Best Money Pitchers in Baseball (Updated 8/21/13)
Just a handful of weeks are left until the postseason in baseball begins, and MLB betting fans should always have an eye on the best and worst pitchers in the game. Today, we are dissecting some of the ones that have done the best for bettors all season long who you should probably be backing in the coming weeks.
There are now six pitchers in the bigs that have made over $1,000 in profits this year, and only five of those men have started more than eight games. The man that has been leading just about all year long in terms of starting pitchers and their profits is Patrick Corbin. Though Corbin still only has 13 wins personally on the season, the D’Backs are continuing the win the games which he starts. The stats aren’t necessarily getting better for Corbin, and he probably isn’t legitimately a Cy Young Award winner, but with $1,588 of profits, over three units more than what anyone else has managed this year, making him the bettors’ Cy Young Award winner at this point in the season.
However, the season isn’t nearly said and done with at this point, and if there is a man that is going to run down Corbin, it is his division mate, Zack Greinke. Greinke has led the team to a 17-4 record and a +$1,343 mark on the campaign for the hottest team in baseball. Over the course of the last 11 starts, Greinke is 10-1, and he has had four outings without allowing an earned run in that stretch. The righty also hasn’t allowed a home run in three straight starts, and at 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA, there is an outside chance that Greinke could be a Cy Young contender in the National League.
There is no doubt that the man that is the favorite to win the Cy Young in the American League is Max Scherzer. Scherzer already has 18 wins against just one loss, and he has led the team to a 20-5 record with $1,082 in profits. He has 185 strikeouts in 172.1 innings of work, and there is a chance that he could still win 25 games this year, which would be truly remarkable. One of the men that could catch him still is Chris Tillman, who has led his team to an 18-7 record in his 25 starts this season, yielding a profit of $1,156. Now, if the rest of the Orioles could just keep up, there would be a better chance of them getting into the postseason!
The only other $1,000+ pitcher this season has been Hyun-Jin Ryu, who becomes another rare rookie to pull off the feat. Ryu has been good this year, but the truth of the matter is that he has been the third best pitcher on this staff behind Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. The difference? Ryu continues to be underrated, and there have even been a few times during this awesome run the Dodgers are on in which he has been an underdog. Good luck finding either Greinke or Kershaw as underdogs for the rest of the season. Ryu is 17-7with a +$1,046 profit for the campaign.
Beyond that, the only other two pitchers who are active right now with more than $900 in profits are both playing on lousy teams. There is a lot of talk that the Mets have an ace with Matt Harvey, but he actually has over $500 in losses this year. The man of the hour that is saving New York is Zack Wheeler. Another big cog that New York has added by trading its veterans over time, Wheeler has been great for the Metropolitans. In his 12 starts, he has guided the team to a 9-3 record, and he is 6-2 in those games. He has to work on his control a bit, but Wheeler has the goods to be one of the best young pitchers in the game.
He can’t outclass the Marlins’ young stud though, as Jose Fernandez has really turned into a bit of a monster. The righty became one of the rare pitchers to beat the Dodgers over the course of the last two months when he did it earlier this week, and he is now 15-9 for a team that is one of the worst in the bigs, accounting for $975 in profits. Fernandez has some nasty stuff, and between he and Giancarlo Stanton, there is at least a shred of hope that there might be some good baseball in South Beach at some point in the near future.