The last meaningful baseball game was October 30th 2019.
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So, what should us handicappers be watching out for during MLB opening week?
Will Bookies Adjust the Game Totals?
One rule change this season is that the designated hitter (DH) will play in every game.
Will teams score a bit more this season because of the DH? I would expect run averages to be slightly up from the 4.83 runs per game that teams averaged last season. Could teams average five runs per game this season with the DH rule? That hasn’t happened since 2000 (5.14 RPG/Team).
I’ll be looking to target the overs on game totals initially.
Can the Blue Jays Find a Home?
Toronto are the lone team in the MLB at the moment that is essentially homeless.
Canada has decided that the Blue Jays can’t play up here. There were plans to play in Pittsburgh, but those fell through as well. The new plan is to hopefully play home games in Baltimore.
If that doesn’t get approval, the Blue Jays may have to play home games on the road at the other team’s stadium. That’s definitely going to impact the Blue Jays in this shortened season.
Toronto may actually end up being a good fade if they’re constantly on the road traveling.
Will More Players Opt Out?
Up to this point, 14 players have already opted out of the MLB season.
Will more players opt out as the season progresses? I think we’ll see more players opting out, as the realities of life on the road sink in, especially for teams that have no chance at the playoffs.
Unique Television Experience
Have you been watching any of the exhibition games?
One great thing about having no fans in the stands is that you can actually hear the players. It’s going to be a unique experience watching MLB on television this season.
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Can you believe the Rays and Mariners haven’t even played an exhibition game?
This opening week of MLB is likely going to be sloppy. Expect errors, poor pitching and some big upsets early in the season. It’ll take a few weeks until players are playing at 100%.
Don’t bet the entire bankroll until we get a better gauge on how teams are performing.
Emergence of COVID-19 Cases
The absolute worst thing we could see this week is an increase in COVID-19 cases among tier 1 personnel (employees, staff, players, coaches, etc.) at the ballparks.
While MLB is back, it could be shutdown at any time.
The government has the final say as to whether sports are going to be played. If there’s an outbreak at the ballparks in the first few weeks of the season, that’s going to be terrible news.
On the bright side, let’s enjoy some baseball tonight.
Dr. Fauci is throwing out the first pitch in Washington at 7:00PM ET.
Scott is one of our newest writer and handicapper here at ScoresAndStats.com, but he has been writing sports betting content for more than a decade online. His work has been featured on many websites.
Scott is a millennial (born in 1989) who grew up in Toronto, Canada and he has never left the big city. He grew up playing a few sports (hockey, soccer and baseball) when he was younger. His favorite sport was hockey and he played goalie. He still likes to get out to the rinks to play some pick-up with his buddies.
Growing up in Toronto, Scott is a huge fan of all Toronto teams.
He watches the Maple Leafs and Raptors religiously. Scott also enjoys watching the Blue Jays, Argonauts and TFC.
His best sports memory was when the Raptors were crowned the 2019 NBA Champions. Unfortunately, he’s still waiting for the Maple Leafs to win a Stanley Cup during his lifetime.
Scott may be a diehard fan of Toronto sports teams, but he loves watching all sports. He’s a huge UFC fan (look for his UFC betting articles for most events) and he’ll watch just about anything, including tennis, golf, soccer and cricket.
Scott is a numbers guy and he likes digging deep into the statistics when handicapping games. He also likes to identify value bets in markets most bettors overlook, including player/team props.
When he’s not handicapping and watching sports, he enjoys golfing in the warmer months. He also loves burgers and poutine. Not only is that his favorite meal, but he has tried over 100 burgers in Toronto and he’s constantly looking for the best new burgers in the city.