After carefully looking over the how all the Major League teams are playing and the upcoming schedule, here are three teams ready to drain your sportsbooks account like Jiffy Lube doing an oil change.
Cleveland Indians (28-30, -4 units)
Cleveland has found a little momentum after sweeping Colorado this past weekend, however the Rockies losing on the road to an American League team is about as surprising as the Arsenio Hall Show being canceled. The Indians might have a little carryover to begin this week with Boston near Lake Erie, but then everything could unravel swiftly.
This Friday, Cleveland heads out on a 10-game road trip which could be horrific. The Tribe will be in Texas, Kansas City and Boston and given they are 9-19 (-9.4 units) this is welcome news to those wanting to play against Cleveland with their sports picks.
The concern is how will the starting pitching hold up? The Indians are already 13th in the American League in ERA from its starting five, and only three teams in the big leagues surrender more runs on the road than the Indians at 4.9. I recently saw one of those infomercials about old-time comedians and Milton Berle had a line: “If you cannot hear opportunity knocking, build a door.” Cleveland on the road presents that opportunity with your MLB picks.
Boston Red Sox (27-30, -9.4)
How odd is it that Boston lost 10 in a row, and turned immediately around and won seven straight? The Red Sox's Sunday victory matched the 1942 Pittsburgh Pirates and 1989 Detroit Tigers for most consecutive victories following a double-digit losing streak.
Should MLB baseball handicappers believe the BoSox can continue to destroy the betting odds? We are going to go with “no” and here is why.
Boston is in the process of transitioning to a younger team, with the likes of Xander Bogaerts, Jonathan Herrera, Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr., all seeing considerable playing time. With young players can come challenges (even with veteran leadership), as witnessed during 10-game losing streak. These players are particularly vulnerable on the road, and Boston is just beginning a nine-game trip to Cleveland, Detroit and Baltimore, with not one easy series in the bunch.
While none of these teams are presumed to radically alter their rotations, every manager from the three opposing teams might move a left-hander out to shove in a right-hander hurler since the Red Sox are 14-23 against them this campaign. Boston is due to start cooling off.
Arizona Diamondbacks (23-36, -13.8)
It has come as no surprise that the Cubs and Houston were supposed to be cellar dwellers, but Arizona, not so much. A 1-7 start to the season has set the wheels in motions for a loathsome 2014 season, and Diamondbacks fans will be expected to stay away in droves.
While it is only early June, we have documented the D-Backs woes several times already, but it bears repeating they will have problems all season versus the MLB odds, and it is most notable in run differential where they remain the worst team in baseball. The only reason to keep bringing this to the forefront is to play against the Snakes, and to this point oddsmakers have not punished the clubs Arizona is facing with higher money lines, but those will be coming.
While the D-Backs are .500 on the road, a trip to Colorado might not be welcome, (facing a team with a decided home field edge), which is off a brutal road trip. After the short three-game trip, its back home where Arizona is 9-20 (-13.2), with five contests, which includes three with first place Atlanta. It might seem like piling on until you count the money.