The time has come for the start of our MLB Win Total Series here at BangTheBook.com. Win totals and futures have to be viewed as long-term investments in this business and the MLB regular season is definitely an investment. With 162 games spread out over six months, many handicappers opt to take the baseball season off or scale back their involvement in the sports betting world. Even if you don’t participate in the day-to-day grind of betting on baseball, locking up money in the Major League Baseball season by placing win total bets can be a good way to build up the bankroll for the football season.

BetOnline has released their 2015 MLB Season Win Totals. Here are those numbers:

Arizona Diamondbacks: 72.5

Atlanta Braves 73.5

Baltimore Orioles 81.5

Boston Red Sox: 86

Chicago Cubs: 83

Chicago White Sox: 80.5

Cincinnati Reds: 77.5

Cleveland Indians: 84.5

Colorado Rockies: 72

Detroit Tigers: 84.5

Houston Astros 76.5

Kansas City Royals: 80.5

Los Angeles Angels: 86.5

Los Angeles Dodgers: 92

Miami Marlins: 80.5

Milwaukee Brewers: 78.5

Minnesota Twins: 71.5

New York Mets: 81.5

New York Yankees: 81.5

Oakland Athletics: 82.5

Philadelphia Phillies: 68.5

Pittsburgh Pirates: 83.5

San Diego Padres: 84.5

San Francisco Giants: 83.5

Seattle Mariners: 87.5

St. Louis Cardinals: 87.5

Tampa Bay Rays: 79.5

Texas Rangers: 77.5

Toronto Blue Jays: 83.5

Washington Nationals: 93.5

Westgate Sportsbook in Las Vegas also released numbers on Sunday. Here is that list.

Last season, Adam Burke went 17-13 on his MLB Season Win Totals for us and cashed on his two biggest plays – the Cleveland Indians over and the Chicago White Sox under. His win total analyses are full of content and jampacked with numbers and various angles that the oddsmakers aren’t going to factor in prior to the season. His sabermetric way of approaching baseball can be overwhelming for some, but the game has changed and so, too, should you as a baseball handicapper.

Most people shy away from sabermetics because they don’t understand them. This win total series encourages you to embrace them. There are a lot of statistical trends in sabermetrics that signal regression, both positive and negative, and those are things that you can use to your advantage in win totals. Become best friends with the Fangraphs glossary and don’t hesitate to take the time to study these concepts. To some extent, all of us like numbers and statistics, otherwise we wouldn’t have this hobby. Bettering yourself as a baseball fan and handicapper is not a bad thing, no matter how daunting the task may seem.

Let’s look back at what happened last season and see what could happen this season. The Kansas City Royals were a surprise World Series participant, winning the American League despite a preseason prediction of 82 wins. The San Francisco Giants won the World Series with a win total of 86. The Royals are pegged for serious regression with a win total of 80.5. The Giants are expected to drop a notch or two with a total of 83.5.

The Washington Nationals are expected to be the league’s best team with a win total of 93.5. The Philadelphia Phillies are the only team with a win below 70. Parity is the theme of the American League with a high of 87.5 (Seattle) and a low of 71.5 (Minnesota).

As always, there are some general rules to keep in mind about win totals:

1. Fade the “paper champion”: The San Diego Padres won the offseason by retooling their entire offense and signing James Shields. The Padres just missed their win total last season and have been lined in the mid-80s for the 2015 season. Remember the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays? They acquired impact players like R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, and Mark Buehrle and their line opened 87.5. They fell well short of that line.

2. Free agents are still out there: Teams with needs can still get better. There are a lot of bullpen pitchers and various other depth players on the market. Impact players, the ones that will be worth two or more wins above replacement player (WAR), are mostly gone. However, depth is important and often overlooked by the oddsmakers making these lines. Keep in mind that teams that have weak bullpens or short benches may still add a key player or two that can add a little value.

3. Find regression and exploit it: Teams that excel in one-run games tend to regress the following season. The Baltimore Orioles are one of those teams after posting a 32-23 record in one-run decisions last season. The same can be said for the San Diego Padres, who were 33-21 or the St. Louis Cardinals that were 32-23. Teams tend to be within a game or two of the .500 mark in one-run games, so lopsided records on either side are likely to regress.

4. Shop around: We’re not talking simply about odds in this case. We’re talking about full games. Every game counts and five of last season’s totals were still undecided in the last week of the season. By “undecided”, it should be stated that they were numbers that could still go either way, not bets that were going to win but just hadn’t been officially decided yet.

5. Be financially responsible: It’s a lot harder to hedge MLB Win Totals than it is to hedge a football win total or a championship future. The opportunities simply aren’t there unless a team is really close to the number in the final weekend of the season. With that in mind, proper bankroll management is essential. Don’t overextend yourself because it’s a long season and injuries can be particularly crippling because baseball, at its core, is a series of individual games within a game.

Enjoy these previews and feel free to hit us up on Twitter @bangthebook or chat with the author @SkatingTripods for answers to any questions that you may have or anything you want to talk about.