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MLB Top 3: Baseball's worst runline bets after the All-Star break

The marathon MLB season can start to wear on bettors after the break, which makes it a good time to mix up your wagers with something new. If you’ve been betting nothing but moneylines, try your hand at the runline – baseball’s version of the spread.

We take a look back over the past five seasons to find out which clubs have constantly fallen short of the runline after the All-Star break.

Records between 2008-2012.

Worst post-break runline bets

New York Mets (156-207 SU, 164-199 ATS)

Runline bettors are rotten in the Big Apple with the Mets falling short against the spread. New York, which is down -7.83 units on the runline this season, went a combined 96-125 ATS after the break from 2010-12. The Mets haven't finished above .500 versus the runline after the break since 2008, when they posted a 34-33 ATS mark in the second half of the slate.

Pittsburgh Pirates (130-234 SU, 167-197 ATS)


On top of being the worst post-break moneyline wager over the past five years (-78.30 units), the Pirates have burned plenty of booty on the runline as well. Pittsburgh hasn’t been too bad ATS in recent seasons but was a terrible 59-82 ATS between 2008 and 2009. The Bucs are currently up +21.00 units on the runline at the break.

Detroit Tigers (188-178 SU, 169-199 ATS)

The Tigers have been good but not good enough to cover the runline. Detroit, which is down -1.94 units on the runline heading into the second half of the sked, was the worst late-summer runline wager in 2009, going 28-47 ATS. Since then, the Tigers are 112-110 against the runline after the break. Good but not GREEEAAAT!

Other notables

Boston Red Sox (178-183 SU, 166-195 ATS)
Chicago White Sox (181-183 SU, 168-195 ATS)
Minnesota Twins (177-189 SU, 176-190 ATS)

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