Major League Baseball over/under totals are a way to have season long action on baseball and give the bettor something to root for or against at the end of the season. What is an over/under total bet? It is a future bet on the total wins by a major league baseball team.
There are 162 baseball games every year, a normal baseball season usually ends with 80 to 82 wins in a season, this is the cut off between a good team and a bad team. The challenge is to find four or five teams that will go over or under their posted totals.
Things to consider when picking an over or under team based on their posted wins are:
1) Pitching. If a team has a solid pitching staff and a good bullpen they are a definite candidate to go over their win total. On the reverse side, look at teams with high ERA’s and a shoddy bullpen.
2) Fielding. Hitting is great but look at good fielding teams first. A team that is solid in the field will win those close one run games that may put them over their total.
3) Manager. There is always debate as to whether a manager is worth many extra wins. A solid manager who knows how to advance runners, manage his lineup and manage his pitching staff is worth 10-15 wins a season.
4) Trainer. The trainer? Yes, it is essential to have a trainer that works the players into shape in Spring Training and keep them as healthy as possible. A trainer can’t be held responsible for all injuries, but his job is to make sure the players know how to take care of their day to day ailments without missing days.
5) A great defensive catcher. A solid catcher is a major key to any team making the playoffs. A great catcher manages the pitching staff, controls the defensive positioning in many cases and keeps runners in position.
The Over/Under win totals are supplied by the Las Vegas Hilton Superbook and obviously can change daily based on wagers made leading up to the 2010 Major League Baseball Season. The following are the five best bets, along with all the over/under totals for every team in major league baseball.
Seattle Mariners Over 82.5 Wins.
With two solid starting pitchers, “King” Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee and a solid bullpen, Seattle looks the part of a playoff contender. The acquisition of Chone Figgins at third base, gives them a lead off hitter and solid defense at the hot corner. Don Wakamatsu, manager of Seattle and a former catcher knows how to manage pitchers and his lineup. Seattle has an opportunity to win 88-90 games and should fly over 83 wins.
Los Angeles Angels Over 83.5 Wins.
The Angels are the Rodney Dangerfield of the American League West this year. With the Texas Rangers and Seattle improving their teams, the Angels have been ignored by all the prognosticators this season. Don’t be fooled, the Angels have three potential 15-18 game winners in Scott Kazmir, Jared Weaver and Joe Saunders. The Angels have solid fielding and a manager in Mike Scioscia that knows how to adjust to his teams style.
New York Yankees Under 95.5 Wins.
The New York Yankees have three solid pitchers in CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and an aging Andy Pettite and they are the defending World Series Champions. What the Yankees are lacking is a great defensive catcher, Jorge Posada is also getting older and even though the Yankees are defending their title, they are a year older. Look for the Yankees to win 90 games and make the playoffs, possibly as the American League East Champions.
Oakland A’s Under 80.5 Wins.
75 wins last year and 76 wins the previous year, the Oakland A’s are playing out the string in 2010. Every team in the division improved their pitching and hitting and Oakland is looking at another disappointing, less than 70 win season. Beware of the typical Oakland start, they will break out fast with 20-30 quick wins but do not fear, they will stumble and fall on their face in August.
Baltimore Orioles Under 79.5 Wins.
Baltimore is another team in a division that is built on their failures. Baltimore has been the doormat of the American League East for years now and they will continue their losing ways this season. Camden Field is still a great place to watch a game, too bad Baltimore doesn’t reward their loyal fans with a contending team.
The following are the remaining Major League Baseball over/under totals.
Arizona Diamondbacks 81.5.
Atlanta Braves 85.5.
Boston Red Sox 94.5.
Chicago Cubs 83.5.
Chicago White Sox 82.5.
Cincinnati Reds 79.5.
Cleveland Indians 74.5.
Colorado Rockies 84.5.
Detroit Tigers 78.5.
Florida Marlins 82.5.
Houston Astros 74.5.
Kansas City Royals 73.5.
Los Angeles Dodgers 85.5.
Milwaukee Brewers 80.5.
Minnesota Twins 84.5.
New York Mets 78.5.
Philadelphia Phillies 92.5.
Pittsburgh Pirates 69.5.
San Diego Padres 74.5.
San Francisco Giants 81.5.
St Louis Cardinals 87.5.
Tampa Bay Rays 89.5.
Texas Rangers 82.5.
Toronto Blue Jays 71.5.
Washington Nationals 73.5.
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