MLB's Hottest Teams: LA Dodgers May Need an Asterisk

Greg RiotAnalyst IMay 7, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 05:  Jeff Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pumps his fist after Josh Wilson of the Arizona Diamondbacks popped out to third in the second inning at Dodger Stadium on May 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 3-1.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

2009 is proving to be a year where baseball bettors should expect the unexpected. Did you have the Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, and Toronto Blue Jays all in the playoffs if the season stopped after games played on May 6?

Check out BetUS’s sports betting list of the teams that you should know are tearing it up right now...


(Rank) (Team) (SU record) (SU record L/5 +$$$)


1: Los Angeles Dodgers (21-8) (5-0 in L/5 +$500) Not only have the Dodgers won each of their L/5 games, but they’ve also won seven in a row and have opened up the season at 13-0 SU at home.

Manager Joe Torre’s club is pitching well, hitting well, and playing defense well, and that’s why Los Angeles has the best record in baseball. No one has scored more than three runs off of the Dodgers’ pitching staff since Apr. 30, and the team is averaging 5.4 runs per game in this winning streak.

The back end of the LA bullpen has been fantastic as well, as closer Jonathan Broxton has only allowed one earned run in 13 appearances, and is eight for nine in save chances. He also has an astronomical 16.07 K/9.

The scariest part about running up against the Dodgers in the weeks to come… Manny Ramirez is only on pace to clock 35 home runs this season…


2: Texas Rangers (15-12) (5-0 in L/5 +$621) Anyone that claims they picked the Rangers to be leading the AL West after almost 30 games is probably a liar. For a team that was averaging allowing over seven runs per game in their first 15 games, Texas has certainly put out some fires of late.

In this five game winning streak, the staff has only allowed an average of 3.2 runs per game. The offense is still humming though, as the unit has scored at least five runs in four of its L/5. 2B Ian Kinsler appears to be headed towards a 30/30 season, as he already has nine dingers and seven steals on the season.

A .328 batting average and 1.022 OPS aren’t shabby either. Not only has Texas been winning games, it’s been winning them as dogs. The Rangers were underdogs in their L/4 games, and netted $521 for their bettors in that stretch.


3: Kansas City Royals (17-11) (5-0 in L/5 +$567) Could the 2009 Kansas City Royals be as good as the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays were? The two teams look awfully similar, as both were built on pitching, strong defense, and timely hitting from players that may not be household names.

After thrashing Seattle 9-1 last night, the Royals have won five straight and seven out of eight to sit atop the AL Central standings by two games. The pitching duo of Zack Greinke and Brian Bannister has been absolutely ridiculous this season.

Greinke and Bannister are a combined 8-0, and if you add up their ERAs, you still don’t have anywhere near 2.50. The Royals are 9-0 in their six starts, and KC bettors have made $1,037 from their outings.

And the rest…

4: Milwaukee Brewers (16-12) (4-1 in L/5 +$301)


5: Toronto Blue Jays (20-10) (4-1 in L/5 +$291)