When discussing the greatest pitchers in World Series history it’s hard not to list Don Larsen and Jack Morris. Larsen is famous for the only perfect game in World Series history in 1956 for the New York Yankees; while Jack Morris has been widely remembered for his heroic 10-inning shutout in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series for the Minnesota Twins versus the Atlanta Braves. But this top three list features the best pitchers in World Series history and not just the best performances. It was hard to leave Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer in MLB history off this list, but there could only be three.
3. Sandy Koufax
Koufax is considered one of the greatest pitchers in MLB history and he was no different when it came to the World Series. Koufax started in seven World Series games for the Los Angeles Dodgers posting a 4-3 record with a 0.95 ERA including four complete games, two shutouts and 61 strikeouts in only 57 innings pitched. His greatest performance came in Game 1 of the 1963 World Series versus the New York Yankees where Koufax dominated striking out 15 batters in a complete-game victory eventually leading to a series sweep of the New York Yankees.
2. Christy Mathewson
Mathewson’s 5-5 record might not be the best representation of his World Series’ performances, but his other numbers show his dominance over 11 appearances. Mathewson’s ERA in those games is an unbelievable 0.97 with help from his four shutouts. He only conceded one homerun and 75 hits in his 101.2 innings pitched for the New York Giants. Mathewson’s most amazing accomplishments came in the 1905 World Series versus the Philadelphia A’s. He started three games in the series in six days tossing three complete-game shutouts leading the Giants to a 4-1 series victory.
1. Bob Gibson
Gibson holds a 7-2 record with a 1.89 ERA over his nine World Series starts for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964, 1967 and 1968. He’s considered to be one of the most dominant and intimidating starting pitchers in MLB history and he showed off his power pitching with his 92 strikeouts in 81 World Series innings pitched. Gibson is second all-time in World Series strikeouts, 2 shy of Whitey Ford, who pitched 65 more innings than Gibson. His most impressive performance came in the first game of the 1968 World Series against the Detroit Tigers when he pitched a complete game five-hit shutout, setting a still existing record of striking out 17 Tiger batters.
Bench coaches may have always been popular in minor league baseball, but now the position is making a comeback in the MLB. The manager has always been seen as the leader of a MLB team; however, the position of leader is changing as the game progresses.
As a baseball game goes on, the sheer length of a game can be exhausting for players and managers alike. How a bench coach helps is by making game time decisions which include field realignments and other strategic adjustments. The bench coach is a direct aid to the manager and is often the unsung hero of a big win. More and more, sports books are beginning to understand the importance of the bench coach are implementing betting lines and other factors.
Many bookies are becoming aware of the role of the bench coach and are putting more emphasis on their role as an assistant coach to the manager. Do not think for a minute that a bench coach only take orders, but they are in fact their own entity, and have the ability to make calls on their own without the permission of the manager. Many sports betting fans have favorite bench coaches because of their ability to make a challenging decision, and the exciting job to make games more interesting and fast paced as the game drags on.
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It is considered unusual to fire a MLB team manager in the middle of the season, purely because of the mix up and confusion that can come out of the process. Usually teams wait for the season to end as a complete failure before firing the manager.
Although it is unusual, it has been done before. Many sports betting sites actual list odds on which manager will be fired first. However, it does not happen every day. After having a rather awful 2012 season, the Boston Red Sox waited until October to fire then manager Bobby Valentine. There is no question that the club was right to do it, but they could have let him go sooner.
It can be a very fun bet to make, to try and guess which manager will be let go first. Many sports books already have lists for who will not make it through the year. One of the top picks is Don Mattingly in Los Angeles.
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The one thing that does not matter to an MLB team as the World Series or even the playoffs is the team’s record going into them. The only thing that a regular season record shows is the team’s ability to make the playoffs. However, once the team makes the playoffs, it is more about keeping momentum rather than the team’s record.
Most sports books and betting sites acknowledge that not always does the best team win the World Series. The winner is reflected more so by who had the hot pitcher going into the final series as well as who has momentum on their side.
There are many other aspects that become less important as the season goes on, but this is probably the most obvious and straight forward. Many sports betting fans should always keep in mind that regular season records mean nothing come the World Series.
Sports February 27th 2013
Year after year the World Series is played by two of the best teams in MLB. However, are these teams usually the squads with most talented players in the league?
Many sports books and bookies try to base their odds initially on the team’s roster. However, as the season progresses it usually goes by their win/lose records. Teams like the Red Sox and Yankees have very expensive benches, but they are not necessarily the most talented. There is no doubt that you need talented players to start the game, but can you win without a decent backup? The answer is yes. Unless a starting first baseman or outfielder gets injured the backup is hardly ever used. The only time when a quality bench comes into play is in hitting, but good teams have solid starters to begin with.
Year and year betting sites try and figure out who is going to be the team to beat based on the roster. In baseball, although it is a team sport, there is a way to win without having every member of your team being of starter quality.
One of the most interesting sports betting storylines that baseball fans got the chance to follow in 2012 was the importance of the bullpen for a World Series contender and in particular, the play of a former two-time Cy Young award winner coming out of the pen. After struggling for most of the year as a starter, the San Francisco Giants ended up converting Tim Lincecum to a reliever role, bringing him out of the bullpen for a couple of innings of relief when needed. Lincecum thrived in the role and provided a spark out of the bullpen with some solid work, and his play only reinforced the importance of having a solid bullpen for any legitimate World Series team.
One of the biggest problems that online betting team’s face when building a legitimate contender is the lack of capable arms that are able to give teams long work in relief. While offense and starting pitching helped a number of teams get in to the playoffs, a lack of quality relief pitching left teams in trouble when it came to closing out games. Some of the best closers of all-time including most notably Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees have provided clear examples of why it is so important to have a talented bullpen, and while there have been World Series champions in the past that have won despite relatively mediocre talent for late relief, it’s impact on the Betonline game means that those teams with top-tier talent have an even better shot at winning.
When it comes to the importance of a solid closer on World Series championship teams, there is no way to overlook how crucial their 5Dimes success has been. From 1995-2008, closers of the World Series champions converted 68 of the 72 save opportunities that they were given for an impressive 94.4 percent save rate, and two of the four blown saves were by one man in a span of 24 hours as Arizona’s Byung Hyun Kim gave up two-out, two-run home runs on back-to-back nights in the 2001 World Series. With the exception of Kim and a couple of other poor performances, the closers have been dominant for the teams that they helped win World Series championships, proving how fundamentally important they are to their team’s online betting success.
In fact, Mariano Rivera is considered one of the single most valuable pieces to the Yankees’ dynasty that won three-straight titles, four of five, and managed to win six World Series in a span of eight seasons. From Rivera to Francisco Rodriguez, Brad Lidge and even Jonathan Papelbon at the peak of his career, these closers managed to handle the pressure on the biggest stage and deliver to clinch the victories that made their team’s World Series champions. There may not be a role in the sport of baseball that is tougher than being a closer in baseball, and these sports betting names will stand out among the elite players that helped clinch World Series titles.
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It is one of the most underrated aspects of any true contender, and is something that every World Series champion from the past decade has relied on. In 2012, it was the San Francisco Giants that took their shot at a World Series title, and once again a solid relief pitching staff came through and helped them clinch baseball’s ultimate prize. While Brian Wilson was not available nearly all season, the Giants got a stellar postseason from closer Sergio Romo and a bullpen that exceeded Betonline expectations, and that made the difference in them going all the way.
It was Romo that registered four online sportsbook saves in the playoffs, three of which came in the World Series against the Detroit Tigers. Romo allowed just a single run in 10 postseason appearances, nine of which were San Francisco wins. Jeremy Affeldt and Santiago Casilla were both solid in relief, allowing just one earned run between them in 17.1 combined innings of work. Meanwhile, arguably the most impressive performance out of the bullpen came from two-time National League Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum, who made five relief appearances and was solid in each of them, including two in the World Series, in which he pitched 4.2 innings of no-hit ball. In fact, after struggling as a starter for most of the regular season, Lincecum’s playoff performance pushed the idea of him being a potentially dominant reliever down the road. A strong relief staff has always been among the keys to winning at the highest sports betting level in the majors, and once again that theory was reinforced by the Giants 2012 World Series’ championship team.
The Detroit Tigers are one win away from advancing to the American League Championship Series. If they can find a way to get there, preventing them from reaching the World Series will become a very tough online betting task for whichever team they face. Led by Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and reigning AL Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, the Tigers may very well have the best one-two punch between offense and defense in the majors. Those two have also had a lot of help from the likes of players like Prince Fielder and Austin Jackson, Max Scherzer and Jose Valverde, and it is that depth on both sides of the ball that make Detroit worth the 5Dimes play to win the World Series.
Listed at +320 sports betting odds to win it all, the number is still strong enough that the Tigers are worth the play. Detroit ranked 11th in runs scored with the sixth-ranked batting average, but it wasn’t just on that side of the ball that they got the job done. The Tigers also got it done with the arms in their rotation and bullpen, and if they can get past the Oakland Athletics, they will provide either the New York Yankees or Baltimore Orioles with a very tough matchup. This Detroit team was put together with the intention of winning it all this season, and it wouldn’t be surprising if this group did exactly that.
The online casino players love to second-guess a MLB umpire and the fans love to hate the umpire at every game. But being a MLB umpire requires a long list of skills that most fans and bettors would never appreciate. If you bet on sports, then you know how important the umpiring crew is to the outcome of a game. One wrong call could turn a game into a team’s favor that may have been losing the game up to that point. That is why a MLB umpire needs to have certain characteristics that allow him to be successful and keep his job.
It can sound cliché, but a MLB needs to know the rules. There are many different situations in a baseball game where calling the game by the rules may not make sense to the fans, but it is how the game is played. The infield fly rule dictates that a player is out regardless as to whether or not the ball is caught. Without a comprehensive understanding of the rules, an umpire cannot be effective.
The reason that so many fans love to joke that the umpire is blind is because a good umpire needs great vision to be able to make the right calls. The bet online experts know that plays in baseball happen quickly, and an umpire must be able to see the play clearly in order to be able to make the right call.
When an umpire makes a call that goes against the home team, he has 20 opposing players and 40,000 fans disagreeing with him. If an umpire does not have confidence in his calls, then he will constantly make mistakes because he is second-guessing himself.
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