Opening Day 2018 for Major League Baseball is almost here! For us crazy people who enjoy the day to day grind of doing battle against the sportsbooks, this is something we look forward to annually.
For those unfamiliar, I have been covering the Cactus League live in Arizona for SportsBookReview.com for several years. Yet being a professional writer and handicapper, I have to be up on all 30 teams. Here are key betting tips to consider going into the season when studying the MLB odds.
Best Win Totals Plays
Texas UNDER 76 wins
San Francisco UNDER 83 (this was before Bumgarner’s injury)
Colorado OVER 81
Cleveland OVER 94
Milwaukee OVER 83.5
The Rangers starting pitchers have experience, one problem, they are all Play Against and even Cole Hamels is fading. The Giants staff behind Madison Bumgarner was a going to be a 50-50 bet most nights and like last year, they will not be able to step up in his absence. Plus, the San Fran bullpen is far from stable. Some making MLB picks are down on the Rockies, I’m not. The offense will score, the young pitchers are one year wise and ace Jon Gray figures to make 30+ starts. Manager Bud Black knows how to manage a staff and Colorado remains Wild Card contender. The Indians are playing in a crummy division and while this is not exactly the same club as last year, are they going to be nine games worse than last year? Milwaukee was in first place in the NL Central the majority of last season. The Brewers are a good young club and if they are in contention again this season, ownership has proven they will fill a need.