Opening Day Pitchers Who Will Make or Lose You Money in 2017

Doug Upstone

Friday, March 31, 2017 5:22 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 31, 2017 5:22 PM UTC

The baseball season is ready to go, and so are we for another exciting season. We as baseball bettors are aware of the importance of ace starting pitchers and what they mean to our wagering accounts.

With the above in mind, we will share thoughts on the various Opening Day starting pitchers and what kind of season some of the hurlers will have against the MLB odds.


Losses Will Hurt, But These Pitchers Worth The Trouble

Bring up the names Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester and Madison Bumgarner, and other than them all being left-handed they pitch for teams that are expected to win a lot of games and reach the playoffs again.

While some will offer the notion these pitchers will offer no value, which is true, these are tried-and-tested winners playing for winning teams who throughout their careers win every year. Betting any of them, especially at home, will require a bankroll that can take the occasional hit because they will almost always be -200 to -300 on the moneyline unless they are facing each other. Nonetheless, the idea is to make money and these lefties will deliver both home and away for MLB picks.


Quality Hurlers Who Could Break Your Heart

Corey Kluber did everything he could for Cleveland in the postseason and figures to be a stud again like he was in 2014 when he won the AL Cy Young. As good as Kluber is and the Indians are a definite contender to return to World Series, he has often gotten off to slow starts; thus make sure he's in a groove before backing consistently.

Felix Hernandez might be pitching for one of the best Seattle teams he played on, but how will he perform? King Felix is coming off one of his poorest seasons and there is little doubt he does not have the same arsenal as a few years ago. Probably best to take a wait and see attitude.

Arizona is being seen around the Internet by experts as a play on team for 'over' on win totals. However, what could make the Snakes a strong play is Zack Greinke rebounding from an off first year in the desert. Last season, he lacked command and bite on pitches, and if that were to continue the D-Backs have serious concerns with the cash Greinke is making.


Seriously, This Is All You Have?

Sometimes managers will give a long-time pitcher the honor of starting on Opening Day. This might not be the team's best option to win all season, but the organization realizes his accomplishments. However, when you see the names Ricky Nolasco (Angels), Jeremy Hellickson (Phillies), Scott Feldman (Reds), Ervin Santana (Twins) and Jhoulys Chacin (Padres) taking the ball for their respective teams Monday, you know the teams they are pitching for are doomed for losing seasons because these guys will not sniff .500.

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