After going under two games in a row for the first time this season, the over in Oakland Athletics games scored again on Sunday, improving to 25-7 this season, after beating the New York Yankees 5-4.
This is an amazing success rate of 78 percent and the highest "over" total of any MLB club over the past 14 years.
Any $100 bettor would be up $1,711.53 if they picked the over in each of A's 32 games.
The Athletics' over/under record through that stretch has produced the most "overs" of any MLB team since at least 1999. The 1999 San Francisco Giants went 21-7-2 over/under through their first 30 games and the 2000 Kansas City Royals, 2002 Florida Marlins, 2006 Cleveland Indians, 2008 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 2012 Houston Astros all played over the number in 21 of their first 30 contests.
Oakland's previous high for overs was a 17-12-1 over/under count through the first 30 games of the 2004 schedule. It boasts a combined 187-214-19 over/under record in the first 30 games in each of the last 13 MLB seasons (1999-2012) heading into this year.
The A's are tops in the majors in runs scored (166, 5.4 per game), fifth in hits (274, 8.8 per game) and seventh in OPS (.755). Combine this with a pitching staff that has the 23rd-ranked ERA (4.20) and the 22nd-ranked opponent batting average (.259) and you have a lot of high scoring games.
So how are oddsmakers reacting?
“We try to be as consistent as we can and not overact,” Peter Korner, founder of the Nevada-based odds service The Sports Club, told Covers. “It’s not a matter of what the record is but how (people) bet them.”
Korner added, “we take it on a game-by-game basis, even if the total goes over 100 times. If the number is where it’s supposed to be, we’re going to keep it right there.”
The A's travel to Cleveland to start a four-game series with the Indians on Monday. Two pitchers with high ERAs are scheduled to take the mound. Oakland's Jarrod Parker has a 7.36 ERA and will go against Cleveland's Ubaldo Jimenez, who has a 7.13 ERA.