Under-Performing 2017 MLB Teams Worth Betting On
Just because an MLB ballclub has gotten off to a slow start while under-performing early on, that certainly doesn’t mean that you should forget all about that team for the entire regular season. You see, just as I detailed last week, there are several good reasons to back an under-performing team, especially when you can see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.
With that thought in mind, I’m going to highlight a trio of teams that have under-performed early on but are still offering their own brand of value for different reasons. Find the latest baseball betting run lines here.
In Depth Analysis On The Under-Performing 2017 MLB Teams Worth Betting On
Chicago Cubs (22-20)
Okay, okay, I know it’s easy to pick the Cubs as an under-performing team to back in the weeks ahead. Chicago is ranked eighth in scoring (5.07 rpg) and a solid 10th in team ERA (3.94) and those are just two reasons why I believe the Cubs will kick it in high gear pretty soon. Chicago ranks 20th in team batting average (.243) and 15th in home runs (52) and I believe the Cubs will make a move up the league-wide rankings in both ares simply because they have too much talent not to.
Anthony Rizzo (.226), Addison Russell (.215), Kyle Schwarber (.185) and Ben Zobrist are all batting well under where they should be, but I wouldn’t expect them to all continue to struggle at the plate, particularly as the warmer weather approaches. Believe it or not, right now is probably the perfect time to start riding Chicago like Cloud Computing!
The Blue Jays are struggling right now because they’re not putting runs on the board like they have in recent seasons, but I believe the bat-flipping Jose Bautista and the rest of the Blue Jays could get their collective acts together in no time at all.
Bautista is batting an ice-cold .227 though he has smacked seven home runs. Kendrys Morales (.244, 7 Hrs) is also batting well under the .253 he hit last season and .290 he hit in 2015. Still, Morales smacked 30 home runs last season and looks like he’ll get there again in 2017. If the Jays start hitting the ball like everyone knows they can, watch out, they could take off, even in the competitive AL East.
L.A. Angels 23-23
While the Halos aren’t necessarily playing bad baseball this season, they have under-performed a bit in the early going. While all-world outfielder Mike Trout is up to his old MVP-winning ways by batting an insane .350 with 14 homers and 11 doubles, no other regular starter is batting at least .300. Still, I like the value that L.A. is offering simply because they have too many good hitters to struggle at the plate all season. Right now, Yunel Escobar (.272), Andrelton Simmons (.256) and to a lesser degree, Albert Pujols (.247) to all pick up the pace – and their respective batting averages.