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There’s still a month and a half left on the MLB calendar before the postseason begins but baseball bettors have a good idea which clubs are making the cut and which ones aren’t.
Tell that to these four fallen teams, who are fighting to the finish and providing big moneyline payouts in the process. Any sharp MLB bettor is careful about wagering on a losing club but value can’t be ignored:
The Astros are so bad, oddsmakers are practically begging MLB bettors to take a shot on them. Tony Miller, race and sportsbook director at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, told Covers this past week that he can’t make the price high enough when it comes to the Astros' day-to-day odds.
Houston has won only three games in its past 10 outings, but is 2-2 in its last four heading into Tuesday. Depending on where you bet, you could have made a small fortune taking a chance of the worst team in the league. Pick your spots when it comes to the Astros, who play a three-game set in Chicago before coming home to face the stumbling Diamondbacks.
San Diego Padres
What the hell is happening in San Diego? The Padres, left for dead in the National League West, have sprung to life with an 8-2 record in their last 10 games, winning 6.93 units in that stretch. They’ve leaned on their pitching during this streak, allowing three or fewer runs six times including three shutouts.
San Diego wraps a four-game set in Atlanta before coming back home to take on the Giants and the Pirates, two contending teams struggling to find their form in August.
The Phillies aren’t used to being among the other clubs on this list. But when it comes to bettors, Philadelphia is public enemy No. 1 after burning -21.75 units heading into Tuesday’s action. However, the Phillies are trying to make that up after a fire sale that scattered some top talent across the big leagues.
Philadelphia is 6-4 in its last 10 games, including back-to-back wins over Miami this week. Oddsmakers realize that the Phillies have nothing to play for and have discounted their moneylines like Christmas trees on Dec. 26. They stay on the road this week, leaving South Beach for Milwaukee to face the bumbling Brewers.
Kansas City Royals
For a team with only 49 wins to be just -5.56 units in the hole, there has to be some value hiding in those lines. Kansas City has shown some fight in the past two weeks, taking wins over the Orioles, White Sox and Rangers and posting a 5-3 mark in their last eight games for 4.56 units. Four of those came on the road where K.C. is 28-33 this year.
Kansas City returned home Tuesday for a six-game stand against Oakland and Chicago – two teams that have fallen off the pace in their division races. The Royals are thinking ahead to next season and plenty of players are fighting for a spot on the roster and are eager to impress.
Wednesday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies (6-6, 3.80 ERA)
Halladay turned in an impressive outing Friday night, allowing just one run while striking out eight over eight innings of a 3-1 win over the Cardinals. The Doctor has picked up back-to-back wins for the first time since April and looks poised to finish strong. He toes the rubber in Miami next.
Miguel Gonzalez, Baltimore Orioles (4-2, 3.42 ERA)
Gonzalez has come a long way since going winless in the minors last year. The righty has been a pleasant surprise for the Orioles since making his first start on July 6, posting a 4-2 record. Gonzalez surrendered just one run and struck out five over eight quality innings to pick up the win over Kansas City in his last outing. The converted reliever has allowed just one earned run over his last 15 innings pitched.
Mark Buehrle, Miami Marlins (9-11, 3.80 ERA)
Buehrle allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings of a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers on Friday. The southpaw has gone winless in his last five outings after previously winning four consecutive starts. He takes the mound at home against the Phillies next time out.
Edinson Volquez, San Diego Padres (7-8, 4.03 ERA)
Volquez was touched up for six runs over 3 1/3 innings against Pittsburgh last time out. The righty has a 13.50 ERA over his last three starts, giving up 15 runs in 10 innings after going 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA in his previous six appearances. He makes a tough road start in Atlanta on Wednesday.
-- Halladay won his last two starts, allowing one run in 15 IP.
-- Strasburg is 4-1, 3.15 in his last six starts. Lincecum is 2-1, 2.25 in his last three starts.
-- Kershaw is 3-0, 1.23 in his last three starts.
-- Dickey is 2-1, 1.80 in his last three starts.
-- Wainwright is 3-0, 1.84 in his last four starts.
-- FHernandez is 4-0, 1.80 in his last seven starts. Hellickson is 3-1, 3.38 in his last four starts.
-- MGonzalez is 2-0, 2.08 in his last three starts.
-- Romero has a 2.57 RA in his last couple starts.
-- Feldman is 3-1, 2.22 in his last four starts. FGarcia is 2-0, 3.27 in his last couple starts.
-- McCarthy is 3-0, 2.08 in his last four starts.
-- Buehrle is 0-3, 7.18 in his last five starts.
-- Norris is 0-1, 3.81 in his last four starts. Germano is 1-1, 5.63 in three starts for the Cubs.
-- Rogers is 0-1, 4.08 in three starts for the Brewers. Moscoso is 0-1, 11.58 in two starts, last of which was May 4.
-- WRodriguez is 0-2, 4.74 in three starts for Pittsburgh.
-- Volquez is 1-1, 13.50 in his last three starts.
-- Leake is 1-1, 6.67 in his last five starts.
-- Saunders is 2-4, 3.97 in his last seven starts.
-- Scherzer is 1-1, 5.71 in his last three starts. DeVries is 0-1, 10.13 in his last three outings.
-- Cook is 1-3, 7.36 in his last four starts.
-- Floyd is 0-1, 4.74 in his last three starts.
-- Smith is 3-4, 5.48 in eight starts this season.
-- ESantana is 1-2, 9.77 in his lat even starts. RHernandez (formerly Fausto Carmona) is making his first '12 start; he's made 53-66, 4.59 in 150 career starts (7-15, 5.25 in 32 starts LY).
-- Dodgers won 11 of their last 15 road games.
-- Phillies won four of their last five games.
-- Reds won ten of their last twelve home games.
-- Padres won seven of their last nine games. Braves won 15 of 20.
-- Cardinals won 14 of their last 17 home games.
-- Washington won 20 of its last 25 games. Giants won eight of 12.
-- Orioles won eight of their last ten games.
-- Bronx both won six of its last seven games.
-- White Sox won six of their last eight road games.
-- Royals are 9-5 in their last fourteen games.
-- Indians won four of their last six games.
-- Tampa Bay won 12 of its last 16 games.
-- Pirates lost six of their last eight games.
-- Miami lost 19 of its last 27 games.
-- Mets lost six of their last eight games.
-- Astros lost 36 of their last 42 games. Cubs lost 11 of their last 14.
-- Arizona lost seven of its last ten games.
-- Brewers lost 13 of their last 14 road games. Colorado lost 14 of its last 21 games overall.
-- Red Sox lost nine of their last thirteen games.
-- Rangers are 5-7 in their last twelve road games.
-- Blue Jays lost 13 of their last 16 games.
-- Tigers lost four of their last seven games. Minnesota lost six of its last seven home games.
-- Oakland is 5-8 in its last thirteen games.
-- Angels lost nine of their last thirteen games.
-- Mariners lost six of their last nine games.
-- Over is 10-4-1 in last fifteen Dodger road games.
-- Seven of last ten San Diego road games went over the total.
-- Four of last six Met games went over the total.
-- Under is 13-5-2 in Miami's last twenty home games.
-- Under is 14-6-1 in last twenty-one games at Wrigley Field.
-- Five of last six Arizona road games went over total.
-- Over is 6-1-1 in last eight games at Coors Field.
-- Over is 9-3-1 in last thirteen San Francisco games.
-- Under is 20-7 in Boston's last 27 road games.
-- Six of last nine Bronx games went over the total.
-- 10 of White Sox' last 12 road games stayed under.
-- Eight of last eleven Kansas City games stayed under.
-- Under is 12-7-2 in Detroit's last twenty-one road games.
-- Five of last six Cleveland road games went over the total.
-- 18 of last 24 Tampa Bay games stayed under total.
-- LA-Pitt-- Five of last seven BWelke games over total.
-- Phil-Mia-- Four of last five Fairchild games went over.
-- SD-Atl-- All eight Baker games stayed under the total.
-- NY-Cin-- Nine of last twelve Hoye games went over total.
-- Az-StL-- Eight of last ten Meals games stayed under total.
-- Hst-Chi-- Under is 7-2-2 in last eleven Muchlinski games.
-- Mil-Col-- Under is 7-0-1 in last eight Blaser games.
-- Wsh-SF-- Underdogs are 5-4 in last nine Estabrook games.
-- Tex-NY-- Underdogs won six of last ten Carapazza games.
-- Chi-Tor-- Last four Wegner games went over the total.
-- Bos-Balt-- Favorites won eight of last ten Everitt games.
-- Det-Min-- Six of last seven Wolf games stayed under.
-- A's-KC-- Favorites won Demuth's last 14 games behind plate.
-- Clev-LA-- Four of last five Gibson games stayed under total.
-- TB-Sea-- Under is 5-2-1 in Drake's last eight games.