Betting Trends are often sought after by those who bet on baseball, and while MLB betting trends can add value to a handicapping routine, many betting trends are misleading and misused.
The first thing to do when reviewing MLB betting trends is to discard the ones that don’t make any sense. These trends, while accurate, are more of a fluke than anything else and can’t be trusted to return the same winning percentage over a longer period of time.
Trends that involve a specific day of the week – like a team going 10-2 on Wednesdays – doesn’t have the same impact as an NFL trend relating to Thursday or Monday night games – as those games involve teams playing with an unusual amount of rest in between games.
For the professional sports handicapper who enjoy online sports betting, another type of trend to stay away from is a trend that has only a few occurrences with a record that goes back several years. With the amount of roster turnover that happens every season, these MLB betting trends are based on games where many of the current players weren’t a part of.
Betting trends that we do like are ones that pertain to certain situations. For example, finding a betting trend that pertains to a team coming off a loss or two straight losses, or against left-handed starting pitchers. These are specific in-game motivational or matchup situations that MLB handicappers would want to find out information about.
MLB betting trends related to pitchers (often in the form of team start records) are much more reliable than team-based betting trends, as it pertains to the most important position on the field. Having specific betting trends related to the starting pitcher against the current opponent is a fantastic place to start your handicapping on the game.
Of course, win/loss records associated to betting trends must be taken with a grain of salt. If a team is 20-20 as an underdog of +150 or higher, and another team is 30-20 as a favorite of -150 or higher, then the underdog trend is resulting in a big profit while the favorite trend is actually losing money.