While a lot can change throughout the course of the season, the first couple of months of he MLB season should be enough to have a pretty good indication of which teams are more explosive offensively and which teams rely more on pitching and defense to win lower scoring games. It is the latter group in particular that we are relying on when it comes to picking the under when betting on totals this season. The following are the teams that should be bet under in this season.
Kansas City is off to a terrible start this season with the worst record in the American League through 46 games. It’s no secret that a severe lack of offense has been the biggest reason for the Royals struggles. Kansas City ranks 30th in the AL with 153 runs scored. The Royals also rank 29th in batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage. 28 of Kansas City’s 46 games have stayed under the total this season. There is a good chance that trend continues based in large part on their lack of hitting talent and the fact that they will likely be sellers at the trade deadline if they don’t turn things around soon.
Nobody expected the Royals to be among the league leaders in runs scored this season. The same cannot be said about Cleveland. The Indians added Edwin Encarnacion to a talented lineup with hopes that they could contend for a World Series championship this season. However, Encarnacion has struggled in his new digs and the Cleveland offense has failed to live up to expectations. The Indians are tied for 22nd in the majors with 196 runs scored and they rank in the bottom-third of the MLB in batting average this season. Cleveland is talented enough to turn things around on offense. However, to this point they have been the second-best team in the majors to wager on when it comes to betting the under.
It seems strange that the team with the leading early season MVP candidate could be among the lowest scoring teams in baseball. Mike Trout is hitting .344 with 15 home runs and 35 RBI this season. However, the Angels rank just 19th in the majors in runs scored. Part of the problem is that Los Angeles ranks 25th in batting average and 26th in slugging percentage. At the same time, the Angels just haven’t capitalized on opportunities when they have had them. The pitching staff has helped keep Los Angeles in most games and it’s a big reason why they are hovering around the .500 mark through 50 games. The under has hit in 28 of the Angels 50 games so far this season, which makes them the third-best team to bet on for under wagers so far this season. Sign up at Heritagesports and make some profits betting the unders.