The MLB betting world didn’t see many teams dominate this past week like in the first week of July when a trio of teams went undefeated, but there were some noteworthy performers, especially in the NL East.
The race is on as far as who’s a contender and who’s not with the MLB trade deadline looming, and while there haven’t been many deals made yet, it became clearer during the week which teams are going to be around when it matters and which ones are too far behind to salvage their season.
We take a look at the best and worst performers from last week from a betting perspective and update the current top World Series contenders with odds from Caesars Sportsbook.
Week’s Top Performer: New York Mets (5-0 for week, 4-1 run line record)
The Mets were the only undefeated team this past week, which began with a two-game sweep of the Yankees followed by a weekend sweep over the Marlins to extend their winning streak to six games. The only game that they didn’t cover the run line in was when they were favored against the Yankees since Max Scherzer was starting, but it was overall a dominant week for a Mets team that’s firmly entrenched themselves as a World Series contender with former Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom set to return to the mound this week.
Week’s Worst Performer: Miami Marlins (2-5 for week, 1-6 run line record)
The Marlins entered the week as a team that could possibly claw their way back into the wild card race with a strong showing, but they instead fell even further behind after splitting a four-game series with the Reds and getting swept by the Mets over the weekend. Having your ace Cy Young contender struggle during the week is typically an ominous sign, and that turned out to be the case with Sandy Alcantara struggling in the series opener against the Mets.
Clutch Performer: Philadelphia Phillies (6-1 for week, two extra inning wins)
The Phillies were facing a critical stretch of games this past week as they looked to stay in contention for the last NL Wild Card spot, and they made a statement by setting the tone early in the week by taking two-of-three games against the Braves and following that up with a four-game sweep of the Pirates. The Pirates gave the Phillies a scare on both Friday and Saturday, but a pair of extra inning victories helped the Phillies deliver for both bettors and their wild card chances, as they’re currently in position for the last playoff spot after passing up the Cardinals this week.
Bad Beat Specialist: Pittsburgh Pirates (0-6 for week, three one-run losses)
The Pirates normally would’ve been the week’s worst performer considering they had a winless record, but they didn’t perform all that badly for run line bettors considering they had a trio of one-run losses. A one-run loss against the Cubs to begin the week set the tone, as they continued to come up short by the smallest of margins and ended up losing not one, but two extra inning contests against the Phillies to cap off a miserable week as our bad beat specialist.
Trending Up: Toronto Blue Jays (4-2 for week, now +1400 to win World Series)
The Blue Jays have turned the ship around after a rough beginning to July, as they’ve seen their lineup come to life and appear to have the pitching to make a deep postseason run. The Jays are showing why they were a popular pick this preseason to break through to the World Series, as their odds to win it all are down to +1400, so the chance to get them at a bargain may have passed.
Trending Down: San Francisco Giants (3-4 for week, now +7500 to win World Series)
The Giants have had an inconsistent season as evidenced by their performance this week in which they began the week getting swept by the Diamondbacks before recovering somewhat against the Cubs over the weekend. While the Giants got back to .500, the issue is that they’ve got several key bats injured and out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, and the gap between them and the Phillies for the last wild card spot is widening as evidenced by their +7500 long shot odds to win the World Series.
WORLD SERIES FAVORITES
Los Angeles Dodgers (+360)
New York Yankees (+360)
Houston Astros (+450)
New York Mets (+750)
Atlanta Braves (+900)
Toronto Blue Jays (+1400)
Milwaukee Brewers (+2200)
San Diego Padres (+2200)
Philadelphia Phillies (+4000)
Seattle Mariners (+4000)
St. Louis Cardinals (+4000)
Tampa Bay Rays (+4000)
Minnesota Twins (+4000)
Chicago White Sox (+4000)
Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook
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