VSiN Analytics MLB Report for Wednesday, August 23

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VSiN Analytics MLB Report for Wednesday, August 23

 

 

The following is a collection of analytical data, betting systems and strength ratings featured on VSiN and qualified for the MLB games on Wednesday, August 23, 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): PITTSBURGH, PHILADELPHIA, SAN DIEGO, KANSAS CITY, TORONTO, HOUSTON, CHICAGO CUBS, MILWAUKEE, TAMPA BAY, NY YANKEES, CINCINNATI (GAME 1)

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

In games this season through Tuesday 8/22 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 120-85 record, but for -83.07 units. This is an R.O.I. of -40.5%! 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 SEATTLE, 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 111-41 for +25.45 units as of Tuesday 8/22. This comes after a 6-0 performance last week. In analyzing my own strategies for wagering games, I kept realizing that I was rarely backing teams like Atlanta, Los Angeles, etc., and not fading teams like Oakland, Kansas City, etc., enough. As it turns out, some big favorites are worth back consistently, regardless of the high prices, because the games are absolute mismatches. The R.O.I. on this newfound discovery angle for the season is +16.7%!

System Match: TAMPA BAY

Overpriced better bullpen without a big starting pitcher edge angle

When 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 54-55 for -68.84 units! However, this angle was 5-1 last week and won 3.1 units, a rare winning week. 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 -63.2%!

System Match: FADE ATLANTA

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 3-1 performance Tuesday 8/22 (+2.30 units), money line underdog teams with better bullpen ratings for the season are now 279-284 for +61.68 units. The R.O.I. of this angle remains a healthy 11%!

System Matches: PITTSBURGH, CHICAGO CUBS, CINCINNATI (GAME 1)

Worse bullpen teams continue to struggle in extending winning streaks

After an 11-10 (+2.97 units) week, on two-game winning streaks, the teams with worse Steve Makinen Bullpen Ratings in a matchup are now 193-193 for -32.51 units, an R.O.I. of -8.4%. After a 4-6 result (-0.75 units), worse bullpen teams on 3+ game winning streaks now have a record of 73-93 for -21.44 units. The R.O.I. on that system continues to produce at -12.9%.

System Matches: 2-game – FADE OAKLAND, FADE WASHINGTON

Better bullpen teams are capable of building lengthy winning streaks

In conducting a study of teams with better bullpens on winning streaks, I have not found anything significant on the 2-game data, although these did do OK last week. However, when looking at teams with better Steve Makinen Bullpen Ratings looking to extend 3-game winning streaks, I have tracked that these teams have gone 189-125 for +24.64 units, an impressive R.O.I. of 7.8%. These better bullpen teams had a negative week though, -3.33 units on a 5-5 performance.

System Matches: SEATTLE, TORONTO, MILWAUKEE

Better bullpen teams thwart losing streaks

Updating the results since 8/14 of when on two-game losing streaks, the teams with better SM bullpen ratings in a matchup have gone 194-148 for +9.44 units. Better bullpen teams on 3+ game losing streaks had a negative 4-6 week and have now gone 94-63 for +20.53 units. The R.O.I. for the season is at 13.1% after the past seven days.

System Matches: 3+ games – NY YANKEES, KANSAS CITY

 

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 1430-1335 (51.8%), but oddsmaker overpricing has resulted in a loss of -167.88 units. This represents an R.O.I. of -6.2%, which is significant in the grand scheme of baseball daily betting.

System Match: FADE TAMPA BAY

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 1282-1679 (43.3%) for -170.41 units and an R.O.I. of -5.7% since the start of the 2019 season.

System Matches: FADE WASHINGTON, FADE NY METS

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 DETROIT, FADE TAMPA BAY, FADE PITTSBURGH, FADE CLEVELAND, FADE HOUSTON, FADE MILWAUKEE, FADE OAKLAND

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 a 788-661 (54.4%) record in the follow-up contest since the start of the 2018 season. This has resulted in a profit of +40.62 units for backers and an R.O.I. of 2.8%.

System Matches: NY YANKEES, 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 #3:

Strangely, teams on losing streaks of seven games or more tend to fare best against their best opponents. Against teams winning 61.5% of their games or more, these teams on losing skids have gone 13-15 (+6.82 units, ROI: 24.4%) while against all other opponents with lesser records than 61.5% winning percentage, they are just 51-115 (-49.60 units, ROI: -29.9%) since the start of the 2021 season.

System Match: FADE NY YANKEES

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, 64-48 outright (+9.86 units, ROI: 8.8%).

System Match: KANSAS CITY

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 121-101 run (+43.98 units, ROI: 19.8%).

System Match: KANSAS CITY

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 90-83 (+21.61 units, ROI: 12.5%) in such games since the start of the 2021 season.

System Match: KANSAS CITY

Winning Streak Betting System #4:

Teams on winning streaks of five games or more and playing against non-divisional league opponents are 137-84 in their last 221 tries (+28.11 units, ROI: 12.7%).

System Match: SEATTLE

 

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: PITTSBURGH (+30), CHICAGO CUBS (+15), COLORADO (+28), CINCINNATI GAME 1 (+45)

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

System Matches: PHILADELPHIA (+31), HOUSTON (+33), MILWAUKEE (+19), LA DODGERS (+31)

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

System Matches: SEATTLE-CHICAGO WHITE SOX OVER 9.5 (+0.7), BOSTON-HOUSTON OVER 8.5 (+0.6), MINNESOTA-MILWAUKEE OVER 7.5 (+0.6), COLORADO-TAMPA BAY OVER 8 (+0.6), WASHINGTON-NY YANKEES OVER 8.5 (+0.8), LA DODGERS-CLEVELAND OVER 8.5 (+0.8)

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

System Matches: NONE TODAY

 

MLB Top Situational Trend Spots

The following situational trends and qualifying plays are from the VSiN MLB Situational Report, updated daily. >> See situational records for each team.

(951) ST LOUIS (55-72) at (952) PITTSBURGH (57-69)

Trend: St Louis better during the DAY (24-20, -2.65 units)

System Match: ST LOUIS

Trend: St Louis slight UNDER on the ROAD (26-33 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Pittsburgh 5-0 at HOME vs St Louis this season

System Match: PITTSBURGH

Trend: Pittsburgh trending UNDER during the DAY (22-27 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

 

(953) SAN FRANCISCO (65-61) at (954) PHILADELPHIA (69-57)

Trend: San Francisco not as good during the DAY (26-28, -8.91 units)

System Match: FADE SAN FRANCISCO

Trend: San Francisco trending UNDER against NL Central/East (22-29 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Philadelphia better during the DAY (31-19, +7.07 units)

System Match: PHILADELPHIA

Trend: Philadelphia slight UNDER as HOME ML favorite (19-26 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

 

(955) MIAMI (65-62) at (956) SAN DIEGO (60-67)

Trend: Miami trending UNDER in NL Central/West matchups (17-33 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Miami not great against NL competition (39-44, -9.95 units)

System Match: FADE MIAMI

Trend: Miami slightly better during the DAY (30-26, +3.75 units)

System Match: MIAMI

Trend: San Diego bad against NL East/Central (22-29, -20.15 units)

System Match: FADE SAN DIEGO

 

(957) NEW YORK-NL (59-68) at (958) ATLANTA (81-44)

Trend: NYM bad as ML underdog (12-30, -16.35 units)

System Match: FADE NY METS

Trend: Atlanta good against NYM this season (9-3 overall, 4-1 at HOME)

System Match: ATLANTA

Trend: Atlanta trending OVER multiple ways (46-35 O/U at NIGHT, 37-27 O/U at HOME, 15-7 O/U against LH starters)

System Match: OVER

 

(959) SEATTLE (71-55) at (960) CHICAGO-AL (49-77)

Trend: Seattle trending UNDER in DAY games (18-23 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Seattle hot right now (8-game winning streak)

System Match: SEATTLE

Trend: Chicago bad against AL East/West (17-36, -19.64 units)

System Match: FADE CHICAGO WHITE SOX

Trend: Chicago bad as ML underdog (25-54, -20.70 units)

System Match: FADE CHICAGO WHITE SOX

Trend: Chicago trending UNDER as ML underdog (29-46-4 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

 

(961) KANSAS CITY (40-88) at (962) OAKLAND (36-90)

Trend: Kansas City better record during the DAY (18-31, -5.10 units)

System Match: KANSAS CITY

Trend: Kansas City horrible against AL West/East (11-34, -18.27 units)

System Match: FADE KANSAS CITY

Trend: Oakland trending OVER multiple ways (32-13 O/U against AL Central/East, 23-14 O/U vs LH starters)

System Match: OVER

Trend: Oakland not good during the DAY (9-42, -27.00 units)

System Match: FADE OAKLAND

 

(963) TORONTO (70-56) at (964) BALTIMORE (77-48)

Trend: Toronto trending UNDER in NIGHT games (24-45 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Baltimore good against Toronto this season (8-3 record)

System Match: BALTIMORE

Trend: Baltimore trending OVER a couple ways (22-16 O/U in divisional play, 39-33 O/U at NIGHT)

System Match: OVER

 

(965) BOSTON (66-60) at (966) HOUSTON (72-55)

Trend: Boston good in AL games (47-36, +9.81 units)

System Match: BOSTON

Trend: Houston good against LH starters (24-14, +2.66 units)

System Match: HOUSTON

Trend: Houston not as good bet at HOME (35-29, -9.80 units)

System Match: FADE HOUSTON

 

(967) CHICAGO-NL (65-60) at (968) DETROIT (58-68)

Trend: Cubs trending OVER multiple ways (27-17 O/U against AL teams, 31-21 O/U during the DAY)

System Match: OVER

Trend: Detroit pretty good as ML favorite (17-9, +3.40 units)

System Match: DETROIT

Trend: Detroit trending UNDER during the DAY (25-33 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

 

(969) MINNESOTA (65-61) at (970) MILWAUKEE (69-57)

Trend: Minnesota trending UNDER against NL teams (14-20 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Milwaukee better against RH starters (52-37, +11.87 units)

System Match: MILWAUKEE

Trend: Milwaukee decent during the DAY (30-23, +3.42 units)

System Match: MILWAUKEE

 

(973) COLORADO (48-77) at (974) TAMPA BAY (76-51)

Trend: Colorado not good against RH starters (30-55, -14.40 units)

System Match: FADE COLORADO

Trend: Colorado in the positive against AL teams (15-20, +0.85 units)

System Match: COLORADO

Trend: Tampa Bay good at HOME (41-22, +5.35 units)

System Match: TAMPA BAY

Trend: Tampa Bay good against LH starters (17-7, +7.60 units)

System Match: TAMPA BAY

 

(975) WASHINGTON (58-68) at (976) NEW YORK-AL (60-65)

Trend: Washington good bet on the ROAD (29-32, +17.19 units)

System Match: WASHINGTON

Trend: NYY good record against LH starters (13-9, +1.65 units)

System Match: NY YANKEES

Trend: NYY not good in NIGHT games (33-47, -21.57 units)

System Match: FADE NY YANKEES

 

(977) LOS ANGELES-NL (76-48) at (978) CLEVELAND (60-66)

Trend: LAD good in NIGHT games (58-29, +13.50 units)

System Match: LA DODGERS

Trend: LAD good against RH starters (55-30, +11.80 units)

System Match: LA DODGERS

Trend: LAD trending OVER in interleague games (25-7 O/U)

System Match: OVER

Trend: Cleveland bad offense recently (1-6 O/U in L7 games)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: Cleveland not as good against LH starters (19-26, -16.30 units)

System Match: FADE CLEVELAND

Trend: Cleveland decent as HOME ML underdog (12-9 record)

System Match: CLEVELAND

 

(979) CINCINNATI (65-61) at (980) LOS ANGELES-AL (61-65)  (DH Game #1)

Trend: Cincinnati good against AL teams (20-13, +9.21 units)

System Match: CINCINNATI

Trend: Cincinnati trending UNDER during the DAY (21-30 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

Trend: LAA good during the DAY (23-17, +5.77 units)

System Match: LA ANGELS

Trend: LAA not good against LH starters (12-19, -13.95 units)

System Match: FADE LA ANGELS

Trend: LAA slight UNDER against NL teams (15-21 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

 

(981) CINCINNATI (65-61) at (982) LOS ANGELES-AL (61-65)  (DH Game #2)

Trend: Cincinnati good against AL teams (20-13, +9.21 units)

System Match: CINCINNATI

Trend: Cincinnati better at NIGHT (42-33, +15.91 units)

System Match: CINCINNATI

Trend: LAA not great bet against NL teams (16-22, -11.75 units)

System Match: FADE LA ANGELS

Trend: LAA slight UNDER against NL teams (15-21 O/U)

System Match: UNDER

 

Top Head-To-Head Series Trends

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

NO QUALIFYING HEAD-TO-HEAD SERIES PLAYS TODAY (next one Monday 8/28)

 

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 play Friday 8/25)