MLB Betting Predictions For The 2nd Half Of The MLB Season
In Major League Baseball, like in the Tour de France, July is the month when the formidable breakaway racers comes back to the pack, a fact that is affirmed by the sudden normalness of the once-extraordinary Astros. The more the peloton charges enthusiastically over the hill, the more the Astros (5-5 in the last 10 games) have slowed down their red-hot run, entering Friday’s MLB betting schedule one game behind the peaking Angles (8-2 in the last 10 games).
Meanwhile, the St Louis Cardinals have officially stepped into the 60-win mark, the only team to have done that this season, but that is thanks to their current three-game winning streak that has seen them stretch the gap ahead of the Pirates by 6 games. Earlier this week, they Pirates trailed the Cards by less than 5 games, meaning we could have gone to a four-game series and had the Pirates take the lead in the NL Central if the Cards flopped in it.
A Look at the MLB Betting Predictions For The 2nd Half Of The MLB Season
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Simply said, no one is safe in the Major League right now, not even the Kansas City Royals who own the largest division lead in the MLB (at 6.5 games ahead of the Twins in the AL Central). That notwithstanding, we are bolder than ever before about how things will unravel in the MLB betting odds over the next couple of months. And as our way of sharing the love, here are some bold predictions about the remainder of the season, specially prepared for you. Enjoy!
New York Mets will Win the NL East Title
Though the Mets (49-47) are currently trailing the Washington Nationals by three games, we believe that they will get better as the season progresses to overtake the Nationals and claim the NL East title. The biggest trouble for the Mets right now is in the offense, where they’ve been struggling to score runs. With players like Ben Zobrist and Aramis Ramirez available for trades, a couple of key additions could easily help the Mets improve in their hitting. Granted, an improved offense and an already-good rotation means there’s no reason the Mets shouldn’t be able to overthrow the Nationals, who’ve been quite shaky so far this season.
Toronto Blue Jays Win the AL East and End their Playoff Drought
Owning the longest MLB playoff drought has made most pundits look at the Blue Jays as playoff pretenders rather than contenders, something that could easily come back to bite them in the you-know-where. The Jays have a killer offense, hitting the ball like their life depends on it, and if they can get a few trades to bolster their rotation (bringing in stellar throwers like Johnny Cueto or Jeff Samardzija), then they should be able to win the AL East title and snatch a spot among the elite teams in the October games.
Detroit Tigers Will Trade Before the Deadline
A number of teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies, the San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics and Colorado are highly likely to trade before the MLB trade deadline, but it is the Tigers that we are very high on in our predictions. Free agents like David Price and Yoenis Cespedes are some of the hot prospects who could be on their way out of the team, as the Tigers seek to generate some cashflow for major trades during the MLB trade deadline.
Houston Astros Will Mmiss the Playoffs
Sorry Houston fans, you just don’t look consistent enough. This prediction has got nothing to do with being a hater, the Astros have already started to dwindle in their division, and with the competition likely to get tougher as the season progresses, things will only get harder for Houston fans. Making a blockbuster trade on July 31st could help in providing some hope at the start of August, but with competitive nature for the AL playoff race, the Astros will most probably find themselves knocked out of the playoff picture. Division-wise, expect the Angels to use their experience to beat the Astros and other AL West trams to the divisional title.
Bryce Harper Records 50+ Home Runs and Claims the NL Triple Crown
Giancarlo Stanton’s absence from the league for a while should give Harper a chance to get hot and gain a good number of home runs. Plus, with his good ballpark, Harper should be able to maintain his high hitting average, giving him a chance to finish the second half of the MLB season emphatically with more than 50 home runs and a Triple Crown win.
Max Scherzer wins NL Cy Young
The Nationals have looked quite good in the offense over the recent times, something that should be able to push them in those days that the rotation is not able to help them carry the day. And speaking of their rotation, the Nationals are spoilt for pitching talent this season, including big names like Jordan Zimmermann, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister and Tanner Roark. Of course, none of the above pitchers has been as impressive as Scherzer, who has been on a tear this season. With the Nationals likely to call up on his services more often, watch out for Scherzer to do better than the 10-7 record he posted in the first half of the season, earning him a chance to claim the 2015 National League Cy Young Award.