MLB betting handicappers have been burned badly by the St. Louis Cardinals, who have become the biggest overlay in all of MLB baseball wagering.
The Cardinals were again a top favorite to repeat as National League Central Division champions and to contend for the World Series. St. Louis has not lived up to billing, however, as they ranked as the 4th biggest money loser on the board thanks in large part to an offense that has lost much of its punch.
St. Louis ranked just 16th overall in run production, which has gone a long way to wasting a fine performance by their pitching staff that ranked 2nd overall for staff earned run average and 4th in quality starts. The Cardinals were highly ineffective as a road team with a record of 28-39 with the MLB odds. It is interesting to note that since their sweep of the Reds at Cincinnati the Redbirds were 5-14.
The Chicago Cubs were the biggest bankroll buster in the National League and second biggest money loser in all of baseball. The Cubs have never been the same since their epic playoff loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008 and this season has been a disaster from the very beginning.
Chicago ranked 18th for run production and 24th for staff earned run average and manager Lou Piniella resigned last month as the ship sank. The Cubs were a dreadful 32-39 with the MLB lines at home to rank as one of the biggest overlays that could be found on the board.
The Pittsburgh Pirates continued to be a major loser on the board as they ranked as the third biggest money loser in all of MLB betting. Pittsburgh was actually competitive at home with a mark of 31-37 but was a catastrophic 14-53 on the road. The Pirates ranked 29th overall for run production and 30th for staff earned run average.
What was equally embarrassing for Pittsburgh was the fact that their franchise balance sheet was leaked out and showing a tidy profit. The money is obviously not being put back into the franchise for player development as the Bucs remain one of the worst run franchises in sports.