04/01/2013 09:52 AM
Thirty Betting Notes to Ponder on Opening Day
Baseball bettors were treated to a warmup courtesy of the World Baseball Classic this year, but Opening Day is what really gets them excited.
We thought it would be a good idea to kick off the 2013 campaign by offering a betting tidbit for each of the 30 MLB teams.
Baltimore Orioles - After flip-flopping their record last season, winning 93 games after losing 93 in 2011, the Orioles believe they will be contenders in the crowded AL East.
Boston Red Sox – Red Sox pitchers posted an ugly 4.72 (27th) team ERA last year, but the additions of Joel Hanrahan and Ryan Dempster should help lower those numbers in 2013.
New York Yankees – The Yankees bashed a league-high 245 homers in 2012, but the Bronx Bombers will surely miss injured sluggers Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira to start the campaign.
Toronto Blue Jays –Blue Jays pitchers allowed a season-high 204 homers last season, but that issue was addressed with the additions of R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson.
Tampa Bay Rays – Pitching is the name of the game in Tampa, but can the Rays duplicate their 64-91 over/under mark from 2012?
Chicago White Sox – The White Sox led the league with a .988 fielding percentage and were a good under play (72-84-6 O/U) last season.
Cleveland Indians – Cleveland pitchers combined for an AL-worst 4.78 ERA in 2012.
Kansas City Royals – The lowly Royals have just one winning season since 1994 but the additions of James Shields, Wade Davis and Ervin Santana to the starting rotation could prove to be a step in the right direction.
Detroit Tigers – Tigers starters finished second in the AL with 91 quality starts in 2012, but will be without a clearly defined closer for the first time since 2008.
Minnesota Twins – The Twins' inexperienced pitching staff surrendered 832 runs in 2012 and should suffer more growing pains this year.
Houston Astros – A new league and a new division will complicate matters for the MLB’s worst team, which managed just 55 wins in 2012.
Seattle Mariners – Bringing the fences in as much as 12 feet at Safeco Field should improve a porous Seattle offense which ranked last in the AL in runs, hits, total bases, RBIs, and batting average last season.
Los Angeles Angels – The Angels led the league with a .274 team batting average last season and now they've added the big bat of 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton.
Oakland Athletics – The A’s finished on top of our MLB Money Statistics in 2012, putting their bettors up 38.52 units.
Texas Rangers – Alexi Ogando returns to the starting rotation for the first time since 2011, when he posted a 13-8 record and 3.51 ERA.
Atlanta Braves – The Braves will feature one of the better (and fastest) outfields in the game as B.J. and Justin Upton join Jason Heyward. The trio racked up 70 stolen bases between them in 2012.
Miami Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton led the NL with a .608 slugging percentage in 2012, but because the Marlins gutted their roster, it could be a struggle for him to build on that excellent season with no protection around him in the lineup.
New York Mets – The Mets head into 2013 with a relatively young, unchanged roster that had the leagues’ sixth-best over record at 82-72-8 O/U in 2012.
Washington Nationals – Gio Gonzalez was the most profitable pitcher for bettors last season, according to our Starter Money stats page.
Philadelphia Phillies – The health and performance of Roy Halladay will be the key to seeing if the starting rotation can build on a 2012 that placed them second in the NL with 99 quality starts.
Cincinnati Reds – The Reds played under the total in 23 of Johnny Cueto’s 33 starts last season – the most unders for a starting pitcher in the bigs.
St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals should be potent on offense again as they posted top three NL numbers in runs, hits, RBIs, batting average and on-base percentage in 2012.
Milwaukee Brewers – Over bettors cashed in big on the Brewers’ 89-68 over/under record last season.
Pittsburgh Pirates – Opponents stole a league-high 154 bags on Pirates catchers last year and had an 89 percent success rate on their theft attempts.
Chicago Cubs – The Cubbies did not appease bettors as they finished 2012 down 25.68 units, third-worst in the majors.
Los Angeles Dodgers – Los Angeles was a good under play at Dodger Stadium (33-43-5 O/U) in 2012. The additions of Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu to the starting rotation should help keep totals low in L.A. this season.
San Francisco Giants – The Giants had the second-best over record in baseball last season (86-70-6 O/U), which is surprising given their stable of talented arms.
Arizona Diamondbacks – Ian Kennedy leads the NL in wins over the last two seasons with 35. Wow.
Colorado Rockies – Rockies pitchers allowed a league-high 824 earned runs in 2012 and had a league-worst 5.22 team ERA.
San Diego Padres – The Padres committed the second-most errors in all of baseball last season with 121 and were joint-bottom in fielding percentage at .980.