What Pitcher Strategy Should You Look At When Betting on MLB?

Over the last decade, Major League Baseball has undergone a complete makeover when it comes to wagering on games. The MLB season is now divided into two parts: the regular season and the postseason. Prior to the 2011 season, all bets on baseball had to be placed during the regular season, which originally started in April and ended in September. Now, one can wager on any game in the post-season, which started in October and continues through the winter. This is a great advantage for sports bettors, as it allows them to keep an eye on game results throughout the entire season. It also provides them with the flexibility to jump in on one or more games per day, if they so please.

While the changes to the MLB schedule may seem like a formality at this point, there is still a great deal of strategy that needs to go into deciding which games to wager on and which ones to avoid. This article will go over the various aspects of wagering on MLB games, including how to decide which matchups are worth spending money on and which ones you should avoid at all costs. If you’re new to the world of betting on sports, it might be a good idea to read through this article carefully, so you don’t waste your precious wagering capital. If you’re a seasoned sports bettor, you may want to skip to the section below, which goes into more detail about certain strategies.

Types Of Pitching

When it comes to placing a bet on baseball, one of the first things you’ll want to do is determine what type of pitching you’ll be looking at. There are several types of pitchers, each of which has his/her own set of strengths and weaknesses. Knowing how each one functions can help you decide which games are worth betting on and which ones you should avoid. It also helps you determine how much you should wager on a game.

The first type of pitcher is the rotator pitcher. As the name suggests, this type of pitcher is meant to work in spurts and prevent the opposing team from getting too comfortable at bat. Because they are not always consistent, it’s difficult to gauge how effective a rotator pitcher will be on any given day. If you do venture into this category, it’s usually a good idea to keep an eye on the overall team record, as it gives you a general idea of how the rotator pitcher is performing. However, if you’re looking for a specific matchup, it may be best to avoid this type of pitcher (though, you may want to consider using one against a right-handed opponent, as it’s harder for them to hit the ball with authority when it’s coming from the left).

The Fireballer

Another type of pitcher is the fireballer. Just like the rotator pitcher, the fireballer is designed to throw a variety of pitches and keep the opposing team off-balance. This type of pitcher’s arsenal includes fastballs, change-ups, curveballs, and even a slider. Because they vary so much in speed and type, it’s quite easy for a pitcher to become predictable and hence, hit or miss, with the fireballer. If you’re looking for a specific matchup, a fireballer may be a good choice, as it makes it harder for the opposing team to predict which pitch will be coming next.

The Struggler

A third type of pitcher is the struggler. Like the first two types of pitchers mentioned above, the struggler is also meant to keep the opposing team off-balance with a variety of pitches. The main difference between the struggler and the other two types of pitchers is that the latter two are designed to miss a large number of bats compared to the former. The struggler is better suited for reliever purposes, as he/she is usually not expected to throw a very large number of innings per game. If you’re looking for a specific matchup, a struggle will usually result in a push.

The Lefthanded Specialist

A fourth type of pitcher is the lefthanded specialist. Just like the other three types of pitchers mentioned above, the lefthanded specialist is also expected to keep the opposing team off-balance with a variety of pitches. The only difference is that the lefthanded specialist is designed to only throw right-handed pitches. This makes his/her workload easier, as it means they only need to focus on catching the ball and not worry about overcoming tiring arms or incorrect biceps curls.

If you’re looking for a specific matchup, a lefthanded specialist might be the choice for you, as it makes it easier to predict which pitch will be coming next. Of course, you may want to consider avoiding this type of pitcher, if you’re looking for a long-term wager (as they tend to lose a lot of their effectiveness if they lose match-up ability due to injuries or surgeries).

How To Calculate Wagers

Once you’ve decided on the type of pitching you’ll be looking at, it’s time to figure out how much you’ll be putting on each game. This is actually quite easy to do, as all you need to do is take the total number of runs that are expected to be scored by the two teams and divide it by two. For example, if you’re looking at a game between the Oakland A’s and the Seattle Mariners, and you expect the A’s to score four runs while the Mariners only score two, your total bet for the game would be eight ([4] / [2] = [2]).

If you’ve decided to make a wager on an upcoming game, it’s imperative to do some research into the betting lines, to find the best odds available. You should always look for pointspreads in favor of the over/under on the total runs scored, as this is what puts the odds in your favor. For the example above, if you’re looking at an oddsmaker’s page for the game, you’ll see that the A’s are listed as 1 point favorites, while the Mariners are listed as 1.5 points underdogs. This means that for every $100 you wager, you’ll receive $100 in winnings, assuming both teams score the same amount of runs, of course.

Which Games To Bet On

Next, you need to decide which games to wager on. There are several factors that go into this decision, including but not limited to:

  • The matchup: Is it a good one?
  • How competitive is the game?
  • How many runs are expected to be scored?
  • How much money are you willing to risk?

For example, if you’re looking at a game between the Oakland A’s and the Seattle Mariners, and you know that Josh Harden of the A’s is a left-handed pitcher while Justin Smith of the Mariners is a righty, you may want to pass on this game. Similarly, if you’re looking at a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, and you know that the Giants have a vast array of left-handed pitching while the Dodgers rely heavily on their right-handed starters, it may be best to stay away from this game, as well.

As a general rule of thumb, it’s always a good idea to look for games with high totals, as they are more likely to result in big returns if the line is correct. However, it’s not always the case, as one must also consider the over/under total, as well as the pointspread.

When To Check For Score Updates

Once you’ve decided which games to bet on, it’s time to check for score updates. This is quite easy to do, as there are usually several ways to keep track of the score, including but not limited to: