The Major League Baseball season is set to enter the long hot days of summer as May nears its end. As the season rolls through its second month, there are a number of pitchers to look at when making a decision on what team to choose to bet on.
One of the best pitchers thus far in the season to bet on is Mark Buehrle, who leads the majors in wins with nine. He also owns the MLB-high for profit margin for bettors at +9.8.
Bettors on Bovada, topbet, sportsbook com and betonline are pleased with Buehrle, as Toronto has won 10 of the right-hander’s 11 starts while winning three as a ‘dog.
Toronto has won Buehrle’s last six starts since his first and only loss this season on April 25 versus Boston. Buehrle started the season strong giving up two runs in his first four starts. However, the Red Sox scored 7 runs and had 12 hits.
Some bettors decided it was time to step away from the Toronto right-hander. Even though he has not lost again, Buehrle has not been the dominating force he was earlier.
Nevertheless, Buehrle has not given up over 3 earned runs in any of his last six starts. Even though Buehrle has won 9 games and lost just 1, today’s betting world is much more than just wins and losses.
He has been very good but not at the great level of yet, which is the reason he had not been a favorite by more than -110 in any of his past 8 starts.
Buehrle was -105 on Tuesday, +140 at Boston, -105 at Texas, -110 at Los Angeles Angels, -110 Phillies, -110 against Kansas City.
Buehrle has been helped by tremendous offensive production. In six starts since being rocked by Boston, Buehrle’s teammates have scored an average of 7.3 runs, while allowing just 2-plus runs.
Those figures of run support have not been a factor that much in the ratings for the Blue Jays when Buehrle is set to start. Five of the six games finished OVER for the total.
Toronto’s win Tuesday for Buehrle’s ninth was the eighth straight of the club extending their lead at the top of the American League East to 3 games.
The Blue Jays are second in the league in scoring, behind just Colorado.
Those behind Buehrle in pitching units include Phil Hughes with the Minnesota Twins with +8.6 units.
Dallas Keuchel from the Houston Astros is +8.2. Andre Rienzo from the Chicago White Sox is +8.0.
After the top four, bigger names appear. Adam Wainwright the Cardinals right-hander has done well sitting at +5.8.
As for Buehrle, his run-line total is incomparable with any other pitcher, as each of the 10 wins Toronto has recorded have been by two or more runs and in three he was the underdog.