Who's Not Hot - NL
July 17, 2014
By Mike Rose
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The All-Star break has come and gone, and now is the perfect time to separate the pretenders from the contenders. Today, we're breaking down the teams that have broken your bankrolls the hardest from the National League thus far in 2014 and analyzing whether we can expect a turnaround in the second half of the year or not.
Arizona Diamondbacks (40-56, -$1,532) – In this case, we tend to believe that the Diamondbacks have to get a bit better from a money standpoint. The team isn't all that talented, but there was no way that this club was really warranting being 16-games under .500 at the break. A horrid start to the season at home really put this club in a hole that it was probably destined to never get out of. However, the perception is clearly there now that Arizona is one of the lesser teams in the National League, but as we'll see here in the second, there are some other teams in the NL West who are in just as bad of shape.
Colorado Rockies (40-55, -$1,512) – Our tour through the NL West continues with a team that, once upon a time, was 22-14 and on top of the NL West with one of the best money marks in the entire league. Since that point though, the Rockies are just 18-41, have the worst money mark in baseball over the course of that stretch, and have faded completely out of sight and out of mind for bettors. The big problem has been the injuries to SS Troy Tulowitzki and OF Carlos Gonzalez. We don't remember the last time that these two were in the lineup at the same time for any real period, and what the Rockies have proven is that they really don't have any bats around these two in the order. If the team was smart, it would sell off both at the trade deadline, get as big of a hoard of minor leaguers as they can get, and start to build once again. The pitching staff just isn't there, and the offensive numbers are inflated by Coors Field and the fact that two of the best hitters in the game have carried things.
San Diego Padres (41-54, -$1,482) – Interestingly enough, all three of the worst teams in the National League for MLB betting purposes are from the same division, and no one is really even close. The Chicago Cubs are the next team in line at -$782. San Diego isn't all that talented either, and though it plays in the complete opposite ballpark of the Rockies, the fact that the pitching staff is getting destroyed by injuries is what is causing the Padres to be in this list. RHP Andrew Cashner is the highlight pitcher of five starters that are currently on the DL for the Padres. When you've got a team which is averaging 2.94 runs per game and is batting .214, you'd better have a great pitching staff. The Padres have the fourth best ERA in baseball, but that just hasn't been good enough.
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