MLB betting contenders such as San Diego and Cincinnati have been big money winners but Houston has been a surprise MLB baseball wagering commodity.
The Cincinnati Reds have been the most profitable team in all of baseball as they continue to stretch out their lead over the St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the National League Central Division. The Reds have been a particularly good value on the road, where the price is always better, with a mark of 38-29.
Cincinnati has been powered by an offense that ranked 2nd in the major leagues for run production. Joey Votto has been a key asset with the MLB odds as he was hitting .324 with 32 home runs and 98 runs batted in.
The key concern remains pitching as the Reds were in the middle of the pack for staff earned run average and ranked just 21st for quality starts.
The San Diego Padres were right behind the Reds as the second most profitable team in all of baseball. San Diego was written off as a potential last place team before the season began but continued to hold on to first place in the National League West Division, which has been their locale all summer long.
The Padres are something of a mirror opposite to the Reds as they ranked 1st overall in the big leagues for staff earned run average but ranked just 19th for run production. The Padres have one of the best bullpens in the majors led by Heath Bell, who had 37 saves and a 1.78 ERA.
Handicappers should be alarmed about the recent performance of the Padres, however, as they lost 9 consecutive games with the MLB lines from August 26 through September 4.
The Houston Astros are the third most profitable team in all of baseball despite having a losing record overall and wallowing out of contention all season in the NL Central. It is interesting to note that Houston has been a better MLB betting value since unloading all of their high priced veterans at the trade deadline.
Houston went 10-3 from August 22-September 4 and may be a team of the future. The Astros have been a consistently big underdog and bargain value on the board.