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Baseball Betting Odds: The Washington Nationals, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros have all clinched their respective divisions. The Los Angeles Dodgers is assured of a postseason berth and the division crown in just a matter of time. The matchups for October are beginning to come together, but there’s still plenty left to be decided. This coming week is the second to last full week of the regular season. By the end of it, things could be much clearer for the remaining divisions and wild card races. There are some key matchups this week.
At the beginning of the week, we may get a nice preview of the AL Wild Card game. The Yankees are hosting the Twins in the series and set up to do the same in October should the standings stay where they are. The AL Wild Card hunt is finally thinning out. The Los Angeles Angels are the only team on the outside looking in with less than four-games to make up. The Twins, meanwhile, are down on the Yankees for the top-spot by four games. A series win could put them in position to bridge that gap. A series loss, takes away any hope of hosting the Wild Card game.
On the National League side, this is a huge weak for the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs. For Colorado, it’s the team’s final road trip. The Rockies are 39-36 on the road. They’re better at home, but have held their own away from Coors Field. This road trip provides Colorado a chance to lock up their postseason spot. The Milwaukee Brewers are down by a few games and the clock is ticking. Meanwhile, the Rockies have games against the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres. Sure, the Rockies are on the road, but they’ve got a weak schedule over the next week.
As for the Cubbies, they get to play the Brewers directly. Milwaukee is also the biggest threat to them. A four-game set against them at the end of the week could do one of two things: make the NL Central race that much more interesting or end that race and get the Cubs back to their third straight postseason. Chicago should go into that series rested. They have a two-game set against the Rays earlier in the week sandwiched between a pair of off-days.
Back to the AL, another team to keep an eye on throughout the week is the Cleveland. The Indians finally lost over the weekend, snapping their winning streak at 22-games, four shy of the record. While the streak is over, the team has started another, winning two in a row and will hit the road for a west coast swing. The Indians already have the division, but they’re fighting for home field advantage. It’ll also be interesting to see if they can remain red-hot even after the streak is over. If they can, that makes them the odds-on favorite out of the AL.
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MLB Series Previews for Week of September 18
Twins at Yankees Series Preview
Rockies at Giants Series Preview
Cubs at Brewers Series Preview
Indians at Mariners Series Preview
MLB Games of the Week for Week of September 18
Angels at Astros, Sunday, September 24
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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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