Milestones MLB Sportsbook Fans Could Witness in 2017
Posted by: Mike Davis
As we enjoy the online MLB betting offseason, sportsbook fans can begin to look forward to the 2017 season and all the joyous moments that it may bring. It might be hard to follow up the historic season that was 2016, especially when considering the fact that the Chicago Cubs were able to snap their nasty World Series drought. However, looking over the MLB’s current players there are more than a handful of milestones that could be reached in 2017. Last year we saw Ichiro Suzuki enter the 3,000-hit club and Carlos Beltran as well as Mark Teixeira each break the 400-homer club. So what are some milestones that we can look forward to in 2017?
Baseball betting sites always take batting into account when putting together odds for a given contest. Some bookies might have to give special consideration to Adrian Beltre who is on his way to becoming the 31st member of the 3,000-hit club. With 58 more hits Beltre can join Wade Boggs and George Brett as the only members of said club who played more than half of their games at third base.
Albert Pujols is also within grasp of reaching the 3,000-hit club. Currently, Pujols needs another 175 base knocks to join the 30 other accomplished members of the club. Pujols has garnered 175 hits in a season before, albeit was in 2010. Most online MLB betting fans will doubt Pujols ability to get it done this season, but it’s never a good idea to rule out a star.
Two-time MVP winner Mike Trout needs no introduction and within the first couple months of the 2017 Trout could put himself in some exemplary company. Right now Trout is just 32 homers short of reaching 200 in what has been a brief career. If Trout is able to hit all 32 before his birthday on August 7th he would join just 7 other players who have reached 200 before the young age of 26. Before the season begins Trout will likely be one of a few sportsbook favorites to take home the MVP award next season.
Bartolo Colon may not be going after a hitting record but that doesn’t mean that he can’t have some legendary goals ahead of the season. With only 135 strikeouts needed to become the 33rd member of the 2,500 strike-out club, it’s safe to say that 2017 could be a great year for Colon. Additionally, since Colon only has 888 career walks he has a great chance of becoming the 9th pitcher to achieve 2,500 strikeouts with less than 1,000 walks. Hopefully the Braves can turn Colon’s benchmarks into success on online MLB betting lines.
One hallmark that looks like a guarantee is Francisco Rodriguez joining Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman and Lee Smith as the only pitchers in MLB history with 450 career saves. Currently the Tigers’ closer is just 20 saves shy of reaching that illustrious achievement. Sportsbook fans should agree that Rivera has a much higher chance of reaching 450 than Detroit does if winning the World Series this year.