How to bet baseball

It’s not shocking that baseball doesn’t get the attention of the faster-paced sports such as football or basketball, but that does not mean it should be overlooked. Profits loom large on the base paths all summer long. You can take advantage and even boost your bankroll prior to the start of the more popular football season if you know what you’re doing.

MONEYLINES

Perhaps the most obvious difference between betting baseball, as compared to football, or hoops is that you are required to do so on the moneyline (ML), as opposed to playing teams against the spread (ATS). Basically you are simply picking the winner and the price you pay is adjusted depending upon who is the favorite, or underdog.

This can be a dangerous proposition for a baseball beginner who is prone to playing big favorites. Keep in mind that with every –300 favorite you lose, you must win three to get back to even. With that said, you could also put a huge strain on your bankroll if you take the polar opposite approach and continually try to land the big underdogs.

There’s an age old baseball handicapping philosophy that reminds us that even if a team has a spectacular season and wins 100 games, they would still lose 62 games. That means even the Yankees, Red Sox, and Cardinals of the MLB circuit will lose an estimated 38–percent of their games, despite being asked to eat big chalk on a consistent basis.

Now that doesn’t mean that you go ahead and fade the best teams each time they take the field, but it does mean that in most cases there’s not much value in playing the fan favorites. Not to mention that these top teams are quite capable of producing long win streaks.

RUNLINES

To keep it simple, by playing the runline, you basically create a line of 1 1/2-runs on the game and you then choose whether to ‘take’ or ‘give’ the 1 1/2-run spread.

For example, if you wanted to wager on the Yankees as a –250 favorite, but were a little hesitant to pay the big price, you could bet New York on the runline. To win your bet, the Yankees would have to win by two runs. The –250 moneyline price would most likely look more like –150 on the runline, thus minimizing your losses.

Of course you’ve also increased the risk with the chance of a one-run final.

Also keep in mind that as you can lay the 1 1/2-runs for the favorite, you can also take them and play the underdog. To win this bet the underdog must either win, or lose by a run to cover. However, in this case, you pay a higher price for the cushion and in many cases there isn’t much value to be found.

TOTALS

Of course there’s more to baseball then just picking which team is going to win. Betting totals can prove to be both entertaining and profitable. Playing totals is the same as in every other sport, and therefore the beginner may find this the most comfortable way to go.

In most cases you can bet totals at –110 or even cheaper if you shop around. If nothing else, that fact alone should be proof enough that baseball totals should not be overlooked.

In many instances you may have a good feel for how a game is going to play out, without necessarily knowing who’s going to wind up the victor. If this is the case, try making a play on the total.

SHOPPING YOUR NUMBERS

When wagering on any sport, besides winning, money management and shopping for value remain the most important factor. It takes discipline and is one area where many people falter. Remember a baseball season could see you make upwards of 200-300 wagers, and with that size of a sample you can get ‘juiced’ quite easily

Always have multiple outs to ensure the best line, or price, and take advantage of weekly specials (such as half-priced juice) that books often offer. Your pocketbook will thank you in the end. Remember that over the course of a baseball season, all these little 10-cent, or 1/2-point differences can really add up.

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Posted by metoshi
11 months ago

Good job, i think NCAA football picks is better for football lovers.
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Posted by metoshi
11 months ago

Good job, i think NCAA football picks is better for football lovers.
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Posted by metoshi
11 months ago

Good job, i think NCAA football picks is better for football lovers.
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Posted by metoshi
11 months ago

Good job, i think NCAA football picks is better for football lovers.
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Posted by metoshi
11 months ago

Good job, i think NCAA football picks is better for football lovers.
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Posted by metoshi
11 months ago

Good job, i think NCAA football picks is better for football lovers.
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Posted by metoshi
11 months ago

Good job, i think NCAA football picks is better for football lovers.
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Posted by metoshi
11 months ago

Good job, i think NCAA football picks is better for football lovers.
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Posted by madulamaximus
1 year ago

I am maximus the bookbuster. And upon winning streak survivor all will revere me as a validated authority as it relates to pixology. Until then I shall toil and fight my way to the top leaving in my wake the carnage of battle......ha ha haaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!! Currently im 1 and 0......lol
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Posted by ShadowWarrior
2 years ago

Props are interesting in baseball like no runs in the first or full game or first five innings or team totals, etc. so many ways to bet. My personal favorite is in football where the last play of the game is a qb kneel down or not. Makes you watch the whole game no matter the score. Never bet Boise to kneel no matter those fucks! LOL!
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Posted by oaktownpics
2 years ago

Do your matchups and don't worry about the line. Teams streak and slump. The thing that's great about baseball is they play 3and4 game sets. By the final game you should be making a plus percentage pic.....if not....oh well.
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Posted by usmail
2 years ago

PARLAY=BANKRUPCY
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Posted by guts22
2 years ago

Over unders are the way to go when betting baseball. People hate unders but betting good pitchers and pitcher ballparks is a good strategy
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Posted by ynotzepol10
3 years ago

People I know parlays are fun but in the long run you are better of playing stray up bets!!..it will keep you in the game for a longer time!!
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Posted by biggiantkiller
4 years ago

basic stuff cheers
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Posted by masjes
4 years ago

When calculating the underdog on covers it shows a minus number for both teams i always thought if it was like 120 fav it was even money on underdog? Can anyone comment on this for the parlay calculator
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Posted by canesfan25
4 years ago

Sorry for me being so dumb but if I bet $100 over on a 7.5over over/under line and win, what do I win? Next, if I bet under on a 7.5over over/under line and lose, how much do I lose?
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Posted by dothamath
4 years ago

7.5 over means over is the favorite against the under and you will have to lay a price to win your bet.
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Posted by canesfan25
4 years ago

If the over/under line is 7.5 OVER, what does this mean on a $100 bet?
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Posted by deiviskybox
4 years ago

bostonnnnnnnn play off
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Posted by m_angel175
4 years ago

hey san francisco under 8 yanquis under en H los filis a juego
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Posted by bobbyzzz
5 years ago

BRUINS WIN AGAIN!!!!! WHATS UP WITH THE NHL ON VERSUS... IVE BEEN WATCH THE BRUINS ON NESN ALL YEAR NO I CANT WATCH GAME 2. ITS BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!
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Posted by bogeywins
5 years ago

I wagered baseball years back and i agree completely with shawn! Parlays are sucker bets thats why the books are still in existence. If we all can hit 3 games a day the books would be outta business. Hitting one game daily is hard enough but good luck on the nickel bet. I stopped wagering baseball cause of the crazy money lines!
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Posted by shawnb2007
5 years ago

i recommend you look for value! parlays are asucker bet even though i need to tell myself that aswell!! you can win big but also lose big! good luck
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Posted by JEG53
6 years ago

500 on a 3 teamer and your new ? The odds on a 3 team bet in baseball are not good,why would you do that.But of course Im going to make a small wager on it,I guessing you know how to cap a game.
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Posted by deiviskybox
4 years ago

"bostonnnnnnnn play off"