MLB FUTURES REPORT (JULY 2)
Los Angeles Dodgers (): While they’re ahead of the Padres in the standings, the Dodgers have dropped 7 of their last 8 meetings with San Diego. Their star-studded pitching staff and loaded lineup still puts this club in great position to dominate in October if they can simply lock up a playoff spot.
Houston Astros (): The hated Astros have taken over the top spot in MLB in terms of run differential (+130) with 452 runs scored through the end of June. Their young pitching staff has impressed with Zack Greinke serving as a veteran leader, but will those pitchers shine under the bright lights in October?
Chicago White Sox (): The White Sox have a stellar starting staff that boasts a collective 3.17 ERA, but their offense has gone cold lately with 3 runs or fewer in 9 of their last 12 games. As a result, their league-high run differential has dropped from +107 to +82 and they’re only a couple games ahead of the Indians for first place in the A.L. Central.
New York Mets (): Jacob deGrom is having the most dominant season of the modern era, but his health has become a moderate concern for the Mets staff. Noah Syndergaard (elbow), Carlos Carrasco (torn hamstring), and Joey Lucchesi (elbow) are also out indefinitely, but the Mets still own the best collective ERA (3.10) in MLB.
San Diego Padres (): After going 4-11 to start June, the Padres have spring boarded off a sweep of the Dodgers to go 9-1 at the end of the month. Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, and Jake Cronenworth form arguably the best all-around infield in the big leagues and the Padres starting staff is also elite.
Boston Red Sox (): The Yankees were swept by the Red Sox in late June and now trail Boston, Tampa, and Toronto in the ultra-competitive A.L. East. Boston continues to exceed expectations behind a budget pitching staff and a loaded lineup that is producing in both home and road games.
New York Yankees (): The vaunted Yankees offense continues to underperform with a weak .229 collective average and 26.3% K-Rate on the season. Jameson Taillon and Domingo German are providing very little consistency as starters behind Gerrit Cole and Corey Kluber’s prospective return from injury has been pushed back to August or September.
Tampa Bay Rays (): The Rays continue to defy baseball logic with a slew of low-priced starters and openers making up for the loss of staff ace Tyler Glasnow (elbow). Tampa has passed the White Sox with the best collective ERA in the A.L. and their bullpen has been even better with a 3.06 ERA.
Milwaukee Brewers (): With Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Freddy Peralta leading the way, the Brewers have created some separation in the typically tight N.L. Central.
Oakland Athletics (): The A’s are battling the first-place Astros for the division lead, but don’t have the same type of firepower that would be required to make a postseason run.
San Francisco Giants (): The Giants continue to hold off the star-studded Dodgers and Padres by playing disciplined baseball and leaning on a stingy group of starting pitchers. If they can make it to the All-Star Break in first place, they may officially join the ranks of contenders.
Toronto Blue Jays (): Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been a thrill to watch and he’s a legitimate threat for the Triple Crown, which might be required if he wants to overtake Shohei Ohtani in the A.L. MVP race. The young Blue Jays have struggled against winning teams, but may have found a reliable closer in Jordan Romano.
Atlanta Braves (): While Ronald Acuna Jr. has been a revelation, the Braves can’t seem to find consistency at home or on the road thanks in part to a shaky bullpen. They’ve fallen to fourth place in the brutal N.L. East.
Cleveland Indians (): With their offense struggling, the Indians were relying on Shane Bieber and Aaron Civale to keep games low scoring, but now both starters are dealing with injuries that could keep them out multiple weeks.
Chicago Cubs (): After catching fire in May, the Cubs struggled in June and closed the month on a 5-game skid. They’re only 16-25 on the road and are falling way behind the Brewers in the N.L. Central.
Washington Nationals (): Remember, the Nats were almost completely written off as contenders in 2019 before the All-Star Break. They’re in the process of trying to move from worst to first in the N.L. East thanks to a red-hot offense led by sluggers Kyle Schwarber and Josh Bell.
PRE-SEASON MLB ODDS VS. CURRENT ODDS
|Team||March 29 odds||Current odds|
|New York Yankees||+550||+1500|
|San Diego Padres||+800||+900|
|Chicago White Sox||+850||+800|
|New York Mets||+1000||+900|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+2200||+6000|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+2200||+2400|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+2500||+1400|
|Boston Red Sox||+4500||+1400|
|San Francisco Giants||+11000||+1600|
|Kansas City Royals||+11000||+20000|