How to Handicap the MLB Playoffs
'GETTING THE BEST OF IT'
Handicapping Tips From Legendary High Roller TONY SALINAS!
TIPS FOR HANDICAPPING
THE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
I won't have too much time to talk about baseball this month here in the web articles. Once football gets rolling, that's the top priority. But, I wanted to take a day here right at the beginning of the playoffs to outline some of my postseason handicapping strategies for you.
You regulars probably remember my fundamentals.
*KNOW THE WEATHER!
Cold temperatures generally mean Unders. Warm temperatures generally mean Overs. Wind conditions are very important in the postseason because playoff teams usually have some great power hitters. If the wind is helping them hit homers, you want the Over. If it's blowing in, you want the Under. Tampa Bay is the only dome team in the playoffs this year. That park generally helps the pitcher a little bit (particularly strikeout pitchers because of the indoor lighting).
I'm always surprised by how many casual bettors don't even pay attention to the weather. They think of baseball as a summer sport, and they don't adjust for game time temperatures. We may see some extremes this year because of the cities involved. And, the deeper we get into October, the more varied those extremes might be.
*KNOW THE STARTING TIMES
Visibility conditions can get very interesting in October baseball because there are some weird starting times for television.
*Early afternoon starts generally have shadows helping the pitchers late in the game.
*Late afternoon starts generally have shadows helping the pitchers early in the game.
*Prime time starts in West Coast games are actually 'late afternoon' starts at the site of the game, and must be treated that way.
*Prime time starts in night games may see very chilly weather in the later innings in the games that are being played North of the Mason-Dixon line.
Use your knowledge of starters, bullpens, and benches to best exploit the game conditions with your bets. Many places in Vegas (and offshore) take what they call 'first half' lines for the first five innings of the game. You can find some STEALS with these propositions if you're taking the right information into account.
*KNOW THE UMPIRES
The rotations are easy to follow. You should know by now that I load up on the Unders when a guy with a big strike zone is behind the plate...and the Overs when a guy with a small strike zone is calling pitchers. This particular edge is magnified in the playoffs because top notch pitchers can really exploit a large strike zone...and top notch hitters are almost impossible to get out with a small strike zone.
*KNOW THAT THE PUBLIC TEAMS ARE OVERPRICED
Go against the public. That's always been the heart and soul of my approach. You pocket the free points in football and basketball knowing they'll make you money over the long haul. You do the same with moneyline odds. You won't win every game. But, you'll GET THE BEST OF IT over a season, or a cluster of seasons. Baseball in particular is a sport where anything can happen in the playoffs. The public can never remember this!
I'm looking forward to handicapping the first round this week...the LCS next week, and the World Series later this month. I can't tell you now who's going to win it. That's the beauty of baseball. You have to read, react, adjust, study, evaluate, and make the right decisions on a day-in, day-out basis. If you're afraid you won't be able to pull that off, you can purchase all of my postseason baseball online.
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The public will be taking the worst of it on the diamonds this month. They always do. Thanks to my ability to handicap weather, shadow conditions, umpires, and the nuances of the market, TONY SALINAS WILL BE GETTING THE BEST OF IT ALL MONTH LONG!
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