Texas hot, San Diego not, after MLB suspensions
It's been a couple of weeks since the biogenesis suspensions were handed out and with the list of suspended players featuring only a few "everyday" players, we thought we'd take a look to see how those teams have performed post suspensions.
We'll look at how the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers and San Diego Padres have fared without Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera respectively.
Texas Rangers (9-3)
The Rangers have been hot without Cruz in the lineup and rattled off seven-straight victories in their first seven games after he accepted the suspension. They've added RF Alex Rios to the lineup and he's hitting .310 since joining the club.
Any $100 bettor would be up $288.60 if they had wagered the Rangers in each of the 12 ball games.
Detroit Tigers (9-6)
Peralta was batting .305 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs prior to accepting the terms of the suspension and has been replaced by Jose Iglesias, who gives the Tigers a much better defensive option. Heading into Sunday's ball game, the Tigers were 8-6 since the Peralta suspension but the Tigers still had the AL Central lead by six games over the Cleveland Indians.
Any $100 bettor would be up $33.07 if they had wagered Detroit in each of its previous 15 games.
San Diego Padres (4-8)
The Padres have continued their downward spiral in life post-Everth Cabrera. The Friars were 52-60 before he was suspended and are 3-8 without the shortstop. Ronny Cedeno has filled in at SS but is hitting just .200 in eight games since coming over from the Houston Astros.
The poor performance makes the Pads decent fade material, however. Any $100 bettor would be up $269.74 if they had wagered Padres' opposition in each of their previous 12 ball games.