Hot & Not - NL Edition
May 27, 2013
By Mike Rose
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Memorial Day is here, and that means that we are starting to eke closer to the All-Star Game and those dog days of summer. While others are still watching the NBA and NHL playoff action, we're still keeping a keen eye on MLB betting action, and these teams in the National League have our eye as some of the hottest or coldest clubs in the land.
Pittsburgh Pirates (13-3, +$937 in L/16) – There's no doubt that the Pirates have been one of the better teams in baseball over the course of the last few weeks, but it's not like the schedule has been all that tough. Series against the Mariners, Mets, Brewers, Astros, Cubs, and Brewers again should yield lots of wins.
On Deck: This is when we're going to see whether the Bucs are legit. Not only do they have four with Detroit, but when that's said and done with, the Reds come to town for three games, and then it's off to Turner Field for three with the Braves. Finishing 5-5 in these 10 clashes would be a great accomplishment.
Atlanta Braves (8-1, +$669 in L/9) – Atlanta's eight-game winning streak came to a close on Sunday, but there is nothing to be ashamed of for sure. The team is hitting the ball well again, and when that happens, this is going to be a team that could ultimately win the whole enchilada.
On Deck: While most of the rest of baseball has a "natural rival" to be playing against this week, the Braves are stuck with four games against Toronto, a team that has been pulling all sorts of wins out of its backside over the course of the last week.
Cincinnati Reds (5-1, +$330 in L/6) – Manager Dusty Baker has his boys pitching really well. Cincinnati has allowed an average of just 2.63 runs per game in its last eight games, and the club is now down to just a 3.32 ERA for the season. A 1.18 team WHIP is easily the best in the game.
On Deck: The fun and games are over with for the Reds. They have 17 of their next 32 on the road, and all but one of their home series comes against a team that is at least four games above .500.
Milwaukee Brewers (5-18, -$1,365 in L/23) – Two weeks ago, we dogged the Brewers for having lost eight of their first nine games to start off the month of May. Now, they're just 5-18 this month thus far, and there isn't a team in baseball that is going to be happier to see this month go than the Brew Crew.
On Deck: The good news for the Brewers is that four of the next five series are against teams that are below .500, and the one exception is when the A's come to town. These first four against Minnesota are all going to be winnable, as the Twins have one of the worst teams in the game.
Chicago Cubs (1-6, -$485 in L/7) – The Cubs are a hot mess offensively. They have averaged just 2.86 runs per game in their last seven, and they're dying for 1B Anthony Rizzo to jack some homers again. The team has averaged 5.22 runs per game in games in which he has gone yard and just 3.53 runs per game in games which he hasn't.
On Deck: The White Sox are on tap at a bad time. The boys from Wrigley are clearly the inferior team as it is, and the Pale Hose are playing some of the best baseball in the game at the moment.
New York Mets (1-5, -$396 in L/6) – 1B Ike Davis was on slumps of 0-for-26 and 2-for-44 before this weekend. He got out of his slump by blasting two hits on Sunday, but the team is still in a lot of trouble. The Mets have gone 20 straight games with scoring five runs or fewer.
On Deck: Bring on the Bronx Bombers… The Subway Series is on tap this week, and these first two games that will be played in Citi Field are two of the three biggest games of the season to be played at this venue. The All-Star Game is the only other game that anyone in Flushing is really looking that much forward to.
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