MLB Lines


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MLB Baseball Lines

Baseball betting lags behind the NFL and NBA in popularity, possibly because it is trickier for the casual gambling fan to make sense of MLB lines and odds. The sheer volume of games that each team plays (and the high number of losses incurred by even the best teams) might dissuade some bettors, but in reality the 162 game season works in favor of the gambler and goes against the house. If you really do your research and follow the swings and fortunes of specific teams and pitching rotations you can find unparalleled value in MLB odds.

But how do we make sense of MLB Lines? These are designed by Americans for Americans so they are both simplistic and illogical at the same time. To wit: Let us imagine that the hated New York Yankees are playing the beloved Toronto Blue Jays and the Yankees of course are the favorite. The money line may be listed as:
Yankees -140 Blue Jays +120.

Now what this means is that if you wager $140 on the Yankees you will net a profit of $100 if they win, so the Yankees are 100/140 (if Americans understood fractional betting, which they do not), or roughly 0.7 to 1.

If you want to bet on the Blue Jays you will need to wager $100 to win $120, so the Blue Jays are 120/100 in the betting or 1.2 to 1.

The lack of logic in the money line is that negative numbers represent the STAKE you need to bet in order to win $100, while positive numbers represent the PROFIT you would make if you staked $100. Would it really kill these people to show all the money lines to the same base stake of $100? Apparently it would, but what a wonderful decimal world it would be if it stated Yankees 0.7 Blue Jays 1.2.

MLB Runlines

The runline is a less popular MLB line that handicaps the favored team typically by 1.5 runs (and on rare occasions -2.5 runs) and then creates a new set of odds based on the handicap. So if the Yankees were -1.5 runs in our example above their new odds would probably be +180 and if you still wanted to bet on New York they would need to win the game by 2 runs or more in order to win the bet. The runline comes into play when one of the teams is a very big betting favorite, usually -180 or more, as baseball bettors usually baulk at odds shorter than 1/2 even though a 50% return on money is considered pretty nifty by other professional gamblers (ie: stock traders).

MLB Totals

Other MLB odds are very easy to understand, such as MLB Totals where you are betting on whether the combined runs scored by both teams will go Over or stay Under an arbitrarily determined number set by the bookies. That number is based upon the strengths of the two starting pitchers who have to face one another, but bear in mind that starters can only get you so far in a game most of the time, and then you are thrown to the mercy of the bullpens. Relief pitchers who stock the bullpen may be defined as those hurlers who are not good enough to be starters, hence their tendency to implode at the worst moments.

A number of MLB gamblers would prefer to take the bullpen out of the equation entirely and trust themselves entirely to one starting pitcher. Hence another popular MLB line is for the score after the first 5 innings of the game. This is a separate wager one can take, and obviously the relative strengths of the opposing starting pitchers will determine the MLB odds offered for this bet.

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MLB Live Lines
TeamMLRLTot
00:05 Sun 31 Aug
BAL Orioles-172-1½
+120
8.0o
-116
MIN Twins+156+1½
-141
8.0u
-105
00:10 Sun 31 Aug
TB Rays-169-1½
+125
8.0o
+105
BOS Red Sox+152+1½
-147
8.0u
-125
00:10 Sun 31 Aug
KC Royals-152-1½
+155
7½o
-111
CLE Indians+135+1½
-175
7½u
-111
00:10 Sun 31 Aug
CHI White Sox-Game 2+107+1½
-152
9½o
-116
DET Tigers-Game 2-118-1½
+130
9½u
-105
00:10 Sun 31 Aug
ATL Braves-141-1½
+160
7.0o
-120
MIA Marlins+130+1½
-182
7.0u
+100
00:10 Sun 31 Aug
NY Mets-161-1½
+150
7.0o
-105
PHI Phillies+145+1½
-172
7.0u
-116
00:10 Sun 31 Aug
HOU Astros  
 
 
TEX Rangers  
 
 
01:10 Sun 31 Aug
ARI Diamondbacks-152-1½
+140
8½o
+110
COL Rockies+135+1½
-161
8½u
-132
01:15 Sun 31 Aug
STL Cardinals-Game 2-127-1½
+165
8.0o
-105
CHI Cubs-Game 2+116+1½
-185
8.0u
-116
01:40 Sun 31 Aug
SD Padres+125+1½
-152
6½o
+100
LA Dodgers-135-1½
+130
6½u
-120
02:05 Sun 31 Aug
SF Giants-110-1½
+180
7.0o
+100
MIL Brewers-101+1½
-222
7.0u
-120
02:05 Sun 31 Aug
LA Angels+106+1½
-156
8o
-105
OAK Athletics-116-1½
+135
8u
-116
18:05 Sun 31 Aug
TOR Blue Jays+105+1½
-156
8½o
-116
NY Yankees-116-1½
+135
8½u
-105
18:10 Sun 31 Aug
NY Mets-132-1½
+175
7.0o
-120
PHI Phillies+120+1½
-213
7.0u
+100
18:35 Sun 31 Aug
PIT Pirates-130-1½
+175
6½o
-105
CIN Reds+119+1½
-213
6½u
-116
18:35 Sun 31 Aug
BAL Orioles-172-1½
+125
8½o
-111
MIN Twins+155+1½
-147
8½u
-111
18:40 Sun 31 Aug
TB Rays-159-1½
+140
7.0o
-116
BOS Red Sox+142+1½
-161
7.0u
-105
19:10 Sun 31 Aug
CHI White Sox+109+1½
-152
8.0o
-116
DET Tigers-119-1½
+130
8.0u
-105
19:10 Sun 31 Aug
HOU Astros-152-1½
+140
8½o
+100
TEX Rangers+136+1½
-161
8½u
-120
19:15 Sun 31 Aug
STL Cardinals-169-1½
+130
8.0o
+100
CHI Cubs+153+1½
-152
8.0u
-120
20:35 Sun 31 Aug
LA Angels-127-1½
+167
7½o
-116
OAK Athletics+116+1½
-192
7½u
-105
21:05 Sun 31 Aug
SF Giants-161-1½
+150
7.0o
+105
MIL Brewers+144+1½
-172
7.0u
-125
21:10 Sun 31 Aug
ARI Diamondbacks-116-1½
+175
8½o
+100
COL Rockies+106+1½
-213
8½u
-120
21:10 Sun 31 Aug
SD Padres+128+1½
-141
7.0o
-111
LA Dodgers-139-1½
+120
7.0u
-111
21:10 Sun 31 Aug
SEA Mariners-143-1½
+160
6½o
-116
WAS Nationals+132+1½
-182
6½u
-105
22:10 Sun 31 Aug
ATL Braves-159-1½
+150
7.0o
-120
MIA Marlins+142+1½
-172
7.0u
+100
01:05 Mon 01 Sep
KC Royals-169-1½
+125
8.0o
-105
CLE Indians+152+1½
-147
8.0u
-116