The MLB odds for total wins on the season are being offered and here we take a look at the best bets to add to our MLB picks on teams that we believe will go ‘under’ the posted total.
Tampa Bay Rays (78 ½)
Sorry Rays’ fans but this 2015 edition will struggle more than Kim Kardashian trying to jiggle and wiggle her way into a pair of yoga pants. It won’t be pretty so consider me a bit surprised to see the MLB odds total this high. The Rays notched 77 wins last season and this will be a year of regression for the Boys from the Bay. Tampa Bay boasts a lineup of Evan Longoria and…yeah, not much there. The pitching should be solid enough if guys like Drew Smyly and Alex Cobb can go to work every five days but that’s a big question mark while Matt Moore’s prospects from returning after Tommy John surgery are suspect at best. Place your MLB pick 'Under.'
MLB Pick: Under 78 ½ (-115) at Bovada
Minnesota Twins (72 ½)
In this world there are good twins and bad twins. Kate Upton has a spectacular pair of twins while Minnesota….not so much. I am afraid to say that this will be yet another season of discontent for baseball in Minneapolis. Sure they have prospects but then again most prospects don’t materialize into impact ballplayers but when they do small market teams often deal them away to get even more prospects to avoid the expense of a big money, long-term contract. Minnesota has brought in journeyman pitcher Ervin Santana who bolsters a starting rotation with Phil Hughes at the helm. Yes, former Yankee Phil Hughes is the ace of this staff. ‘Nuff said.
MLB Pick: Under 72 ½ (Even) at Bovada
Philadelphia Phillies (67 ½)
Triple digit season losses are in the future for a Philadelphia franchise that will undoubtedly be without the services of their best player Cole Hamels when a contender inevitably comes calling right around the trade deadline or before. The Phillies have huge money committed to middle-aged men who might be better suited to watching baseball rather than playing. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Cliff Lee account for a whopping $65 million on the books this season and you couldn’t get a bag of balls and a dozen Louisville Sluggers for the triumvirate. Oh what a joy it will be in the City of Brotherly Love watching your ball club get pummeled by divisional foes Washington, Atlanta, Miami and the even the Mets on a regular basis. Last season’s 73 win mark will be about as likely as finding a high school graduate at a Jersey Shore reunion. This team will suffer 100 losses or better which, according to the new math, means the MLB odds of 67 ½ wins looks like a lock.
MLB Pick: Under 67 ½ (-115) at Bovada
Colorado Rockies (71 ½)
Pitching at Coors Field is not for the faint of heart and it is no wonder why the Rockies continue to experience a dearth of solid MLB hurlers looking to ply their trade in a pitchers’ graveyard and a hitters’ playground. And so we turn our lonely eyes to a Rockies rotation that will see journeyman Kyle Kendrick take the hill in Colorado’s opener. That says just about all you need to know about their pitching depth and the horrors that will abound when pitching in the thin air of the Mile High City. The Rockies were in the cellar of all the major statistical pitching categories but their offense was, by default, buoyed by the same environment that their pitching suffered. The problem is that I don’t see this offense as good as they were last season and all they managed in the 2014 campaign was 66 wins. How is this edition better than last? The answer is – they’re not!
MLB Pick: Under 71 ½ (Even) at Bovada