Bottom 9: Victor Reyes flies out to center field to Adam Engel. | Bottom 9: Grayson Greiner singles to left field. Mikie Mahtook to second. Niko Goodrum scores. | Bottom 9: Mikie Mahtook reaches on a fielder's choice to shortstop. Mike Gerber out at second. Niko Goodrum to third. Nicholas Castellanos scores.
Top 9: Josh Harrison grounds out to shortstop. Elias Diaz out at second. | Top 9: Elias Diaz walks. | Top 9: Francisco Cervelli called out on strikes.
Top 9: Hernán Pérez strikes out swinging. | Top 9: Mike Moustakas lines out to deep right field to Jason Heyward. | Top 9: Lorenzo Cain hit by pitch.
Bottom 12: Chad Pinder strikes out swinging. | Bottom 12: Marcus Semien strikes out swinging. | Bottom 12: Stephen Piscotty strikes out swinging.
Bottom 9: Giancarlo Stanton flies out to deep right center field to Mallex Smith. | Bottom 9: Brett Gardner walks. | Bottom 9: Ronald Torreyes grounds out to shallow infield, Diego Castillo to Jake Bauers.
Bottom 9: Joey Rickard lines out to second base to Jeff McNeil. | Bottom 9: Trey Mancini lines out to first base to Wilmer Flores. | Bottom 9: Mark Trumbo called out on strikes.
Top 9: J.D. Martínez grounds out to shortstop, Asdrubal Cabrera to Justin Bour. | Top 9: Mitch Moreland grounds out to shortstop, Maikel Franco to Justin Bour. | Top 9: Eduardo Núñez flies out to right field to Nick Williams.
Bottom 9: Curt Casali flies out to deep right field to Brandon Guyer. | Bottom 9: Scooter Gennett walks. Joey Votto to second. José Peraza to third. | Bottom 9: Eugenio Suárez strikes out swinging.
Top 9: Derek Dietrich strikes out swinging. | Top 9: Starlin Castro pops out to first base to Freddie Freeman. | Top 9: Brian Anderson strikes out swinging.
Top 9: Pat Valaika called out on strikes. | Top 9: Nolan Arenado walks. | Top 9: Tony Wolters grounds out to shortstop, Carlos Correa to Tyler White.
Top 9: Trea Turner flies out to center field to Harrison Bader. | Top 9: Matt Wieters out on a sacrifice fly to left field to Marcell Ozuna. Michael Taylor scores. | Top 9: Matt Adams pops out to Jedd Gyorko.
Bottom 9: Alcides Escobar strikes out swinging. | Bottom 9: Brett Phillips pops out to Justin Smoak. | Bottom 9: Ryan O'Hearn homers to right field.
Bottom 9: Manuel Margot pops out to first base to David Fletcher. | Bottom 9: Freddy Galvis called out on strikes. | Bottom 9: Austin Hedges grounds out to third base, Kaleb Cowart to Albert Pujols.
Bottom 12: Brian Dozier out on a sacrifice fly to deep left center field to Steven Duggar. Yasmani Grandal scores. | Bottom 12: Max Muncy singles to shallow right field. Yasmani Grandal to third. | Bottom 12: Yasmani Grandal doubles to deep right center field.
Betting on MLB
Whether you’re new to the sports betting world or a seasoned veteran, it never hurts to refresh your knowledge. The beauty of baseball is there are a number of different ways to attack games and beat the books. Make sure you check out Sportsbook Review for more information on all of the different types of wagers you can place in the MLB.
Let’s start with the most obvious.
The most popular type of action in baseball would come on moneylines, in which you are just picking the final outcome of a particular matchup. For example, if the New York Yankees were hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers and were listed at -125 to win, that would mean they are the favorites. The “-“ denotes the favorite in a match, while a “+” represents the underdog. In this instance, the Dodgers would be listed at +125, as an example.
What do the numbers represent? If a Yankees victory was priced at -125, that would you mean you’d need to wager $125 to get back $100. Flipping the script, if a Dodgers win was listed at +125, you’d wager $100 to win $125.
Another popular type of bet would be a total wager. Here, you are picking whether you think the final total of runs will fall OVER or UNDER the posted total on the MLB odds board.
In the Yankees/Dodgers example, if the total was at 7.5 runs and the final score was 4-3, you would cash. If the final score was 5-3, you’d be on the losing side. If the total was at 7 runs and the final score was 4-3, it’d be a push, meaning you’d get your original wager back.
If you’re feeling more confident than usual in a team’s chances of winning, you can opt to take on more risk (for a better reward) by focusing your attention on run lines.
What’s different from moneylines? Well, to start, the listing on the MLB betting lines board. In a typical run line, you’ll see “-1.5” and “+1.5” available as options next to the respective teams. As you may be able to guess, if you pick the Yankees -1.5 against the Dodgers, you’d be hoping they’d win by at least two runs. If you selected the Dodgers +1.5, you’d be wanting them to lose by less than two runs or even win straight up.
Short for proposition bets, prop bets are a fun way to wager on baseball, because they’re different in that they aren’t related to the final outcome of a game. Most of the top sportsbooks will release numerous MLB props early in the day before first pitch.
Think Giancarlo Stanton is going to homer against the Phillies? You can see if you like the available betting odds on that coming to fruition and see if you want to take the plunge. That’s just one of many different ways to get your MLB handicapping fix on.
Many sportsbooks also offer futures, in which you are banking on a team winning the division, a player hitting a certain milestone or winning an award, or something else “in the future”. There are so many available offerings that there’s bound to be something that stands out and attracts your action.
If you’re a strong believer in the The New York Yankees’ chances of winning the World Series, you can place a wager early in the season at what could turn out to be a very valuable MLB odds valuation. If you grab them at +800 odds to win it all and they come through, you’ll be smiling.
Predicting the future certainly isn’t easy, but you can reap the benefits in a big way if your timing and inclinations are right. Hopefully this MLB refresher will help you on your journey.