Baseball offers a wide range of types of bets and each have certain advantages and disadvantages and appeal to different people. The most popular bet by far is the moneyline bet, where you simply pick the winner of the game. One of these types of bets is the runline, of which some casual or recreational bettors don’t know much about, if that is your case here’s a chance to start profiting it from it.
Runline betting can be compared to spread betting in sports like football and basketball. With the runline, you don’t back one team to win the game straight up; instead, you bet on whether one of the teams will win by at least two runs.
Teams that are favored on the runline are listed at -1.5, which means that they would have to win by at least two runs for the bet to cash, while underdogs are usually listed at +1.5 and would have to either win the game straight up or lose by exactly one run for you to have a winning play.
The juice changes from game to game, but betting runline favorites will usually help maximize a payout. For example, the Yankees were at -165 on the moneyline on Monday night’s game against the White Sox, but +130 on the runline. The Yankees won the game 7-4, so they covered the runline. Here’s the difference in profits based on a $100 bet on the Yankees with those odds.
Moneyline = $100
Runline = $130
Most bettors avoid taking big favorites on the moneyline and prefer placing wagers on the runline because it lets them bet on the best teams like the Cubs, Dodgers, Indians and Red Sox and pitchers like Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, Rick Porcello or Max Scherzer without having to risk losing large amounts of money.
Below are the results for the Top 10 teams since the start of the 2017 regular season, as of Tuesday, April 18.
Team Runline Record
White Sox 7-5
This tells us that the Yankees have the best runline record so far at 9-4, with the Diamondbacks and the Brewers at second place at 9-5. The Angels (not on the table) on the other hand have the worst runline record at just 3-11.
Team Runline +/-
White Sox +1.2
The Runline +/- is the average amount of runs that the team covers the runline by. Based on the table above, the Twins lead MLB covering the runline by an average of 2.0 runs. These results evidence that when the Twins cover, they do it by a wide a margin. It all comes down to finding value, so keep all these standings in mind and look for profitable spots to bet and shop for the best lines.
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