There were several surprises in the MLB world this past week that kept bettors on their toes heading into the closing weeks of the season.
While the best and worst performers weren’t a shock, there was a surprising clutch performer and bad beat specialist as well as some surprising trends, one of which had to do with star player Fernando Tatis being suspended for the season.
We break down the most noteworthy performers from another action-packed MLB betting week and update the top 10 World Series favorites with odds from Caesars Sportsbook.
Week’s Top Performer: Atlanta Braves (6-0 for week, 5-1 run line record)
While it’s still unlikely that the Braves will catch the Mets for first place in the NL East, they’ve distanced themselves as the top wild card team after a perfect week. They had a favorable series schedule against the struggling Red Sox and Marlins, but they covered the run line in all but one game and have themselves in position for the postseason in their quest to repeat.
Week’s Worst Performer: Oakland Athletics (0-6 for week, 0-6 run line record)
The A’s were favored in two of their three games this past week against the Los Angeles Angels, but they lost by one run in both and failed to cover the run line in any game since they lost all four of their other games by multiple runs. It’s been a miserable rebuilding season for the A’s in which they’ve been the doormats of the AL, with their losing skid now up to eight games.
Clutch Performer: Los Angeles Angels (5-1 for week, two extra inning wins)
There hasn’t been much for the Angels to celebrate recently after a rough past several months, but they managed to deliver some clutch wins this past week in what was a surprisingly strong performance. They delivered a pair of one-run wins against the A’s, one of which went 12 innings, with another thrilling extra inning triumph over the weekend against the Twins.
Bad Beat Specialist: New York Yankees (2-4 for week, two extra inning losses)
The Yankees have been in a tailspin the past couple weeks, as they now trail the Astros for first place in the AL, and they found themselves on the losing end of multiple close calls this week. Their first series of the week against the Mariners saw them drop a 1-0 heartbreaker in 13 innings, and they didn’t fare much better against the Red Sox over the weekend in which they dropped a 3-2 nail biter in 10 innings.
Trending Up: St. Louis Cardinals (3-3 for week, now +3000 to win World Series)
While the Cardinals didn’t go undefeated like last week, they took care of business over the weekend against the Brewers to distance their lead in the NL Central by taking two games out of three in what was a critical series in the race for the division title. The Cards now lead the Brewers by 1.5 games and are the NL Central favorites, and they saw their World Series odds go from +3500 last week to +3000 currently.
Trending Down: San Diego Padres (4-2 for week, now +1600 to win World Series)
The Padres had a better week from a results perceptive, going 4-2 for the week and only losing by one run in their two losses, but they received some dreaded news on the status of star player Fernando Tatis that saw their World Series odds plummet from +1100 to +1600. Tatis tested positive for PEDs and received an 80-game suspension, which means he’ll be out for the Padres playoff push this season and for part of 2023.
WORLD SERIES FAVORITES
Los Angeles Dodgers (+360)
Houston Astros (+400)
New York Yankees (+430)
New York Mets (+475)
Atlanta Braves (+1100)
Toronto Blue Jays (+1500)
San Diego Padres (+1600)
St. Louis Cardinals (+3000)
Philadelphia Phillies (+3500)
Seattle Mariners (+3500)
Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook
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