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Baseball Betting Odds: The Houston Astros are World Series Champions for the first time ever and the Los Angeles Dodgers will have to restart all over in pursuit of their first World Series title since 1988 all over again. Perhaps 30-years will be the end of that streak.
On to the World Series itself, it was one for the ages. It had intrigue, tight battles, bullpen blow ups and plenty of power. Nevertheless, after the amazing Game 5 and thrilling Game 2, Game 7 of the 2017 World Series fell short. The Houston Astros won 5-1 after holding a commanding lead all game.
Despite the lackluster end, the series was still one for the record books. Home runs flew out of the yard at an epic pace and pitching was suspect more often than it was good.
It’s only fitting that the World Series set a record for homers in a season with a record number of regular season bombs as well. Suspicion will continue to linger about whether the ball has changed, but whatever the cause of the uptick in power, it’s hard to ignore its impact in 2017.
Whether by accident or design, the ball is flying out of the yard today and the game is changing. Big, all-or-nothing swings are the norm. The strikeout no longer matters. Depth from the rotation is a thing of the past as mega bullpens have become baseball’s new fad. In the World Series, we saw starting pitchers not even go five innings when they were cruising and relievers play as big of a role as they ever have.
The numbers are governing the game now and we see that most pitcher struggle the third time through the order. With flame throwers in every bullpen, teams are more confidence in their relievers than their starters when the fifth, sixth and seventh innings roll around.
Looking at the 2017 season more closely, this was a year of the haves versus the have-nots. The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers were the only two teams that ended the year above-.500 without a postseason berth. There were a lot of teams that struggles. Pitching was missing in a lot of places, but many rebuilding teams showed strong progress with key debuts of young talent.
In the Senior Circuit, the Washington Nationals ran away with the NL East and Dodgers stole the NL West early. Washington was rolling into October with a balanced team, but continued its postseason futility with yet another season ending in Game 5 of the NLDS. The Dodgers were on pace to win a record number of games midseason. A late season slump ended any chances of that, but L.A. found itself in the last 10-games of the regular season enough to push their season all the way to Game 7 of the World Series.
The other NL division winner was the Chicago Cubs who were the preseason favorites after an emotional 2016 World Series title. The Cubbies came out of the gate slow, but picked up speed in the second half. They eventually fell in the NLCS, but have another successful season.
In the American League, the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees is back with both making the postseason again, harkening back to the early 2000s when these two teams dominated the AL East to the exclusion of the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays. We may be back to that with Boston’s young talent and the Yankees’ up-and-coming team.
In the other divisions, the Cleveland Indians were toppled in the ALDS against New York despite owning the best record in the AL. Cleveland couldn’t repeat as the American League winners. Instead, the Houston Astros took that honor and won it all thanks in large part to one of the biggest midseason acquisitions of all time: the midnight deal for Justin Verlander in August.
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Baseball Betting - How to bet on MLB
Money Line Betting
In a money line bet, the player is only concerned with which team will win the game. There is no run total, but a favorite and underdog is still selected by the sportsbooks and determined by different odds.
A tipical baseball betting line would look like this:
- Atlanta Braves - 130
- LA Dodgers +120
In this example, the Atlanta Braves are favorite to win over the Dodgers. The numbers provided are the odds that each team is given to win.
A $100 bet on the Dodgers would win $120. But a bet on the favorites, as they are more likely to win the game, would pay $100 for every $130 wagered.
Run Line Betting
The run line in baseball betting is the equivalent to a point spread in other sports. The run line is usually set at –1.5 or +1.5.
The tipical baseball run line would look something like this:
- Atlanta Braves - 1.5 ( +110)
- LA Dodgers +1.5 ( - 130 )
In this example, the Atlanta Braves are a 1.5 - point favorite, while the Dodgers are considered a 1.5 - point underdog. The number signifies how much is to be added or subtracted from that teams ' run total at the conclusion of the game. In the example, 1.5 is to be subtracted from the Atlanta Braves ' final score, while 1.5 will be added to the Dodgers ' final score. The numbers next to each run total are the odds the bettor will receive on a winning bet.
A bet on the Atlanta Braves means the team has to win the game by at least 2 runs. If the bet is placed on the Dodgers, the team can loose the game by one run ant the bet would still win.
Total (Over/Under) Betting
A bettor can make a single wager on whether or not the combined run total for the game will be over or under set ammount, which is determined by the sportsbook before the game.
this would be a tipical over/Under betting line:
- Atlanta Braves / LA Dodgers O6½ - 105
- Atlanta Braves / LA Dodgers U6½ - 115
The numbers next to each total are the odds the bettor will receive on a winning bet.
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