2016 MLB Betting Lines - Baseball Odds at BetDSI Sportsbook
If you have never placed a bet on any sporting event, you should familiarize yourself with some betting basics that will help you when you begin placing real bets. The first thing to do is find a reputable and reliable sportsbook, like BetDSI, and then choose a sport you enjoy, such as baseball.
Major League Baseball offers many types of betting options, starting with the common basic moneyline offer, to the handicap or spread offer, known as a runline, depicted as, for example, -1.5 / +1.5. Alternate runlines will be featured as well, with an even higher line to cover, such as -2.5 / +2.5.
Betting all starts with the pitchers listed for the game on that particular day, and you have options to bet depending on if the starting pitching stays in place, or if a replacement is made before game time. You can use the option of 'Both Starting Pitchers Must Start', and if there is a variation to that before game time, the bet will be voided. There is also the option to place a bet regardless of who takes the mound that day, essentially bypassing the must need to see the two starters that were on the board at the time the bet was made.
MLB Betting at DSI will offer moneylines, runlines, alternate runlines, game totals, team totals, first 5 inning sides and totals, and prop bets on 3 game series lines. Don't forget the grand salami, which is an accumulative total of runs scored for the entire day of MLB games on the schedule
Moneylines and Spreads
Moneyline bets are the simplest of bets there are in any sport. It is simply a matter of picking the winner of the game, and deciding if the price is worth the investment. Some people turn to runline options, or commonly called the spread, which is a "win by multiple runs" scenario, with a reduction of the price offered on the action, in relevance to the moneyline price offered. So, in some cases, the moneyline action offered could appear as -150, but the runline offer at -1.5 might be +115.
The only difference is that in order to cash your bet, the team must win by two runs, instead of just simply winning the game straight up on the moneyline. So you can understand why people would take a run line for the better payout, and even raise the spread to -2.5 to get an even more increased payout. Of course you can play the other side of that, and play the +1.5 on the underdog, although the payout will reflect accordingly.
Totals - Over/Under
Totals, also known as Over/Unders, are yet another alternate betting option. Over/Under bets are simply about betting on whether or not the two teams will reach a combined score that goes over or under the given number in the game offered by the line setters. Commonly in baseball, you will see a total of 7 to 9 runs offered, which will depend on the pitching matchups, the field conditions and the injury reports, among other things.
A parlay bet is a group of straight bets or totals combined into one bet. For the parlay to win, all of the individual parts of the parlay need to be correct to cash the betting ticket. It is also possible to mix different sports on a parlay, and the payouts depend on how many teams are in your wager.
A teaser is a group of straight bets or totals that are combined into one bet. The difference between a parlay and a teaser is that, with a teaser, the line you bet against for each individual wager is moved to your favor by the number of points of the teaser. If the regular line is -6 and you have a 4 point teaser then your line would be -2, although the payout will reflect the action.
First 5-Inning Lines
The prop bet is exactly what it looks like. There will be offers for sides and totals on the 5 inning lines, which are plays graded after the home team bats in the 5th inning. Whatever happens in the game past the 5th inning will have zero impact on the play made. You will only have your action graded on the result of the game through 5 innings of play. There are also 1st inning lines, which is also just how it sounds. You can put your action on who will win the first inning of the game, if there will be a score in the first inning, among other props that will only be graded after the home team bats in the first inning.
Each game will offer player props, which is betting on the expectation given on how a certain player will perform on that given day. There are both pitcher and batting props, such as 'Will X Player Hit a Home Run Today', or 'Will X Player Pitch Over/Under 6 Innings', among plenty of others that will be offered in each game.
Before each season begins, most sites offer future bets, which pertains to the success, or lack thereof, towards a certain team’s expectations for the upcoming season. In baseball, you will find team props for wins totals, odds to win the Division, odds to win the Conference, and odds to win the World Series. There are also prop bets pertaining to who will lead the league in home runs, and certain hitting categories, and similar bets for pitchers, as to who may win the Cy Young Award.
The list of props can be even more extensive, and we will list a few of the offers you may see:
Most Regular Season HR's Totals
Most Regular Season RBI Totals
Most Runs Scored Totals
Most Base Hits Totals
Most Stolen Bases Totals
Most Regular Season Wins Totals (And Losses)
Most Regular Season Saves Totals
Most Regular Season Strikeouts Totals
Most Complete Games Totals
Of course, some of the offers can get extensive, and there is no end to some of pages that offer dozens of types of props before and during the season.
Live Betting has become a lot more accessible over the years, and it is as obvious as it sounds. Once a game starts, it turns to live betting mode, and you will find prop bets throughout the game, depending on how the game is going live. So in the first inning if someone scores, you will see the game total rise, and if no one scores through 5 innings, you will see the total deflate. For example, if a game total comes out at 9, and the home team puts up 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning, you will see you can now make a bet on the Over 10.5, with the line setters offering totals with expected movement along the game.
You can bet on an inning-by-inning basis as well, which some bettors can certainly take advantage in the later innings, when the heart of the order is coming up late in the game against a pitcher who is coming on the field with two men on base in the 7th inning.
Live betting is a different animal, but it all comes down to finding your niche, and getting into the habit of playing certain types of props through the year(s), and you will get a better feel for what types of bets that suit you as time goes on. So good luck to all of the baseball bettors out there, and may your bets be good ones!