MLB betting: Diamondbacks' awful season can be summed up in one stunning betting figure

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Even when the Arizona Diamondbacks play well, they lose.

On Sunday the Diamondbacks were +240 underdogs at BetMGM vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers, and got a good start from pitcher Merrill Kelly and a couple of home runs to take a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning. Then the Diamondbacks fell apart. The bullpen gave up three runs in the eighth and then Max Muncy walked off the Dodgers with a three-run home run. The Diamondbacks didn't even cover on the +1.5 run line, somehow.

But that's how it has gone all season. The Diamondbacks are 26-66, 40 games under .500 by the all-star break. If the Diamondbacks went .500 the rest of the season, they'd still lose 100 games.

And bettors hopefully have not been taking them, hoping for a rebound.

Diamondbacks have lost bettors a lot of money

As you can imagine, the Diamondbacks are the least profitable team in MLB when it comes to betting. You might not believe how much money they've lost bettors.

If someone bet $100 on the Diamondbacks in every game this season — and if someone out there is doing that, please stop — he or she would be down $3,371 this season according to That's astounding considering how often Arizona is an underdog. The second-worst team for the hypothetical $100 bettor is the Baltimore Orioles at $1,878. The Diamondbacks just skipped the "lost $2,000 for bettors" tier and went right to $3,000. They're a couple bad weeks from losing twice as much for bettors as any other MLB team.

Plenty of bettors figured out how bad the Diamondbacks were early this season and have been cashing in. Even when they're big underdogs, it has been a sound investment to fade them.

Diamonbacks pitcher J.B. Bukauskas after giving up a ninth-inning home run to Max Muncy of the Dodgers. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Diamonbacks pitcher J.B. Bukauskas after giving up a ninth-inning home run to Max Muncy of the Dodgers. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Diamondbacks are bad in every way

It's hard to find a good spot to take the Diamondbacks. They're 15-28 at home (down $1,327 for that $100 bettor) and 11-38 on the road (down $2,044). They are much better on the run line, because they've lost a lot of one-run games, but still just 43-49 on the run line for a deficit of $917.

They're 18-60 as underdogs according to Team Rankings. They are 8-6 as favorites, though good luck finding them as a favorite too often after the all-star break.

If the Diamondbacks continued on this pace the rest of the season, they'd be 49-113 at the end. Considering how often they play the Dodgers, Giants and Padres, a sub-50 win season is possible. The Diamondbacks' offense has the fourth-worst team OPS in MLB and their team ERA is the second-worst in baseball. They're tracking to be one of the worst teams in modern MLB history.

If there's any hope for a slight turnaround, it's that their 3-20 record in one-run games is astonishing and probably won't continue to be that bad. But when you can't pitch or hit very well, you're not going to win too many one-run games either.

At least Phoenix has the Suns to root for. It has not been a fun season for the Diamondbacks.

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