Issue 30
April 4 - 10, 2001
Volume 1
page 3

Three Helpful Resources for Betting Baseball 2001
By Howard Schwartz

IF YOU'RE THE TYPE OF BASEBALL BETTOR who needs to keep records, look back at last season for stats or pitching patterns of starters or if you're someone who loves to play around with theories, here are three new books that have arrived at Gambler's Book Shop recently.

For keeping track of team performance, The Workbook for the Baseball Handicapper, edited by Jim Plataniotis (180 pages, 8x11, plastic spiralbound, $29.95 is right on target. He took a simple and direct approach: compile the schedule for each major league team, show which games are at home, which are away, where they play and on what date. The book allows anyone betting baseball to record, day by day, the line, total, score, over-under, who the starting pitchers were, number of walks, strikeouts, earned runs, hits and innings pitched. It leaves several open spots in case a game is rained out and rescheduled later in the season on an open date or as part of a double header.

Kelly Romaniuk's Starting Pitchers' Chronicle 2001 (168 pages, paperbound, 5x8, $19.95) has each starting pitcher listed by team (some pitchers are listed on more than one team and in both leagues), followed by such stats as the date the pitcher performed, whether he won or lost and who the opposing pitcher was. It then moves to the number of innings pitched, hits allowed, runs and earned runs allowed, walks, strikeouts and number of pitches to strikes, the final score, the daily betting line and the over-under results for each game. (It's a rare instance when Greg Maddux is not a betting favorite, but you'll be able to spot when it happened last year). This book should save any bettor much time when noting whether the number of days between starts or the number of pitches had any correlation to winning or losing and should give the user plenty of other kind of information to ponder.

One title that seems to intellectually stimulate both bettors and fans each year is Stats Baseball Scoreboard. This 2001 edition (306 pages, paperbound, $19.95) contains fascinating essays, potential betting angles, trivia, statistical analysis and things to look forward to this season, from pitchers to batters to base stealers. For example, the editors (Don Zminda and Tony Nistler) question whether the Mets are best served by the injury-prone Mike

Piazza's staying behind the plate; or whether Houston's future is questionable with a solidJose Lima. There's an interesting look at the supposedly invincible Yankees and their great starters while Pedro Martinez's control lapses are examined along with the Red Sox hopes. They look at whether teams can strike out a lot and still win and who the better clutch hitters are-veterans or young players. Another important segment concentrates on who the game's best stoppers in the bullpen are and which relievers prevent the most runs. A final section discusses whether it's easier to win in a pitcher's park and which teams were last year's biggest underachievers or overachievers.

Trivia buffs, fantasy leaguers and statistical fanatics will all love this book as will columnists, talk show hosts and know-it-alls looking to ace someone out of a beer or two on a proposition wager. There's much food for thought in this marvelously entertaining and educational volume.

Any book reviewed here is available from Gambler's Book Shop, 630 South 11th St., Las Vegas, NV 89101. Call 1-800-522-1777 to order using MasterCard, VISA or Discover cards, from 9-5 Pacific Time, Monday through Saturday. You may order from the store's website at If ordering by mail, add $6.50 postage for one book, $1 addition for a second book. The store's 80-page catalog of books, videos and computer software is available free-just ask. The catalog is also online at the store's website.

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