As the hunt for the post-season kicks into high gear, finding the right team to wager on requires a different kind of lens. The complexion of a baseball team can change drastically from April to August. Teams with poor starts will weigh their post-season chances as the trade deadline approaches and decide whether they want to be buyers or sellers. Let’s look at one terrible first-half team that may require a second-half look when it comes to betting.
Turning It Around From Terrible
Anyone making baseball game predictions in the first half would have no problem penciling in the Philadelphia Phillies at the bottom of the rankings. After a stretch run that included two World Series appearances, one title, and five straight NL East titles, the Phillies front office was stagnant and nostalgic. With an MLB-worst first-half record of 29-62, changes were warranted and made. These included Cole Hamels, Ben Revere, Johnathan Papblebon, manager Ryne Sandberg, and a new team president for next year. Additionally, a plethora of young players were inserted into the line-up. The Phillies team of August looks little like the one that started the year.
The Phillies are 16-5 since the all-star break, and have been hot of late. Baseball game predictions are never a sure thing, but these Phillies are in prime position to fly under the radar as one of those hot betting teams.
Distracted by the Post-Season
While everyone is wagering on what team will ride the World Series dream to reality, you should be sure to look beyond the full-season records. Wagering on the right team takes a different kind of perspective. Teams with new identities can have new energy, which may translate to wins for both your wallet and their future.
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