The 2019 Major League Baseball is quietly nearing the end of the regular season as the NFL and NCAA college football give bettors a multitude of choices. With the NBA and NHL starting up in October, bettors have an absolute feast on which to gorge. The big question for bettors and those running their own pay per head bookie service is about value. Where can it be found?
As the end of the MLB season is upon us, bettors can find a ton of value in teams looking to advance to the postseason. Races are tight in both the National and American Leagues. Here’s how they are shaping up.
The favorite to win the NL is the Los Angeles Dodgers who, as of Saturday night, had an NL-high 99 wins. The Dodgers have clinched the West Division for the sixth straight season. Atlanta (96-60) has clinched the East and the St. Louis Cardinals are on their way to clinching the Central.
Where the heat is on is in the wild card race where Washington (85-68) and Milwaukee (85-70) control the league’s two spots. The Cubs (82-73) are doing a great job of working themselves right out of the playoff race.
Chicago has lost five straight, the last three to St. Louis, and is 2.5 games behind the Brewers in the Major League Baseball standings. The Cubs will face Pittsburgh and the Cardinals again to close the season. Chicago just swept the Pirates a little over a week ago.
What’s interesting about the Cubs is that in the three-game sweep of Pittsburgh they scored 47 runs. In their five consecutive losses, the Cubs lost four of those games by a single run. The other loss was by two. If Chicago continues to play as it has, they are a team to back especially since they can still make the postseason.
Similar circumstances exist in the American League where World Series favorites Houston and the New York Yankees each have won 101 games already. Both teams have clinched playoff spots. The wild card race is also interesting in the AL.
Oakland, by virtue of its 94-61 record, holds the No. 1 wild card slot in the AL. The No. 2 spot is up for grabs between Tampa Bay (92-63) and Cleveland (91-64). Both the Rays and the Indians are doing their best to make sure they earn a postseason berth. Tampa Bay has won four of its last five games and the Indians have won five of their last six.
Tampa Bay might have the tougher schedule, as they must face division rivals Boston and New York before closing the season at Toronto. Sports bettors might find it intriguing that the Rays play the Yankees at home and New York has already clinched the division. They might also find it interesting that the Yankees have won 12 of the 17 games the teams have played this season.
Cleveland will face Central Division foe Chicago in a three-game series and then finish the season at Washington. The Indians are 8-2 in their last 10 games and are playing as well as anyone. They have averaged over five runs a game over their last six games and have one of the AL’s better road records at 43-32.
MLB action at this time of year is perfect for the aspiring bookie. There’s a ton of value to be found, especially among the teams vying for the wild card spots in their respective leagues. A pay per head free trial can show you how easy it is to provide outstanding value and service to your bettors.