The MLB betting season is just over a week old, and here at Bang The Book, we're beginning our weekly look at the hottest and coldest teams and best and worst moments from the week that was!
Money Power Poll
1: Toronto Blue Jays (5-1, +$588): This is the second straight season that the Blue Jays have gotten off to a great start. Thanks to four dingers by both CF Vernon Wells and SS Alex Gonzalez, Toronto has had some great offensive performances. However, five quality starts in six games has really been the key.
2: San Francisco Giants (5-1, +$419): Most week in which you get two starts out of RHP Tim Lincecum and RHP Matt Cain are going to be solid for the G-Men. However, it was the hitting that impressed us with San Fran this week, as the 5.17 runs per game over the first six of the year is certainly an improvement from last year's struggle to reach 4.00 runs per game average.
3: Detroit Tigers (5-1, +$400): Maybe the Tigers are going to be the ones with the last laugh in the AL Central this season. They swept the Indians at home in spite of the fact that they allowed five runs in the first inning in Sunday's game and needed five in the final two innings to prove victorious. 1B Miguel Cabrera is batting .522 on the season after going 3/3 on Sunday.
Money Power Outage
30: Houston Astros (0-6, -$626): Starting the year with six straight home games really should never leave you at 0-6, but that's where the Astros are at after a week of play. This is clearly going to be a long season in the Lone Star State, as Houston fans are already asking questions about the 2013 season.
2: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2-5, -$473): The Halos weren't expected to be nearly as good as they were last year when they won 97 games and had the best money mark in the game. However, this week was just miserable and may be a sign of things to come for them. They only averaged 3.43 runs per game, good enough for 25th in the bigs through a week of play, and without some more pop, a rotation that is still ailing after losing RHP John Lackey to free agency is going to struggle.
3: Baltimore Orioles (1-5, -$460): For a season that was supposed to be full of promise, the Orioles certainly haven't gotten off to a good start. Baltimore still hasn't put it together offensively yet, as it is averaging just 3.17 runs per game this year. That won't cut it, especially with a pitching staff that had a 5.00+ ERA last year.
The Good:LHP CC Sabathia, New York Yankees: Take a look at the outing that Sabathia came up with on Saturday afternoon! He pitched five frames of perfection and ended the day with 7.2 innings of no hit ball before conceding a single to C Kelly Shoppach which ended his night. Manager Joe Girardi said that he wasn't going to give Sabathia a chance at pitching the no-no because of his pitch count, but we think that it would've been hard to get the big guy off of the bump once he got out there for the ninth.
The Bad:The pitching staff of the Washington Nationals: Stephen Strasburg where are you??? The Nats had the worst ERA of any team in baseball in the first week of the season, as they allowed opposing batters to get on base a whopping 40.2 percent of the time. They also had a 6.11 ERA, which isn't anything to brag about.
The Ugly:Kansas City Royals bullpen: Ok, so let's get this one straight. The Royals got four quality starts out of six games, averaged nearly four runs per game (which isn't great, but isn't just god awful either), got some emotionally charged and timely hitting, and still only went 2-4. Thanks, bullpen. Three blown saves and an ERA that dropped to 8.41 after Sunday isn't anything to write home about.
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