How do you bet on baseball?
Baseball is one of America’s most popular sports, and as such, is one of the biggest betting markets.
But if you don’t know your knuckleballs from your home runs, how do you bet on it?
This guide from Sportsbet.io should help give you an introduction to baseball, and hopefully help you understand how to #betbigwinbig at the ball game.
Baseball is played by two teams of nine players, with each team taking in turn in defence and offense. If you’re in defence, the pitcher throws the ball toward the catcher who is behind the batter, with your other team members in the field. Offense means you are batting and running from first base to fourth base in order to score runs or points.
If the batter misses the ball three times, they are out and their innings is over. If the batter hits the ball, it’s the fielders job to catch the ball/get any players running from base to base out. A home run occurs when a batter hits the ball so hard, he is able to run a complete circuit of the four bases. It’s simple- the winner of the game is the team with the most runs on the scoreboard.
There are many professional baseball leagues around the world, but Major League Baseball (MLB) in the USA is the oldest, and the most well known.
The MLB splits teams across the US into the National League (NL) and American League (AL), with the winners of each league facing off in the World Series.
There are many ways to bet on baseball- the most popular bet being the moneyline bet. This is based on a $100 bet. In every game, the team that is favoured is represented by a minus sign next to their money line (Yankees -150), whilst the underdog has a plus sign next to it (Red Sox +160). To win $100 you would need to risk $150 on the Yankees as they are the favourite. However, because the Red Sox are underdogs, the plus means you can bet $100 to win $160 on them. Easy.
Then there are run lines- similar to football handicaps. For example, in a game a team may be given a -1.5 or +1.5 point spread. If your team has a -1.5 point spread, they must beat their opponents by more than 1 home run. If they have a +1.5 point spread they must not be defeated by more than 1 home run. Typically, baseball games are decided by just 1 run- so it’s a risky bet.
Then there’s the typical total runs bet. You are betting on the combined number of runs scored by each team. The bookmakers provide the total and you can either bet on under the number given or over.
Sportsbet.io take bets on MLB matches, as well as baseball games from around the world. Hopefully with these tips you’ll be able to hit it out the park when betting on baseball!