Baseball Betting Guide - How To Successfully Bet On Baseball

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The Definitive Guide To Gambling On Baseball

In this article I will go through the differing bets you can have on a game, from money lines, run lines and overs/unders - the differing type of odds on offer, and some strategy to improve your gambling and enjoyment when betting on baseball.

Money Line Baseball Bets

baseball betting guideThe money line is simply backing which team you think will win a game. These odds are listed in one of two ways – firstly I shall explain “line” betting used by many sportsbooks, especially in the US. Here is an example:

Toronto Bluejays +120

Seattle Mariners -130

Here the Seattle Mariners are considered the favourites (always signified by “-“). This means that you’ll have to bet $130 to win $100. Betting on the Toronto Bluejays here (the underdogs as signified by “+”), you’ll have to wager $100 to win $120.

Run Line Baseball Bets

The run line is similar to the Money Line, but one team is given a start of so many runs. In a given game one team may be strong favourites, but in the run line they may be given a 1.5 run start, to even up the betting somewhat. Here is an example:

Boston Red Sox -1.5 +135

Detroit Tigers +1.5 -155

Here the odds work the same way, but either take 1.5 runs away from the Red Sox, or add 1.5 runs to the Tigers (don’t do both!) and you’ll get your final totals for the purpose of this bet.

Overs/Unders Betting In Baseball

The over/under bet is simply betting on the total number of runs in the game. An example:

Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets

Over 9.5 -110

Under 9.5 -110

In this example, both bets are equal, so you’ll have to wager $110 to win $100 in both these examples.

Decimal/Fractional Odds 

In many parts of the world fractional or decimal betting is used. For example, a money line bet using decimal odds may be listed as such:

Kansas City Royals 1.8

Pittsburgh Pirates  2.0

Here you simply multiply your stake by the odds to see your potential return.

The fractional equivalent of these odds are :

Kansas City Royals 4/5

Pittsburgh Pirates Evens (1/1)

Using fractional betting you have to stake the number after the “/” to win the number before the “/”.

Decimal and Fractional odds work in exactly the same way with the run line betting (sometimes referred to as Handicap betting in Europe) and the overs/unders markets.

Baseball Betting Strategy

How To Successfully Bet On BaseballIn baseball, the most important player on the pitch is the starting pitcher, so much of your betting thought process should be based around this key player. Many US based sports sites have as much data you could possibly want about any player, so take a few moments and check out this player. The standout statistic for any pitcher is the ERA (Earned Run Average) and this is a quick indicator to how good the pitcher is  - the ERA tells you how many runs you would expect that pitcher to give up in any nine inning match.

Obviously there are two sides in any game of baseball, so your next move should be to check out the batting line up of the other side.  The most common stats to look for in batters are Batting Average and RBI’s (Runs Batted In) – the batting average being the number of hits divided by number of at bats, and RBI’s being when the outcome of the players “at bat” results in a run being scored.

Obviously a game of baseball has more going on than the starting pitcher, and the starting batting line-up – the bullpen plays a major part in the proceedings, as do other batters coming into the game, and you’ll have to consider these factors as well – for example, how well has the “closer” done in recent games.

After having looked at these pieces of information you should have a solid idea of how you might think the game will be played out, and you could go ahead and place your bet accordingly now.

However….

There are many thousands of people betting on baseball, and the lines are set accordingly, so using just these pieces of information is probably what the vast majority of bettors are doing, so you could delve a little deeper. There is so much information out there, that you could develop a betting strategy that no-one else has.

Here are some examples of things that you could look at if you want to delve a little deeper…

How have the top batters in this match fared against this particular pitcher?

How has the road pitcher fared at this particular park in the past?

Does one of the teams play particularly better in a daytime game after having played the night before?

Is a particular pitcher better after five days rest, as opposed to four?

Has a batter a particular liking for this ballpark, has a history of hitting home runs here?

There is no limit to the amount of information you can find on a particular game, and there might be something you spot that changes your mind completely about a game, there might be a little nugget you see that no one else has – and the more you study a game, the more enjoyment you’ll get when a bet comes in when you get it right!

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