VSiN Analytics MLB Report for Tuesday, September 19

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VSiN Analytics MLB Report for Tuesday, September 19

The following is a collection of analytical data, betting systems and strength ratings featured on VSiN and qualified for the MLB games on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. This report is meant to emulate the process that Steve Makinen and other members of the VSiN Analytics team undergo when handicapping each day’s MLB board.

 

 

MLB Bullpen Systems

The following systems and qualifying plays are from the weekly update series on handicapping MLB teams using Steve Makinen’s bullpen strength ratings.

Better rated bullpen teams for today’s action that are NOT favorites of -190 or higher, or are -190 or higher and have a winning percentage 19% or higher (System Matches): MIAMI, PITTSBURGH, MILWAUKEE, SAN FRANCISCO, NY YANKEES, CLEVELAND, BOSTON, BALTIMORE, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

FADE better bullpen overpriced favorites of -190 or higher when the win percentage difference of teams is <19%

In games this season through Sunday 9/17 in which the team with the Steve Makinen better-rated bullpen was listed as a favorite of -190 or higher and had a winning percentage less than 19% higher than the opponent, that team now owns a 150-101 record, but for -91.62 units. This is an R.O.I. of -36.5%! These are in essence the definition of overpriced favorites, teams that are marginally better than the opponent but may be getting a boost in the line because of a large starting pitcher edge, a bullpen edge, or an injury or two.

System Matches: FADE ATLANTA, FADE SAN DIEGO, FADE TAMPA BAY, FADE LA DODGERS

Back big favorites (-190 or more) with better bullpen ratings and winning percentage >=19% higher than opponent

My most recent bullpen ratings discovery has found that big favorites of -190 or higher with better bullpens and a winning percentage of 19% or more than their opponent are now 135-52 for +22.33 units as of Monday, September 18. Some big favorites are worth back consistently, regardless of the high prices, because the games are absolute mismatches. The R.O.I. on this angle for the season is +11.9%!

System Match: SEATTLE

Overpriced better bullpen without a big starting pitcher edge angle

In combining starting pitcher differences in looking at games with -190 favorites or higher, there’s been an opportunity to be selective in fading overpriced favorites. Specifically, when the starting pitcher difference between the better Steve Makinen-rated bullpen team is less than 20, these big favorites have gone just 71-67 for -79.03 units! This angle was 4-3 last week and again lost –2.84 units. This situation is rare but should be taken advantage of when it arises. The R.O.I. on this amazing angle for the season has steadied and is now at -57.3%!

System Matches: FADE TAMPA BAY, FADE LA DODGERS

Better bullpen underdog teams have been solid

A frequent and profitable system arises when the team with the better SM Bullpen Ratings is playing as an underdog (or pick ‘em). Money line underdog teams with better bullpen ratings for the season are now 320-323 for +71.14 units. The R.O.I. of this angle remains a healthy 11.1%! Last week’s better bullpen dogs compiled a 10-9 record for +2.84 units.

System Matches: PITTSBURGH, SAN FRANCISCO, BOSTON, BALTIMORE,

Worse bullpen teams continue to struggle in extending winning streaks

I have found that fading teams with lesser SM bullpen ratings who are looking to extend winning streaks has been a strong strategy. On two-game winning streaks, the teams with worse Steve Makinen Bullpen Ratings in a matchup are now 226-235 for -32.21 units, an R.O.I. of -6.9%. Worse bullpen teams on 3+ game winning streaks now have a record of 89-114 for -25.47 units. The R.O.I. on that system continues to produce at -12.5%.

System Matches: 2-games – FADE NY METS, FADE ST LOUIS

3-games – FADE ARIZONA, FADE TORONTO

Better bullpen teams are capable of building lengthy winning streaks

In conducting a study of teams with better bullpens on winning streaks, when looking at teams with better Steve Makinen Bullpen Ratings looking to extend three-game winning streaks, I have tracked that these teams have gone 221-152 for +15.57 units, a respectable R.O.I. of 4.2%.

System Matches: SAN DIEGO, BALTIMORE, LA DODGERS

 

MLB Extreme Stats Systems

The following systems and qualifying plays are from the article titled MLB Extreme Stats Systems, detailing eight different betting systems for betting teams based upon noteworthy stats they accumulated in their previous game

“9” is a MAGIC RUN NUMBER for fading a team in the next game

Since 2018, doesn’t matter if the team is playing at home or on the road. If they scored nine runs or more in the previous contest, they are posting a winning record at 1434-1339 (51.8%), but oddsmaker overpricing has resulted in a loss of -171.07 units. This represents an R.O.I. of -6.1%, which is significant in the grand scheme of baseball daily betting.

System Matches: FADE COLORADO, FADE SAN DIEGO, FADE SAN FRANCISCO

ROAD TEAMS that didn’t score well last game are a bad bet in the next outing

You’re going to want to consider fading teams playing on the road that scored 2 runs or fewer in their last contest. They have proven to be bankroll-busting options over their last 4+ seasons. These road teams are just 1282-1683 (43.2%) for -175.16 units and an R.O.I. of -5.9% since the start of the 2019 season.

System Matches: FADE NY METS, FADE MILWAUKEE

HOME TEAMS that did score well last game are also actually a bad bet in the next outing

Going back another season to 2018, home teams coming off a game in which they scored five runs or more are winning more often than not at 2898-2517 (53.5%), but they have been a loser for bettors at -357.7 units and an R.O.I. of -6.6%.

System Matches: FADE KANSAS CITY, FADE CINCINNATI, FADE HOUSTON, FADE SAN DIEGO, FADE LA DODGERS, FADE ARIZONA

HOME TEAM hitting slumps don’t last long

MLB Home teams coming off a game in which they had four hits or fewer have rebounded quickly with an 804-681 (54.2%) record in the follow-up contest since the start of the 2018 season. This has resulted in a profit of +30.98 units for backers and an R.O.I. of 2.1%.

System Matches: ATLANTA, NY YANKEES

Watch for HOME TEAMS that didn’t record an extra-base hit

HOME TEAMS that failed to record an extra-base hit in their previous game bounce back with a 405-336 (54.7%) record in the next contest when at home in that same time span. The profit there is +28.17 units, for an R.O.I. of 3.8%.

System Matches: OAKLAND, MIAMI

Unusually poor pitching performances provide motivation for hosts

Home teams coming off unusually bad team pitching performances where they allowed 16 hits or more in a game are on a run of 238-195 (55%) for +42.12 units and an R.O.I. of 9.7% since the start of the 2018 season.

System Match: HOUSTON

 

MLB Streak Systems

The following systems and qualifying plays are from the midseason article titled Handicapping MLB Streaks, detailing 14 different systems for betting teams on winning or losing streaks.

Losing Streak Betting System #7:

The matchup most likely to find a team ending a four-game losing streak is a non-divisional league matchup, as these teams are 95-94 (+15.66 units, ROI: 8.3%) in such games since the start of the 2021 season.

System Match: TEXAS

Winning Streak Betting System #1:

Teams on winning streaks of five games or more are on a 161-79 (+20.07 units, ROI: 8.4%) run in the next game when playing as home favorites.

System Match: SAN DIEGO

Winning Streak Betting System #2:

Strangely, teams on winning streaks of five games or more and winning fewer than 50% of their games on the season have been the better investment than winning teams as they are 43-39 (+6.4 units, ROI: 7.8%) in their last 82 tries to extend streaks.

System Match: SAN DIEGO

Winning Streak Betting System #6:

Oddly, teams that score the most runs per game are the best to fade to see their 4-game winning streak reach five. Teams scoring 5.0 or more runs per game and riding a four-game winning streak are just 50-52 (-23.22 units, ROI: -22.8%) in the next contest since the start of the 2021 season.

System Match: FADE LA DODGERS

 

Today’s MLB Strength Ratings

The following are taken from today’s MAKINEN DAILY RATINGS page under the MLB tab on VSiN.com.

Today’s UNDERPRICED UNDERDOGS (15 points or more) according to the Makinen Strength Ratings projections:

System Matches: PHILADELPHIA (+17), COLORADO (+21), BALTIMORE (+16), CINCINNATI (+44), DETROIT (+28)

Today’s UNDERPRICED FAVORITES (15 points or more) according to the Makinen Strength Ratings projections:

System Matches: MILWAUKEE (+35), TAMPA BAY (+40), CLEVELAND (+26), TEXAS (+20), WASHINGTON (+39)

Today’s BIGGEST TOTAL PROJECTIONS FAVORING OVER (0.5 runs or more) according to the Makinen Strength Ratings projections:

System Matches: PITTSBURGH-CHICAGO CUBS OVER 9 (+0.92), SEATTLE-OAKLAND OVER 7.5 (+0.61)

Today’s BIGGEST TOTAL PROJECTIONS FAVORING UNDER (0.5 runs or more) according to the Makinen Strength Ratings projections:

System Matches: SAN FRANCISCO-ARIZONA UNDER 8.5 (-0.58)

 

MLB Top Situational Trend Spots

The following situational trends and qualifying plays are from the VSiN MLB Situational Report, updated daily.

(901) NEW YORK-NL (70-80) at (902) MIAMI (78-73)

Trend: NYM not great on the ROAD (31-44, -19.96 units)

System Match: FADE NY METS

Trend: NYM slight UNDER a couple of ways (15-24 O/U in division, 36-56 O/U at NIGHT)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: NYM awful against LH starters (15-31, -26.15 units)

System Match: FADE NY METS

Trend: Miami better at HOME (43-33, +0.68 units)

System Match: MIAMI

Trend: Miami heavy UNDER against LH starters (11-25 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

 

(903) PHILADELPHIA (82-68) at (904) ATLANTA (96-54)

Trend: Philadelphia not as good at NIGHT (47-44, -10.78 units)

System Match: FADE PHILADELPHIA

Trend: Atlanta winning season series (7-4 record)

System Match: ATLANTA

Trend: Atlanta great at NIGHT (67-35, +4.08 units)

System Match: ATLANTA

Trend: Atlanta trending OVER a couple of ways (24-17 O/U in division, 42-30 O/U at HOME, 18-10 O/U vs LH starters)

System Match: OVER

 

(905) PITTSBURGH (70-80) at (906) CHICAGO-NL (78-72)

Trend: Pittsburgh trending OVER at NIGHT (52-35 O/U)

System Match: OVER

Trend: Chicago dominating season series (9-1 record)

System Match: CHICAGO CUBS

Trend: Chicago more OVER in divisional games (24-19 O/U)

System Match: OVER

Trend: CHECK OUT HEAD-TO-HEAD TREND BELOW

 

(907) MILWAUKEE (84-66) at (908) ST LOUIS (67-83)

Trend: Milwaukee not as good against LH starters (18-24, -13.23 units)

System Match: FADE MILWAUKEE

Trend: Milwaukee not great bet as ROAD ML favorite (13-13 record)

System Match: FADE MILWAUKEE

Trend: St Louis bad at NIGHT (39-61, -30.07 units)

System Match: FADE ST LOUIS

Trend: St Louis slight OVER at HOME (38-32 O/U)

System Match: OVER

 

(909) SAN FRANCISCO (76-74) at (910) ARIZONA (79-72)

Trend: San Francisco not as good on the ROAD (33-40, -10.55 units)

System Match: FADE SAN FRANCISCO

Trend: San Francisco trending UNDER at NIGHT (35-49 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Arizona is 11-3 at HOME when RHP Zac Gallen is starting

System Match: ARIZONA

Trend: Arizona more UNDER at HOME (30-41 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

 

(911) COLORADO (56-94) at (912) SAN DIEGO (73-78)

Trend: Colorado trending UNDER on the ROAD (32-42 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: San Diego good with LHP Blake Snell starting (won 9 of L10)

System Match: SAN DIEGO

Trend: San Diego not as good against RH starters (47-59, -32.98 units)

System Match: FADE SAN DIEGO

Trend: San Diego trending UNDER a couple of ways (29-41 O/U at HOME, 43-48 O/U at NIGHT)

System Match: UNDER

 

(913) LOS ANGELES-AL (68-82) at (914) TAMPA BAY (92-59)

Trend: LAA not as good at NIGHT (43-59, -24.39 units)

System Match: FADE LA ANGELS

Trend: LAA more OVER on the ROAD (39-31 O/U)

System Match: OVER

Trend: Tampa Bay good against LH starters (21-8, +10.40 units)

System Match: TAMPA BAY

Trend: Tampa Bay trending OVER a couple of ways (46-28 O/U at HOME, 35-25 O/U against AL West/Central)

System Match: OVER

 

(915) TORONTO (83-67) at (916) NEW YORK-AL (76-74)

Trend: Toronto trending UNDER at NIGHT (33-49 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: ROAD team is 5-2 in this season series

System Match: TORONTO

Trend: NYY slight OVER against LH starters (16-11 O/U)

System Match: OVER

Trend: NYY better lately (6-2 in L8 games)

System Match: NY YANKEES

 

(917) CLEVELAND (72-79) at (918) KANSAS CITY (49-102)

Trend: Cleveland heavy UNDER in divisional games (12-34 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Cleveland leads season series 7-4

System Match: CLEVELAND

Trend: Kansas City bad vs. LH starters (11-26, -11.00 units)

System Match: FADE KANSAS CITY

Trend: Kansas City more OVER in NIGHT games (49-40 O/U)

System Match: OVER

 

(919) BOSTON (75-76) at (920) TEXAS (82-68)

Trend: Boston pretty good against AL West/Central (33-26 record)

System Match: BOSTON

Trend: Boston trending OVER against AL West/Central (33-24 O/U)

System Match: OVER

Trend: Texas good against AL East/Central (37-25, +4.94 units)

System Match: TEXAS

Trend: Texas trending OVER at HOME (43-29 O/U)

System Match: OVER

 

(921) BALTIMORE (94-56) at (922) HOUSTON (84-67)

Trend: Baltimore good on the ROAD (49-26, +29.98 units)

System Match: BALTIMORE

Trend: Baltimore trending OVER against AL West/Central (32-20 O/U)

System Match: OVER

Trend: Houston not as good bet at HOME (38-38, -24.24 units)

System Match: FADE HOUSTON

Trend: Houston trending OVER at NIGHT (55-45 O/U)

System Match: OVER

 

(923) SEATTLE (82-68) at (924) OAKLAND (46-104)

Trend: Seattle dominates season series (10-1 record, 4-0 on the ROAD)

System Match: SEATTLE

Trend: Oakland better with RHP Paul Blackburn starting (7-3 record in L10 games)

System Match: OAKLAND

Trend: Oakland trending UNDER in division (18-29 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Oakland bad against RH starters (27-79, -32.10 units)

System Match: FADE OAKLAND

 

(925) MINNESOTA (79-72) at (926) CINCINNATI (79-73)

Trend: Minnesota slight UNDER in interleague play (17-22 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Minnesota better at NIGHT (48-40 record)

System Match: MINNESOTA

Trend: Cincinnati very good in interleague play (27-15, +15.73 units)

System Match: CINCINNATI

Trend: Cincinnati trending UNDER a couple of ways (32-43 O/U at HOME, 48-57 O/U vs RH starters)

System Match: UNDER

 

(927) CHICAGO-AL (58-93) at (928) WASHINGTON (66-85)

Trend: Chicago bad in interleague play (14-24, -7.56 units)

System Match: FADE CHICAGO WHITE SOX

Trend: Chicago trending UNDER as ML underdog (36-53-5 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Washington not as good at HOME (30-44, -4.57 units)

System Match: FADE WASHINGTON

Trend: Washington not as good at NIGHT (36-53 record)

System Match: FADE WASHINGTON

 

(929) DETROIT (70-80) at (930) LOS ANGELES-NL (92-57)

Trend: Detroit heavy OVER against interleague teams (28-14 O/U)

System Match: OVER

Trend: Detroit slightly better on the ROAD (38-37, +13.18 units)

System Match: DETROIT

Trend: LAD heavy OVER against AL teams (31-10 O/U)

System Match: OVER

Trend: LAD good at HOME (49-26, +7.45 units)

System Match: LA DODGERS

 

Top Head-To-Head Series Trends

The following trends and qualifying plays are from the article entitled 20 MLB second-half series with notable head-to-head trends.

Series #18: Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, Tue 9/19-Thu 9/21

Trend: Pittsburgh is 2-16 (11.1%, -13.06 units) in their last 18 games at Chicago Cubs

– The R.O.I. on this trend is -72.6%

System Match: FADE PITTSBURGH

Series #19: Toronto at NY Yankees, Tue 9/19-Thu 9/21

Trend: FAVORITES are just 12-25 (32.4%, -23.6 units) in the last 37 games between Toronto & NY Yankees

– The R.O.I. on this trend is -63.8%

System Match: FADE NY YANKEES (-112 as of 10:30 AM CT)

 

Team-Specific Momentum Building/Letdown Angles

The following trends and qualifying plays are from the article entitled MLB post-rivalry series betting opportunities.

NO QUALIFYING POST-RIVALRY SERIES PLAYS TODAY (next one Thursday 9/21)