In the same way GMs need patience when analyzing their teams, so do handicappers. Surprises will emerge over a long season and offer sharp bettors good value for their money, even with individual players.
A few years ago the Royals started 17-4, the Mariners started 40-18 and the Diamondbacks were 52-42 at the All Star break. None of those teams made the playoffs. Those examples give hope to those teams -like the Cleveland Indians and Cory Kluber - that are off to struggling starts. In the meantime you can always bet the Over!