Gone are the days when a player spent their entire career with one team and with such movement the baseball betting odds have become more competitive. This baseball betting off-season was no different than any other in terms of player movement and this year it was starting pitchers found themselves at new addresses.
Baseball betting’s biggest off-season move in free-agency or via trade was arguably Johan Santana’s sojourn to the New York Mets. Santana, the most dominant pitcher in baseball betting odds over the past four seasons will be a welcome addition in New York. The Mets, while having one of the best run producing lineups in baseball betting, has fallen short of baseball betting odds expectations the past few years due to an inconsistent and oft-injured starting lineup.
Santana will be instant relief to the team’s baseball betting pitching woes and could easily be a 20-game winner and perhaps even Cy Young Candidate. With Santana anchoring the starting rotation, baseball betting odds makers have made the Mets one of the favorites to take the NL Championship.
Another AL ace who made the jump to the NL was Oakland Star Dan Herron who has been one of the top young pitchers in baseball betting over the past few years. Haren was the A’s ace last year with 15-9 record and a 3.07 ERA, awfully good by any baseball betting standards but especially so considering he got very little run support in Oakland. He was traded to the Diamondbacks in the off-season in what has become a typical baseball betting move for the A’s. With Haren slated as the number two pitcher behind Cy Young winner Brandon Webb, the Arizona Diamondbacks are on every baseball betting odds makers short-list to make it to the World Series.
One top NL pitcher that also jumped to the AL in a blockbuster trade that baseball betting fans should keep an eye on is Dontrelle Willis. He was awful in 2007 but baseball betting aficionados should remember that he won 22 games in 2005 and with the right mechanics coach could easily reclaim his status as one of the game’s best pitchers. Not many people are expecting much of the new Tiger, but if he can get better consistency in his windup, he could be one the biggest surprises in baseball betting in 2008.