MLB Betting Top Teams in MLB 2012

May 11 07:09 2012 Aldrin Print This Article

So the first month of this year’s MLB season is over. There are lots of upset and surprisingly great teams that emerge. Now everybody is rewriting their MLB betting cards and scores. Including me! Bettors should know which team is already leading the pack and bet on them. Now this is what your MLB betting needs! A list of the Top 10 teams that are doing well in MLB 2012. Check out my top list from #10 to #1.

10. Toronto Blue Jays

Even though Jose Bautista is off to a slow start (.222 AVG,Guest Posting 2 HR, 5 RBI), the 6-5 Toronto Blue Jays have put up some impressive numbers offensively. Brett Lawrie and Adam Lind have combined to hit for three home runs and 13 RBI. Though they're only hitting .239 as a team, they've scored 56 runs, jacked 15 home runs and accumulated 160 total bases in 11 games. Just think what this offense will do once Bautista catches fire.

9. Los Angeles Angels

The 4-7 Los Angeles Angels aren't quite the monster offense that most expected this season—yet. Albert Pujols is homerless so far and is hitting just .267, while the Angels as a whole have hit just 10 home runs. Los Angeles does sport a .269 batting average—fifth best in MLB—and has racked up 155 total bases in 11 games while scoring 51 runs. Torii Hunter is the only Angel hitting better than .300, while Vernon Wells leads the team with three homers.

8. Los Angeles Dodgers

Is anyone off to a better start than Matt Kemp? Kemp's .465 average, six home runs and 16 RBI combined with Andre Ethier's .310 average, four home runs and 17 RBI give the 9-2 Los Angeles Dodgers a volatile offense. Kemp and Ethier have helped the Dodgers total 147 bases and 54 runs in 11 games. The offense behind the two has been limited, though, with Juan Rivera being the next-closest contributor at six RBI and a .286 average. After that, there's not another L.A. starter hitting better than .237 with more than three RBI.

7. Baltimore Orioles

The 7-4 AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles have hit the second-most home runs through 11 games to start the 2012 season. Adam Jones (four), Nolan Reimold (four), Matt Wieters (four) and J.J. Hardy (three) have all contributed to the 20 home runs that Baltimore has launched. Furthermore, the Orioles rank third in the league in total bases with 186 while showing a team batting average of .260—with five starters all hitting above the .300 mark. Baltimore's offense has become one of the most exciting to watch in all of baseball.

6. Detroit Tigers

The 8-3 Detroit Tigers have Austin Jackson, Prince Fielder and Jhonny Peralta all hitting over .300, while Miguel Cabrera leads in RBI with 10. The Tigers have collected a total of 162 bases (No. 6) while scoring 54 runs and averaging .272 at the plate. Their 13 homers and .331 OBP rank within the top 10 of MLB. For a team that doesn't possess much speed, the Tigers will need to get it going in the power department.

5. Boston Red Sox

For all their struggles early, including a 4-7 start, the Boston Red Sox offense hasn't been affected. They rank in the top five of MLB in runs (56), total bases (166), batting average (.270) and slugging percentage (.439). Ryan Sweeney, David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez are all hitting above .300 and have combined for 22 RBI. Cody Ross has proved to be a nice pickup for the Sox, while Mike Aviles has done a solid job filling the leadoff position for Jacoby Ellsbury.

4. New York Yankees

Slow starts by Mark Teixeira (what else is new?), Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez have been offset by the hot streak of Derek Jeter. Solid play from Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher has helped the Yankees to a 6-5 record. New York has scored 57 runs (No. 4) in 11 games while clubbing 13 homers and 165 total bases (No. 5) while posting a .264 batting average (No. 6). Other than the San Francisco Giants, no one has struck out fewer times than the Yankees, leading to an MLB second-best .351 OBP. With names like Granderson, Cano, Teixeira and Rodriguez in the lineup, the Yankees are always a threat to finish as one of the top offenses.

3. Cleveland Indians

The 5-4 Cleveland Indians have the most shocking offense so far in 2012. Shelley Duncan and Travis Hafner are both hitting better than .300, while six guys have at least two home runs for a team that has collectively bashed 16 homers. Cleveland has scored 61 runs in just nine games, making it the best run-producing offense in the league. The Indians accumulated 153 total bases in nine games, which is more than 11 teams have produced in 11 games in 2012.

2. St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals have picked up right where they left off last season. David Freese has proved to be an offensive weapon, leading the 8-3 Cardinals with a .371 batting average and 11 RBI. Five St. Louis starters are hitting over .300, giving the Cardinals the best team average at .293. The Cards rank second in total bases with 191, third in runs scored with 59 and first in on-base percentage at .360.

1. Texas Rangers

The No. 1 offense in MLB belongs to the 9-2 AL West-leading Texas Rangers. They lead MLB with 63 runs, 21 home runs, 200 total bases, .522 slugging percentage and .860 OPS. Josh Hamilton is lighting it up for the Rangers, batting .413 with five home runs and 11 RBI. Six Texas players have hit at least two homers, with Hamilton, Ian Kinsler and Mike Napoli combining for 12 long balls in 11 games. Michael Young is also playing exceptionally well. What happens when Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz hit their strides.

Indeed these teams are really doing well this season and I hope they keep their phase up. So do we have the same Top 10 for this year’s MLB? Let’s compare notes and help each other increase our MLB betting wins.

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