Bang the Book takes yet another look at the hottest and coldest teams in the majors for baseball betting fanatics through Sunday's clashes.
Money Power Poll
1: Tampa Bay Rays (9-3, +$650): When you sweep three games from the Red Sox at Fenway Park, that's usually a good sign for your money production, especially early in the season. Thanks SP Matt Garza for two more solid starts this week, as he has yet allow more than one earned run in a start this season.
2: New York Yankees (9-3, +$554): It's always hard to make money betting on the Yankees because one loss, especially at home, is usually devastating. However, so far this season, the bad losses have all been surrounded by easy victories. The Bronx Bombers are averaging 5.75 runs per game and rank in the Top 5 in every single major offensive category to show for it.
3: Minnesota Twins (9-4, +$510): The Red Sox loss is the Twins' gain. Minnesota opened its brand new ballpark, Target Stadium in style, taking two out of three against the perennial AL East powerhouses. The Twinkies are winning thanks to some solid defensive play, as they have only committed one error all season long.
Money Power Outage
30: Baltimore Orioles (2-11, -$899): The Orioles still haven't won a home game this year, which is bad news considering that their next two home dates are with New York and Boston! Still, Baltimore snapped a nine-game skid on Sunday with a win over Oakland, but this is still easily the worst team in baseball right now.
29: Boston Red Sox (4-8, -$682): Is it time for the Red Sox to push the panic button? We're not even at Boston Marathon Day yet and the team is five games out of first place. You don't think of this team as one that is averaging less than four runs per game, but without so many cogs that have been in the middle of this lineup for years, maybe it shouldn't be such a surprise to us MLB betting fans.
28: Chicago White Sox (4-9, -$667): The White Sox may have 16 dingers already on the season, but it's not translating into a ton of runs per game. They've only got 4.08 to be exact, and they're batting a woeful .222 as a team. They're in the gutter in the AL Central right now, where they may be for awhile if they can't kick it into gear soon.
The Good:RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado Rockies: Let's take a second and give some (more) recognition to RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, who totally baffled Atlanta pitching by no-hitter, the first in the history of the Colorado Rockies. Jimenez walked six batters, but he still managed to strike out seven Braves en route to the dominating victory. His ERA is down under a run and a half per game, and he is 3-0 for the purple and black.
The Bad:Tony LaRussa's handling of his "pitching" staff in Saturday's marathon: LaRussa has always been known as a manager that is willing to pull out the stops and come with innovative ways to win games. But having SS Felipe Lopez and OF Joe Mather throw three combined innings in that 20-inning bloodbath probably wasn't the wisest thing in the world. Not only did you lose the game, Tony, but you also could've really screwed up the arms of your regular fielders.
The Ugly:RHP Jason Marquis, Washington Nationals: Marquis was brought to our nation's capitol to try to sure up the front end of a rotation that has been just god awful in years past. However, all he's managed to do this year is go 0-3 with an ERA of almost three touchdowns. He has allowed at least six runs in all three of his starts and was run after facing just seven batters on Sunday. All seven reached base and scored by inning's end.
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