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Hot and cold MLB starts

The Major League Baseball season is in full swing three weeks into the schedule, and we’ve already seen some shocking starts from clubs playing beyond and below expectations. Whether you’re wagering on these game at home or on the go with your sportsbook mobile, here are some of the hot and cold teams to keep an eye on.


New York Mets (+10.54 units): We knew the National League East was weak behind the Washington Nationals, and the Mets haven’t wasted any time taking advantage of that. New York has feasted on its divisional opponents, taking an 11-game winning streak into Friday. The Mets get their first true test outside of that season-opening series with the Nationals, hopping the subway to the Bronx for an interleague showdown with the Yankees this weekend.

Kansas City Royals (+6.50 units): Who said anything about a regression? All the baseball pundits and MLB insiders had Kansas City pegged for a face plant in the early goings of the 2015 season but the Royals have picked up where they left off in last year’s playoffs. Kansas City is crushing the ball with a MLB-best .303 BA and plating 5.4 runs a game – second most in the bigs. It has played nine of its first 15 games inside Kauffman Stadium and venture on a seven-game road trip to Chicago and Cleveland starting Thursday.


Milwaukee Brewers (-11.05 units): Milwaukee wasn’t expected to set the National League on fire but it sure wasn’t pegged to be this bad. The Brewers have just two wins in their last 10 games as of Thursday and can’t seem to get their bats moving, averaging only 2.88 runs a night. Slugger Ryan Braun has watched his numbers decline over the past three seasons and there isn’t much around him in the lineup to pick up the slack.

Cleveland Indians (-5.65 units): Sure, there are worse teams than Cleveland right now but the Tribe’s slow start to the schedule is a costly stunner for a lot of baseball bettors. The Indians have improved every season under manager Terry Francona and the trend was supposed to continue in 2015. Cleveland limps into the weekend with just three wins in its last 10 contests, facing red-hot rivals Detroit and Kansas City next.