by Allen Eastman - 06/12/2007
The Cubs' Alfonso Soriano, Detroit's Gary Sheffield and Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford are three position players that are hot. Pitchers James Shields of Tampa Bay, Sean Marshall of the Cubs and Mariano Rivera are also on fire right now. Teams that are rolling at this moment include the Yankees, Mariners and A's, who have all won eight of their last 10. If you're pouring over each box score every morning and making notes (mental or otherwise), then you are well on your way to making some serious money betting baseball.
One of the trickiest things for me to do in handicapping is to spot streaks. It has always been very frustrating for me to know if a streak is coming or going - or if it is in the middle. I think we've all been there at one point or another, but streaks are hard to gauge. So that I don't drive myself crazy, I make it a daily routine to read, read and read some more. I read the game recaps. I visit various Web sites that give me necessities from injuries to trade rumors and everything in between. I visit the local newspapers that send reporters out to cover the teams.
I've even started checking out various Major League team sites that now use a feature called blogging. You would be shocked at the juicy tidbits you'll get off those from time to time. Of course, checking all of these sites takes time, but it's worth it and it's an excellent ways to "super size" your brain with that extra baseball info that can mean the difference between winning and losing. If you don't have the time, that's what I'm here for. Allen Eastman, "The Michigan Money" man, visits so many information sites, I'm starting to accrue frequent flyer miles.
And if I may, one final note. When it comes to betting baseball, or any sport for that matter, money management and shopping for value remain the most important factors for success. It takes discipline and is one area where many people falter. Always have multiple outs to ensure the best line, or price, and take advantage of weekly or season specials (such as half-priced or reduced juice) that books often offer. Your pocketbook will thank you.