Life after hoops: Catch up on MLB's best/worst bets

Jun 21, 2013 |
Life after hoops: Catch up on MLB's best/worst bets
The Angels are a bad moneyline bet but the best over wager in the bigs.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
The Angels are a bad moneyline bet but the best over wager in the bigs.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
The NBA season is over and NHL is soon to follow. Now what are you betting on?

If you’ve been ignoring baseball for hoops and hockey, let us get you caught up on what you missed through the first three months of the MLB season.

Bucs bets are the best

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been in this position the past few seasons, stringing together a nice stretch of games at discount moneylines and jumping to the top of the MLB breadwinners. However, there is usually a tipping point for the Bucs. Last year it was September, when the Pirates went 7-21.

Pittsburgh has won +19.15 units on the moneyline and +18.35 units on the runline (baseball’s version of the spread), but bettors are waiting for the other shoe to drop. The All-Star break has been a reliable yield sign for Bucs backers, with the club going 87-140 following the Mid-Summer Classic over the past three seasons.

Live and Die in L.A.

Despite having massive payrolls, rosters packed with All-Star talent and some of the best baseball weather in the world, Los Angeles’ MLB clubs just plain stink. And if you’ve been betting either the Angles or the Dodgers, that’s the smell of money burning.

Los Angeles’ two teams are currently ranked as the two worst bets in the majors, with the Dodgers eating up -21.07 units and the Halos wasting -20.95 units heading into Friday. The pair are a combined 63-83 and still command hefty price tags on the moneyline based on name alone.

AL West totally awesome

The American League West is home to the best over and under teams in the big leagues.

While the Angels are draining bankrolls on the moneyline, they’re making a mint for over backers with a 42-31-1 over/under mark heading into Friday. The Halos rank 10th in scoring (4.51 runs per game) but allow 4.62 runs against (26th) an outing.

On the other end of the scale, the Texas Rangers have become the best under play in baseball with a 27-43-4 over/under count. The Rangers have actually leaned toward the over versus AL West rivals, going 15-15-3 O/U, but are 11-29-1 over/under (72 percent under) against the rest of the majors.

Brewers bust on runline

Good thing there’s plenty of beer in Miller Park. The Brewers are one of the worst bets in baseball, burning through more than 15 units on the moneyline but doing real damage to runline fans. Milwaukee is a costly -19.23 units against MLB’s version of the spread with a 28-44 ATS record.

Things aren’t getting any better for the Brew Crew either. Milwaukee just dropped a series to the lowly Houston Astros and could be without slugger Ryan Braun for longer than expected after injuring his thumb. The Brewers welcome the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves this weekend.

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