Division leaders and wild card spots are still up for grabs as the MLB season approaches its final stretch. The trade deadline has come and gone, and teams are now filling out their final rosters for a postseason push while the cellar dwellers have sold off assets in hopes of a better future. When it comes to wagering on the MLB, stats and data can be your guide, however finding those hot Major League baseball picks can be elusive. Let’s look ahead at some of the contending teams worth considering this postseason:
Pitching Problems for Teams That Might Make a Run
The Washington Nationals featured prominently in many experts’ postseason picks. With a talented rotation consisting of Max Scherzer, Gio Gonzales, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, and Doug Fister, expectations were high. However the injury bug has taken its toll on the Nationals’ pitching, and right now they trail the surprising Mets in the NL East by one game.
Out west the Giants, winners of three World Series pennants since 2010, are dealing with struggles of their own. Like the Nationals, the Giants are dealing with pitching problems. Currently second in its division, San Francisco isn’t getting the production out for their starts like last year. While stars Chris Heston and Madison Bumgarner have E.R.As of 3.24 and 3.29 respectively, the team needs veterans Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong, and Tim Hudson to get hot down the stretch for any chance of repeating last year’s postseason success.
Pitching Is the Key
When it comes to Major League Baseball picks for the postseason, pitching always plays a heavy factor. Trade-deadline deals saw veterans like David Price, Cole Hamels, and Johnathon Paplebon head to teams looking to bulk up their pitching for the postseason. As teams shrink, their postseason roster for the playoffs and pitchers go on less rest; it’s usually the team with the most potent rotation that makes a run deep into October.
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