Since there appears to be at least some interest in Baseball betting this year, figured I'd start up a thread.
Baseball betting is a bit strange for those who have never seen it before.
You can, of course, bet on a team straight up to win.
IE The SF Giants to beat the Houston Astros tomorrow are paying about -147
(if you are going to bet American sports you really should learn what the
The unique part of baseball betting is that there is no ever-changing line as you see in other sports.
For instance in the NRL you might get the Tigers +2.5 this week against Nth Qld and the Raiders +8 vs the Eels.
In MLB betting, this doesn't happen - they have the runline.
In every game - no matter how big the favourite or underdog is, the run line is ALWAYS set at plus or minus 1.5 runs, and you will almost always get plus money on a favourite minus the 1.5 runline.
NB. On a site like Pinnacle you can change the runline and the price accordingly, but on most sites the runline is set at +/- 1.5 runs.
By way of example, this is the betting on tomorrow's games.
The SF Giants (led by their amazing pitcher Matt Cain) are at -147 or about $1.68 and the Astros are at +139 or $2.39 for the straight up win.
On the Runline the Giants -1.5 are +117 ($2.17) and the Astros +1.5 are -127
You can also bet over / unders and on most sites these days you can also bet for just the first 5 innings of a game.
Also, you should note that in 99% of cases that if a starting pitcher does not start the game, all bets are returned.
There is a bit more of a science about baseball betting, primarily because everything about the game is laid out in readily available statistics, from a pitchers ERA, a hitters batting %, fielding %s etc which make assessing individual players and teams a bit easier once you know what all the numbers and abbreviations stand for.
There are also more variables. Weather is a big one in baseball.
For instance at Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs situated right on Lake Michigan) the wind is a HUGE factor (moreso than any other ballpark). As most people know Chicago is nicknamed the Windy City, and this has a huge bearing on runs scored in the Stadium. Oddsmakers pay close attention to the weather, because it's been estimated that it can have as much as a 3 or 4 run difference on the game depending which way the wind is blowing and it can change from a pitchers dream stadium to their worst nightmare over night.
At the end of the day each team plays in excess of 160 games a season, and there are often more than 10 games a day to bet on - so for the Ali Khalil's of the world, there is always someone to bet on