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MLB betting: Top 5 beefed-up lineups

Last week we took a look at five teams that improved their pitching staffs and with Opening Day on the horizon it’s time to give the teams that beefed up on offense some love.

Here are five teams that bolstered their offensive prowess in the offseason:

Atlanta Braves (14/1 to win World Series)

2012 over/under record: 67-88-7

Key additions: Justin Upton, B.J. Upton

The Braves have been a classic under play for decades because of their stellar pitching, but this year Atlanta could make some noise with its bats. The Braves added a pair of Uptons to their outfield to bolster an offense that averaged only 4.32 runs per game last campaign. Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward are no longer the new kids on the block and could be poised for breakout offensive seasons.

Cleveland Indians (70/1 to win World Series)

2012 over/under record: 78-77-1

Key additions: Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Drew Stubbs

Speed will be the name of the game in Cleveland this year. Michael Bourn and Drew Stubbs combined to steal 72 bags last season and Nick Swisher should provide some pop in the middle of the lineup for a team that blasted only 136 home runs (25th) a year ago.

Toronto Blue Jays (12/1 to win World Series)

2012 over/under record:
77-77-8

Key additions:
Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera

The Jays now have legitimate leadoff hitter after acquiring Jose Reyes and if the gamble on Melky Cabrera pays off, Toronto could be lighting up scoreboards this season.

Philadelphia Phillies (25/1 to win World Series)


2012 over/under record: 83-73-6

Key additions:
Ben Revere, Michael Young

Injuries have hampered the Phillies’ ability to score runs in recent years, but when healthy, they can pile on runs in a hurry. Speedster Ben Revere was picked up to replace the departed Shane Victorino and Michael Young’s experienced bat in the middle of the lineup should protect up-and-comer Domonic Brown.

Los Angeles Angels (7/1 to win World Series)


2012 over/under record:
75-78-9

Key addition: Josh Hamilton

There are only a handful of players in the bigs that can dramatically change the offensive dynamic of a team and one of those players is Josh Hamilton. The 2010 AL batting champion will get to flex his muscles in the middle of the order alongside Albert Pujols, creating a nightmarish one-two punch for opposing hurlers to deal with.

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Posted by rarafromphilly
1 year ago

rangers
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Posted by lancefin
1 year ago

I think KC will be a good bet. The pre season production came from consistent players with good track records. Fielding looks good......pitching gd for pre season. Books will be givin early value. 1st 10 games im bangin wit KC.
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Posted by T99
1 year ago

So the Jays improved pitching AND batting. IMO, they look the best on paper, but we,ve seen this story before====both in B-ball and hockey(year after year) Leafs, Leafs, Leafs----but the fans are showing up win, lose, or draw. At least no SHOOT-OUTS exist in B-ball so it is win or lose, no points for ties!!!!
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Posted by T99
1 year ago

" So the Jays improved pitching AND batting. IMO, they look the best on paper, but we,ve seen this story before====both in B-ball and hockey(year after year) Leafs, Leafs, Leafs----but the fans are showing up win, lose, or draw. At least no SHOOT-O..."