, left for dead in the National League West, have sprung to life with an 8-2 record in their last 10 games, winning 6.93 units in that stretch. They’ve leaned on their pitching during this streak, allowing three or fewer runs six times including three shutouts.
San Diego wraps a four-game set in Atlanta before coming back home to take on the Giants and the Pirates, two contending teams struggling to find their form in August.
The Phillies aren’t used to being among the other clubs on this list. But when it comes to bettors, Philadelphia is public enemy No. 1 after burning -21.75 units heading into Tuesday’s action. However, the Phillies are trying to make that up after a fire sale that scattered some top talent across the big leagues.
Philadelphia is 6-4 in its last 10 games, including back-to-back wins over Miami this week. Oddsmakers realize that the Phillies have nothing to play for and have discounted their moneylines like Christmas trees on Dec. 26. They stay on the road this week, leaving South Beach for Milwaukee to face the bumbling Brewers.
Kansas City Royals
For a team with only 49 wins to be just -5.56 units in the hole, there has to be some value hiding in those lines. Kansas City has shown some fight in the past two weeks, taking wins over the Orioles, White Sox and Rangers and posting a 5-3 mark in their last eight games for 4.56 units. Four of those came on the road where K.C. is 28-33 this year.
Kansas City returned home Tuesday for a six-game stand against Oakland and Chicago – two teams that have fallen off the pace in their division races. The Royals are thinking ahead to next season and plenty of players are fighting for a spot on the roster and are eager to impress.