The profits continued to pour in last week for supporters of the Texas Rangers, who have been by far the best bet in baseball this season at +23.0 units. The Rangers (41-25) went 5-2 last week with, incredibly, all five wins coming as an underdog. This made them easily the most profitable bet in baseball during the past week. Meanwhile, the Seattle Mariners hit their first real rough patch last week by going 1-5 and costing their backers 5.3 units. That moved them into the red for the season at -4.2 units.
Below is a closer look at the hottest and coldest bets in MLB for the previous seven days.
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Hot MLB Bets (6/9 through 6/15)
Texas Rangers (5-2, +4.5 Units)
Just how lucrative have the Rangers been? Consider the next-closest club in terms of profits for the year is the Giants at +12.1 units. After taking three of four from the Astros in a weekend series, Texas won two of three against both the Mariners and the A's-all on the road and all as an underdog, as previously noted. The Rangers did receive some bad news last week, however, as ace Yu Darvish was put on the 15-day DL with neck and shoulder tightness. Still, Texas looks like the most complete team in the bigs at this point. Look for the profits to continue this summer.
Next up for the Rangers is a three-game series against the Cardinals followed by a short two-game set at home against the Reds.
Tampa Bay Rays (4-1, +3.0 Units)
Tampa Bay's big week has quietly moved them to 31-32 and just 5.5 games off the pace in the AL East. The Rays surge has coincided with the resurgence of Evan Longoria. The former All-Star third baseman is hitting .278 with 16 HR and 40 RBI to lead Tampa Bay in all three categories.
In a positive sign moving forward, the Rays are also reportedly looking to upgrade the roster. On the radar is Brewers' All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy and perhaps one of the Yankees' plethora of bullpen arms. Even with Joe Maddon gone, the Rays tradition of playing above expectations continues.
Tampa this week is home for three against Seattle and three against the Giants over the weekend.
Colorado Rockies (5-1, +3.0 Units)
The Rockies (32-33) have been a considerably streaky club this season, and they have been a hot run the previous seven days. Colorado has also pulled a game under .500 at 32-33, and the latest profits have turned them into a money-maker for the year at +1.6 units. Third-baseman Nolan Arenado has been a beast for the Rocks' and is a leading candidate for MVP. On Wednesday, he became the first player in the NL with 20 HRs to go along with a .290 BA and 57 RBIs. Colorado has scored the third-most runs in the bigs this season while posting the second-highest slugging percentage (.464). It's not necessarily a Coors Field thing, either. These guys can flat-out rake
Next up for Colorado is four games in Miami and two in New York against the Yankees.
Other hot MLB bets: Washington Nationals (5-2, +2.8 Units)
Cold MLB Bets (6/9 through 6/15)
Seattle Mariners (1-5, -5.3 Units)
The M's had been keeping pace with the Rangers in the AL West, but a 2-9 stretch and dropped them to 6.5 games out in the division race. Seattle's rough stretch has included series losses to the Rangers (twice) and Rays.
Things don't figure to get any easier, either. Next up for the Mariners is a three-game series against the slugging Red Sox at Fenway Park and a four-game set in Detroit.
Philadelphia Phillies (1-5, -3.4 Units)
The Phillies had been one of the best bets in baseball the first two months of the season, but those days are squarely in the rear-view mirror. Philadelphia is 2-7 in its previous nine games, which includes series' losses to the Cubs, Nationals and Blue Jays. Those are three quality clubs, so the results aren't unexpected from this young team. Still, Philadelphia's early-season success felt like a mirage, and that increasingly appears to be the case.
Next up for the Phillies is three at home against Arizona followed by three in Minnesota.
Oakland A's ( 2-4, -2.8 Units)
The A's have been one of the worst bets in baseball (-11.0 units) all season, and that trend shows no signs of slowing. Oakland is 2-8 in its previous 10 games, which includes being swept by both the Astros and lowly Brewers. The A's have struggled both at the plate and on the mound. They rank 24 th in runs scored (4.1 per game) and have the league's third-highest ERA (4.75). It's going to be a long summer in Oakland.
Next up for the A's is three games against the Angels and a two-game set with Milwaukee, all at home.
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