For devoted baseball followers, another element they like to use for MLB betting is wagering on series, seeking edges in pitching matchups that can be exploited and profited from.
For those not as familiar, though most series are three games in length, there are four-game series, but the MLB odds on just the first three are what anyone is wagering on.
This weekend in the National League, two absorbing series will be taking place and we will look at the potential pitching matchups and determine an outcome.
San Francisco in the Big Apple
The Giants and the New York Mets are thought to be playoffs teams at the very least in 2016. They get ready to square off in three-game set and the defending NL champs will be favored at Heritage to take the series.
In the opener, New York will be favored, but not overwhelmingly, as Jake Peavy (1-1, 6.86 ERA) takes the ball for San Francisco against up and coming Steven Matz (2-1, 5.40) for New York. Peavy is in his 14th season and not close to what he used to be, but is serviceable over five or so innings and capable of a quality start. Matz has great stuff as a left-hander and needs to harness it to reach his talent level. Should be tight contest.
In the middle game, huge edge to Metropolitans, as Jacob deGrom (2-0, 1.54) faces fading Matt Cain (0-2, 6.43). New York should be in -170 to -200 range.
The final game is an elite pitching matchup with Madison Bumgarner (2-2, 3.64) taking on Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 1.69). The San Fran lefty is known for big game performances and this one fits. Bumgarner has been off with control, permitting more walks and home runs than usual. Syndergaard is one the hardest throwers in baseball and blow away hitters.
Though the Giants are capable, New York is hitting well and two pitching edges, along with better bullpen.
Series Betting Winner - New York
Washington Can Show St. Louis What They Have
Another important series has the Nationals at the city with The Arch. The Nationals have responded to Dusty Baker's style of managing and bolted out of gate and among the reasons for fast start is the pitching of Stephen Strasburg (3-0, 2.17). Presently completely healthy and throwing with more confidence, he's at the top of his game. He will oppose Mike Leake (0-2, 5.64), whose been choppy. St. Louis probably favored but edge to Washington.
In Game 2 the preference is Jamie Garcia (1-1, 3.24), who normally pitches well at Busch Stadium against up and coming Joe Ross (2-0, 0.54). The 22-year old right-hander has been exceptional, but this Redbirds lineup can score and if off loss, the Cards are known for winning the next time out.
The series finale is special, with Max Scherzer (2-1, 4.53) going against Carlos Martinez (4-0, 1.93). Two top tier hurlers, yet Scherzer has ERA over 4 since the middle of last season, walking more batters and being taken deep five times already. Martinez has been a beast and usually more so at home.
Bottom line for MLB picks, like St. Louis at home to win series against formidable foe as likely -120 to -130 series favorites.
Series Betting Winner - St. Louis