With so many sports activities on the betting board in the final month of the year, baseball takes a backseat with most bettors. Other than betting futures to win next season’s World Series, there is not all that much in play right now at your favorite online sportsbook.
What most professional handicappers recommend is to stay current with any sport you bet on whether it is highlighting the betting board or hibernating in the offseason. The NFL and, to a certain extent, the NBA tend to dominate betting news sites on an almost year-round basis. These are clearly the two biggest betting sports on a professional level, so the coverage they receive is understood.
There is always something going on in Major League Baseball during the winter months leading right up to spring training in February. Free agency signings would top the list. Yet, any form of player movement would be noteworthy this time of year.
At the top of the list is a report that starting pitchers’ Gerrit Cole of the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg will each meet with the New York Yankees in the coming week. Both players top the list of available free agents. If just one of these pitchers (especially Gerrit) lands in the Yankees’ starting rotation, it would have a big impact on New York’s MLB futures odds to win the 2020 Fall Classic.
More free agent moves could be in the works in December. The winter meetings in San Diego start on Monday, Dec. 9 and they could spark some activity across the entire league. It was reported that 56 players became non-tendered on Dec. 1. This adds even more players to the free-agent pool since this list chose to bypass arbitration.
The Washington Nationals will begin next season as reigning champs but they are under the gun to keep last year’s roster intact. It was also reported that third baseman Anthony Rendon has had some preliminary talks with the Texas Rangers as another high-profile Washington free agent. It looks like some of the Nationals have decided to go after the money in their next contract after adding a world title to their MLB career resume in 2019.
This is the kind of offseason information that can help your overall MLB handicapping skills while also keeping you current with the sport. You can also brush up on which professional MLB handicappers posted a winning season with their selection packages. This could end up being a big part of your 2020 MLB betting strategy if you decide to invest some of your bankroll on a weekly selection package.
No matter what you do, you should make some effort to keep tabs on the MLB offseason. It could pay dividends down the road when the Great American Pastime returns to action.
A big part of the services that my
marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for
sports betting websites.I have
been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years
following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.
I consider myself extremely
fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports.
I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in
sports. It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try
and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability
in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and
recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over
the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no
such thing as a lock.
The main objective with my writing
style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics
that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there
are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still
enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every
pick I make.
My love of sports started a long
time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I
was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the
Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would
honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games during quite a few
pretty dismal seasons. I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’
games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert
Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to
their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 37 years later and am I
still waiting patiently for my favorite team to bring home the Super Bowl title
my dad never got to celebrate.