The All-Star Break is sneaking up on us, and the month of July is right here! The dog days of summer are still ahead, and that really separates the haves and the have nots, especially when teams have to go on these long, week and a half long road trips. Check out the teams that have done the worst job this year in the bigs on the road and which ones are turning the biggest losses for you on the MLB odds in 2013.
(Road record and amount of profit based upon a $100 bet listed in parentheses)
Chicago White Sox (15-28, -$1,247) - The White Sox are the worst road team in baseball from a profit and loss standpoint, and it isn't really all that close either. They just had a miserable 10-game road trip in which they were beaten three times by the lowly Astros and three times by the lowly Twins. That's just not going to get the job done. Chicago is getting ready to sell off every piece of the puzzle that it possibly can in order to hopefully jumpstart a rebuilding process, and that might only make matters worse on the road for a team that already has had no luck whatsoever outside of the South Side of the city.
San Francisco Giants (14-24, -$1,007) - There is no team in baseball that has a bigger disparity between its record at home and on the road than what the Giants bring to the table. They are 24-15 and up $347 at home, and they are just 14-24 and down over 10 units on the season on the road. A lot of the problem has been the lack of production out of the starting pitching. This is a staff that is built for playing at AT&T Park, but in spite of the fact that the team plays in one of the best pitcher's parks in the game, San Fran still only ranks 19th in team ERA at 4.06. Matters will probably get a bit better when the staff starts to get healthier as well. Michael Kickham, Chad Gaudin, and the rest of the replacements for Ryan Vogelsong have been terrible on the road thus far this season.
Los Angeles Dodgers (13-22, -$987) - Thank goodness for Yasiel Puig, or the Dodgers would probably be the worst team in baseball. As it is, they aren't finding any success on the road this year, as they only have 13 wins away from Chavez Ravine, only one better than the Marlins and one worse than the Astros. The club did go a respectable 4-5 in its last nine-game road trip though, and that's perhaps a sign that things are going to be getting a little bit better in the near future. The next six road series though, are all very tough against Colorado, San Francisco, Arizona, Washington, and Toronto.
Seattle Mariners (14-25, -$863) - Since winning the first two games of the season in Oakland, the Mariners have been particularly awful against their AL West opponents on the road. They are just 4-13 and -$785 against the rest of the division this year. Matters were really bad for the pitchers in particularly on this most recent road trip, as the team allowed at least 10 runs in three of the seven games. It would be one thing if Aaron Harang, Joe Saunders, and Jeremy Bonderman were the pitchers that were responsible for such bad outings, but the fact of the matter is that both Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez were lit up once each in that stretch as well, and that just isn't going to cut it for a team that really relies heavily upon its top two arms.
Milwaukee Brewers (13-22, -$822) - The Brew Crew have some big time problems this year, and it's showing on the road. The team has one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball, as the team has an ERA of nearly 5.00 on the road this year. The bats aren't doing all that well either. Corey Hart is hurting, as is Ryan Braun, and Carlos Gomez now has a shoulder injury as well. On top of that, it seems inevitable that at some point in the second half of the season, Braun is going to be suspended for the rest of the year for his connections to the Biogenesis lab in Miami, and that is only going to make matters worse. Save for a four-game set with the Cubs, the rest of the road series between now and the middle of August are all against teams that are in the thick of the playoff race this year as well.