Spring Into Betting Mode With Tips On Cactus League Teams

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 3:06 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 3:06 PM UTC

Will you be betting on MLB spring training games? Here are a few tips, including some Cactus League teams to back and fade this spring.

<h2>Betting Spring Training</h2><p>Betting MLB’s spring training is a much different animal than the regular season. For one, not every team is focused on winning. The period is used for acquiring game fitness, position battles, timing, development, you name it. Each manager has a different approach and philosophy. Learn them.</p><p>Bettors are also required to stay abreast with daily happenings and roster changes. One can find some lopsided lineups between opponents in the exhibition period, particularly with the prominence of split-squads. This is when a team halves its roster to allow the organization to play a double-header, typically one at home and the other on the road.</p><p>Managers will also offer almost daily tips to what they are looking for out of a particular contest. Interviews, beat writers, and fan forums help in picking up vital information. Also, don’t weigh starting pitching matchups as heavily as normal. Results don’t matter. Finding the strike zone, building up stamina, and working on one’s pitch arsenal are the priorities.</p><p>A far as betting angles go, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/mlb-baseball/" title="Live MLB Odds Board">picking and choosing select home underdogs</a> can prove a gold mine most season. Some first-team regulars, particularly aging veterans, will not consistently travel during the spring, opting to play locally primarily. This can be a huge advantage or disadvantage considering the approach to pitching in the exhibition period.</p><p> </p><h2>Cactus League Teams To Watch</h2><p>Bettors can look for three key factors when looking to uncover a profitable preseason team to ride throughout March. Young teams with multiple positions up for grabs are one. Motivation and competition in a matchup can provide a sizable edge in the preseason when there are some, planning for the grueling 162-game regular season, playing at half speed.</p><p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/mlb/" title="Free MLB Picks">World Series contenders</a> with strong position players are another good investment. This is an approach we’ve used for years with good results. Analyze some of the player projection models available, and look for clubs projected to win 80-plus games where starting pitching is weakest. These teams often excel in the non-competitive pitching atmosphere and lopsided lineup games. Circle them and keep a daily following. The investment opportunities will shine.</p><p>Manager motivation is another. Do your homework on this one, but there are some skippers looking for positive energy coming out of the spring than others. The Royals’ Ned Yost has two losing spring trainings in his last nine, for example. Three-time manger of the year Joe Maddon (Cubs), meanwhile, owns a losing record all-time.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Cubs manager Joe Maddon working with some of his coaches as spring training has started here in Mesa. &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/Wt2EHOFXxj\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/Wt2EHOFXxj&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— David Kaplan (@thekapman) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/thekapman/status/1095445314029248512?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;February 12, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Cactus League Best Bets</h2><p><strong>Cincinnati Reds (10-19 record in 2018 spring training):</strong> One has to travel back to 2015 to uncover the last time the Cincinnati Reds compiled a winning preseason. One area to like this year is the fact every first-team position player is projected to earn a 2.0 WAR or better per ZiPS. The outfield has a few open spots as well with Matt Kemp, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, and Scott Schebler vying for left and center field starter, providing some good motivation. Also, Yasiel Puig, Joey Votto, and Eugenio Suarez in the same lineup against a middling double-A reliever. Yes, please. Oh, and first-time MLB manager and former player David Bell will certainly want to establish a winning culture headed into the 2019 campaign.</p><p><strong>Cleveland Indians</strong> <strong>(19-13):</strong> Manager Terry Francona has sustained just one losing preseason since joining the Indians in 2013, going 105-84 (55.6 percent) overall. The wins are typically decisive as well, owning a +115 run differential in this span. Tito has revealed in the past he is keen on finding a team identity from the get-go in spring training, encouraging his players to care for each other and go about their business the right way. Winning is ultimately the result of fostering such a culture. Owning the best middle infield in the league is a plus, too.</p><p> </p><h2>Cactus League Fades</h2><p><strong>Kansas City Royals</strong> <strong>(16-13):</strong> Having Ned Yost in the preseason is a boon for backers, but this organization can’t fully commit to a rebuild, and it will hurt for a long time. The Royals’ number of regular-season wins at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4487&amp;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a> is currently offered at 70.5 (+100/-120). The number of run-producing bats is sparse all the way down to Double-A, which will hamper the team when prospects test the plate in the exhibition period.</p><p><strong>San Francisco Giants</strong> <strong>(15-16):</strong> Skipper Bruce Bochy has announced his retirement effective at the end of the upcoming season, which is good timing considering the organization looks headed for a significant downturn. Catcher Buster Posey, SS Brandon Crawford, and 1B Brandon Belt are the three position player studs, and are all at least 30 years old. Expect limited playing time throughout the spring. Big hitting prospects in the organization are rare, and the outfield is one of the weakest in the bigs. The organization is courting high-profile free agent Bryce Harper to help, but even his signing might not be enough to save the pending downward spiral. Expect a slow spring followed by a subpar season.</p>
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