MLB Betting Odds


MLB Betting

The Major League Baseball (MLB) is one of the four major professional sports in America, along with football (NFL), basketball (NBA) and ice hockey (NHL).

Baseball is considered America’s pastime, and BetDSI offers baseball lines and odds for the MLB preseason, regular season and postseason, including the World Series.

Baseball in America

The history of baseball in the United States goes back to the 19th century, being one of the most popular sports in the eastern coast before the Civil War. The oldest professional sports organization in America is a baseball team: The Chicago Cubs, who won the championship in 1870 as the Chicago White Stockings. The sport went professional on 1869, and by 1900, both the National League and the American League were established as rivals and the most prominent baseball leagues, fighting for the best players.

The first World Series between the champions of both leagues was played in 1903. It was won by Boston of the American League. The game entered a phase dominated by pitchers and low scoring, known as the “dead ball” era. Home runs were scarce, and an interesting fact is that balls were so expensive, that it was common to play a whole game using the same single ball, something that is unthinkable today.

This situation changed in the 1920’s, when rules changed and the umpires started replacing the old, worn balls with new ones during games. But it was a man who put an end to the dead-ball era and brought the excitement of home runs back, his name was George Herman Ruth, known as Babe Ruth. He started his career as a left-handed pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, and was sold the New York Yankees in 1919, where he shined in the outfield and ultimately set a record of 60 home runs that would remain untouched for 34 years.

Baseball continued to grow in popularity over the years, after the World War II and through the 70’s, expanding to the west, creating new rivalries like the Dodgers-Giants, and starting a new marketing era in the 80’s, a labor strike that led to the cancellation of the 1994 World Series, and a comeback in the late 90’s, with new stars such as Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds.

MLB Baseball Betting

MLB betting involves a combination of different lines, like run lines, money lines, totals and first-five innings lines.

MLB money lines are similar to football or basketball money lines: the bettor tries to predict the winning team, at a given price, either listing the starting pitchers or not. If the player lists the starting pitchers and one of those pitchers doesn’t start the game, the wager is cancelled. If no pitchers are listed, the wager is good to go, regardless of the starting pitchers.

MLB run lines add a run difference, usually 1½ runs that the favorite team will need to cover. The underdog get’s 1½ runs in favor, and the baseball run line always goes with the listed pitchers.

The baseball game total works the same way as football totals, and it also goes with the listed pitchers always.

BetDSI also offers first half baseball wagers, over the first five innings of the game, and props for televised games, either individual or game props. The action never stops at BetDSI with baseball gambling.