Best in Show: Hottest Teams in the MLB

Greg RiotAnalyst IAugust 7, 2009

DENVER - JULY 26:  Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies pops up a foul ball as catcher Eli Whiteside #22 of the San Francisco Giants and homplate umpire Dana DeMuth follow the ball at Coors Field on July 26, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Giants 4-2.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

MLB Betting – Who’s Hot MLB’s Hottest SU Teams

Teams are starting to jockey for position as we start the month of August in the MLB betting season. Find out which teams are rounding into form as potential playoff teams with this list of teams on fire…

(Rank) (Team) (SU Record, $$$) (SU Record in L/5, $$$)

1: Colorado Rockies (59-47, $1,164) (5-0, +$532 in L/5)

We’re getting a heck of a lot closer to seeing another Rocktober! After starting this 10-game East Coast swing with three straight inexcusable losses to the Mets, Colorado has fired back with five straight wins to keep a hold of the NL Wild Card lead. Even the NL West crown isn’t totally out of reach if the team keeps playing this well. The Rockies have scored at least four runs in each of their last five games after scoring a total of just three runs in their previous three. Before going on a ridiculous tear of 11 straight wins in June, Colorado was just 19-32 and miles behind the Dodgers and the rest of the NL West. No team has played better baseball since that point, as the Rockies are 40-15 and streaking towards the postseason.

2: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (63-41, +$2,186) (4-1, +$339 in L/5)

The Halos have opened up a sizeable lead in the AL West thanks to a ton of offense. Since sweeping three games from the Yankees just before the All-Star Break, the Angels have averaged scoring a whopping 7.71 runs per game. No wonder why this is the best offense in baseball. The team is batting an astounding .290 as a squad, easily the best in the Majors. A five-game winning streak was snapped last night on the south side of Chicago, but there’s still no shame in the fact that Anaheim is 17-4 in its L/21 games. In those games, the Angels have earned $1,305. There’s a reason that they’ve passed their cross-town rivals, the Dodgers, for the best money mark in the bigs.

3: Arizona Diamondbacks (48-59, -$1,258) (4-1, +$301 in L/5)

The D’Backs are having a very disappointing season, but fortunately for their MLB betting fans, they’ve run into other teams that are in the midst of equally disappointing seasons. After taking three out of four at Citi Field against the Mets, RHP Yusmeiro Petit tossed eight innings of scoreless, one hit baseball. Suddenly, Petit has thrown 14 straight scoreless innings after getting off to an absolutely miserable start to the season. With the prospects of Petit pitching better and Brandon Webb coming back from an injury-plagued ’09 season, things are starting to look better for this club in 2010. Keep an eye on 3B Mark Reynolds as well. Not only is Reynolds batting .283 with 32 dingers on the season, he has also stolen 20 bases on the year. If he can pick it up on the base paths, he may be the first player since Alfonso Soriano to go 30/30 in a season.

And the rest…

4: Boston Red Sox (62-43, +$483) (4-1, +$300 in L/5)

5. Chicago White Sox (55-52, +$543) (4-1, +$407 L/5)