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Spring Training Report: MLB Betting Trends and Tips

Sometimes, we take things like spring training for granted, especially as sports bettors who often scoff at the idea of wagering on “meaningless” games. But I realized today marks the fourth anniversary of a day many of us won’t ever forget. March 12, 2020, was the day baseball stopped due to the global COVID-19 outbreak. It delayed Opening Day until July 23, and we only got a 60-game season that year.

I bring this up to remind readers that even the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues, despite being a glorified training camp, are not something we should overlook and ignore.

Spring Training Report: MLB Betting Trends and Tips
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This is especially true for fans of MLB betting, who often overlook the value spring training provides just because they don’t feel like putting in the extra work to handicap it. While spring training isn’t the best time to wager on baseball, there are real MLB pro picks to be found to pad your bankroll before Opening Day. While I don’t label myself a “pro” or a “sharp,” I do know what I’m talking about and want to share some tidbits with you that could help beat the bookies this week.

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Spring Training ATS Results

Now that we’re deep enough into the action, we can start to look at which teams are worth our MLB picks and which are just going through the motions of spring training without a hunger to win. Remember, many of these teams aim to work out players, stretch out pitchers and see what they have on the roster. They want to win, but it’s not necessarily a priority.

The Oakland Athletics are among the teams to watch. They lead the current crop of teams with an 8-3 record against the MLB spread (runline) and an ROI of 45.40%. The Baltimore Orioles are a close second at 8-3 with a 43.23% ROI. The latter has some of the most exciting young talent in the MLB, so it’s no wonder they are tearing up the Grapefruit League.

At the opposite end of the spectrum sits the St. Louis Cardinals. They were one of the most disappointing teams in the MLB last season and continue to lose against the Vegas betting odds with a putrid 1-11 record against the runline. With an ROI of 81.69%, I can’t recommend avoiding this team enough.

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Betting on Breakout Games

Some non-baseball fanatics might not know that ESPN+ will stream MLB Spring Breakout games from March 14-17. This four-day series pits a team’s best young prospects against each other in a game that’s part of a doubleheader with regular spring training games.


We can look at some of the results and rosters this spring and make an educated guess on who to bet on and why. For example, as mentioned above, the Orioles’ youth movement is crushing the Grapefruit League, winning bettors around 5.65 units in just 11 games.

The Orioles’ prospects play the Pirates on March 14, a game I will definitely be interested in betting on. Keep track of the latest MLB news and rumors for rosters so you are sure who is playing in these games.

 

 

 

 

Questions Of The Day

When is MLB Opening Day?


The first full day of MLB games will occur on Thursday, March 28. All 30 teams will be in action that day.

Who is favored to win the World Series?


With all their new additions, the Los Angeles Dodgers lead the MLB odds board for World Series Futures over other contenders like the Astros, Braves, and Yankees.

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