Going on the road isn't always easy, but some teams do it better than others. Check out the teams that have really been terrible on the road and made you the most money.
Some teams have built in home field advantages that they take advantage of, while others just have bad mojo at theirs. Check out which teams have been sucking it up on the MLB betting lines the worst in their home parks this season!
The 2013 MLB betting season is now over 70 games old for the vast majority of teams in the bigs, and we're going to be looking at the ones that have really struggled at home over the first half of the season today at Bang the Book.
(Home record and amount of profit based upon a $100 bet listed in parentheses)
New York Mets (14-23, -$1326) - Beat the Mets, beat the Mets, step right up and beat the Mets! The second team in the greatest city in the world has continued to be a laughing stock even within their home ground this baseball betting season. The Mets have been abysmal at home over the last two weeks, managing just two wins in eight games versus the Cardinals, Cubs, and Marlins. Even worse, the Mets were -190 and -213 favorites in the two games they lost to the lowly Marlins, putting a serious damper in the bankroll of any betting aficionado. The Mets do have some hope in improving this record. With the recent call-up of Zach Wheeler, the Mets have a fantastic young 1-2 pitching combination between Wheeler and Matt Harvey.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (18-20, -$1278) - They lose money at home, they lose money on the road, they lose money every time a home run is in the air, the Angels lose money everywhere! Even a pre-schooler reading one of Dr. Seuss' books would know that this Angels team is not to be trusted this year. The Angels were expected to compete for the AL West crown this year with the signing of Josh Hamilton and the second full year of Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, but the Angels have been a big disappointment. Even despite the much maligned, and rightfully so, Joe Blanton actually making a great start on Tuesday, striking out 11 and only allowing two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings, the Angels still managed to lose as -193 home favorites on the MLB betting odds. Caveat emptor.
Los Angeles Dodgers (19-20, -$874) - There must be something in the water in the City of Angels that makes either the home teams play poorly or road teams play great. Although the Dodgers have the second highest payroll in baseball, and are spending $50 million more than the team paying the third highest salaries in MLB, the ownership has not been getting their money's worth out of their players. LA's struggles come from their lack of offense, which will hopefully improve with the continued presence of Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers are averaging just 3.53 runs per game and have only managed 50 home runs on the season, both numbers that put them in the bottom five in those categories for 2013.
Milwaukee Brewers (16-20, -$739) - Miller Park may want to make sure that players aren't partaking in their famous beer and sausage concession stands, because the Brew Crew has been awful at home per the MLB odds this season. Over the last month, the Brewers have gone just 6-9 at their home stadium and hasn't been able to put it together. The issue with Milwaukee has been its pitching, which is downright bad this year. The Brewers are in the bottom five in most defensive categories including ERA (28th), strikeouts (26th), quality starts (26th), and errors (26th). P Wily Peralta has been the worst offender for Milwaukee, managing just a 4-8 record with a 6.08 ERA in his starts this year.
Chicago Cubs (15-21, -$660) - The friendly confines of Wrigley Field have not been so genial with the Cubs midway through the 2013 MLB season. Chicago has been just plain bad at home over the last few weeks, posting a 2-7 record at home in the month of June. The Cubs don't have particularly bad hitting or pitching, but in typical Cubs fashion do have the most errors in all of baseball with 52 at this point of the season. There is reason for hope in the Windy City though, GM Theo Epstein is slowly building a cabal of young talent in order to break the oldest curse in sports. Young guns like Anthony Rizzo, Jeff Samardzija, and Starlin Castro have been in the majors for a few years now and are viewed as some of the best young talent at their positions and the Cubs also have two minor leaguers in Javier Baez and Jorge Soler that are expected to make significant contributions in the near future.