Baseball season is coming right around the corner, and millions are already vested into their favorite teams winning the World Series. The spring training games might not get a lot of attention from casual fans, but diehards are not only filling the seats at training facilities, they are watching carefully for sleepers for fantasy leagues, and big hitters to bank on a winning season. Those that are putting money on games, even spring training games, carefully watch statistics, breakout performances and more, because when the season begins, those factors will create wealth. If you’re considering MLB betting, whether you’re a novice or an expert, there’s a few things that you have to remember. You can’t gain expert status without learning the ropes moving forward. The ideas below are just some quick things to remember when placing serious thought into betting on baseball.
Pitching – The first tip is in regards to pitchers. Every team has a rotation that is worth checking into, but there are definite all stars out there. Let’s take the Seattle Mariners as an example for what to look for in a standout pitching staff. They have a young player named Felix Hernandez, and he’s a hot commodity. When he’s on the mound, the strikes keep piling up and when he’s finished 6 innings or so, the closers start coming in and let the mariners win some games. However, when he’s not pitching, the staff can go under fast. It’s pitching staff like that of the Mariners, that will get you making money. Look for standout players that are locked into long-term contracts amidst mediocre players. Hernandez on the mound, means the Mariners are going to pull out a victory, most of the time. There are other players like this, that can mean disaster for one team and big wins for others. Paying attention to weak links compared to star players and you’ll find money coming through.
Injuries and Rising Stars – Look into who’s on the injured list, and what players are taking the spot of those that are going down. Injuries plague good teams and star players all the time, but that means that some rookies can rise up the ranks and get into the public eye. Watch out for injured players that come back, as they will not hit the ground running, which gives you a quick way to make some money. If a team relies heavily on their stars to get healthy, they will have a losing streak, adjusting their line up to compensate, and you can cash in. Don’t rely fully on injuries to get you money, but pay close attention to who goes down, and who’s going to be out for a long term.
Streaks – Make sure that you watch out for streaks, winning and losing. Losing streaks can sometimes make you serious money, if you’re putting money on perennial worst place teams playing against perennial playoff contenders. You won’t be able to tell what teams are worst if you’re a novice, but for veteran fans, look at the last place teams to continually log their last place tickets with nearly 100 losses a season.
The above three things to remember are just quick tips. They are not meant to be the ultimate way to get started with MLB betting. Make sure that you’re a fan first, then enter the betting side with familiarity to the game.