How To Bet On Baseball

Tracing the origins of baseball is no easy feat. While it’s certain that the game evolved from the sports of cricket and rounders, two games brought to North America by British settlers, and first rose to prominence following the American Civil War, just who derived baseball’s format and playing rules is uncertain. The long-held myth is that Civil War soldier Abner Doubleday was the founder of baseball, but there’s no proof of that, nor any evidence that Doubleday ever made this claim.  [+]

The first formal rules were established by the New York Knickerbocker club and the first game played under these rules was contested in 1846. The Cincinnati Red Stockings were the first pro team in 1869 but a year later, they relocated to Boston and were renamed the Boston Red Stockings. In 1871, the first professional league, the National Association of Ball Players, was formed.

Five years later, with the National Association struggling for survival, the National League, one of today’s two current Major Leagues, began play, ruling over professional baseball with an iron fist for the next quarter century. Other leagues attempted to rival the National League, but all all failed miserably until 1900, when Ban Johnson formed the American League. 

The American League not only held its own against the National League, it was quite sucessful in poaching some of the NL’s top players, and in 1903, a truce was called and the two leagues signed a working agreement that led to the start of the World Series that fall.

 

 

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Perhaps the greatest change in the game of baseball came in 1920, when doctoring of the baseball by pitchers – scuffing, spitting on, or using a substance on the ball to make it dip – was outlawed.

With that move, the axis of power in the game shifted from the pitcher’s mound to the batter’s box. New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth clouted 54 home runs during the 1920 season and owners of Major League Baseball teams became aware of a truism that remains in the game today: home runs sell tickets.

While there’s a minority of purists who still admire a pitcher’s duel, the vast majority of fans want to see offence and baseball has never forgotten this fact. In 1968, when Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers won 31 games and Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals fashioned a 1.12 earned run average, while big league teams combined to bat .184, MLB responded by lowering the pitcher’s mound from 15 to 10 inches and shrinking the strike zone.

Virtually every rule change made in the game is designed to put more numbers on the scoreboard. Rapid expansion also served to spread thin the calibre of quality pitching, and the strike zone seems to get smaller all the time.

This is important information to take into account when betting on Major League Baseball. 

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 03 July
FT Baltimore Orioles 1 - 8 Milwaukee Brewers +110 -120 Odds
FT New York Mets 2 - 3 Montreal Expos +164 -175 Odds
FT Pittsburgh Pirates 0 - 4 Phillies +108 -118 Odds
FT Toronto Blue Jays 3 - 6 New York Yankees +129 -139 Odds
FT Miami Marlins 6 - 14 St. Louis Cardinals +133 -139 Odds
AEI Boston Red Sox 7 - 5 Texas Rangers -112 +102 Odds
FT Los Angeles Angels 5 - 9 Minnesota Twins +109 -119 Odds
FT Cincinnati Reds 3 - 5 Colorado Rockies +141 -152 Odds
FT Chicago White Sox 7 - 2 Oakland Athletics +130 -141 Odds
FT Kansas City Royals 3 - 1 Seattle Mariners +135 -145 Odds
Tuesday 04 July
FT New York Mets 4 - 11 Montreal Expos +158 -169 Odds
FT Toronto Blue Jays 4 - 1 New York Yankees -110 +101 Odds
FT Giants 3 - 5 Detroit Tigers +189 -204 Odds
FT Los Angeles Angels 4 - 5 Minnesota Twins +107 -114 Odds
FT Miami Marlins 5 - 2 St. Louis Cardinals +126 -123 Odds
FT Tampa Bay Rays 6 - 5 Chicago Cubs +131 -135 Odds
FT Chicago White Sox 6 - 7 Oakland Athletics +138 -147 Odds
FT Pittsburgh Pirates 3 - 0 Phillies -147 +137 Odds
FT Baltimore Orioles 2 - 6 Milwaukee Brewers +130 -149 Odds
FT Kansas City Royals 7 - 3 Seattle Mariners +134 -123 Odds
FT San Diego Padres 1 - 0 Cleveland Indians +283 -323 Odds
FT Houston Astros 16 - 4 Atlanta Braves -128 +118 Odds
FT Boston Red Sox 11 - 4 Texas Rangers +117 -125 Odds
FT Cincinnati Reds 8 - 1 Colorado Rockies +135 -132 Odds
FT Diamondbacks 3 - 4 Los Angeles Dodgers +276 -303 Odds
Wednesday 05 July
FT Toronto Blue Jays 7 - 6 New York Yankees +171 -179 Odds
FT Tampa Bay Rays 3 - 7 Chicago Cubs +143 -152 Odds
FT Chicago White Sox 4 - 7 Oakland Athletics +171 -182 Odds
Ppd New York Mets 19:05 Montreal Expos -127 +117 Odds
FT Pittsburgh Pirates 5 - 2 Phillies -152 +141 Odds
FT San Diego Padres 6 - 2 Cleveland Indians +212 -233 Odds
FT Baltimore Orioles 0 - 4 Milwaukee Brewers +132 -143 Odds
FT Giants 5 - 4 Detroit Tigers +183 -196 Odds
FT Houston Astros 10 - 4 Atlanta Braves -108 +125 Odds
FT Boston Red Sox 2 - 8 Texas Rangers -116 +106 Odds
FT Los Angeles Angels 2 - 1 Minnesota Twins +149 -159 Odds
FT Miami Marlins 9 - 6 St. Louis Cardinals +123 -128 Odds
FT Cincinnati Reds 3 - 5 Colorado Rockies +141 -152 Odds
AEI Kansas City Royals 9 - 6 Seattle Mariners +119 -128 Odds
FT Diamondbacks 0 - 1 Los Angeles Dodgers +222 -244 Odds
Thursday 06 July
FT Giants 2 - 6 Detroit Tigers -101 -109 Odds
FT Miami Marlins 3 - 4 St. Louis Cardinals +172 -147 Odds
FT Milwaukee Brewers 11 - 2 Chicago Cubs +161 -161 Odds
173' Cincinnati Reds 6 - 2 Colorado Rockies +153 -156 Odds
Pittsburgh Pirates 18:05 Phillies -106 -103 Odds
Atlanta Braves 19:05 Montreal Expos +156 -167 Odds
Houston Astros 19:07 Toronto Blue Jays -154 +144 Odds
San Diego Padres 19:10 Cleveland Indians +181 -196 Odds
Boston Red Sox 19:10 Tampa Bay Rays -172 +163 Odds
Baltimore Orioles 20:10 Minnesota Twins +132 -143 Odds
Diamondbacks 22:10 Los Angeles Dodgers +144 -154 Odds
Oakland Athletics 22:10 Seattle Mariners +145 -154 Odds
Friday 07 July
Pittsburgh Pirates 14:20 Chicago Cubs +140 -147 Odds
San Diego Padres 18:35 Phillies +119 -130 Odds
Milwaukee Brewers 19:05 New York Yankees +185 -200 Odds
Atlanta Braves 19:05 Montreal Expos +245 -270 Odds
Houston Astros 19:07 Toronto Blue Jays -120 +110 Odds
Detroit Tigers 19:10 Cleveland Indians +185 -200 Odds
Boston Red Sox 19:10 Tampa Bay Rays -130 +119 Odds
Los Angeles Angels 20:05 Texas Rangers +143 -154 Odds
Baltimore Orioles 20:10 Minnesota Twins -112 +105 Odds
New York Mets 20:15 St. Louis Cardinals +107 -118 Odds
Chicago White Sox 20:40 Colorado Rockies +152 -161 Odds
Cincinnati Reds 21:40 Diamondbacks +174 -185 Odds
Oakland Athletics 22:10 Seattle Mariners +142 -152 Odds
Kansas City Royals 22:10 Los Angeles Dodgers +182 -196 Odds
Miami Marlins 22:15 Giants -111 +101 Odds
Saturday 08 July
Milwaukee Brewers 13:05 New York Yankees
Houston Astros 13:07 Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles 14:10 Minnesota Twins
Atlanta Braves 16:05 Montreal Expos
San Diego Padres 16:05 Phillies
Boston Red Sox 16:10 Tampa Bay Rays
New York Mets 16:10 St. Louis Cardinals
Detroit Tigers 19:15 Cleveland Indians
Pittsburgh Pirates 19:15 Chicago Cubs
Kansas City Royals 19:15 Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Angels 21:05 Texas Rangers
Chicago White Sox 21:10 Colorado Rockies
Miami Marlins 22:05 Giants
Oakland Athletics 22:10 Seattle Mariners
Cincinnati Reds 22:10 Diamondbacks
Sunday 09 July
Milwaukee Brewers 13:05 New York Yankees
Houston Astros 13:07 Toronto Blue Jays
Boston Red Sox 13:10 Tampa Bay Rays
Pittsburgh Pirates 13:10 Chicago Cubs
Atlanta Braves 13:35 Montreal Expos
San Diego Padres 13:35 Phillies
Baltimore Orioles 14:10 Minnesota Twins
New York Mets 14:15 St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Angels 15:05 Texas Rangers
Chicago White Sox 15:10 Colorado Rockies
Miami Marlins 16:05 Giants
Oakland Athletics 16:10 Seattle Mariners
Kansas City Royals 16:10 Los Angeles Dodgers
Cincinnati Reds 16:10 Diamondbacks
Detroit Tigers 20:05 Cleveland Indians

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Online Tips For Baseball Bettors

Major League baseball offers four types of wagers to the bettor. The moneyline is a straight bet on the outcome of the game, with a price attached to each team. The favourite is indicated via a minus number and the undergod with a plus number, meaning a winning favourite will pay out less than a winning underdog.

In the total, also known as the over/under, you are wagering on how many runs will be scored by both teams during a game. A number is set as the bar and you choose whether the teams will finish above or below that barrier.

Another option is playing the runline. The runline is set at 1.5 – plus for the favourite and minus for the underdog – and you bet on whether the favourite can win by two or more runs. If you think the underdog can stay within a run or even outright win the game, you bet on them.

Then there are what are known as futures. Here you can place a wager on almost anything – how many strikeouts Dallas Keuchel might run up in a game or a season, how many home runs Chris Davis will clout, or how many hits Mike Trout might collect. You can also lay a bet down on who you think will win the World Series before a game is even played. 

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The beauty of betting on baseball is that there are plenty of games every day, so there’s always action available. With the Houston Astros moving to the American League in 2012, it balanced each Major League to 15 teams, making inter-league almost an every day occurrence.

That’s essential to keep in mind because when those inter-league games are played in American League parks, both teams utilize the designated hitter. But in National League parks, the pitchers must bat, and with one less potent bat in each lineup, the final scoreline figures to be lower.