The month of August officially means the start of the playoff chase in Major League Baseball. The first Monday of August meant that Adam Burke got back on the airwaves for the latest edition of The Bettor’s Box, BangTheBook’s terrific MLB betting podcast. He had a lot of information to cram in just over 30 minutes, recapping the weekend that was in Major League Baseball, along with a look at the Trade Deadline. No show goes as in depth as this one and this show was full of fantastic insight and analysis.
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.
Before diving into the show, Adam had an exciting announcement that the Gridiron Gambling Report will return on Tuesday to get bettors ready for the NFL Preseason and, subsequently, the NFL Regular Season. Be sure to keep an eye out for that early in the week.
Two really interesting series wrapped up on Sunday, as the New York Mets swept the Washington Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays took three of four from the Kansas City Royals. Adam had a lot of excellent thoughts on the NL East battle and what it meant to both teams. Is this a battle that we are going to see the rest of the way? Regarding the Royals/Blue Jays series, there were some fireworks in the series finale with ejections and bean balls. Does that have any impact going forward?
Before looking at line moves from last week, Adam wrapped up the trade deadline with some discussion on the trades from Thursday and Friday that grabbed headlines. He had ringing endorsements on some of the deals and a couple of them came up short. This segment segued into some thoughts on the current World Series futures market and which teams may have some value.
The betting market continues to see line moves on games with big chalk and fewer line moves on games with lines that are priced more reasonably. This is a trend that Adam has talked about on previous episodes and there were more examples of it this past week. Also during this talk of line moves, Adam gave out his podcast pick for Monday.
With a look at how to evaluate minor league call-ups from a sabermetric standpoint to help with backing teams and also filling out daily fantasy lineups, as well as a look ahead to the first part of this week, The Bettor’s Box kept carrying the torch as the best MLB podcast on the internet.
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