one of the most popular, sought-after resources for the baseball
bettor who wants to look back a season, game by game in particular,
is Phil Erwin's Baseball Insight Annual. The 2002
edition has just arrived at Gambler's Book Shop. The 200-page 5x8
plastic spiralbound edition sells for $32.95, and here's what it
Overall, this is one of the all-time best resources for angle shooters,
theory testers or pattern identifiers among handicappers who love
to seek out and isolate some factor which might lead to winners
when betting on baseball.
Each team's 2002 performance by game, listed in date order, information
that shows if a team won or lost; who the opponent was; where the
game was played (home or away); whether the game took place day
or night; whether it was played on grass or turf; the number of
runs scored by both teams; who the starters were for each team (with
indications if a lefty started); the starter's personal decision
(did he won, lose or was it a no-decision); the number of innings
the starter went and earned runs allowed; number of innings the
bullpen went and earned runs and unearned runs (runs scored on errors)
allowed; a three-letter abbreviation for the name of the starter
for the opposing team; whether opposing starter was lefty or righty;
the line on the game and the over-under (run total) betting number
for the game.
The line listed is the Vegas opening line.
Thus you can see which teams got off to a good start or a slow start
or which got streaky before or after the All-Star game; and perhaps
when a team got their offensive act together and started scoring
runs or just stopped and had no offense at all.
Other material included for each team shows you the average number
of runs each team scored last season; how many runs were scored
by the team in a variety of situations (compared to opponents),
like night vs. lefties; on grass; with a quality starter; vs. groundball
or flyball pitchers. You'll also be able to see a three-year summary
of how a team performed against all other league teams home and
away with average score and how often the team went over or under
the total in those three seasons. For example, the Yankees vs. Toronto
in the past three years have been an over team in 15 of 20 away
meetings. Against Baltimore, at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees have
gone over in 15 of 22 games.
How do all teams do against Extreme Groundball and Extreme Flyball
pitchers plus Extreme Groundball and Extreme Contact pitchers? Erwin
shows you how all team performed with a quality start and against
a quality start; also provides a section showing how teams did at
each ballpark, home and way in the 6 ½ to more than 13 runs
scored range and indicates a three-year park run factor.
For those interested in examining Away Underdogs as a betting angle
for the past two years, Erwin shows you which teams would have earned
you a profit overall and how much.
A 31-page section titled Starting Pitchers shows you (from Abbott
to Zito) what each hurler's record was for the 2001 season and his
overall ERA; then there's
home-away record and home-away ERA; the ERA and records for day games,
night games; grass games and turf games; how often their games went
Over or Under in 2001 and their ERA and record vs. every other league
team. You can also see what kind of run support he got when he started
and what kind of bullpen support he got after he left the game.
This book is available from Gambler's Book Shop (Gambler's Book
Club), via the store's toll-free number (1-800-522-1777) from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Saturday. Use MasterCard, VISA
or Discover cards (no American Express accepted).The book will be
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handling. You may also send a check or money order for the book. The
store's 80-page catalog is also on the web site or request a hard
copy be sent. More than 1,000 books in 30 areas of gambling are included
along with videotapes and computer software for gamblers. The store,
located at 630 South 11th St., Las Vegas NV 89101, is a block west
of Maryland Parkway, about two miles from the Downtown area. It was
founded in 1964.