The MLB season begins on Thursday afternoon and it’s like Christmas in March for every baseball fan. Before Thursday, make sure you get in your futures bets for the 2019 season.
One way to have some fun during the season is to bet on team’s win totals. For the past few months, I’ve looked at all 30 wins totals for each MLB team. There are four that stand out to me that I will be putting a decent amount of money on.
Let’s get after it.
4. Milwaukee Brewers Over/Under 86.5 Wins
The Brewers caught lightning in the bottle last year. One of the biggest questions surrounding the 2019 season is if they can do it again in 2019. The pitching staff is pretty blah, but the bullpen is one of the best in the game.
Josh Hader may be the most valuable pitcher in all of baseball. The rest of the Brewers bullpen is no joke either. As for the offense, it may have gotten even better this offseason.
Christian Yelich is an MVP candidate, while Lorenzo Cain, Ryan Braun, and Jose Aguilar bring a lot of thunder to a team that will score a ton of runs this season at Miller Park. The Brew Crew will also have Mike Moustakas and Travis Shaw for a full year in the infield.
I also think the Brewers will trade for another starter before July’s trade deadline. Bold Prediction – the Cubs, Cardinals, and Brewers will all win over 85 games in 2019.
Bet: Brewers OVER 86.5 wins
3. Cleveland Indians OVER/UNDER 91 Wins
I’m down on the Indians in 2019.
They lost a lot and are looking to trade Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer or both. That doesn’t sound like a team ready to win something big. The one caveat here is that the AL Central may very well be the worst division in all of baseball.
The Royals and Tigers are just entering their rebuilds, while the White Sox are inching closer to coming out. While the Twins made a number of solid moves in the offseason, they still have a 50/50 shot of being good.
With less protection in the line up for José Ramírez and Francisco Lindor, the Indians will be lucky to win 90 games this season. Still, 87 wins may win the division.
Bet: Indians UNDER 91 wins
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2. Minnesota Twins OVER/UNDER 84 Wins
Speaking of the weak AL Central and the uncertainty surrounding the Twins, I’m willing to risk it on them in 2019. In fact, I think they win the division. It starts with their manager, Rocco Baldelli.
I’m a huge fan of former players becoming managers. They understand the game and even more importantly, know how to reach their players.
The Twins also made several smart moves by adding Jonathan Schoop, Marwin Gonzalez, and Nelson Cruz. That’s a nice trio to add to a team with players like Max Kepler, Eddie Rosario, and Byron Buxton.
Like in years past, the thing that could hinder the Twins is their pitching staff that is full of question marks outside of Jose Berrios. Still, I’m willing to risk it all on their win total in 2019.
Bet: Twins OVER 84 wins
1. Seattle Mariners OVER/UNDER 89 Wins
This line is a major mistake. But don’t you dare tell Vegas that. Nothing to see here, carry on!
The Mariners won 89 games last year, so people will naturally flock to the over for the 2019 season. They shouldn’t though. The Mariners don’t win to win in 2019 and they know it.
There’s a reason Edwin Diaz, Jean Segura, James Paxton, and Robinson Cano are no longer on the team. This is the easiest bet you will ever make. Lock in the Mariners under and then go back to figuring out the Twins (I’ve already spent way too much time than I feel comfortable admitting doing this).
Bet: Mariners UNDER 89 wins