No Online MLB Betting Favorites in the NL Wild Card Contest
Posted by: Mike Davis
After a wearying season of ups and downs, the online MLB betting community can finally let out a breathe of relieve; the MLB playoffs are finally upon us. First things first, ever since 2012 both the AL and the NL have featured two wild card teams. The American League will be at bat first with the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays facing off against each other on Tuesday night, while the National League teams will be facing off Wednesday. The San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets are the two teams fortunate enough to have made it this far in the National League. Let’s see which team is being favored this Wednesday across the best baseball betting sites.
National League Wild Card Playoffs – Wednesday the 5th of October 2016
San Francisco Giants +1½ (-245) 6 (+105) -106
Thanks to the American League winning the All-Star Game, the AL will be enjoying home field advantage throughout the playoffs. While online MLB betting critics may argue over how much difference home field advantage actually makes in baseball, there’s no denying teams would rather stay at home than have to fly halfway across the country, or to the complete opposite side of the country which is the case for the Giants (despite the fact that both teams are in the NL the Mets will still be playing at home). The contest between the Mets and the Giants will be taking place at 8:09 p.m. ET this Wednesday night at Citi Field. The odds are predicting an extremely close contest, and hopefully that is exactly what this Wild Card match will deliver.
Some fans might consider it a miracle that San Francisco actually qualified for the postseason, considering how much they were struggling in the second half of the season. But somehow, through the emotional rollercoasters, the Giants were able to prevail and qualified for the postseason, their 4th playoff berth since the 2010 season. Which sits well with San Francisco fans, considering the Giants have won the World Series the last three times that they have qualified. San Francisco may have history on their side, but they are definitely going to need their offense to keep playing the way they have been recently. In three of their last four games, the Giants offense has produced 7 or more runs. It’ll be up to guys like Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, and Brandon Crawford to keep this team going in the right direction offensively. Pitching wise, Madison Bumgarner will be making the start Wednesday after finishing the season with 15 wins 9 losses and a 2.74 ERA.
The Mets are coming into this postseason with a chip on their shoulder considering that they made it all the way to the World Series last year, yet lost to the Royals. The road back to the playoffs hasn’t been easy for New York, however. They’ve battled criticism, odds, and a fair share of injuries on their way to Wednesday’s Wild Card match. The Mets will be relying on Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson to get points on the board early, considering the Mets have won their last 12/14 games when scoring more than three runs. Noah Syndergaard will be taking the mound after finishing the regular season with 14 wins, 9 losses, and a 2.60 ERA. The online MLB betting odds state this contest will be difficult to predict, but I’ll be taking the Mets this Wednesday – simply because I love Syndergaard’s last name.