IT'S the fall when betting on baseball suddenly takes on a whole new appeal. Let's face it, not too many of us were prepared to put the house on the Giants going all the way this year, and the 2010-11 season promises another season of wild predictions.
It would be great to think the Blue Jays could be among the mix though. The team record of 85 wins–77 losses and a win average of 0.525, (11 games behind division leader) and a fourth place in the divisional standings says it all.
Not too many highlights then, despite the number of home runs smashed off the plate, and if results do fail to improve rapidly, not even occasional online bookmakers’ free bet is going to tempt even the most enthusiastic Canadian baseball fans to back the Jays.
Baseball betting, however, offers great scope and plenty of prospective profit for the ball game predictor seeking to extract value from the sport’s myriad odds. Thirty teams across the National and American Leagues offer an enormous variety of baseball bets. Divisional winners, most unbeaten fixtures, home run leader, most strike-outs, base hits, singles, doubles or triples. Internet-based baseball sports betting offers a massive number of alternatives for dedicated fans. .
Six teams - Tampa, Minnesota, Texas, Philly, Cincinnati and San Francisco – came good in terms of value and baseball betting last season by winning their respective divisions. However, that baseball bet gets really interesting when punters try to identify which team, having topped their standings, can create a little slice of history by making a sustained run?
Of course, online baseball betting (and live baseball betting in particular) is growing in popularity as fixtures are shown around the globe, while internet exposure plays an ever more important role in promoting the game.
As might be expected, odds can fluctuate rapidly and last-minute baseball bets are popular – indeed, late predictions are often best rewarded. It follows that if this is your preferred strategy, baseball betting tips should also be studied closely, and let's be honest, you're not going to be short of suggestions. News of player’s form starts being published from mini-camp through the summer months right through to the fall as the race to find a pennant winner, and the best baseball betting value (and odds) gains pace.
Once the season gets under way, the highlights come thick and fast, though not necessarily in Canada. As one reporter commented: "Ok, Canada might not have much to crow about just at the moment because the early 1990s and the great days of the Jays are becoming an ever more distant memory, but a bet on baseball can still offer great reward over the course of a long season.
"Given the amount of regular season matches, you are always going to find value for your baseball betting, so many fixtures across so many months are going to mean wild changes in the fortunes for your team. Throw in the weather and the sure-fire baseball bets is that someone, somewhere is going to get things seriously wrong (or right).
"On a final, serious note, baseball betting odds on divisional winners are always worth an early look: you'll know which teams have drafted and traded well, and while there might still be snow on the ground in Canada, you can be sure the MLB teams will be making their moves. This activity provides an early heads-up when punters are considering their baseball betting tips.
"If I was using a free bet from my online bookmaker I would also be looking for value from my baseball sports betting predictions on who will win the whole darn thing. The Giants were not many people's selections at the start of the season and that's the beauty of baseball betting, the best teams don't always win.”