2021 MLB stats can get your new season started right.
— There are a few 2021 MLB stats that will help bettors as they prepare for the 2022 season.
— Unlike other sports such as football and basketball, baseball is a moneyline sport. Bettors pick winners primarily though point spread betting, aka run line betting, is available for MLB games.
Knowing what to bet and how to bet MLB games comes down to a variety of factors. There are a number of 2021 MLB stats to know that can help bettors in 2022.
Here are some of them.
2021 MLB Stats – wRC+
So, you’re not familiar with wRC+? The wRC+ stands for “weighted runs created plus” and it is a metric that adjusts for things like ballparks and other external factors.
When you adjust for things like that, you get a clearer picture of what a hitter actually contributes to his team’s run production.
The 2021 leader? Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper with a wRC+ of 170. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was second at 166 and the Nationals Juan Soto was third at 163. No other MLB player was over 160. Will these stats affect your MLB moneyline wagers?
The league average is 100. So, Harper creates runs at a pace 70 percent better than the average player in the league.
Not surprisingly, all three hitters batted over .300 and all had at least 29 homers and 101 RBIs. Soto may be the best young hitter in the game and Philadelphia and Toronto are both playoff favorites in 2022. The Blue Jays are among the World Series favorites.
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Rockies at Home
Coors Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies, almost always has some weird statistical quirks in any given season. It’s known as one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in baseball.
Last year, it offered a true home-field advantage to the Rockies. Colorado went 43-22 at home. Their road record? The 13th-worst road record in MLB history since 1969 – 17-48.
How is that for a 2021 MLB stats? Will that carry over into 2022?
What Wins Championships
Some say it’s pitching that wins World Series titles. Others claim it's a strong hitting lineup with plenty of power. For Atlanta in 2021, it was neither…or it was both.
During the regular season, Atlanta batted .244 which was ninth in MLB. They were third in home runs though with 239. Only San Francisco and Toronto hit more.
Braves pitchers produced a collective ERA of 3.88 during the regular season. That was only eighth-best in all of baseball. That ERA did drop during the playoffs to 3.28, but that was still only fourth among playoff teams. Atlanta’s World Series opponent Houston had a playoff ERA of 4.44.
Atlanta had just the right combination of quality pitching and hitting to take home the 2021 World Series.
2021 MLB Stats – Score!
Baseball is a game of runs. Just look at the baseball odds. The more runs you score, the more likely you are to win. One of the reasons why Toronto is among the favorites to win the 2022 World Series is because they can score.
Last season, two of the top five run-scorers were Blue Jays – Guerrero was No. 1 and teammate Bo Bichette was third. Their old teammate Marcus Semien was fifth.
If Guerrerro, Bichette, and the rest of the Blue Jays continue to score as they did a year ago, that World Series title is within reach.