MLB Betting Tips: Playoff Implications

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MLB Betting Tips: Playoff Implications With the trade deadline come and gone, MLB teams have a pretty good idea if they are in the hunt for a postseason berth or just waiting for the end of the season to come to a close and try again next year.

Right around the start of August is when this online sportsbook starts to raise the price on playoff contenders due to the fact that these teams typically play with more motivation to win.

This can present some good line value when backing big underdogs. Backing a losing team at a big price when they send their ace to the mound, or fading a team with a good record who starts a pitcher towards the end of their rotation has the potential for a big payday.

On the other hand, if you don’t mind laying the juice, we can also find spots where betting the MLB teams in playoff contention against teams that are all-but-mathematically eliminated means we are siding with the team that has a massive motivational edge.

An example of the latter situation is this weekend’s series between St. Louis and Milwaukee. St. Louis leads Milwaukee by 24 games in the NL Central, but because the Cardinals are the visitor, we can back the Cards at a lower price. They began the weekend series with an easy 6-0 shutout win on Friday night. They will also have big pitching advantages with Garcia and Lackey going Saturday and Sunday.

Of the bottom three teams in the National League Wild Card Standings (Miami, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee), two of them have been particularly bad in the last few weeks. The Marlins have lost nine of their last ten games overall, while the Brewers have dropped 10 of their last 14.

These clubs likely won’t lost at that pace for the duration of the season, but it could be a good idea for MLB Bettors fade them almost daily until they turn things around. Also, keep an eye on Philadelphia to see if they start to fall into an extended slump.

We’ll be back next week with more MLB Betting Tips and more sportsbook bonus opportunities.

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