That’s why punters find solace in Major League Baseball (MLB) betting, where smart bettors who are mostly not risk-takers take advantage of a certain condition for their bets to push through: if their “listed pitchers” actually show up and play.
Usually, the “listed pitchers” are one or two of the best players in the team, giving bettors more confidence in placing money for their team only if they are playing. But this is also some sort of a cushion for punters since not all of their favorite, or listed pitchers can play every game due to the long season and the wear and tear of the MLB.
LISTED PITCHERS MOVE LINES, CREATE IMPACT
The two pitchers who are expected to start a baseball game are called “listed pitchers” in sports betting. A “listed pitcher” bet will only be certified as valid by sportsbooks if the pitchers the bettor listed at the time he placed the wager take the mound as scheduled.
In a matchup between the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians in 2013, for example, Justin Masterson was initially placed as a listed pitcher for the Indians, thus giving his team a +110 underdog before he was listed as out hours before the first pitch was set. Once Carlos Carrasco was named as the new starting pitcher, Cleveland was instead listed as +165 underdogs, making it a 55-cent move based on the change of picture.
Runners are like messengers that they have to go out of their way to get their jobs done, like finding ways to overcome terrible weather conditions to overcome natural-related incidents like heavy traffic or even power outages to deliver the money and betting slips to the bookmaker’s headquarters.
BASEBALL HANDICAPPING SEEN ON LISTED, ACTION BETS
The concept of the “listed pitcher” bet is to protect conservative bettors from sudden changes in the health conditions of key players of the team he places money on.
Sure, other aspects of the match like the weather, the ballpark’s playing conditions, umpire assignments, teams’ strengths and weaknesses, as well as the ballpen come into play, but nothing defines the vital role of the pitcher more in baseball as he often controls the pace of the game in many ways.
As the trend of “rest” continues to evolve in the NBA and basketball in general, baseball teams have been doing such a practice to protect the health of their top pitchers, and players of any position in general. A minor wrist injury may still be playable if the game’s stakes are high, but the team has the prerogative of making a last-minute decision of resting him if the goal of reaching the playoffs or a certain number of wins has already been accomplished.
For bettors who are ready for the consequences regardless of who plays on the mount, they take on the “Action” bets. Basically, Action in baseball sports betting occurs when a punter pursues his bet even if his favorite pitcher plays or gets sidelined with an injury at the last minute.
NUMBERS VITAL AMONG LISTED PITCHERS
Bettors take a big deal on listed pitcher bets, particularly if the pitcher has compiled impressive numbers consistently in the course of his career. From career pitching records to starts like “most complete things” are considered by punters to determine their skill and longevity in playing the mound.
There’s also the “most innings pitched” and “most strikes thrown” that define a pitcher’s greatness from average to a future MLB hall of famer. And with impressive numbers comes the team’s ability to manage their star pitchers to assure their availability mostly for the games that matter the most.
The numbers to look out for among MLB pitchers are so many and diverse bettors and fans even look for those who thrive on specific mounds or fields through the court of the 162-game season. The different pitching styles of pitchers have also prompted teams to rotate them depending on game situations or for health purposes.
ACTION BETS CAN ALSO MAKE DIFFERENCE
While listed pitcher bets can also be compared by some as risk free bets, bettors taking on action bets can still get that big payroll with the right calculations.
If the team’s listed pitchers get scratched hours before the game, that team will have to gamble on even a third-stringer to carry on their hopes to get a win despite bigger odds. But what if that reserve pitcher, without scouts knowing it, has been working out on his game and has produced impressive results not just in practice but even exhibition games in the recent past?
Sure, taking an “action bet” comes with great risks since a team suddenly can go from a slight favorite to a big underdog. But with the right research and an effective monitoring of the situation, that action bet may still spell a major payday.