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The Umpire Factor in Baseball Betting


By Tom Wilkinson


Since betting on good baseball teams with the excellent pitcher going on the mound can be ridiculously expensive sports betting propositions, and betting on hopeless underdogs a waste of money for sports bettors, many online sports bettors and sports bettors that hang at Las Vegas sportsbooks have had to devise more economical ways to make sports wagers on baseball against the odds and sports betting lines.

One of the more interesting sports betting theories for sports bettors that bet on baseball is utilization of statistical data regarding baseball umpires. Yes, you read that right, UMPIRES!

Umpires that “work the plate” in baseball, (calling balls and strikes), have a considerable amount of influence on baseball games and not just regarding who wins the game but also whether it will be a high or low scoring game, (which obviously effects the over/under sports betting line).

A mistake that many sports bettors make, however, in regards to the sports betting statistical data regarding the umpires is to use this data solely when making their sports wagers on baseball against the odds and sports betting lines posted by online sportsbooks and casino sportsbooks. The umpire data should be ONE ingredient of many for a sports bettor that is sports handicapping baseball games against the odds and sports betting line. A sports bettor that makes the umpire data his only reason for making a sports betting wager at an sports gambling house or casino sportsbook will not succeed nor grow his bankroll.

To put this another way, if a sports bettor comes up with a solid “under” sports betting wager possibility and the umpire data SUPPORTS this sports handicapping theory, he should go ahead and make the wager against the odds and sports betting line. Conversely, if the umpire data indicates a strong “over” but the rest of the sports handicapping information points to an “under” a sports bettor would be wise to just ignore the game and move on to sports handicapping other baseball games. Many online sports bettors will utilize data from several different sources when sports handicapping to make sure that their sports wagers are on solid ground and reasoning.









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