The first thing we'll tell you about the MLB is that unlike any other sport, tracking MLB stats takes a lot of time and work. We love stats and aggregating data, that's probably why MLB is one of our favorite sports to handicap. There are stats to keep on over 150 starting pitchers, up to 75 key-relief pitchers and dozens of umpires. Beyond that there are over 30 teams whose overall performance needs to be considered.
For example, some teams tend to play better on home turf than they do during away games. And some players, specifically, tend to play better based on certain circumstances. We have the insight and fortitude to find the trends. In addition, there are 30 teams split into two leagues, each with three divisions, and each team plays a whopping 162 games each year. Every April rolls around and we know we have our work cut out for us. But, with us the work has already been done and the stage is set for big winners.
The basic knowledge set you need to have before you place your first bet with us is how to read the MLB odds. For example, there is betting on the money line, the run line, prop bets, over/unders. MLB, more than other sport can burn a bankroll quickly. The Yankees are -280 at home. Yet they only win 60% of their games. We rarely bet a favorite over -120 just because of the outrageous vigorish.
Most odds lines are based on starting pitchers. But the truth is that starting pitchers these days don't last the entire game, they're lucky to make it to the sixth inning. The rest of the game is pitched by the fellas hanging out in the bullpen. Bet against the teams whose bullpens are overworked, and bet for a rested bullpen to win.
Beyond broad statistics that any baseball lover will know, at least about their favorite teams, we've got to delve further into the world of stats. Thankfully there are some that are more valuable than others. A team's win/loss record with their starting pitcher comes first, and then you've got what's called the starting pitcher's WHIP. That's the walks + hits/innings pitched. In addition, we'll look into the team batting average leveraging right vs. left-handed pitchers. The day-to-night stats matter, too. And so does the bullpen earned run average.
Like any good bettor, you're out to win extra money that is a profit, over your initial bet. So, we've got to think about placing a bet on a profitable situation. For example, we look for teams whose stats give them a clear advantage over their opposing team. One team, whose stats give them an edge in more than a couple of categories, is a good bet. We also look at the profitability of betting on a strong away-game team against one that's known to be weak on their home turf. Get it? That's how you bet using the stats.
And as always, shop around. Shop the lines. Do not take the first line odds you see on the first site you go to. Base the line odds against your own knowledge and research. All sites have lines that will differ slightly and those line differences will make a difference in your payout and your losses. So, consider who is offering you a better deal for the type of bet you want and the team or player you want to make that bet on. MLB betting may not be for the faint of heart, but what man shies away from a challenge? Not us, surely. shies away from a challenge? Not us, surely.