Hot & Not - AL Edition
May 7, 2013
By Mike Rose
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As we head through the first week of May, teams are almost a fifth of the way through the campaign. There's plenty of time to go, but there are some teams in the American League that are either incredibly hot, or incredibly not. Check out the best and the worst in MLB betting action over the course of the last several games.
Detroit Tigers (9-1, +$680 in L/10) – Not only is Detroit scoring 5.47 runs per game, the top mark in the league, but it is averaging 7.40 runs per game in these last 10. 3B Miguel Cabrera had a fantastic series over the weekend, but we have to remember that it was Houston that the Tigers crippled.
On Deck: Perhaps going to our nation's capital will slow down the Tigers just a bit, as they have some tough pitching matchups, no use of the DH, and a horrid pitcher's park to play in against the Nationals.
Cleveland Indians (7-1, +$634 in L/8) – Cleveland is back above .500 once again, and the team is now averaging 5.14 runs per game. C Carlos Santana is batting .367 for the season and .406 over the course of his last nine games to help pace this fantastic offense.
On Deck: Three more home games are on tap against the Athletics before heading to Comerica Park for what might be a tremendously high scoring series against the aforementioned Tigers.
Seattle Mariners (6-2, +$459 in L/8) – If you like lopsided games that will allow you to turn the channel by the end of the fifth inning, Seattle games are the ones that you should be watching. The team's last six games have all been decided by four runs or more. Fortunately for the Mariners, four of those six have all gone their way.
On Deck: This is a tough week ahead for a team that is still a losing club for the year. The Mariners have to go play NL-rules ball against the Pirates before coming back home to start a home stand against the A's.
Houston Astros (0-6, -$600 in L/6) – Get used to hearing this shtick… The Astros enter this week with three fewer wins than anyone else in baseball. Right now, the club is on a pace to win just 41 games this season, and as sad as it is, we don't doubt that it isn't possible.
On Deck: Does it matter? Inevitably, the Astros are going to be huge underdogs regardless of who they are facing. They literally haven't been favored in a single game this year. The next six are all against AL West foes, LA and Texas.
Los Angeles Angels (2-7, -$586 in L/9) – The Halos just aren't playing well right now. They rank 29th in the game in team ERA, and that's terrible news for a team that has gotten literally nothing in comparison to what it figured it would get from 1B Albert Pujols and OF Josh Hamilton.
On Deck: Here's what ails ya! Three games in Houston! The Halos have a great chance to get back in the win column this week against an eight-win Astros outfit.
Tampa Bay Rays (2-4, -$281 in L/6) – The oddsmakers really need to stop installing the Rays such big favorites. They were beaten four times this past week, including twice as -130+ chalk. Of course, if the team just didn't pitch LHP David Price this year, it would be a winning team from a monetary perspective.
On Deck: The Rays have a chance to get back on track this week with three against Toronto and three with San Diego, but blowing a late lead against the Jays on Monday was an ominous start to the week.