MLB April and May results along with combined season to date results now posted. MLB is now free for all!!!!

May is behind us so we have two months now of MLB using the new MLB data base.

And as expected, there are bright spots and not so bright spots:)

First lets look at the Overnight Sides:

In April:

Sides: 28-22 +9.02 (Top to bottom swing has been -4.5 to +9.02)

50 plays, top to bottom swing of 13.52 units and we ended up +9.02 Units for the month. Cannot ask much more from a new data base then that:)


In May:

Sides: 21-26 -.14 (Top to bottom swing has been -4.93 to +3.21)

47 Plays for -.14 units with a top to bottom swing of 8.14 units. 

The top to bottom swing remained tame, the number of plays about the same, but we treaded water in May.


Putting the two months together:

Sides: 50-48 +9.83 (Top to bottom swing has been -4.5 to +12.18)

98 plays, +9.83 units won, and a top to bottom swing of 16.68 units

You will note first that the two months do not add up:) That is a result of my haphazard cross checking. I typically do this manually, and very early in the morning.

So the numbers are going to be off a bit, and the time going back to cross check everything is not worth it.

But the tenor of the results for the first two months is solid. The ROI is 10% which I will take on any method I have.

The other metric I check is how often do we beat the closing line. Remember these are put out the day before.


In April:

Sides line bet to closing line : 31-17   241 +5.02 better than closing line per game

A 64.5% rate of beating the closing line at the rate of 5.02 per game. That is a solid rate but I would like to see the difference higher.

In May:

Sides line bet to closing line : 29-13-5   158  +3.36  better than closing line per game

In May we went down to 55% with a rate of 3.36. So both the % of beating the closing line and the rate declined. Which might account for the decrease in units won. 

But most likely you cannot draw any conclusions from  that.

Bottom line: Sides is acting similar to my backtests. And that is a good thing. If this keeps up we have a viable system for next year on the overnight Sides.

That brings us to the overnight totals:(

April:  Totals 1-5 -4.40 

May: Totals 6-11 -6.00

Not a good sign so far on these. And this is in spite of the fact that we beat the closing total line 16-1-6!!!

So, bottom line, its a bit early to tell on the overnight totals. The beating the closing line is a good sign the units lost is not.

Lets see what June brings us on these.

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April is now behind us so its time to see how my new database is working out in MLB.

April numbers are:

MLB 2022
Sides: 28-22 +9.02 (Top to bottom swing has been -4.5 to +9.02)
Totals 1-5 -4.40        (Top to bottom swing ….not enough games)
MLB Regular Plays started 4/29
Sides : 0-2   -2.00
Season to date combined: +2.62
Sides line bet to closing line : 31-17    241 +5.02  better than closing line per game
Totals line bet to closing line: 4-0-2

A lot to digest here but lets go through this and see what we can figure out:)

First after the smoke cleared we were +2.62 units for the month of April.

That included:  Overnight Sides 28-22   +9.02 Units

Overnight Totals  1-5   -4.40 Units

Regular plays( Plays made during the day of the game) 0-2   -2.0 Units


Some things to note of significance:

  1. Top to bottom swings on the overnight sides was -4.5 to +9.02 Units. We finished on the high side of this range.
  2. While overnight totals were 1-5 the number beat the closing number  4-0-2  
  3. Overnight Sides beat the closing number 31-17 or 64.5%. As long as we keep this up I suspect these overnight sides will be 

profitable for the season.


I received some emails regarding the lack of NBA plays. There has not been anything I could see worth betting on. As you know I need three things to line up to consider a game a play. 1. Model Edge   2. Variable Edge 3. Public % Edge

The new MLB models are looking fine. There is reason to be optimistic this season as you never know when you switch up things with entirely new models.

But so far with these hitting almost 65% beating the closing line, and a nice 9 unit gain on overnight sides, it appears we are on the right track

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