When Albert Pujols signed a ten-year deal with the Angels this offseason worth a whopping $254 million, fans and analysts alike forecasted that Los Angeles would cruise to the top of the AL West standings. Ditto for Prince Fielder who, after signing a nine-year, $214 contract with Detroit, figured to team with Miguel Cabrera for the best one-two punch in baseball.
Pujols has hit just two home runs, and the Angels are already seven games back of the Rangers with a 17-21 record. On the flip side, the Tigers are a game below .500 despite respectable production from their new first baseman (.293, 5 HR, 20 RBI). In fact, both of these teams have been amongst the best teams in baseball to bet against.
We’re now over a month into the season and five teams’ early-season struggles have provided significant value for contrarian bettors.
We’re just over a month into the 2012 MLB Season and there have already been more surprises than an M. Night Shyamalan movie. As a result, bookmakers have reacted by moving one team to a 19/4 favorite to win the World Series.
The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft will be held Thursday evening and fans are clamoring to know which player their favorite team is expected to take. Everyone agrees that Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will be the first two names called, but how will the rest of the Top 10 shakeout?