3 popular markets in baseball:
A bet on which team will win.
A bet on whether the total number of runs will fall over or under a stated number. Also known as “Total” betting.
A bet on whether one team’s score will beat or cover an assigned Point Spread handicap or margin. Baseball’s version of a Point Spread.
OTHER COMMON MARKETS & BET TYPES
Inning bets are simply choosing whether you think something will happen, or whether a score will be over or under a certain amount by, or within a certain inning. For example, you might bet on whether Cincinnati will score a run in the third inning. Or whether at least two runs will be scored in the 8th inning. Or who will win the inning. Inning bets are essentially a range of Prop Bets and Over/Under bets that revolve around different periods of play in the game.
A Parlay is a combination of selections on one bet slip. Each selection must win for the overall Parlay to win. The more selections you have in one Parlay, the less likely it is to win, so the bigger the payoff if it does. You can combine different markets (e.g., Moneylines, Run Lines, and Over/Under) from different games into the same Parlay Bet.
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Prop Bets or “props” are a type of market for specific outcomes in a game (“game props”) or outcomes related to a player’s performance (“player props”). Prop bets are sometimes made as “yes/no” or “either/or” decisions, and in baseball can often intersect with other betting factors like point totals. Will one of the teams score a home run? Which player will score the first run of the game? Both are examples of Prop Bets.
PROLINE+ gives you the ability to bet on games as they’re happening, with dynamic odds that constantly update in response to what happens in the game. If [TEAM A] moves up 3 runs over [TEAM B] late in the game, the odds may shift to favour [TEAM A], giving you the chance to bet on a scenario you know is likely, but with a lower payoff if it wins.
KNOW THE TEAMS
Past performance is not a guarantee of how a team will do in the future, but there are some potentially reliable statistics that can inform who you think will win or lose. If one team has a consistently better performance in key areas like strikeouts, RBIs, or homeruns, then they might outperform in their next matchup. Of course, there’s always the chance of an underdog pulling off an upset, so use team stats with caution.
SET A PERSONAL WIN LIMIT
It’s no fun to be up and then lose it all. Counter it by deciding on a win limit—the point at which you plan to walk away, even if you’re up. Some players set this at double their bankroll.
COMMON BASEBALL BETTING MISTAKES
NOT KNOWING THE LINEUPS
Imagine this: a team is on a winning streak, but tonight their star pitcher is out, so they’re more likely to underperform. If that happens, a Moneyline bet against them would have been a good bet. Knowing the lineups leading into a game can help you make an informed bet.
You can’t know for sure how players and teams will perform, but you can factor historical stats and game developments into your decision-making. That said, knowledge can only go so far—it’s not as powerful (or as fun) as the random chance of the game.
MISMANAGING YOUR BANKROLL
Not establishing a bankroll or planning how much you’re going to spend could result in betting more than you’d intended, which might take the fun out of things for you.
BETTING ONLY ON FAVOURITES
Baseball season features a ton of games, and it’s hard for even the best teams to maintain wins throughout the season. Keep that in mind if you’re planning on betting on the favoured team to win, especially if you’re used to betting on your personal favourite team.
TRACKING WINS AND FORGETTING LOSSES
People have a funny habit of remembering the good and forgetting the bad. Sometimes this carries through to their betting. Keep an accurate tally of how much you’ve won and lost for a truer sense of what you’re spending over time.