Hot & Not - NL Edition
August 5, 2013
By Mike Rose
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The trade deadline is said and done with, but interestingly enough, not many of the teams on our list of the hottest and coldest National League teams did much to change their fortunes on the MLB betting lines.
Los Angeles Dodgers (31-7, +$2,277 in L/38) – Then again, we wouldn't have changed anything if we were the Dodgers either. This team is flat out rolling, and there isn't a club out there that looks like it is going to get in the way of LA.
On Deck: Next up to try to derail the LA Express: There are four games with the Cardinals on the road and then three at home against the Rays. If there is a week for the Dodgers to slip, this is the one.
Atlanta Braves (10-0, +$1,022 in L/10) – Atlanta has been running away with the NL East for weeks, and it should have no problem finishing things off in August. The Braves have won 10 straight and they just delivered a deathblow to the season of the Phillies over the weekend, sweeping three games in the City of Brotherly Love.
On Deck: With the next 14 games all coming in the NL East, the Braves have a real chance to just continue to put their foot on the gas pedal. By the time they go to St. Louis on August 22nd, that series could be for the best record in the National League, if not all of baseball.
San Diego Padres (10-5, +$799 in L/15) – The Padres won't finish above .500 this year, but they did make a tremendous move at the deadline by picking up RHP Ian Kennedy from the Diamondbacks. This is a man that won 21 games just two years ago, and he has the goods (and the favorable contract) to help this team out quite a bit in the future.
On Deck: Winning 10 out of 15 is nice when you're a team mired in the middle of the garbage pit known as the NL West. Series this week against the Orioles and Reds should be troublesome though, especially knowing that the trip to Cincy is weirdly placed in the schedule and is paired with just three road games against Colorado.
Philadelphia Phillies (1-13, -$1,295 in L/14) – GM Ruben Amaro Jr. should be fired for the way that he has handled the Phils this year. First he inked LHP Cliff Lee to that horrid contract that will likely cripple the franchise for years to come, and then he refused to trade Lee or the rest of the tradable chips that he had. Now, the farm system is lacking thanks to previous deals, and the team is 11-games under .500 after losing 13-of-14.
On Deck: The good news for the Phillies this week is that they have a series against another team that has tanked it for the year in the Cubs, but then it's back to playing series against the Nats, Braves, and Dodgers. Don't be shocked if the Phils are on this list again when we look at the NL again in two weeks.
San Francisco Giants (4-10, -$868 in L/14) – No one is getting fired from a team that has won two championships in the last three years, but the Giants acted poorly at the deadline. No one was moved, though the opportunities were there to do a lot. Losing 10-of-14 is no mistake for a clubhouse that probably needs a shakeup.
On Deck: The Giants don't play a particularly difficult series for quite some time. In fact, the next road series against a good team is in the middle of September in LA. Seven at home this week with the Brew Crew and the Orioles could yield decent results.
Chicago Cubs (1-7, -$679 in L/8) – Unlike the rest of the teams that should have sold at the deadline but didn't, the Cubs dealt away everything they could. RHP Matt Garza and OF Alfonso Soriano were at the middle of it all, and though the end result now is more losses (as demonstrated by this 1-7 run of games all played at Wrigley Field), the franchise is definitely headed the right direction.
On Deck: Going on the road is probably good for the Cubs this week. The bad news? After the three in Philly, the next nine games are all against the Cardinals and the Reds. Yikes.