The MLB season can look very different on the other side of the All-Star break. And now that we’re a month removed from the annual Midsummer Classic, some pitchers have picked up their game and brought baseball bettors along for the ride.
Here are the teaser odds for pitchers of the second half of the MLB slate and how to bet on them:
Sonny Gray, Cincinnati Reds(3-1, 1.70 ERA since the break)
Gray has been outstanding through his seven starts since the All-Star break but has just three wins to show for it. That’s what happens when you play for the Reds. The right hander has worked at least five innings in each of those starts while totaling 48 strikeouts – an average of almost seven per outings. Cincinnati’s bullpen has ruined plenty of Gray’s best efforts, so looking to back him and the Reds in the first five-inning markets is a smarter move. And because Cincy is so shaky, you’ll find solid moneyline value with the hottest pitcher since the break.
Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets (2-1, 1.91 ERA since the break)
Syndergaard was supposed to be in a new uniform at this point in the season. The long-haired standout for the Mets was on the trade block heading into the deadline but New York stuck it out and now have one the best starting rotations in the National League. “Thor” has been the cream of the crop since the break, despite picking up just two wins in his past six starts. He’s gone at least seven innings in each of those appearances, bringing profits for Under bettors in the process. Four of those six starts since the All-Star Game have stayed below the number.
Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros (5-0, 2.25 ERA since the break)
Houston’s stacked pitching corps is being paced by the right hander, who as of this week is nursing a sore hamstring which forced the club to skip over his spot in the rotation. He is expected to return – to the cheers of Astros backers. Cole has allowed two or fewer runs in five of his six starts since the All-Star break, working at least six innings per outing in that span. Now, the price to bet Houston with Cole on the bump isn’t cheap, but the Astros have won those six games by an average of seven runs so feel comfortable laying the -1.5 runline with the slimmed-down vig on Cole.
Ivan Nova, Chicago White Sox (4-2, 2.27 ERA since the break)
If there was ever a reason to bet the White Sox – and there aren’t many – Nova toeing the rubber is one of them. Chicago’s right hander has been solid through seven starts since the Midsummer Classic, a huge improvement from his 4-7 mark and 5.58 ERA before the break. The White Sox have won each of his previous five outings, collecting a grand total of 7.96 units of profit in those games – including cashing in at +307 in a win over Houston this week.