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How to Read MLB Baseball Betting Odds & Lines
Not sure how to read the lines above? It can be a little more confusing since baseball is a money line sport. Below we give a short explanation of the different bet types and how you can fully understand what you are wagering on.
The money line sports, MLB and hockey, are a little different from other major American sports that use point spreads. The good part about money lines is that you don’t have to worry about your team winning by a certain number of runs. It’s just a simple did they win or not. The downside is that you have to risk more and more money as the favorites get heavier. But, the return on underdogs gets bigger and bigger when people give them less of a chance to win.
Let’s take an example:
New York +140
If you wanted to bet on Chicago, you would have to bet $1.50 for every $1 that you want to win. If you are betting on New York, then for every $1 you bet, you would win an extra $1.40 if that team cashes.
There are also run lines in baseball. This is a little more like a point spread, but there is still going to be a money line of sorts. The way run lines work is that the favorite will be laying -1.5 runs, so they have to win by 2 or more runs to win the bet. Let’s look at an example:
Chicago -1.5 +130
New York +1.5 -150
So in this case if Chicago wins by a run and you had New York on the run line, you would still win your bet and collect $1 for every $1.50 bet. Chicago would have to win by two or more runs for you to win $1.30 on every $1 that you bet.
The last type of odds on this page are totals. This is the combined score of both teams, or the “total” amount of runs they score. You can either take the over or the under, and there is likely to be some sort of money line to go with it, normally not exceeding -130 (or else they would bump the total up a 1/2 a run).
Our baseball betting guide has more information on these bet types and plenty more. After reading it you will feel confident not just with individual games. But, the season long wagers that are also available. Our parlay calculator will help determine your payouts if you combine multiple money lines into a single bet.
Once you start feeling confident it’s time to predict who is going to cash. That is what our MLB handicapping guide is for. We detail strategies that you can use to know which teams will have the edge over their opponents for today’s games. Once you start knowing you can beat the odds is when betting really becomes fun!
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