The baseball season is ready to go and so are we for another exciting season. We as baseball bettors are aware of the importance of starting pitching and what they mean to our wagering accounts.
With this in mind, we will share thoughts on the various Opening Day starting pitchers and what kind of season some of the hurlers will have against the MLB odds.
Bring up the names Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester and Madison Bumgarner and besides them all being left-handed, they pitch for teams that are expected to win a lot of games and reach the playoffs again.
While some will offer the notion these pitchers will offer no value, which is true, these are tried and tested winners playing for winning teams, who throughout their careers win year to year. Betting any of them, especially at home, will require a bankroll that can take the occasional hit because they will almost always be -200 to -300 on the money line, unless they are facing each other. Nonetheless, the idea is to make money and these lefties will deliver both home and away.
Corey Kluber did everything he could for Cleveland in the postseason and figures to be a stud again like he was in 2014 when he won the AL Cy Young. As good as Kluber is and the Indians a definite contender to return to World Series, he’s often the last several years gotten off to slow starts, thus, make sure he’s in a groove before backing consistently.
Felix Hernandez might be pitching for one of the best Seattle teams he played on, but how will he perform? King Felix is coming off one of his poorest seasons and there is little doubt he does not have the same arsenal as a few years ago. Probably best to take a wait and see attitude.
Arizona is being seen around the internet by experts as a Play On team for OVER on win totals. However, what could make them a strong play is Zack Greinke rebounding from a really off year. Last season he lacked command and bite on pitches and if that were to continue, the D-Backs have serious concerns with the cash Greinke is making.
Seriously, This Is All You Have?
Sometimes managers will give a long time pitcher the honor of starting on Opening Day. This might not be the team’s best option to win all season, but the organization realizes his accomplishments.
However, when you see the names Ricky Nolasco (Angels), Jemery Hellickson (Phillies), Scott Feldman (Reds), Ervin Santana (Twins) and Jhoulys Chacin (Padres) taking the ball for their respective teams on Monday, you know who they are pitching for are doomed for losing seasons, because these guys will not sniff .500.
Doug Upstone wrote this for www.sportsbookreview.com