|Written by Vincent Di Mello|
Bet on the MLBBaseball betting fans made a lot of money last spring when the Los Angeles Dodgers rocketed to the top of the sports betting money charts to start the 2009 MLB season. Baseball betting fans that stayed with the Dodgers ended up with a nice profit but those who jumped in late were burned as LA has been an inconsistent sports betting commodity since June.
Still, when it was all said and done, the Dodgers were the top National League team in baseball betting and a legitimate sports betting threat to make the World Series. The Dodgers main asset against the MLB betting odds is their pitching staff which had the best earned run average in all of baseball betting.
The Dodgers top 4 starting pitchers were consistent baseball betting assets, though not necessarily spectacular in the process. Clayton Kershaw led the Dodgers baseball betting starting rotation with a 2.79 earned run average although having just an 8-8 record. Kershaw had 185 strikeouts in 171 innings of work.
Randy Wolf was 11-7 with a 3.28 earned run average, Jon Garland was 11-13 with a 4.01 earned run average, and Chad Billingsley was 12-11 with a 4.03 earned run average. Jonathan Broxton led the bullpen with 36 saves and a 2.61 earned run average.
Broxton had a record of 7-2 for the season. Another top reliever this baseball betting season was Ronald Belisario who was 4-3 with a 2.19 earned run average. Ramon Troncoso added to the Dodgers baseball betting depth with a 5-4 record and a 2.64 earned run average.
The Dodger lineup ranked 11th overall in baseball betting for run production and was led by Matt Kemp, who was hitting .298 with 26 home runs and 101 runs batted in. Kemp also added 34 stolen bases to establish him as one of the most complete players in the game. Andre Ethier was the main power source for the Dodgers with 31 home runs and 106 runs batted in with a .273 average.
The Dodgers were consistent both on the road and at home this year and went over the total in just 70 games. Last year’s upset of the highly favored Chicago Cubs put a bulls-eye on LA for this year and they struggled mightily down the stretch. But any team that has as much pitching as the Dodgers is a post season threat to go all the way!
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.