The dog-days of August are upon us, and the contenders are separating themselves from the pretenders in baseball. In the National League, the quality teams, those with a legitimate chance to make it to the World Series, have established themselves. The Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants, and Los Angeles Dodgers have the inside track to be the NL's representative, while St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Miami have an outside shot. Of course, the Cubs haven't won the World Series since Abe Lincoln was a little boy growing up in Illinois, the Dodgers are currently missing baseball's best pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, who is injured, and Miami just lost their stud, Giancarlo Stanton, to injury as well. It is likely that Stanton is lost for the remainder of the season, while Kershaw has just begun to throw off flat ground.
In the American League the picture is murkier still. While it is highly unlikely that the Kansas City Royals will return to defend their title, given that they are currently playing less than .500 ball, it is difficult to predict their successor. The Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers have a leg up on their respective divisions, while Toronto, Baltimore, and Boston are separated by a gnat's eyelash in the East Division. Detroit, Seattle, and Houston all have shots at getting a wild card.
This past weekend brought some eye-popping performances, led by two players who are built more for stealing a base than for smashing balls out of the park. Mookie Betts and Charlie Blackmon each hit 3 home runs in one game. That's a heck of a display of power for guys that might weigh 180 lbs on a good day.
In our baseball video we describe some factors that could help you become more successful with your baseball betting. I've been keeping score on each factor's success rate and will share the results with you later on this week.