How can you get big bang for your baseball bucks? Keep on top of the latest best bets in the bigs right here.
The real challenge in handicapping the Major League Baseball season is staying on top of everything.
With 30 teams playing 162 games apiece, keeping track of streaks, trends, injuries, weather, matchups to go along with daily news and odds, it can be a lot to handle.
This becomes a problem when slews of ball bettors try to get back in the game after the NBA and NHL seasons come to a close. Whether you like it or not, baseball is basically the only big game in town until football comes back.
So, here’s a quick snapshot of what’s going on in the MLB world. Start here and dig in.
All odds and stats current as of June 19, 2015.
- Best bet in the bigs right now
The Pittsburgh Pirates have won eight straight to pull within four games of the NL-Central leading St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirates have four shutouts over that span and haven’t allowed more than three runs during the streak. They’re in Washington this weekend before returning home to host the Reds and Braves.
- Best moneyline bet
The St. Louis Cardinals are the best team in baseball at 63-23. They’ve earned their moneyline supporters better than 17 units since the beginning or the year and are 10-6 this month thanks in large part to a pitching staff that’s working on a 2.62 ERA. Major worry with this team is offence. The Cards rank 24th averaging 3.86 runs per game.
- Best road team
One of the best ways to make a buck in baseball is identifying strong road teams. The Texas Rangers are one of those strange teams that’s better away from home. They’re 21-15 as visitors and only 15-16 at home. They play 10 of their next 13 on the road.
- Best team to bet against
It’s not a great strategy, but some bettors like adding some fade bait to their parlays. The best bet there are the utterly terrible Philadelphia Phillies. They’re 23-45 and have cost their dimwitted supporters almost 18 units to date. They rank last in runs scored per game and 27th in team ERA. In short, they stink.
- Best home team to fade
There are worse teams out there than the Cleveland Indians, who are 13-19 at home, but they’re the best team to target because they’re only three games under .500 overall. Cleveland has already dropped 12 units for its hometown supporters, so think twice about betting the Tribe at Progressive Stadium.
- Best money starting pitcher
Michael Wacha of the St. Louis Cardinals is your best bet on the hill right now. He’s 9-2 with a 2.48 ERA and has held his opposition to two or fewer runs in 10 of his 13 starts. What’s even better is that he’s been pegged as a -150 or higher favorite only twice this season, so the price is right too.
- Best hitting lineup
The Toronto Blue Jays have been tearing the cover off the ball all season. They rank first overall in runs per game and OPS and third overall in home runs and batting average. These sort of numbers would normally make the Jays an excellent bet to play over the total, but the pitching staff has come around this month. The Jays have allowed five runs only three times this month.
- Best MVP bet
Paul Goldschmidt is making a run at the Triple Crown by leading the NL with a .357 batting average, sitting fourth with 19 homers and ranking second with 54 RBI. Oh, and he leads the league in runs scored with 50 and has 10 stolen bases.
- Best team to keep an eye on
The Chicago Cubs have thrown caution to the wind and brought up a ton of young talent to the big club. This team is probably still a year or two away, but the middle of the Cubs’ order is nasty now and their team ERA is 3.57.