SportsDataIO Launches Additional MLB Coverage for 2022 Season
SportsDataIO has launched some exciting new coverage for the 2022 MLB Season. We are providing detailed descriptions of the services below.
In-Play Odds by Sportsbook
We have performed the same in-play odds enhancements for MLB, that we completed for the other sports last year. The write-up of this upgrade is available to review. Essentially, up until the 2022 MLB Season, we have only been providing in-play odds for our consensus odds. Starting with MLB 2022 Opening Day on April 7, 2022, we will be providing in-play odds for the five major sportsbooks that we cover (FanDuel, DraftKings, PointsBet, BetMGM, Caesars). The consensus odds will still be calculated and provided alongside these books.
Additional Sportsbooks Added to Basic Game Lines (Tier-1 Odds)
We are in the process of adding some additional sportsbooks to our Tier-1 aggregated odds feeds. These books will slowly start to trickle out to clients consuming the Game Odds by Date & Game Odds with Line Movement endpoints. The books that will be populating include Barstool, Sports Illustrated, and Fubo.
Starting Lineups by Date
Sample Call: https://api.sportsdata.io/v3/mlb/projections/json/StartingLineupsByDate/2021-09-01?key=xxxxx
This endpoint provides projected and starting lineups for MLB games. Approximately 5-7 days before gameday, this feed will indicate the projected/default starting lineups for teams playing on the specified date. Then, on gameday, these lineups will be monitored throughout the day as news & information are made public that affect the lineups. On gameday, as soon as possible after starting lineups are officially confirmed by a team, this feed will be updated accordingly with the confirmed starting lineups and the confirmed (Confirmed) flag will flip to true. Typically, lineups for MLB games are released approximately 1-2 hours before game time.
Our data operations team monitors credible and trustworthy sources throughout the day and will confirm MLB game starting lineups (9-man batting order and starting pitchers) as announced by the team, beat reporters, or other verifiable sources. Teams are expected to release lineups 1-2 hours before game time and we will confirm these lineups as soon as possible after the announcement. Operations will monitor the event and news surrounding these lineups until game time to maintain the integrity of the lineups and make necessary changes due to late game inactives. Starting lineup coverage begins on opening day of the MLB regular season and continues through the end of the postseason. Preseason coverage of starting lineups is minimal and will only be provided for a portion of spring training games.
MLB Depth Charts
Sample Call: https://api.sportsdata.io/v3/mlb/projections/json/DepthCharts?key=xxxxx
This endpoint provides depth charts for all active MLB teams. Included in these depth charts are starting pitcher rotations, relief pitchers, as well as defensive positions and designated hitters. Players can appear in multiple positions/depths, due to the fact that a player could be the backup at both 2B and 3B (for example), and our data will reflect that. Depth charts are maintained independently of MLB starting lineups, so both should be utilized for the most complete data. These depth charts will indicate starters, backups, 3rd, 4th, and 5th string players for each position. MLB depth charts are agnostic of opposing starting pitcher handedness, however, our starting lineups feed will account for opposing pitcher handedness.
Our data operations team monitors credible and trustworthy sources throughout the week and will make changes to team depth charts as required via transactions. Depth charts may be revised under various terms due to injured players or newly added/recalled players on the active roster. Day-to-Day injuries and some short term injured list players may remain in place in the depth order. Depth charts are typically updated 3-5 times/week during the season. During the offseason months, depth chart maintenance will be minimal, until team rosters are settled, which is typically as late as opening day. This means that depth charts should be expected to be settled and ready on opening day.
Sam Pearson is a Senior Account Executive for SportsDataIO and has been with the company since September of 2020. Sam currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona, but grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. You can always find him catching up on the latest and greatest in the sports world, actively following the Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks.