In spring training, hope sprang eternal for all teams as well as season prop bettors. At the beginning of the 2012 season, we gave you a bet for every team with our world famous ball four-cast. With roughly 100 games left in the season, it’s time to check in on how those heavy hitting predictions are doing. In this segment, we look back on the NL West preseason predictions.
Arizona Diamondbacks Ian Kennedy under 13.5 wins
Ian Kennedy racked up 21 wins last year and everybody outside Arizona had to know that was a fluke. Vegas thought so, putting the line at only 13.5 wins and thus far in 2012, Kennedy is 5-6. Kennedy will have about 20 more starts on the season so anything below a 9-11 record will result in profit for the good guys (us.)
San Francisco Giants Matt Cain over 13.5 wins
Timely check in on this prop bet as Matt Cain just wrapped up a 14 strikeout perfect game. He got the win, obviously, pushing his season record to 8-2 and staking an early claim to the N.L. Cy Young Award. Cain will need 6 wins in his last 20 starts which barring injury should be attainable.
L.A. Dodgers over 81 wins
The Dodgers stormed out of the gate this year, putting the drama of their former owners behind them. Even after losing Matt Kemp to the DL for a stint, L.A. sits at 40-24, almost halfway to their season win total with a little under 100 games left. This bet should be a walk in Chavez Ravine to win.
Colorado Rockies Carlos Gonzalez over 27.5 Home Runs
Gonzalez has continued his power surgance of the past 2 years, crushing 16 into the Rocky Mountain air. Carlos belted 34 and 27 round trippers in consecutive years but this year he’s on pace for a whopping 42 bombs. Here’s hoping Carlos stays healthy and avoids random testing.
San Diego Padres under 74 wins
The Padres have been consistent this season, consistently bad that is. San Diego only sits ahead of the Cubs for last place in the entire Majors. Their embarrassingly bad record of 22-41 has them on pace for only 57 wins this season. I knew San Diego was going to be bad…but now I kind of just feel bad.