Mantra is ‘Be selective’ when betting baseball

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With all the options we have access to in sports wagering, it can be a bit overwhelming these days.

We have a slew of avenues to take when betting baseball. We can play the game, the total, the first 5 1/2 innings, and even go in more specifics of in-game action.

Personally, for me, less is more. Don’t get me wrong, if you are successful with playing exotic bets, more power to you. Whatever you do, if it gets you paid, stick with it. But as a professional gambler, I always feel less is more.

I believe that playing a “select” few games is the way to go. When playing baseball, wagering on the first 5 1/2 innings or getting action with in-game plays, granted, it gives you excitement and day-long action. It also makes you potential for greater losses.

Whether we are up or down, we as gamblers, act and react. This, in the long term, will be detrimental. 

There is a big difference between being down a unit and being in the hole three or four units. The first is just a small drop for the day, while in turn you are only 24 hours from being back in the plus column. The second is a possible, significant loss and forces a several day “must win” to get even.

We all have a thing for the action. But when it comes down to it, our true enjoyment comes from making money.

Less is more. Less games, less stress, and a better edge to make a profit.

Here are this week’s Best Bets (all records, stats, and trends are as of print and may change as can starting pitchers):

Wednesday

Brewers at Padres: Milwaukee is a team on a mission. They are atop the NL Central, winning six of their last nine. The Brewers average over 5.03 RPG as a visitor.

They’ll send Zach Davies to the mound in an afternoon affair (12:40 p.m. start) and the right-hander is experiencing a stellar campaign, sporting a 7-1 record with a 2.60 ERA in 14 starts.

San Diego wallows in 4th place in the NL West and shows no enthusiasm whatsoever. They are a dismal 18-20 at Petco Park, posting an embarrassing 3.66 RPG at home.

Milwaukee is 6-0 the last six at San Diego and 9-3 the last 12 overall vs. San Diego. San Diego is 2-7 the last nine vs. the NL Central and 2-6 the last eight vs. RH starters. BREWERS RUN LINE

Giants at Dodgers: Los Angeles is making a power play, cementing its status as the NL dominant force. This is the only team in baseball with a single-digit home loss record at 28-8 at Dodger Stadium. Rich Hill gets the home start. The veteran left-hander owns a 4-1, 2.60 record on the season. He’ll face lefty Drew Pomeranz, who is 2-6 with a 6.43 ERA in 12 starts.

The Giants put up 4.55 RPG on the road while the Dodgers post 5.50 RPG at home. San Francisco is 4-9 the last 13 vs. Los Angeles. Los Angeles is 36-15 the last 51 vs. the NL West. DODGERS RUN LINE

Thursday

Angels at Blue Jays: Los Angeles has taken all three meetings with Toronto this season. While neither team is going to compete for their division, the Angels possess more talent and more hunger.

Angels left-hander Jose Suarez owns a 2-1 record and a 4.50 ERA while Toronto lefty Clayton Richard is winless this year at 0-3 and his ERA is a whopping 7.52.

Los Angeles is 7-2 the last nine meetings with Toronto and 8-3 the last 11 vs. the AL East. Going into this week, Toronto was 0-4 in its last four at home and 1-4 the last five vs. the AL West. ANGELS

Last week: 0-2

Season: 15-14

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