MLB Offseason Handicapping Tips

Another great season of baseball is in the books with the Washington Nationals stunning the betting world with its recent upset over the heavily favored Houston Astros in the 2019 World Series. 

Most sports bettors put Major League Baseball on the backburner heading into the end of the year given everything else on the sports betting board right now. However, there are a few simple ways to keep a close betting pulse on this sport so you are ready to go in early spring when the betting action starts back up.

Way Too Early MLB Odds to Win The 2020 World Series

Most online sportsbooks have already posted futures odds to win next year’s World Series. If you look around a bit, you might be able to find a few more betting options of the board for other MLB futures or some special MLB props. Any type of MLB bet this far in advance of a new season is going to be educated guesses at best. Yet, you still might be able to find some excellent value in the posted odds.

For example, one prominent online sportsbook has posted prop bet odds for Mike Trout’s chances to repeat as the American League’s Most Valuable Player. The betting odds heavily favor NO at -300, but there may be some serious value in the YES option at +200. He has already won this award three times in his stellar MLB career. He currently has a long-term contract with the Los Angeles Angels to add some consistency to this bet.

Aside from searching for special MLB betting opportunities early in the offseason, another activity that is worth some added time from a handicapping standpoint is a free agency tracker. This can be one of the most important offseason handicapping tools you will find. 

Player movement in the Majors is always a big part of the game. Huge contracts are unloaded right before the trade deadline in July of the regular season and this time of the year. Some of the biggest names in the Majors may also be on the move because their current contract expired or they have the option to test the free-agent waters. 

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All 30 MLB teams are looking to add the right pieces to make a legitimate run at next season’s World Series title. The current World Champion Nationals face some offseason issues keeping their starting rotation intact. Washington’s possible losses could be enough to propel some other teams to the top of the list if they are fortunate enough to land one of those big fish.

It is also important to stay on top of the less high-profile free-agent signings. There are a few teams that may only be an elite player or two away from having the right mix to win it all. Small deals add up if the right players end up in the right situation. Washington was third on the list to win the NL East in 2019 when it came to preseason MLB futures odds. The Nationals actually won the World Series as a wild card team but future runs to a title can be heavily impacted by what takes place in the winter months.

Another important aspect of MLB offseason handicapping is tracking the current injury report for each team. Some of those injuries will be fully healed by the 2020 season openers and some could drag on deep into summer or beyond.

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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 than more than a few 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 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.