In my columns from last season, I regularly argued why pitching is such a deciding factor in successful baseball betting. Heck, when the Seattle Mariners fell out of playoff contention, I had a great self-debate about whether or not to bet on the side of King Felix. In the end, I decided that betting on Felix — regardless of how strong of a pitcher he is — was not a smart move when he was hurling for a team that could barely, barely, see playoff hopes.
And that is why I want to start off this baseball betting season with a friendly reminder about the strongest starting rotations in baseball. Because, let’s face it: When betting the money line, absolutely nothing is more important than the starting pitcher. It is the main position where money is both won and, ultimately, lost. So, the following teams are all generally safe money line bets throughout the season …
… unless, of course, one plays the other. In that case, turn your computer off. Put your wallet away. And go watch what is sure to be a great pitching duel but, ultimately, a completely insane money line bet scenario. As well, if you are interested, feel free to check out the latest lines in the widget below. You will immediately see if any of these starting rotations are a good bet for your money tonight.
Pittsburgh – $2,300
St. Louis – $1,100
Atlanta – $990
Dodgers – $540
That being said, I will admit this much: Nobody saw the Pirates as a potential winning bidder until about midseason. But, the thing is, I am not sold on them this season.
And, really, only one of the above listed teams made the cut for my top-three, money-making rotations this year. I guess that just goes to show you how the ebb and flow of baseball can be.
Barring any significant injuries or trades, here are three starting rotations I think deserve your undivided attention heading into the upcoming MLB betting season:
The Washington Nationals
Simply put, the Nationals have the nattiest one-through-four rotation I can think of this year. Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann are potential All-Stars this year. Even those three alone may have made this list. But the addition of Doug Fister, acquired from Detroit, made this a no brainer. In terms of pitching, the Washington Nationals are a strong contender game in and game out in the money-line system.
The Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw. Zack Greinke. Enough said, right? Oh, you need a bit more motivation to place your bets on this starting rotation? How about Hyun-Jin Ryu, who went 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA in his rookie season? One through three are certainly solid. Numbers four and five will likely belong to Josh Beckett, Dan Haren, Paul Maholm or Chad Billingsley. Pretty good pickings there if you ask me.
Despite trading Fister to the Nationals, the Tigers retain one of the scariest one-two combos in MLB with Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer — each sporting a Cy Young title. Anibal Sanchez will back up those two heavyweights, and it is likely we will see Drew Smyly start more than just 18 games this season as he did two years ago during his rookie campaign.
Aside from those top-three rotations, there are plenty of other pitchers who are a solid bet in the money-line system. Tampa’s David Price for example. Or Jon Lester with the Red Sox.
But, from a complete top-to-bottom safety net, the Nationals, Dodgers and Tigers provide perhaps the safest betting scenarios on a day-to-day basis. Bet confidently on them this year.