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Betting baseball is actually one of the best ways to make money
wagering. Why? Many experts claim it's one of the easiest sports to
handicap. This due in large part because in no other sport does one position control so much of the game - the pitcher. The added challenging in picking the games is that more than one pitcher usually pitches and you only know one of them. But still, evaluating the bullpen is part of our baseball handicapping.
The reason more people don't bet on baseball may be due to the
fact that they simply don't understand how it's done. Here's a quick look at how to bet baseball.
MONEY LINES (betting sides)
If you are new to betting baseball one of the first things that you
will notice is that there are no point spreads involved. Betting
baseball involve odds that are represented as a Money Line. Money
Lines are odds expressed in terms of a dollar so if you bet a Favorite
you will lay more than a dollar in order to win a dollar and if you
bet an underdog you will wager a dollar to win more than a dollar.
Baseball betting lines are expressed as a dollar with cents and
sometimes the decimal will be used. Odds of -1.45 and -145 are the
same thing. A favorite that is -145 means that you have to bet 145 to
win 100. On the opposite side if one were to bet an underdog at +145
you would only have to bet 100 to win 145. So simply put the favorite
is always a minus and the underdog will always be a plus.
In a game carrying a dime line, a minus -145 favorite would be paired
with an underdog of plus +135. If that same game had a 20-cent line,
the underdog would get back only +125. Ten cents on the dollar can
easily add up to hundreds or thousands of dollars over the course of a
baseball season. Even if you consider yourself a small bettor, you
should always use a sportsbook that offers a true "Dime Line"
Since the pitcher is the single most important position, the line or
odds, are based largely by the starting pitchers listed. Taking this
into account, you have four options when betting baseball.
Listed Pitcher - A baseball bet is made on a game stating listed
pitchers and both of the listed pitchers must start the game. A
pitcher is determined to have made a start after he throws the opening
pitch for his team. If one, or both, of the listed pitchers do not
start the game, the bet has no action and the bettors money is
Specify team pitcher- A baseball bet is made placing a bet specifying
just the pitcher starting for the team you are betting on. As long as
the pitcher starts for the team you have bet, you have action on the
game, no matter or not the opposing team's listed pitcher starts. If
the opposing team's pitcher doesn't start, this usually means that a
new price is determined for the game.
Team Action- If you bet on a team with normal action, then the bet is
good regardless of a change in starting pitchers for either team. The
odds may be adjusted if there is a change in the listed pitchers.
Team action against listed pitcher- In this situation a bet can be
made on a team and the bet is good regardless of whether or not the
listed pitcher starts for that team as long as the listed pitcher for
the other team does in fact start the game.
Baseball totals are fairly straight forward, like football or
basketball. The total refers to the number of runs both teams score
for the entire game. This also includes extra innings if the game goes
past 9 innings. Both listed pitchers must start for a total bet to
have action. If one, or both, of the listed pitchers do not start,
then a bet on the game total has no action, and all bets are refunded.
The run line involves a team getting 1 1/2 runs (the underdog) while
the favorite must lay 1 1/2 runs. A money line is also with to the 1
1/2 runs For a favorite to win on the run line, the team must then win
by 2 runs. The odds on a favorite will usually be a plus number
because the team must win by at least 2 runs. The money line attached
to the team getting 1 1/2 runs will usually be a minus number because
the team can still lose by one run and still be a winning bet. The
same rules that apply for totals apply for run lines: listed pitchers
must start, and the game can not be called early.
Here is and example of a Run Line
Yankees - 1 1/2 +120 Devil Rays + 1 1/2 - 140
If you bet the Yankees would win by 2 runs or more you would win
$1.20 for every $1.00 bet
If you bet that the Devil Rays would win or they can lose by less
than two runs you will have to risk $1.40 for every $1.00 you want to
And, don't forget one of the best options of all: The 5 Inning bet
You don't even have to win the game with a 5 inning wager!
A good start may be all you need to score.
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