Betting Baseball Totals
Betting baseball totals is just like betting totals for other sports, in that you're betting the total number of runs is either over or under the bookmaker's predicted total.
The one difference when betting baseball totals is that in many cases you will have to risk more than the standard -110 used in football and basketball when you place a baseball totals bet. On the positive side, there will be cases where you receive favourable odds, such as +120 when you place a totals bet in baseball.
To show you how to read baseball betting lines using totals, let's look at another example:
San Diego Padres OVR 8.5 -130
San Francisco Giants UND 8.5 +110
What this means is that bettors wishing to wager that the teams will score more than 8.5 runs will have to risk $130 to win $100, while those wagering on the under will risk $100 to win $110.
For wagering purposes what happens in extra innings counts, both for totals and run line bets.
As a general rule, strikeout pitchers typically perform better in night games and may be solid under plays, while off-speed pitchers who don't register too many strikeouts are usually good over plays when they are pitching in the daytime.
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There you have the basics to reading baseball betting lines. Bet wisely and have fun!
Other Baseball Betting Lines
The margin of victory is so small in many baseball games that it’s impossible to have a point spread. Thus, reading baseball betting lines requires that you understand odds represented as a money line.
Baseball run lines are essentially a combination of the point spread and the money line rolled into one. Don't worry though − reading run lines are not nearly as confusing as it sounds.