This website told everyone a few weeks ago not to worry about the “Nati. They were victims of some 1 run losses – and untimely slumps. Heading into play today, the team has squared its record at 11 – 11, after starting the year 3 – 8. Hamilton is hitting, Votto has thrived in the #2 slot, and Bruce and Phillips will break out eventually. Cueto and Cingrani have looked great. For this team, who trails the Cards by just 0.5 GB, to have a +750 odd to win the NL Central is a steal – and the best bet on the board this week. The Reds do trail the Brewers by 5 games, however when you read the oddsmakers, they are still heavily favoring the Cards to win the division.
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After about 13% of the schedule now gone in the MLB, the parity in the AL is crazy. Only the Mariners and Astros have failed to register 10 wins apiece yet.
Most of the teams in the NL are still alive for everything – all but they DBacks and Cubs.
I am not sure the Marlins will stick around for a long time either, but they have ridden a great home record to be right at near .500.
The Tigers have significant holes at SS, and the Bullpen has been shaky, opening up the door to the rest of the division so far.
The Dodgers have been stymied by lackluster play from their superstars – and are still awaiting Clayton Kershaw’s arrival.
For each division I have highlighted the best odd for the team out of the 5. Again, this doesn’t mean I like them to win the division, it means I like the value.
Odds To Win The 2014 Divisions
The Orioles have managed to go 12 – 11 so far despite only having a couple of HRs from each Chris Davis and Adam Jones, and without the services of 3B Manny Machado. The latter is coming back to the club in the next few weeks. Nelson Cruz has clubbed 6 HRs and added 22 RBI so far – and has lengthened that lineup. Matt Wieters is also batting nearly .350. For them to be so far away from the rest of these teams for odds is not right.
Boston Red Sox +225
New York Yankees +225
Tampa Bay Rays +275
Toronto Blue Jays +550
Baltimore Orioles +1000
The fans at Kauffman have the longest playoff drought of any MLB franchise. The Kansas City Royals should have a better offense so far – than what they have shown. Mike Moustakas is finally hitting the ball, and now they just need to wake the thunder off Billy Butler, and for Eric Hosmer’s power to return. The pitching is there, and at +550, this club offers the best value for the AL Central. Yordano Ventura may be their ‘Ace’ in the hole.
Detroit Tigers -275
Cleveland Indians +500
Kansas City Royals +550
Chicago White Sox +2200
Minnesota Twins +3300
Albert Pujols leading the MLB in HRs with 8 so far should have the Angels fans somewhat happy. They still have MVP caliber Mike Trout to help aid the offense, and Josh Hamilton will return. With the A’s and Rangers having Starting Pitching injuries, Los Angeles just needs to play more consistently. They are 10 – 8 since an opening series sweep at the hands of the Mariners
Oakland Athletics +125
Texas Rangers +150
LA Angels +400
Seattle Mariners +1200
Houston Astros +25000
The Phillies are doing what I thought they would do in 2013. The older players like Rollins, Howard, Ruiz and Utley are playing better baseball, and when you add Lee dealing, with strong efforts from Burnett so far, coupled with the return of Hamels, they could always surprise. At a 20 – 1 it is a big longshot, but with a pedigree to win in yesteryear, with the management always making a late season trade, it could be possible.
Washington Nationals -110
Atlanta Braves +100
Philadelphia Phillies +2000
NY Mets +2800
Miami Marlins +5000
St. Louis Cardinals -150
Milwaukee Brewers +260
Pittsburgh Pirates +750
Cincinnati Reds +750
Chicago Cubs +10000
LA Dodgers -250
SF Giants +250
San Diego Padres +1800
Colorado Rockies +1800
Arizona D’backs +1800
Coors Field has not seen any playoff baseball for a couple of years, but with an awesome offense kickstarted by TULO and CARGO, a revamped BULLPEN and Starting Rotation, plus adding Justin Morneau, the Rcokies always have a punchers chance of doing some damage. You factor in stellar play from an upstart Charlie Blackmon, and this team looks decent. They have scored 86 runs in just 12 home games – and are batting .346 – with a near 1.000 OPS at home. At +1800, and the Dodgers and GIants being up and down so far in the 2014 campaign, an 18 – 1 looks pretty good for this squad.
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