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Watch Rockies for Value in April Games

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The 2016 Major League Baseball season begins this weekend and while it’s tough to cap the early days of the campaign, history might be able to tell you which teams to back and which to avoid when you’re looking at straight-up wagers or teams to build your parlay cards with.

Speaking of cards, the St. Louis Cardinals have been the pacesetters in April when it comes to win-loss records. The Redbirds have gone 74-49 SU in the previous five Aprils combined and posted the best record in the bigs last April with a 15-6 mark. You’ll need to pick your spots to find value when backing the Cards or you can always add them to parlay cards as they are one of those teams that will be posted as faves the majority of their games.

Perhaps surprisingly, the Colorado Rockies were also a good SU wager in the early stages of the season in recent years. Last season, the Rox went 11-10 and have the fourth-best SU record in the bigs over the last five seasons with a 71-52 mark (57.7 percent) in April ball games.

When it comes to fade material, it’s probably no surprise that the San Diego Padres have the worst SU record in April over the past five seasons. The Friars have gone just 49-78 in April since 2011; a winning percentage of just 38.6. Last season, the Milwaukee Brewers were the slowest out of the gates with a 5-17 mark. There’s no reason to believe the Brew Crew will be any better, so they look to be prime fade material in 2016.

Here’s how April’s SU records shaped up last season as well as a combined record in the previous five seasons.

2015 SU Win/Loss Records in April
TeamWinsLossesWin %
St. Louis Cardinals15671.4
Kansas City Royals15768.2
Houston Astros15768.2
Detroit Tigers15865.2
New York Mets15865.2
Los Angeles Dodgers13861.9
Chicago Cubs12860.0
New York Yankees13959.1
Boston Red Sox121054.5
Tampa Bay Rays121054.5
Pittsburgh Pirates121054.5
Colorado Rockies111052.5
Cincinnati Reds111150.0
Baltimore Orioles101050.0
Los Angeles Angels111150.0
San Diego Padres111247.8
Toronto Blue Jays111247.8
Arizona Diamondbacks101147.6
Minnesota Twins101245.5
Seattle Mariners101245.5
Miami Marlins101245.5
Atlanta Braves101245.5
Washington Nationals101343.5
Chicago White Sox81142.1
San Francisco Giants91340.9
Oakland A’s91439.1
Philadelphia Phillies81534.8
Texas Rangers71433.3
Cleveland Indians71433.3
Milwaukee Brewers51722.7
SU Win/Loss Records Since 2011
TeamWinsLossesWin %
St. Louis Cardinals744960.2
New York Yankees714859.7
Texas Rangers725158.5
Colorado Rockies715257.7
Atlanta Braves705356.9
Los Angeles Dodgers685356.2
Detroit Tigers665255.9
Kansas City Royals635553.4
Baltimore Orioles635553.4
Boston Red Sox655753.3
San Francisco Giants655852.8
New York Mets645952.0
Oakland A’s666152.0
Tampa Bay Rays646051.6
Washington Nationals646051.6
Milwaukee Brewers626050.8
Cincinnati Reds626250.0
Philadelphia Phillies616349.2
Cleveland Indians576148.3
Pittsburgh Pirates586547.2
Toronto Blue Jays586846.0
Arizona Diamondbacks576845.6
Los Angeles Angels566745.5
Miami Marlins546844.3
Seattle Mariners557044.0
Chicago White Sox527042.6
Chicago Cubs516942.5
Minnesota Twins486841.4
Houston Astros507639.7
San Diego Padres497838.6