The betting world is ready to start playing ball as MLB spring training opens up all over the southern part of the United States. The grapefruit and cactus leagues are in full swing as the heroes of the diamond start to hone their skills for the regular season. As the online sports betting experts start to put together their lists of contenders for 2013, we can take a look at the teams that every bettor should keep an eye on in 2013.
When the Philadelphia Phillies signed closer Jonathan Papelbon two years ago, the team knew he was a free spirit. When Papelbon called out his team after a poor performance in spring training recently, the organization just shrugged its shoulders and laughed it off. If you bet on sports, then you know that the Phillies have lacked hitting power and consistent pitching for years. The general consensus is that this is the year Philly finally brings it all together.
Toronto Blue Jays
How much better will the Blue Jays really be in 2013? Prior to the major moves the team made in the offseason signing players such as R.A. Dickey and Jose Reyes, the Jays could only hit home runs. Now the sportsbook experts note that Toronto can pitch, field, run the bases and hit home runs in 2013. The Toronto Blue Jays will be a much better team in the 2013 season.
Sports betting fanatics should not fall asleep on the Baltimore Orioles in 2013. This is a young team that is only getting better. With some key additions in the offseason, Baltimore could be looking at its first AL East title in a very long time. Not only can Baltimore compete with the top AL teams, but it can also go toe to toe with the top NL teams as well. Baltimore will be a very dangerous team in 2013.
The Washington Nationals did not just sit around and wait for Stephen Strasburg to be given the green light by general manager Mike Rizzo. The Nats went out and started signing players who filled key spots on the roster. This was a good team that went out and got better and now the Washington Nationals has to be considered the team to beat in 2013 in the NL, and possibly in the World Series as well.
Los Angeles Angels
Towards the end of last season, it started to look like this roster of superstars finally figured out how to play together. By the time the players figured it out, the team was too far out of the playoff race to recover. In 2013, the Angels will look to get off to a strong start and maintain a good rhythm all season long. With the Texas Rangers dwindling, the Angels will be slugging it out with the Oakland A’s for the AL West pennant.
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