But the chances of that happening are pretty slim, so look for good value – a team that is a ‘sleeper’ pick as in a fantasy league or a team you feel is underrated and due for a good playoff run.
If you want to bet on that -190 favorite, you would risk $190 to win $100. On the +170 underdog from above, you would bet $100 for the chance to turn a $130 profit if the underdog wins. If the final score is 4-3, the total is 7 which is under 8.5 and you pocket $100. In that case, a $100 wager would pay $2,500 as a huge longshot. The moneyline replaces the point spread because most games are low-scoring 2-1 or 4-2 games. That means a $100 bet would pay out a $180 profit. You have to risk a bit more to back the favorite and you get a higher payout by backing the underdog. The underdog team, on the other hand, can lose by one run and still cover the runline spread. Example: if a team is -1.5, +105 and you wagered $100, that means you would profit $105 (+105) if the team wins by two runs or more. You may see -105 or +130 value connected to the runline. That is the way baseball money line betting works.
Baseball betting is second only to the NFL when it comes to sports betting and the MLB moneyline is the most common way to bet on baseball. Baseball totals usually range from a low of 6.5 to 11.5 or 12. When you see negative values such as -190, that is the favorite. You will also see values for the over like 8.5, o+115. This is the moneyline part and indicates how much you need to risk and how much you will profit. On the other side, a team that is +1.5, -170, you would have to risk $170 (-170) to back the team. If that team wins or loses by just a single run, you have a winning baseball wager of $100.
Betting on the Moneyline
Identical to a puckline in hockey betting, this serves as a hybrid of baseball moneyline and point spread. The team you bet on has to win the game, not win by a certain number of runs. A 3-2 victory is a loss on the runline.
Where you see a moneyline value associated with the 8.5 total, this is the vig or juice for selecting either the over or the under. The worst team might be +2500. The positive value +1.5 indicates that team is the underdog by 1.5 runs. For example, the first-place may be +180 to win the World Series. A team has to win by two or more runs in order to win the wager in a runline bet. When you see 8.5, u-115, that means the total is 8.5 runs and you have to risk $115 (-115) in order bet the under (u means under). Picking the favorite to beat the runline means the team has to win 4-2 or some other final like that. If you envision the number 100 sitting between these two values, it is easier to understand how it works.. Positive values such as +170 refers to the MLB underdogs. That certain number is an MLB total. If you see 9.5 and decide to bet over, you are predicting 10 or more runs will be scored. The negative value of -1.5, for example, would represent a team favored by 1.5 runs. If you bet under, you want 9 or fewer runs to be plated.
Over Under Betting
Which MLB team will win next year’s World Series? Did you know you can bet on that at any time during the season? Oddsmakers set odds in the preseason and adjust them during the year to reflect the strength or weakness of teams. Here, you profit $115 (+115) by risking $100 if the game ends 8-4 (as 120 is more than 8.5 total runs).
Future Betting Lines
Runline Odds Explained
Total or Over/Under
Known as over-under odds, this form of baseball wagering involves deciding if the total number of runs scored in the game by both teams combined will be more than or less than a certain number