A Look at MLB Bounce Back Players | MLB Betting
Many times a great season is not duplicated the following year. Sometimes injuries or age cause a decline in statistics.
Most of the players have an opportunity the next season to erase the memory of their slump and be praised for their return to greatness.
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This article is about some players who primed for a bounce-back season in 2017.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Zack Greinke
MLB gambling lines of Diamondbacks' chances to win World Series: +10000
Greinke's contract pays him more per season than any player in history. You'd think such a player would be coming off an epic season. That may or may not be true of Greinke. If so, it was epic for all the wrong reasons. His ERA skyrocketed from 1.66 to 4.37, his strikeout rate fell and his homer rate soared. He's due to earn 35 percent of the Diamondbacks' reported salary budget for this season, so obviously, they need him to bounce back in a big way.
Atlanta Braves: R.A. Dickey
MLB gambling lines of Braves' chances to win World Series: +10000
Only a knuckleballer could be called a comeback candidate at age 42, but Dickey isn't even close to being the oldest knuckleballer in Braves history. Phil Niekro made his last appearance for the Braves at 48. Heck, he won 78 games after his age-42 season. Dickey won't even be the oldest starting pitcher on this year's Braves. That honor will go to newly signed Bartolo Colon. So, relatively speaking, Dickey is a tenderfoot. But whereas Colon had a fine 2016 season for the Mets, Dickey struggled to a 10-15 mark and a 4.46 ERA for Toronto. The Braves need their veterans to buy some time for Atlanta's promising stable of pitching prospects to develop.
Baltimore Orioles: Hyun Soo Kim
MLB gambling lines of Orioles' chances to win World Series: +10000
Kim needs to make only half a comeback. His overall numbers were very solid for a player making his debut in the U.S. after a long career in Korea. But here's a fun fact: Kim's next hit off a lefty will be his first in the big leagues. He went 0-for-17 with four walks off southpaws in 2016. Sure, he'll be platooned, but Kim looks like the favorite to be the Orioles' primary left fielder, and you'd like to be able to send him to the dish against a lefty without covering your eyes.
Boston Red Sox: David Price
MLB gambling lines of Red Sox's chances to win World Series: +600
You know your standards are high when you can be called a comeback candidate after a season in which you won 17 games and led the league in innings pitched. Still, Price's 3.63 ERA was his highest since 2009, a figure driven by a career-worst 30 homers allowed. His ratio of ground balls to fly balls was on target with career norms, but a higher percentage of the fly balls left the yard (9.4 percent, per baseball-reference.com). This could be a simple matter of dumb luck, and the Red Sox certainly hope it is.
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