Whereas the picture is getting rosier for hot squads like the Red Sox, Yankees, and Dodgers, there are plenty of teams in baseball that are singing the blues. With BetUS, find out which teams are down in the dumps of late that you should stay away from at all costs if recent form is any indicator…
(Rank) (Team) (SU Record, $$$) (SU Record in L/5, $$$)
1: Washington Nationals (11-27, -$1,407) (0-5, -$595 in L/5) Who keeps lining this team as a favorite? Not only have the Nationals lost seven straight games, they were the choices of the oddsmakers in five of them! It’s pretty clear that the signing of Adam Dunn in the offseason did absolutely nothing to help where the Nats needed the most help: the pitching staff. Washington has a team ERA of 5.97, easily the worst in baseball. Yesterday’s 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh was a reprieve from the recent struggles, as the offense had scored at least five runs in ten games… but the team was just 1-9 during that stretch… Ouch! Nats pitchers have conceded at least a touchdown in nine of their L/11.
2: Minnesota Twins (18-22, -$556) (0-5, -$504 in L/5) Could this be the worst club that manager Rod Gardenhire has led in recent years? Many thought the Twins were going to compete for a playoff spot once again this season, but thanks to a struggling pitching staff, that doesn’t seem possible. Granted, it’s hard to argue with a team that has played its L/6 games against the Yankees and White Sox, but it’s inexcusable to give up 33 runs in those six games. The bats really aren’t clicking either, as the Twinkies have only scored more than four runs once in this stretch after putting 26 up on the Tigers in their L/3 home games. One would like to think that going back to the Baggie Dome would be good for the Twins, but the Brewers and Red Sox are waiting for them there before having to hit the road again for Tampa Bay. Minnesota could easily be on this list again next week.
3: San Francisco Giants (19-19, -$76) (1-4, -$373 in L/5) Don’t blame arms in the Giants’ rotation for their recent struggles! The staff has only allowed four runs in its L/3 games, but the Giants are just 1-2 in those three. Before that, the staff had allowed at least six runs in five straight, which is why the G-Men are on this list. They suffered a crippling -173 loss to the Mets with Tim Lincecum on the mound back on the 15th, and San Fran bettors haven’t recovered since. The Giants simply have to get better on offense and get better in a hurry if they’re going to run down either the Wild Card candidates or the Dodgers in the NL West. Averaging just 3.97 runs per game isn’t going to cut it.
And the rest…
4: Cleveland Indians (14-26, -$1,329) (1-4, -$331 in L/5)
5: New York Mets (21-18, -$113) (1-4, -$300 in L/5)