VSiN Analytics MLB Report for Tuesday, September 5

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VSiN Analytics MLB Report for Tuesday, September 5

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 5, 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 of 19% or higher (System Matches): MILWAUKEE, LA DODGERS, NY METS, ATLANTA, SAN FRANCISCO, SAN DIEGO, MINNESOTA, TAMPA BAY, CHICAGO WHITE SOX, HOUSTON, BALTIMORE, TORONTO, SEATTLE

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

In games this season through Sunday 9/3 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 134-92 record, but for -87.49 units. This is an R.O.I. of -38.7%! 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. Last week, this angle was actually 8-1 for +4.9 units however, a rare winning week for these high-priced teams.

System Matches: FADE ARIZONA, FADE NY YANKEES

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 62-60 for -72.39 units! This angle was 4-2 last week and again lost –0.45 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 -59.3%!

System Match: FADE ARIZONA

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). After a fine week of 15-10 (+8.26 units), moneyline underdog teams with better bullpen ratings for the season are now 303-303 for +71.76 units. The R.O.I. of this angle remains a healthy 11.8%!

System Matches: SAN FRANCISCO, CHICAGO WHITE SOX

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. That strategy fared well again last week. After a 7-8 (-1.1 units) week, on 2-game winning streaks, the teams with worse Steve Makinen Bullpen Ratings in a matchup are now 205-212 for -38.86 units, an R.O.I. of -9.3%. After a 3-4 result (-1.72 units), worse bullpen teams on 3+ game winning streaks now have a record of 79-102 for -25.77 units. The R.O.I. on that system continues to produce at -14.2%.

System Matches: 2-games – FADE CHICAGO CUBS, FADE PHILADELPHIA

3+ games – FADE MIAMI, FADE BOSTON, FADE DETROIT

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 211-139 for +25.03 units, a respectable R.O.I. of 7.2%. These better bullpen teams had another profitable week, +2.59 units on a 13-7 performance.

System Matches: NY YANKEES, BALTIMORE

Better bullpen teams thwart losing streaks

Updating the results since 8/28 of when on two-game losing streaks, the teams with better SM bullpen ratings in a matchup have gone 219-164 for +13.43 units after a 12-6 (+5.1 units) record the last seven days. Better bullpen teams on 3+ game losing streaks had a winning 5-1 week and have now gone 106-69 for +24.41 units. The R.O.I. for the season is at 13.9% after the past seven days.

System Matches: 2-games – SEATTLE, MILWAUKEE

3+ games – CHICAGO WHITE SOX, SAN FRANCISCO

 

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

HOME TEAMS off blowout losses are solid bets to rebound versus that same opponent

Teams playing at home against the same team after a blowout loss of seven runs or more have been solid wagers over the last 5+ seasons, going 305-275 (52.6%) for +43.91 units of profit. This represents an R.O.I. of 7.6%.

System Matches: TEXAS, CLEVELAND

“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 1433-1338 (51.8%), but oddsmaker overpricing has resulted in a loss of -169.31 units. This represents an R.O.I. of -6.1%, which is significant in the grand scheme of baseball daily betting.

System Matches: FADE KANSAS CITY, FADE HOUSTON, FADE MINNESOTA, FADE PHILADELPHIA

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 two 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 CHICAGO WHITE SOX, FADE SAN FRANCISCO, FADE COLORADO, 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 CHICAGO CUBS, FADE TEXAS, FADE OAKLAND, FADE CINCINNATI, FADE CLEVELAND, FADE SAN DIEGO, FADE NY YANKEES, FADE 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 237-190 (55.5%) for +47.29 units and an R.O.I. of 11.1% since the start of the 2018 season.

System Matches: CLEVELAND, TEXAS, SAN DIEGO

 

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 #5:

Teams that have lost their last four games but are playing on the road in a competitive line scenario (+130 to -300) have been wildly successful in snapping their skids, 67-51 outright (+8.79 units, ROI: 7.4%).

System Matches: SAN FRANCISCO, CHICAGO WHITE SOX

Losing Streak Betting System #6:

Teams that have lost their last four games but are getting reasonably good pitching during the skid have been solid wagers in game #5, as those that allowed 6.0 RPG or fewer during the streak are on a 123-101 run (+45.98 units, ROI: 20.5%).

System Match: SAN FRANCISCO

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 92-86 (+19.74 units, ROI: 11.1%) in such games since the start of the 2021 season.

System Matches: SAN FRANCISCO, LA ANGELS

Winning Streak Betting System #5:

Teams that have won their last four games but are playing on the road as large underdogs (+140 or more) have struggled, going 14-40 (-13.9 units, ROI: -25.7%) in their last 54 tries.

System Matches: FADE DETROIT

 

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: COLORADO (+23), CLEVELAND (+30), DETROIT (+32)

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

System Matches: LA DODGERS (+48), ATLANTA (+21), BALTIMORE (+31)

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

System Matches: LA DODGERS-MIAMI OVER 7.5 (+0.9), COLORADO-ARIZONA OVER 9 (+0.51), BOSTON-TAMPA BAY OVER 8 (+0.53), BALTIMORE-LA ANGELS OVER 8.5 (+0.52), TORONTO-OAKLAND OVER 8 (+0.81)

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

System Matches: ST LOUIS-ATLANTA UNDER 10.5 (-0.56), SEATTLE-CINCINNATI UNDER 10 (-0.64)

 

MLB Top Situational Trend Spots

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

(901) MILWAUKEE (76-61) at (902) PITTSBURGH (64-74)

Trend: Milwaukee has winning record vs Pittsburgh this season (7-4)

System Match: MILWAUKEE

Trend: Milwaukee has been good against RH starters (59-39, +16.12 units)

System Match: MILWAUKEE

Trend: Milwaukee trending UNDER on the ROAD (25-41 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Pittsburgh trending OVER multiple ways (40-25 O/U at HOME, 47-33 O/U at NIGHT)

System Match: OVER

 

(903) LOS ANGELES-NL (84-52) at (904) MIAMI (70-67)

Trend: LAD good at NIGHT (63-32, +15.45 units)

System Match: LA DODGERS

Trend: LAD not as good against LH starters (21-20, -10.85 units)

System Match: FADE LA DODGERS

Trend: Miami not as good against NL teams (44-47, -10.31 units)

System Match: FADE MIAMI

Trend: Miami trending UNDER a couple of ways (9-23 O/U against LH starters, 17-34 O/U against NL Central/West)

System Match: UNDER

 

(905) NEW YORK-NL (63-74) at (906) WASHINGTON (62-76)

Trend: NYM awful against LH starters (13-29, -25.85 units)

System Match: FADE NY METS

Trend: NYM slight UNDER in division (14-22 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Washington not as good at HOME (28-40, -3.52 units)

System Match: FADE WASHINGTON

Trend: HEAD-TO-HEAD SERIES this season (NYM 6 – WAS 5)

 

(907) ST LOUIS (59-78) at (908) ATLANTA (90-46)

Trend: St Louis bad at NIGHT (32-57, -37.21 units)

System Match: FADE ST LOUIS

Trend: St Louis slight UNDER in ROAD games (28-35 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Atlanta trending OVER a couple of ways (37-28 O/U at HOME, 49-40 O/U at NIGHT)

System Match: OVER

Trend: Atlanta dominant against NL teams (64-26, +20.80 units)

System Match: ATLANTA

 

(909) SAN FRANCISCO (70-68) at (910) CHICAGO-NL (74-64)

Trend: San Francisco trending UNDER in NIGHT games (30-46 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: San Francisco better at NIGHT (42-36, +1.62 units)

System Match: SAN FRANCISCO

Trend: Chicago trending UNDER against NL East/West (18-27 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Chicago pretty good at HOME (38-31 record)

System Match: CHICAGO CUBS

 

(911) COLORADO (50-87) at (912) ARIZONA (71-67)

Trend: Colorado not good against RH starters (31-63, -20.30 units)

System Match: FADE COLORADO

Trend: Arizona dominant against Colorado this season (9-2 record)

System Match: ARIZONA

Trend: Arizona trending UNDER in HOME games (27-39 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

 

(913) PHILADELPHIA (76-61) at (914) SAN DIEGO (65-74)

Trend: Philadelphia not as good bet at NIGHT (42-40, -11.41 units)

System Match: FADE PHILADELPHIA

Trend: Philadelphia good against NL Central/West (32-24 record)

System Match: PHILADELPHIA

Trend: San Diego not good against RH starters (41-55, -35.64 units)

System Match: FADE SAN DIEGO

Trend: San Diego trending UNDER a couple of ways (37-46 O/U at NIGHT, 28-39 O/U at HOME)

System Match: UNDER

 

(915) MINNESOTA (72-66) at (916) CLEVELAND (66-72)

Trend: HEAD-TO-HEAD series on 8-3 UNDER run this season

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Minnesota not as good on the ROAD (32-37, -8.53 units)

System Match: FADE MINNESOTA

Trend: Cleveland better against RH starters (46-43, +1.88 units)

System Match: CLEVELAND

 

(917) BOSTON (72-66) at (918) TAMPA BAY (83-55)

Trend: Boston more OVER on the ROAD (39-28 O/U)

System Match: OVER

Trend: Tampa Bay more OVER at HOME (42-26 O/U)

System Match: OVER

Trend: Tampa Bay good at HOME (45-24, +6.78 units)

System Match: TAMPA BAY

Trend: INTERESTING HEAD-TO-HEAD TREND BELOW

 

(919) DETROIT (63-74) at (920) NEW YORK-AL (68-69)

Trend: Detroit trending OVER in NIGHT games (38-31 O/U)

System Match: OVER

Trend: Detroit lost a week ago against RHP Gerrit Cole

System Match: FADE DETROIT

Trend: NYY not as good at NIGHT (41-47, -12.13 units)

System Match: FADE NY YANKEES

 

(921) CHICAGO-AL (53-85) at (922) KANSAS CITY (43-96)

Trend: Chicago trending UNDER as ML underdog (32-49-5 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: HEAD-TO-HEAD series on 5-2 run to the UNDER

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Kansas City not great as ML favorite (5-12, -10.45 units)

System Match: FADE KANSAS CITY

 

(923) HOUSTON (78-61) at (924) TEXAS (76-61)

Trend: Houston better on the ROAD (43-27, +12.36 units)

System Match: HOUSTON

Trend: Houston leads season series (7-4 record)

System Match: HOUSTON

Trend: Texas good against LH starters (24-14, +4.03 units)

System Match: TEXAS

Trend: Texas good at HOME (43-27, +4.68 units)

System Match: TEXAS

 

(925) BALTIMORE (86-51) at (926) LOS ANGELES-AL (64-74)

Trend: Baltimore dominant against AL West/Central (37-18, +15.54 units)

System Match: BALTIMORE

Trend: Baltimore more OVER on the ROAD (37-26 O/U)

System Match: OVER

Trend: Baltimore good against LH starters (31-16, +12.92 units)

System Match: BALTIMORE

Trend: LAA good record against AL East/Central (27-22, +3.90 units)

System Match: LA ANGELS

Trend: LAA trending OVER against AL teams (49-37 O/U)

System Match: OVER

 

(927) TORONTO (76-62) at (928) OAKLAND (42-96)

Trend: Toronto good against LH starters (17-12, +0.76 units)

System Match: TORONTO

Trend: Oakland better bet at NIGHT (31-50, -0.37 units)

System Match: OAKLAND

Trend: Oakland trending OVER against AL East/Central (35-16 O/U)

System Match: OVER

 

(929) SEATTLE (77-60) at (930) CINCINNATI (72-68)

Trend: Seattle slight UNDER against NL teams (17-23 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Cincinnati trending UNDER against RH starters (44-55 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Cincinnati better at NIGHT (46-37, +16.20 units)

System Match: CINCINNATI

Trend: Cincinnati good against AL teams (23-13, +12.99 units)

System Match: CINCINNATI

 

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 #15: Boston at Tampa Bay, Mon 9/4-Wed 9/6

Trend: Boston has lost 14 of its last 15 (6.7%, -13.03 units) games at Tampa Bay

– The R.O.I. on this trend is -86.9%

System Matches: FADE BOSTON

 

Team-Specific Momentum Building/Letdown Angles

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

MIAMI

MOMENTUM after series vs. WASHINGTON: 16-12 (57.1%) 9.78 units, ROI: 34.9%      

Next betting opportunity: Tuesday 9/5 vs. LA Dodgers

System Matches: MIAMI