MLB betting: Scouting the toughest second-half schedules
The All-Star break provides baseball bettors with a chance to reflect on the first half of the season and make adjustments moving forward.
Here are three teams that face the toughest road in the unofficial second half.
Tampa Bay Rays +5.36 units
No team is hotter than the Rays over the past two weeks. Tampa Bay has won 12 of its last 13 games heading into a three-game set with the lowly Houston Astros but it will be tough sledding after the All-Star Break. The Rays will have played a league-high 53 home games by the break, leaving only 28 more contests at The Trop in the second half. Tampa Bay is 21-22 away from home (19-19-5 over/under) and kicks off the back stretch with a 10-game road trip following the All-Star festivities.
New York Yankees +3.31 units
The Yankees have been ravaged by injuries all season long, but sit eight games over .500 heading into their final set of the first half with the Minnesota Twins. The health of captain Derek Jeter remains a concern but Michael Pineda and Alex Rodriguez are on the mend and nearing returns to the lineup. New York plays 37 of its final 67 games away from Yankee Stadium, but that may not be such a bad thing. The Yankees are one of the few teams that boast a winning road record (23-21).
Los Angeles Dodgers -7.68 units
The Dodgers were one of the biggest disappointments in the bigs out of the gate, but Puig-mania has uplifted the squad to wins in 10 of its last 12 games. L.A. is just 1.5 games back of Arizona for the NL West lead heading into action Friday but only has a 22-25 record against divisional opponents. The Dodgers will only play 31 of their final 68 games at home and have a few tough interleague series’ remaining against strong AL East opponents (Blue Jays, Yankees, Red Sox, Rays).