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Beat the MLB betting blahs with these alternative wagers

Baseball bettors wagering on moneylines and totals over the past four months may feel like their diet has been limited to peanut butter and jelly since the start of the MLB season. And, come August, you’d rather chow down on your own hand – or bet on MLS – than choke down another PB&J sandwich.

Even the most successful and disciplined sports handicappers crave variety during the dog days of summer. If the three-down action of the CFL or the unknown names of the Olympics just won’t cut it, here are some alternative MLB wagers to spice up your betting menu – all of which are Covers Experts approved.

Runlines and alternative runlines


Runlines are a nice way to mix up your MLB wagers in August and September. Baseball’s version of the pointspread generally hands the favorite a 1.5-run handicap and can tone down the chalk on a hefty moneyline favorite if you’re confident the team can win by two or more.

Covers Expert Bryan Power takes a close look at runline underdogs – teams getting 1.5 runs. While the payouts aren’t as great as moneyline underdogs, the chances of winning your wager are increased. Power has been setting his sights on the Houston Astros in recent games, noting that Houston was 4-0 on the runline in its previous four outings before Tuesday’s blowout loss to Milwaukee.

Many bettors are gravitating to alternative runlines – a flip-flopped version of the spread in which the moneyline underdog must cover the 1.5 runs. These wagers usually carry nice payouts and keep MLB bettors constantly looking for live dogs.

Those plus-money odds get even fatter during the final two months of the schedule, when teams are out of the playoff picture and taking on clubs with postseason aspirations. Covers Expert Sean Murphy likes to sometimes double up on underdogs priced as high as +150, wagering on both the moneyline and alternative runline.

“We tend to see some tremendous payouts with these plays, particularly at this time of year when favorites are often overpriced,” says Murphy.

Grand Salami


For those new to MLB betting, the Grand Salami is not an oversized sausage or the leader of some underground deli cult. The Grand Salami is a combined over/under for every game on that day’s MLB board.

Not every sportsbook offers the massive total for each day’s baseball action, but it is a nice alternative especially if you see value in the over or the under depending on the pitching matchups, home plate umpires, weather or day of the week. There are many factors that can play into the final score tally, so playing within your limits is important.

“It's a fun thing to handicap. And not only can this be a high value play, depending on the ‘perfect storm’ of factors coming together, but it also keeps you interested in every game all day and all night long,” says a handicapper for Doc’s Sports. “Profitable and enjoyable – that's the type of bet I would be looking for this time of year.”

Five-inning wagers

For baseball, so much of what makes up a moneyline depends on the starting pitchers. Every single MLB bettor has confidently placed a wager on a team with a stellar starter, only to watch that pitcher’s near-perfect game get spoiled by a shoddy bullpen in the late innings.

The majority of sportsbooks offer adjusted prices on teams and totals over the first five innings of action, taking the relievers and substitutions out of the equation, for the most part. Totals can range anywhere from three to six runs, depending on who’s pitching.

Covers Expert Matt Fargo looks for pitchers being limited by a strict pitch count down the home stretch of the schedule and wagers on their five-inning odds.

“It is important to try and find information that managers may give out in terms of how long he plans to let his starter go, whether it may be innings tossed or number of pitches thrown,” says Fargo.

Team totals


Not sure one team will hold up its end of the bargain when wagering on the over/under? Leave that team out of it and wager on just one side’s total.

Some books offer this alternative over/under wager, giving you a chance to wager on a team when you have a good idea of their pitching and offense for the day but aren’t sure what the opponent is bringing to the table.

“I played the over the team total for the Giants' opponents early on in the season when (Tim Lincecum) was getting knocked around quite a bit,” says handicapper Doc Moseman of Doc’s Sports. “I like the Giants as a team, but knew that he would give up more than his share of runs.”

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Posted by trim88
1 year ago

a crock; just pick winners...that's all you have to do to make real money. first 5 innings and one-team totals do nothing more than reduce one's ability to review the entire picture. The linemaker knows about Lincecum and what he'll do your homework among 50 players, rather than 25; the linemaker is praying you'll be too lazy to do that kind of research.
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Posted by PhArObiS
1 year ago

Yup, ive been watching some big players taking the alt line of dogs, from +1.5 to -1.5 and been making huge $$$. They would pick 4 or more and always hit like 2 that would make a huge payout. I did it yesturday with the white sox,... Was great!
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Posted by madulamaximus
1 year ago

have anybody noticed the +145 value on JOHAN SANTANA ??????
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Posted by _CASTILLO_
1 year ago

Nuestro regalos abiertos, baja san fransisco vs nationales mlb/ piratas g mlb/ okland r rl nfl/ gracias...
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Posted by braves5795
1 year ago

don't worry, the books are always trying to fuck you out of your money.
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Posted by mrbigstuff2466
1 year ago

Listen to what Lippsman is saying he talks like he has enough wagers behind him to know what hes talking about.
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Posted by kingpincarbs
1 year ago

do any of you know how to read? He clearly states to play the underdog with the ALTERNATIVE run line, meaning -1.5 not the +1.5
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Posted by Lippsman
1 year ago

Ok then, even at that, why turn a huge dog into an even money wager ? If a team is good enough to keep it at a one game, then they are good enough to win it outright for the huge payout.
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Posted by Lippsman
1 year ago

Playing +1.5 dogs ?? One loss and you will wipe ouf 2 or 3 wins. You are turning a dog into a fave.... Stay away....far away !!!
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Posted by Nest21
1 year ago

They are saying turning a huge dog into a +1.5. Not sure u understood that. It seems that you are thinking they are saying to take an evenly matched game and play it at +1.5 laying a lot of juice.
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Posted by ykmichael
1 year ago

I disagree that the CFL (including totals) is a difficult read or boring for American bettors. There's fewer teams to worry about and lots of info available. It's fun! Give it a try!
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Posted by Lippsman
1 year ago

"Playing +1.5 dogs ?? One loss and you will wipe ouf 2 or 3 wins. You are turning a dog into a fave.... Stay away....far away !!! "