MLB Weekly Betting Roundup: Sept. 16
The MLB regular season continues to wind down and while some division races have apparently been decided, there are a few that appear to be destined to go right down to the wire. Betting on the games has also been an exciting ride with a few hot teams lining bettor’s pockets down the stretch as well.
One team right in the middle of it all is the Texas Rangers. Their incredible second-half run to a half-game lead in the AL West as of Tuesday’s action could be the MLB story of the year. The Rangers started the season with the longest odds on TopBET’s MLB futures board to win their division and they continue to prove the Oddsmakers wrong with a 77-67 record on the year.
Even more impressive is a MLB-best +$2497 return on a moneyline bet this season. Texas is up +$388 at home and it has been a money machine on the road with a +$2109 return at the USA online Sportsbooks accepting Visa credit cards behind a record of 41-34, which is also the best in the Majors.
Kansas City has been a solid bet all season long with an overall moneyline return of +$1954, but a 3-7 record in its last 10 games has cut into the Royals’ winnings the past few weeks. The Minnesota Twins are still 10 games back in the AL Central and a game and a half out of the final wildcard playoff spot in the AL, but they have the second-best return in the league at +$2149.
Toronto has opened-up a three-game lead in the AL East over New York, but neither team has been lighting it up lately on a moneyline bet with the Blue Jays going 4-4 in their last eight games and the Yankees losing six of their last eight games.
The NL Central Division race has turned into a heated battle between St. Louis and Pittsburgh. The Cardinals’ lead is down to just three games after losing six of their last 10 games while the Pirates reeled-off seven wins in their last 10 outings. St. Louis still has the best overall return on 5Dimes’ moneyline in the NL at +$1376, but Pittsburgh’s return is now a close second at +$1139.
The only other team with a decent return in the NL is the New York Mets at +$694. They now have a solid 8.5-game lead in the NL East over Washington as a result of their impressive run down the stretch.