|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Bet on the MLBBaseball betting playoffs in the National League begin with a good hard sports betting handicap of the St. Louis Cardinals who dominated the National League central in 2009. Baseball betting expectations were not all the high on the Redbirds entering the 2009 sports betting season but the Cardinals surprising pitching staff shot them to the top.
St. Louis is best known in baseball betting circles for superstar first baseman Albert Pujols but the rest of their offense has been middle of the road for most the 2009 sports betting campaign as it ranked only 18th overall in the majors for runs scored.
Pujols is definitely one of the leading assets that can be found anywhere against the MLB betting odds as he was hitting .329 with 47 home runs and 135 runs batted in. Pujols had an on base percentage of .444 and a slugging percentage of .663 to rank as arguably the most dangerous bat in baseball betting.
After Pujols, however, there is a considerable baseball betting drop in offensive weapons. Skip Shumaker has been a positive threat in the lineup as he was hitting .301 with 84 runs scored. Ryan Ludwick was second on the team for home runs with 22 to go with 96 runs batted in.
The Cardinals pitching staff ranked 4th overall in baseball betting for staff earned run average. St. Louis has 3 good starters which will be an important baseball betting factor in the National League divisional series that are best of five. Chris Carpenter was 17-4 with a 2.24 earned run average, Adam Wainwright was 19-8 with a 2.63 earned run average, and Joel Pineiro was 15-12 with a 3.44 earned run average. Ryan Franklin was one of the top relievers in baseball betting as he had 38 saves and a 1.92 earned run average.
The Cardinals, as a heavy baseball betting favorite as the season went along, were only slightly profitable for the year and did not finish particularly strong although that could be attributed to the fact that they had the division title sewn up since August. St. Louis was as effective away as at home and went over the total in just 67 games this year.
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.