Snakes Quitely Slither to 9 Straight Series Wins to Start Off 2018 MLB Regular Season

Kevin Stott

Saturday, May 5, 2018 6:26 PM UTC

Saturday, May. 5, 2018 6:26 PM UTC

Not since 1907 and the Cubs has a team reeled off 9 straight series wins to start off a new baseball season but that’s what the Diamondbacks did this year before splitting with the Dodgers in Arizona in a 4-game series this week. Let’s look at that Betworthy Trend and five others worth knowing about for the weekend and coming Week 7 in MLB.

1—Yankees Hottest in American League Right Now, W12 of 13 Into Friday Series vs. Indians

Sultans of swat Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and the Yankees (21-10) have been the best team in the Junior Circuit as well as all of MLB Baseball on which to bet these L2 weeks with the Bronx Bombers going 12-1 their L13 after taking 3 of 4 against José Altuve the defending World Series Astros in Houston, winning Game 4 on Thursday, 6-5. Heading into that game, New York (9/1 to win World Series, Bovada) had allowed just 4 Runs in its L5 games and were winning more lately with good Pitching and Defense as opposed to pounding opponents to death with the longball. Didi Gregorius (.333.10/30) and the Yankees went from a 9-9 record to a 21-10 mark and 2nd place in the AL East, just 1 game back of Boston (22-9), and had scored the most Runs in MLB (178) while allowing the third least (123) behind Houston (96) and Boston (118).

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Next up on the schedule for New York (11-5 at Home), a 3-game series against the Indians which starts on Friday at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx in a big test for both teams and a series which begins a 9-game Homestand for Luis Severino (5-1, 2.11 ERA, 52 K’s) and the Yankees. Next week, Gary Sánchez and the Yankees (10-5 on Road) will welcome the Mookie Betts and Red Sox to The Big Apple for 3 games (Tuesday-Thursday) before hosting the A’s in a 3-game series (Friday-Sunday). Closer Aroldis Chapman and New York went 8-11 vs. Boston (8/1 to win World Series, Bookmaker) in 2016 and then 11-8 against their rivals last season and 1-2 vs. the Carmines so far this Spring and the Yankees were 2-5 against Oakland last 2017 MLB Regular Season, so as hot as New York has been, series’ against Cleveland, Boston and Oakland—even in The House That Ruth Built—might not exactly seem like good scheduling spots to back this team although cherry-picking spots vs the Tribe and A’s seems prudent and the games vs. the Bosox should be high-scoring and close and last 4 to 5 hours like weird, never-ending, hazy hardball The Twilight Zone episodes.

2—Braves Have Owned Opponents During 5-Game Win Streak, Outscoring Them by 35-4 Margin

The NL East just got a whole lot more interesting with the surge by the Atlanta Braves (19-11) who have been the best team in the Senior Circuit this week, W5 in a row—all on the Road in Philadelphia and Queens and their longest since April of 2017—and outscoring opponents by an almost surreal 35-4 margin (PHI 1-4 ATL, PHI 1-10 ATL, NYM 2-3 ATS, NYM 0-7 ATL, NYM 0-11 ATL) after Julian Teherán shut out (an almost no-hit) the Mets on Thursday, 11-0 as they proudly sat atop the division. So why has Atlanta (70/1 to win World Series, Bovada) surged? The arrival of super-Rookie Ronald Acuña Jr. is a big part of the reason why as the energy and presence the 20-year-old Venezuelan is bringing to the Braves clubhouse is invaluable and so far the the 6-0, 180 pound LF hasn’t disappointed, batting .382 with 2 HRs and 5 RBI for Atlanta (8-4 at Home). Albert Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Next up for the upstart Braves (+11.5 units, #2 MLB), series’ against the Giants in Atlanta (Friday-Sunday), an IL 2-game series versus the Rays in Tampa (Tuesday-Wednesday) followed by a 4-game NL East series against the Marlins in Miami (Thursday-Sunday). The Braves were 7-7 vs. Buster Posey and the G-Men the L2 seasons and are 4-1 vs. Jacob deGrom and New York already after going 17-21 against the Metropolitans the L2 years (10-9 in 2016, 7-12 in 2017). Having Acuña Jr. onboard makes Atlanta a team to be feared now as his talent is so great it will sell tickets and maybe make the Braves a team to back.

3—Diamondbacks Start Off 2018 MLB Regular Season Winning Imprtessive 9 Straight Series’

The NL West’s Arizona Diamondbacks (21-10) had quietly W9 straight series to start the season off before the Dodgers defeated them on Thursday, 5-2 in Phoenix to split the series, 2-2. It was the longest such streak to start a MLB Regular Season since 1907 when the Chicago Cubs (107-45) W11 straight series and went on to win the 1907 World Series (against the Tigers) with the famous Double Play combination of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance—the latter who also managed the club—in the days when the team played at West Side Park—which had two different venues. Here are the series results for the Snakes who sit atop the competitive NL West:

As you can see, Arizona (10/1 to win World Series, BetOnline) only has one Sweep and one Split over this 12-series span and have W8 of these series by a 2-games-to-1 margin, the mark of a good baseball team, winning the rubber game be of a 3-game series be it at Home or on the Road if that’s what it came down to. Next up for Paul Goldschmidt and Arizona, a big and entertaining 3-game series against the World Series-champion Astros in the Valley of the Sun (Friday-Sunday) followed by 3 games against those damn Dodgers (-16.2 units, #30 MLB) again (Tuesday-Thursday), this time in Lalaland, before Zack Greinke and Arizona welcome Bryce Harper and the Nationals to mall-like Chase Field for 4 games next weekend (Thursday-Sunday) in a potential NLDS or NLCS preview. The Diamondbacks (+13.9 units, #1 MLB) are 7-2 vs. Los Doyers already this spring after going 11-8 (2017) and 7-12 (2016) the previous two seasons vs. Clayton Kershaw and Los Angeles. Arizona is 2-1 vs. Washington this season after going 2-4 in 2017 and 2-5 in 2016 so the Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals should provide tough competition and possibly another series split with dueling aces Max Scherzer (6-1) and Stephen Strasburg (3-3) scheduled to get the pill on Friday and Saturday respectively for Washington.

4—Mets Held Scoreless 18 Straight Innings into Friday, New York NL Riding a 3-Game Skid

Yoenis Céspedes and the Mets (18/1 to win World Series, Bookmaker) had an amazin’ start to the 2018 MLB Regular Season and everything looked rosey in Queens but then NY realized the young Phillies (17-13) and aforementioned Braves (19-11) had improved in their NL East and that May to October could end up seeming like an eternity. All four other teams in their division are above .500 in their L10 games while the Mets are 3-7 although they did get some good news in finding out that the Injury to starting RHP and ace Jacob deGrom wasn’t serious and that he would be making his next scheduled start (Monday at Reds). An 18-inning scoreless streak was where the Offensively challenged Metropolitans (-5 RD) sat as they welcomed the Rockies to Citi Field on Friday for a 3-game series and what might be a good opportunity to take a chance on underdog and visiting Colorado (12-8 on Road) who have been playing much better baseball away than at home in the Rockies (5-7 at Home).

NL-flavored New York will be in Cincinnati to start off next week for 3 games (Monday-Wednesday) before heading to the city of Brotherly Love and Now Jake Arrieta to face the bubbling Phillies in an enticing 3-game NL East slab o’cowhide (Friday-Sunday). The Mets were 4-3 vs. Cincinnati last season and went 6-0 against them in 2016, so, expecting NY to wake up for a second here and win in low-scoring games makes sense. The Mets are 2-0 vs. the Phillies (+18 RD) so far this still somewhat young season and 12-7 the previous two seasons vs. Philadelphia but with the addition of Rookie Rhys Hoskins (4 HRs), RHP Arrieta (4-1) and Carlos Santana (.151 BA), this Phillies team has a new feel and may make life hell for the M-E-T-S Mets! Mets! Mets! this campaign despite the lousy 14-26 mark the L40 meetings.

5—Dodgers 11-2 L13 Meetings vs. Reds; Los Angeles Host Cincinnati on Thursday For Four Games

The Dodgers went 6-0 in 2017 and 5-2 in 2016 against the Reds, and next week, Cincinnati heads to Chavez Ravine to face Matt Kemp and the Dodgers (+1,643 to win World Series, Bookmaker) in a 4-game series between the two worst teams in the league to bet on so far this season with Cincinnati (-15.6 units, #29) heading 3 Time Zones west (ET to PT) and traveling 2,174 miles to play games which will start at 10:10 pm, 10:10 pm, 9:10 pm and 4:10 pm, meaning three of those could end around Midnight for the Reds’ (7-24, worst in MLB) weary heads. This Circadian Rhythm advantage along with the Dodgers need to start winning means backing LA in all four of these games seems wise, although expect the prices to be extremely steep for Cody Bellinger and the hosts in all of these games. Los Angeles will face the Padres starting on Friday (LAD -120, 7½, Pinnacle; SNLA, FSSD, YVLV, 9:10 pm ET/6:10 pm PT) in a south-of-the-border 3-game NL West series from Estadio de Béisbol in Monterrey, Mexico followed by Tuesday and Wednesday (May 8-9) dates with those damn Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium before that aforementioned 4-game betworthy slab in Hollywood against Cincinnati (Thursday-Sunday) with Kershaw schedule to go against the Reds in (next) Sunday’s Game 4 versus the Reds Luis Castillo (1-4).

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Since walking five his first start of the year in Arizona, Ryu's walked a combined four batters and struck out 32 his last four starts.

— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) May 3, 2018

The Dodgers don’t look close to the same team as they did last year and have some serious Injury problems with starting SS Corey Seager (UCL Sprain Right Elbow) out for the entire season and starter Hyun Jin-Ryu (Groin) out until the All-Star break. And outside of Ryu (3-0), LA Starting Pitching has been ugly with Clayton Kershaw at 1-4, Alex Wood at 0-3 and Kenta Maeda at 2-2, so expect this team to probably start playing better even with the Injures, a different start than last year (14-17, 4th in NL West) and backing this team in May, June and July may end up being very betworthy.

6—Astros Have Had Athletics Number the Last 2 Seasons and Counting...

The Oakland Athletics (15-16) have been dominated by their now AL West rivals, the Astros, going 7-12 last year after going 6-13 the season before as Houston slowly turned into one of the best teams in the league through players like Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer and Josh Reddick. So far in 2018, the Astros W2 of 3 from the A’s in Houston from April 27-29 (HOU 1-8 OAK, HOU 11-0 OAK, HOU 8-4 OAK) meaning that Jason Verlander and the Astros are 27-14 the L3 seasons (65.9%) against Oakland as they head into their 3-game series at Oakland Coliseum from Monday through Wednesday (May 7-9).

One good thing for Oakland (175/1 to win World Series, Bovada) is that it will miss ace Verlander’s start in the Astros Rotation. Oakland will be facing Dallas Keuchel (1-5) on Monday (10:05 pm ET/7:05 pm PT) in Game 1, Lance McCullers Jr. (4-1) on Tuesday night (10:05 pm ET/7:05 pm PT) in Game 2 and Gerrit Cole (2-1) in Game 3 on Wednesday (3:35 pm ET/12:35 pm PT). The Athletics were undecided about a starter for Monday but were scheduled to throw ace Sean Manaea (4-3, MLB-best 1.63 ERA, 0.66 WHIP) on Tuesday and Daniel Mengden (2-3) on Wednesday. Into MLB action on Friday, the A’s were 8-6 at Home while Houston was 10-4 on the Road despite some very weak hitting (.250, 11th in MLB). Despite the seemingly Betworthy Trend, backing Houston here in this series in California means cherry-picking the best spot and that means avoiding Manaea so backing southpaw Cole in a potential rubber Game 3 on Hump Day looks like the best pick from this (Friday morning) distance with Oakland’s Game 1 starter still a question.

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