MLB’s Opening Day may have been put on hold, but the games are going to start back up in the coming months. According to posted odds for a return to action, betting that games will be on the live board at your favorite online sportsbooks sometime around the original All-Star Game makes the most sense.
Given this unprecedented work stoppage that came halfway through the spring training exhibition season, even the top MLB professional handicappers do not know what to expect.
The probability of playing the full regular season schedule is rather low, so the first impact on bettors will be how many games will be played?
If we are looking at half a season with 81 games, things are going to remain much more competitive than usual.
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The Usual Suspects
The New York Yankees in the American League and the National League’s Los Angeles Dodgers will remain the top two teams to beat in their respective leagues.
However, there is now quite a bit of value in teams such as the Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays to give the Yankees a run for their money in the AL. You could also add the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals to that list in the NL.
As far as actually betting the early games, the country’s top MLB line setters are also going to be at somewhat of a loss setting their early betting lines.
Each team’s starting rotation will be impacted in its own unique way, but it could be safe to assume there will be quite a bit of rust in more than a few right or left arms.
Hitters can keep their swing intact through added practice. It is much easier to hit a baseball with a certain degree of accuracy in the absence of actual games. Pitching accuracy is much more difficult to maintain when the best arms in the game are not facing live batters on a regular basis.
This sets the stage for leaning towards underdogs on the moneyline and OVER on the total line with those early bets.
Take Advantage of Soft Lines
This betting situation will not last all that long once normal daily play resumes. However, you might be able to take advantage of more than a few soft lines in the first few weeks of play.
As the picture begins to clear a bit in the coming weeks, many online books will be posting early betting lines for the first round of games. This presents a two-fold betting opportunity.
1. The first is to jump on one or two of those early games once the betting lines are first released based on your own betting instincts. You should avoid being influenced by any outside distractions.
2. The other is to track the line movements for these early lines. This will give you a sharper sense of how the betting public is reacting to the numbers.
Any MLB bettor is in the same boat for this unique situation. With time being of the essence, there is going to be little advanced preparation for live play that does count in the standings.
Another factor to take into consideration is each team’s injury situation.
There is going to be a higher number of minor injuries once play resumes. Tweaked hamstrings, sore pitching arms and other types of ailments caused by the extended layoff are going to affect every MLB team. Access to accurate and up-to-date injury reports is going to be vital as far as tracking the situation.
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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.
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