Sport: What resources to use for your MLB bets

The Biggest MLB Trade Deadline Needs for Every Playoff Contender

  The Biggest MLB Trade Deadline Needs for Every Playoff Contender Here are the areas where the Yankees, Dodgers and other teams in the postseason picture should look to upgrade. Welcome to the final stretch before the trade deadline. (Remember, the date to know this season is August 2, as July 31 falls on a Sunday.) This year might not have the most overpowering group of trade candidates—at least in the Not-Juan Soto Category—but there’s still plenty of activity to anticipate. Which team will land Luis Castillo? How will a third wild card berth change teams’ calculus? And, per usual, just about everyone could use a little extra bullpen help.

Today we’re going to switch gears a little and focus on what resources we use to determine what kind of MLB bet we’re going to place. I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t that what Google is for? Well, sort of. But as you already know, you can’t believe everything you read on the internet.

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Now there’s so many different types of bets you can place — that’s a discussion for a different day — but what we use to determine the bet we place is just as important, if not more important. You’re probably already aware of some of the basics, such as team records, individual/team stats, current team/individual trends and streaks, injuries, etc. Yet, there’s so much more than just that. Then there’s trying to find which sportsbook is offering the best odds.  In order to find that info, you need to know where to look. We’ve got some great resources for you to use.

MLB Power Rankings: Yankees Fall Out of No. 1 Spot

  MLB Power Rankings: Yankees Fall Out of No. 1 Spot Here’s where all 30 teams stand as we near the trade deadline. In this week’s power rankings, we’ll be focusing on five teams arriving at the trade deadline in different stages of their contention timelines. They consequently all seem to be employing distinct strategies that could affect their outlook for years to come. Let’s not waste any more time, as a trade could break any second (it’s been far too quiet over the last week).30. Washington Nationals (LW: 30)29. Kansas City Royals (LW: 26)28.

Twitter: Now don’t think every social media outlet — Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc. — is a good tool to use for your betting homework. But you know what social media outlet is? Twitter. You know why? Because it CAN lead you to the right people or the right betting websites to follow. The MLB Insiders — Buster Olney, Jeff Passan, Ken Rosenthal — are always good to follow because they seem to always get news first. That’s important because if a player is traded or about to go on the injured list, that can really alter your view on a particular bet. Same thing goes in regards to professional handicappers. But tread carefully. Don’t trust just anyone on Twitter. Check out their background, record, units won/loss, etc., before fully trusting them.

MLB Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

  MLB Trade Deadline Winners and Losers After a whirlwind of deals unfolded over the last couple of days, let’s review the good, bad and ugly from trade deadline season. Well, that was a wild one. Congratulations on making it to the other side of the trade deadline—after the biggest deal in recent memory plus a whole bunch of others. Here’s a rundown of who won, who lost, and who fell somewhere in the middle:WINNERSSan Diego PadresThey added a generational talent in his prime (Juan Soto), a serious rental bat (Josh Bell), an elite closer (Josh Hader) and a quality utilityman (Brandon Drury).

Oddschecker: Ever scroll across a prop bet or any bet for that matter that you really like and immediately bet on it? Yeah. We’ve all been guilty of this before. It’s not a good strategy. Oddschecker.com can help prevent you from doing that. That’s not to say you shouldn’t place your bet. However, you should research which sportsbook is offering the best line. Why not get the best bang for your buck, right? And best of all, with oddschecker.com, it’s fast and easy. No need to search every book for the best odds — Oddschecker.com does it for you. (Full disclosure: Oddschecker recently reached an agreement to launch a new sports betting hub on Yardbarker.)

TeamRankings: Want to know how a team does as the moneyline favorite, vs. the over/under, against the spread, as an underdog, after an off day, etc.? Teamrankings.com is the place for you. When it comes to team trends — whether it’s overall, for a 7-day stretch, vs. LHP/RHP, Road/Home, etc. — teamrankings.com is the best place to go. All teams go through dry spells — yes, even the league’s best Yankees — and teamrankinngs.com keeps you stay up-to-date with those trends.

Making Sense of Some Puzzling Trade Deadline Decisions

  Making Sense of Some Puzzling Trade Deadline Decisions There were four different strategies that contending teams used at the trade deadline: 1) Make the necessary moves to improve for the rest of the regular season, with the hope being to secure one of the six playoff spots in each league and/or to ensure home-field advantage. 2) Build the optimal 1) Make the necessary moves to improve for the rest of the regular season, with the hope being to secure one of the six playoff spots in each league and/or to ensure home-field advantage.

StatMuse: Sometimes the real specific stats are hard, if not impossible to find. Well, maybe not impossible anymore. StatMuse allows you to research pretty much anything. How about Clayton Kershaw’s career results vs. the Chicago White Sox. Or Alex Bregman’s career postseason numbers? Statmuse has you covered. I really like the pitcher stats vs. a certain team. Some teams just have a pitcher’s number. And StatMuse can tell you exactly how they’ve done — as detailed as possible — against each team.

MLB.com: MLB.com is so much more than just the place to follow live box scores or view a box score from a previous date. MLB.com is the best place for individual or team stats. You want to see cumulative stats, monthly stats, league leaders, which teams/players struggle the most in certain areas — MLB.com is the place to go. Same thing with sabermetrics. Sabermetrics might not help you with a moneyline, spread or over/under bet, but it can definitely help with you with a futures bet — Cy Young, MVP, Gold Glove, etc. MLB.com has really stepped up its statistical department and is a vital tool to use to help you garner the best info. for your betting needs.

2022 MLB odds, picks, bets for Tuesday, Aug. 9 from proven model: This three-way parlay pays almost 21-1

  2022 MLB odds, picks, bets for Tuesday, Aug. 9 from proven model: This three-way parlay pays almost 21-1 SportsLine's model has revealed its top MLB picks, predictions, parlay and best bets for Tuesday, August 9Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani will try to break out of his recent slump at the plate when he faces the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday at Oakland Coliseum. Ohtani (9-7, 2.83 ERA) is coming off a four-game series against the Mariners in which he struggled at the plate, going 2-for-16 with seven strikeouts. He sat out the first game of the Oakland series on Monday. Los Angeles is a -190 favorite in the latest Angels vs. A's odds from Caesars Sportsbook while Oakland is a +158 underdog. First pitch is set for 9:40 p.m. ET.

If you’re not using ALL these resources, then you’re simply not putting yourself in the best possible position to succeed as a bettor. It might take some time, but it’s worth it. You know the saying, “time is money?” Well, it’s true. Put the time into your betting homework, and you’re going to improve your betting chances significantly.

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