Teams that slumped into the All-Star break have a slow and low approach coming back
The All-Star break was manageable this year in baseball, unlike some years past (I.E. The Tie), or pretty much every season in hockey or football. And now it’s back to the grind for MLB teams and bettors looking to start fresh in the second-half.
Kansas City and the Los Angeles Angels went into the break on a sour note, getting swept in respective series’ vs. the Indians and Mariners, and each squad returns to an all-important divisional series starting Friday.
Thanks to the power of SDQL at SportsDatabase.com, we looked up the scenario for teams who limped into the break and both neither angle suggests we will see much in the way of firepower from the neither the Royals or Angels tonight. Here is the first SDQL code:
These teams are 16-21 overall with 12 overs, 24 unders and 1 push since 2004 and the more recent trend shows a 3-8 record for the side that was “swept away” before the break.
In divisional play, which pertains to both teams this weekend, the recent stats show a 2-6 mark for the slumpers with an overall mark of 6-12 SU and 6-11-1 O/U.
Detroit had a lot of participants in the All-Star game including skip Jim Leyland so perhaps this road team is not quite as rested as they would like to be. Ervin Santana was good at home last year against the Tigers when he was with the Angels and Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez has pitched a couple of gems in his career vs. this Royals lineup. In 16 innings pitched Santana allowed just one run and one walk while striking out 11.
Detroit’s bullpen is better on the road and the Royals have had a decent season but we’re going to suggest tackling this game from a first-half approach. As these teams ease back into the swing of things, our play tonight is on a slow and low start.
Pick: Take the Tigers and Royals to stay “Under” 4.5 runs through the first 5 innings