A great weekend of baseball to start the 2012 season and certainly some surprises for many that follow. At the top of the list of slow starters are the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The two American League favorites both started 0-3 after being swept by the Tigers and Rays respectively. The Red Sox continue their opening six-game road trip at Toronto while the Yankees travel to Baltimore to conclude their opening six-game road trip. The AL East is loaded again with the Blue Jays and Rays both capable of knocking off the two favorites for the AL East crown.
From a betting perspective, the Red Sox and Yankees are going to be inflated favorites often, and playing in the toughest division in baseball should provide rewards for taking back a tag on the underdogs.
Three other teams have started the season 0-3: Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves. The Giants lost each of their opening three games by one run to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and San Francisco is one of the preseason contenders for post season play.
Despite a long season of 162 games, the opening three games of the season can tell us a bit about future playoff chances. Since 2004, there have been 19 teams that started the season 0-3. Only three of those slow starting teams have gone on to make the playoffs.
The Red Sox and Yankees have a tough division to battle through in the AL East, and while considered favorites and contenders in 2012, the odds of playing in the postseason are already against them.
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