MLB Picks & Division Updates: NL West Money Chances are Fair

Doug Upstone

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 1:03 AM GMT

If your preference is making MLB picks from the teams in the National League West, you have to be willing to make adjustments on the move the way this division has worked thus far.

That is not to say this is abnormal when it comes to working the MLB odds to place MLB picks because of the ebb and flow nature of baseball, rather, events have turned on a dime with every team in this division making it a harder to calculate.

 

Dodgers – Offense Popped Like Balloon, So Did Profits
The Los Angeles Dodgers offense had been a thing to behold averaging over five runs a game and doing most of the damage at Dodger Stadium which was the shocker. Home runs were flying out of Chavez Ravine like it Camden Yards West. The talk among many MLB baseball handicappers including yours truly was at what point does Don Mattingly’s team return to normal offense since they were not going to keep up this pace.

Beginning May 16 and thru the 23rd, the MLB odds finally started catching up the Dodgers who tallied six runs in seven outings, which included ALL ZEROS in San Francisco and they lost -2.65 units in hurry. The fact is the L.A. offense was probably never as good as it was swinging the bats for six weeks nor as bad as it was recently.

The upcoming schedule is a mixed bag, hosting Atlanta and being at Colorado and where it stiffens is a home and home with dreaded St. Louis who always give them problems.

 

Giants – How Does San Francisco Do It?
The more you think about this division it is like watching all the Fast and Furious movies all in a row. Come on, be honest, when San Francisco began 4-10 and looked as bad as Milwaukee, you though it was just going to be another odd year struggle for the Giants just 2011 and 2013 after they won the World Series. The offense could not score; a fragile pitching staff was teetering on collapse with ineffectiveness, such that even the best manager in the game Bruce Bochy was like Superman holding kryptonite.

But like the latest Kristie Alley weight loss transformation, San Fran did an about face and won 21 of 30 and gone from one of the sorriest wagers at sportsbooks to over +5 units. It was been what the Giants do best, winning close games and they are 10-5 in one run outcomes and have the calmest most confident team in the game when the contest in on the line.

This collection of winners will be in Milwaukee the first of the week before returning home to face Atlanta and Pittsburgh and why wouldn’t consider San Fran for wagering purposes at sportsbooks like GTBets.

 

Padres – Starting to Sink into the Abyss
Purely speculation, but guessing skipper Bud Black of San Diego is tossing and turning trying to sleep at night. No doubt the Padres losing is playing a part but with all the off-season moves, supposedly this team was ready to compete with team up the road in L.A.

Instead, San Diego is slipping almost daily since the offense has returned to more typical Petco Park numbers and not being as large a factor on the road, because of something nobody saw coming, rotten pitching. Even Petco is not bailing out the Friars hurlers, who rank an astonishing 11th in the NL in ERA. It will not be any easier for the Padres who at Anaheim, already 7-15 as underdogs, before going home to face the Pirates and Mets which will not be easy.

 

Diamondbacks – Hanging Around
Arizona is another club in the NL West that is either hot or not, who only recently lost four in a row and followed that up with a five-game winning streak. The Diamondbacks are going to score, they have shown that in scoring 4.7 RPG, but it is their pitching which will determine their fate and it is listed as 11th for starters ERA and 12th for bullpen, which means this team has to hit to have a chance to win.

The six-game road trip to St. Louis and Milwaukee will find several underdog roles and once they return home the Braves and Mets will visit the tall cactus with most likely around .500 results.

 

Rockies – Not Good Enough to Win
Here is the best summation of Colorado season the last six weeks. The Rockies have not won a series since sweeping San Francisco in the middle of April and are 0-6-4 (pending May 24th game result which will mean a series loss or split). Nobody gives up more runs than Colorado and their offense is amazing ordinary ranking in the middle of the pack in baseball. This explains them have so many crushing defeats of four or more runs (10 of 14) this season.

Though Cincinnati or Philadelphia is hardly imposing, do you think the Rocks can post a winning record on the road? And the only possible relief on the next homestand is Miami, who are sandwiched around the Dodgers and Cardinals. Good Luck.