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MLB: Best & Worst at the All-Star Break

The Philadelphia Phillies, the preseason favorites to win the World Series, were the worst bet in baseball through the first half.

The Phillies are down $2,390 on the moneyline at the All-Star Break and are the only team to be down more than two grand. They were terrible at home (-$2,030) and as a favorite (-$1,688). Even Roy Halladay has struggled, costing bettors who backed the Phillies in the two-time Cy Young Award winner’s 11 starts $673.

Philadelphia opened at 5/1 to win the World Series way back in October, but have fallen all the way to 75/1 at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino SuperBook at the break.

In contrast, the Pittsburgh Pirates were the best bet in the first half, up $1,769 on the moneyline.  Ace A.J. Burnett is responsible for a big chunk of that success, going 10-2 and winning $1,262 in his 15 starts.

The only pitcher more profitable in the first half was Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (+$1,291).

Another two-time Cy Young Award winner has been the most costly starter to back - the Giants' Tim Lincecum (-$1,135).

Odds & Ends

--Only 12 of the 30 teams are up on the moneyline.

--Umpire Angel Campos is issuing an MLB-high nine walks per game. Umpire Jeff Nelson is issuing the fewest free passes at a measly 4.4 per game.

--Games with umpire Lance Barrett behind home plate have averaged the most strikeouts (17.9). Umpire Alfonso Marquez is averaging the fewest K’s per game (12.9).

--Fifteen of the 17 games with Paul Emmel behind the plate have gone over the total, averaging an MLB-high 11.5 runs per game.

--Thirteen of 16 games with Tim Welke behind the plate have stayed under the total, averaging an MLB-low 6.7 runs per game.

--The Baltimore Orioles were the best underdog bets and are up $1,334 in games they weren’t favored.

--The Houston Astros have been the worst underdog bet, costing bettors $1,623 in games they weren’t favored.

--The Pirates have been cash cows at PNC Park, winning $1,484 at home - the most profitable home team in baseball.

--The Atlanta Braves have been the most profitable team to bet on the road, going 26-17 away from Turner Field for a $1,184 profit.

--The Giants and Yankees have crushed southpaws; San Francisco is 17-9 against lefties, while the Yankees are 18-11.

--The Padres are 8-20 against lefthanders.

--The Rangers have the best mark against righties, going 36-21.

--The Astros are 22-41 against righthanders.

--The Orioles have played the toughest schedule (.518), according to the OddsShark.com Power Rankings.

--The Cardinals have played the easiest schedule (.484).