Baseball is a well-known sports practiced worldwide. And speaking of baseball, one of the best and most beloved baseball teams is the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team, based in Boston, Massachusetts. The team competes in the Major League Baseball, as a club member of the American League East Division. Until now, the Red Sox won eight Championships while having played in 12. Despite having recently signed players like Hunter Renfroe, the Red Sox have stated that they have a strong interest in Corey Kluber, who has played for the Cleveland Indians.
If healthy, Kluber could be a steal. But that’s a big “if.” One one hand, he’s a 2017 Cy Young award winner and won 20 games in 2018. On the other hand, he’s 34 years old, which is right around the time most pitchers lose effectiveness or experience injuries. When healthy, the 34-year-old is a horse. He’s won a Cy Young Award as recently as 2017 and 20 games as recently as 2018. But over he last two years, he has made only two starts due to injuries.
When you look closely at the 3m open odds, a player like Kluber may not make a lot of sense. On the other hand, he could be worth the risk and investment. The difficulty is being able to predict how he is going to perform. His history says that under the right conditions, he can be a valuable addition to any team’s rotation. Much like the Red Sox gambled on Tim Wakefield many moons ago, taking a jump on Kluber could pay dividends — dividends that other teams may not have the luxury to invest in.
The best part of all tis guesswork is the layer of excitement it adds to a baseball season. During the early part of a season (April to May), During this part of the baseball season, underdogs become the favorites! Apart from that, pitchers are placed ahead of hitters coming from spring training. However, the odds for the underdogs remain the same even in the early part of the season. The key point is that it’s always better to back the underdogs during the early stages of a baseball season.
Umpires also play a major role in baseball games, more so during the early games. No matter how much they may be criticized for their decisions, it’s a fact that umpires are majorly consistent and stay that way throughout the season. In addition, umpires are carefully factored-in for the over/under totals. The umpires with wide and large strike zones are preferred for the under, while the ones with smaller strike zones make a better choice for the over.
You must also consider how the pitchers are utilized during the early stages of the season. In case a manager is forced to use his bullpen excessively one night, and an ok-ok pitcher the next, you must bet on the over (on the next night). On the other hand, if the bullpen’s all raring to go and is at its best, a low scoring game may be in the cards. You know you must bet on the under in that scenario!
The Kluber decision won’t be easy, but it will be one of the more exciting storylines this offseason!