Every season there are some surprise teams in MLB betting. The 2016 MLB Season is no different. I have run the numbers for the first two months of the season and calculated the money line profits of the top three MLB teams to bet on.
The last 2 times the Cubs lost a game started by Jake Arrieta, they combined for 1 hit of support. pic.twitter.com/bpFP8YetAT
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 1, 2016
One team that hasn’t been a surprise is the Chicago Cubs. Most baseball bettors knew that the pre-season World Series team would win a lot of games. Perhaps what is surprising is that the Cubs have won so many games as of the beginning of June.
Joining the Cubs are a couple of suprises. Keep reading for an analysis on the top 3 most profitable MLB teams to bet on.
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Rangers +$1,171 – The Texas Rangers are 29 and 21 as of May 30. They are a half of a game ahead of the Seattle Mariners in what was supposed to be an AL West Division led by the Houston Astros, who are in last place, and the Los Angeles Angels, who are in 3rd place. How have the Rangers done it?
They’ve done it with an offense that’s ranked 11th in MLB based on batting average at .260. The Rangers also have a .729 OPS. They average 4.60 runs per game, that ranks 8th in MLB.
Phillies +$725 – The Philadelphia Phillies might be the most surprising team of the year so far in Major League Baseball. The Phillies were supposed to be the worst team in baseball, even worse than the Braves according to a lot of baseball analysts. All the Phillies have done is go 26 and 24 as of May 30. Philly is playing so well that they are only 3.5 games behind the Washington Nationals for the lead in the NL East.
Philadelphia doesn’t score a lot of runs, only 3.20 per game. But, man, the pitching has been great! Led by Vince Velasquez, the Phillies allow 3.87 runs per game. That ranks 11th in MLB. Philly pitchers have thrown 438 strikes. That ranks 4th in MLB. The bullpen is ranked 12th in MLB with a 3.58 ERA.
Cubs +$706 – A 34 and 14 record and a 5 game winning streak as of May 30 has made the Chicago Cubs, by far, the best team in MLB in 2016. The Cubs are ranked in the Top 10 in almost every important statistical category. Chicago is ranked 2nd in runs per game at 5.69. They are ranked 10th in overall batting average at .261. They have the 4th ranked OPS team in MLB at .790. The Cubs have the best pitchers in the league. Cubs’ pitchers have a .265 ERA and a phenomenal 1.07 WHIP. The bullpen is ranked 5th in MLB with a 3.05 ERA from 127 innings pitched.
One thing to note about Chicago is that although they win a lot of games, they’re often times a huge favorite in every game in which they play. That could lead to big losses when they do lose. This is especially true when the Cubs play at home. Here’s a word of advice: only bet on the Cubs when they are on the road so that you won’t have to invest too much.