Major League Baseball betting is pretty common with American sports bettors, however, you’ll find that not as many do run lines as those who wager on the money line. While some people can consider themselves seasoned veterans at this type of betting, for those who could be considered new may feel a little lost. Our job here is to explain run line betting so you’ll be able to bet without fear.
Run line betting in baseball
First and foremost, you have to understand that when it comes to run lines, you’ll be choosing teams much like you would when you do taking money lines. For those that might be familiar with betting when it comes to the NFL, you’ll find that in a lot of ways run line betting for baseball is quite similar. When it comes to line for baseball, you’ll find that a run is one and a half. Once you place a 1.5 line bet, you’re able to bet that you believe the team you won will win by at least two runs if not more, or that the opposing team is going to lose by either one run or to win.
With that being said the favorite is then set at negative one and a half which means your team now has to win by two or more runs or cover the one and a half line. For those on the opposing team, they’d bet positive one a half which means they would be counting on your team to lose the game by at least one run if not less or they must completely just win the game. Almost all sites will allow you to bet at least one and a half on a line, however, there are different sites out there that will let you bid more, with different odds being placed upon the game’s outcome.
Run line betting examples
To give a bit of a better idea as to what some of the run line betting in baseball would look like, we’ll be using these two teams listed below to provide an example of what a bet might look like.
New York Yankees: 1.5+ (-150)
Chicago Cubs: -1.5 (+120)
As you can see above, the better is showing favor towards the Chicago Cubs winning as their line is placed at -1.5. The minus sign you see means that the better is pulling for Cubs which in turn means that the Yankees must win by at least two games or more. The positive one hundred and twenty number indicates that the Cubs must win by at least two or more games. 4
Likewise, in this example the Yankee’s are listed as the team that’s being bet against by expecting them to lose. The positive one and a half means that the Yankee’s either win by at least two games or must win the game all together. In this example, we used the New York Yankee’s as losing so the bet was negative one hundred and fifty.
Just like with any type of betting you need to have some sort of idea as to how you plan to bet in order to win. While there is a form of difficulty to run line betting, many ignore that and simply favor for choosing the team they believe that’ll win and place a bet accordingly while ignoring many of the other major components and thus costing themselves money in the long run. Many will also ignore the fact in the betting system, the home team always gets the favor, which plays against them too.