MLB Teams to Bet on This Week (June 12-18)

Posted by Kenny Bell on Monday,June 12, 2017 12:36, EDT in

Looking for a betting edge around Major League Baseball this week with the NHL season already over and the NBA campaign about to end? Here are three teams I would back often over the next seven days when making your MLB betting picks.

MLB Teams to Bet on This Week (June 12-18)

New York Yankees

The Bombers enter the week with a four-game lead in the AL East and the longest winning streak in MLB at five in a row. How good has rookie Aaron Judge been? Not only is he the betting favorite to win Rookie of the Year and the MVP Award – only Fred Lynn and Ichiro Suzuki had done that previously in the same season – but Judge might just win the Triple Crown. After going 4-for- 4 with two home runs in the New York Yankees’ 14-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles (and 10-for- 16 over his past four games) on Sunday, Judge is now hitting .344 with 21 home runs and 47 RBIs. He leads the American League in all three categories. Judge hit a homer a whopping 496 feet on Sunday, the longest since those types of things have been tracked. Judge has to slow down a bit at some point because he’s also getting very fortunate in terms of batting average on ball in play (BABIP). His .432 BABIP leads the majors and would be the highest mark since World War II. Only four players who qualified for a batting title have a managed a .400 BABIP in a season, led by Rod Carew’s .408 mark in 1977. New York starts a seven-game West Coast trip Monday at the Angels and then heads to Oakland for four games.

MLB Teams to Bet on This Week (June 12-18)

Colorado Rockies

The Rox clearly can no longer be considered a surprise as they lead the NL West by 1.5 games over the four-time division champion Dodgers. Colorado had its seven-game winning streak snapped Sunday at the Cubs but still impressively won three of four games at Wrigley Field against the defending World Series champions. This is only the second season in franchise history in which the Rockies have been at least 18 games above .500 at any point (2009). The last time was at the end of the 2009 season when the Rockies finished 92-70. Colorado’s all-time high-water mark is 24 games in ‘09 at 92-68. The Rockies have won 15 of 21 series overall this year with three splits. They have dropped series to San Diego, Seattle and Washington. The Rockies are in Pittsburgh for three games starting Monday and then return home vs. the Giants this weekend. The Rockies are 24-11 away from Denver and have the most road wins in the Majors. The Rox have only had one winning record away from Denver in a season, going 41-40 in 2009.

St. Louis Cardinals

The Cards enter this week having won three straight to get to three games under .500 and just 2.5 games out of first place in the NL Central. The Cardinals will enjoy an open date Monday before they begin a four‐game series against the Brewers on Tuesday. That day will feature a day‐night doubleheader, the first game at 2:15 p.m. ET as a makeup for the May 3 rainout. The second game Tuesday will have a first pitch of 8:15 p.m. The Cardinals just finished a stretch of 20 games in 20 days and are in the midst of playing 47 games in 48 days leading into the All‐Star break. Manager Mike Matheny, trying to jump-start one of his stars, has moved Matt Carpenter from third to second to first in the lineup, and in the last five games, Carpenter is seven for 20 with two homers and two doubles. Dexter Fowler, who has hit second for the last four of those games, is four for 14 with a homer and two doubles, and his three runs batted in Sunday put him third on the team at 24, with Carpenter first at 32. Fowler’s homer Sunday was the ninth from the left side for the switch hitter, who is batting just .196 righthanded, as opposed to .243 lefthanded. Eight of those home runs have given the Cardinals the lead.