The end of August I wrote an article about how the
“Dog Days of August” would turn into the “Dog Plays of September”. This has played out with accuracy as I write
this Tuesday, September 13th.
After going 226-123 (65%) to end August, MLB favorites have fallen to a
90-70 (56%) mark in the month of September.
This includes just 3-8 last night.
At inflated prices on contending teams, you can see how this has turned
into solid profit for underdog players.
You don’t need to look much further than the fading
fortunes of overpriced Atlanta (3-9, 0-4) or Boston (2-9, 0-5) to note that
there is big money to be made against these 2nd placed teams who are
feeling the pressure of contention. At
this writing, in the National League, Milwaukee is on a 1-5 slide and even the
Phillies have lost 2 in a row as complacency sets in with their 12 game
Division lead. The only super surging
contenders have been St. Louis (10-3, 5-1) as the Hunter in the Wild Card chase
and Arizona (17-3) as they look to chase down Milwaukee for home field
In the American League, the T Bay Rays are on an 8-1
streak as they play the role of Hunter in the AL Wild Card race. Even the hot hitting Texas Rangers have been
mediocre in the last 7 weeks posting just an 11-12 mark, many times as dominant
It is easy to assume that the teams who super surged
in August will continue their ascent in the Division races. But as either the pressure mounts, or
complacency sets in, these teams year after year prove to be overpriced
investments in the month of September.