Three weeks into the new MLB season now, and we are starting to get a clearer picture of what this year may look like. The Rockies are baseball’s biggest surprise at 13-5, and Boston is a big surprise at the top of the AL East at 12-6 as well.
Who are the biggest disappointments? The Los Angeles Angels at 7-10 (though they have won three straight), and the Los Angeles Dodgers at 8-10. Fortunately for fans of teams who have been major disappointments this year, the baseball season is 162 games, so there is plenty of time to turn it around.
BangtheBook wants to give baseball bettors some extra information to try to stay ahead of the books this year. This MLB betting article will be done twice a week during the baseball season to give you trends to consider before wagering your money on baseball. Let’s look at trends to consider for series’ this week.
-The Oakland Athletics are a stunning 8-0 in their last 8 games against the Boston Red Sox. Oakland will be probably be underdogs in three straight games at Fenway Park this week, so taking a look at the A’s in the right spot might be a good idea. The A’s are 15-2 in A.J. Griffin’s last 17 starts.
-Kansas City is 0-7 in their last 7 games in Detroit. The Royals are a much more competitive team this year, but will that be enough to change that trend? Detroit is coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Angels, so they’ll definitely be looking to get back on track in this series.
-The Rockies sit in first place in the division, but their competition gets much tougher this week. Atlanta comes to town, and the Braves have had a lot of success at Coors Field. Atlanta is 4-0 in their last 4 games in Denver.
-Seattle pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has flown under the radar far too much of late. Iwakuma took a little time to come into his own in the majors, but he has some great stuff. The Mariners aren’t a good team, but they are 6-1 in Iwakuma’s last 7 starts.
-From the list of trends you shouldn’t expect to keep going for too long: the Rays are 0-4 in David Price’s last 4 starts. Price hasn’t had his normal control so far this year, but don’t go out of your way to bet on that continuing. Price will be just fine.
-The Chicago Cubs aren’t a good team, but they are downright awful on the road. The Cubs are 19-55 in their last 74 road games. Don’t expect that to improve as they travel to Cincinnati this week. The Reds are 7-1 in their last 8 home games. The Cubs are 16-36 in the last 52 meetings between these two teams.
-Here’s a strange trend for Tuesday. The Dodgers are 6-20 in their last 26 Tuesday games. This Tuesday they’ll have Clayton Kershaw starting, which would usually be a good thing. As unlikely as it may seem, the Dodgers are actually 0-5 in Kershaw’s last 5 starts on a Tuesday.
-The under is 4-0 in umpire Ron Kulpa’s last 4 games behind the dish. It was also 22-9 in his 31 games behind the plate last year. He has one of the biggest strike zones in baseball. If you see him scheduled for duty behind the plate, consider betting the under.