Baseball Odds Will Favor Strasburg in his First Start

It is almost type for Washington Nationals upcoming star Stephen Strasburg to make his first start and the baseball odds will have him favored.

The current plan by the Nationals will have him making his debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a series that begins on Tuesday, June 8th.  That would mean Strasburg will pitch one of those three games and be a solid favorite in baseball betting odds.

Baseball odds on the Nationals this season have been a surprise as Washington is around the .500 mark.  With Strasburg in the rotation the Nationals should be even better. Strasburg is the best pitching prospect that the Major Leagues have seen in a long time.  He is living up to that advanced billing as he has been almost unhittable in the minor leagues.

Just how good has Strasburg been in the minor leagues?  In 45 1/3 innings in eight starts between Triple-A Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg, he struck out 54 batters.  He gave up a ridiculously low 22 hits and he had only 10 walks. His overall ERA is 0.99 and at Triple-A Syracuse it was 0.39.

Not many pitchers come into Major League Baseball and immediately dominate. That could be the case with Strasburg.  He is going to get immediate attention in baseball odds.  Against the Pirates the Nationals would have been favored anyway but with Strasburg on the mound they could easily be a -200 favorite.  That is the type of respect that Strasburg is going to get in baseball betting odds.

Strasburg was so good at Syracuse that he didn’t allow a single run in winning his first three starts. The Nationals signed Strasburg to a four-year, $15.1 million contract after they drafted him last year.  The superstar pitcher has wasted no time in the minor leagues.  He probably could have started in the Major Leagues as a rookie but the Nationals chose the safe route and let him get his feet wet in the minors.  Washington is very much in the playoff race and with the addition of Strasburg they could actually make some noise this summer.  Get ready for the excitement of Strasburg and look for him to be on the board in baseball betting odds in just over a week.