In nearly all major sports that use the playoffs system to determine the ultimate winners of the league, home advantage usually counts as a really vital element, with teams playing at home often being favored to win games because of their strong home support and playing in familiar environments. In MLB betting, it is usually difficult to quantify the value of home field advantage, as the betting lines involve a runline rather than a point spread. Still, the general consensus is that playing at home (whether during the regular season or the playoffs) comes with some slight edge for the home team, however whimsical it may be to explain it.
Taking a Look at the MLB Betting Teams that Sucked at Home in 2015
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Teams that MLB Betting Fans Shouldn’t Have Wagered On
Unfortunately for some MLB teams in 2015, playing at home hasn’t been able to offer that general edge we are talking about. Below are the teams that have had it worst so far this season, posting the poorest home records in MLB:
1. Milwaukee Brewers, 11-23 at Home
Nothing surprising about this Brewers team that own the second-worst overall win record in the entire MLB at 24-41, including a current three-game losing skid. Could do better though, if they can hit some winning consistency.
2. Oakland Athletics, 11-18 at Home
Barely surprising as well, as the A’s have the worst overall AL record at 27-39. The Athletics have however been showing signs of improvement, winning their last two games in a row, so good things could be in the offing for this team, especially with Sonny Gray continuing to give some solid pitching for the team.
3. Colorado Rockies, 13-18 at Home
Though sitting at the bottom of the NL West with a 28-35 overall record, the Rockies aren’t as bad as their home record suggests. Their potential was evident last week, as they took two of the three games against the St. Louis Cardinals, who are the best team in the league. A bit of some stability this week when they hit an interleague stretch should help bump their numbers.
4. Seattle Mariners, 13-19 at Home
Inconsistent pitching and hitting continues to be their undoing. Expect them to continue with their win-some lose-some trend.
5. Cleveland Indians 12-18 at Home
Very underwhelming, I must say. A team with a lot of potential and talent but spend most of the time scouting and stuffing the team with new acquisitions rather than making the best of what they already have.