Hot & Not - AL Edition
June 24, 2013
By Mike Rose
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For the last time in the month of June, we're going to be looking at some of the hottest and coldest teams in MLB betting action. This time, it's off to the American League, where many of the 15 clubs have more or less just been treading water and holding serve. Some though, clearly stand out above all else, some for the right reasons, and some for the very wrong reasons.
Toronto Blue Jays (11-0, +$1,331 in L/11) – The Jays were expected to be one of the best teams in baseball this year, and they have finally perhaps lived up to that prophecy. The problem? How much energy has been put into this 11-game winning streak, one which has only just barely gotten the team back above .500 for the first time all season long?
On Deck: It's going to be tough to keep this winning streak going, and if we're the Jays, we're afraid that we are going to hit the skids at a bad time again. The next 11 games come against the Rays, Red Sox, and Tigers.
Texas Rangers (5-0, +$638 in L/5) – If not for the Jays, we would be talking about the Rangers as the best team in the bigs. Though Toronto has been impressive, no team has made as much money in baseball over the course of the last five days than has Texas.
On Deck: Three in the Bronx is tough for the Rangers, especially since they are just 1-8 in their last nine visits there. However, the next nine after that are all at home, and the only even remotely good team of the bunch visiting Arlington is Cincinnati.
Cleveland Indians (8-3, +$541 in L/11) – Pardon us if we had written off the Indians prior to this nice run that they have gone on. However, for a team that had previously lost 16 of 19, it was easy to essentially write off a team that had been overachieving all season long prior to that point.
On Deck: The problems for the Tribe really came on the road before this winning streak, and that's where they are going for the first time since that point. They have a whopping 11 straight games on the road now, the longest such road stretch of the season.
Chicago White Sox (3-8, -$649 in L/11) – The White Sox have been on a steady decline into baseball's version of purgatory for the last few weeks, and losing eight of these last 11 games has perhaps been the final blow to their season. We just don't see things turning around even though the AL Central is weak.
On Deck: The South Siders do get to come back home for the next nine games, but the Mets, Indians, and Orioles are all pretty darn hot. After that, it's off to Tampa Bay and Detroit. Perhaps 20 out of the next 26 games will come against teams with winning records.
Los Angeles Angels (3-5, -$479 in L/8) – When are the oddsmakers going to learn? Yes, the Angels had home field advantage in their three-game set against the Pirates over the weekend, but the Bucs are the best money team in the league for a reason. The three-game Pittsburgh sweep was further proof of how underrated it is, but more importantly, how overrated the Halos are.
On Deck: The worst money team in baseball is probably only going to see matters get worse over the course of these next two weeks. Series against the Tigers, Astros, Cardinals, and Red Sox are probably yielding more losses than wins.
New York Yankees (4-8, -$434 in L/12) – The offense has to come together in the Bronx at some point, and that has been the problem all season long in the Big Apple. Can you imagine the Yanks generating less than four runs a game? Believe it. That's what the case is thus far this year.
On Deck: The hot Rangers are coming to the Bronx this week, but the boys in pinstripes might have bigger problems. Six of the next 10 after that are against the Orioles, who are right there on New York's backside.