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MLB Odds Market Report

Only a week and a half remains in the 2012 baseball regular season, and the division races couldn’t be any closer in the American League down the home stretch. Here’s a look at how some of the best and worst teams did to our MLB betting bottom line over the course of the last week of play.

Stock Up

With the AL East now a two horse race, the New York Yankees ( 5-1, $375 ) held up their end of the bargain by holding serve against Tampa Bay before sweeping the Blue Jays right out of the Bronx. NY has Oakland up next, but then gets the benefit of matching up against three sub .500 opponents in Minnesota, Toronto, and Boston to close out their regular season slate.

The Milwaukee Brewers ( 5-1, $348 ) continued their red hot play taking two of three from the Mets before going into PNC Park and dashing the hopes of the Buccos by taking all three skirmishes. Manager Ron Roenicke’s club has now tallied MLB betting wins in 14 of their 18 games played in the month of September, and because of it, only sit 2.5-games in back of St. Louis for the play-in wild card with 13 games left to play.

After failing to qualify for the postseason a year after winning the World Series, the San Francisco Giants ( 6-1, $537 ) look to have all but guaranteed themselves a place at the table now holding a healthy 10-game lead atop the NL West. Manager Bruce Bochy’s pitching staff looks to have rediscovered its magic touch limiting the L/10 opponents to an average of just 3.8 runs per game; solid pitching wins pennants!

Both the Baltimore Orioles ( 4-2, $274 ) and St. Louis Cardinals ( 4-2, $200 ) are getting the job done in an attempt to lock down the play-in wild card slots. The former is currently the best MLB betting investment in the league ( $3568 ); the O’s will play out the string against division rivals and won’t face a +.500 opponent until heading to Tampa Bay for their final series of the regular season. St. Louis gets to beat up on Chicago and Houston before running into some trouble in their final two series against Washington and Cincinnati.

Stock Down

The 2012 season can’t end soon enough for the New York Mets ( 1-5, -$357 ) and Colorado Rockies (1-6, -$429 ) who check in a combined 5-27 ( -$1540 ) for the month of September. One has to imagine both Jim Tracy and Terry Collins won’t be managing these respective outfits come 2013.

Once again, we have no choice but to install the Pittsburgh Pirates ( 2-5, -$357 ) on this list for the fourth straight week after Manager Clint Hurdle’s squad continued to stink the joint up this past week. As bad as it’s been, the Buccos still had a shot at the postseason, but now that they’re 5+ games out for the play-in wild card, it looks awfully grim.

The Seattle Mariners ( 1-5, -$385 ) were at one point one of the hottest August MLB betting odds investments, but Felix Hernandez and his mates seem to have shut it down for the remainder of the year. Losers in seven of their L/10, the M’s have tallied just six wins in 17 September tries and now must face Texas, the Angels twice, and the A’s to close out the year. They’ll either play spoiler or continue to roll over, and if recent play is any indicator, the latter looks to be about right.