For these ScoresandStats.com baseball betting previews, our perspective will be along the lines of scouting reports on teams. This will include what they do and don’t do well and various odds from sportsbooks on the teams.
1) Cleveland (1st Division odds, 3rd in AL, O/U 94)
There is every reason to believe Cleveland will again run away with the division. Just by the oddsmakers numbers, they are at least 11 games better than the next best team in the division and the bottom three are all in rebuild mode. With an easy schedule, it is hard to imagine the Indians will not win 100 games again even if the American League is improved in the other divisions. The Tribe last season were 6th in runs scored in baseball, No.1 in ERA and No.3 in fielding percentage. That says it all. Manager Terry Francona needs them at their best heading into the postseason to avoid last year’s flop. Good OVER wager for season wins.
2) Minnesota (2nd, 6th, O/V 83)
You will hear about regression with Twins after improving 26 games to 85 wins and a Wild Card berth. Don’t believe it, an injury-plagued 2016 led to a downfall and few remember Minnesota won 83 games in 2015. The everyday lineup is underrated and skipper Paul Molitor is right manager for this still young team. Scouts still have questions about the starting pitching and in this era where batter’s swing for the fences continually, the Twins have too many hurlers pitching to contact. Though 41, Fernando Rodney is a great fit as a quirky dude for a closer, as long as he throwing strikes. Not a bad OVER bet and Minnesota remains a Wild Card contender.