A part of the handicapping process is looking ahead at schedules. It is a good place to see where teams might do well or struggle. This is certainly not full proof as all teams in baseball have hot and cold streaks which can work for or against them, no matter whom they play. Nonetheless, it is a good exercise to do and check the results.
In looking at the American League, we came across four clubs that should either benefit from what lies ahead or they could get hammered. Interestingly enough, of the two that should prosper, one is already the best bet in the AL and the other is a division leader. On the downside, one squad is among the top Play Against wagers already and the other is in the red and is set up to sink further.
Play On – Houston Astros +6.1 units (thru 6/19)
Houston continues their nine-game homestand and they should be favored to win both three-game series against Kansas City and Toronto. The Astros recently had their 12-game winning streak snapped, but their offense has heated up like the temperatures in H-Town and now are right behind the New York Yankees for the top offense in baseball. Their run differential is far and away the best in baseball. When they hit the road they should be profitable against Tampa Bay and Texas. And when they are back home for 11 games vs. the White Sox, Oakland, and Detroit. it’s hard to imagine that will not generate more cash for backers.
When seeing all the teams in the Cactus League this spring, it was obvious Seattle had a lineup that would score runs. If the Mariners found starting pitching, they were going to be good. The bats have not been as good as expected to this point (4.3 RPG), but the pitching has been excellent, which is why the Seattle is competing with Houston in the AL West. After finishing up a rugged road trip against the Yankees and Red Sox, on June 24th, the M’s drop down in class and are at Baltimore (4 games) and home to Kansas City (3). Though the L.A.A. Angeles and Colorado are not pushovers, they are essentially .500 teams and Seattle will play both home and away before the All-Star break.