Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 1:00 PM
If you’ve been following Major League Baseball, you know that several teams are on fire right now. The Oakland A’s continued a hot run that started long before the All-Star break with a huge come-from-behind win over Texas Tuesday night. Pittsburgh, supposedly dead in the water a few weeks ago, posted a double-digit winning streak against a slate of contenders. Boston’s been hot all season.
Here’s a list of teams that have won 60% or more of their games over the last 30 days heading into Wednesday’s action…
Best Records the Last 30 Days
LA Dodgers 15-10
Obviously 60% may not be enough to profit for market superpowers like Houston or the Los Angeles Dodgers. A 60% win rate is the same as -150 on the money line. Those teams are often priced much higher than that. Boston is usually expensive….but was winning around 80% for a month until Tuesday’s loss at Baltimore. Others on the list have been earning big profits for backers. That’s more than a quarter of the sport winning 60% of the time or more the past calendar month.
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Some .500 Money Makers
Cincinnati was getting wins vs. a tough schedule before the bats cooled off after the All-Star break. Those days off can be a momentum buster for some teams. Were you aware Miami had a winning record the past 30 days? It’s easy to miss out on positive developments for lowly regarded teams. You may be aware that professional wagerers caught the Reds resurgence very early.
On the other end of the spectrum, some teams are ice cold. Even though everyone knows they’re bad…the market still hasn’t adjusted to virtual expansion-caliber performance from so many teams. And, check out Washington!
Worst Recent Slumpers
San Diego 7-17
Kansas City 8-15
LA Angels 9-15
Just fading Washington every game the past month would have paid your rent because the market still prices the Nationals like a playoff team. The Angels have quietly fallen out of the headlines with a bad month.
We’re not saying that all you have to do to beat baseball lines is to follow recent trends. Winning is usually more complicated than that. But, this season…that approach is actually working because the market is stubborn about accepting changes in form.
*Oakland has been a playoff caliber team for weeks, and arguably a championship caliber team that past six weeks. The offense really is that good. The pitching gets the job done. Oakland recently took three of four games in Houston against the defending World Champions. Are the A’s being priced the same as the Astros? Not even close. Don’t bet on payroll, bet on performance!
*Philadelphia and Colorado got some good results early in the season, and largely consolidated those advantages. The Phillies are still very much in the hunt to win the NL East given recent slumps by Washington and Atlanta. Colorado’s not too far back of the Dodgers in the NL West, and very much in the Wildcard discussion. Too many in the market want to treat them as 70-92 type teams rather than legitimate contenders.
*Baltimore was bad out of the gate, and actually got worse. We wrote about the Orioles making a run at negative 30 units before the All-Star break not too long ago here in JIM HURLEY’S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK. This might be a 50-112 type team or, heaven forbid, a 45-117 type team! The market keeps expecting respectability that just doesn’t come. Or, hasn’t yet anyway. Now the O’s are trading away their few good players.
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