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Sports Betting 201 - Betting on Baseball

Baseball is one of the best sports to handicap and win. In fact many sportsbooks are happy to just breakeven during baseball season, yet most people don't bet this sport for various reasons.

One reason is that most people don't understand how to bet on baseball. With the run line, daily games, and odds changing drastically game to game, everyday bettors without experience may be intimidated and have a hard time understanding why a team is heavily favored 1 day and the underdog the next.

Another reason that baseball betting is not as popular is that it takes a lot of work to study the teams, pitchers, weather, etc. and most people don't have the time or patience. Unlike football, where there is a week to study each game and make a decision, sometimes there is less than a 24 hour window to analysis and bet a baseball game, and there can be 15 games a day.

Those reasons aside, this lesson is going to try to teach you the basics to betting baseball as it can be one of the most profitable sports to bet.

Types of Bets:

The Baseball Money Line - Like hockey, there is no spread available in baseball, so most action takes place on the money line. When betting the money line, you can specify whether the listed pitchers must start, 1 list pitcher must start, or action. If you bet that the listed pitchers must start, and one doesn't, your bet is pushed and no action takes place. If you bet team action, your bet has action no matter who starts the game.

Baseball Totals - This are the same as over/unders in any sport. Extra innings (just like over time) count toward the total. Both listed pitchers must start the game for the total to have action.

The Baseball Runs Line - The run line adds 1.5 runs to the underdog (+1.5) or subtracts 1.5 runs from the favorite (-1.5). The odds of the run line are adjusted so that the favorite in the game usually become plus money. In order to the favorite to win, they must win by 2 or more runs. If the favorite wins by only 1 run or losses, the bet goes to the underdog.

Handicapping Basics:

Pitchers - The factor that has the most influence over a game's odds is that games pitching match up. Any team with a good, veteran pitcher facing a call up rookie will be favored.

Lineups - Teams with superior lineups have the best chance at scoring runs and winning games, but due to player injuries and rest time lineups change daily. It's important to know the probable changes to the day's line up before betting on a game.

Stadiums - Any good fantasy baseball player can tell you which baseball parks favor pitchers and which favor hitters. These parks historically have more or less runs scored in them do to factors like stadium size or atmosphere. Pitchers' parks and hitters' parks are important factors to consider when betting both totals and sides.

There are many other factors to consider when betting baseball, but these mentioned will get you started. Good Luck.

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