MLB Futures Betting – NL West June 26th, 2008
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MLB Baseball Futures Betting – NL West Wagering
Our best Sportsbooks has posted MLB odds on who is going to win each of the National League’s three divisions, and one of those races that may get more interesting as the season progresses is the West, where Arizona, whom this reporter called a virtual shoo-in the first time we had an update, are vulnerable – that is, if anybody else can begin to play well. Can anyone emerge from the sad sack pack to give the D-Backs a run for their money? We examine that today.
Let’s take a look at the MLB divisional odds as they are currently posted at Our best Sportsbooks:
BetUS MLB Futures Odds
BetUS MLB Futures Odds To win National League West
Arizona Diamondbacks -225
Los Angeles Dodgers +250
Colorado Rockies +900
San Diego Padres +1000
San Francisco Giants +2000
If the ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (-225 in BetUS odds) weren’t playing so poorly, they might be running away with this division. But through Tuesday’s games, they are just two games over the .500 mark, which means they can be caught by anyone who comes up with a decent winning streak.
By rights, the D-Backs shouldn’t be having a hard time, not with a rotation that includes the likes of Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, Randy Johnson and Doug Davis.
But the hitting hasn’t been what they expected. When you have six regulars in your batting order who are hitting below .260, you are not striking fear into the hearts of opposing pitchers. Webb has cooled off a bit after his rocket-like (or should we say Rocket-like) start, and it;s a good thing that Dan Haren has been particularly strong of late. This team doesn’t steal bases (24th in the major leagues) and doesn’t hit very well (25th). But they stick out among a bad lot, and there is, after all, some upside. Someone will have to prove they’re better.
The LOS ANGELES DODGERS (+250 in BetUS odds) are demonstrating that Joe Torre’s magic touch may still be somewhere back in George Steinbrenner’s checkbook. The Dodgers are six games under .500, but they were just four games out of the division lead, so they are still in the race in spite of themselves. Unlike Arizona, they have some all-star level players in the starting lineup, like catcher Russell Martin (.314) and Juan Pierre (.280 with 29 steals). Rafael Furcal, who was hitting .366 before going down with a bulging disk, is hoping to be back in the lineup at some point before the All-Star break. Nomar Garciaparra may be available in the not-too-distant future as well. They’re not getting horrible work from starters Derek Lowe, Chad Billingsley and Hiroki Kuroda, and Brad Penny (5,88 ERA) has got to get better. Joe Beimel is a stalwart in the bullpen. If Arizona doesn’t get it together, the Dodgers have enough to make a move.
If the Dodgers can’t do it, than maybe the COLORADO ROCKIES (+900 in BetUS odds) can get it done, but they will have to put on another furious drive, as they did last year, to do so. Todd Helton, at .267, has been a big disappointment, but Matt Holliday (.332) has been holding up his end. Troy Tulowitzki, who missed 46 games with injuries, is back in the lineup, and if he gets untracked soon, there could be the occasion to make a move. Colorado recently went on a run where it won 11 of 15 games, so there are some encouraging signs. But someone other than Aaron Cook (10-4, 3.57 ERA) will have to step up and do some pitching if this team wants to contend.
Speaking of pitching, the SAN DIEGO PADRES (+1000 in BetUS odds) have actually gotten some of it. You can’t argue with the seasons Greg Maddux (3.17 ERA) or Jake Peavy (2.77) have been having, and Randy Wolf and Chris Young are not slouches. But there are no .300 hitters, Brian Giles has only five homers, and this team ranks near the bottom in many offensive categories. There’s no upside here if they can’t score more runs (currently 26th in the majors).
The SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (+2000 in BetUS odds) are another team that has a lot of trouble scoring; in fact, they rank only slightly ahead of the Padres in terms of runs that have crossed the plate. The presence of Barry Bonds actually created a lot of opportunities because he was always on base. Now they don’t have that kind of thing going for them. And as a tea, they have hit only 50 homers. That’s a shame, because there are two outstanding starting pitchers in Cy Young contender Tim Lincecum (8-1, 2.54 ERA) and Jonathan Sanchez (7-4, 3.98). But if you were wondering about Barry Zito, he’s positioning himself to lead the league in losses (2-11, 6.32 ERA).
If Arizona doesn’t want it, a play on the Dodgers (+250) might be in order. And something tells me Colorado might still be heard from, at +900 in the Top Sportsbooks Major League Baseball futures betting odds.
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