Adam Burke hit the airwaves on Monday for another fantastic installment of The Bettor’s Box. This twice-a-week MLB betting podcast is designed to help you become a better baseball handicapper with help from observations, thoughts, concepts, sabermetrics, and so much more. Every episode is jam-packed with information from line moves, to injuries, to pitching matchups, and everything in between. With thoughts on recent games and a look at the games coming up on the horizon, Adam hits a home run with every recording of this show.
Listeners of the show can also hit Adam up on Twitter at his handle, @SkatingTripods, to talk baseball betting, topics for the show, or any other sport at BangTheBook. He’s always willing to discuss baseball, as well as the other sports. Don’t hesitate to ask him for more clarification about sabermetrics or about the observations that he has seen in previous games.
Many listeners have reached out recently and Adam expressed his gratitude before going Beyond the Box Score to kick off the first show of the month of June. His beloved Cleveland Indians were in action against the Seattle Mariners over the weekend and he recapped that series with some of the things that he saw from both teams. The Colorado Rockies swept the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend and that led to a discussion about the direction of both teams. Finally, the Chicago White Sox held the Houston Astros to six runs over a three-game weekend set. How should listeners approach these teams moving forward?
Line moves are important to track and discuss because they can provide a lot of insight into the thoughts of the oddsmakers, as well as the influential handicappers in the market. Adam speculated about the causes of these line moves and also forecasted some line moves that may happen in the future given some of the past trends from the books and the bettors. This segment also included his pick for Monday night on a phenomenal late night pitching matchup.
Handicapping bullpens is not easy because they are extremely volatile and can be inconsistent on a night-by-night basis. Adam explained to listeners why he values some stats over others and also talked about what to look for to make an informed wager by assessing the state of a bullpen.
Instead of a daily fantasy tip on this show, Adam explained a key concept about starting pitchers that can factor into live betting. Why do some starting pitchers struggle so much? Why do so many starting pitchers become relievers? Why can’t relievers convert into starters as easily? By looking at pitchers and getting some scouting reports, listeners can get a better understanding of pitchers and why they may be good bets or why they may be good candidates to live bet against.
Finally, to wrap up another show, Adam discussed the series and pitchers that he is interested in early in the week. There are a lot of moving parts this week with some pitchers returning from injury and teams going into the minors to call up some spot starters. Keep these things in mind as you listen to the latest edition of The Bettor’s Box.
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