Just a handful of weeks are left until the postseason in baseball begins, and MLB betting fans should always have an eye on the best and worst pitchers in the game. Today, we are dissecting some of the ones that have burned holes in the pockets of bettors all season long who you should probably steer clear of in the coming weeks.
The names that we have been speaking of as the biggest losers in baseball betting really haven't changed all that much. Joe Blanton and Cole Hamels are still the biggest losers in the American League and the National League respectively, and it isn't surprising that both pitch for teams that have just horridly underachieved. Blanton looks like he is done in the starting rotation, and after allowing nine runs in two relief appearances over the course of the last nine days, we don't think that's changing any. If that's the case, Blanton will finish the year having gone 4-16 and -$1,683 for his backers. Hamels is at least showing a pulse. He has allowed a total of just three runs over 24 innings in his last three starts. The problem? The team has scored just a total of eight runs in those games, and it is 1-2 in the outings. Hamels has now led the Phils to a 7-18 record and -$1,640 in losses for the year.
There is a tremendous NL East flair to the pitchers in the bottom five on this list. Not only does Hamels pitch in the NL East, but so did Blanton, his former teammate with the Philadelphia Phillies. There are a pair of current Washington Nationals on this list as well in Dan Haren and Stephen Strasburg. Haren has been a disappointment all season long, going 7-11 with a 4.99 ERA. Haren has pitched better of late though, and he has led Washington to wins in three straight starts. Strasburg has a 2.83 ERA and has 153 strikeouts in 146.1 innings of work. He deserves a lot better than the marks that he has, especially knowing that five straight starts of his failed to reach the 'total'. Still, these two men are killers for the Nats this year, combining to take the team to a 15-29 record with over $2,200 in losses.
The last bit of the NL East on the list of the worst money pitchers in the game is Josh Johnson. Sure, Johnson is now in the AL East, but his days with the Miami Marlins might be memorable. Johnson has been one of the man disappointments this year for Toronto, as he has led the team to a 4-12 mark with $1,062 in losses.
The number of pitchers who have lost $1,000 in profits this year is minimized this week, as there are only four that are in that boat. There are a number of others that are tremendously close though, many of which are big time names.
The man that has been slipping of late is John Danks. Then again, who hasn't been slipping on the Chicago White Sox? Danks has led the team to losses in six consecutive games, and he is now just 2-10 on the season. The southpaw has guided Chicago to a 4-12 record in his 16 games, and the end result features losses totaling $848.
Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum are still proving to be an anchor to the season of the San Francisco Giants. It is really uncharacteristic of Cain to be in such bad shape, but Lincecum has become a bit of a nut case, and it shouldn't be surprising that, even in a contract season, he is 9-15 with $799 in losses. Yet someone, quite possibly the Giants, will give Lincecum a sizeable contract in the offseason. Why? Just look at that ridiculous no-hitter that he pitched last month.
The only pitcher in baseball that has led his team to more than $544 in losses this year with a winning record for his team is Justin Verlander. The Tigers are 13-12 in Verlander's 25 starts this year, but if you bet on every single one of his games, you are down $816 in profits. Verlander has some good splits this season, but the numbers aren't remarkable like we are used to. This 3.57 ERA is a solid run higher than we would like, and the end result is that Detroit needs more out of its ace, especially in the second season if it is going to make a run at the World Series.