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It has been America’s pastime for a long time. That means baseball betting has been around for a while. It’s a popular sport to bet on and baseball bettors have a huge advantage not experienced in other sports. This is your page for everything baseball better. Get all your trending news, pro picks, sharp odds and betting tips and strategies.

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How to Bet on Baseball

Baseball has a 162-game schedule, which gives bettors an almost endless number of betting opportunities every single day of the MLB season. When you factor in all the various baseball betting markets, opportunity awaits every day.

Like hockey, there isn’t as much scoring in baseball as there is in sports like basketball and football. As a result, baseball is more of a moneyline sport. Bettors can still bet on the point spread, though it is known as the run line in baseball betting.

Moneylines, Run Lines and Totals When Betting on Baseball

Run lines are almost always set at 1.5 for MLB games. Favorites must win by at least two runs to cover. Underdogs must lose by one or win the game outright. Baseball underdogs win roughly 44 percent of the time. That means bettors would be wise to do what it takes to find value in MLB underdogs.

Baseball bettors can also wager on MLB totals. Bettors can bet on whether the final score of a game will go Over or Under a total set by oddsmakers. Baseball totals are usually set between 6.5 and 8.5 runs, though there are times when they are higher or lower.

All baseball bets from the popular moneyline, totals and run line bets to player prop and more, all have odds associated with them. If you want to have success in baseball betting, take a cue from Sports Hub and learn all you can about odds.

Baseball Betting Odds

You can learn anything and everything about baseball betting odds right here at Sports Hub. In understanding odds, examples help. Let’s look at a 2022 World Series matchup – Philadelphia and Houston.

Houston Astros -111 -1.5 (+165) O 7.5 (-120)

Philadelphia Phillies +101 +1.5( -190) U 7.5 (+100)

Here, the Astros are favored to win. They are a -111 moneyline favorite meaning if you wager $111 and they win, you win $100. A $100 bet on the Phillies pays out $101. 

On the run line, the Astros would have to win by at least two runs for a bet to pay out. For every $1.00 wagered, a bettor would win $1.65. At -190 odds, the Phillies would have to lose by one or win in order to cover the run line.

In the totals market here, the Over is actually favored at -120 odds. If the game finished with eight or more total runs, a bet on the Over would pay out $1.00 for every $1.20 wagered.

If a bettor had wagered $100 each on Houston to win, cover, and the Under; the bettor would have notched three wins and earned $355 ($90 on the moneyline, $165 on the run line, and $100 on the total).

Baseball offers MLB player props and other unique bets like First Five Innings (the equivalent of a first half bet), No Runs First Inning, and more. All baseball bets have odds and understanding them is a key to success.

Baseball Betting Tips

An area bettors should consider placing bets is on MLB totals. Weather, specifically wind, has a huge impact on MLB game totals. For example, since the 2005 MLB season, when winds are blowing in toward home plate at speeds above 5 mph, the Under cashes over 55 percent of the time.

Other factors like pitching also influence game totals. Imagine two ace pitchers going at it in a game where the wind is blowing in from the outfield at 8 mph. At Sports Hub, the Under would be worth taking a look at.

Baseball Betting FAQ

What are the different types of baseball bets I can make?

There are several types of baseball bets that you can make, including:
– Moneyline: Betting on which team will win the game outright.
– Runline: Betting on a team to win or lose by a certain number of runs, typically 1.5 runs.
– Over/Under (Total Runs): Betting on whether the total number of runs scored by both teams will be over or under a predetermined number set by the sportsbook.
– Parlays: Combining multiple bets into one, which increases the potential payout but also the risk, as all bets in the parlay must win.
– Props: Betting on specific occurrences within the game, such as the number of strikeouts a pitcher will have or whether a certain player will hit a home run.

How do I read baseball odds?

Baseball odds are usually presented in American format, with a positive (+) or negative (-) sign. A positive number indicates how much you would win if you bet $100, while a negative number shows how much you need to bet to win $100. For example, if a team has odds of +150, a $100 bet would win you $150. If a team has odds of -200, you would need to bet $200 to win $100.

What does it mean to bet on the “runline”?

Betting on the runline means wagering on a team to either win by more than a specified number of runs or lose by fewer than that number. In baseball, the runline is typically set at 1.5 runs. For example, if you bet on a team with a -1.5 runline, they must win by 2 or more runs for your bet to be successful. If you bet on a team with a +1.5 runline, they can either win outright or lose by no more than 1 run for your bet to be successful.

How do I factor in starting pitchers when betting on baseball?

Starting pitchers play a significant role in determining the outcome of a game and the odds set by sportsbooks. When placing a bet, you should consider the pitchers’ recent performance, their history against the opposing team, and how they fare in the specific ballpark. Some sportsbooks also offer “listed pitcher” bets, meaning your bet is only valid if the specified pitchers start the game. If there’s a last-minute pitching change, your bet will be voided.

What are some important factors to consider when betting on baseball?

In addition to starting pitchers, there are several other factors to consider when betting on baseball, including:
– Team form and recent performance.
– Head-to-head history between the teams.
– Ballpark dimensions and how they might affect the game.
– Weather conditions, as they can impact pitching and hitting.
– Injuries to key players and how they might affect the team’s performance.