With several tightly contested divisional and wild card battles in both leagues coming down to the wire, the 2013 MLB postseason also looks like it’s going to be one wild and crazy ride that leaves baseball fans everywhere smiling from ear to ear.
Not only that, but baseball bettors across the globe can make these quickly approaching playoffs one of the most profitable ever, mostly b sticking to the age-old maxim that says, good pitching beats good hitting almost every time.
This look at the upcoming MLB playoffs – and the futures Odds surrounding each postseason participant will help put baseball bettors on the right track to some potentially powerful paydays.
Odds to win 2013 World Series
St. Louis +725
L.A. Dodgers +350
Analysis: The Atlanta Braves ran away with the NL East title and currently lead their division by 9.5 games with just six games remaining at the time of this writing. Better yet, the Braves lead all of baseball in team pitching and quality starts with an impressive 3.19 team ERA and a whopping 99 quality starts this season.
Atlanta will have its hands full in the NL portion of the playoffs as three NL Central teams all had absolutely fine seasons to reach the playoffs.
The Cardinals currently sit atop the NL Central with 94 wins, the most of any NL team, but they’re being hotly pursued by 91-win Pittsburgh and 90-win Cincinnati. MLB gamblers should know that the Pirates (3.30) and Reds (3.35) rank third and fourth in team ERA respectively while St. Louis ranks sixth (3.48).
The Los Angeles Dodgers will be the only NL West team in the NL playoffs this year and they very well could walk away with the championship trophy in hand after racking up an impressive 91 wins and finishing second in team ERA (3.29) and an equally impressive fifth in team ERA (.264).
Last but not least, it looks like the Washington Nationals are up 3.5 games on the Arizona Diamondbacks and will likely nab the last wild card spot in the National League. Don’t sleep on Stephen Strasburg as the Nats’ starting pitching staff finished eighth in team ERA (3.61).
Tampa Bay +1800
Analysis: When the 2013 regular season started, the Boston Red Sox looked like an absolutely pedestrian team with not much of an identity. Now, the BoSox look like they could win it all, having won more games this season (96) than any team in baseball.
Boston is ranked a respectable 12th in team ERA (3.76), but it’s not this teams’ pitching that gets it done for them. It’s their powerful offense, which ranks first in runs per game (5.22) and OPS (.792) while also ranking second in team batting average (.275) and seventh in home runs (173). Boston has five regulars batting at least .296 this season and a whopping eight players that have reached double digits in home runs.
Last season’s World Series runner-up, the Detroit Tigers are also back and as hungry as ever. The Tigers rank ninth in team ERA (3.64) and may have the best combination of quality hitting and outstanding pitching of any team in the postseason.
Detroit ranks second in runs per game (4.99), first in team batting average (.285), second in OPS (.786) and sixth in home runs (176) while also ranking first in team strikeouts by pitchers (1,397) and first in Quality Starts (107). Six regulars batted at least .300 this season and eight Tigers reached double digits in home runs.
The small market Oakland A’s rank fourth in runs per game (4.69) and home runs (182) while also ranking seventh in team ERA (3.57) an eighth in Quality Starts (91).
Tampa Bay, (11th) Cleveland (15th) and Texas (10th) all finished in the top half in team ERA with Texas ranking fourth in team bullpen ERA (2.99).
The Texas Rangers are also seventh in team batting average (.261) while the Rays (.257), A’s (.254) and Indians (.253) hold down spots 12-14. The Rays and Indians are currently tied for one of the three available AL wild card berths.
Now that you know which teams are pitching rich – and which one can also bash the cover off the baseball consistently, it’s time for you to bash baseball’s postseason odds like ever before!